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Windows 10 upgrade for Android?

There was an interesting announcement from Microsoft earlier this week that they've been working on a project to basically upgrade users OS from Android to their new Windows 10 platform. According to the article they have been working using the Xiaomi Mi 4 Android smartphone and effectively overriding the Android OS with Windows 10 and Microsoft services which could offer native Windows 10 performance on Android devices. Microsoft of course hopes to have this service available on more devices eventually but I must give Microsoft some bonus points for being creative and giving users an option to try out the Windows 10 mobile platform without having to actually go buy another phone. TechCrunch has the story.

Near the end of its announcement, the Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach.

Neither Microsoft nor Xiaomi provided specific details of the Windows 10 software being trialled, but TechCrunch understands from sources that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services. (Which the company hopes will dazzle Android owners into making the switch.)

Another Discount on Surface Pro 3

If you're looking for a new Surface tablet, now is a pretty solid time. Microsoft has just chopped prices on their Surface Pro 3 tablets by up to $150 - and they are throwing in a protective sleeve. While these aren't ground-breaking discounts, it's the second time in six weeks that Microsoft has cut the price and there are rumors that this will be the new regular price. 

  • 128GB Core i5 | normally $999 | now $899
  • 256GB Core i5 | normally $1,299 | now $1,149
  • 256GB Core i7 | normally $1,549 | now $1,399
  • 512GB Core i7 | normally $1,949 | now $1,799

Source: Windows Central

Xbox Deals with Gold

The latest video game deals are up and there are some good deals to be had for your Xbox 360 and Xbox One console this month. If you've been waiting for some sweet titles, make sure you check out the list over at MajorNelson. XCOM is on sale for really cheap and even the new Call of Duty has taken a 33% hit.

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Source: MajorNelson

Google Isn't Giving Up On Glass

Eric Schmidt loves his Google Glass. While the company appeared to scrap the Google Glass project a few months back, Eric is saying that Glass is not gone. While the Explorer program has been put on hold, the project lives on and Google is making some major changes to the platform as the world simply has to catch up with Google on this one. I think I agree here. Glass was ahead of it's time - both in terms of perception and usefulness. If 2015 isn't the year of the Glass-wearable, I think we'll see a major comeback by 2016 at the latest.

“It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt said. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.”

Source: WallStreetJournal

YouTube Ad-Free

Not surprisingly, YouTube is getting set to roll out an ad-free version of YouTube for a few bucks a month (rumored to be ~$10 per month). This is probably a good deal if you watch a ton of YouTube and can't stand the commercials. YouTube will be offering 55% of the revenue this program generates with its partners who will obviously not be making ad revenue off these 'paid users'. No word yet on launch date but I'd bet good money that we'll be hearing more from YouTube very soon about this upcoming service. The Verge has more details over here.

YouTube's forthcoming paid subscription offering is rapidly taking shape, and is expected to become available within the next few months, sources familiar with the matter tell The Verge. The company told creators of popular channels today that the offering, which does not yet have a name, is coming soon. It will offer ad-free videos as well as the ability to store videos offline on their mobile devices, for a price expected to be around $10 a month. It will also let creators put their videos behind a paywall so that only subscribers to the premium version can view them, sources said

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