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MS Word Teacher Ghana

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ICT (Information and Communications Technology) instructor Owura Kwadwo, originally from Kumasi, Ghana, teaches kids in a rural farming community how to use Microsoft Word. Since most do not have access to computers, he draws a screenshot of the layout on a chalkboard for them to study. "I do it to make my students understand what I'm teaching. At least to give a picture of what they will see assuming they were behind a computer. I do make sure they understand everything well before they leave the class," said Kwadwo. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox Watch

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Back in 2013, Microsoft teamed up with HTC to build an Xbox Watch, but unfortunately, things never panned out. Many engineers on Microsoft's side previously worked on Xbox accessories and the Kinect sensor. This prototype included a 1.5-inch display, removable, a GPS unit, and workout apps. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox One X Portable

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Microsoft's Xbox One X is touted as the world's most powerful game console, and rightfully so, but for those who have always wanted a portable version, Eddie Zarick of Eds Junk has just the fix for you. Called the Xbook One X, this portable Xbox One X features a 21.5" 1080p ViewSonic display, the original cooling units, external ports, two USB ports (just one if you opt for the optional keyboard), and a power outlet to ensure your extra long gaming sessions never get interrupted. Continue reading for more pictures, information and a bonus video.

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Xbox One S Horizons Bundle

The Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle is unlike any racing game you've ever played, and it's being offered for just $199 shipped, today only, originally $279.99. Drive, explore, jump, and race all over Australia in more than 350 of the world's greatest cars. Make your Hot Wheels fantasies come to life with loops, corkscrews, boost pads, high bank turns, half-pipes, insane jumps - and even mechanical dinosaurs. It includes an Xbox One S 500GB console, Xbox wireless controller, Forza Horizon 3 game download, Hot Wheels expansion download, HDMI cable (4K capable), 14-days Xbox Live Gold Trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass. Product page. Continue reading for gameplay footage and more information.

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Bill Gates Secret Santa

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It's not everyday that you hear about Bill Gates interacting with the online community, much less sending someone a gift. Reddit user and cat-enthusiast "VietteLLC" was fortunate enough to have Mr. Gates as her "Secret Santa", and she received a giant Pusheen plush doll, lots of donations, books, as well as some other goodies. "The best part? Knowing that at some point during my workweek, I was drinking coffee, writing a boring email, and Bill Gates was somewhere having a professional photo taken with a jumbo Pusheen and writing me notes about cats," said Viette. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Surface Phone

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Microsoft is rumored to be working on a foldable mobile device, and last week, the company filed patents confirming it. Industrial designer took these patent images and created an actual device, complete with the intricate hinge details, to show us what such a phone could look like. It appears to feature two separate sections that fold together flat. 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 of a UFO spotted by US fighter jet pilots.

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Xbox One S Deal

Microsoft's Xbox One S may not be the latest and greatest, but it gets the job done, all for $189 shipped, this weekend only, originally $279.99. With a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, High Dynamic Range technology brings out the true visual depth of your games. With four times the resolution of standard HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible. Stream 4k content on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video and watch Ultra HD Blu-ray movies in stunning visual fidelity with High Dynamic Range. Product page. Continue reading for a recent video review and more information.

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XP Bliss Wallpaper

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Approximately 1-billion people have viewed the famous Windows XP "Bliss" wallpaper, but not many know of the story behind it. Well, it was photographer Charles O'Rear who captured the iconic landscape in Sonoma County, California, in 1996. The image was first sent to Corbis, an advertising and licensing agency, who then sold the rights to Microsoft in 2000, one year before the launch of Windows XP. "I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame," said O'Rear said. Now, he's started a new project called the "New Angles of America," directed towards smartphones users. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Surface Note

Industrial designer Ryan Smalley believes that Microsoft should release a Surface Note, or a device that falls right between a full-sized tablet and laptop. Sporting a lightweight magnesium body, it features Surface Pen compatibility, dual cameras, and coolest of all, a folding display. When in laptop mode, one of the displays turns into a virtual keyboard of sorts. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Microsoft Surface Mobile

Unlike traditional smartphones and phablets, the Microsoft Surface Mobile boasts a flexible display, all running on Windows One Core Mobile, also known as Future OS or Andromeda. Featuring a 5.8 inch OLED HDR display with 3D Touch / Surface Pen support, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, dual 8MP cameras in front, and two 20MP rear cameras. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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