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Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Back in late January, it was reported that Microsoft was eager to invest as much as $70 million in Cyanogen, the developers behind a customized version of the Android operating system. This would've been a move by Microsoft to help strengthen the competition against Google's standard Android versions, even it wasn't directly benefitting their own Windows platform. However, it appears things have changed in the last six weeks or so, as Cyanogen is said be raising roughly $110 million in a new funding round, but without any participation from Microsoft.

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Goat Simulator coming to Xbox

Goat Simulator coming to Xbox

Because you've got one of the most powerful gaming consoles in the world with the Xbox One, you want high-powered games. You're going to be wanting the best. That's why today Goat Simulator was announced. Not just for Xbox One, but for Xbox 360 as well. The team at Coffee Stain Studios have done a really terrible job at making a game, but - as luck would have it - they've created a really awesome game in the process. This game is out for Android, it's out for iOS on your iPhone and iPad, and it's out on PC with Steam. Now it's coming to Xbox.

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Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is a cornerstone of the company’s move toward a more universal OS that spans screens. Whether it be phone, tablet, or desktop, we’ve seen Cortana become integral in Microsoft’s push forward. The company has also been making their other services like Office available to other platforms, like iOS. Now, it seems Microsoft is ready to take Cortana outside of the Windows platform as well. A new report says Microsoft will spin Cortana off into a standalone app, which they’ll make available for both iOS and Android.

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Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

NPD Group's numbers are in from last month, and it shows overall strong sales in the gaming industry, with February having an 8-percent year-on-year increase. Sales for both hardware and games hit $955.6 million, with $378.2 million of that coming solely from hardware sales (a year-on-year 10-percent increase). Though software sales weren't quite that high, there was a 7-percent year-on-year increase with $338.9 million coming in. It was an overall good month for the industry, particularly Nintendo which saw high console and software sales.

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Microsoft reports on its Superfish hunting trip

Microsoft reports on its Superfish hunting trip

Lenovo had a fish problem early this year, one that refused to die even when it was ignored. The Superfish adware fiasco left the world's biggest PC maker with mud on its face and an angry mob at its gates. While the scandal has seemingly died out, with Lenovo frantically moving to fix both the technical problems and PR fallout, not everyone is safe yet from the deadly fish. Now it's Microsoft's turn to give its users the weapon of knowledge to better arm themselves. Oh, and they are also providing an updated tool to remove Superfish.

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GTA Online Heists released today for Xbox and Playstation

GTA Online Heists released today for Xbox and Playstation

Can anyone ever get sick of Grand Theft Auto? If you were wishing for more GTA or still holding your breath until GTA V for PC is released April 10th, then the new GTA Online Heists is your gaming solution. We showed you the trailer for GTA Online Heists, and now it's finally here. You can now coordinate strings of high-intensity robberies across multiple counties in-game. Best of all is that it's free and playable across multiple platforms such as Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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Xbox One Master Chief Collection, March update launched

Xbox One Master Chief Collection, March update launched

March seems like a big joyous month for gamers, especially Xbox One fans and owners. The annual Game Developers Conference has just concluded last week, bringing inspiration, hope, and excitement to the industry. But for the Xbox faithful, there is even more reason to rejoice. Microsoft has just announced the availability of the long rumored and awaited Master Chief Collection bundle, bringing the iconic Halo titles together in a single package. Plus, the equally awaited March system update has started to roll out to users everywhere.

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Minecraft Simpsons Skins mini-Review

Minecraft Simpsons Skins mini-Review

This afternoon we're having a peek at the brand spanking new Simpsons Skin pack for Minecraft. This downloadable pack of skins is available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 as of this week, and includes characters like Bart, Marge, Homer, Maggie, and Lisa. Of course you'll also get oddities like Otto Mann, Nelson Muntz, Martin Prince, Janey Powell, Principal Skinner, and more. While this - like most downloadable skin packs for Minecraft - isn't a massive game-changer in any way, we thought we'd give you a bit of a peek at what you'd be dropping a three dollar bill on before you dropped it this week.

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Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

It wasn't too long ago when it felt like all the big smartphone players, like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft, were involved in lawsuits and countersuits against each other over patents. Well, a new one is popping up, this time involving Japan's Kyocera. Microsoft filed a lawsuit last week against Kyocera for infringing on several patents with its Android-powered smartphones. Microsoft has mentioned that it's hoping to find an amicable solution, but the suit is seeking financial damages.

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“FREAK” security hole affects even Windows after all

“FREAK” security hole affects even Windows after all

Microsoft almost had it good. Long lambasted for being so easily hacked, it was almost believed that the company's operating system, at least those well-patched and up to date ones, were immune to the latest security vulnerability causing worry over the Internet. As it turns out, however, it just isn't the case. Microsoft published a security advisory informing users that the version of Internet Explorer running on many versions of the Windows OS are susceptible to this FREAK attack, with no word on when a patch will be rolled out.

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