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Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

The number of places where you can buy things with Bitcoin just got a bit bigger. Microsoft has announced that its customers can now use the cryptocurrency to pay for Xbox services and mobile content, doing so by first using the currency to add funds to a Microsoft account. Microsoft isn't the first well known company to add support for Bitcoin payments. In July, Dell announced that it would start accepting Bitcoin payments in partnership with Coinbase, and other companies like Overstock have also begun accepting the digital money.

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Official Minecraft released to Windows Phone market

Official Minecraft released to Windows Phone market

At long last, Windows Phone devices have their Minecraft. The official Minecraft, the one named Minecraft Pocket Edition, not one of the (many) knock-offs available on the market already. Here we see the fruits of Mojang being purchased by Microsoft at last. Here we see Minecraft Pocket Edition come to life on all three of the world's biggest mobile platforms, finally. Of course having been on iOS and Android for several years now and Windows Phone less than a day is a significant difference, but we're all here together now in the present, nonetheless!

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Bing update brings details to the top of search

Bing update brings details to the top of search

Microsoft has been busy rolling out some new features to its various Bing services, and newest among them is a tweak to search. As of now, Bing users who search for places or details about places -- a local restaurant's phone number, for example -- will see relevant information about that place above the search results. Included among this is travel information when the search query includes something related to travel, such as the distance the user is from the restaurant or how long it'll take to get there.

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Nokia Lumia 520 is now a $29 smartphone with no contract

Nokia Lumia 520 is now a $29 smartphone with no contract

Microsoft has a smartphone called the Nokia Lumia 520, one that they now have available to buy for $29. This is the Nokia Lumia 520, a device that we've reviewed more than once - once as the 520 and another time as the T-Mobile version (basically the same device) as the 521. Back then, it was cheap. Now it's staggeringly cheap. This device has a 5-megapixel camera at its back, 8GB of storage inside, and a 4-inch display. There's also a micro-SD card slot inside for if you'd like to expand your storage further.

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Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

This morning the folks at Microsoft Garage have released the newest version of Next Lock Screen. This is arguably the first time the lock screen has truly lived up to its promise - bringing you everything you need in terms of notifications - to your lockscreen with great ease. This update remains as free as the original release of Next Lock Screen, and is compatible with most smartphones released in the past several years. This app will require Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up and is an official creation of the Microsoft Corporation.

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Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10. One of those is Cortana on the desktop. Microsoft will be bringing its intelligent virtual assistant to Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets and she (or it) will be equipped with almost all the functionality that has perhaps impressed some users on Windows Phone devices.

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King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

It was revealed back in August that Sierra Entertainment will be launching a new King's Quest game, and yesterday marked the debut of its first trailer. The new game is courtesy of The Odd Gentleman, an indie studio that has been working on the title for about a year, and it ushers in Sierra's new focus on serving more or less as a publisher with a focus on indie studios. In addition to King's Quest, it was previously revealed Sierra is also working on Geometry Wars 3.

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Microsoft wrenches Torque search app onto your Android phone

Microsoft wrenches Torque search app onto your Android phone

Search is an important part of your day, if you’re connected to the world via a smartphone or other device. If you’re not sure of the answer, you just “Google it”, and you probably get what you need. If you would rather use Bing (and hey, good for you if you would), there’s an option called Torque. The app, for Android Wear devices, brought you Bing search results with the flick of your wrist. Now, you can get Torque on your smartphone, too.

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Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

This week the folks at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) are teaming up with Microsoft's Xbox division to push both the game Forza Horizon 2 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. To do this, they're bringing a Mazda-branded hub to Xbox One and Xbox 360 units this winter. Players will be asked to work with the Livery Design of the 1994 Mazda MX-5 available in the game, coming up with the most innovative or otherwise eye-catching design they're able. Two finalists will be brought to South by Southwest for a bit of a final showdown.

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Barnes & Noble ends Nook deal with Microsoft

Barnes & Noble ends Nook deal with Microsoft

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have officially parted ways on the Nook. The digital reader turned tablet saw an investment from Microsoft in 2012 to the tune of $300 million. At the time, the cash gave Microsoft an 18% stake in Nook. In an SEC filing, Barnes & Noble acknowledges they will buy back Microsoft’s interest in Nook, with the goal making it a standalone business, and likely wholly owned by Barnes & Noble. The book retailer has previously noted they would look to spin Nook off from the company.

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