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IFA 2015 preview

The last of the year's big trade shows is almost upon us as we pack our bags and head to Berlin, Germany for IFA 2015.

IFA is more like CES in the sense that it's a full-on consumer electronics show, where something like MWC is focused on mobile. That means that besides smartphones and tablets you'll find laptops and connected smart-devices nestled between the halls filled with toasters and washing machines.

In particular, IFA often has a large contingence of PCs. Perhaps not on the scale that you'd find at Computex, but nevertheless abundant. There's no Lumia event scheduled as was initially rumored, but Microsoft is an exhibitor this year and will be presenting an OEM partner focused keynote.

So, what are we expecting to see, hoping for or just taking a wild stab in the dark at? Here's our full show preview.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is finally here, and for better or worse, it could be the final Metal Gear Solid ever made.

Controversy marred the build-up to MGSV's launch. Long-time director Hideo Kojima has reportedly been ousted by Konami, following internal conflicts. Similar reports say that Konami are treating staff at Kojima Productions with an unfairness, pending dismissal once the game ships. Konami have been scrubbing all mention of Hideo's name from the game's marketing materials, right after cancelling a high-profile Silent Hill reboot helmed by Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. What a mess.

Going into this review, I had to wonder if the reported drama at Kojima Productions would have an impact on MGSV's quality. At this early stage, it's hard to claim that it has. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is damn good, but I do have concerns.

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I'm relatively new in town, having just moved to Boston a few months ago. I still trek to New York every other weekend, but I've been exploring the new area, looking for things to do and places to see. One service that's especially helpful is Eventbrite (eventbrite.com). It lets you browse and join events. There isn't an official Eventbrite app for Windows Phone, but third-party app Events for Me does a great job.

We've covered Events for Me before, but it has just been revamped. It now allows users to browse and see event details without having to login. It also now has a more streamlined search and filter screen plus localizations in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Check out our hands-on video to see it in action on the Lumia 930.

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We have our answers. (Again). Industry watchers, analysts, investors, and enthusiasts all had their questions regarding the direction of Microsoft's mobile future, particularly about long awaited flagships, put to rest.

This is all thanks to communications from Satya Nadella at the end of Microsoft's 2015 fiscal year. Well, thanks to his redundancy at that time.

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Spider Square, a crazy game for your Windows Phone

Super simple could describe the Windows Phone game Spider Square. The graphics are minimal, the controls singular and in many respects this BoomBit game is super simple. That is until you get into game play.

The goal of Spider Square is to swing your gaming character from the ceiling of the gaming screen as far as you can without crashing into the ceiling, floor or any of the objects that lie in between. The game has three gaming modes, a nice selection of cartoon characters to unlock and is insanely hard (but that's a good thing).

Spider Square is a free Windows Phone game, available for low-memory phones, but to unlock the easy gaming mode you will need to make a $.99 in-app purchase. It is a fun time waster of a game and a welcome addition to the Windows Phone Store.

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Why you should use OneDrive with Windows 10

When it comes to cloud storage, much like content delivery services, there is something to suit everyone. Microsoft's OneDrive is a great choice if you're a Windows 10 user.

OneDrive, like all services, has its good points and its bad points. But some of those good points really make it worth your attention. Especially if you use other Microsoft products and services.

Here are our top reasons to use OneDrive.

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Acer has released a teaser video for IFA 2015, showing off very little aside from an upcoming gaming laptop and desktop computer. The company has also shared details about its IFA conference, which will kick off in just two days, so the wait shall be a short one until we learn exactly what Acer has in store for us.

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