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First big Windows 10 update starts today

First big Windows 10 update starts today

Microsoft has announced that their first substantial update to the Windows 10 operating system will commence today. This update will be for PCs and tablets, primarily, while updates for Windows 10 mobile will be taking place in the near future. This update will also affect the company's gaming console - Microsoft suggests that "Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today". This update will affect the performance of your machine, primarily, while updates to Cortana and Microsoft Edge (the web browser) are also on the docket.

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Fix New Xbox One Experience issues with this guide

Fix New Xbox One Experience issues with this guide

With big updates come the likelihood of issues. Today, Microsoft released the New Xbox One Experience, and while it seems to be going smoothly for most, there are some people that are plagued with issues ranging from voice controls not working to being unable to sign into your account. Don't worry though, Microsoft is already addressing these issues.

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Asus confirms plans to release HoloLens-like headset in 2016

Asus confirms plans to release HoloLens-like headset in 2016

While it was roughly a month ago when Taiwanese PC maker Asus said it was considering making its own augmented reality (AR) headset, the company has now come right out and confirmed those plans, with an intent to release the product in 2016. Asus was previously engaged in talks with Microsoft to release a cheaper version of the latter's HoloLens, an impressive AR headset scheduled to see release early next year as a developer edition priced at $3,000.

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Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

This past summer, Microsoft put out a call for grant proposals with the goal of getting some creative and innovative uses for its HoloLens in the pipeline. On Wednesday, the company announced the recipients of its academic research grants, the total of which is five, as well as the five runner-ups. Says Microsoft, "It’s so exciting to see the academic community respond to Microsoft HoloLens with such enthusiasm, and we suspect this is only the beginning."

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Microsoft’s newest research tool identifies emotions

Microsoft’s newest research tool identifies emotions

Back in April, Microsoft inspired a brief but amusing spat of jokes with the introduction of its “How Old” age estimator. Now the company is back with a similar tool, only it analyzes a person’s face to guess their emotion rather than their age. As with the age estimator, the company has made a public demo available for anyone who wants to try it, but it is a little more involved than the age estimator, providing some concise data on the analyzed photo.

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Microsoft removes Kinect Gestures in latest Xbox One update

Microsoft removes Kinect Gestures in latest Xbox One update

Since Microsoft started releasing Xbox One bundles without the Kinect, people have been wondering if the device is facing its death. It's definitely a valid concern, since the decision to exclude the Kinect from a majority of bundles leaves the market with a fractured ownership base. When everyone had one, it was easier for developers to justify the integration of features that took advantage of the accessory. Well, tomorrow's Xbox One update will add another nail to the gadget's coffin.

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Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Google Chrome extends support for Windows Vista

Just when you thought we were getting close to the end of software support for the most notorious version of Windows, it's dashed! Google has announced "the end of software support" for Windows Vista and Windows XP. That'd be super great, except for the fact that they'd already announced the end of software support for those operating systems before. Before, Google suggested that they'd be ending Chrome web browser support for Windows XP and Windows Vista this December. Now they've done (another) extension.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 tipped to launch on AT&T November 20

Microsoft Lumia 950 tipped to launch on AT&T November 20

Ever since Microsoft's official unveiling of their new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagship phones roughly a month ago, we've been eagerly waiting for an exact launch date. Well, it looks like Microsoft may be finally ready to let them out into the wild in the near future. Sources have told both Windows Central and The Verge that the Lumia 950 will be launching on AT&T on Friday, November 20th. The Lumia 950 XL, on the other hand, is said to be sold unlocked through Microsoft's own retail stores.

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Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft has announced a plan to acquire Secure Islands, confirming recent rumors that have cropped up. Secure Islands is an Israeli security company offering “advanced information protection solutions,” says Microsoft, and through the acquisition it will help Microsoft business customers secure their sensitive data. Secure Islands is already used by some big name companies for data protection, including Vodafone.

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Xbox One backwards-compatible games list made official

Xbox One backwards-compatible games list made official

In the old days of console gaming, there wasn't much a worry about backwards-compatibility. You just kept your old machine and games around, and just played that way. These days, consoles don't quite last like they used to, and digital downloads can complicate matters. Starting November 12th, the Xbox One will be backwards-compatible with older Xbox 360 titles. And we've got a list of the first 104 games to be compatible.

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Siri tops Google Now, Cortana in user satisfaction, accuracy

Siri tops Google Now, Cortana in user satisfaction, accuracy

A recent study carried out Experts Exchange has compared the user satisfaction ratings between the three main virtual assistants, Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortana. In survey covering a number of different aspects, including accuracy in answering questions and completing requests, along with overall satisfaction, Siri came out on top, followed by Google Now, and then Cortana.

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