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Cancelled Nokia McLaren prototype photos arrive a year late

Cancelled Nokia McLaren prototype photos arrive a year late

Some dreams do come true, but many also remain just as they are: dreams. One of those dreams, at least for Windows Phone fans, was the Nokia RM-1052, more popular for its codename McLaren. Heavily leaked near the end of 2014, what should have been Microsoft's new flagship vanished without a trace, to be replaced a year later by the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now it has resurfaced on the Interwebs again, and again as a prototype, as a leaked device, and as a reminder of a feature that never came to be and might never come at all.

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Microsoft may let you stream PC games to your Xbox One

Microsoft may let you stream PC games to your Xbox One

When Microsoft released their big update for the Xbox One last month, it opened a lot of doors for the console. Some of the big features we saw as a result were backwards compatibility, and the ability to stream games from the console to a PC. Of course, as soon as that was announced, people were clamoring to use their Xbox One to stream PC games. Well, Microsoft has definitely been listening.

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Windows phones should run Android apps, says Steve Ballmer

Windows phones should run Android apps, says Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has made some strong criticisms against the company this week, making clear his disappointment in the recent news that the goal of having Android apps run on Windows 10, known as "Project Astoria," may be shelved. Speaking to Bloomberg, Ballmer, who is also the company's largest individual shareholder, made such comments following current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's responses at a recent shareholder meeting.

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Microsoft HoloLens streams Halo 5 from Xbox One

Microsoft HoloLens streams Halo 5 from Xbox One

Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset continues to get more and more interesting; just recently we saw it used in interactive car shopping, now we're seeing it used to stream Halo 5 gameplay from an Xbox One. The company seems to be letting HoloLens developers share short clips of the headset in action on Twitter under the hashtag #MadeWithHoloLens, and program manager Varun Mani may have the most impressive of all, with a 30-second peek at Halo 5 running on a virtual screen on his living room wall.

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The Surface Phone rumor that refuses to die, coming H2 2016

The Surface Phone rumor that refuses to die, coming H2 2016

With the relative popularity and, only recently, financial success of the Surface Pro tablets have had many fans clamoring for applying that same design and ideals to a flagship smartphone. Years have passed and Microsoft did launch a new flagship, but the Lumia 950 and its larger 950 XL brother is a far cry from the Surface Phone many have been dreaming about. There have been early rumors of a Surface Phone already in the works, but, according to Windows Central, that's completely dead. To be replaced by a new Surface Phone rumor, of course.

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Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Microsoft PowerApps turns any worker into a programmer

Learning how to code, usually to make apps, has become a topic of debate among the IT, education, government sectors, with some advocating teaching it as a core skill like writing and math. Most, if not all, these thrusts, however, focus on educating kids, leaving adults to fend for themselves. After all, grownups can learn faster and better, right? As any adult will tell you, however, that isn't always the case. That is perhaps why Microsoft has launched the PowerApps platform to let grownups in workplaces build their own apps, no coding required.

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Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

It was less than a month ago that Microsoft put out the request for those interested in beta testing Cortana for iPhone, and now those lucky enough to be selected are getting notified to download the voice-powered digital assistant. While designed to compete with Apple's own Siri, as well as Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana will be fairly limited on the iPhone in terms of capability, at least compared to the native Windows version.

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Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy cheap electronics on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

It's the time of year when electronics are sold at bare-minimum cost and appear to be good deals for those that wake up early. Black Friday, it's called - and it's not a great place to shop. It's the place where stores pick up large batches of extremely cheap and terrible pieces of merchandise that, on the surface, seem like they'll be pretty much exactly what a person would want to buy when they've had very little sleep. A big, giant television set! A tablet for next-to-nothing! "Wow, what a good deal," you might be saying to yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is just that.

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Updated Windows 10 this month? Check your privacy settings

Updated Windows 10 this month? Check your privacy settings

Two weeks ago, Microsoft rolled out its so far biggest update to Windows 10, bringing in a couple of new customization features, improvements under the hood, and some rather important new features. But just a few days ago, that update, version 1511 to be exact, was suddenly pulled out and the Media Creation Tool also yanked from the Internet. Now both are back in business and Microsoft has some explanation ready. Apparently, the update reset at least four privacy settings to their defaults, which practically gave Microsoft some advertising advantage on users.

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Microsoft debuts Android app for those considering Windows Phone

Microsoft debuts Android app for those considering Windows Phone

Apple isn't the only one releasing apps for Android to lure users to its own mobile platform. Microsoft is trying something similar with its new release to the Google Play store, an app called AppComparison. Featuring a tagline of "Are you considering changing your Android device to Windows Phone?", the app doesn't directly try to convince users to switch platforms, but instead shows which apps are already available on Windows 10 Mobile.

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Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Today we're having our first look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 on the review bench, showing you just one - perhaps the most compelling - feature of the bunch: Continuum. When Microsoft first created Windows Phone, it wasn't any secret that they wanted the software to look and feel like a mobile version of what was on the way for their desktop operating system. Almost as if desktop begat mobile. Now, several years down the line, Microsoft attempts to tie the two together implicitly with a feature called Continuum.

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