We have to hand it to graphics cards players -- they've been pretty good about bundling high-end titles with their cards over the last couple of years. That doesn't just apply to Nvidia and AMD, but their hardware partners as well. Case in point, EVGA today announced that for a limited time, qualifying GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce 970 graphics cards will be eligible to receive The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight.
Surface 3 (non-Pro) is Microsoft's thinnest and lightest Surface tablet ever, and it's now available to purchase in the U.S. and several other territories, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Pricing starts at $499, though you can knock up to $150 off the cost by trading in your Surface 2 or Surface RT, so long as it's in working order.
Mushkin seems awfully excited about the expansion of its Reactor Series solid state drive line, which in addition to its existing 1TB capacity option, will soon be made available in 256GB and 512GB capacities. To celebrate the new SKUs and perhaps earn some street cred in the crowded SSD market, Mushkin is also holding a contest where the main prize is a Mushkin Extreme Gaming PC.
Make no mistake, Microsoft's head (and heart) is in the cloud, hence the growing number of subscription-based services. But if you're more grounded to the desktop, fear not, the Redmond giant hasn't forgotten about you. In fact, Microsoft today expanded the availability of its Office 2016 Preview suite as it seeks feedback from a broader audience leading up to the software's general availability this fall.
Microsoft surprised a lot of folks when it announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, especially after explaining that the new operating system was such a departure over previous versions that it warranted skipping a version number. As many speculated, the free upgrade is part of Microsoft's strategy of shifting to Windows as a service. Microsoft CFO Amy Hood talked a little about the shift and where the company is headed.
Rumors of a deal between the two companies first began to swirl in February
For many Surface users, the Surface Pen is critical to the whole device experience. It is one of the things that sets Microsoft’s device apart from most other tablets on the market. And who else would know this better than Microsoft itself? The Redmond-based tech giant has acquired the technology behind the digital pen from Israeli firm N-trig.
The 13-inch LaVie Z notebook that we caught a glimpse of at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is now up for sale. The device has, however, put on a bit of weight since its unveiling as the “world’s lightest laptop” in January, and it’s also pricier than expected. But even then it remains a ridiculously light machine at a mere 1.87 pounds.
Will come pre-installed with Android and Kodi home-theater software
Around two years back, Israeli company SolidRun launched CuBox-i, a line of ARM-powered 2-inch cube PCs with a starting price of $45. It’s now upping the ante on that front with a device it says is the “smallest ARM quad core 4GB mini computer” out there.
Windows Media Center hasn’t been part of Microsoft’s plans since at least 2009, when Microsoft disbanded the team behind it and ceased active development. And the Media Center add-on that has been available for Windows 8 is a paid offering, even though boasts nothing new over the Windows 7 version. But Microsoft, it seems, has finally had enough.
Screw this, I'm going on a shopping spree for a convertible sports car and whatever else people buy when they have a midlife crisis. Not that I'm going through one, I'm just a little ticked at Microsoft's new website that guesses your age and gender when you upload a photo of your mug. When I tried it out with a recent photo of myself, it got the gender right (hooray!), but overshot my age by 9 years (you dirty little algorithm!).