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The Lumia 650 Proves That 'Windows Phone' Is Dead

Search for the phrase “Windows phone” in Microsoft’s announcement of the new Lumia 650 and you’ll find… nothing. Sure, it’s a Windows phone, but Microsoft has well and truly decided to go all-in on its strategy of aligning its powerful Windows 10 tablet and laptop and desktop devices with the lower-powered Windows 10 Mobile platform to attract customers.

Microsoft's $299 Lumia 650 Is Now Available

Microsoft has announced that the “sleek and productive” Lumia 650 is available to buy from today for $299.

With a metal frame and 5-inch HD OLED display, Microsoft says the the Lumia 650 provides “sophisticated design at an affordable price” and is perfect for both business and personal use.

Microsoft Is Selling Off Its Feature Phone Division

Microsoft has announced that it’s selling its feature phone division to Foxconn for the princely sum of $US350 million ($484.7 million).

BB-8 Would Sound Incredibly Annoying If He Ran On Windows XP

Video: The Star Wars sound effects team does a brilliant job at breathing life into droids like BB-8 and R2-D2 using nothing but bloops and beeps. But what if BB-8 ran an operating system created by Microsoft? As Brian Elder discovered, BB-8 would be far less adorable and much more annoying if he spoke using Windows XP’s notification sounds.

Windows 10 Upgrades Will Cost $179 Starting July 29, So Go Do It Now

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Free upgrades to Microsoft’s latest operating system are running out soon. On July 30, one year after the release of Windows 10, anyone who hasn’t already upgraded will have to shell out $179 to move up to the latest and greatest.

The Microsoft Band Is The Official Fitness Tracker Of Tough Mudder

This year’s Australian Tough Mudder endurance obstacle races kick off over the weekend in southeast Queensland, and four more events are being run later in the year in New South Wales and Victoria. Microsoft is an unlikely sponsor of this year’s event, with the new Microsoft Band giving entrants bespoke guided workouts to train for the event.

Microsoft's New One-Handed iOS Keyboard Is My Saviour (Not Yet In Australia)

As someone who solely uses his iPhone one-handed (it’s a holdover from my T9 flip-phone days), I’m excited about Microsoft’s new Word Flow keyboard, which offers offers a solution to the sometimes annoying thumb-travel distance of the standard iOS keyboard. It comes with a curved, one-handed mode that looks futuristic and supports both tapping and swiping across words. It sounds good — but does it actually work?

Microsoft Is Storing Data In 10 Million Strands Of DNA

DNA contains the information that defines life — but it can also be used to store digital content, too. Now, Microsoft has announced that it’s seriously investigating the technique as a means of storing data, paying a bioscience company to create ten million strands of digital storage DNA.

4 Ways To Help Your Laptop Enjoy A Longer Life

If you’re shelling out hard-earned cash on a laptop, then you want to make sure you get years of service out of it. Some wear and tear (both physical and digital) is inevitable along the way, but if you take good care of your machine you can keep it running smoothly for longer — just like a well-maintained car or bicycle.

Protesters Are Angry About Google's Sponsorship Of The US Republican Convention

Tomorrow a group of anti-Trump activists will descend on Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California to protest against the tech giant’s participation in the Republican National Convention this July. And Google isn’t the only tech company that plans to be there.

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