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Apple's iPad Pro boasts 'top tier display,' but falls behind iPad mini 4 & Microsoft Surface Pro 4

11/17/2015, 11:11 am

A showdown pitting the new iPad Pro display against the rest of the tablet market has found that Apple's new 12.9-inch Retina display is an excellent panel, though it can't outmatch the new iPad mini 4 screen, and even ranks slightly lower than the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

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Apple's new iPad Pro is faster, more affordable than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4

11/12/2015, 05:11 am

When Apple first unveiled iPad Pro, it noted that its custom designed A9X chip would be faster than 80 percent of the PCs that shipped this year. Benchmarks indicate that it's not just faster than low end generic PCs, but also faster -- and less expensive -- than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.

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Microsoft's Surface Book 'tries too hard,' Tim Cook says

11/11/2015, 12:11 pm

Apple chief Tim Cook had some harsh words for Microsoft during a stop in Ireland on Wednesday, saying that the Redmond firm's latest Surface Book -- which competes with both the iPad and the MacBook lineup -- "really succeeds at being neither" a tablet nor notebook.

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Microsoft opens sign-ups for testing Cortana assistant app on iOS

11/04/2015, 11:11 am

Microsoft is now accepting public beta sign-ups for the iOS version of Cortana, which will bring a limited amount of the Windows assistant's features to iPhones.

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Microsoft makes across-the-board downgrades to OneDrive storage options, ditches unlimited tiers

11/03/2015, 12:11 pm

Microsoft is making sweeping downgrades to its OneDrive cloud storage services, most notably eliminating unlimited tiers for subscribers to Office 365.

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Apple resists MacBook, iPad Pro convergence as Microsoft struggles with Surface Windows 10 hybrids

10/26/2015, 02:10 am

Microsoft's latest efforts to shove Windows PCs back into relevance in the Post PC era have found willing volunteers among some PC bloggers ready to exchange their credibility for enthusiastic reviews of Surface Book and Pro 4, apparently under the premise that Windows can be reanimated back into a viable monopoly via hybrid Tablet PC-style convergence. But that's delusionally wrong, here's why.

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Microsoft represents only serious competition for Apple hardware, Steve Ballmer says

10/23/2015, 12:10 pm

Microsoft is the only company poised to give Apple serious competition in terms of hardware, former Chief Executive Steve Ballmer commented on a Bloomberg TV show Friday morning.

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Ford adds Apple's Siri Eyes Free to legacy vehicles with Sync 3.8 update

10/16/2015, 01:10 pm

Ford has begun updating existing vehicles on the road to support Apple's Siri Eyes Free for iPhone, now available to download on systems running its second-generation Sync infotainment platform.

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Microsoft woos Mac owners with $300 Windows 10 'Trade Up' promotion

10/16/2015, 02:10 am

Microsoft on Thursday debuted a limited-time, in-store incentive program offering customers in the market for a new (non-Surface) computer running Windows 10 up to $200 when they turn over an old PC, or up to $300 for a used MacBook or iMac.

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Microsoft sells out of Surface Book launch stock, updates iOS Health app for Band 2

10/14/2015, 05:10 pm

Microsoft on Thursday sold out of its initial launch stock for the Surface Book, and updated its Health app for iOS to support the Band 2 fitness tracker.

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Facebook adds support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s, Office for iOS gets automatic font downloads

10/12/2015, 12:10 pm

Facebook on Monday added basic 3D Touch commands to its iPhone app, while Microsoft updated the iOS version of its Office suite with features like automatic font downloads, and quicker document navigation in Word.

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New Office for Mac 2011 update fixes Outlook sync bug with OS X El Capitan

10/07/2015, 05:10 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday released an Office for Mac 2011 update to fix a major bug with OS X El Capitan, which previously prevented users from reading email in Outlook.

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Microsoft debuts Lumia 950 & 950XL phones, Display Dock, Band 2 fitness tracker

10/06/2015, 03:10 pm

In addition to showing off new Surfaces, Microsoft on Tuesday also revealed two high-end Lumia smartphones, a redesigned Band fitness tracker, and a Display Dock for Windows 10's Continuum feature.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Book laptop & Surface Pro 4 tablet with new Surface Pen

10/06/2015, 01:10 pm

Microsoft took direct aim at Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro at a press event Tuesday, revealing the Surface Book -- its first-ever laptop -- and the Surface Pro 4, an updated tablet matched by a redesigned stylus.

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Microsoft exec jabs at Apple, tweets drawing of 'converged' toaster and refrigerator

10/06/2015, 10:10 am

Just before his company's Surface Pro 4 event, the head of Microsoft's Windows division took a shot at Apple, recalling disparaging comments its CEO Tim Cook made about "converged" devices like the Surface tablet a few years ago.

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Microsoft updates Skype for iOS 9 with Split View multitasking, Spotlight search support

10/02/2015, 01:10 pm

Microsoft on Friday announced updates to its Skype iPhone and iPad apps, primarily adding a slew of iOS 9-related features such as full multitasking support on iPads.

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Google, Microsoft agree to end years-long patent war

09/30/2015, 09:09 pm

Google and Microsoft have agreed to settle an ongoing patent feud concerning communications and video technology, bringing an end to about 20 lawsuits lodged in the U.S. and Germany, the companies said Wednesday.

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Microsoft ships subscription-free version of Office 2016 for Mac [u]

09/22/2015, 02:09 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday launched standalone editions of Office 2016 for Mac for people who don't want or need an Office 365 subscription, which costs at least $7 per month or $70 per year.

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Skype users impacted by major sign-in problems, Microsoft says fix underway

09/21/2015, 11:09 am

Many Skype users are suffering from a glitch preventing them from signing in to the service or seeing other contacts as online, effectively blocking them from making voice or video calls to each other, Microsoft acknowledged on Monday morning.

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Microsoft updates Skype iPhone & iPad apps with overhauled interfaces, more

09/03/2015, 04:09 pm

Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications.

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