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Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft has shown off a lot of concept projects in the last year related to HoloLens, its $3,000 augmented reality headset, but this one just might be the crown jewel of them all. Dubbed "Holoportation," Microsoft Research's latest demonstration is the ability to view a live hologram of a person in another location. There's an impressive video of the tech in action below, but trust us when we say it's like something straight out of Star Wars.

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Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

Microsoft’s huge, expensive Surface Hub finally starts shipping

After several delays last year, Microsoft says it has now begun shipping its Surface Hub to business customers. Essentially a wall-mounted tablet, the huge display comes in two versions, a 55-inch HD model and the impressive 84-inch 4K version. They're priced at $9,000 and $22,000, respectively, so it's unlikely they will ever be offered to anyone but business and enterprise customers.

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New Windows 10 Live Tiles might debut at Microsoft Build 2016

New Windows 10 Live Tiles might debut at Microsoft Build 2016

Microsoft's Live Tiles interface was first introduced with Windows 8, but even with the wide rollout of Windows 10 over the last half-year, they remain mostly the same in terms of interaction and functionality. Well, the company has just hinted that an overhaul might be on the way, and with the Build 2016 developer conference starting next Wednesday, new Live Tiles could be ready for announcement.

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Microsoft confirms they have no plans for digital game trade-ins

Microsoft confirms they have no plans for digital game trade-ins

Over the weekend, Microsoft teased gamers by posing a simple question to them. They asked how people would feel if they could "sell back" digital copies of games in exchange for a credit of 10% of the purchase price that was paid for them. While there were mixed reactions to the question, Microsoft has responded to their own question.

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HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

I've spent a lot of time writing about VR experiences, however, I haven't gone into the world of AR/MR too much. My experience with AR technologies has been limited, as there aren't many devices out there that provide true AR/MR experiences. Next week Microsoft will begin shipping the first developer kits for their Hololens, which meant it was the perfect time for its inventor, Alex Kipman, to do a TED talk.

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Xbox Games With Gold for April includes Dead Space and Sunset Overdrive

Xbox Games With Gold for April includes Dead Space and Sunset Overdrive

If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, then one of the nicest perks of the program is the fact that you get a few free games every month. Sometimes the games are forgettable, but other times you'll find some great titles. This month's selection is certainly one of the best we've seen, for both consoles.

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Xbox One update lets you buy 360 games, fixes Elite Controller stick drift

Xbox One update lets you buy 360 games, fixes Elite Controller stick drift

When Microsoft announced that they would start making Xbox 360 games compatible with their newest console, gamers everywhere rejoiced. This means that you no longer need to keep around an old, outdated console, just to play some of your favorite games from the previous generation. There was just one annoying problem. You couldn't actually buy any of the digital titles using your Xbox One.

Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out its latest update for the Xbox One, and with it came the feature that many people had been waiting for. The ability to purchase older Xbox 360 titles without needing to hook up your old console, or hop on a PC. While it might not be the biggest change to come to the console, it's certainly a welcome one.

Other changes brought by the new update include 16-person party chat. This is great for people who have a lot of friends, and didn't like being limited to the old 12-person limit. Speaking of party chat, you'll now be able to include your friends in your Twitch streams that you broadcast from your Xbox One. Don't worry though, everyone will be asked if they want to participate in the stream. If you decline, your friends will still hear you, but your voice won't be broadcast on the Twitch stream.

There's also a new firmware out for the Xbox One Elite Controller, which allows you to fine-tune the analog sticks. This means you can go in and make sure that the position that you think is center, also matches what the controller is thinking. This should help combat the stick drift that so many owners have reported.

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Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

When a child reaches an age where they are able to read, the worst thing you can do is set them loose on social media, and encourage them to talk to as many strangers as possible. They're probably going to pick up some choice new phrases, and some warped viewpoints. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't account for this sort of thing when they sent out their AI teen, Tay into the wild.

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Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

We've seen countless movies and read plenty of books on what the possibilities of artificial intelligence could be. Such a creation could help foster the future of mankind, and take it to new heights. It could also end up using time travel to attempt to destroy us. But for now, it's just here to tweet like a teenager, for funsies.

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Rocket League is ready for Xbox One, PS4 cross-play, if Sony agrees

Rocket League is ready for Xbox One, PS4 cross-play, if Sony agrees

Cross-platform play has been something that gamers have been clamoring for since online multiplayer started being a thing. Back in the days of offline-only games, it didn't really matter which console you used. When you went to a friend's house, you'd just all play on the same console, provided there were enough controllers. These days, it's not quite so simple. And the creators of Rocket League want to change that.

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Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft made an unsurprising but unpopular stance regarding support for older Windows versions on newer hardware. It is no secret that it wants everyone to use Windows 10 as soon as possible, but forcing users, especially traditionally slower adopting ones like enterprises, was bound to backfire. It previously stated that Come July 17, 2017, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 running on Intel's Skylake processors will no longer be supported. It has softened that stance, however, and has extended the date to 2018.

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First 3rd party Edge extension arrives, Chrome conversion tool coming

First 3rd party Edge extension arrives, Chrome conversion tool coming

Just last week, Microsoft finally unveiled the first set of browser extensions for its new Microsoft Edge browser, albeit in very limited number and reach. Available only to Microsoft Insiders, the feature is pretty raw and crude, especially when it comes to installing those extensions. That, however, might be a good thing, at least for now, as it has allowed the first third-party Edge Extension to come to light, offering a popular Turn Off the Lights function to become available on Microsoft Edge as well.

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