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New Minecraft hour of code tutorial + 4 ways Microsoft is changing the way our kids learn

Remember when the most sophisticated item in the classroom was a calculator and maybe a computer with a CD-ROM? Those days are long gone. But it’s not just about bringing devices and Windows 10 into the classroom anymore, Microsoft has been rethinking how we use technology to encourage our kids to learn. Here are 4 …

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Windows 10 Fall Creators update brings mixed reality and 3D to the masses

If your Windows 10 PC isn’t up to date, you’re going to want to make sure you update your system with the Fall Creators Update. That is because the Fall Creators Update brings a slew of super cool new “tricks” and practical features. Specifically, on the creative front, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update helps …

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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 can replace your gaming PC (Hands-on)

The Surface Book was announced way back in October of 2015, so you might say that a Surface Book 2 has been long overdue. Fortunately, the Surface Book 2 has finally arrived and it offers fives times more graphics performance than the original. Not that the original Surface Book was a slouch by any means, …

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Microsoft is giving away eleventy bazillion eBooks. Go get em!

Did you know that around this time every year that Microsoft gives away a selection of eBooks? Me neither, but now I know because former Gadgeteer writer Leah Gail Hallet sent me a text message this morning with a link to the giveaway page. One word: Wow! If you’re looking to build out the technical …

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Microsoft spreads peace with Apple for the holidays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMATD2qk564 The world feels like a scary place these days, so it’s always nice when news is heartwarming rather than heart wrenching. Recently Microsoft organized a group of their store employees and a New York City children’s choir to sing a holiday song of friendship and peace in from of the 5th Avenue Apple store. …

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Julie’s gadget diary – I almost pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 today

Yesterday Dave Rees and I were chatting on Google Hangouts while we were watching Microsoft’s new hardware event. Microsoft announced three new Lumia Windows phones, a preview of HoloLens virtual gaming gear and a new fitness tracking band that all looked somewhat interesting to us. But, what Dave and I were most interested in was …

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Microsoft Surface RT Tablet pricing revealed

Microsoft has its Surface Tablet with Windows RT available for pre-order on their store. In the US, pricing starts at $499 for the 32GB model without a cover going up to $699 for the 64GB model with included Black Touch Cover.  Purchased separately the  Touch Cover in white is $119.99 and the Black Type Cover is $$129.99, …

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Microsoft – Software Giant, Hardware…?

With Microsoft’s release of the  Surface Tablet there’s some conjecture as to whether a company best known for their software can develop and market a hardware based product. Perhaps it’s appropriate at this time to reflect on the Microsoft’s history in hardware development, especially given that it’s the 30th Anniversary of Microsoft Hardware . Microsoft has …

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Microsoft Surface Tablet – The Cure All Tablet?

At a press release today Microsoft  announced the Surface Tablet, Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market. The unit is made of lightweight magnesium, has a 10.6″  HD ClearType display with full size USB, 2X2 MIMO Wifi, Display Port, microSDXC, Gorilla Glass screen and a built in kickstand . Much like the Apple Smartcover, screen covers connect via magnets however there’s also the …

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on{X} – Microsoft does Android

Using a web-based interface called on{X} allows you to easily control your Android smartphone by programming “when this happens, then do that” rules using a set of Java APIs and pushing those rules down to your Android smartphone. These rules or “recipes” can then be published for other people to use, and they can be …

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Windows 8 Developer Preview Available at 8PM PST

I saw over on Engadget that the Windows 8 Developer Preview will be available for download tonight, at 8PM PST. There’s no activation and it’ll be available for 32bit and 64bit x86 processors. Of course, don’t go installing this on a computer you rely on – It’s a developer preview and bound to have unknown …

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