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Microsoft launches Xbox One Independent Developers bundle in Australia

Microsoft launches Xbox One Independent Developers bundle in Australia

It's always a good sign that a game console is hitting its stride when it starts becoming available in a number of bundles with pack-in games. Following the recent Xbox One Master Chief Collection Bundle, Microsoft has just announced an "Independent Developers Pack," going on sale first in Australia. The bundle comes with the standard 500GB console, plus seven games from independent developers. Even better, it is believed that the controller that comes inside will be one of the new models featuring an integrated 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Microsoft tipped to buy 6Wunderkinder for to-do lists galore

Microsoft tipped to buy 6Wunderkinder for to-do lists galore

Sources suggest that Microsoft's next acquisition in the mobile space is of "to-do list" startup company 6Wunderkinder. This purchase would have the company giving its mobile app collection another boost, tying together several services into one that'll touch them all. This would be the third in a quick succession of acquisitions of mobile-based app makers for Microsoft, including New York-based Sunrise Atelier, Inc., and San Francisco-based Acompli. It's been suggested by an anonymous source that the acquisition of 6Wunderkinder will be announced at between $100m and $200m.

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Microsoft Earn unmasked: tech rewards for normal purchases

Microsoft Earn unmasked: tech rewards for normal purchases

Microsoft seems to have the worst kept secret test products lately, especially under the prying eyes of leak source h0x0d. A few of the company's upcoming apps, particularly for Android, have already made rounds over the Internet, and now a new type of product has once again been revealed. Actually more of a rewards program than an actual product. Microsoft Earn is what it's called and, like the name suggests, it lets you earn reward points for later use in Microsoft store purchases. The difference? You don't actually need to make Microsoft store purchases.

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Windows 10 available July 29: Microsoft

Windows 10 available July 29: Microsoft

The summer news that Windows users have been eagerly waiting for is finally here: Microsoft has announced that its newest operating system, Windows 10, will be available to all on Wednesday, July 29. As has been discussed before, the new OS will be free for existing Windows 7 and 8 users (unless, of course, they're running pirated versions). Also, this launch is to be only for the PC and tablet versions of Windows 10, while a timeframe for the smartphone release hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Microsoft ‘HoloPet’ trademark hints at future AR pets

Microsoft ‘HoloPet’ trademark hints at future AR pets

Microsoft has a trademark pending for the term ‘HoloPet’, and given its HoloLens virtual reality headset unveiled earlier this year, this trademark likely points toward a future with augmented reality pets. For those unfamiliar, Microsoft's HoloLens is a sleek headset that overlays virtual objects upon one's real world -- a display on the wall, a hologram object on your desk, and more. A HoloPet, then, could perhaps be a virtual cat or dog overlaid into your world, or maybe even pets you couldn't otherwise have (like a dragon).

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Microsoft auto-photo-captioning research has eye on AI

Microsoft auto-photo-captioning research has eye on AI

Microsoft's "How Old" age estimator didn't exactly impress everyone with its mixed abilities to figure out ages, but the company is already looking at more impressive object recognition tech. A new system, handiwork of the Microsoft Research team, is capable of analyzing a photo and automatically captioning what it sees in it, whether that be people, objects, or groups. The hope is that it can be used to make more responsive, independent artificial intelligences.

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Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Lenovo partners with Microsoft in Cortana deal

Microsoft has been working hard to expand its presence on devices, including its recent announcement of 20 additional Android device partners that will bundle the maker’s productivity apps. This evening as the Lenovo Tech World event kicks off, it has been announced Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software. By mixing the two, Cortana is able to facilitate more extensive access to data for Lenovo users, leveraging REACHit’s ability to hunt for data across a bunch of big-name cloud services and any Lenovo tablet/PC running Windows 10.

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Microsoft scores bundling deal with 20 Android device partners

Microsoft scores bundling deal with 20 Android device partners

Microsoft has been working to expand its reach, and as part of that effort has made a new announcement: the company has struck a bundling deal with 20 (more) Android device partners, and under this some of its offerings will be pre-installed on Android tablets from the companies. This brings the total number of partners operating under this agreement to 31, and will see things like the OneDrive and Word apps coming already bundled on select Android slates from the makers.

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

As the final release of Windows 10 continues to draw nearer, we continue to get little sneak peeks at what Microsoft's newest operating system has in store for us. Recent leaked builds have shown us the new Edge browser and the latest versions of the Mail and Calendar apps. We know that Microsoft is finally killing off the Media Center legacy software, and that the first users to install Windows 10 will be treated to gratis copies of Candy Crush Saga. The latest image is of the OS's new music app, featuring a layout very reminiscent of Spotify.

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