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Microsoft Holoportation

When augmented reality meets live-video teleportation, you get Microsoft's "Holoportation". In other words, a combination of HoloLens and a hologram-like video feed. These holographic representations are capable of walking around a room, thanks to cameras recording footage from several different angles. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the evolution of Superman in television and film.

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Virtual Desktop Oculus

We have seen the future of Windows, and it's in virtual reality. Introducing Virtual Desktop, a free app that transforms the entire Windows operating system into a VR-capable platform. In addition to surfing the web, you can also use it for games (Minecraft, Street Fighter V, etc.), Facebook, or even Photoshop. When launched, users are greeted with a curved, floating Windows desktop - wallpaper, icons, Start button and all. Continue reading for a tech demo and more information.

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Nintendo 3DS Windows 95

Sure, you can argue that there really is no practical reason to have Windows 95 running on a new Nintendo 3DS XL, but it's definitely a conversation starter. Back a while ago, I tried compiling the dosbox from libretro, and using retroarch to emulate dosbox. Yet, every time, it froze on a rainbow glitchy mess. So, I gave up for a while. Until tonight. So, I tried it on my n3ds, and it just worked. "So, I think the o3ds just isn't powerful enough to run dosbox, or there's not enough ram. So, that's how this all got started. At its core, this is just libretro/retroarch dosbox. But I figured, hey, everyone wants Windows on their 3DS, right?," said Shutterbug2000 on the GBATemp forum. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hoverboard unboxing that results in an unexpected fire.

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Bill Gates Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. This operating system runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, to provide an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, in addition to existing MS-DOS software. Company founder Bill Gates spearheaded development after seeing a demo of a similar software suite known as Visi On at COMDEX. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.

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Bill Gates Mansion

According to the King County public assessor's office, Bill Gates' home in Medina, Washington is worth a whopping $154-million as of July 2015, but did you know that the billionaire purchased the lot for the paltry sum of $2-million in 1988. He reportedly pays around $1-million in property taxes each year. The house was the result of a collaboration between Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects (based in Pennsylvania but with satellite offices in Seattle and San Francisco) and Cutler-Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Xbox Prototype

We're guessing that if Microsoft actually released an X-shaped Xbox back in 2001, sales would have taken off like a rocket immediately, but everyone knows that wasn't the case. The original console was officially unveiled to the public at CES 2001 in Las Vegas. However, due to the immense popularity of game consoles in Japan, Microsoft delayed the release of the Xbox in Europe to focus on the Japanese video game market. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Funny Windows BSOD Blue Screen of Death

For those who have been Mac or Linux users all their lives, the Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD) is basically an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely. BSoDs have been present in Windows NT 3.1 (the first version of the Windows NT family, released in 1993) and all Windows operating systems released afterwards. They can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits. One place you shouldn't see this error is at a concert, but with computers powering everything these days, it's not too out of the ordinary for something like this to happen. Continue reading for more.

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Halo 5 Spartan Armor

H/T: Its Raining Neon via iO9 | Photo by : Dave Yang

Halo 5 is currently one of the hottest games available, so much so that gamer DeAnna Davis decided to create real-life armor modeled after the in-game suits. "My Halo 5 Kelly 087 is my 10th full suit of armor offically ( not counting projects that included armor work but wasnt a full head to toe ordeal) And the first thing i learned was mobility is most important, (which i learned the hard way since i couldnt bend my knees or sit down in my deamon hunter cosplay xD(my 1st suit ever (go big or go home). But I really took that to heart with this suit so in a little less than one whole month of non stop work i made sure everything was not only easy to move in but pretty comfortable," said Davis. Continue reading for one more pictures.

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Kangaroo PC Windows 10

Photo credit: Kangaroo

If you prefer the desktop experience, but don't want to lug around a large tower, the Kangaroo Portable PC is your answer. This pocket-sized Windows 10 64-bit computer is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Processor (up to 2.24 GHz), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, and even a fingerprint reader for added security. The integrated rechargeable battery is good for 4-hours of casual use, while an included external dock adds HDMI, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports for desktop use. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Metal Gear in real-life.

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Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft's Universal Mobile Keyboard makes typing on the go a breeze, and you can pick one up for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $79.95. It's designed to work with iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows tablets. Pair up to 3 devices with different operating systems and easily switch between them. Product page. Continue reading for two more videos, including the official Microsoft product preview, and additional information.

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