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Smaller Xbox One hardware dismissed by Microsoft

Smaller Xbox One hardware dismissed by Microsoft

With a Microsoft event coming in October expected to reveal a number of new Windows 10-related devices, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, another rumor began earlier this month that a smaller version of the Xbox One console would also be announced. While it's still fairly early in the Xbox One's lifespan for such hardware revisions, it did seem possible, especially noting how large the console is. Unfortunately for those excited by the rumor, Xbox head Phil Spencer has said it isn't happening.

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Leaked Microsoft Lumia renders reveal premium Windows phones

Leaked Microsoft Lumia renders reveal premium Windows phones

Microsoft has been expected to announce a new pair of flagship Windows-powered phones under the Lumia name in October, and while we've already seen a few leaked photos and spec lists, now what appear to be official press renders have been discovered. The new images come from Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks on Twitter, a reliable and often correct leaker. What we see now are the 5.2-inch Lumia 950, codenamed Talkman, along with the larger 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL, codenamed Cityman.

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Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

Even Microsoft is rumored to have a large tablet coming

If the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 isn't big enough for you, worry not. Rumors are now pointing to the possibility that Microsoft might unveil a variety of Surface Pro 4 hybrids in October, with models differing not only in internal specs like before. This time, there might also be differences in sizes, with 13- and 14- inch variants said to also be available. This makes Microsoft just one of the latest big names to join the growing list of device makers trying to revitalize the tablet market by stretching their sizes further.

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Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft's detachable Surface keyboard may already bring easy text entry to the tablet, but the company is cooking up a new DisplayCover prototype with its own e-paper touchscreen. The work-in-progress peripheral is the handiwork of Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group, combining not only a physical keyboard but a full-width touchscreen which can be used to show menu items, toolbar controls, or even offer an alternative input area.

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Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

In early October, researchers will show off Microsoft’s new MobileFusion technology, a project that enables an ordinary smartphone to serve as a 3D scanner. MobileFusion is notable for a number of reasons: it doesn’t require any special attachments, nor does it require an Internet connection, and it is something any smartphone user could utilize. Most present day smartphones are powerful enough to use the 3D scanning system, with the phone’s camera being the starting point of that system and an algorithm doing the rest of the work.

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Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

There was once a time when obscurity was the name of the security game, but that practice has widely fallen out of fashion after being proven to be ultimately ineffective. It seems, however, that Microsoft is doing its best to revive that tradition. Although it claims to be not doing anything differently, descriptions of its Windows 10 updates are becoming less and less descriptive. Worse, even the KB articles that supposedly give more in-depth information are now also less verbose, leading some to speculate what Microsoft is hiding.

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Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

While Samsung went a month early to avoid the IFA and Apple rush of September, it seems that Microsoft will go the opposite route and hold its event a bit later. Two separate sources agree that October will be Microsoft's month as it will be revealing a new lineup of devices, including the Surface Pro 4, two new Lumia flagships, and the second Microsoft Band wearable. Given the Lumias, this might also be the time when Microsoft will finally launch, or even just unveil, Windows 10 Mobile.

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Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

The wearable smart device Microsoft Band receives an upgrade to track users' golf games. This should be a good indicator for the direction of the band, a device that's currently at war with the likes of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices of all sorts. This system works not only with Microsoft Band, but Microsoft Health as well, an app ecosystem that exists exclusively on Microsoft Windows Phone devices.

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Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft’s testing ‘NewsCast’ app that reads the news to you

Microsoft is tinkering with an app called NewsCast that will go one step above competing news apps by reading the news to you. Such functionality will be facilitated by text-to-speech technology, one that is hopefully smooth and pleasant to hear. Microsoft isn't the only company working on projects that could serve as a news hub for consumers, but it does seem to be the only one working on delivering news audibly for the daily commute.

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#MicrosoftInAlaska – an Epic Lumia Adventure

#MicrosoftInAlaska – an Epic Lumia Adventure

We recently went on an adventure of a lifetime exploring Alaska with Microsoft. During the event, we used the Lumia 640 XL Windows Phone to capture our experience. It was also a big treat to have Stephen Alvarez – a National Geography photographer - on hand to provide first hand pro shooting tips. Taking pictures with a smartphone versus a camera is different in some respects but, at the core, there are many similarities.

Things to look for when shooting with a cameraphone:

  • Pay attention to the edges
  • Shoot high, shoot low, shoot sideways – be creative!
  • Capture the action
  • Watch the light – and in Alaska, there’s a lot of day light especially this time year. While there, the sun was out from around 5 AM until 11 PM at night.
  • Make friends – this is an important tip because according to Stephen, people will be less likely to freeze up when you’re using a cameraphone versus a larger Micro 4/3 or DSLR. Making friends is the key to unlocking doors and putting people at ease.
  • Have fun! It’s hard not to have fun when you’re out and about in Alaska or where ever your adventures might takes you. Enjoy yourself, be in the moment with your friends and family and be happy.
  • Train Ride to Whittier

    Hanging out...

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    All aboard...

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    Stopover Before Glacier Cruise Tour...

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    Glacier Cruise Tour...

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    Helicopter Ride to Punchbowl Glacier - Sled Dog Tour

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    NOTE: The images (below) video quality/stabilization (above) as well as sound quality are unedited in order to show the true quality of the Lumia 640 XL.

    This post will continue to get updated over the next week or two with additional pictures and videos taken by SlashGear as well as other participants – so stay tuned.

    Disclosure: This lifestyle event was sponsored by Microsoft. The company paid for travel expenses as well as loaning out one Lumia 640 XL Windows Phone, a Surface device with service for three months on both devices. We did not accept any payment from Microsoft.

    Microsoft delays Surface Hub to January 1 because too popular

    Microsoft delays Surface Hub to January 1 because too popular

    It seems that one of Microsoft's promised products will fall back farther than the highly anticipated Windows 10 Mobile rollout. Updating its blog post on the Surface Hub, the company has revealed the updated shipping schedule for its "wall computer". Instead of September, the date is being pushed back as far as January 1 next year. The reason for the delay is, ironically, because there's a stronger demand for the Surface Hub than Microsoft anticipated, forcing it to adjust its production process and schedules for a more massive undertaking.

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