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Microsoft Surface Book has an even higher spec 1TB model

Microsoft Surface Book has an even higher spec 1TB model

If you thought that the Microsoft Surface Book's $2,699 is already a big joke, better think again. It seems that Microsoft doesn't mind going all out, at least as far as the price tag is concerned. At the product page for its first, most high profile, and most controversial laptop, Microsoft reveals an option that takes the high end Surface Book and jams a 1 TB SSD, yes solid state drive, inside. Of course, you probably shouldn't be surprised that it costs $3,199.00, a $500 price jump.

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This cheap camera can see details the naked eye can’t

This cheap camera can see details the naked eye can’t

A team of researchers from both the University of Washington and Microsoft Research have managed to build a camera capable of hyperspectral imaging, or photography that can capture parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that humans can't see with the naked eye, such as near-infrared light. This kind of technology isn't new, but to find it in a camera means it's going to be very, very expensive. But the researchers have managed to build it as a smartphone accessory that costs no more than $50.

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Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whether you like it or not, here might be coming your computer's update to Windows 10. A recent update to genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers has apparently included a checked box intended to be opt-in for an automatic update to Windows 10. As it were, this checkbox was checked by default instead. This means that many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that've updated their system (but not to Windows 10) recently might just be getting that big update anyway. Whether they intended to or not.

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Microsoft tries to sell Lumia 950, 950 XL camera prowess

Microsoft tries to sell Lumia 950, 950 XL camera prowess

Smartphone makers more or less have CPUs and display down to a T, so they are moving the fight over to one of the trickiest features to pull off: cameras. Every high end smartphone you'll hear about these past year or so will advertise some professional photography feature or two. Some even make it their main attraction. While iOS and Android have mostly dominated that scene, Microsoft isn't going to fall behind, especially with the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and their PureView cameras.

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Skype for Business debuts on iOS

Skype for Business debuts on iOS

Following an extensive preview period and release on platforms like Windows Phone earlier this year, Microsoft has announced the full release of the Skype for Business app for iOS. Available as a universal app from the App Store starting today, Skype for Business replaces Lync 2013. The business version of the popular messaging and video calling service adds more features and functions meant to make inter-office communication easier and more efficient.

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Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft Store

Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft Store

There's no doubt that the Surface Book was the most exciting device Microsoft announced last week. The laptop/tablet hybrid features a 13.5-inch display that can be detached and used separately from the keyboard, and is easily one of the most interesting pieces of hardware Microsoft has produced in some time. While the device certainly generated a lot of buzz online, it also seems to have struck a chord with consumers, as pre-orders of every version of the Surface Book are now sold out on Microsoft’s online store.

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Microsoft researchers eying multi-person mixed reality

Microsoft researchers eying multi-person mixed reality

You may have seen and may have even been wowed by the most recent demonstration of HoloLens last week. But as awesome and spectacular Microsoft's take on augmented or mixed reality may be, like all of its kind, it is still primarily a solitary activity that only the wearer can experience fully. Everyone else, in the end, is simply a spectator. Microsoft, however, might not content with simply accepting that restriction. Researchers at the lab of Jarod Lanier, a VR and AR pioneer in th 80s, are working on what could be the world's first multi-person mixed reality system.

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Microsoft to push Windows 10 Mobile updates direct to users

Microsoft to push Windows 10 Mobile updates direct to users

Unlike desktop OS updates, software updates for mobile devices can be a bit tricky, even convoluted, depending on how many cooks are in the kitchen. If you add platform maker, device maker, and carrier together, you could be looking at updates that take months to land on users' devices. While not a problem for small feature updates, it could be a death sentence as far as critical security fixes are concerned. Fortunately for Windows 10 phone users, Microsoft might be putting its foot down and will push updates directly.

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Three everyday challenges that make us worry for Surface Book

Three everyday challenges that make us worry for Surface Book

Microsoft's Surface Book is under examination this month - rightly so - as it appears to be the company's first real-deal notebook. Today we're having a peek at five points that explore what this device will be like in real life. Will the device's many features be as positive as they appeared during the company's presentation, or will they fail the test of real-life usability? Today we start with the magnetic pen, then move on to the gap, and decide whether or not we'll need to flip the screen while we're standing up.

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Watch the incredible Halo 5: Guardians launch gameplay trailer

Watch the incredible Halo 5: Guardians launch gameplay trailer

With less than two to go until the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians hits the Xbox One on October 27th, Microsoft has released a new launch gameplay trailer this morning. Coming a month after the reveal of the opening cinematic, this new video mixes footage of the game's cutscenes with real gameplay footage. At 3 minutes long, the gameplay trailer sets us up for the search of series' hero Master Chief, who has gone missing during a time of crisis.

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Xbox Wireless Adapter brings Xbox controller to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

Xbox Wireless Adapter brings Xbox controller to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

Most PC gamers know that there are some game types that are easier to play using the mouse and keyboard and there are others that are better played with a game controller. For instance FPS games are better with mouse and keyboard, while racing games are better with a gamepad. Windows 10 PC gamers who want to play their favorite games using the controller from an Xbox will be able to do that soon.

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