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You guessed it, the 3-finger salute, better known as CTRL + ALT + DEL was a mistake, according to Bill Gates. He went on to say: "We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't wanna give us our single button." Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Technically speaking, in computer architecture, 32-bit integers, memory addresses, or other data units are those that are at most 32 bits (4 octets) wide. Bill Gates at one point in time said that "we will never make a 32-bit operating system", and that didn't quite go as planned, but for the better. Continue reading for more science and technology predictions that didn't come true.

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You read that right, Microsoft is set to acquire Nokia's hardware division for $7.17-billion cash. To be more specific, they're buying Nokia's "cellphone unit for 3.79 billion Euros ($5 billion), and spending another 1.65 billion Euros ($2.18 billion) to license Nokia's patent portfolio, for a total of 5.44 billion Euros ($7.17 billion)." Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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If Nokia partnered with Microsoft to make an Xbox Phone, the LUMIA Play is what it'd look like, or so we think. This Windows 8-powered concept boasts 3GB of RAM, an 8-core CPU, a gorilla glass-protected 1136 x 640 display, and a 10.0-megapixel camera. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Patrick Stewart showing us the quadruple take.

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Microsoft's Xbox One is just months away from hitting stores, so we thought it'd be fitting to take another look at the company's mind-blowing IllumiRoom technology, which basically uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Microsoft's rumored Smartwatch just might give Apple's upcoming iWatch a run for its money, as it will come in a variety of colors - blue, red, yellow, black, white and grey - and are coated in Oxynitride Aluminum, "a translucent aluminum that's supposedly three times harder than glass." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Nokia officially unveiled the Lumia 1020 earlier this week, and it's the first 41-megapixel - with Xenon flash and F/2.2 lens - Windows Phone to hit the market. It also features a 4.5-inch AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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In the computing world, Microsoft Excel is a very widely applied spreadsheet for these platforms, especially since version 5 in 1993, and it has replaced Lotus 1-2-3 as the industry standard for spreadsheets. Excel forms part of Microsoft Office. Continue reading to see five more video game characters that were created with the software.

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Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is currently being offered at just $29.99 shipped, originally priced at $49.95. The improved split design encourages a more natural hand, wrist, and forearm position and its new curved key layout makes keys easier to reach. Product page. Continue reading for a video unboxing.

Notable features:
  • Breakthrough ergonomic keyboard design - Improved design promotes a more natural hand, wrist, and forearm position for greater comfort.

  • Cushioned palm rest - Get better support while resting your hands with this plush, integrated palm rest.

  • Improved number pad - Common numeric functions and Backspace right where you need them most - above the number pad.
[via Amazon]

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What could be better than an all-new Kinect? Well, how about a next-generation model that's actually bundled with the Xbox One. The Kinect 2 builds upon its predecessor by adding more sensitivity (three times as sensitive), a 60-degree-larger field of view, IR sensing (works in pitch black room), and both 2D / 3D cameras. Continue reading for a video demonstration.

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