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Xbox One enters China on Sept 23rd – Costs $100 more than the US

Xbox One enters China on Sept 23rd – Costs $100 more than the US

When the Chinese government lifted ban of gaming consoles after having the restriction in place for almost 14 years, console makers have been gearing up for entries into potentially one of the world's largest gaming market. Microsoft says it will start selling the Xbox One in China starting Sept 23rd for a price tag of 3,699 Renminbi – round up about $599, making it more expensive than the one sold in the US.

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OneNote just got the big Apple update it needed

OneNote just got the big Apple update it needed

Microsoft may be pushing Windows and Windows Phone hard, but that hasn't stopped it from polishing up its apps for Apple's platforms, with OneNote latest to get new features. The Mac, iPad, and iPhone apps have all been tweaked, with four new features including the ability to better secure digital notes, and to attach documents to them.

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Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Yesterday we saw some of the new features coming to Windows Phone devices by way of the first update to version 8.1. Now we're being given a more detailed look at some of those features, including some that we haven't heard about yet. Primary among this is that Cortana, Microsoft's own virtual personal assistant, will be making her (or its) maiden voyage outside the US, primarily to China and the UK.

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EA Access is Netflix for games on Xbox One

EA Access is Netflix for games on Xbox One

EA Games have made clear their intentions to launch an Xbox One-based subscription service to games for their burgeoning set on the platform. Starting with four games in what they call "The Vault": FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, EA will begin charging a monthly fee for "free" access to their collection.

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Microsoft smacks Siri in Cortana comparison ad

Microsoft smacks Siri in Cortana comparison ad

Microsoft may be playing catch-up with Windows Phone, but it clearly believes it has an ace in the hole with Cortana, pitting it against Siri in a new commercial. The ad isn't quite a side-by-side comparison, rather Microsoft's attempt to highlight exactly what a Windows Phone 8.1 device with its virtual assistant can do that an iPhone's counterpart service can't.

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