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Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Mobile internet searches are surpassing desktop searches, leading search engines to adapt their results to the smaller screens of mobile users. Last month, Google announced that it reworked its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites. This left website owners scrambling to make their sites mobile-friendly by the April 21st deadline, lest they get buried behind competitors in search results. Not to be left out, Bing announced that it is revamping its algorithm too, giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in search results.

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What has an attention span shorter than a goldfish? You, says Microsoft

What has an attention span shorter than a goldfish? You, says Microsoft

Do you ever find yourself starting to read something, but only a paragraph or two into it you have to stop and pop open a new tab, pull out your smartphone for a quick browse, or any other number of distractions? Then it’s right back to whatever you were doing originally, only you’re constantly interrupting yourself with a seemingly endless litany of things, none of which are terribly productive? If that sounds like you, it’s probably because you have an attention span shorter than a goldfish. At least according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft reveals Hyperlapse, a desktop app, mobile app, and cloud tools suite made to make long videos shorter and smoother. This system is made primarily for video like what you might capture on a long bike ride. Or a skiing trip. Or on a tour through a museum. Speeding up a first-person walk through an environment can often result in a very bumpy, unwatchable video - Hyperlapse makes it all smooth. Microsoft is betting on this system for mobile devices, on a Pro version video editor for desktop, and on web tools presented with Windows Azure.

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Windows 8 Tablet – Which one to buy?

Windows 8 Tablet – Which one to buy?

With the impending release of Windows 10, Microsoft's operating system is becoming interesting again. Or curious at the very least. But if you're looking around for a decent Windows tablet for work and for play, you don't have to wait for Windows 10 to come out to get one. And it doesn't matter how much you're willing to spend on a purchase. There is a surprisingly varied selection of Windows tablets out there. To help get you started, here are three of the top tablets in our eyes, one for each size of your wallet.

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Windows 10 will have seven different editions this Summer

Windows 10 will have seven different editions this Summer

Windows 10 is coming, but is currently being beta tested. As much as we find out now and again about Windows, we’re still taken aback by that which we do not know. Today, we find out what editions of Windows 10 are coming to us (exactly; we didn’t really even stop to think about what versions Windows 10 would have). All told, there will be seven different varieties of Windows 10 for you to take advantage of, spanning all the screens you can find.

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Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

One Minecraft mod summons thousands of fans with a "Predator-like" set of abilities in 148144 commands. This fellow by the name of Sliced Lime has presented a command block machine for Minecraft which allows the wearer's outfit to change color depending on the block nearest the wearer. The result is a camouflage suit the likes of which we've only otherwise seen in the light-bending Predator beast from the Predator film series. This mod is not (yet) part of the standard game build, but you certainly can try it for yourself if you wish.

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Nokia retail outlets to become ‘Microsoft Authorized Resellers’

Nokia retail outlets to become ‘Microsoft Authorized Resellers’

After Microsoft purchased Nokia's phone division last year, it seems we see the Finnish company's name in fewer and fewer places. And it makes sense too; if a company doesn't make phones anymore, their name shouldn't be printed on them. But now there's one less place shoppers around the world will be seeing the Nokia name, because the company's mobile retail stores are now being converted into "Microsoft Authorized Resellers."

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That dinosaur game works in VR with Oculus Rift

That dinosaur game works in VR with Oculus Rift

ARK: Survival Evolved is announced to be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam for PCs with Oculus Rift support. This game was first revealed in incognito mode earlier this month, and just this week was shown to the public with support for virtual reality headsets. Thus far Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift by Oculus VR have been confirmed. Whether or not Valve's own Steam VR will work with the system is still up in the air. We're guessing that YES, it probably will work - and there'll be dragons, too!

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gameplay trailer tells all pre-alpha release

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gameplay trailer tells all pre-alpha release

Ubisoft releases the first trailer for Assassin's Creed Syndicate, a game based in London at the dawn of the modern era. This game has you playing as Jacob Frye (or his sister), fighting for justice "on behalf of London's enslaved working class." This game has everything - top hats, Big Ben, underground fight clubs, human skewers on assassin's blades. It's just the works. This game should also take what was with Assassin's Creed Unity and amp it up a level - up to 11. Up to the place where Tower Bridge was born.

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Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

This morning Skype Translator Preview dropped its sign-in requirement, making it easier for new users to take part in the translation action. This app works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview for both PCs and tablets. Users will be able to download the app, open it up, and begin speaking with translation assistance right out the gate. This app currently has four available spoken languages as well as 50 instant messaging languages for use by the public.

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