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Researchers store 200MB of data on molecular strands

Researchers store 200MB of data on molecular strands

Microsoft and researchers from the University of Washington have set a new record and reached a milestone in DNA storage. The team has been able to store 200MB of data on the molecular strands of DNA. Just as interesting as setting a new record for data capacity is the fact that the stored data took up a tiny amount of space described as "much smaller than the tip of a pencil."

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Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

What started out as a rather simple, open-ended sandbox and survival game has turned into something more than what creater Markus "Notch" Persson probably imagined. Although Minecraft remains a virtual world where people can let their creativity run wild, it has also become a tool that can be used for the common good. In addition to using Minecraft for educational purposes, Microsoft has also turned it into a research tool. Project Malmo, formerly called Project AIX, uses Minecraft's open world for artificial intelligence research and is now available as open source for everyone to use.

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Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Although Microsoft has had apps on iOS for a long time now, most of those have revolved around its Office productivity suite and related products. Of late, however, it has dabbled in rather strange new ventures, like the Selfie app, literally its name. Now it has another oddly named app, again for iOS only, called Thinga.me. And like Selfie, which sort of stepped on the toes of oh so many camera and social networking apps, Thinga.me is daring to set foot in a "collection" market dominated primarily by Pinterest.

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Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Microsoft's messaging and video chat platform Skype has rolled out several new features this week, starting with a new browser tool aimed at small businesses. Called Skype Meetings, it's a free, web-based option for group video chats, along with a few of the collaboration tools from Skype for Business. In addition, Skype's standard existing apps now feature the ability to share files with users even when they're offline.

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Xbox Live wheelchair avatars will arrive soon

Xbox Live wheelchair avatars will arrive soon

A tweeted suggestion led to a petition recommendation, and that petition recommendation led to a surprise announcement: Xbox Live will offer wheelchair avatars in the future, and it sounds like the feature isn't a long way off. The wheelchair avatar plans were first confirmed in a tweet by Phil Spencer, who said, “No petition needed, we hear you. This is something that we’ve already look at, not far off." A couple sample photos of the avatars were also shared.

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Xbox’s Ultimate Game Sale goes live across Xbox One, 360

Xbox’s Ultimate Game Sale goes live across Xbox One, 360

Not content to let PC gamers have all the fun this summer, Microsoft has rolled out its Ultimate Game Sale for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is one of the largest sales of the year for the Xbox brand, with more than 250 titles getting discounts across both platforms. Xbox's Ultimate Game Sale comes on the heels of Steam's annual Summer Sale, which wrapped yesterday after offering up thousands of discounts on games across its store.

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Surface Book packing Core i5, 128GB SSD and NVIDIA graphics returns

Surface Book packing Core i5, 128GB SSD and NVIDIA graphics returns

Back when the Surface Book first launched Microsoft was offering a model that had an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD, and the discrete NVIDIA graphics card. That particular model was the lowest priced version of the Surface Book to bring that NVIDIA dGPU and as such, it turned out to be very popular. Microsoft said at the time that it had only made a limited number of that model and it sold out quickly. Undoubtedly, Microsoft was hoping that people would instead opt for a more expensive version of the Surface Book with dGPU.

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Windows 10’s (hopefully) last nag goes full screen

Windows 10’s (hopefully) last nag goes full screen

Winter, er, the end of the Windows 10 free update is coming. And so will all the nagware and nag windows. Or at least promises Microsoft. However, that isn't stopping the company from trying one last time to force convince users to upgrade before time runs out (for Microsoft). Don't worry, it's not going to suddenly pop up a window in the middle of your weather forecast. Instead, it will fully block your entire screen with the reminder. Considering that same style is used for serious error messages, it has some shock effect to make users perhaps unwillingly click on that "Upgrade Now" button.

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Evidence of upcoming Microsoft Surface revealed, all-in-one also rumored

Evidence of upcoming Microsoft Surface revealed, all-in-one also rumored

Just a week after Microsoft confirmed Surface 3 production would end later this year, potentially leaving 2016 with no new Surface hardware announcements, evidence has popped up to prove otherwise. On a visit to Microsoft's building 88 in Redmond, developer Shubhan Chemburkar was able to take photos of a wall that highlighted the history of Surface hardware releases. Surprisingly, there were placeholders for both 2016 and 2017 products.

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Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Of all the things announced during E3 2016, one of the most interesting was Xbox Play Anywhere. A new initiative by Microsoft, Xbox Play Anywhere allows users to play multi-platform titles on both Xbox One and Windows 10 while only requiring the game be purchased once. Microsoft revealed today that the service will be going live on September 13, but there are a few details users will want to know before they attempt to take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

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GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

We're already well into the era of Xbox One and PS4, but if you somehow managed to miss out on the previous console generation entirely, GameStop has a new console bundle directly targeted at you. The massive games retailer has announced that it will bundle the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii together, putting a price tag of $160 on the package. Obviously, this is meant to help GameStop clear out its remaining stock of these increasingly obsolete consoles, but it's not a bad deal for someone looking to pick up these older consoles on the cheap.

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Windows 10 isn’t getting “Messaging Everywhere” after all

Windows 10 isn’t getting “Messaging Everywhere” after all

Windows Phone users should probably be used to things by now. Microsoft promiseth and Microsoft taketh away. Although this latest official word from Microsoft does affect all Windows 10 users, it will be Windows 10 Mobile users who will most likely feel the biggest effects. In the past builds of Windows 10 leading to the Anniversary Update, Microsoft has been getting Insiders to test its Messaging Everywhere feature. But now with little over a month before the promised update, Microsoft is pulling the plug on that feature.

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