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Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge Extended Until April 5

Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge Extended Until April 5

Brandon Russell

The “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge is living on. Originally set to end on March 29, Microsoft announced the contest will extend until Thursday, April 5, though with a few tweaks. The contest’s “upped stakes” will offer the first 100 people who get “smoked” by a Windows Phone to receive a free device running Microsoft’s OS. After that, the next 500 people will be offered a $25 gift...

Microsoft Knows Android and iPhone 4S Users Might Not Always Get "Smoked by Windows Phone"

Microsoft Knows Android and iPhone 4S Users Might Not Always Get "Smoked by Windows Phone"

Todd Haselton

Microsoft reportedly knows owners of specific Android and iOS devices may not always be smoked by its Windows Phone OS, so it has created tests that help it win. According to The Verge, Microsoft — which is betting a $1,000 laptop that Windows Phone will “smoke” your phone — was able to create several scenarios in which a Windows Phone would lose a speed test to an Android or iPhone...

What iPad?: 5 Windows 8 Features That Smackdown iOS and Android Tablets

What iPad?: 5 Windows 8 Features That Smackdown iOS and Android Tablets

Adriana Lee

This month, it’s been all iPad-a-palooza on the tech webs. With its launch now upon us, some might even forget that there are other tablet options. The Android platform springs to mind, and indeed there are some entries worthy of your consideration. But if you’re the patient type, there’s also another competitor that will be entering the stadium in the not-too-distant future: Windows 8...

Cool Tech: Microsoft Research Creates Universal Spoken Language Translator

Cool Tech: Microsoft Research Creates Universal Spoken Language Translator

Adriana Lee

“¿Puede ayudarme? Necesito encuentro el PATH station,” I said in really bad, broken Spanglish. So sad. At one time, I was actually fairly fluent, but trying to dust the cobwebs off my brain after 15+ years without practice was just too much. It was even worse when he answered me in rapid fire Spanish. I just looked at him helplessly, hoping I’d magically understand his directions to the...

The Next Gen Gaming Consoles Need Physical Media

The Next Gen Gaming Consoles Need Physical Media

Joey Davidson

This morning, we posted a rumor regarding Microsoft’s next console. The follow-up to the Xbox will not, supposedly, include a disc drive for physical media. This, gamers, is not good news. My argument for why this is a problem comes down to one point. This isn’t about the new consoles’ inability to play movies on disc, it isn’t about backwards compatibility and it isn’t about becoming...

Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone Tango Limitations for Devices With Just 256MB of RAM

Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone Tango Limitations for Devices With Just 256MB of RAM

Killian Bell

Following the unveiling of its Windows Phone "Tango" operating system at Mobile World Congress back in February, which is the first of its Windows Phone platforms to support low-memory devices, Microsoft has revealed the limitations that will be placed on devices with just 256MB of RAM. Some of the limitations are to be expected. For example, low-memory devices won't be able to handle...