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Skype will now hide your IP address by default

Skype will now hide your IP address by default

While it's difficult to maintain anonymity online, there are certain things you can do to make sure that the people you interact with can't trace your computer. Namely, you don't want anything revealing your IP address. With that information, someone can do some nasty things, like flood your connection with requests, so that you can't get anything done online. Well Microsoft is finally taking a step that it should have taken long ago, to prevent this sort of thing.

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Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Microsoft shows which Surface Pro power cords need replacement

Yesterday, Microsoft was reportedly going to issue free recalls for some of its power cords, citing potential fire hazard problems for a certain range of the Surface Pro cables. Now Microsoft has made that official. Redmond is starting a voluntary replacement program for Surface Pro AC power cords that were sold before March 15, 2015 in the US and Canada or before July 15, 2015 in other markets. But, given that the Surface Pro power line comes in two pieces, which is exactly the power cord and which ones are eligible for the free replacement? Microsoft has pictures to clarify.

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Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft has always had a presence on Apple platforms via its Office suite, competing fiercely with Apple's own blessed iWorks software. But with the launch of the iPad Pro, Redmond has surprisingly become even more aggressive in pushing Office, especially Office 365, to Apple users, both on iOS and on the Mac. This latest announcement aims to endear them further with Apple's own fans, bringing one of the best features of Office to iOS and giving some Mac users early access to upcoming Office features.

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Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Only the greatest people in the world are able to always wake up with a smile on their faces and fire in their spirit. The rest of us, we mostly struggle with our darkest demons, no matter how early or how late we wake up. That is why there are countless alarm apps that try to wake you up in a unique, sometimes even creepy, ways. Microsoft now has one as well. But the Mimicker Alarm for Android is even more unique because you'll need to convince its AI that you really are already awake. At least before you throw the phone out in frustration.

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Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop Review: Big Red

Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop Review: Big Red

The Acer Predator 17 is not just a good first-shot from a relatively new gaming line, it's a darn good notebook in and of itself. This laptop is large enough to give you a full gaming experience without being so bulky you'll never move it from your desk. This laptop is also clearly a gaming machine, but doesn't look like you decided on your hardware's look when you were young and foolish. In short - this is the gaming laptop you want if you're not afraid to go big, but don't want to drop cash on just any ol' run-of-the-mill flashy gamer unit.

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Windows 10 Mobile for older phones delayed to end of February

Windows 10 Mobile for older phones delayed to end of February

Star Wars Episode VIII isn't the only thing that's delayed, but hopefully Lumia users won't be waiting that long for their deserved update. At best, they just need to wait yet another month, on top of already two months of waiting. In a tweet sent to French carrier Bouygues Telecom, subscriber Joel Devaux revealed that he was advised by one of the carrier's representatives that the Windows 10 Mobile update for older but supported Lumia smartphones won't be coming until the end of next month, further delaying the much needed refresh of Microsoft's mobile OS.

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Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

Windows Continuum for phones adds mid-range Snapdragon 617

One of the biggest things that Microsoft has been singing about in Windows 10 is the universal app platform, a utopia where apps written for one device factor will also be usable on others, give or take a few tweaks. Part of that promise is realized in Continuum for Phones, which saw the light of day in the high-end Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now, however, Microsoft is lowering the requirements for Continuum for Phones just a wee bit, embracing mid-range devices running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.

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