Microsoft finally killing off the Nokia name for good

We’ve known for some time that now that Microsoft own’s Nokia’s phone division it will be phasing out the Nokia name – the brand wasn’t part of the sale. But now we have more details on exactly how that will be happening. Geek On Gadgets has got hold of an internal document outlining how the brand will work. It seems …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft finally killing off the Nokia name for good
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5 questions now Microsoft is (possibly) buying Minecraft

Sensational news over night as it has been reported that Microsoft is about to close a deal to buy Mojang, the company that developers the wildly popular game Minecraft. According to the WSJ, the deal would value the company at $2bn. Here’s four questions we’re asking as a result. 1) What’s in it for Microsoft? There’s two ways of looking …

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James O'Malley5 questions now Microsoft is (possibly) buying Minecraft
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Microsoft get around Destiny advertising ban

Microsoft has created an advert for its new perfume, known as “Destiny”. Hang on… doesn’t that sound familiar? If you head over to the Destiny Fragrance website, you’ll discover that it is in fact all a ruse and the company is actually pushing Destiny the game – which it technically isn’t allowed to advertise. The reason for this is that …

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Microsoft rolls out Xbox One updates for SmartGlass, Media Player and more

Microsoft has got a head start on its roll-out of the September Xbox One system update that brings many new features and updates to the console. The latest firmware update, available now, adds a new media player app with improved media management, a new Party app, improvements to SmartGlass, and more. The Media Player will now play media from an …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft rolls out Xbox One updates for SmartGlass, Media Player and more
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Microsoft planning its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle?

Microsoft is thought to be working on its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle for TVs – at least if a filing with America’s Federal Communications Commission is to believed. The filing suggests the company is working on something that can plug into a HDMI port, is powered by USB and can stream content over wifi – which would make sense for …

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Separate Xbox One Kinect rumoured to be launching in October

If you’re one of those Xbox One owners who picked the system up without a Kinect, you’ve probably been wondering if you’d ever be able to buy a standalone Kinect. Now Microsoft is reportedly going to be selling the Xbox One Kinect sensor from October 6. According to Windows Phone Central, which quotes unnamed sources, the peripheral will be available …

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Stuart O'ConnorSeparate Xbox One Kinect rumoured to be launching in October
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Steve Ballmer quits Microsoft board

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has resigned as a member of the company’s board, ending more than three decades of involvement in the world’s biggest software maker. Ballmer, 58, is still Microsoft’s top individual shareholder. He had initially remained as a director after handing the top job over to one of his deputies, Satya Nadella, in February. In a …

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Stuart O'ConnorSteve Ballmer quits Microsoft board
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Microsoft clones Snapchat with WindUp

It seems that even Microsoft is now cloning Snapchat with its own Windows Phone app. Microsoft Research has published a messaging app in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat, as spotted by Neowin. The app is called WindUp, works on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and is available to download for free. Here’s how the …

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Microsoft could be about to make GoPro videos AMAZING

Check out this video from Microsoft Research, which has come up with a technology that it calls “Hyperlapse” – which could make videos shot on devices like GoPro cameras look even better. The problem is pretty straightforward: If you shoot your bike ride or whatever on a GoPro, if you speed it up to show the whole journey it will …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft could be about to make GoPro videos AMAZING
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Microsoft loses $400m on Xbox One

In news that will no doubt please Sony, Microsoft – which spent $2.1 billion producing and marketing the Xbox One – has reported a loss of $400 million (£238m) since launching the console in November last year. The Independent reports that the news comes from Microsoft’s annual earnings report for 2014, and shows the loss is directly from the increased …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft loses $400m on Xbox One