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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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Surface Phone

Surface Phone is basically a mini computer that fits in your pocket. Powered by Continuum, it's capable of transitioning to a full-fledged desktop PC when paired with a keyboard and display, while the touchscreen doubles as a touchpad with an added intuitive user interface. The Surface's Fusion Camera consists of a wide-angle lens, a zoom lens, Xenon flash, and a laser-tracking device. This camera is also used to record experiences for HoloLens, letting you travel around the world without ever leaving the living room. The Companion Cover protects the device, but can also be used as an extra battery, stand, and for additional USB-C ports. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a remote-controlled truck that can drive across water.

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MS Paint Book

Photo credit: Pat Hines via Bored Panda

Camp Redblood and The Essential Revenge by Pat Hines was illustrated entirely in MS Paint, and not for the novelty. "I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years...I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk," said Hines. The book is basically about a summer camp set in the 1980s that is surrounded by ghosts and monsters and 'filled with goofy campers and counselors, where the teenagers are always trying to get drunk.' Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Porsche Design Book One

Gallery photo credit: The Verge

The Porsche Design Book One Laptop may not include a car, but it does feature a sleek stainless steel hinge, inspired by the gearbox of a sports car. This hybrid can be configured in a number of stances, thanks to a 13.3-inch QHD multi-touch display that connects and detaches with a satisfying click. On the inside, you'll find an Intel Core i7 processor, a 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and all the ports you need to get the job done. The case itself was machined from brushed / anodized aluminum and sandblasted for a durable silver finish. Click here for a few hands-on images. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Nokia Edge

Nokia may have sold its mobile devices division to Microsoft, but there is no shortage of new handsets planned for the future. One example would be the Nokia Edge, which is purported to feature a 5.7 inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, 6GB of RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, a 24-megapixel main camera with 4K video recording, and a 12 MP front-facing camera that boasts an integrated retina scanner. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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GPD Pocket

The GPD Pocket looks like a toy at first, but it's actually a full Windows 10 laptop that measures a mere 7.1 inches x 4.2 inches. Featuring a crisp 7" 1080p display, the device is powered by an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor with 4GB of RAM, perfect for casual or light business use. How much will it cost? No retail price has been set yet, but early backers will be able to pick one up for $399. Continue reading for a video of the GPD Win and more information.

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Portal HoloLens

Sure, the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Kit may cost $3,000, but if this Portal demo is an indication of its potential, it will be well worth the money when it's released. For those who don't know, players use a "portal gun" to escape a deadly laboratory by solving space-bending puzzles in this game. Simply place the two portals anywhere in the game environment, and they're instantly connected, regardless of their position. Kenny Wang used this technology to merge the video game and real worlds together into one augmented reality masterpiece. 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 guy who bought a broken Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 for $4,500, and turned it into an incredible vehicle.

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