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Name that Tech Tune: Do you know your Windows trivia?

Updated below with answer and winner. This week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge is a little obscure, but true aficionados of Microsoft Windows should have no problem with it. And in case you’re not one of those, see below for a very big hint. We chose this challenge for this weekend’s special episode of the GeekWire… Read More

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Nokia’s new Lumia 625 has huge screen, lower price

Nokia is out with another smartphone, this time with a big screen and lower price tag. The handset maker introduced the Lumia 625 today, it’s biggest Lumia Windows Phone to date at 4.7 inches. The 625 also comes with 4G connection and 8GB of memory. The new device will hit shelves next quarter in China,… Read More

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‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ for Windows 8, Windows Phone out today for $6.99

A touch-enabled version of Halo officially arrived on the Windows platform today with “Halo: Spartan Assault” exclusively for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Priced at $6.99, the game is not a classic first-person shooter in the mold of traditional Halo games. Instead it’s a top-down shooter that gives a third-person perspective as the heroes of the… Read More

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Nokia CEO says he picked Windows Phone over fear of Samsung dominating Android

Last week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop defended his company’s decision two years ago to try to create a “third ecosystem” by throwing its weight behind Windows Phone, competing against iPhone and Android. Now, in a recent roundtable with European media outlets, Elop went into more detail about that logic and shed light on how he feared Samsung would dominate… Read More

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Microsoft and Sinofsky reach ‘retirement’ deal: $14M in stock, restrictions on activity

Six months after the departure of Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft has reached a “Retirement Agreement” with the former executive — awarding him stock worth more than $14 million in exchange for his agreement not to compete against the company, disclose secret information, disparage Microsoft or work for certain competitors. The agreement was disclosed… Read More

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Microsoft debuts Xbox Music for browsers

Microsoft today unveiled its Xbox Music hub for the web, allowing Xbox Music Pass subscribers to stream their tunes right from the browser. The Redmond giant says that, with a subscription, you’ll be able to listen to “millions of songs” without advertisements. You can also sync your music on the web-based platform with devices Xbox… Read More

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Facebook app coming to Windows 8, along with Flipboard, NFL Fantasy Football

For Facebook fans using Windows 8 devices, today brings good news. At Microsoft’s Build conference today in San Francisco, CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Facebook is finally building a native app for Windows 8. Two more apps are also coming to the Windows platform: Flipboard and NFL Fantasy Football, which is not surprising considering Microsoft’s new… Read More

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iPhone sales stay hot as shipments of smartphones set to pass feature phones in 2013

Smartphones are taking over the world. Well, not really. But the latest estimates from the International Data Corporation indicate that 2013 will be the first time worldwide smartphone shipments exceed those of feature phones. The IDC said today that it expects 2013 smartphone shipments to grow by an astounding 32.7 percent from last year to 958.8… Read More

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Next-gen Kinect coming to Windows in 2014

Among the array of new features unveiled at Microsoft’s Xbox One revealing on Tuesday were the upgrades to the new Kinect sensor. Today Microsoft announced that same improvements to the motion-tracking system for Xbox will be coming to the next-generation Kinect for Windows and will arrive on shelves at some point next year. Microsoft wouldn’t disclose… Read More

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The next Xbox: What to expect from Microsoft’s new console

Well, we’re almost there. In less than 24 hours, the tech world will be listening and watching in anticipation as Microsoft officially unveils the next generation of the Xbox. The console market has been struggling, but Microsoft — which has led in the U.S. in console sales for 28 consecutive months — is aiming to shake things up… Read More

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Microsoft posts weird Windows 8 commercials, then promptly takes them down

Update: Microsoft’s crazy, brilliant Windows 8 ads are now live It appears Microsoft either made a mistake by posting new Windows commercials or was just flat-out embarrassed by the initial response. On Wednesday afternoon, both Neowin and WPCentral noticed that Microsoft uploaded three new spots to the official Windows YouTube channel. The ads, titled “Windows 8 Training… Read More

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Study: Windows Phone hits highest U.S. market share yet

Maybe there’s some truth to the hilarious and equally ridiculous ad Microsoft put out today, which attempts to differentiate Windows Phone from Apple and Samsung by poking fun at stereotypical users of the leading smartphones. The first quarter numbers from Kantar show Windows making consistent gains in the U.S. smartphone market, as evidenced by growth of 1.9 percentage… Read More