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Steve Ballmer loves his new job as owner of the LA Clippers

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Just under an hour ago, at the Clippers Fan Festival in San Francisco, Microsoft’s infallible ex-CEO, Steve Ballmer, took the stage. And by all accounts, he bloody loved the whole event. And who could blame him? The millionaire, already on-record as a lover of basketball, now owns an NBA team, the LA Clippers. With some quality Eminem blasting in the background (the quite appropriate track ‘Lose Yourself’), the charismatic figure high-fived every hand in sight, as cameras […]

Nokia X, Asha and Series 40 are no longer

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After announcing that over 18,000 people will be layed-off over the next year, Microsoft will be renewing their focus to the Windows Phone operating system. According to an internal memo obtained by The Verge, it was revealed that Microsoft will discontinue the Nokia X, Asha and Series 40 products. The respective teams will go into “maintenance mode” meaning the products customers will still be supported but no further development will be […]

Nokia’s flagship Lumia 930 available from July 11

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is the newest edition to the smartphone market and Nokia’s flagship device for 2014. We’ve seen the huge phablets and Android devices coming from Nokia this year, however, there hasn’t been any information on flagship devices – well, it’s finally here. While Nokia Australia haven’t confirmed a release date, carriers have started releasing information of when it will be available. The Lumia 930 has a 5″ Full […]

Microsoft unveils the Nokia X2

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Microsoft have today announced the new Nokia phone to the family, the Nokia X2. The Nokia X2 is the second generation of phone in the Nokia X range which run a heavily modified version of the Android operating system – without Google Play Services. The new phone features a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, a 4.3″ ClearBlack Display, a rear 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing VGA camera […]

Microsoft announces new Surface Pro 3 – the tablet that promises to replace your laptop

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The Surface Pro line has always been seen as a tablet for those “who actually wants to get stuff done on the go” – largely thanks to its laptop-tier hardware. And today Microsoft wants to blur the lines between the tablet and laptop even further with its brand new Surface Pro 3 tablet. Announced at its “small gathering” press conference in New York City, the Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch HD display […]

Microsoft Mobile confirms Lumia 630 launch, priced at under $250

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Microsoft Mobile/Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 630 – the first smartphone with the Windows Phone 8.1. update – will be coming to Australia. It will launch on May 27 with a very attractive price tag. The Lumia 630 will be available through Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith and other major retailers from May 27 with a price of $249. It will also be available through Vodafone from June 4 […]

Nokia Lumia 2520 coming to Australia this week

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Microsoft has announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520 – the first tablet from the formerly-independent Finnish phone maker – will be coming to Australia tomorrow, exclusively with Telstra. Telstra will be selling the device from its online store, before rolling it out to its stores nationally from May 13. Customers can purchase the device on a 24-month contract under its $35 plan with a $25 monthly handset repayment fee. If you […]

Nokia confirms Devices business will be renamed to Microsoft Mobile

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The “Nokia” name on its Lumia devices may soon disappear. The Finnish company has confirmed that its Devices and Services division will be renamed to Microsoft Mobile once Microsoft acquires the company later this month. The name change was leaked out by NokiaPowerUser when they published a leaked email to suppliers. Nokia has since confirmed the “Microsoft Mobile” rebrand by informing users about the change in its privacy policy. “After completion of […]

Nokia announces the Lumia 930 – the new flagship for Windows Phone 8.1

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As expected, Nokia announced a couple of brand new Windows Phone devices at Microsoft’s BUILD conference – at the same time where they announced what would be included in Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 930 will the be first device running the new OS, and will include a 20-megapixel camera. Hardware specs include a 5-inch full HD OLED display, a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of […]

Cloud first, mobile first: Word, Powerpoint, and Excel come to iPad today

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Satya Nadella paces around a small stage in San Francisco. It’s only been 52 days since he became CEO, and yet he’s already been the man behind products his predecessor’s would have never touched. Office for iPad had apparently been finished for a few months now, yet it had been stuck in limbo, a scary admission that users might not switch to a Windows tablet just for one service. Today, though, Nadella stands […]

Microsoft Office for iPad to be released in coming weeks

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Hot off the heels of OneNote coming to Mac, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft Office for iPad, which had reportedly been completed a while ago, will finally be released in the coming weeks. At a keynote in San Francisco on March 27th, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be showing off the app as part of Microsoft’s new “mobile first, cloud first” strategy. However, it isn’t going to be a big change […]

Microsoft OneNote is out now on the Mac App Store, and it’s awesome

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Nothing beats the freedom of paper when it comes to taking notes. Well, for a Mac user that was. Which is why the release of OneNote on the Mac App Store today is so exciting. After 10 years of Windows exclusivity, the Microsoft notebook app is now available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone. And did I mention it’s free? A OneNote notebook is basically a blank canvas. […]

New Microsoft ad: You should buy Windows because Macs don’t have touchscreens

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“Honestly, I was going to get a Mac. But Macs still don’t have touchscreens, so I got a new Windows all-in-one.” That quote comes from Microsoft’s latest ad in its “Honesty” campaign to promote Windows 8. It also represents Microsoft grasping at straws trying to find something to differentiate all the Windows PCs and laptops with the iMac and the MacBook laptop line. Yes, it is true. Most Windows devices on […]

Windows 8.1 update an admission of failure as Microsoft attempts to repair desktop OS

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Microsoft is slowly walking away from the touchscreen future of Windows, today announcing an update that backtracks on their initial vision of the new OS. In a significant update for Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore today announced at Mobile World Congress that “some of those touch affordances weren’t really tuned as well as we could do for those mouse and keyboard users.” The update will introduce a title bar at the top of […]

Microsoft reveals few details for new version of Windows Phone at MWC, though leaks paint another picture

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Image: Alex Holyoake/Flickr (Creative Commons) After months of rumours and leaks, Microsoft have today announced a few features from their next version of Windows Phone, which rumours had labelled Windows Phone 8.1. And I must stress the ‘few’. Joe Belfiore took the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce that the new update will “technically” support any Windows Phone 8 device. The new version will also make a lot of changes in […]