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B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

As Windows 10 launches, HP presents a Bang & Olufsen limited edition HP EliteBook Folio 1020. This notebook computer is extremely light and thin and works with Bang & Olufsen certified audio output. It works with dual-array microphones, noise-canceling software, and an HD webcam to make your whole audio-visual experience as elite as the company suggests. HP is also making an effort to assert that their HP Pro Tablet 608 is a headliner for the spot of tablet hero in the Windows 10 universe this autumn.

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Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that the Surface line of tablet/convertible computers would be expanding at Windows 10's launch. They'll be the company's hero. Believe it or not! With the global rollout of Windows 10 on the way, the Surface tablet line will be expanding distribution channels and appearing in more stores. We’ve had a somewhat limited business channel for Surface," said Brian Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Surface said in a statement, "we’ve heard from a lot of customers that they’d like to see more partners offering Surface."

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Microsoft plans for a Windows 10 launch party

Microsoft plans for a Windows 10 launch party

Microsoft is hoping to make the Windows 10 launch a party, spilling the beans on not only its retail plans but a new nonprofit scheme dubbed Upgrade Your World. Windows 10, which arrives in just a few weeks time on July 29, will be accompanied by what Microsoft describes as "global fan celebrations" across thirteen cities worldwide, with demo stations, outreach from execs, and entertainment. Meanwhile, the company is also promising a $10m fund to be split between nonprofits large and small.

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Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Satya Nadella insists Microsoft is still "committed" to making its own smartphones, the CEO arguing today's massive $7.6bn write-off is refocusing not abandonment. The company announced this morning it would cut 7,800 jobs, predominantly from its phone business, as well as write-off what it spent on acquiring Nokia. "I don’t take changes in plans like these lightly," Nadella wrote in an email to all employees, "given that they affect the lives of people who have made an impact at Microsoft."

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Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft will slash 7,800 jobs, the majority from its struggling phone division, and write-off $7.6bn over its Nokia acquisition, the company has confirmed today. The sweeping cuts cast a shadow over the future of Windows for smartphones, or at least Microsoft's role in building them, with the CEO Satya Nadella saying that for the moment the company plans a "focused phone portfolio" at least in the near-term. Where that leaves the rumored flagship Windows 10 smartphone many fans of the platform had been hoping for remains to be seen.

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Microsoft Office 2016 preview arrives for Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2016 preview arrives for Windows 10

Those in the Windows Insider program just recently received an email update, and nestled within it is a little tidbit of info: the Microsoft Office 2016 preview is now available for installing on Windows 10, letting those testing the newest version of the operating system see how the upcoming Office edition runs. The Office 2016 preview arrived this past May, and just a few days ago Microsoft announced a second update to it, adding in improvements and other goodies.

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Xbox Music renamed Groove for Windows 10

Xbox Music renamed Groove for Windows 10

Microsoft has rebranded Xbox Music for Windows 10, with its new app dubbed Groove, while Xbox Video has also shed its gaming connection. Windows 10's place for video will now be known as Movies & TV, something the company says will make it "more identifiable for our broad customer base." Initially, the changes will be applied to Microsoft's new OS when it hits PCs at the end of the month, but the company says eventually apps on all platforms will be brought in line.

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Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch the Predator tear Jason apart in Mortal Kombat X - because there's no better way to spend your afternoon. What you're about to see is not only the release of the Predator character for Mortal Kombat X on all platforms, but the reveal of Carl Weathers as Jax. Weathers took the role of beefy fighter in the first Predator film - now he's back to do damage as everyone's favorite metallic basher. Here you'll see the fight you've been waiting for - unless you'd rather Jesse "The Body" Ventura be released. We'll keep crossing our fingers for that one.

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Minecraft: Story Mode coming to multiple platforms via Telltale Games

Minecraft: Story Mode coming to multiple platforms via Telltale Games

Minecraft to be published as a five-part story as developed by Telltale Games. This game isn't like other Minecraft releases - it's an adventure. It has a goal, it has dialog - and it's not online. It's made much in the same way the rest of the Telltale Games are made, set to tell you a story rather than sending you off on your own to find your own way. This is the first Minecraft game to be released this way officially - outside the 3rd party "make your own" universe.

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Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 build 10158 and 10159 back-to-back earlier this week, and now it has released yet another with build 10162. As with the others, the build has been released into the Fast ring, and if you are a Windows Insider you can get it now. Don’t expect anything big with this release, though — Microsoft is getting down to the polishing point of things, and build 10162’s biggest bragging points are one you won’t be able to see.

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Windows 10 build 10159 arrives on heels of 10158

Windows 10 build 10159 arrives on heels of 10158

We just saw Windows 10 build 10158 arrive yesterday, but Microsoft has apparently found cause to get the next version out ASAP, and now testers have access to Windows 10 build 10159. It is a pleasant surprise, one that is being released into the Windows Insider Fast ring today. Why, you ask? Microsoft didn’t want to wait on releasing 10158, but has found that 10159 is also ready to go and so it decided to release it, too.

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GammaTech Durabook R11 tablet PC is military rugged

GammaTech Durabook R11 tablet PC is military rugged

GammaTech has unveiled its latest ruggedized tablet computer that is aimed at workers in harsh environments. We all know that the typical notebook can’t survive use in harsh environments for very long. The Durabook R11 on the other hand meets multiple military standards for ruggedness including MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD- 461F, and IP65. The maker says that meeting the military standards makes this the ideal tablet PCs for utility workers who are in the harshest environments.

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