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The Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

Industry rumours suggest Lenovo is looking to expand its smartphone operations by buying BlackBerry, says a report at ExpertReviews: "The rumours boosted share prices for BlackBerry this week, a much needed increase following lukewarm reception to the company's Passport smartphone earlier in the year. BlackBerry handsets used to be widely used by business…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Coder creates movie player inside Microsoft Excel

What do you do if you finish your work too quickly, and you're being paid by the hour? Slacking off would be the obvious thing to do, but what if you're on a corporate computer that has been locked down so there's nothing fun to do? One person got around this by building an entire…

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James O'MalleyCoder creates movie player inside Microsoft Excel
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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner launches in the UK

From today you can get Freeview HD TV directly on your Xbox One in the UK - by picking up the Xbox One TV Tuner. We've known about it since August, and it has finally landed. Essentially, Microsoft has cut out the middle-man, so to get the TV functions through your One without needing a…

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James O'MalleyXbox One Digital TV Tuner launches in the UK
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Is Microsoft getting into wearables?

There have been rumours for a while that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch - but this could merely be the start of a broader push into wearable tech. According to Wareable in addition to a smartwatch, the company is also working on a clip-on camera in the mould of Autographer, which would conceivably record…

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James O'MalleyIs Microsoft getting into wearables?
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The Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

  Microsoft has again been forced to pull a patch to prevent nasty side-effects, according to The Register: "The patch that aimed to add 'SHA-2 Hashing' to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has instead raised some concerns among Redmond's customers. The company is therefore 'investigating behavior associated with this update' and…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Microsoft rumoured to be stopping Surface production – though it is probably DigiTimes talking rubbish again

Another day, another completely spurious rumour from Taiwan's DigiTimes. The website is reporting that Microsoft is about to kill off its Surface line of tablets. There are mountains of salt not large enough for our scepticism on this claim. Such a move could conceivably make sense: The first two Surface generations bled money for the…

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft rumoured to be stopping Surface production – though it is probably DigiTimes talking rubbish again
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Lumia 830 goes on sale in the UK

The Microsoft Lumia 830 has finally hit shelves in the UK. The "affordable flagship" phone from what used to be known as Nokia will be available on contracts starting at £24.99/month. The phone was announced last month and features a 5" screen, 10MP camera, and the latest Lumia Denim firmware. You can read more about…

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James O'MalleyLumia 830 goes on sale in the UK
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Looking back at 10 versions of Windows following Microsoft’s Windows 10 announcement

Microsoft has just announced the most recent version of Windows - Windows 10. That's a big number, so how did we get here? Let's take a stroll down memory lane and check out what all of the previous versions of the operating system were like. Windows 1 Picture the scene:…

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James O'MalleyLooking back at 10 versions of Windows following Microsoft’s Windows 10 announcement
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Is Microsoft killing Bing?

It looks like Microsoft is killing off the Bing brand name... and bringing back MSN right: MSN. In a brand strategy that seems to be increasingly randomly chosen, apparently the latest version of Windows Phone - 8.1 - sees the various Bing apps, such as Bing Finance being rebadged to remove the "Bing" name. The…

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James O'MalleyIs Microsoft killing Bing?