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Microsoft Brings Cortana To Thermostat Via Johnson Controls

Windows Mobile which originally touts Cortana may have died, but this voice control technology from the Redmond software giant continues to live on, more recently, on a la-Amazon Echo Harman Kardon speaker. Prior to that, the software juggernaut has also introduced Cortana to another home IoT device and it was a climate control system, AKA smart thermostat. Like the speaker, Microsoft did not dive into it on its own; it has collaborated with long-time thermostat maker Johnson Controls to realize the other home for Cortana. Continue reading Microsoft Brings Cortana To Thermostat Via Johnson Controls

Microsoft Cortana-enabled Harman Kardon Invoke Now Available For $200

For the longest time, Microsoft’s answer to Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Cortana has been largely relegated to the devices, such as laptops and more recently Skype on Xbox, that it was built into, but starting October 22, that changes when Cortana steps out of its familiar domains and into Harman Kardon Invoke. The Invoke, as you might have guessed, is the Redmond tech giant’s answer to Google Home, Apple HomePod and of course, Amazon’s long list of Alexa-enabled Echo devices. It is obvious Microsoft isn’t ready to build a standalone Cortana-enabled hardware yet and it is most definitely not going pick up just any third party hardware for Cortana; it picked one of the industry’s foremost leader in audio equipment maker, Harman Kardon, to kick off this foray. Continue reading Microsoft Cortana-enabled Harman Kardon Invoke Now Available For $200

Microsoft Quietly Slips Two Sizes Of Surface Book 2 Into The Market

Sometimes I really don’t get what some consumer product makers are trying to achieve. They came up with a product that they obviously want to sell, yet, not only did they launch it quietly, but they deny the public of the marketing materials publicly available on places like, say, YouTube. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is one such example. You see, prior to picking up the news, we saw a video put up on Microsoft Surface YouTube channel which I personally subscribed to. When trying to embed the video in my draft article, we noted the video “is unlisted” and was advised to “be considerate and think twice before sharing.” Obviously, I can just ignore it and go ahead and share it anyway, but I honor the words and thus, you won’t see embedded video of it in this post. Continue reading Microsoft Quietly Slips Two Sizes Of Surface Book 2 Into The Market

Microsoft “Infiltrates” iOS and Android With A Couple Of New Apps

Microsoft may not be as glorious as it was more than a couple of decade ago, but the truth is, most people’s work lives depend on it and therefore it is safe to say it will not go out of fashion in foreseeable future. The number pretty speaks for itself: 1.25 billion. That’s how many PC are using the company’s core product, Windows OS. However, the software giant ain’t resting on its laurels. It is also trying to make itself relevant on the world’s two most popular mobile platforms, Android and iOS, too. Today, the Redmond, Washington company has announced two apps: Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, as well as Microsoft Launcher for Android. Continue reading Microsoft “Infiltrates” iOS and Android With A Couple Of New Apps

Custom Xbox One S With Matching Nike Sneakers Was Given Away In Germany

Even Pizza con is a thing and therefore the existence of a sneaker convention shouldn’t surprise anyone at all. For those who have been living under a rock (yours truly, included), yes, sneaker convention is real, but that’s not what we are here for. We are here for something that popped up during one such convention for all-thing kicks held in Germany. The case you see here packs a custom Xbox One S with matching color controllers, and a pair of matching Atmos x Air Max 1 ‘Elephants Print 2017’ and it was a giveaway by Germany sneaker store 43einhalb, in collaboration with Microsoft, at Laced Up Sneakermesse held in Frankfurt back in March. Continue reading Custom Xbox One S With Matching Nike Sneakers Was Given Away In Germany

Microsoft Project Scorpio Is Now Officially Xbox One X

Good news, fans of Xbox. The much anticipated Project Scorpion is now officially known as Xbox One X and it will be available starting November 7, 2017, priced at $499.99. Billed as the world’s most powerful console, Microsoft’s new flagship console is said to be “40 percent more power than any console,” promising to offer an immersive true 4K gaming experience. What’s more, it will even make your existing library of Xbox contents look better with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times, even the contents are output to 1080p TV sets. Continue reading Microsoft Project Scorpio Is Now Officially Xbox One X

There’s No Microsoft Surface Pro 5, It Is Just The New Surface Pro

There are so many laptop options out there that sometimes, we find it pointless to tell you that there’s another new one out there. But we heard there’s a new Microsoft Surface Pro and we also read that it is pretty dope in both performance and the look department. Anyways, if you are still expecting Surface Pro 5, well, don’t. It is not happening. Microsoft has removed the number and it is now just Microsoft Surface Pro. Marketed as the “most versatile laptop” (but it is more like a laptop/tablet hybrid, really), Microsoft said the new Surface Pro “has been redesigned from the inside out,” with the machine now boasting 50 percent more battery life than the 4 (up to 13.5 hours of use per charge) and 2.5 times faster than the 3. Continue reading There’s No Microsoft Surface Pro 5, It Is Just The New Surface Pro

Microsoft New Surface Laptop Announced, Has Alcantara In The Mix

We love how Apple and later, Samsung and LG, made the gadget world more beautiful. Without them, we wouldn’t have expect Microsoft to pull the socks in the design department. The latest of Microsoft’s effort can be seen in the new Microsoft Surface Laptop. Sporting a clean, elegant design, this sleek portable computing device comes in four rich tone-on-tone combinations with the keyboard spruced up by Alcantara fabric. Yes. That Alcantara. The same type that you usually found in automobile seats and upholstery, but it does cover the keys, of course; it was the area surrounding the keyboard that gets this luxurious fabric. Continue reading Microsoft New Surface Laptop Announced, Has Alcantara In The Mix

Microsoft Project Scorpio’s ‘Pre-order’ Is Live, But No Pre-ordering Yet

Microsoft must be dying to show off its next-generation game console, codename Project Scorpio. Why? Because, the software giant already had a pre-order page put up on its online store since two weeks ago. However, it is not quite a pre-order page per se, it is more like ‘hey guys, you know our next-gen game console is coming’ page. Though we have no doubt it will be converted to a pre-order page once it lands later this year. That said, details are still sketchy at best. Continue reading Microsoft Project Scorpio’s ‘Pre-order’ Is Live, But No Pre-ordering Yet

Forza 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Gets Custom Livery To Mark Xbox 15 Years

Forza fans take note. Microsoft and Forza is celebrating Xbox 15th anniversary with a couple of goodies for you. For starter, all players will receive a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor draped in a custom livery celebrating Xbox’s 15 years – that’s the virtual truck you see above. Pretty dope, right? And why wouldn’t it be? A free digital vehicle is always welcome, though we must say the livery leaves much to desire. I mean, it is okay looking, but personally, I am not a fan of the green/black design. But hey, it is free and so, what’s there to complain about? Continue reading Forza 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Gets Custom Livery To Mark Xbox 15 Years