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Microsoft Spartan browser UI shows up in blurry leaks

Microsoft Spartan browser UI shows up in blurry leaks

CES 2015 is starting to wind down, but before we warm up the engines for MWC next month, Microsoft might have a thing or two to say first. The consumer preview of Windows 10 is due later this month, and that latest version of the OS may also bring with it a slightly different web browsing experience. Leaked partial screenshots of that new-old browser, simply called "Spartan", are making rounds over the Internet, bringing mixed emotions and hope of a slightly redesigned Microsoft web browser.

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Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Are the commonly flashy colors of Lumia handsets not entirely to your liking, but black and white too plain? If so, Microsoft has introduced a couple special editions of the (Nokia branded) Lumia 830 and 930 Windows Phone handsets with gold trim along the edges. The Nokia 930 special gold edition will be arriving first followed by the Nokia Lumia 830 rendition some time next month, both of them being offered in black and white with an extra gold flair.

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Asus Transformer Book Chi series runs Windows

Asus Transformer Book Chi series runs Windows

Asus has unveiled a new series of thin and portable transforming tablets for its Transformer Book series. The new family of Transformer Book devices is called the Chi series and there are three units in the series to start. All three of the tablets are 2-in-1 devices that run the Windows operating system and use up to Intel Core M processors.

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Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

This week we're having a look at a whole bunch of Lenovo devices at CES 2015, one of the strangest being this Yoga Tablet 2. This device has an 8-inch display, Windows 8.1, and the ability to work with any metal object as a stylus pen. This device works with the same basic hardware as the Yoga Tablet 2 series we reviewed in late 2014, but here it's rolling with features that no other tablet in the world has come to market with.

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HP Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini: Windows in the palm of your hand

HP Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini: Windows in the palm of your hand

HP has set its sights on both tiny Chromeboxes and cheap Windows devices with its new pair of budget-friendly and small-form-factor Windows PCs. Both the HP Pavilion Mini and the HP Stream Mini Desktops are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, being similar in style and size to, for example, a set-top-box or a Chrome box. Despite the small size, both run Windows 8.1, giving users an option to get their Windows fix without planting a big desktop or shelling out for an expensive laptop.

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Microsoft has a new Nokia phone: the entry-level Nokia 215

Microsoft has a new Nokia phone: the entry-level Nokia 215

Apparently, Microsoft hasn't done a lot of things. It hasn't completely thrown out the Nokia name for mobile devices. It hasn't given up just yet on feature phones. And it hasn't ported Windows Phone down to that tier, if that's even possible at all. So it is both surprising and yet at the same time expected that the tech company is now unveiling it latest feature phone. Perhaps the last to bear the Nokia name as well. But besides that name, Microsoft wants you to remember that this is the cheapest Internet-connected smartphone in the market.

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Windows Phone hinted to be getting native Microsoft Office app

Windows Phone hinted to be getting native Microsoft Office app

Poor Windows Phone users always among the last to get flagship apps for their device, if at all, and that has become even more apparent recently with Microsoft offering the best mobile Office experience on rival iOS and Android devices. Hopefully that will changing soon as Microsoft is expected to reveal more details about its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, and if a recent post from exec Joe Belfiore is to be believed, we'll also be seeing completely revamped Office apps for Windows Phone, equal to those on other platforms.

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Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

You might not have noticed since it was Friday afternoon immediately after a holiday when most people are still on vacation into the weekend, but both Bing and Yahoo search engines went down for a few hours. The good news is that the downtime didn't last long, and wasn't the result of some nefarious hackers' campaign to disrupt our lives. It was actually just an accident caused by a bad update from Microsoft to the Bing engine, and since Yahoo's search is powered by Bing, it was interesting example of the domino effect among internet giants.

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WatchESPN arrives for Windows Phone users

WatchESPN arrives for Windows Phone users

Those of us who use Windows Phone know how it goes -- there's some nice service you'd like to use, only you know the odds of it being available for your device aren't all that hot. Such was the case with WatchESPN, at least until recently, with the service arriving in the Windows Phone store for all the Lumia users out there. It is available to download now, requiring the same related TV subscription package it does on other platforms, as well.

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Google’s Project Zero posts Windows 8.1 flaw after 90-day grace period

Google’s Project Zero posts Windows 8.1 flaw after 90-day grace period

Project Zero, Google’s software vulnerability tracking program, has discovered another exploit. This time, they’ve come across one for Windows 8.1 that could give even the lowest-level users complete administrative control. Typically, Project Zero gives their discovery to the company who built the software so they can patch it up. The vendor has 90 days to fix it before Google releases their findings to the world. Microsoft didn’t act accordingly, and now we know all about it. Rather than a fix, Microsoft has excuses.

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