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The Switcher Diaries: What You Need To Know Before Switching

This week, I made the switch from five years’ worth of Mac use back to Windows with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Here’s what I learned, what I’d do differently, and whether you should do it too.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review: The Ultimate Outdoor Computer?

Need to edit photos and videos in the field? How about the forest or up the side of a mountain in Iceland? All while filing stories as you go? We do, and we’ve been dragging the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 around to get that job done. Here’s how it performs.


The Switcher Diaries: On The Road With The Surface Pro 3

My phone starts to wiggle its way across my desk as the vibration from the call coming in kicks over. It’s Campbell Simpson, the other half of the Gizmodo brain trust on the other end. “Hey man. I’m downstairs in my Tesla Model S, want to come for a ride?” I scoop up my Surface and hit the road: can the push the limits of the future worker by turning a Model S into a mobile office?


The Switcher Diaries: My Week With The Microsoft Surface Pro 3

My name is Luke Hopewell, and I’m a MacBook user. I’ve been a MacBook user since 2008, and have had two new models since then. But this week, I leave it all behind and road test the promise of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Is it really the tablet that can replace my laptop?


Microsoft Band Review: Tracks Your Every Move, Then Breaks Your Heart

When I first strapped on the Microsoft Band a week ago, I felt like I’d been given new power over myself. The company’s first wrist-borne activity tracker packs 10 sensors into a discreet package, and to my hopeful eyes the wristable’s powerful specs added up to potential. I thought, this gadget might really get to know me, and inch me towards a better version of myself. Which is why it’s disappointing that the Band doesn’t meet that goal.


Skype Will Now Work Straight From Your Browser Without Any Software

Skype for Web makes chatting face-to-face with your aunt easier by eliminating the need to download a pesky app. Skype’s wonderfully easy to use provided you’ve already got it on the device you’re using. Skype for Web makes it easier to get your chat on when Skype isn’t already installed. All you’ve got to do is go to Skype.com and login.


Windows Has A Huge Vulnerabilty, Get The Patch Now

As scary as Heartbleed was this past spring, it looks like virtually every Microsoft Windows user is in for a little deja vu. Microsoft just released a critical patch for a huge server vulnerability — one that affects quite a few current versions of Windows out there.


The Lumia 535 Is Microsoft's First Non-Nokia Windows Phone

Microsoft has now officially buried the Nokia brand name with the launch of the Lumia 535, a low-end Windows Phone for emerging markets with the Microsoft name on the back. Rather than debuting the new management with a bold new flagship phone, Microsoft is sticking to the tried-and-tested Lumia formula: bold colours, basic internals and a low price point.


Microsoft Offering Refunds For Office 365 Subscriptions

Briefly: If you paid for an Office 365 subscription so that you could spreadsheet on the go, and then were understandably miffed when Microsoft offered up editing capabilities for iOS for free, never fear: Microsoft will refund you your subscription on a pro-rata basis, which is nice of them.


Hackers Ravaged A US Retailer With A Stolen Password

Earlier this year, Home Depot in the US confirmed that 56 million cards had been compromised, in one of the biggest retail security breaches in history. Now we know that much like the Target hack — which was traced to a heating company — Home Depot was infiltrated by custom malware and passwords stolen from a third party vendor.


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