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Microsoft's 'Smoked by Windows Phone' guy keeps smoking

He's traveling the world (sort of). He's challenging people in coffee shops. Ben, Microsoft's Windows Phone smoker, is still crushing iPhones wherever he can.

By Jul. 18, 2012


Microsoft: 50,000+ iPhones, Androids smoked since CES

In an announcement of deep and abiding confidence in Windows Phone, Microsoft announces that its phones have a 98 percent global win percentage. Only 98 percent?

By May. 8, 2012


Nokia adopts Microsoft's 'Smoked by Windows' stunt

Overseas, Nokia is holding a similar "Lumia Challenge" in the U.K. as it works to drum up more attention for its new smartphones.

By Mar. 30, 2012


'Smoked by Windows Phone'? All smoke and mirrors, some beef

A man says he beat Microsoft's Windows Phone speed challenge, but didn't receive a "Hunger Games" Special Edition PC prize "just because." He is not alone.

By Mar. 26, 2012


Microsoft on iTunes in 2003: 'We were smoked'

Groklaw uncovers a couple of e-mails from Bill Gates and then-Windows leader Jim Allchin revealing that Microsoft was worried about iTunes when it first launched.

By Feb. 9, 2010

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HP Pavilion x360

The new HP Pavilion x360 is a Pentium-powered Windows laptop that uses the same fold-over design found on Lenovo's Yoga line.

By Feb. 23, 2014

MSRP: $399.99


Thanksgiving in space: Irradiated turkey on the menu

Six astronauts on the International Space Station will enjoy a tweaked version of the traditional Thanksgiving menu.

By Nov. 25, 2013


Zombie beer brewed with real brains (yes, braaaains)

A beer brewed to honor the season finale of "The Walking Dead" takes the zombie trope literally and uses actual brains as an ingredient.

By Mar. 25, 2014


Microsoft wants to denigrate your iPhone and Android again

After the "Smoked By Windows Phone" challenge ad, please welcome "Meet Your Match," in which your local Microsoft store will prove your current phone is second-rate.

By Nov. 19, 2012


Finally, an actual use for a selfie

TicketLeap is using technology to replace ticket QR codes with, guess what, your selfies. Say hello to the Selfie Ticket.

By Feb. 21, 2014