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Xbox Fitness shutdown begins, service will go dark next year

Xbox Fitness shutdown begins, service will go dark next year

Today brings sad news for Xbox Fitness users -- Microsoft has announced plans to "scale back" the service, and by that it means that it's going to do away with the workout service entirely. The fitness product will be phased out gradually, giving users time to transition to something else. Starting today, no content can be purchased on Xbox Fitness. For those who have already bought content, you can continue to enjoy it; December 15 is when things start going south.

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Microsoft pays $10k judgement over forced Windows 10 update

Microsoft pays $10k judgement over forced Windows 10 update

Microsoft has paid a $10,000 judgement to Windows user Teri Goldstein, who sued the company after an authorized Windows 10 update allegedly wrecked havoc on her computer, causing issues that, according to Goldstein, ultimately hampered her travel agency business. Microsoft has been heavily criticized for pushing Windows 10 onto users, often in sneaky or unauthorized ways; though it has paid the judgement, the company still maintains that it did nothing wrong.

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Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

There you are, still in awe after last night's Game of Thrones finale. You're replaying all of the intrigue and drama over and over again in your head as you cling to your Hodor plush and look at maps of Westeros and Essos plastered on your walls, trying to figure out where the series will be headed once it returns next year. One might even dare to call you a superfan, and what better for such a Game of Thrones fanatic than this special edition Xbox One?

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Computing without keyboard and mouse – Microsoft’s future concept

Computing without keyboard and mouse – Microsoft’s future concept

Computer users can cut the cords of their mouse and keyboards and move into a cordless world, but by far and large we are still tied to our computers via the mouse and keyboard wires or no. Microsoft researchers see a future where we might not need a mouse and keyboard to interface with our computers and technology and this new world doesn't require you to talk exclusively to your computer either.

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How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

NASCAR and high technology might not be the first bedfellows you think of - the sport has the reputation of being little more than big engines and circular tracks, after all - but the racing series has turned to the cloud and Microsoft specifically to not only bring its legacy systems into the 21st century, but do a better job of engaging fans and spotting rule-breakers.

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Microsoft confirms Surface 3 production to end later this year

Microsoft confirms Surface 3 production to end later this year

While it only launched just barely over a year ago, the Surface 3 tablet will end manufacturing by the end of this year, Microsoft has confirmed. The entry-level device was launched in May 2015 as a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3. While it was well received, especially among budget-conscious consumers who didn't want to step up to a full laptop, the last few weeks have seen stock levels and configuration options become limited.

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Windows 10 Maps app update brings guided nav improvements

Windows 10 Maps app update brings guided nav improvements

Microsoft has announced that the latest update to the Windows 10 Maps app has landed. The update is available now for all Windows 10 customers. Updates to the guided navigation feature have been made with turn-by-turn instructions optimized for glanceability including tweaks for landscape mode orientation. Changes were made to make using windows Maps on the phone with one hand easier by moving the navigation to the bottom of the screen.

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Microsoft Wallet tap to pay is officially out, for Insiders

Microsoft Wallet tap to pay is officially out, for Insiders

It's finally here. Microsoft has finally announced its formal entry into the mobile payments market. Or rather, as Microsoft calls it, cloud-based payment. As reported before, Microsoft Wallet is the new Windows 10 Mobile app that will enable this tap to pay feature for a very select few Lumia models. But since Microsoft has partnered directly with MasterCard and Visa, it means that any contactless payment terminal automagically supports Microsoft Wallet as well. Plus, it supports rewards and loyalty cards right off the bat as well.

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Microsoft Flow lands on iOS

Microsoft Flow lands on iOS

Microsoft launched Microsoft Flow not too long ago in an effort to combat IFTTT and originally when the Flow service launched mobile devices like the iPhone were unsupported. That has changed with Microsoft Flow landing for iOS users to try out. If you are unfamiliar with Flow, it's a workflow management tool that launched originally online.

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Windows’ Your Groove suggests music you might like

Windows’ Your Groove suggests music you might like

If you're not familiar with what on earth Groove, more formally Groove Music, is, you would be in good company. Put it simply, it's the new name of what was once called Xbox Music, since it wasn't available only the Xbox only anyway. If you haven't heard much about it since the renaming almost a year ago, that's because it hasn't exactly been given some major love. Microsoft is now trying to catch up by giving users what is said to be a most requested feature. Your Groove, in a nutshell, is Groove Music's own version of a recommendation system, both for tracks already in your collection as well as new, unexplored ones.

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Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Once upon a time, web browsers competed on the basis of rendering performance and quality. Then they moved on to extensions and add-ons. Now it seems that the next arena will be in power consumption. As users become more battery conscious, thanks to a slowdown in battery tech innovation, they will start looking to programs that eat up more battery than they should. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft boasts that its Edge web browser is the most efficient at power management. And in the same breath, points to Google Chrome as the worst.

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Titanfall 2 : “life-sized model behind the scenes” Boogaloo

Titanfall 2 : “life-sized model behind the scenes” Boogaloo

We've gone up close and personal with the folks that make the full-sized Titans for the game Titanfall 2 for events like E3 2016. Today we've got a collection of photos of the making-of process, showing what these mechs are made of. As it was the last time we brought you inside the cockpit, so to speak, these Titans are made mostly of high quality foam. Also involved, of course, is a bunch of skillfully applied paint - and metal too.

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