All Articles by Al Sacco

Why Black Friday deal hunters NEED to pay attention to Thrifter

If you're looking for the best Black Friday deals, but you're not watching Thrifter.com closely, you're a damn fool. OK, OK ... that may be a bit harsh. But, for real, it's just not wise to ignore what the good folks over a Thrifter are doing.

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Chime in: Should Microsoft build an Android emulator to address the Windows app gap?

If there's one common complaint among the majority of Windows users, particularly Window Mobile users, it’s the "app gap," or Windows's lack of applications compared to other platforms, such as Android, iOS, and macOS.

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Where to get those cool coffee mugs in Microsoft's Surface ads

Nothing in Microsoft's marketing imagery for its Surface PC lineup gets in there by accident. And if you look closely, you may notice some very cool-looking coffee mugs that fit the Surface style perfectly.

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Don't miss your chance to get the Windows-friendly Ring Video Doorbell Pro for a ridiculously low price

Our amigos at Thrifter worked hard to secure one of the best tech deals available this Black Friday: the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for less than $100 — that's significantly more than half off the normal suggested retail price.

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DODOcase's leather Surface Pen sleeve provides stylish protection

Do you really need a case for your Surface Pen? No, but you'll want DODOcase's leather stylus sleeve … even if it is branded as an Apple Pencil accessory.

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Surface Book 2 preorders are live. Are you buying one? (poll)

Microsoft today made preorders available for the Surface Book 2, and it's truly drool-worthy. It also is not cheap. We want to hear from you and whether or not you plan to buy one.

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Chime in: What's the best Android phone for Lumia 950 converts?

It's a sad affair, but more people than ever are ditching Windows Mobile and making their ways to Google's popular Android platform. The Lumia 950 is one of the most popular Windows phones. So what are the best Android phones for Lumia users?

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Chime in: Switching from a Windows phone to iPhone X?

Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft's phone efforts are sad these days, and even Windows phone diehards are making the switch to other platforms. Whether you're considering a switch or have already made the leap to iOS, we want to hear from you.

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Where did the name 'Microsoft' come from?

'Microsoft' is one of those brand names that's so familiar — like Coca-Cola or McDonald's — you probably don't even think twice about what it means, or its origin. Off the top of your head (no Googles!), do you know where Microsoft got its name?

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Microsoft's first consumer Surface was released five years ago on Oct. 26, 2012

Exactly five years ago to the day, Microsoft released it first Surface device aimed at consumers, then known only as "Microsoft Surface," but it eventually became known as the "Surface RT." It started a Windows revolution.

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Chime in: Are you buying a Harman Kardon Invoke speaker? (poll)

Invoke, the Cortana-powered speaker from the audio experts at Harman Kardon, is now available. So, you getting one?

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Chime in: Is Microsoft's Surface Book 2 too expensive?

Microsoft made the new Surface Book 2 official earlier this week, and it's impressive. But it definitely does not come cheap.

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Chime in: What do you think of Microsoft's new Marimekko Surface Pro accessories?

Last week, Microsoft unveiled some fancy new Surface Pro Type Covers and other accessories from Finnish company Marimekko.

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Chime in: What do you think of Microsoft's move to kill Groove Music?

Last week, Microsoft announced it is throwing in the towel on the Groove Music streaming service. We want to hear your thoughts on the move.

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Follow Google's Pixel 2 launch on October 4 at Android Central

Google is expected to unveil the next great Android phones, its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, this Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in San Francisco. Our sibling site Android Central is your one-stop-shop for all things Pixel 2.

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Chime in: Should Microsoft release a Surface trackpad?

Microsoft makes a number of Surface-branded peripherals, but there is currently no official Surface trackpad. We really want one, but we also want your thoughts.

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Microsoft CEO Nadella's new book promises insights on the company's digital transformation

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, today released a new book that not only examines the man, but also Microsoft's path during the past few years, as well as the impact of technological change on the company and on human beings today.

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Chime in: Share your experience with Windows and 3D printers

Do you own a 3D printer or have access to one? Has your experience so far been positive? And if so, do you have any related Windows apps to recommend?

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Chime in: Should Microsoft's next phone be another Lumia instead of a Surface?

For obvious reasons, lots of Windows phone fans (or former fans) really want Microsoft to release a "Surface phone" that would swoop in and save the company's mobile presence. But would it make more sense for Microsoft to stick with the Lumia brand?

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Poll: Are you preordering Microsoft's Xbox One X standard edition?

The standard edition of Microsoft's shiny new game console, the Xbox One X, is expected to be available for preorder today. Are you in?

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