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The time has come: Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 put to pasture

At one point, Microsoft's web browser was considered to be the web browser, wresting the crown away from then forever king Netscape. Those were, however, Internet Explorer's golden days and the browser has since then become the butt of jokes in the Internet community. So it is almost fitting, but still with a heavy heart for some, that Microsoft has started 2016 by cutting off Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 from its font of continuous support and fixes. Same with Windows 8, which has also been a source of ridicule since its debut.

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RIP: Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 next week

Bad news for those who use older versions of Microsoft Windows, good news for just about everyone else on the planet: Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 are finally being killed off next Tuesday. January 12th is the browsers' official "end of life" date, or when Microsoft will no longer support them with updates and security fixes. On that date, the company will be releasing a patch to encourage current users to upgrade to IE 11, which will be supported for a bit longer, or Microsoft's new Edge browser.

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Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Texting while crossing the road might be a shortcut to getting run down, but if Microsoft has its way your mobile device will act as a guardian angel. The company has teamed up with automated driving specialist IAV on a system whereby connected devices - like a smartphone, wearable, or something else commonly carried - can communicate the user's location to nearby vehicles, helping avoid collisions even when traditional cameras might not be able to see a potential accident.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S hands-on: the all-purpose “mobile station”

Today we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a Windows 10 tablet that may be a good contender for Microsoft Surface. Back when we saw the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 in 2013, it was beginning to be clear: the "Galaxy" look was expanding beyond the borders of Android. Now here in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S keeps the name and comes with Windows 10 in a tablet that's made to do basically anything.

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HP ENVY Phoenix is “Certified VR ready” for HTC VIVE

HP has officially teamed up with HTC to deliver a PC that they suggest is "certified virtual reality (VR) ready" - for the HTC VIVE specifically. Of course there are many computers already out in the wild that are ready to roll with virtual reality devices like the HTC VIVE, but this is the first such PC that HTC has officially given their blessing to work well with the VR headset they'll be releasing later this year. The PC will be available for purchase separate from the headset, and it wont be alone by the time the headset is released, of that you can be reasonably sure.

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LG gram 13-inch: maybe this is Windows’ MacBook killer?

LG has quietly revealed the LG gram 13-inch, a laptop that runs Windows 10 and looks to take on the ubiquitous simplicity of the best-selling notebook in the industry. This machine has a 13-inch Full HD (1080p) display and a body that is 1/2-inch thin and weighs in at 980 grams. The outer bits are made from "durable magnesium alloy" and inside you'll find a newest-gen Intel i5 Core Processor. This device will come in several colors, one of which is Snow White - another of which is Gold.

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Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

One of the clearest trends at CES 2016 so far is that vehicle infotainment systems are the "new big thing," and because they are basically OS platforms for cars, it's time they run Microsoft Office. That may sound like a joke, but it's what Harman is actually working on, with help from Microsoft. Harman's vision is to allow drivers to use the Cortana voice assistant to do things like schedule meetings, join conference calls, and respond to emails.

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The 8 best and 4 worst things in Tech for 2015

The year 2015 in technology was a year of improvements. Many of the best devices were succeeded by machines that were incrementally better, and we continue to live in an environment where we're either satisfied with what we have, or continue to wait for the next big thing, which seems to perpetually be right around the corner. What you're about to witness - in no particular order - are the 8 best devices released this year followed by the 4 worst happenings in the tech universe.

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Selfie App has Microsoft cashing in on keywords

Microsoft knows you want to download an app that's made just for taking selfies. Microsoft knows good and well that when you want this app, you'll be searching for the word "selfie" - the function, not necessarily the title of the app. As such, they've titled their newest app "Microsoft Selfie." You'll find it popping up closer and closer to the top of your app search lists for Selfie apps over the next few weeks.

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