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WinPhone 95 Windows 95 Smartphone

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Sure, there were already smartphones back in the 90s, but if Microsoft released one running Windows 95, it might look something like this. This Game Boy-like device features a 1.2-megapixel with Sony Mavica optics, headphone jack, microphone jack, an Intel processor, and even a trackball. That's not all, it comes in three different colors: "Classic", "Olive", and "Vanilla". Continue reading for more pictures.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse

The Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 is great for travel, work, or school, and it's being offered for just $13.99 (Prime members - get free 30-day trial), today only, originally $29.95. Pair the mouse wirelessly to your laptop or tablet with the latest Bluetooth Smart technology to instantly connect without wires or dongles. Keep using your mouse for up to twelve months with a single battery. Ambidextrous design means you can use your mouse with your left or right hand, it's comfortable either way. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox One X Project Scorpio

The Xbox One X "Project Scorpio" Edition has just been unveiled, and it's a doozy. Pre-order one here now. It features a custom design with the words 'Project Scorpio' printed on the console / controller, and they've also incorporated a sophisticated and dynamic graphic pattern across the exterior. Fans will also notice the packaging is inspired by the original Xbox. The Project Scorpio Edition also comes with an exclusive vertical stand so you can choose how to display it in your home. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Surface Phone 2

It's not unusual for smartphones to be compatible with third party game controllers, but the Microsoft Surface Phone 2 aims to be an all-in-one device, thanks to its modular design. Just like its tablet / laptop hybrid counterpart, this smartphone also gets a detachable keyboard, in addition to a main camera on the rear. Continue reading for two more pictures and information.

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500GB Xbox One S

Microsoft's 500GB Xbox One S is a mighty console, but now you can get a bundle with four games - Ghost Recon Wildlands - Gold edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5, and Recore - for just $248.90 shipped, originally $499.99. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, High Dynamic Range technology brings out the true visual depth of your games. Product page. Continue reading for a viral video on Ghost Recon Wildlands and more information.

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MS Paint Discontinued

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Microsoft Paint, previously known as Paintbrush, was bundled in the first version of Windows back in 1985 and went on to become one of the operating system's most popular programs. However, it's bittersweet, as Windows 10 does include Paint 3D, which is a separate application to the original Paint. Paint is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases," according to the autumn update. Continue reading for another speed painting video and more information.

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Microsoft Surface Phone

Microsoft may have not released an iPhone or Galaxy S competitor for quite some time, but that doesn't mean they don't have the resources to do so. Introducing the Microsoft Surface Phone. Featuring a 5.7" OLED display with an embedded fingerprint sensor, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and the ability to use the handset as an Xbox One controller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Microsoft Surface Note

It's only a matter of time before smartphones, tablets and laptops are combined into a single device, like this Microsoft Surface Note concept. Thanks to a flexible display, there's no visible seam between the two displays, and when folded, the device can fit in your pocket. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox One X

Set to be released on November 7th, priced at $499, Microsoft's Xbox One will become the most powerful game console yet, thanks to an 8-core custom AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz to bring enhanced AI, real world detail, and smoother interactions to your gaming. What does this mean? Well, it's a 4x increase over the Xbox One's graphics capability, a 31% boost in CPU speed, and a 50% jump in onboard RAM. What really sets this console apart is a liquid-cooled vapor-chamber cooling, a feature found on high-end graphics cards. Continue reading to watch the entire E3 2017 briefing. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Cortana Hologram

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system features Cortana, a digital assistant, but what if a Halo-style, holographic version existed? Developer Jared Archer wondered just that, and decided to make it a reality. Simply put as possible, Archer's wife stood in as the motion capture model for Cortana, and two Microsoft Kinect motion sensors were used to record her movements and apply them to the Cortana model in Unity. The 3D Cortana was created by utilizing the Pepper's Ghost technique, along with three panes of mirror glass and a USB monitor. A 3D printer created the appliance, powered by a Windows 10 computer with 4GB of RAM, as well as an Arduino unit for controlling the lights. Lastly, a Unity 3D app transmits the image of "Cortana" from three different angles, while a front-facing camera tracks the viewer to ensure the assistant follows them. "It's basically what I imagine Microsoft's version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic sidekick from the Halo franchise," said Archer. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing ten movie mistakes that even digital effects couldn't save.

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