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Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Microsoft is moving forward with some of the non-gaming elements they’ve found important to the Xbox One experience this week, starting with Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass for tablets and smartphones. Inside the Xbox Video universe, it comes down to one key update - the ability to leave off watching a movie on one device only to pick up on that movie on another. This system, excellent for the "marathon watcher", as they say, works with Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and through XboxVideo dot com starting this week.

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Office for iPad Keyboard Case review round-up

Office for iPad Keyboard Case review round-up

Office for iPad has arrived, but while there's little question now that tablets can be used for productivity, sometimes it takes a real keyboard to get proper work done. Thankfully even before Office's much-anticipated release, Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini have proliferated. Head on past the cut as we look at the best from Zagg, Logitech, Belkin, and Microsoft.

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Microsoft promises to never email snoop again

Microsoft promises to never email snoop again

Microsoft won't go snooping through users' private content in Outlook, OneDrive, or other services, even if it believes it might find evidence that secrets stolen from the firm are there, as the company changes its policies in reaction to outcry earlier this month. Microsoft had admitted it dug through Hotmail messages back in 2012 as part of an investigation into details of Windows 8 leaked by an employee; however, as a result of the negative reaction from users since the revelation, Microsoft now says it will take a different approach, in a move that may force similar changes from Google and Apple.

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Nokia Lumia 630 leaked with Windows 8.1, dual-SIM, dual-standby

Nokia Lumia 630 leaked with Windows 8.1, dual-SIM, dual-standby

At this year’s Microsoft BUILD conference we’re likely to see the following device appear for the first time. Taking on many of the newest specifications outlined at MWC 2014 for Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Lumia 630 arrives with a 4.5-inch display with WVGA resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 under the hood. This device will also appear with a chassis that’s thinner than the Lumia 920 while sitting at a height that’s essentially equal to the older phone.

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Microsoft teases Kinect for Windows v2 hardware

Microsoft teases Kinect for Windows v2 hardware

After shipping out its Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits in December last year, Microsoft has finally revealed the final hardware design of Kinect for Windows v2. The hardware resembles the Kinect for Xbox One but the underlying difference is that this new box has the words “Kinect” printed on the top panel. In place of the Xbox Nexus styled green “x” we find a simple power indicator.

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Killer Instinct rebooted from the inside out

Killer Instinct rebooted from the inside out

There’s a new character coming to Killer Instinct for Xbox One in April - right on schedule - but there’s a big change going on behind the scenes as well. What you might not know from a player’s perspective is that the developer behind Killer Instinct’s current iteration is changing teams. Having been purchased in their entirety by Amazon last month, Double Helix Games is being replaced on the Killer Instinct Title as well.

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Office for iPad release set for 11AM PST today

Office for iPad release set for 11AM PST today

This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for Office have revealed that they’ll be releasing the first full-blown iPad iteration of the app today. This release will take place at 11AM Pacific time - that’s 1PM Central or 2PM Eastern - and it’ll be free. You can view documents and give presentations of documents without cost, but you’ll be paying a subscription fee to edit.

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