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Microsoft’s new wireless phone charger will bathe your desk in neon light

My Nexus 6 usually rests on a Tylt wireless charger here at The Verge office. I paid Verizon $ 60 for the thing. It’s got a black, soft matte finish; it’s the opposite of flashy, but works perfectly with any Qi-compatible smartphone I’ve placed on it — even with a bulky case on. Microsoft’s taking the opposite approach with its new Nokia-branded Qi wireless charger. It’s available in three bright colors: white, green, or orange (the model we tested).

This thing defines flashy. Drop a Lumia smartphone onto the plastic pad, and a ring of light instantly illuminates your desk, nightstand, or whatever it might be resting on. And it’s incredibly bright, though you can thankfully choose between three brightness settings if the charger proves…

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OneDrive updates make Microsoft’s cloud storage system better for photos

Microsoft is updating OneDrive, its cloud storage service that competes with rivals such as Dropbox and iCloud, in a bid to make it a better photo management tool. Over the next few weeks, the company says it’s introducing changes that will automatically import photos from external devices, allow users to categorize them in new albums with clear thumbmail images, and use an updated search function to find specific files and photos saved on the service.

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Microsoft’s Q2 2015: Surface and Lumia up, but Xbox and profits down

Microsoft has published its Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $ 26.5 billion in net income on $ 5.8 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased 8 percent compared to the $ 24.52 billion the company generated in the same quarter last year. However, net income has dropped 10 percent from the same period last year. Microsoft does note that it has incurred a further “$ 243 million of integration and restructuring expenses” related to the Nokia phone business purchase, which explains part of the drop.

We’re into a second quarter of Surface Pro 3 sales, and Surface-related revenue ($ 1.1 billion) has jumped 24 percent from the same period last year. Surface sales are still a mystery, as ever, but it’s not surprising to see…

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks: Rick Owens goes full frontal, Microsoft’s HoloLens, meditating in a Vegas nightclub and more in our weekly look at the web

Link About It: This Week's Picks

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Nascar meets wheelchair in this polished tire rocker up for grabs on community-based classifieds site Krrb. The chair, named “El Rocker de Las Llantas Muertas” (The Rocker of Dead Tires), has been meticulously hand crafted by……

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Link About It: Testing Microsoft’s HoloLens

Testing Microsoft's HoloLens


Unlike Google Glass or Oculus Rift, Microsoft’s new HoloLens headset inserts virtual objects into your real-life world. Although the augmented reality glasses are still in their prototype phase, Microsoft gave GigaOm a demo of its four current applications……

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Microsoft’s new Lumia Camera app features some impressive tricks

For the past week I’ve been using Microsoft’s new Lumia Camera software. It’s part of a Lumia Denim update that’s rolling out to Lumia Windows Phones over the next few weeks, and the most important changes are improvements to the camera. Lumia phones are known for their impressive camera hardware, but the software has sometimes been a step behind. Launching the camera on Lumia phones can be painfully slow, and even capturing and autofocus isn’t always particularly speedy compared to the iPhone 6 or some top Android devices. Microsoft is aiming to fix some of these problems with the new Lumia Camera app.

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Microsoft’s former Internet Explorer chief has left the company

Dean Hachamovitch — the man who oversaw the development of Internet Explorer for ten years — has left Microsoft. Hacahmovitch announced the news in a short blog post, in which he said he was “ready to enjoy a different point of view on both tech and life,” 24 years after he joined Microsoft. In an interview with GeekWire, Hachamovitch said that the company “really has changed a lot” since he joined in 1990, and that he was “overdue a change.”

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Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update arrives with big camera improvements

Microsoft has started rolling out a new Windows Phone update to its range of Lumia devices. Dubbed Lumia Denim, the latest update brings some significant camera improvements to the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520. The first noticeable change is a new Lumia Camera app that launches faster and takes photos more quickly. Microsoft’s Lumia 1520 has a more than capable camera, but the slowness of capturing photos often lets it down, and this update is designed to address that.

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Microsoft’s Android and iOS focus leaves Windows users in the cold

Windows Phone users are used to waiting for Microsoft to deliver on its promises, but the company has been testing their patience recently. Microsoft has abandoned its “first and best on Windows” strategy in favor of cross-platform apps that are nearly always better on Android and iOS than their Windows tablet and phone counterparts. Office is the latest proof of a continuous trend that’s leaving Microsoft’s most loyal Windows customers out in the cold.

After shipping Office for iPad earlier this year, way ahead of a touch-optimized Windows release, Microsoft followed up with an even better version for the iPhone last week. While the initial Office for iPhone app, released last year, offered basic editing like its Windows Phone…

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Microsoft’s first Lumia is coming on Tuesday

Microsoft is planning to launch its very first Lumia smartphone on Tuesday. The software giant has started teasing an unveiling for November 11th, with the tagline of “Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone.” Microsoft’s teaser also includes an orange curved Lumia device. Microsoft officially unveiled its new branding for upcoming Lumia handsets, and Tuesday’s launch will mark the first time the company drops the Nokia name on its smartphones. While many are hoping for a flagship phone, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company will launch a budget Lumia handset next week.

Recently leaked images revealed Microsoft’s first Lumia, and the specifications indicate it will be…

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