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Dear Microsoft: HTC has the right idea

Dear Microsoft: HTC has the right idea

This week I’m meant to publish a review of the HTC One M8 with Windows, the Microsoft-embedded version of the Android original. Once I started using it, devoid of any special or alternate treatment for hardware, it became clear to me that I’d been mistaken: it’s the hardware, not the software, that’d driven me away in the past.

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Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Here in the late Summer of 2014 we’re having a look at a gaming PC from Alienware that’s continuing to aim for console-beating power after nearly a year out in the wild. This review isn’t like most SlashGear reviews where we review a product early - sometimes before it’s on the market. Instead we’re taking a quick look at how this device squares off against the PS4, the Xbox One, and other similarly-sized competitors.

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Microsoft may be trolling Google again with cardboard tablet

Microsoft may be trolling Google again with cardboard tablet

Microsoft has a well-documented history of trolling Google. Prior attempts at throwing shade on the search giant have revolved around things like privacy in Gmail, and Google’s scanning of your communiqué for their own good (sarcasm on my part, of course). A new promotional Surface tablet, meant as an announcement of the PC-killer launching in several new countries, might just be another round of trolling from Microsoft.

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Standalone Kinect for Xbox One priced for October 7th

Standalone Kinect for Xbox One priced for October 7th

The standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One will hit stores on October 7th, Microsoft has confirmed, giving those gamers who initially opted for the console without the motion sensor bar to subsequently upgrade. Microsoft began offering Xbox One in a Kinect-free bundle earlier this year, a desire for sales seemingly overtaking its previous adamance that the sensor was an integral part of the console's experience.

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Forza Horizon 2 demo release set, Achievements listed

Forza Horizon 2 demo release set, Achievements listed

You’ll be able to get your hands on the Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2 starting on the 16th of September, 2014. This is awesome news for Xbox One owners hoping to have a peek at the game before it’s released, as well as for those aiming at testing the game before they buy it. Those of you that don’t plan on buying it … go ahead and play it anyway.

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Windows 9 rumors: no desktop on tablets, interactive live tiles

Windows 9 rumors: no desktop on tablets, interactive live tiles

Although Microsoft won't be using IFA 2014 as a stage to announce it's next Windows version, alternately called Windows Threshold and Windows 9, it will be holding a separate press conference near the end of next month. That leaves us enough time to build a better picture of what the next Windows might become, though it seems it might be as controversial and divisive as ever, like this rumor about Microsoft completely doing away with the traditional desktop for "devices that don't need it".

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