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Android Superphone: 5 features you’re going to want

Android Superphone: 5 features you’re going to want

The age of the do-everything Android smartphone, the Superphone, is upon us. This device is going to have abilities well beyond what we had in mobile devices even a year or two ago - and it'll all stem from our inability to remain satisfied with what's simply good enough. Today we ask: what'll be best for tomorrow? Will we want smaller phones or bigger batteries? Will we want all-in-one phones, or plug-and-play components? Do we need desktop-level processing power, or should we leave that to the desktops?

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Quantum Break’s PC version will need an internet connection to see in-game videos

Quantum Break’s PC version will need an internet connection to see in-game videos

Microsoft is pushing to bring more Xbox exclusive game to Windows. While that initially seemed like a good thing, there are a host of good reasons why you don't want to go out and buy the latest title on the Windows Store. And now it seems like the Windows version of Quantum Break will need an open internet connection, in order to get all of the content.

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Xbox One software update introduces 16-player chat, Xbox 360 game purchases

Xbox One software update introduces 16-player chat, Xbox 360 game purchases

Much like how Sony has just released a new preview version of the PS4's system software to limited beta testers, Microsoft has also outlined the new features coming to the Xbox One in its next system update. Those who are a part of Microsoft's preview program can download it starting today, while a general release is expected in the next few weeks. Some of the main features to note include increased players in chat parties and easier access to purchase backwards compatible Xbox 360 games.

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Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

This morning Microsoft announced that they'd be releasing a Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID. This piece of equipment will give fingerprint scanning abilities to both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Pro 3, in turn giving Windows Hello touch capability to both devices. This keyboard will otherwise work the same as the standard Type Cover.

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Lamborghini Centenario to make its digital debut in new Forza game

Lamborghini Centenario to make its digital debut in new Forza game

If you're into cars, you've likely already been following the Geneva Motor Show, which kicked off this week. And that means you've seen the new Lamborghini Centenario, one of the biggest highlights of the event so far. You probably didn't expect a video game announcement to come from the show, however, but that's what Microsoft has done, revealing that a new title in its flagship racing series Forza is on the way, with Lamborghini's Centenario to be the cover car.

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Don’t buy PC games on the Windows Store, not yet at least

Don’t buy PC games on the Windows Store, not yet at least

Over the weekend, Microsoft put up the listing for Quantum Break on the Windows Store. I'd give you a link, but the page has already been pulled, for some reason. It's probably for the best, as the more information that comes out, the more I'm unlikely to recommend that anyone purchase the game for PC.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens is not for you (yet)

Microsoft’s HoloLens is not for you (yet)

Today Microsoft HoloLens was released for purchase - sort of - for developers, in a kit that's made strictly for those that plan on making software for the device. This version of Microsoft HoloLens is not meant to compete with the other virtual reality headsets being revealed and/or released in the next several weeks. The Oculus Rift, for example, has had several developer kits released in the past. The HTC Vive, too, has had its own developer release before now. This is just the beginning.

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Microsoft Band 2 gains appeal with lower price

Microsoft Band 2 gains appeal with lower price

The Microsoft Band 2 hit the market in late 2015 and looked much better to the eye than the original wearable from Microsoft. The biggest downside to that wearable was the price tag for many people, when it originally debuted the Band 2 sold for $249.99. Microsoft is aiming to make its device more appealing to buyers not by adding features or updating software, but by slashing the price by $75.

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Microsoft Project Centennial seen with “universal” desktop Office

Microsoft Project Centennial seen with “universal” desktop Office

Microsoft may have burned off one bridge, but it is still building a different, and perhaps more critical build. Redmond has officially declared Project Astoria, the bridge that would let Android developers easily port their apps to Windows 10, dead but Project Centennial seems to be very much alive and kicking. In fact, it might have an rather ambitious demo in the works. Spotted briefly was a version of Microsoft Office for the desktop that has been retrofitted to be installed from the Windows Store and run like a normal Universal Windows App.

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Microsoft HoloLens kit launches March 30th, PC app now ready

Microsoft HoloLens kit launches March 30th, PC app now ready

It isn't that unusual for development edition of devices to cost a lot more than what they would in retail form. The Google Glass, for example, sported a $1,500 tag but was promised a much wallet-friendly launch price. If it had launched in the first place. That said, $3,000 for a non-final, development version of an augmented reality headset might be too much to swallow. And yet that is the steep price that Microsoft is tipped to be asking in exchange for being one of the first to try out its HoloLens.

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Xbox’s Alan Wake may be getting a sequel after all

Xbox’s Alan Wake may be getting a sequel after all

Game developer Remedy's newest title, Quantum Break, isn't out for another month, but evidence has already been discovered that a long-awaited sequel to their previous series, the Xbox 360's Alan Wake, may be in the works. A user on the gaming forum NeoGAF found that Remedy has recently filed a trademark application for the title "Alan Wake's Return." What's more, the purchase of the domain name AlanWakeReturns.com was also tied to Remedy, although the website hasn't been used for anything yet.

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Windows 10 Mobile ROM rumored for Xiaomi Mi 5, OnePlus 2 and 3

Windows 10 Mobile ROM rumored for Xiaomi Mi 5, OnePlus 2 and 3

When you think "Windows Phone", whether the actualy Windows Phone 8.x OS or Windows 10 Mobile, you will most likely first or only think of Microsoft/Nokia Lumia devices. Perhaps in an attempt to erase that "stigma", Microsoft is working hard to advertise Windows 10 Mobile devices from other OEMs, like Acer's Liquid Jade Primo, HP's Elite x3, and even Xiaomi's Mi Pad 2. Now it seems that Microsoft will be trying to spread Windows 10 Mobile around by proxy, with ROMs rumored to be in development for the OnePlus 2, the OnePlus 3, and the Xiaomi Mi 5.

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