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Windows 10 on USB seen at Amazon, ships mid to late August

Windows 10 on USB seen at Amazon, ships mid to late August

Confirming what we've suspected, Amazon has put up product pages for selling Windows 10, both Home and Pro, in a USB flash drive instead of the more traditional DVD installation media. Microsoft itself has confirmed this fact though it won't comment on the product details posted on Amazon, especially the price. It's not an earth-shattering matter, but this new USB method signals a small but pivotal change in Microsoft's methods, aligning with updating not only how it distributes Windows but also its image as well.

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OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

Microsoft has just announced updates for its mobile OneNote apps for both iOS and Android, each available now in their respective app stores. On the iOS side, the iPhone and iPad versions have been merged into a single, universal app. This means iPhone users can simply download the update, while iPad owners will need to delete their current app, and install the new unified version. For Android, one of the most requested features has finally been addressed: the ability to move and copy pages with ease.

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ZTE SmartHome revealed as ZigBee-enabled home control device

ZTE SmartHome revealed as ZigBee-enabled home control device

This week at MWC Shanhai 2015, ZTE revealed the ZTE SmartHome, a device they call their "first ever smart home gateway." This device works with wireless protocol, ZigBee, and 4G LTE connectivity for always-connected functionality. This device is set to be the center of your smart home, with an application for smartphones and tablets to control smart home devices of all sorts. In addition to a ZTE-made app for mobile devices, this device can also be controlled via web browser from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome.

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Philips Hue makes gaming more immersive with “Chariot”

Philips Hue makes gaming more immersive with “Chariot”

The first video game to work with Philips Hue immersive lighting goes by the name Chariot. This game will be available exclusively on Microsoft's Xbox One, and will be delivered by Hue. The game will be enhanced by Philips with lighting connected directly to the game, changing brightness and color according to the action in the game. Frima Studio Inc., developers of the game Chariot, have worked directly with Philips to make this new level of interactivity - with bright shiny lights - a reality.

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Microsoft COO on Google: “We have better technology”

Microsoft COO on Google: “We have better technology”

Today Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner suggested that the company was in a great position to take Google's business. Turner spoke at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, saying the company needed to step up their game in the Android universe. "We have to go rescue the Google Apps customers," said Turner, "throw them a life preserver." He went on to suggest that not only was Microsoft better at business than Google, but that they were a fundamentally different sort of company - a whole different entity.

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Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

This week the folks at Microsoft have been rather up-front about their plans to expand their mobile devices front. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, the company's COO Kevin Turner suggested that they were at work on a second version of Microsoft Band. He also suggested that they were working on "a few killer devices" for Lumia. For Windows Phone, that is to say, and the future of mobile devices from Microsoft that, earlier this month, seemed to be in question.

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Microsoft Garage apps aim at business users on the Go

Microsoft Garage apps aim at business users on the Go

Microsoft has rolled out three new apps in its Garage Apps segment and are all productivity apps that aim at helping business users and executives become more efficient. All business types need to keep track of various meetings, conferences, and receipts during their work. Microsoft has three apps to help with Join Conference, InstaNote, and Receipt Tracker.

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Nadella: Windows 10 embraces all, yes, even phones

Nadella: Windows 10 embraces all, yes, even phones

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's announcement last week didn't exactly shake up the mobile industry as much as it shook confidence in its mobile, particularly smartphone, strategy or lack thereof. A lot of questions were raised and theories cooked up. Since then, Microsoft has reiterated in different corners that it is still committed to smartphones. How exactly, it hasn't completely explained. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley was able to get some alone time with Nadella after he delivered his Worldwide Partners Conference keynote and asked the hard questions that many of us probably want to ask.

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Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Today Microsoft pushed an update for its Skype for Android app to the Google Play Store, bringing it up to version 5.5 and adding in some features that will be handy for mobile users. The biggest among the changes is arguably an improvement to signing in from mobile, making it easier for those who insist on logging out to sign back in from their Android smartphone or tablet. The chatting feature will soon be updated, too, and will likewise be a little more convenient once it is.

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Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft's Universal Folding Keyboard has finally hit store shelves, with the platform-agnostic wireless peripheral playing nicely with phones and tablets. Shown off back in March alongside a pair of midrange Lumia phones, the keyboard hooks up over Bluetooth and has a dedicated switching button at the top which allows it to flick between two different devices. That way, so the theory goes, you could be typing on your iPad one moment, then flip to your Android smartphone the next.

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