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Gift Ideas: Cool New Windows And Android Slate Tablets For Christmas

Not everything in the tablet space has to be an iPad: there’s fierce competition between a number of new low-cost Windows 8.1 tablets and their Android equivalents. Whether you’re giving a tablet to someone as a pure fun play, or with more productive aims in mind, there’s a little something for everyone this festive season. Here’s some tablet gift ideas to get you started.


Microsoft's Awesome Photo-Sharing App Just Got Even Better

Microsoft’s Xim is an awesome way to share photos across devices, no matter whether you’re on Android or iOS or even Windows Phone. Now it’s getting even better. The newest update to Microsoft Xim adds Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One and web browsers to the mix. That means you can share photos from virtual any mobile device to virtually any TV. That’s awesome.


The Best Australian 2 In 1 Laptops/Tablets: Mega Christmas Round-Up

If you want a computing device with the power of a laptop and the portability of a tablet, then you want a 2 in 1. There are dozens of great convertible and detachable 2 in 1 laptops out there, but we’ve picked a few of our favourites.


Microsoft 'Arcadia' Could Stream All Kinds Of Games And Apps To Windows

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella loves cloud computing, and a new, rumoured Microsoft service could be putting all that computing power to better use than ever. A project codenamed “Arcadia” (yes, another Halo reference) could soon stream games and apps to Windows devices, phones and tablets and computers alike.


New Leaks Show A Closer Look At Cortana And Xbox On Windows 10

To say that we’re excited for Windows 10 would be an understatement. With Microsoft accidentally gimping Windows 7 with a faulty update this week and Windows 8.1 continuing to be a loveable mess, Microsoft’s new operating system can’t get here soon enough.


Microsoft Now Accepts Bitcoin For Digital Purchases In The US

Bitcoin adoption continues to grow apace and now Microsoft has joined the party. In the US, you can now use the currency to buy apps, games, music and videos from the Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music and Xbox Video stores.


Your First Look At Cortana In Action On Windows 10 

We knew Cortana would show up on desktop sooner or later, even though it’s never been announced, and now we have an idea of how it will work. Screenshots and video from WinBeta show what Microsoft’s virtual assistant will be like when it finally and inevitably shows up in Windows 10.


Microsoft Is Killing Clip Art Because Nobody Uses It Anymore

Microsoft will no longer offer Clip Art. As an alternative, the company is pointing users to use Bing image search instead. Which is fine, because that’s what everyone was doing anyway. Except maybe for the Bing part.


An Xbox One Wearable Might Monitor The Heart Rates Of Couch Potatoes

Microsoft is said to be working on a fitness wearable that would work alongside its Xbox One games console. Source of the rumours is Joe Officer, who leads Xbox One component supplier Exertis.


Windows 10 Will Support (Almost) All Of Your Favourite Video & Audio Formats

While there are still a number of competing multimedia formats, there are a few that you can always count on — H.264, AAC, FLAC and containers such as MKV. There’s nothing more frustrating though than having software that doesn’t want to play nice with these and Windows takes the cake for requiring either a codec pack or an alternative player after a fresh install. Fortunately, Microsoft is taking a more serious look at the supported audio and video formats in Windows 10.