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Bing apps integrate GasBuddy, add shopping tools

Bing apps integrate GasBuddy, add shopping tools

Microsoft has pushed out what it says are “major updates” for both the Bing Android and iPhone apps. Firstly, the Bing App for iPhone introduced in November has arrived on Android, and both apps are getting new features over past iterations. Among other things, Microsoft has announced the apps bring a new integration with GasBuddy, making it easier to find cheap gas wherever a user happens to be. iPhone users are also getting something special — dedicated deals including both coupons and offers, a feature that will arrive later on Android.

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Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft Band 2 adds weight tracking, GPS power saver

Microsoft has announced the arrival of two new features for its second generation Microsoft Band wearable. With this update, the smart band gains a power saving mode designed to increase battery life while using GPS. As well, and just as exciting, is the addition of a weight tracking feature for monitoring weight changes, expanding the wearable’s usefulness for health-conscious users.

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Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft's Surface devices may be some of the best tablet options available, but the company is still issuing a recall in the US over concerns the AC power adapters that shipped with some Surface Pro models pose risks of fire and electric shock. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday that roughly 2.25 million power cords were involved, all having been sold before March 15th, 2015 with the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 models.

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Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

February 1st has come and gone with no new Lumia smartphone in sight. That does leave more room for possibilities, like a still possible Lumia 850 mid-range phablet. That does seem to be what is being implied by this leak, which shows a few hands-on shots of what is supposedly the Lumia 850. The Lumia 650, which was rumored to be unveiled Feb. 1, was also rumored to be the only Lumia this year. If these photos are real, however, then both are apparently false.

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Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft already has a "smart" virtual keyboard for both tablets and smartphones. In fact, it was just recently rumored that it would be bringing its keyboard to Android and iOS, the latter with possibly some interesting special features. So it might, at first, be surprising to hear about its acquisition of UK-based SwiftKey, makers of one of the more popular mobile keyboards. But old Redmond isn't paying $250 million just for a keyboard. It is, in truth, more interested in the AI talent and software behind it.

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Rocket League comes to Xbox One this month

Rocket League comes to Xbox One this month

I've personally never been much of a fan of soccer, whether it's watching it on TV, or playing it in a video game. However, developer Psyonix realized that what the sport needed was a bunch of rocket-fueled cars to liven it up. The game has been limited to the PC and PS4, however, that will be changing very soon.

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Microsoft tests undersea data centers

Microsoft tests undersea data centers

If you've ever walked into a server room, you know how important cooling is. Depending on how nice the facility is, you'll either notice that it's rather warm, or that there's some serious cooling happening. Now imagine that same server room, but expanded in size many dozens of times over. That's what a data center is like, and you have to get creative when you want to cool one of those, as Microsoft has learned.

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Microsoft launches Xbox Live Community Calendar app

Microsoft launches Xbox Live Community Calendar app

Today is the start of a new month, and for owners of Microsoft's two most recent consoles, that means you get free games. Thanks to the wildly successful “Games with Gold” program, this is a pretty regular occurrence. You might think that this is the only regular event that happens on the Xbox, but as it turns out, there's so much more. And Microsoft is rolling out a new way to let you know about community events.

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PS4 has outsold the Xbox One nearly 2 to 1

PS4 has outsold the Xbox One nearly 2 to 1

In the great Console Wars, there are really only two names that matter. Nintendo has always been an outlier, as they target different audiences, and rarely support the same games as the other two. Unfortunately, in this round, Microsoft has declined to decline releasing official sales numbers for the Xbox One, so it makes it harder to judge how each side is faring, in comparison to the other.

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