Microsoft Surface Studio

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Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.

Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.

Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.

The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.

Project Scorpio

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Microsoft have teased their new console coming at the end of 2017. Project Scorpio will run on Windows 10 and have backwards capabilities to both Xbox One and Xbox One S.

It will have an 8 core processor and a graphics card with a huge 6TFLOP’s of power. That is 4x more than the current Xbox One that has 1.3 and the PS4 that has 1.9.

What does this mean?

This new graphics card will perform as good as the high-end cards today giving 4K, 60 frames-per-second gaming.

The console can also handle VR. When announced, Fallout 4 VR was also mentioned. 4k is now the standard and Project Scorpio will meet that standard. It will also include HDR, which is also in the new Xbox One S (which is available in August).

Things to look forward to in Windows 10

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With 9 days to go, here are 10 things to look forward to in Windows 10.

1. Return of the start menu
2. Multiple desktops
3. Cortana
3. Windows Hello
4. Microsoft Edge web browser
5. Xbox One streaming
6. Snap assist
7. New Action Center
8. Direct X 12
9. New look Windows Explorer/ Control Panel
10. Universal Apps

Bloatware

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Bloatware is software that comes pre-installed on your machine,by the vendor such as Lenovo, Samsung or HP, when you first buy it.

When you buy a new Laptop, you expect it to be fast and you expect it to boot up rather quickly. After all, it is brand new. This is not always the case. Especially now. With all the pre-installed software, your new machine isn’t as quick as it should be.

Usually these are Apps that you wont use and don’t need. They take up a considerable amount or resources. This included Hard drive space and RAM. Some of these apps load on startup, meaning it is hogging system resources, like those mentioned above, when you start your machine.

You are able to uninstall these programs through Programs and Features in Windows. This lists all the software installed on your machine. You are able to uninstall those you don’t want.

Another method you could do is a clean install of the operating system, ridding it of all software installed. It is a completely new, fresh start. You can use the same product key that came with the machine (usually located on the base of a laptop or side of a desktop).

A clean version of windows 7 can be found at Microsoft’s software recovery site.