Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

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Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates in the early days of Microsoft.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died today after a battle fighting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen was 65 years old and was also the owners of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers.

Epic will let Fortnite players merge multiple accounts

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Rescue your purchases from an old Epic account.
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Epic Games is giving Fortnite players a new tool that will allow them to merge multiple accounts.

The merge will combine all item purchases, V-Bucks, game stats, and Save the World campaign access. It’s perfect for those who were forced to set up a second Epic account to play Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, or because they were locked out of their original.

Apple tops Best Global Brands list for 6th consecutive year

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Apple is way ahead of the competition in value.
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Apple has topped Interbrand’s annual list of the Best Global Brands for the sixth consecutive year.

The iPhone-maker, which has seen its brand value increase 16 percent this year, ranked highly in consistency, engagement, and differentiation. It is followed by Google, while Amazon has quickly climbed into third place after its brand value increased an impressive 56 percent.

Microsoft scarcely tweaked the design of its iPad Pro competitor

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One of the major changes in the Surface Pro 6 is it comes in black. Woo.
One of the major changes in the Surface Pro 6 is it comes in black. Woo.
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Microsoft today unveiled a new generation of its Surface Pro 2-in-1. This has a faster processor than its predecessor but other than that remains practically unchanged. The long hoped for USB-C port is still missing.

The improvements are so marginal that Microsoft is left emphasizing that the Surface Pro 6 is available in a new color.

Today in Apple history: Steve Ballmer freaks out and stomps an iPhone

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Turns out using an iPhone at a Microsoft event is a bad idea.
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September-11 Today in Apple historySeptember 11, 2009: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly snatches an iPhone from a Microsoft employee during a meeting and pretends to destroy it.

This isn’t the first time Ballmer behaves in a wacky way and incurs negative publicity as a result. However, it’s an embarrassing moment for a man who ranks among the world’s most powerful people.

Clever Apple concept brings giant touchscreen keyboard to the iMac

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The iMac finally gets a touchscreen.
The iMac finally gets a touchscreen.
Photo: Antonio De Rosa

Apple’s iMac lineup hasn’t seen any major design changes in years, but a clever new concept imagines some simple ways that Apple could bring some big innovations to its all-in-one PC. And we’re totally in love.

The Mac Touch concept created by Antonio De Rosa would transform the iMac into a powerful creation PC by adding a revolving and adjustable touchscreen. Video and photo editing, drawing, or even just surfing the internet would feel more magical on this iMac. It even brings back the hockey puck mouse with a new twist.

Take a closer look:

Microsoft makes account sign-ins easy with Apple Watch

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It's bad news for the 38mm model.
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You can now sign into your Microsoft account using your Apple Watch.

Microsoft’s free Authenticator app, which brought password-free logins to iOS last year, has made the leap to watchOS. It’s in beta testing for now, but it’s easy to sign up for early access.