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Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

It seems like more and more of the big apps for iOS are updating with support for 3D Touch, and Skype is not one to get left behind. The Microsoft-owned messaging and video chat platform has updated its apps for both iOS and Android today, including new video filters, as well as 3D Touch features for those using the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The video filters appear to be a directly inspired by Snapchat, with things like balloons and several Halloween themes.

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Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

Surface Pro 4 iFixit teardown earns a terrible score of 2

It's hard to deny that the latest Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft's most beautiful device yet, but you do know what they say about beauty sometimes being only skin deep. Teardown experts iFixit took Microsoft's latest "tablet to replace your laptop" to discover hidden treasures inside as well as to measure how easy, or hard, it would be to repair. Suffice it to say, this is one tablet you will definitely want to handle with extra care, not just because of its price, but also because of its repairability.

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Swarovski-coated Halo Master Chief helmet gets auctioned for charity

Swarovski-coated Halo Master Chief helmet gets auctioned for charity

Unless you've been hiding out in a cave with no internet connection, you're probably aware that today marks the launch of Halo 5: Guardians. Last night, game stores across the country and around the globe opened their doors at midnight, just so gamers could get their fix. I've seen a lot of pre-order bonuses and tie-in products, but here's a one-of-a-kind Halo collectible that you probably haven't seen.

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Windows 10 comes to the Xbox One 12th November

Windows 10 comes to the Xbox One 12th November

Let that sentence sink in for just a bit longer. Windows, an OS mostly associated with desktop and laptops, will be running on a gaming console. A few years ago, that concept might have been unthinkable. But with Microsoft's push to put Windows 10 on every device it can get its mitts on, that is the reality facing Xbox One owners in little over two weeks. Xbox's Phil Spencer announced that the major update will hit consoles starting November 12, bringing a revamped Windows 10 interface and much more.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book launch with MacBook migration guide

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book launch with MacBook migration guide

After three weeks of waiting, Microsoft has finally opened the doors to its latest and hottest Windows 10 computers. Now we will really see whether the initial interest that surrounded the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book will translate into sales. Now we will also see if these two tablet/laptop hybrids will really match the expectation that Microsoft has build up for them. But Microsoft isn't just content with selling these devices to new owners. It also wants to reel in MacBook refugees by providing a migration guide for them.

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Could we see Halo 5: Guardians released on PC?

Could we see Halo 5: Guardians released on PC?

When Microsoft announced that both the PS4 and Xbox One would be built on the x86 architecture, PC gamers everywhere rejoiced. This marked the first time that the top two consoles shared the same underlying architecture as the PC. This would (hopefully) pave the way for more games to appear on PC, and for better ports. Well, one seemingly exclusive title might make its way to the PC, because of this very reason.

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Microsoft Edge browser extensions won’t be coming until 2016

Microsoft Edge browser extensions won’t be coming until 2016

Just when you thought the browser wars have mostly settled down peacefully into camps, Microsoft may yet have a contender to reignite those flames. Of course it's not the well-aged, even expired, Internet Explorer but the shiny new Microsoft Edge. While already praised for its speed, performance, and clean interface, the browser lacks one feature that could help change the tide of battle in its favor. Microsoft did promise browser extensions would be coming soon, but now it is saying that "soon" really means some time next year.

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Microsoft Q3: Bing, cloud biggest winners, phones still down

Microsoft Q3: Bing, cloud biggest winners, phones still down

Microsoft's investments and patience with its products, despite criticisms and contrary suggestions, are probably starting to pay off. The company has released its financial report for the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2015 and the numbers are quite the mixed bag. Although Redmond is practically reporting a revenue loss, the company is strangely upbeat about the business. The details do hint at some businesses experiencing a growth surge, with things looking hopeful. That is, except for the poor smartphone.

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Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

As PC users have had a few month now to get used to Windows 10, it's already nearing time for Microsoft to release the first big update to the new operating system. As it turns out, such a release is only a few short weeks away, according to analyst Paul Thurrott. The update is said to be codenamed Threshold 2, and will include a number of bug fixes, as well as some adjustments to the overall user interface that were intended to be included in the initial release of Windows 10.

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Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Autocomplete. That seemingly magical yet sometimes also illogical feature that has saved our fingers and our brains from some of the more tedious parts of typing out a long exposition on a small screen. It has become part and parcel of our smartphone-centric modern lives but some researchers are trying put a whole new spin on the concept. Instead of trying to guess what you will type next, Microsoft Research has an autocomplete system that tries to predict how a hand-drawn image will be animated.

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Surface Pro 4 Review

Surface Pro 4 Review

It's probably fair to describe the Surface Pro 4 as an evolutionary update over its predecessor. That's not to say the improvements, collectively, aren't impressive: more of the same, or similar, is no bad thing when you're talking about a tablet that in its several generations has built a loyal following.

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