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Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Given how poorly Microsoft's smartphones performed in last year's market, it might surprise some to hear that there are still a good number of faithful followers eager to see what Microsoft's next Lumia smartphones will be like. There are, actually, two smartphones floating around the rumor mill but only one of them might actually get to see the light of day. Sadly, those rooting for a higher end Lumia 850 might feel be feeling disappointing, with a sighting of a certain Lumia 650 XL putting the existence of the former into question.

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WhatsApp Web now (officially) supports Microsoft Edge

WhatsApp Web now (officially) supports Microsoft Edge

Workarounds are never fun, but sometimes you’ve got to deal with them. That was the case with WhatsApp Web and Internet Explorer, and later on with Microsoft Edge, too. If you've been using the workarounds or a different browser to compensate, good news: WhatsApp Web now officially supports both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, making setup as simple as a QR code.

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Bing apps integrate GasBuddy, add shopping tools

Bing apps integrate GasBuddy, add shopping tools

Microsoft has pushed out what it says are “major updates” for both the Bing Android and iPhone apps. Firstly, the Bing App for iPhone introduced in November has arrived on Android, and both apps are getting new features over past iterations. Among other things, Microsoft has announced the apps bring a new integration with GasBuddy, making it easier to find cheap gas wherever a user happens to be. iPhone users are also getting something special — dedicated deals including both coupons and offers, a feature that will arrive later on Android.

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Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft has announced the arrival of two new features for its second generation Microsoft Band wearable. With this update, the smart band gains a power saving mode designed to increase battery life while using GPS. As well, and just as exciting, is the addition of a weight tracking feature for monitoring weight changes, expanding the wearable’s usefulness for health-conscious users.

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Microsoft HoloLens wants to bring new tech to NFL fans

Microsoft HoloLens wants to bring new tech to NFL fans

Microsoft foresees a day when an NFL fan's favorite team won’t be confined solely to their TV on game day. Microsoft wants to use the HoloLens to give football fans an entirely new world of interactivity with the game. Microsoft's vision for the future of watching football was unveiled at the Super Bowl 50 panel discussion.

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Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft's Surface devices may be some of the best tablet options available, but the company is still issuing a recall in the US over concerns the AC power adapters that shipped with some Surface Pro models pose risks of fire and electric shock. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday that roughly 2.25 million power cords were involved, all having been sold before March 15th, 2015 with the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 models.

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SwiftKey confirms Microsoft purchase

SwiftKey confirms Microsoft purchase

SwiftKey is a company that makes some of the more popular mobile keyboards that are available for smartphone users outside of the factory offerings out there. Yesterday a rumor was making the rounds that Microsoft might have purchased SwiftKey for $250 million. Today SwiftKey has confirmed that the purchase happened.

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Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

February 1st has come and gone with no new Lumia smartphone in sight. That does leave more room for possibilities, like a still possible Lumia 850 mid-range phablet. That does seem to be what is being implied by this leak, which shows a few hands-on shots of what is supposedly the Lumia 850. The Lumia 650, which was rumored to be unveiled Feb. 1, was also rumored to be the only Lumia this year. If these photos are real, however, then both are apparently false.

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Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft already has a "smart" virtual keyboard for both tablets and smartphones. In fact, it was just recently rumored that it would be bringing its keyboard to Android and iOS, the latter with possibly some interesting special features. So it might, at first, be surprising to hear about its acquisition of UK-based SwiftKey, makers of one of the more popular mobile keyboards. But old Redmond isn't paying $250 million just for a keyboard. It is, in truth, more interested in the AI talent and software behind it.

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Windows 10 will start automatically installing on older machines

Windows 10 will start automatically installing on older machines

Microsoft surprised people everywhere when they announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. And while it's a good deal, those who haven't yet upgraded are having to deal with constant nagging by the company. And now they've stepped their game up yet again.

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Rocket League comes to Xbox One this month

Rocket League comes to Xbox One this month

I've personally never been much of a fan of soccer, whether it's watching it on TV, or playing it in a video game. However, developer Psyonix realized that what the sport needed was a bunch of rocket-fueled cars to liven it up. The game has been limited to the PC and PS4, however, that will be changing very soon.

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Microsoft tests undersea data centers

Microsoft tests undersea data centers

If you've ever walked into a server room, you know how important cooling is. Depending on how nice the facility is, you'll either notice that it's rather warm, or that there's some serious cooling happening. Now imagine that same server room, but expanded in size many dozens of times over. That's what a data center is like, and you have to get creative when you want to cool one of those, as Microsoft has learned.

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