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Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Augmented reality may have had a very short period of hype on mobile devices, but may get a new lease on life with Microsoft's HoloLens. AR might be fun for games but Microsoft , one of AR's current biggest advocates, is trying to show how the technology can be harnessed for more than just entertainment. Like education and research, for example. That might be the key motivation behind Galaxy Explorer, one of the AR projects being developed by Microsoft's HoloLens team. And now that team is giving a few peeks at the prototype.

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How sly dog Microsoft is using Fetch! to feed us AI

How sly dog Microsoft is using Fetch! to feed us AI

Are weird apps like Microsoft's Fetch! the definition of Nero fiddling while the PC market burns, or is the Windows-maker cracked the code on consumer artificial intelligence? Fetch!, the latest gimmick from the Microsoft Garage idea incubator, sounds like a fairly pointless idea at first - identifying what breed of dog you show it - but it hides a cutting edge heart.

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Microsoft wants more Xbox games to come with free PC copies

Microsoft wants more Xbox games to come with free PC copies

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Xbox One exclusive title Quantum Break would be getting a PC release. This was a pretty big deal, especially since the game is due out in April, and the PC version would be making its debut on the very same day as on the Xbox One. But that wasn't the most interesting part of the announcement.

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Fetch! iPhone app can name dog breeds from pictures

Fetch! iPhone app can name dog breeds from pictures

If you or someone you know is really into dogs and you are always wondering what breed the cute animals you see at the park or on the web are, the Fetch! App from Microsoft will answer that question for you. Fetch is a new Microsoft Garage app that uses AI to name dog breeds from photos in the iPhone camera or photo library.

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Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

The Internet Archive, perhaps more known for its archive.org address, has an interesting history. What started as a website to hold old copies of web pages for posterity's sake, the archives has become home to the many of the computing world's history, both the highs and the lows, from websites to games and, more recently, even malware. And now, the Internet Archive has added one more important part of history, making available Windows 3.1 programs for yesteryears, and allowing uses not only to view but even run such ancient software in their browsers.

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Xbox One gets Quantum Break special edition console bundle

Xbox One gets Quantum Break special edition console bundle

Microsoft has just announced the latest bundle for the Xbox One console, this time featuring the latest exclusive title, Quantum Break. The console and controller come in a limited Cirrus White color, although Microsoft says the Quantum Break bundle will be available with black hardware as well. Inside the box players will find a 500GB model Xbox One, a downloadable copy of Quantum Break, as well as code to download developer Remedy Entertainment's previous title, Alan Wake.

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Minecraft Overworld updates to give more ways to make machines

Minecraft Overworld updates to give more ways to make machines

To say that there has been an explosion of digital creativity ever since Minecraft launch would probably be an accurate assessment. Nevermind recreations of locations, both actual and fictional, Minecraft has given imaginative and passionate people the tools to create almost anything inside the pixelated, blocky world, from simplistic computers to gigantic phones that do communicate with the real world. Now Microsoft, Minecraft's new curator, is preparing an update that could boost that creativity even further. With the upcoming Overworld patch, players will have more tools at their disposal to invent almost anything.

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Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

It might still be a surprise and a puzzle for some that Microsoft has apps on both Android and iOS, though it seems to have a preference for the former. It is all part of a strategy to reclaim its lost ground, especially in the Office space. To say that Microsoft is aggressively pushing those Android apps to more users wouldn't be an understatement, as this announcement shows. Redmond has proudly revealed that it now has 74 OEM partners ready to preload its apps on smartphones, and one of them is Acer.

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Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

It's not everyday that an app's developers get to work with someone as big as Sir Paul McCartney, which is why when Microsoft's Skype got the opportunity, they didn't waste it. That's why, with Valentine’s Day approaching, Skype users are getting 10 new love-themed "Mojis" featuring music from the legendary Beatles member himself. It's one of those things where you didn't realize how badly you needed it in your life until you heard about it.

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Rocket League on Xbox One gets a release date, bonus items

Rocket League on Xbox One gets a release date, bonus items

Regardless of what platform you choose to game on, you're always going to have to deal with timed exclusives for a different one. Timed exclusives are annoying, but they have a silver lining. While you're waiting on them, you can clear out some of your back catalog. Plus, when they do show up, sometimes they come with a little apology note.

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Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has been traditional dreadful when it came to system-related error messages and notifications that it has become somewhat of a running joke in the tech community (Error 0x8020002b anyone?). It's no laughing matter, however, when Windows 10's continuously flowing stream of updates are concerned. Microsoft has been chided for its near secrecy of these system updates, that could, and sometimes have, make important changes without the user's knowledge. While not completely reversing course, Microsoft has now come up with a compromise, a website that lists Windows 10's update history and details.

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Red Dead Redemption added and quickly pulled from Xbox One

Red Dead Redemption added and quickly pulled from Xbox One

Over the weekend, a few lucky gamers were treated to something special. Red Dead Redemption was found to be available on the Xbox One, making it the most recent game to receive the backwards-compatibility treatment. Unfortunately not long after it was available, it was rendered unplayable.

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