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Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

In early October, researchers will show off Microsoft’s new MobileFusion technology, a project that enables an ordinary smartphone to serve as a 3D scanner. MobileFusion is notable for a number of reasons: it doesn’t require any special attachments, nor does it require an Internet connection, and it is something any smartphone user could utilize. Most present day smartphones are powerful enough to use the 3D scanning system, with the phone’s camera being the starting point of that system and an algorithm doing the rest of the work.

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Cortana for Android beta now available to all in US

Cortana for Android beta now available to all in US

Cortana for Android has gone into public beta, bringing Microsoft's sass-talking personal assistant to smartphones running Google's OS. Promising a mixture of Google Now-style contextual learning with smart speech recognition, Cortana supports voice-controlled calendar control, web searches, and more, along with sifting through news articles and other pertinent data she believes each individual user might be interested in.

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Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

There was once a time when obscurity was the name of the security game, but that practice has widely fallen out of fashion after being proven to be ultimately ineffective. It seems, however, that Microsoft is doing its best to revive that tradition. Although it claims to be not doing anything differently, descriptions of its Windows 10 updates are becoming less and less descriptive. Worse, even the KB articles that supposedly give more in-depth information are now also less verbose, leading some to speculate what Microsoft is hiding.

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Windows 10 claimed to phone home despite privacy settings

Windows 10 claimed to phone home despite privacy settings

If you still don't think that Windows 10 is a privacy disaster in the making, then this latest detective work might. At least, if you actually subscribe to it. According to Czech website aeronet.cz, Windows 10 has been doing some rather dubious communication with Microsoft servers in places and instances where it doesn't make sense to do so. In short, even if you have disabled all possible privacy-infringing settings, the OS will still be sending some of your private data, without your knowledge and definitely without your consent.

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Bing Android app’s Snapshot preempts Google Now on Tap

Bing Android app’s Snapshot preempts Google Now on Tap

At I/O 2015 in late May, Google revealed its concept for putting the power of search inside each and every Android app. Called "Google Now on Tap", the still upcoming feature lets users search for information relevant to their current context, like the current song, artist or video, without having to leave the app. It seems, however, the Microsoft is beating Google to the punch in its own territory, updating its Bing Android app with a new "Snapshots" feature that is almost the same yet different from Google Now on Tap.

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Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

While Samsung went a month early to avoid the IFA and Apple rush of September, it seems that Microsoft will go the opposite route and hold its event a bit later. Two separate sources agree that October will be Microsoft's month as it will be revealing a new lineup of devices, including the Surface Pro 4, two new Lumia flagships, and the second Microsoft Band wearable. Given the Lumias, this might also be the time when Microsoft will finally launch, or even just unveil, Windows 10 Mobile.

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Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

The wearable smart device Microsoft Band receives an upgrade to track users' golf games. This should be a good indicator for the direction of the band, a device that's currently at war with the likes of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices of all sorts. This system works not only with Microsoft Band, but Microsoft Health as well, an app ecosystem that exists exclusively on Microsoft Windows Phone devices.

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Apple computers will soon be able to take advantage of Windows 10 apps with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. This software is the newest in a line of software from Parallels that allows for more functionality between operating systems than Apple's own "Boot Camp" does alone. Here the key is "Coherence" mode, allowing you to open Windows 10 apps the same way you would the same app in a standard Windows 10 environment. This includes Cortana, as you might have already guessed.

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Xbox One now supports 1080p, 60fps streaming to Windows 10

Xbox One now supports 1080p, 60fps streaming to Windows 10

Microsoft has just announced the details of this month's update for Xbox One consoles. For August, most of the new features are tied to the recent addition of the Xbox Live network to Windows 10, as well as the popular new ability to stream gameplay from the Xbox One console to a PC running Windows 10. The biggest addition for the update is support for streaming games in 1080p and 60fps, allowing the best games to stay sharp and smooth on a PC monitor.

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Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft is tinkering with an app called NewsCast that will go one step above competing news apps by reading the news to you. Such functionality will be facilitated by text-to-speech technology, one that is hopefully smooth and pleasant to hear. Microsoft isn't the only company working on projects that could serve as a news hub for consumers, but it does seem to be the only one working on delivering news audibly for the daily commute.

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Review: Acer Aspire E15 Windows 10 laptop

Review: Acer Aspire E15 Windows 10 laptop

Acer has new laptops running Windows 10 in the pipeline, and we've gotten our hands on one of the first models among them: the Acer Aspire E15 laptop running Windows 10. This is part of Acer's E Series Windows 10 notebooks, and arrives at the same time as the maker's new Acer Liquid M220 smartphone. Both the new laptop and the smartphone sport the same design stylings; brand fans will find the two together complement each other well. How does the laptop hold up in everyday life, though? Read our full SlashGear Review to find out!

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