Lumia 950XL Unboxing & First Impressions

The two Microsoft Lumia 950 flagships are finally here, after what seems like the longest wait in the history of niche mobile phone fandom ever. It’s been since early 2014 since the last Lumia flagship was released in the U.S., even if that was the ill-fated Verizon exclusive Icon. It’s been even longer if you’re on AT&T. Like many stupidly obsessed fans and many blog sites, I picked up my Lumia 950 XL on the day before Thanksgiving, as I’d pre-ordered mine at my local Microsoft mall kiosk. What’s the first thing I did? Well, open it up of course. … Read more…

Windows 10 Preview: Build 9926

Last Wednesday, Microsoft unleashed their sweeping consumer vision of Windows 10 on the world. We were expecting a lot from this conference, and despite your opinion of Microsoft’s announcements, it’s hard to argue that they didn’t deliver. Windows 10 is the most ambitious release in Microsoft’s history, but it has to be. Microsoft lost a lot of ground with the badly regarded Windows 8, and Windows 10 is going to have to be a tour de force if Microsoft hopes that “people will love Windows again” as Satya Nadella said. However, when Terry Myerson said the next preview build of … Read more…

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879

While I was away writing a book for NaNoWriMo during November, Microsoft released what was supposed to be the last Windows 10 Developer Preview build of the year. Presumably, the next build would be the Consumer Preview in January. However, Build 9879 turned out to be incredibly buggy. Many DP users were running into BSODs, File Explorer issues, and OneDrive functionality issues. Add a rather controversial change to OneDrive, and this build has had a pretty rocky existence. Microsoft has since released an updated version of Build 9879, which I am reviewing in the video below. But before I show … Read more…