Go read this FT story about how Microsoft’s roots in China could help it acquire TikTok

Why, exactly, is Microsoft — purveyor of office software, cloud services, and high-end laptops — so well positioned to buy viral video app TikTok? We’ve previously looked at how the acquisition fits Microsoft’s future ambitions, but a new report from The Financial Times explains how the US tech giant has been preparing for this sort … Read more Go read this FT story about how Microsoft’s roots in China could help it acquire TikTok

Best upcoming Xbox One and Xbox Series X games for August 2020 & beyond

Source: Windows Central Microsoft just revealed the Xbox Series X, showcasing the future of its flagship gaming platform. The Xbox Series X sounds like a beast, with impressive specs that will outstrip any other video game console on the market today, but it’s no good if it doesn’t have the games to showcase that power. … Read more Best upcoming Xbox One and Xbox Series X games for August 2020 & beyond

Take-Two retreats from $70 games being the norm for PS5 and Xbox Series X

The companies that sell video games are all staying relatively quiet about whether they plan to universally hike game prices from $60 to $70 with the launch of next-gen consoles later this year. But of the more vocal ones, massive publisher Take-Two Interactive has flip-flopped in its public statements of late, causing a bit of … Read more Take-Two retreats from $70 games being the norm for PS5 and Xbox Series X

Google’s Pixel conundrum and Microsoft’s TikTok conundrum

Hi everybody. I’m back to writing this newsletter after some time off and somehow, magically, still somewhat refreshed by my week off in the woods of northern California. If you’re a new subscriber, welcome! This is a newsletter about computers and consumer tech. I’m not going to try to catch you up on everything that … Read more Google’s Pixel conundrum and Microsoft’s TikTok conundrum

Best TerraMaster NAS in 2020

Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central Best TerraMaster NAS Windows Central 2020 TerraMaster is an impressive network-attached storage (NAS) enclosure vendor. The NAS they provide usually rock similar specifications than competing NAS but are priced more aggressively. They’re also not black slabs of plastic and metal, but instead, come with a brushed aluminum finish. Here … Read more Best TerraMaster NAS in 2020

Microsoft says CEO Satya Nadella has talked to Trump about buying TikTok

In a blog post Sunday, Microsoft said it was “prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” following a conversation between its CEO Satya Nadella and President Trump. It’s the first time the company has confirmed reports it was in talks to acquire the video sharing platform. “Microsoft fully … Read more Microsoft says CEO Satya Nadella has talked to Trump about buying TikTok

Surface Headphones 2 vs. Surface Earbuds: Which is a better buy?

Microsoft’s latest headphones are incredibly impressive, with excellent battery life, superb design and sound, and built-in voice features while cutting the asking price quite significantly over its predecessor. $250 at Microsoft Pros: Comfortable to wear On-ear dials are awesome New lower price 13-levels of noise-canceling gradations Cons: They don’t fold / large case Battery life … Read more Surface Headphones 2 vs. Surface Earbuds: Which is a better buy?

Microsoft is shutting down Cortana on multiple devices, including iOS and Android

Microsoft is rethinking its Cortana assistant, announcing that it will shut down the current iOS and Android apps, end Cortana support for the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker, and remove the original Cortana functionality from the first-generation Surface Headphones starting in 2021. These changes are still a few months away, but it marks another big … Read more Microsoft is shutting down Cortana on multiple devices, including iOS and Android

New Xbox Series X controller features surface with Xbox One update

Microsoft recently debuted its latest pre-release Xbox One update for its closed Alpha Skip Ahead testers, and with rollout across consoles, traces of the next-gen Xbox Series X have started to emerge. We expect Xbox Series X to share the same fundamentals of the Xbox One operating system (despite some differences), with considerations for the … Read more New Xbox Series X controller features surface with Xbox One update