Microsoft’s Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 is great for travel, and you can get one for $9.99, today only, originally $18.99. Rather than USB charging, this mouse uses a single AA battery to provides more than 10 months of battery life, while an on-off button lets you conserve power when not in use. The wireless Nano Transceiver can either be left plugged into your computer’s USB port or tucked into the underside of the mouse. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
It’s official, the United States Army awarded Microsoft Corporation a fixed price production agreement to manufacture the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). This system combines multiple technologies into an architecture that allows soldiers to fight, rehearse, and train using a single platform. It leverages existing high-resolution night, thermal, and soldier-borne sensors integrated into a unified heads-up display to provide the improved situational awareness, target engagement, and decision-making necessary to match up against adversaries. Read more for a video and additional information.
Efforts to free the Ever Given from the Suez Canal have so far failed, and despite the game using real-time Bing Maps, images shown may not always update immediately. Fortunately, there’s a large group of modders out there who have added it in and ahead of Microsoft’s next map update. The current backlog of ships awaiting transit through the vital Egyptian waterway has grown to 327, causing Syria to impose fuel rationing in an effort to safeguard dwindling oil supplies. Read more for two videos.
In the near future, Microsoft Mesh will allow you to play Pokemon Go with a holographic friend, and to show how this experience might be, Niantic CEO John Hanke joined Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman at a San Francisco park. Hanke then went on to demonstrate a version of Pokemon Go that works with the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset. Unfortunately, it’s not intended for consumer use and more a proof-of-concept to show what is possible. Read more for the video and additional information.
Microsoft Mesh, a software platform that will enable users to work and play together virtually by interacting with the same set of holograms on devices at various price points and from different manufacturers, takes augmented reality to the next level. Whether it be HoloLens goggles, Facebook’s Oculus headset, smartphones or computers, users can use Mesh to get a two-dimensional view. Plus, multiple users will be able see the same holograms from different locations, allowing for events such as concerts or company meetings where one user attends in person and others in “holoports” from home. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Mostly everyone on the internet has seen the famous Bill Gates mug shot photographed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico police in 1977 after a traffic violation. Even though specific details have been lost over time, it’s rumored that he was caught driving without a license and for running a stop sign. With that out of the way, we can get to this luxurious PC build by Bobby White that is centered around this mug shot. Read more for the build video and additional information.
Photo credit: Ismail Mits
Some may not fancy how the Xbox Series X / S look, but what if the same design were applied to Sony’s PlayStation? If Microsoft ever acquired its competitor, this is what one of their next-generation consoles could look like, courtesy of designer Ismail Mits. The Xbox Design Team says the console looks the way it does is because they were designed to fit in anyone’s home, as they are architectural in nature, have personality as well as a visual appearance that stands up over time. Read more for additional pictures.
Photo credit: Yang Gu-Rum
No, we’re not talking about the touchscreen-based personal computers and interactive whiteboards from Microsoft, but a fully autonomous vehicle that would be a perfect Apple competitor when they get their own car into production with either Hyundai or Kia. Designer Yang Gu-Rum previews what a Microsoft Surface Car would look like, or at least the exterior. Sticking with a minimalist approach, there are LED light bars both up front and in the rear, while a small Windows logo lights up the grille. Read more for additional pictures.
Finally, Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports your favorite virtual reality headset for PC systems. This game was built from the ground up to achieve three key goals: realism, accuracy, and authenticity of flight. Today, it has become the most immersive virtual flight experience to date that isn’t a full-sized simulator used to train pilots. This free update is compatible across a wide range of supported devices, including various Windows Mixed Reality headsets (HP Reverb G2, etc.), Oculus, Valve, and HTC headsets. Read more for two videos, including hands-on gameplay, and additional information.
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go is great for students or just casual use, and you can get one for $599.99 shipped, today only, originally $699.99. Weighing just 2.44-pounds, this compact laptop packs a 12.4-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 (10th generation) processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and up to 13-hours of battery life on a single charge. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.