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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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Windows Phone 10 TP v.10080 for phones detailed

Windows Phone 10 TP v.10080 for phones detailed

The few and the proud Windows Phone users working with Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview have an update today. This update includes several boosts to services like Universal Office Apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. They also have updates to the Xbox app. If you have an Xbox One, you'll have plenty more services to access as of this afternoon. This update also brings on the Windows Store Beta for phones with a new visual design. There are new never-before-available apps on that new Windows Store Beta as well.

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ASUS ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition now available

ASUS ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition now available

On Wednesday, ASUS announced a new limited laptop called the ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition ultrabook (as well as a standard edition champagne gold UX305). Only 200 units of the white model will be made; they're available to purchase now for $999 USD, while the standard version is priced at $699 USD. The laptop (the special edition, that is) features a 13.3-inch IPS matte display with a 3200 x 1800 pixels resolution. It brings with it all the goodies you’d hope to find on an ultrabook, as well as Windows 8.1.

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Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

As expected, a new Windows smartphone called the LG Lancet is coming to Verizon Wireless, something the carrier made official today. The LG Lancet is said to be the first Windows Phone offering on Verizon to feature Advanced Calling 1.0, which gives users HD voice calls when talking to another Verizon user with an Advanced Calling handset. In addition, the phone brings with it Windows Phone 8.1 and a load of modest but notable features, including support for a 128GB micro SD card.

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