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Surface Laptop 2 to come in black, almost no changes

Surface Laptop 2 to come in black, almost no changes

We’re just two weeks away before Microsoft’s own big event and people are curious what the company has in store as far as its Surface brand goes. Obviously, no Surface Phone this year (or ever) but many are hoping ol’ Redmond will use the hype of the Surface Go to showcase innovation and change. Fans, however, may be disappointed with at least one Surface product. If the leaks are true, the Surface Laptop 2 won’t have much to offer other than a newer gen CPU and a new color option to replace one that’s going out.

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2018 Top brands list puts Android in 5th place, Apple in 1st

2018 Top brands list puts Android in 5th place, Apple in 1st

A survey run each year called the Prophet Brand Relevance Index (BRI) shows the role company brands play in people's lives. This year is the fourth in which the Brand Relevance Index was run in the United States, and the analysts at Prophet have some interesting results to share. While we'd expect brands like Google and Samsung to be running up closer to the top of the study's resulting "relevant brands" list, it's Apple that takes the cake this year.

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Forza Horizon 4 demo now available on Xbox One and PC

Forza Horizon 4 demo now available on Xbox One and PC

Today, Microsoft announced that Forza Horizon 4 has gone gold. That means the game is finished and ready for its release next month, but if you're looking forward to the game, you can get a taste of it today. Microsoft has launched a demo for Forza Horizon 4 on Xbox One and PC through Xbox Play Anywhere, a few weeks before it's set to release.

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Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

For years now, Microsoft has been fighting what really feels like a losing battle against Google and Mozilla, two big players in the internet browser space. Though Microsoft Edge replaced the oft-disparaged Internet Explorer in Windows 10 - and, in fairness, makes its share of improvements - a lot of people out there still prefer to stick with Chrome or Firefox. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance? It's clear Microsoft doesn't know, because it's resorted to using annoying pop-up warnings when users try to install another browser.

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Microsoft To-Do remembers it has a web app, updates all platforms

Microsoft To-Do remembers it has a web app, updates all platforms

Before there were all these hip productivity to-do list apps, there was the list-lover's heaven known as Wunderlist. Microsoft gobbled it up and, just like the Sunrise calendar, made it no secret that it would be shutting the service down once its replacement was well on its way. That replacement is Microsoft To-Do, which doesn't seem to get as much attention as Microsoft's other apps. In fact, it's only now that Microsoft is reminding people that it actually has a Web version of the service, after giving it a facelift.

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Windows 10 Your Phone now lets Insiders sync photos, SMS

Windows 10 Your Phone now lets Insiders sync photos, SMS

Without a mobile phone platform to call its own (anymore), Microsoft has little choice but to make the PC and mobile connection as seamless as possible. It did that with Cortana and, more recently, Timelines through its Android app launcher. Now it’s doing even more with the Your Phone app. Soon, users will be able to see new photos from their phones on their PCs and even send messages from their desktop or laptop without having to pick up their phone at all. All you need is the upcoming Windows 10 update.

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Custom Xbox One controller is Greaseproof and nasty

Custom Xbox One controller is Greaseproof and nasty

Supposing you've got a collection of Xbox One controllers and you're a completist, you're going to need to get nasty. This is the Greaseproof 1.0 controller, custom made (actually in an edition, so not really unique) by Microsoft to celebrate the launch of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. This is easily the slickest, most shiny, and strangest Xbox One controller of them all.

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Microsoft’s next big Surface event is on October 2nd

Microsoft’s next big Surface event is on October 2nd

Microsoft will hold an event on October 2 in New York City, the company has announced today, where we're expecting to see updated Surface devices and more. Confirmed with the tagging "A moment of your time," the event will be sandwiched in-between Apple's 2018 iPhone unveiling a week prior, and Google's big Pixel 3 reveal the following week.

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Skype adds call recording feature, but Windows 10 users have to wait

Skype adds call recording feature, but Windows 10 users have to wait

Microsoft has released an update for Skype that adds a call recording feature, enabling users to save a copy of the call for archival and more. This new cloud-based feature has launched on "most" platforms except Windows 10, says Microsoft, which has plans to launch it on the OS some time in the next few weeks.

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Microsoft’s awesome Xbox Adaptive Controller is now available

Microsoft’s awesome Xbox Adaptive Controller is now available

A few months back, Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox One controller that was quite unlike anything we'd seen before. Dubbed the Xbox Adaptive Controller, this device was built with the goal of making gaming more accessible for people with disabilities. It's a neat idea, though at the time, Microsoft didn't say when the Xbox Adaptive Controller would be available to actually purchase.

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Microsoft kills Surface Plus financing & upgrade program

Microsoft kills Surface Plus financing & upgrade program

For those who are fans of paying for Microsoft's Surface devices over a two-year period, as well as upgrading to the latest model, there's some bad news for you: Microsoft has revealed that it's shutting down its Surface Plus Program, with enrollments and trade-ins no longer accepted as of this month. The Surface Plus for Business, which is the same program but for business owners, will remain available, however.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update gives ‘Redstone 5’ a name and release date

Windows 10 October 2018 Update gives ‘Redstone 5’ a name and release date

Microsoft has confirmed that the next Windows 10 feature update will launch as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and if the name didn't give it away it will be landing on your PC in just a couple of months time. Latest of Microsoft's feature packs for its OS, it'll include a number of new additions, including the cross-platform Cloud Clipboard.

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