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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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Wacom Bamboo Ink stylus released for Windows Ink

Wacom Bamboo Ink stylus released for Windows Ink

This week the folks at Wacom have two new stylus releases in store for their "Bamboo" line. These devices look similar but act very different - in how they interact with their chosen devices, that is. The Bamboo Ink smart stylus works with Windows Ink, while the Bamboo Sketch smart stylus works with iOS devices of several sorts - not just iPad Pro.

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Curved smartphone camera sensors could out-snap your DSLR

Curved smartphone camera sensors could out-snap your DSLR

A new curved sensor camera developed by Microsoft Research may well help deliver the biggest step forward in smartphone photography in years. The system, dubbed Project Vermont, relies on a specially manufactured concave camera sensor that "can dramatically improve" resolution, light-gathering, and uniformity of illumination. Indeed, it could legitimately offer DSLR-style performance from a smartphone-scale sensor.

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SlashGear’s E3 2017 Wishlist

SlashGear’s E3 2017 Wishlist

E3 2017 is right around the corner, and so far there hasn't been very much indication of what we'll see there. Obviously, we know what companies like Microsoft and Nintendo will talking about in a general sense, but we'll have to wait for specifics until the show is finally here. With that in mind, I've put together a wishlist of some things I'd like to see at the show. Keep in mind that this isn't necessarily a list of what's likely, just stuff that I'd like see announced. Therefore, don't take this as something of an E3 checklist; I'm just letting my dreams run wild here.

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The Best Windows 10 2-in-1 Tablets of 2017 so far

The Best Windows 10 2-in-1 Tablets of 2017 so far

Last week in Shanghai, away from the very scrutinizing eyes of Western media, Microsoft unveiled the New Surface Pro, a.k.a. not the Surface Pro 5. Reception has been mixed, ranging from "this should have been called the Surface Pro 5" to "meh". Fortunately, Microsoft's "tablet that can replace your laptop" is no longer the only game in town. In fact, there's quite a few of them right now. We take a long at some of the most recent and most enticing 2-in-1 options so far this year to see which one might be the best for your mobile Windows 10 needs.

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Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro: Is it worth the upgrade?

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro: Is it worth the upgrade?

We've been waiting about a year and a half for a new Surface Pro, and a couple of days back, Microsoft finally revealed it. Unlike the others, this isn't a numbered entry in the line up, with Microsoft simply referring to it as the Surface Pro. Looking at side-by-side lists of specifications, the new Surface Pro and the Surface Pro 4 seem to be quite similar, so are there enough differences between the two to warrant an upgrade?

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Beam rebrands to Mixer as Microsoft introduces co-streaming

Beam rebrands to Mixer as Microsoft introduces co-streaming

Well that was fast: even though streaming service Beam was integrated into Xbox One and Windows 10 just a couple of months ago, it's already getting rebranded. Microsoft revealed the new name today as Mixer, introducing a handful of new features to go along with this relaunch of sorts. Aside from the name change, it doesn't seem like any drastic changes are being made to the way the service operates, which will be encouraging to folks who have already bought into the platform.

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Missed the big Surface Pro reveal? Now you can re-live it

Missed the big Surface Pro reveal? Now you can re-live it

Microsoft's big Surface Pro announcement this week saw the long-anticipated update of its tablet, but you'd be forgiven for missing the whole thing. The decision to hold the event in China meant that you'd have needed to get up pretty early in order to watch the livestream from North America. That's a shame, as Microsoft devices chief Panos Panay spared no enthusiasm around why the Surface Pro should be in your bag.

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Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

This week the folks at Microsoft behind the Xbox One have released the Netflix subscription model in a game program called Xbox Game Pass. As revealed earlier this year, Xbox Game Pass allows the subscriber to access "over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games" for right around $10 a month. It's easy to envision a service such as this replacing the traditional one-time-cost model that's been in place since the beginning of games - save the additional barrier in-between there and here.

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Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: What you need to know

Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: What you need to know

With the announcements of both the new Surface Pro and the Huawei MateBook E today, we find ourselves in a heated 2-in-1 competition. Huawei and Microsoft aren't the only ones participating, though, as Samsung has also entered the ring with its new Galaxy Book 12. Make no mistake, these three devices certainly have a lot in common, but more importantly, there are a few key differences between them. Here's everything you need to know.

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Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

At first glance, Microsoft has knocked the new Surface Pro out of the park. Coming hot on the heels of the Surface Laptop, the tablet-that's-a-notebook (and which mustn't be called the Surface Pro 5, oh no) could've been overshadowed by its Alcantara-clad clamshell sibling. Instead, Microsoft has gone down the wishlist of existing owners and ticked all the boxes. Well, all apart from one.

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Microsoft beefs up Office 365 for new Surface Pro launch

Microsoft beefs up Office 365 for new Surface Pro launch

In case you missed the news, Microsoft revealed the next Surface Pro during its event in Shanghai earlier today. This is something Surface Pro adherents have been waiting a long time for, but with this new Surface Pro comes news that Office 365 is getting some improvements to Inking. These improvements seem to go hand-in-hand with the new Surface Pen, and indeed, you'll see them come to touch-enabled Windows devices first.

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