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Windows 10 preview build 10130: Cortana shortcut and more

Windows 10 preview build 10130: Cortana shortcut and more

Microsoft has pushed out the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, bringing it to build 10130. Because the builds are fairly far along at this point, they no longer bring with them big changes that add big features — rather, at this point, it’s more polishing things up and tweaking things when needed. As such, you’ll find a lot of smaller changes with build 10130, perhaps some that you were hoping would happen, including things as simple as a new shortcut for Cortana to customization of the Start experience.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet gets a second-gen update

Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet gets a second-gen update

At the Lenovo Tech World event in Beijing, Lenovo has introduced the second-generation of its ThinkPad 10 tablet and the improvements it brings with it, including a ThinkPad Pen Pro and a new Folio keyboard. The tablet looks very similar -- though not identical -- to the first-generation version (check out our review of it), but stands out in all the ways needed to (hopefully) produce a sharper, better-abled upgrade for those who are ready for a next-gen device. We've a gallery after the jump!

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

As the final release of Windows 10 continues to draw nearer, we continue to get little sneak peeks at what Microsoft's newest operating system has in store for us. Recent leaked builds have shown us the new Edge browser and the latest versions of the Mail and Calendar apps. We know that Microsoft is finally killing off the Media Center legacy software, and that the first users to install Windows 10 will be treated to gratis copies of Candy Crush Saga. The latest image is of the OS's new music app, featuring a layout very reminiscent of Spotify.

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Need for Speed 2015 reboot (teaser) trailer revealed

Need for Speed 2015 reboot (teaser) trailer revealed

The first teaser trailer for Need for Speed 2015 is released with a brief glimpse of some in-game engine visuals. While this isn't precisely representative of what you're going to be seeing in the game, so to speak, it is an idea of what the finest of the fine will look like in cut-scenes. As always, we'll have to wait a bit longer for full gameplay action. Like E3 2015 time, we're talking here. This game will include some of the most fantastic buzz-words you've ever read.

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Windows 10 upgrade paths get more detailed

Windows 10 upgrade paths get more detailed

It seems that Microsoft has settled on a new strategy involving Windows 10 announcements, leaving them in tiny bits and pieces all over the place, like breadcrumbs we have to follow, pick up and piece together ourselves. Of course, until we finally get the full picture, there will always be holes in our knowledge, questions left unanswered. The latest crumbs seem to be the upgrade path for existing Windows users, courtesy of Microsoft's Australia Partner Network. But while it does clarify some scenarios, it still leaves us scratching our heads in others, especially when Windows 10 Mobile is concerned.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global tournament

Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global  tournament

Microsoft Solitaire first appeared on Windows 25 years ago. In that time, new time-wasting games took over. Solitaire used to be the ultimate way of killing time at work, with Minesweeper coming in at a close second place finish. Nowadays, games like Candy Crush are ubiquitous. Solitaire never had a the kind of social components that makes games so catchy today. That's about to change. To mark the silver anniversary, Microsoft will be hosting a global solitaire tournament in June. Hopefully it will have more than just ranking, and there should be a social element as well, if it wants to regain ground against games from a newer generation.

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Latest Windows 10 build leaks online, reveals private browsing for Edge

Latest Windows 10 build leaks online, reveals private browsing for Edge

Microsoft's Windows 10 continues to move closer to release sometime this summer, and with it eager fans look forward to each build leak in order to get early looks at what's coming. The latest leak appears to be of build 10123, which was obtained by Chinese website ITHome. They have shared a handful of new screenshots for both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10, revealing tidbits like changing live tile colors, a 'Backup and Restore' feature, and private browsing for the new Edge browser.

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No free Windows 10 lunch for PC pirates

No free Windows 10 lunch for PC pirates

Microsoft's appetite to get Windows 10 on as many PCs as possible may have seen it extend an olive branch to those running stolen software, but it won't be a free lunch. The software giant surprised many earlier this year with its promise of a complimentary update in the first year; now, tackling the thorny issue of whether those running "non-genuine" prior versions of Windows will also get the free 10 upgrade, Microsoft's Terry Myerson has confirmed that it won't be so simple.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X250 Review – a subtle but solid update

Lenovo ThinkPad X250 Review – a subtle but solid update

The Lenovo X240's older sibling has arrived, and it is aptly named the Lenovo X250. Many of the previous model's design choices have carried over into the model, but as always the update brings with it, you know, updates for a slightly more modern world. The X250 is a relatively compact laptop with a rugged design and, perhaps the best part of both it and the X240, it has phenomenal battery life, particularly if you’re using the largest secondary battery. Is it notable enough to justify upgrading from the X240? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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