All Articles by Michael Archambault

Microsoft Surface family updated; performance improvements and Power Cover support onboard

Microsoft Surface family updated; performance improvements and Power Cover support onboard

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Microsoft’s lineup of Surface tablets can be an excellent solution for those either looking for a tablet companion or to replace their existing PC. With the recent launch of Microsoft’s Power Cover, the abilities of Surface have expanded, but new hardware is not the only way Surface is improving. Today, as part of Microsoft’s March 2014 update, a stream of firmware updates and software...

Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 goes free, but for today only (Update: Price change rolling out with slight delay)

Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 goes free, but for today only (Update: Price change rolling out with slight delay)

Michael Archambault 60

One of our personal favorite applications for both Windows Phone and Windows 8, Nextgen Reader, is being listed free on the latter platform’s store. The Windows Store will have what is quite possibly the best RSS reader for the platform free, and it is only rumored to last for the remainder of today. As the app normally runs for $2.99 USD, it cannot hurt to pick it up now. Nextgen...

Surface Power Cover receives ship date and price, boosts your battery by up to 70 percent

Surface Power Cover receives ship date and price, boosts your battery by up to 70 percent

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We have been hearing about Microsoft’s Surface Power Cover since back in September of 2013. The new Surface accessory was expected to launch near or alongside the second generation of Surface tablets, but apparent delays kept it from being on schedule. Luckily, and thanks to a collection of patience from Surface users, the Surface Power Cover is now available for sale from the Microsoft...

Microsoft to fix Internet Explorer vulnerability along with other system exploits next week

Microsoft to fix Internet Explorer vulnerability along with other system exploits next week

Michael Archambault 32

Next week, Microsoft is set to patch a collection of security loopholes that have served as a major vulnerability within Internet Explorer. A few months ago, security firm FireEye, discovered that they could exploit machines by using a piece of code that was drilled up by hackers. A second security confirm, Websense, later confirmed the issue and now a patch is ready to be sent out this...

Xbox One to support HD streaming with Twitch, while PlayStation 4 only supports 540p

Xbox One to support HD streaming with Twitch, while PlayStation 4 only supports 540p

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Twitch is right around the corner for Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment consoles and it will not be long before your friends begin to invite you to watch their Titanfall matches live over the internet. Twitch is a popular video streaming service for gamers. Sony’s PlayStation 4 already supports the service, but can only stream gameplay at a resolution of 960 x 540 with a 1.7Mbps...

Office 2013 receives Service Pack 1 - includes major bug fixes and minor tweaks

Office 2013 receives Service Pack 1 - includes major bug fixes and minor tweaks

Michael Archambault 61

Yesterday, Microsoft made Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 available to the public. The package of updates includes content for Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. The first Service pack for Project, Visio, and SharePoint was also released separately. Overall, the Office 2013 Service Pack 1 offers a collection of bug fixes, with a...

Bing wants to help with your taxes – provides easy access to forms and information (US only)

Bing wants to help with your taxes – provides easy access to forms and information (US only)

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For once, if you are an international reader and seeing “US only” – it is a good thing. Here in the United States, it is the beginning of tax season and Americans are scrambling to put together their invoices and submit them to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). It can be a stressful process, in which many Americans become lost in stacks of paperwork and government forms. Luckily,...

Microsoft is inviting gamers to preview the next Xbox One update – you could be one of them

Microsoft is inviting gamers to preview the next Xbox One update – you could be one of them

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Preparing for the epic Titanfall launch, Microsoft has set out to release two different updates to their Xbox One console before the March 11 date arrives. The first patch went out this month, and introduced a few new features; along with a bug, we are calling “the black screen of (temporary) death”. The next update that will be coming in the first few days of March is being handed out...

Xbox One’s Media Remote gets a March launch date – more details to come forth tomorrow

Xbox One’s Media Remote gets a March launch date – more details to come forth tomorrow

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We had previously reported on a leaked image of an Xbox One Media Remote that showed up on Amazon.ca via Google’s cache service. Today, The Verge has reported that reliable sources familiar with the entertainment console have revealed the remote’s official announcement date and its official release date. The remote is reported to have the ability to not only control media content,...

How to fix the Xbox One black screen of death (and it's only temporary)

How to fix the Xbox One black screen of death (and it's only temporary)

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The most recent update for the Xbox One improved stability and added new functionality to Microsoft’s gaming console, but it has also had an unintended consequence: it has also made the system a bit less stable in other ways. Reports are surfacing around the web that users are experiencing what we are calling the black screen of (temporary) death. The software glitch is annoying, but if...

Outlook.com turns a year old - will give away prizes today to celebrate the occasion

Outlook.com turns a year old - will give away prizes today to celebrate the occasion

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Microsoft purchased its first email service, Hotmail, almost seventeen years ago from founders Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. After a $400 million, exchange and effort to move the service from a Linux based operating system to Windows 2000 – MSN Hotmail, as we knew it was born. Now in the year 2014, a year after Outlook.com took over the reins and stepped down from its “preview” state...