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Xbox One highlights energy-saving mode for lower electric bills

Xbox One highlights energy-saving mode for lower electric bills

A few weeks ago, the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council was critical of Microsoft and their Xbox One console in how its "Instant On" mode was wasting energy and increasing electric bills of gamers around the world by a collective $250 million. Now, Microsoft is making more of an effort to put the Xbox One's energy-saving option front and center during set-up, allowing users to make a clear choice about using less electricity, and save an average of $6-$15 per year, according to the company.

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Xbox 360 update for Preview Program brings 2TB support

Xbox 360 update for Preview Program brings 2TB support

Microsoft recently included the Xbox 360 in its Preview Program, which gives those who are participating in it access to system updates and features before they drop for the general user base. Those Preview Program users are now gaining some new functioning with a new system update being pushed through it. Most notable among its changes is the inclusion of 2TB support, expanding its usefulness as a media center or storage device. Those who aren't part of the Preview Program will still have to wait a while before they can get the same feature, however.

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Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Microsoft has updated Bing with a load of new features, and among them is a new BETA feature that puts product purchasing options directly inside of Image Search. The feature is akin to the rumors we've been hearing about Pinterest's future, giving those who look at an image in the search results a way to directly purchase it from somewhere like Amazon, depending on where it is available. Also coming with the update is the ability to view pages using the image, related searches, and more.

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Windows 10 Preview released for phones

Windows 10 Preview released for phones

The Technical Preview for Windows 10 became available for early testers today in Microsoft's latest bid to keep their software universe moving forward. Users wishing to take part in the early preview have to sign up for the Technical Preview program, download a special app for their Windows Phone device, then hit the update button, so to speak. This software is not guaranteed to be as solidly reliable as a normal update, but that's not going to stop the masses from getting the newest bits as fast as they can - right this minute!

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The Windows 10 Store experience will be less confusing

The Windows 10 Store experience will be less confusing

If there's a single common theme that permeates the upcoming Windows 10 release, it would probably be "unification". Continuum unifies the once disparate worlds of "Modern" UI and traditional desktop. The OS itself aims to provide a unified platform to develop "universal" apps that will work across all devices, be it desktop, tablet, or even smartphone. Now, Microsoft will unify the app store experience as well. Actually, "app" store might no longer be appropriate, as the new version of Windows Store will embrace all types of digital content, including music and videos.

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Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft are ramping up their collaboration, building on last year's efforts to bake the cloud into Office on mobile devices with support for the web, too. The new feature means that while working with Office Online, it's possible to access a Dropbox account directly, opening existing documents or saving new ones there. Conversely, if you're logged into Dropbox, it's now even more straightforward to preview a document within the browser.

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LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

At last, all LEGO brands can play in harmony in a digital video game. Joel McHale is here to deliver a message to the masses on what it'll mean to take LEGO characters like Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, and jam them all into a single video game called LEGO Dimensions. This game works with a single starter game, a portal, and expansions that'll span well into the future. Place your LEGO character or creation on the platform and it'll be pushed into they trusted universe that is Dimensions.

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Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator, that wonderful science fiction-like tool that allows people to talk in real-time in two different languages, has been updated, and with that update it is now a little bit smarter. The software has gained knowledge of how to understand and speak Mandarin and Italian, opening it up to more users who want to chat with foreign speakers in their own native language. This joins the two languages the Preview software kicked off with, English and Spanish.

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Xbox One live TV arrives with this little stick

Xbox One live TV arrives with this little stick

You wouldn't guess it by the looks of the device, but this little piece of equipment is the official go-to device for Xbox One live TV. Microsoft is promoting this device, the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q, paired with an HDTV antenna, to bring "over-the-air TV" - also known as live TV --live, but not cable TV. This is an official partnership between Xbox and Hauppauge, and soon they'll be releasing an edition of the device called the "Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One" for both the United States and Canada.

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Microsoft might be working on its own payment system

Microsoft might be working on its own payment system

Apple Pay. Samsung Pay. Android Pay. Pretty soon, there might even be a Microsoft Pay. Or "Microsoft Payments" rather. Some evidence have surfaced pointing to Microsoft's intention to become a money transmitter in the US as well as the country's current and former territories. Although it is still in the extremely early stages of preparing the legal foundations of such an enterprise, Microsoft could very well be planning to take on the still nascent and somewhat unproven mobile payment industry, pitting it against Apple, Google, and Samsung who already has a head start.

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