Happy 4th of July! Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale starts tomorrow, Xbox Play Anywhere launches on September 13th, Your Groove gets a little bit groovier, NuAns NEO running Windows 10 Mobile heads to Kickstarter, more.
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Some support documentation for the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile-based Elite x3 smart phone doesn't provide too much in the way of new information, beyond one cute touch: it will come in a gold version too.
The past few days have been filled with Surface news, from the Surface 3 hitting the end of the road to a new Surface device being rumored that would represent an entirely new device from Microsoft.
A new report claims that Google will build its own smart phone for release by the end of 2016. But the search giant should learn from the past, lest it fall prey to what I call the Surface Curse.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More info on Microsoft letting users associate Windows 10 licenses with their Microsoft accounts, Kevin Gallo speaks about future of Windows Phone, the Apple Pencil Holder, and much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: AT&T's Lumia 1520 can get Windows 10 Mobile now, a closer look at Battlefield 1, Apple quietly discontinues its Thunderbolt displays, offline viewing is coming to Netflix, more.
With not much happening in the Windows phone space, AdDuplex this month has expanded its examination of device usage to include Windows 10 usage on PCs and Microsoft Surface.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Spotify now has over 100 million active users, HP voluntarily recalls some laptop batteries, Fitbit improves its sleep tracking functionality, and Google is improving symptom search.
Billed as the world's thinnest laptop, HP's new 13-inch Spectre notebook is a stunning, premium device that doesn't sacrifice performance for a stellar if somewhat controversial design.
A little over a week ago, I wrote about the components I had ordered for my son's gaming PC. Since then, the parts have all arrived, and my son and I successfully built the PC last week.
In this special extra episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss the components that went into the gaming PC I've subsequently built, including a few last-minute changes based on feedback.
Announced at CES this year, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet looks like another Surface clone at first glance. But it provides some truly unique functionality, including most notably a modular Ultra Connect system that lets you transform the tablet in useful ways.
Earlier this year, I wrote about my plans to build a few PCs this year, including a gaming PC for my son. Well, the time has come, and I've ordered the parts for what I think will be a decent gaming PC.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Lenovo is at it again, Windows Mobile 10 is finally starting to rollout on U.S. carriers, how to listen to and delete everything you've ever said to Google, and a former Apple ad man says firm has lost the simplicity that Steve Jobs demanded.
While AMD long ago ceded the high-end of the PC microprocessor market to Intel, the firm has plans for a big comeback later this year with its Zen processor architecture. In the meantime, AMD is making news with its 7th generation A-Series CPUs, which are aimed at mobile PCs, and the Radeon RX Series of VR-capable graphics solutions.
During a press event at the Computex 2016 trade show in Taipei on Wednesday morning, Microsoft revealed that it will open up the technology behind its mixed reality HoloLens device to hardware partners. And it will forego a virtual reality (VR) solution of its own.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A real life Half-Life 2 City Scanner drone, Xbox One price drops by $50 ahead of E3, Windows 10 Mobile build 14342.1004 heads to Insiders in the Slow ring, a "leaked" image purportedly shows Surface phone, BBC's Micro Bit computer is now available to the public, more.
Intel this weekend announced its Core i7 processor Extreme Edition, the most powerful desktop PC processor it has ever created. Designed for so-called "mega-tasking," the new high-end CPU delivers 10 processor cores.
Dell has completely overhauled its consumer-oriented 2-in-1 and laptop lineups, with new Inspiron 7000, 5000, 3000 series devices. Key among them is what I believe to be the first-ever 17-inch 2-in-1, The Dell Inspiron 17 5000.
Tech tidbits from around the web on this Memorial Day: Microsoft answers OneNote complaints on Reddit, ASUS Avalon makes DIY PCs easier, Xbox One game streaming might be coming to Windows 10 Mobile for some reason, you can now use Amazon Echo in a web browser, and whether Microsoft cares about its customers.
With Android apps coming to Chromebook this summer, I thought it was time to upgrade from the aging Toshiba model I'd been using. And while I'd love to have a Chromebook Pixel, the $1300 asking price was just a bit too high. So I've purchased the next best thing, a new Acer Chromebook 14.
When Apple introduced its second-generation MacBook Air, it triggered a new PC category called Ultrabook, and ASUS was first out of the gate with a new lineup of Zenbooks. This week, ASUS is at it again, with a clone of the new MacBook called the ZenBook 3.
Lenovo's versatile ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the ultimate mobile companion, offering an expansive 14-inch screen, superior typing and pointing experiences, and touch-, pen- and tablet usage capabilities in a thin, light, and durable form factor.
HP on Thursday announced a new family of OMEN gaming products, including new laptop and desktop PC and display models. Each is expected to ship this summer.
The HTC Vive is now shipping and after playing with one for a few days, here's my first impression of the new VR device.
I recently held a focus group and reaffirmed what I've known for years: Microsoft's Signature program delivers the clean and reliable PC experiences that its customers deserve, and should demand.
On Wednesday, Google broadcast the day one keynote for its 10th annual I/O conference, with most of the announcements pertaining to products and services that won't ship for many months. The biggest was for a product called Google Home, which brings its conversational digital personal assistant technologies to your home for the first time.