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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.


Make Your Windows 10 Wallpaper Look Instantly Better With One Small Tweak

If you’ve got your PC running on a big ol’ monitor or TV, chances are you take a little care with the wallpaper you use as your Windows background. But straight out of the box, Windows backgrounds are actually slightly compressed, and that can destroy the fine image detail you’re expecting to see. Here’s how to fix that little issue.


One Day Your Smartphone's Case Will Do Far More Than Just Protect It

Even if you’re adamantly against putting a case on your phone, you might make an exception for the FlexCase being developed by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and Microsoft. When opened, it doubles as an extended touchscreen for your device that can also be flexed for unique ways to interact with your phone.


Link Shorteners Can Spy On You

Anyone who’s used a link shortener has probably considered their vulnerability. It’s no big deal when you’re just bookmarking a blog post, but a little more troubling when you’re shortening directions to your house. If you’ve ever punched in the wrong bit.ly link, you may have inadvertently spied on someone already.


Target Just Slashed Prices On Consoles And Old Games

For a business that once looked like they were abandoning gaming altogether, Target has done a pretty good job of appealing to gamers with some heavy discounts. Their Ebay store offerings before Christmas were some of the best all year, something many of you took advantage of.

They’re now apparently in the process of clearing out a good deal of gaming stock, from consoles to games.


Asus's Windows 10 VivoStick Is Out Now In Australia

For years, we’ve been tempted by the idea of tiny Intel Atom-powered PCs built into Chromecast-esque dongles, plugging into our TVs’ and monitors’ HDMI ports with proper Windows 10 onboard. Asus’s VivoStick might be the best version of that ideal yet, with a new Cherry Trail processor, a healthy serving of RAM and flash storage, and two USB ports.


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