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January 7, 2019

ASUS Announces Massive ROG Mothership GZ700 Gaming Laptop

CES 2019 is chock-full of weird hardware, but the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700 is definitely takes the cake as one of the craziest gaming laptops available.

Name ROG Mothership GZ700 Processor Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK Operating system Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro (ASUS recommends Windows 10 Pro) Display 17.3” FHD (1920×1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB, Optimus, G-SYNC™ Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 8GB GDDR6 VRAM Memory DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM up to 64GB Storage 3 x M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 512GB SSD Wireless Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200, 2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi Bluetooth® 5.0 (Version may vary as the OS [...]
 
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February 7, 2018

Razer Signs Two-Year Sponsorship with KSV eSports, Adds Seoul Dynasty to their Team Roster

Razer is adding a few more championship teams to their roster of sponsored elite esports teams as the company signed a two-year partnership deal with KSV eSports in which Razer will begin providing all current and future KSV eSports teams with pro-tournament grade mice, keyboards, headsets, and surfaces.

With this new partnership, Razer is now the official sponsor to KSV eSports’ Seoul Dynasty Overwatch team and will be providing them with esports grade gaming peripherals for their 2018 season and tournament activities.

According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, “Helping ambitious organizations and players reach the next level has been a matter of the [...]

 
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October 18, 2017

Microsoft Announces Surface Book 2

Microsoft released the update Surface Book 2 in a surprise announcement this morning, bringing some much needed specs upgrade to the almost archaic Surface Book.

The new Surface Book 2 is now equipped with Intel’s 7th/8th Gen dual-core and quad-core CPUs. Graphics have been boosted to either the integrated Intel UHD 620, or discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 for the higher end models. RAM and storage options remain unchanged with options up to 16GB of LPDDR3 and up to a 1TB  NVME PCIe SSD.

Both the 13″ and 15″ model carries the always-sexy PixelSense display with a pixel density of 267ppi for the 13″ model and 260ppi for the 15″ [...]

 
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October 16, 2017

Microsoft’s Latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Now Available

The next major feature update for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is here.

The Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update brings a long list of improvements and new features. Finally integrated is the long-promised desktop chat integration for contacts from LinkedIn and Skype, as well as a new Android and iPhone linking feature. You won’t be able to respond to text messages, but you’ll be able send browser sessions from your phone directly to your desktop for future viewing.

AR, or Augmented Reality, is also receiving a lot of love. The Fall Creators Update will prepare your system to be AR ready right off the get-go, no setup required. [...]

 
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October 12, 2017

Windows Phone is Confirmed Dead

After a succession of failures, Joe Belfiore, VP of Operating Systems at Microsoft, confirmed via Twitter that Microsoft will not be creating another Windows phone.

In another Tweet, Belfiore explained that Windows Phone’s phone’s fundamental issue was one it had since day one: the lack of apps. Users won’t use a phone with no apps, and companies won’t develop apps for a platform with no users. This vicious cycle is what ultimately drove the nail in the coffin. Joe also promised that Windows 10 mobile will continue to receive security updates, but active development in both hardware and software have ceased.

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October 2, 2017

Microsoft Ending Groove Music Streaming by End of Year

Microsoft’s Groove Music streaming service (formerly known as XBOX music) will end its run on December 31. Rest in peace.

Microsoft explains that the Groove music app will continue to work as a standalone player for local music, and will continue to be able to stream music stored in OneDrive. Only the streaming service will end.

For streaming, Microsoft has reached out to Groove’s biggest competitor, Spotify. Microsoft has partnered closely with Spotify to promote the service, and is currently developing a new music app for the Windows Store. Customers with existing playlists on Groove Music will be able to export them to Spotify easily via the [...]

 
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September 26, 2017

Microsoft Announces Office 2019, Release Expected in 2H2018

Microsoft announced the latest perpetual version of Office, Office 2019 at the Microsoft Ignite event in Orlando.

The announcement, written by the General Manager for Office, Jared Spataro, was fairly vague on the new features of Office 2019, only mentioning that it will add to and enhance the core features. Some of these new features include improved inking, new formulas and charts for Excel, better animation for PowerPoint, and improved management and security.

Microsoft’s cloud is also getting some major upgrades as well however, Microsoft has also stated that Office 2019 will be “valuable” for those more comfortable running their own apps [...]

 
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September 6, 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update Coming October 17

It’s upgrade time again and Windows 10’s next big update, the Fall Creator’s Update, will land in user’s machines starting on October 17.

Like the Anniversary Update, the Fall Creator’s Update is a major update for Windows 10. As a result, it will bring numerous new features as well as improvements to many of its core applications. Patch notes emphasize that the Photos and Videos app has been overhauled to provide a more intuitive experience, and OneDrive Files On-Demand will allow you to access files stored in your OneDrive cloud directly without the intermediate step of first accessing it from your browser. Constantly losing track of [...]

 
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August 15, 2017

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Pro Workstation Edition

Microsoft has recently slotted yet another addition to its already populated Windows lineup. The Windows 10 Pro Workstation edition brings some trickled down features from the enterprise edition, namely resilient file system support, persistent memory, faster file sharing, and support for server grade hardware.

Resilient file system (ReFS) uses a host of techniques to make data more fault tolerant. It can automatically perform auto correction using mirrored storage space and integrity streams. It’s also optimized for handling large data volumes.

Persistent memory uses non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) to store data and is designed for applications [...]

 
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August 12, 2017

Consumer Reports No Longer Recommends Microsoft Surface Devices

Consumer reports recently released an announcement that it no longer recommends Microsoft Surface lines of tablets and laptops due to durability concerns.

According to a study conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center on 90,741 tablets and laptops its subscribers purchased between 2014 and beginning of 2017, an estimated 25% of all Microsoft laptops and tablets will exhibit problems by the end of the second year of ownership. Going by the results, the Surface Laptop 128GB and 256GB versions, as well as the Microsoft Surface Book 128GB and 512GB versions, are no longer on Consumer Report’s recommended devices list, citing startup issues, freezing, and [...]

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