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Microsoft

Here's how to back up your photos from any mobile device to one location

A lot of us have mobile devices on multiple platforms. Maybe an iPod, an Android tablet, and/or a Windows Phone. Or perhaps you have a BlackBerry or Kindle Fire to throw into the mix. Whatever your combination of devices, it can be cumbersome accessing each platform's respective storage service to manage photos and videos you take. An easier solution is to use one service to consolidate all of your photos and videos in one spot. Both OneDrive and Dropbox have apps for each of the major mobile platforms and will back up photos and videos automatically – no matter which device you're using.  Read More

Both systems are set to receive new features

Both Microsoft and Sony have announced big updates for their current-gen platforms this month. The PlayStation 4 v2 update will land an innovative online/local multiplayer hybrid feature on the system, while the Xbox One is set to receive remote purchase functionality, improved social features and a big tweak to its Blu-ray player.  Read More

Standalone Kinect sensors for Xbox One will be available for purchase from October 7

After Microsoft started offering the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor earlier this year to better complete with Sony's PS4, it was only a matter of time before a standalone Kinect was released. That time has now arrived, with a standalone Kinect to be available from October 7.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the 2014 Retina MacBook Pro with the Surface Pro...

Last week Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro lineup to put a little more horsepower under the hood. How does the latest version of Apple's best notebook compare to what might be the best Windows 2-in-1? Read on, as Gizmag compares the 2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  Read More

Here's a hands-on look at what you can expect from Windows Phone 8.1 update 1

On the heels of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has released the latest update to its mobile OS. Currently available to download for users as part of the free-to-join Preview for Developers program, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes some minor but important enhancements. Here's a look at what to expect.  Read More

The Windows 2-in-1 form factor has seen some of the most imaginative hardware we've seen i...

While desktop operating systems have traditionally been tied to mouse and keyboard, Windows 8 (and subsequently Windows 8.1) has also embraced touch. In addition to a wealth of touchscreen-toting laptops, there are now a range of hybrid machines that blur the line between tablet and notebook, with the goal of providing the best of both experiences. Join Gizmag, as we compare the top Windows hybrids, aka convertibles or 2-in-1s.  Read More

The Lumia 530 is the latest device to speak to the recent trend of cheap, capable handsets

Nokia has thrown its hat into the budget ring with the Lumia 530, an affordable handset with low-end yet capable specs. The 530 is the cheapest Windows Phone device yet, offering a 4-in display and quad core processor.  Read More

The Zmartframe brings touch screen capabilities to non-touch PC monitors

While touch screens are an option when buying a new all-in-one PC or monitor, Hong Kong-based Gowin Technology is offering an alternative for those after touch capabilities who don't want to trash their existing monitor. The Zmartframe is a touch-enabled frame that attaches to a monitor to bring touchscreen capabilities to a Windows PC or transform it into a standalone Android touchscreen computer.  Read More

Here's how to perform a PC Refresh on Windows 8.1

Just like with previous versions, once you've had your Windows 8 computer for a while, chances are it will become unstable or not be as sprightly as it once was. That's when a little clean up might be on order to return it to its former glory. Here's how to use the PC Refresh feature to reclaim the speed and stability the computer once had and not lose your personal files. This article will also show you how to make PC Refresh (and Reset) work if you receive a common error message.  Read More

The Nokia X2 is the first Android-based smartphone for Microsoft after taking over Nokia's...

Microsoft has unveiled its first Nokia-branded Android-based smartphone since the takeover of Nokia's Devices & Services business was finalized earlier this year. Aimed at the budget end of the smartphone market, the Nokia X2 packs a 4.3-inch WVGA display and is powered by a Snapdragon 200 dual core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM.  Read More

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