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Windows Phone is great, but requires you go all-in on Microsoft

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Windows Phone has come a long way from its beginnings in 2010. I was one of the very first adopters of the Windows Phone 7 platform, but eventually left after two years of disappointments for brighter shores. I was recently given the opportunity to try Microsoft’s latest flagship, the Lumia 930, to see just how far Windows Phone has come from those early days and I’ve been impressed by just how well Microsoft has featured matched other platforms. Windows Phone 8.1 is incredibly beautiful; perhaps the most attractive part of the phone which certainly sets itself apart from Android and…

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Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Like Minecraft Is Stupid

Microsoft Minecraft Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s… Read More

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Gillmor Gang: AppleJacked

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Benedict Evans, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. It’s three days later and I’m still going back and forth over which iPhone to buy. The preorders are sold out for 6+, tipping the scale toward the smaller bigger one. What may tip it back is the Watch, which suggests a new paradigm of interlinked devices that, when starting with… Read More

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

tc-weekly-roundup1 It’s been an exciting week for us here at TechCrunch with the Hackathon, Disrupt SF and Apple’s product launch all taking place within a few days. Here are 11 of our best stories from the past week (9/6-9/12). 1. Apple had a number of new product releases this week. We introduced you to the Apple Watch, the company’s highly anticipated first foray into the world of… Read More

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The Music Industry Is About To Change, And Apple And U2 Are Just The Beginning

 Of all industry roller coasters, the music industry must be the wildest. The last 30 years reshaped the business in a way we never could have imagined. Music as a product changed dramatically (e.g. from LPs to MP3s) and the ups-and-downs in world…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss TV, Steve Jobs and Beats in Charlie Rose interview

Rounding out his media tour for this week’s Apple event, CEO Tim Cook has recorded a multi-part interview for the Charlie Rose Show. The first segment of the interview will air tonight, September 12, on PBS. Excerpts of the interview posted to YouTube show Cook talking about the television industry, Steve Jobs, and the $3 billion Beats acquisition. “TV is one of those things that if we’re really honest it’s stuck back in the 70s,” Cook said, while noting that Apple continues to have “great interest” in the space. Cook also revealed that Apple has preserved Jobs’ office exactly as…

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Google+ for Android updated with ability to cast photos, videos and links

If you’re still using Google+ and you have a Chromecast, there’s an update to the Android app that you’ll want to snap up. Now you can cast a slideshow of videos, photos and links shared to your stream. So far the update only seems to be for the Android version of Google+. To cast a slideshow, you should see the cast icon in the top right hand of your stream. Just tap that, choose your Chromecast and your feed will appear on a connected TV. You can also choose photos and albums and tap the same icon to see those on…

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Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

screen-shot-2014-08-07-at-9-37-54-am I really need to learn how to bet. Today in a blog post, Microsoft’s Brian Hall promised that Microsoft will get more Surface Pro 3 inventory to the parts of the world where supply of the device is hard to find. The company noted Germany, China, Australia, and Korea as places where it might be difficult to snag one of the devices. What is going on? Microsoft didn’t ship enough of… Read More

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