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Oct 19, 2020

Surface Pro X with the new SQ2 processor is here, and it's the most platinum platinum computer Microsoft has ever made. Dan and Zac review Surface Laptop Go and talk about a new Windows 10 build for Insiders, plus using Bing on Xbox.

They also evaluate Apple's lineup of iPhone 12 models and how they stack up for Microsoft users. Finally, they introduce a new segment called "Thing of the Week"!

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Oct 11, 2020

Dan and Zac talk about the Windows 10X out-of-box experience, which may be coming to Windows 10, and there's an update to Edge that adds a price checker for online shopping.

The Surface Duo October update corrects many initial issues with the device and represents the first in a long road of future improvements. The guys also touch briefly on Microsoft's new Xbox marketing campaign.

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Sep 28, 2020

Dan and Zac cover some of the most interesting announcements from Ignite. The 85-inch Surface Hub 2S is coming in January 2021. Edge is on the way for Linux users, and Microsoft Teams continues to grow as a platform for remote workers.

Alleged source code for Windows XP has leaked — hopefully you've upgraded by now! They also review the Windows 10 October 2020 Update along with a look at what's to come in 2021.

In the gaming realm, the guys talk about Xbox preorders and Microsoft's purchase of Zenimax for $7.5 billion dollars. And check out their Surface Duo tips!

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Sep 21, 2020

Michael Fisher aka "Mr. Mobile" joins Daniel and Zac to offer his impressions of Surface Duo. Zac shares the history of Andromeda — the initiative that ultimately led to creation of Surface Duo.

They also touch on Windows 10 20H2, a roundup of Surface laptop rumors, and the value of PS5 vs. Xbox.

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Sep 13, 2020

This week, Dan provides his full review of Surface Duo. He and Zac also discuss the recently unveiled Xbox pricing. It appears Microsoft will "win" this generation of consoles from a price and value standpoint.

Zac also reports on a new midrange Surface laptop (codenamed Sparti) that may arrive in time for the Holiday shopping season.

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Sep 7, 2020

Some Microsoft product code names have leaked — Zac and Daniel talk about what upcoming devices a few of them might be. Qualcomm has an update to the Snapdragon 8cx line coming late this year.

There are plenty of other product announcements this week. Intel have announced their 11th-gen processors, while NVIDIA unveiled a family of RTX 3000-series GPUs.

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Aug 30, 2020

Dan has a Surface Duo in hand and provides his impressions of the hardware while carefully skirting questions about software as he continues testing the new device. He and Zac also talk about Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.487 rolling out to the Beta and Release Channels.

It's possible that the Microsoft purchase of TikTok could be happening VERY soon. Plus, the new Xbox dashboard finally gets it right.

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Aug 17, 2020

Surface Duo has been fully unveiled and is now available for pre-order! Daniel and Zac are joined by another Dan — Android Central's Executive Editor Daniel Bader. They cover all the bases of the new device, including pricing and why Microsoft chose Android for the operating system instead of a Windows variant. As we've said many times already, Surface Duo is a product for Microsoft fans and hardcore users of the ecosystem. Don't overthink it, just tune in!

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Aug 10, 2020

It's been a busy week for Microsoft, and thus for Daniel and Zac as well! Significant organizational changes are happening for the Windows and Azure teams. Meanwhile, Satya Nadella works to acquire TikTok in the midst of very mixed signals from President Trump.

Microsoft and Apple are at odds over xCloud game streaming and what Microsoft claims are unfair App Store policies. But Microsoft is finding a not-so-strange bedfellow in the form of Samsung with regard to app integrations and a mutual love of foldable devices.

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Aug 6, 2020

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Aug 3, 2020

Microsoft is making more cuts to Cortana as its functionality is removed from Android, iOS, Invoke, and more. All signs point to the week of August 24 for the release of Surface Duo.

Windows 10 preview build 20175 is available in the Insider Dev Channel. Daniel and Zac also discuss how 2020 has been AMD's time to shine vs. Intel, and they wrap up this week's show with a brief chat about Microsoft's efforts to purchase the US portion of TikTok. Note: This episode was recorded on Friday July 31 before the additional crazy TikTok news over the weekend.

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Jul 20, 2020

Daniel and Zac chat about the recent Twitter hack and Daniel's inability to access his account in the fallout. Surface Duo has been pushed back but is still supposed to ship earlier than expected.

They also catch up on development of Windows 10X, the launch of Project xCloud, and some changes to Windows 10 build 20170 for Insiders in the Dev Channel.

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Jul 13, 2020

Zac and Daniel talk about the apparent internal disconnect within Microsoft when it comes to reliably bringing Windows 10 updates to the Surface product line. There are new updates to Teams that can help make online meetings more tolerable.

They also discuss positioning and expectations for the upcoming Surface Duo — Microsoft didn't set out to make an Android phone. They set out to make a Surface phone that happens to run Android.

An Xbox event is set for July 23 where we expect to see more titles announced and hopefully more in-game footage. The Amazon Prime Video app is out now for Windows 10, and the guys round out the show with some chat about new laptops.

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Jul 6, 2020

There's a new developer build of Windows 10 available, which features significant changes to the Start menu. Daniel and Zac have the details on that as well as the Arm-based Lenovo Flex 5G.

Speaking of Arm processors, they compare Apple's efforts with their own designs with Microsoft's SQ1. The guys also talk about Xbox Series S Lockhart rumors and even touch on wearable computing with devices like the Oura Ring and Google's acquisition of North.

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Jun 28, 2020

Zac and Daniel are joined in the first segment of this week's episode by Adam Levenson of Waves Audio to discuss the speaker technology found in Dell's new XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops.

From there, the guys mourn the closing of Mixer and all of Microsoft's retail stores. They also touch on the decline of Windows 10 stability and Apple's move to ARM-based processors.

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Jun 22, 2020

The Windows Insider program has been overhauled and rebranded from Rings to Channels, among many other significant changes. Zac and Daniel make sense of everything that's going on and how it will be helpful to enthusiasts and developers.

There are also some new laptops to discuss, Dell is promising a fix to wobbly XPS 15 trackpads, and Razer has teamed up with THX for a cool spatial audio app. Tune in!

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Jun 15, 2020

Daniel and Zac check out Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal and how it might compare to Xbox Series X. Surface Duo is still on track for a summer release. As they describe it, Microsoft will be shipping a proof-of-concept that will appeal greatly to fans.

Daniel also provides his review of the Surface Headphones 2, new UWP apps, fresh Windows 10 Insider build, and more.

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Jun 8, 2020

Daniel and Zac briefly address racial injustice in the United States along with Microsoft's work to help affect change in a positive way. They move on to the tech news of the week, including the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the Surface Duo experience, and a review of the 15-inch Surface Book 3. As well, Dell's new XPS 15 (9500) is a complete redesign of their flagship laptop and it looks gorgeous!

In the gaming realm, screenshots have leaked of a new Xbox Store for consoles, codenamed 'Mercury'.

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May 18, 2020

Riding the wave of new hardware products, Dan and Zac continue to evaluate Surface Earbuds, Surface Go 2, and Surface Book 3. They also discuss Zac's scoop about Surface Duo's specs. It's not just about what it has, but what it doesn't have as well. They wrap up the episode by pointing out some interesting sessions scheduled for Microsoft Build.

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May 11, 2020

New Surface products are real and available soon! Zac and Daniel cover the announcements and share their favorite features from the devices. They also chat about the future of Windows 10X, the recent and upcoming Xbox Series X events, and the Surface Duo emulator for software developers.

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May 4, 2020

There's plenty of news this week in the world of Microsoft! The company generated $35 billion in revenue for Q3 2020, and Build 2020 registration is now open.

There's an Xbox event coming up May 7 to showcase upcoming games. Surface Headphones 2 are on the way along with some new Earbuds. Daniel and Zac also discuss why Zoom isn't really a competitor to Teams, and they outline 5 things PC makers should be doing in 2020.

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