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Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

One chapter of Microsoft's, and Nokia's, mobile history is finally drawing to a close. After a bit of guessing and speculation on what Microsoft plans to do to unify its mobile branding, Nokia's, or rather Microsoft's, French Facebook page gave an unambiguous hint as to what the company has decided to call its smartphone brand, and it won't Microsoft Nokia Lumia Windows Phone phones or Nokia Lumia by Microsoft Mobile. It's going with a much simpler "Microsoft Lumia", which edges out not only "Nokia", but probably "Windows Phone" as well.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

The Windows 10 Technical Preview became available on October 1st, and now following closely after it is the first update build, Build 9860. Microsoft's Gabe Aul introduced the new build today, saying that updates will sometimes be frequent and sometimes be spaced longer apart -- regardless, each will bring improvements and other changes, as well as the bugs users should expect to encounter for the time being. Though the first update is bringing a slew of changes, the most notable one is perhaps the inclusion of Action Center.

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Toshiba Satellite Radius 11: converting the low end

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11: converting the low end

To the naked eye, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 might look like any other new converting notebook/tablet device here in the age of touchscreen-friendly Windows 8.1. At $329.99 MSRP, though, there’s something to be said about Toshiba’s ability to keep their cost/value ration high. Under an 11.6-inch touchscreen display you’ll find a 360-degree two-axis and "flip-and-fold" hinge design for the next generation of converters. Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation, and Audience modes are all included in the mix with this silently-interesting device from Toshiba, coming your way very, very soon.

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Xbox One TV Tuner launches in Europe with new features

Xbox One TV Tuner launches in Europe with new features

Microsoft has a treat prepared for its Xbox One fans in Europe. First, it has finally made available the much advertised Digital TV Tuner dongle for the console, bringing free-to-air TV under the Xbox One's control. But in addition to the basic features that Microsoft has been singing about for months now, it is introducing two new admittedly cool capabilities to the package, including the ability to pause and rewind live TV as well as watch it from your SmartGlass connected mobile device independent of what's actually happening on the console.

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Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft's long-rumored smartwatch plans will reach fruition in just a few weeks time, insiders claim, with what's said to be a fitness-centric wearable expected to debut imminently. The Windows-maker's ambitions in the space have been well whispered since last year, and as recently as June 2014 there were suggestions that the unnamed wrist-band would hit the market in October, complete with a full complement of motion-tracking sensors.

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Sunset Overdrive gameplay streams arrive in excess

Sunset Overdrive gameplay streams arrive in excess

This morning the folks behind Sunset Overdrive have let loose the first wave of gameplay authorizations. This means we’re not exactly allowed to talk about how awesome it is or isn’t, but we ARE allowed to share our first live stream of the game with you right this minute. Have a peek at what the first few minutes are like right here and now - and don’t get lost in the orange goo. That won’t be too pretty - and watch out for the masses of zombified beasts crawling the streets, of course.

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Halo Master Chief Collection downloads begin today 20GB day one download

Halo Master Chief Collection downloads begin today 20GB day one download

In addition to the 45GB Blu-ray disk that you’ll have when you purchase The Master Chief Collection in the first place, 343 Industries have revealed that you'll need a 20GB day-one download patch. This game will be launching with no "cut corners to save disk space" - so says developer Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. "This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in," adds Ayoub, "Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch."

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PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

In the latest console war, Sony has frequently trumped Microsoft with more PlayStation 4 sales than Xbox One sales. We've seen that reflected many times, such as at the year's beginning when the PS4 was deemed the bestselling console in the US in January. According to NPD, that reign is holding steady, and despite anticipation otherwise, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One last month. This was despite Microsoft dangling a free game in gamers' faces last month, which many believed would boost the Xbox One's sales numbers.

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Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

This month's Xbox One update is rolling out now, and with it comes a large roster of improvements, as well as some new features, among them being additional SmartGlass functionality and improved account security. Xbox One owners can head into the console's System menu under Settings to check if the update has rolled their way. If it hasn't yet, fret not -- we've got all the details you need to know, as well as a video showing off the most notable improvements and features, after the jump.

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Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Hackers have been in the news on a regular basis -- sometimes for their escapades, other times for their convictions. The latest among them is a Russian hacking collective that has been spying on high-profile targets for the last five years. The collective is being referred to as the Sandworm Team by iSight Partners, which made the discovery, due to Dune references spotted in the hackers' code. The hacking efforts are said to be ongoing even now, and involve phishing tactics to infect the various targets' computers.

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