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Microsoft targets Macbooks in Surface Pro 3 ads (video)

Published by on Aug 12th, 2014, No Comments

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The Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that is supposed to replace your laptop, or at least according to Microsoft. While we don’t feel we’re quite there yet, it is a step in the right direction. To show off some of the functionality of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft are reigniting the Mac vs PC battle from yesteryear with its latest ads.

The first ad called “Power” starts off with a Mac user curious about a full version of Adobe Photoshop running on the Surface Pro 3, demonstrating the device’s laptop and tablet capabilities. (more…)

Windows Phone apps double in a year

Published by on Aug 11th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Even though you may not find your favourite apps on iOS and Android if you search for it on Windows Phone, the situation is changing very quickly. We see more and more of our most used apps being ported to Windows Phone and we can’t be happier.

“We have more than 300,000 Windows Phone apps today and the Windows Phone Store continues to grow,” a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with The Next Web. “In the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94%.” (more…)

Cortana keeps getting smarter

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

CortanaMobile voice assistants are becoming much more than a party trick nowadays. The modern voice assistant approach allows the service to emanate from an online cloud perspective. Thus the developers can update the service with more features when ever they are developed. Recently both Google and Apple has been furiously updating their voice assitants (Google Voice Serach and Siri) to try and gain an edge in the market. Microsoft has also joined the party by recently launching new updates to Cortana. And they have a few neat tricks up their sleeve… (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…)

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