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How one bad conversation with a Microsoft exec drove Steve Jobs to make the iPhone

Steve Jobs

At this point in time, it's well-established that Apple's iPhone project was born out of the company's work on a tablet. Steve Jobs confirmed this during an All Things D interview many years ago, when he opened up about the iPhone's early days.

"I’ll tell you a secret," Jobs said while speaking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. "It began with the tablet. I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on with your fingers. I asked our people about it. And six months later, they came back with this amazing display. And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got [inertial] scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, ‘my God, we can build a phone with this!’ So we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the iPhone.”

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Yoni Heisler

June 22nd

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Microsoft vs. Sony vs. Nintendo: Who won E3 2017?

Who won E3 2017

Another E3 has come to a close, which means it's time for the internet to rashly decide who won and who lost. As meaningless as this debate might appear on the surface, it gives us some benchmarks to keep track of over the next 12 months as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo attempt to meet and possibly even exceed the expectations they created during the most important trade show of the year.

So I'm going to do my best to take an objective look at each of the three major gaming companies and see who came out on top at E3 2017, inevitably making a bunch of people angry in the process.

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Jacob Siegal

June 16th

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Microsoft has finally beaten Apple’s legendary keyboard design

Microsoft Modern keyboard vs Apple Wired keyboard

Apple has always been good at paying attention to the details. For as long as I can remember, the Apple Wired and Wireless keyboards have been the standard for inexpensive, good-looking keyboards that were good to type on.

But just as Microsoft has been nibbling away at Apple's MacBook legend with the Surface Pros, it's also going after the little stuff.

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Chris Mills

June 16th

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Microsoft: Sony can’t compete with the Xbox One X

xbox one x vs ps4 pro

Once the Xbox One X hits stores later this year, both Microsoft and Sony will have launched three flavors of their home game consoles. The PS4, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro would seem to match up nicely with the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. Microsoft apparently doesn't feel that way at all, and in a recent interview, Xbox head Phil Spencer made it clear that be believes the Xbox One X has no competitor at all.

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Mike Wehner

June 14th

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Here’s what’s inside the Xbox One X

xbox one x teardown

As expected, Microsoft spent a good bit of time during its 2017 E3 showcase talking about how awesome its new Project Scorpio – sorry, Xbox One X — is. It's an extremely powerful console, and it carries a high price tag to match, but what exactly are you getting for your $500? As it turns out, Microsoft was pretty proud of what it packed inside the tiny black box, and provided E3 goers with a lovely exploded view of all the Xbox One X system components. 

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Mike Wehner

June 14th

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Microsoft just made buying Xbox One X games very confusing

Xbox One X Release Date Games

Microsoft on Sunday unveiled the brand new Xbox One X console. Out on November 7th for $500, the new machine is Microsoft’s brand new attempt to fight against the PS4 and to take on Nintendo’s hugely popular Switch. But is it worth paying the extra $250 to get an Xbox One X, when the “old” Xbox One flavor can be bought for Xbox One S? Microsoft just made that decision more confusing.

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Chris Smith

June 12th

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Take a first look at the Xbox One X hardware up close

 Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X to the world today, proving that it thinks X is just the best letter. The new console is mostly an Xbox One, but with 4K HDR output capabilities and Dolby Atmos surround sound on board. From an exterior design perspective, however, what’s interesting about the Xbox One X is that it’s the smallest Xbox One Microsoft has ever made, despite also being… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

June 12th

Gadgets

25 most important announcements from the Xbox E3 2017 press conference

Xbox E3 2017

When Microsoft said its E3 2017 briefing would be packed, it wasn't kidding. We saw over 40 games in just over an hour and a half, including more than 20 console exclusives. We were also introduced to the Xbox One X, which will play games in true 4K and launches on November 7th for $499. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll on to see everything that happened at the briefing.

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Jacob Siegal

June 11th

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25 most important announcements from the Xbox E3 2017 press conference

Xbox E3 2017

When Microsoft said its E3 2017 briefing would be packed, it wasn't kidding. We saw over 40 games in just over an hour and a half, including more than 20 console exclusives. We were also introduced to the Xbox One X, which will play games in true 4K and launches on November 7th for $499. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll on to see everything that happened at the briefing.

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Jacob Siegal

June 11th

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This is the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s ‘Project Scorpio’

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It's E3 2017 time, and as per usual, Microsoft is the first of the big three console makers to host its annual product keynote. The biggest reveal of the company's showcase — and potentially of this year's E3 as a whole — is undoubtedly the much-hyped "Project Scorpio," a beefed-up Xbox One that Microsoft simply won't stop calling "the world's most powerful console." It's called Xbox One X, and here it is.

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Mike Wehner

June 11th

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