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Nokia Lumia 530 specs leaked before launch

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2014, No Comments

Nokia_Lumia_520.jpg.pagespeed.ce.NyzOXbXSglThe upcoming Nokia Lumia 530 might not be the flagship model everyone is waiting for but the little Windows phone is still eagerly anticipated. With the unsuspected success of the Nokia Lumia 520 last year many consumers can’t wait to get their hands on a smaller, cheaper yet superior quality Windows smartphone. For those holding out for a phone just like this will be pleased with new leaks of the 530′s specs. (more…)

Microsoft to lay off 18,000 employees

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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The software giant from Redmond has announced its biggest job cutting effort in its entire history, saying they have to axe 18,000 employees in a new effort to streamline operations. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company will cut the 18,000 positions in the next year, with former Nokia employees expected to account for about 70 percent of those.

The number is rather high, but not as much if you consider that it is mostly Nokia staff that is being cut. Microsoft started in the hardware game before the Nokia Devices acquisition, with the advent of the Surface tablets. After announcing the Nokia deal, Microsoft promised its investors $600 million in annual cost savings within 18 months. (more…)

Future Nokia Lumias might feature Canon camera tech

Published by on Jul 7th, 2014, 1 Comment

MS Canon DealThese days the smartphone is becoming the all-round gadget. Communicator, web browser, music player, gaming device as well as high-end camera. Microsoft and Canon have recently announced a broad cross-licensing agreement which could see Canon’s technology in terms of optics, lens and image processing technology find a way into future Nokia Lumia smartphones. (more…)

Microsoft smartwatch also on its way

Published by on Jul 4th, 2014, No Comments

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Surprise, surprise. Microsoft is another tech giant stepping up to the plat when it comes to wearables. A year ago, nearly no-one knew or wanted to know about smartwatches and smart wristbands, now every major electronics company is making one. (more…)

Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia Lumia(s) Launch Event

Published by on Jul 1st, 2014, 3 Comments

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After a warm welcome from Microsoft’s Communications Manager, Leo McKay, we were told about how Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia brings the mobility of Nokia and power of Microsoft. It is a new partnership meant to bring the best of Microsoft and Windows Phone to a mobile device, making your life as easy as possible without being intrusive.

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Xbox One’s SA pricing and launch date revealed

Published by on Jun 13th, 2014, No Comments

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On the heels of the Xbox Media Briefing at E3, we finally found out when we can expect the Xbox One in South Africa and how much cash you will have to drop to pick it up.

Unfortunately, we have three more painfully long months to wait before it reaches our shores. You can expect it on the 23rd of September. Luckily, unlike some of the major overseas market, we will be able to choose if we want the Kinect with the console. It will cost R6299.99 without the Kinect, and a whopping R7999.99 with the accessory. I don’t use the term ‘accessory’ very lightly, as it is certainly a powerful piece of hardware if you can find enough use for it. (more…)

Microsoft’s 90′s ‘Smart Home’ concept (Video)

Published by on Jun 9th, 2014, 3 Comments

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We all know that nowadays, everything is ‘smart’. Smartphones, smart cars and lately, smart homes, are the order of the day. With devices like Nest, it is becoming more and more popular for homes to be integrated into a ‘smart’ network.

With Google acquiring Nest and Apple filing patents for smart home tech that connects everything in your home to your iPhone, the trend of making your home smart is clearly alive and well.

But where did this idea come from? Well, apparently from Microsoft – back in 1999.

15 years ago, Microsoft produced a segment for the ‘Retirement Living TV’ show that showcased their vision for a ‘smart home’. (more…)

Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 3

Published by on May 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The Microsoft Surface tablet is becoming a more compelling buy with every iteration. Microsoft is definitely pitching this as a device that will replace your laptop. This means that it is priced like some laptops, as well, and not as a tablet. The Core i7 Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store in both 256GB and 512GB variants, starting at $1,549. It is expected to ship at the end of August.

The $799/£639 64GB Core i3 model will ship at around the same time as its higher-spec brother, although the Core i5 versions of the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover, Surface Pen and Pen Loop will make their way to you a little earlier, shipping by June 20th. (more…)

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