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Microsoft’s new Surface Book and 13″ Retina MacBook Pro: two faces of the same medal

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Something that Apple does great is designing software and hardware to work together. It’s a well known fact that finds proof every now and then like in the iPhone 6s that, although it has less powerful hardware on paper compared to other recent smartphone, it delivers much sleeker performance.

The MacBook Pro lineup received a dramatic update back in 2012 with the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro: soon after the 13″ model was fitted with a Retina display, becoming one of the most notorious Macs around. Notebooks of the same class actually had to compete with a formidable opponent. These notebooks had the disadvantage of running all the same OS and none of them was truly optimized like the MacBook.

Credits due where they’re due, Microsoft made quite an impressive job in releasing their first ever notebook that ships with their newest operative system Windows 10, and it seems to give a run for the money to the 13″ MacBook Pro. Read More…

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Xbox One Elite Bundle to ship with 1TB Hybrid Drive and Elite Controller in October 2015

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The Xbox division lined up a pretty good set of exclusives for holiday 2015 to catch up with its PS4 competitor, which currently outsells the One at 1:3 rate. Sony has done a whole lot of special editions for the PlayStation 4 themed for the most popular games, including an Ultimate Player edition that sports a 1TB hard disk instead of the stock 500GB. Aside from that, there’s no big difference compared to the regular version, in which you are even able to replace the HD by yourself without voiding the warranty.

Xbox One had its share of special editions, but the Elite Bundle that’s set to ship in October packs more than just a more capable drive, that you are not actually able to replace unlike the PS4. Anyway, you really don’t want to replace the Elite Edition one, in fact it will be a 1TB hybrid Hard Disk and SSD that will allow a way more reactive system, while still having enough room to house even the largest game collection. Considering that a current-gen game usually weights 30GB or more, the choice of an hybrid drive seems most logical. Read More…

Microsoft releases Word, PowerPoint and Excel for iOS

After a lot of rumors about Microsoft about to launch the Office suite to iOS, it happened. Alongside OneNote (which was already on App Store and updated to a new look), Word, PowerPoint and Excel make their appearance totally for free but with a gap; you need to be a regular subscriber to Office 365™ to create, edit and share documents within the application. Otherwise, they’ll work in read-only mode preventing any modification. This on the iPad.

With some astonishment too, a few days later this restriction has been removed from their respective for iPhone. Exactly, if you intend using Office on iPhone you won’t be forced to purchase a subscription that goes for 99,99€. Microsoft says that it was purely a question of balancing App Store and Windows Phone users as on the last one it has always been like that. Read More…

Brace yourselves, Windows XP is waving goodbye to your PCs on 8th of April

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Here we are, end of the line, time’s up. Windows XP has ended its cycle of life. The operative system many people have enjoyed since 2001 and the oldest OS in Microsoft’s history will be permanently marked as obsolete on 8th of April. It’s fate was decided by a purely legal reason; XP is ten years old, and Microsoft policy (given origin by user feedback in 2002) declares that after such timespan, the product will no more receive any further updates. No fixes, no security updates, nothing. And hackers are already preparing for enjoying the time to come, breaking into an OS that’s old and doomed to be only a good remembrance, by reverse-engineering the last patch to see vulnerabilities or exploits. XP is still used by around 30% of users worldwide, second only to Windows 7 that holds steadily its primate for being stable and light. Read More…

How to install Windows 8.1 Preview on a Mac using Boot Camp 5 drivers

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Windows 8.1 is available as a free Preview for those who wants to try out the new version without waiting for autumn to come. although the simplest way to update your computer is through Windows Store, there is the option to do a clean install using the .iso file. Thanks to this, it’s possible to try Windows 8.1 on a Mac using Boot Camp 5. The following tutorial has been made with an iMac 27″ mid 2011. Macs that supports Windows 8 are the following ones; if yours is not listed, it means is not compatible.

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011 or newer) Read More…
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