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Surface Pro 3 available for demo today in stores

Surface Pro 3 available for demo today in stores

Even though the final release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is still two weeks away, the company appears to be ready to bring the experience to consumers early. Starting today, Microsoft stores across the country will have the Surface Pro 3 available for demonstration purposes. You’ll be able to get your hands on this beast well before you buy it.

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The Xbox One is NOT getting an (instant fix) graphics upgrade

The Xbox One is NOT getting an (instant fix) graphics upgrade

Despite what you may have heard from some odd forums and other major publications, the Xbox One is not getting a graphics upgrade with the dawn of the Kinect-free model. In other words - you will not get a sharper image if you disconnect your Kinect now, nor will you see more frames per second. This update will bring a tiny bit more GPU power to developers - they are the ones that will have to take advantage of it.

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OneNote Clipper for Chrome eases Surface Pro 3 snipping

OneNote Clipper for Chrome eases Surface Pro 3 snipping

The useful OneNote Clipper, allowing snippets of webpages to be quickly added from the browser to a OneNote note, has spawned a Chrome extension, Microsoft has announced. The tool - particularly handy if you're using a Surface Pro 3 - aims to streamline the scrapbooking process. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also hoping to sweep a few ex-Springpad users into its app, with a OneNote import tool.

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World Record-holding video game collection hits auction block

World Record-holding video game collection hits auction block

The world record-holding world’s largest video game collection is being put up for auction with the Guinness Book of World Records to back it up. The fellow named Michael Thomasson holds the record and now needs the cash. Instead of suggesting he’s doing the honorable thing, and putting the collection in a museum, Thomasson suggests that this sale will be because of family commitments.

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The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

Third time looks to have been the charm for Microsoft, with the Surface Pro 3 proving to be a surprise hit among most reviewers - even those who are usually ardent Apple fans. As Vincent’s glowing judgement of the adaptable tablet suggests, there’s a lot of value to be found in a flexible form-factor. The glaring omission, though, is in not taking that flexibility to its logical conclusion: it wouldn’t take much for Microsoft to really tip Surface into must-have territory.

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Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential

Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential

Microsoft may be offering the Xbox One without Kinect for motion-uninterested gamers, but it's also counting on plenty of Windows users and developers being interested in the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. Up for preorder today, the new sensor bar - effectively the same hardware as for the Xbox One, but designed to work with the updated Windows SDK - is expected to ship in limited numbers from July.

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Xbox One 10% graphics boost incoming (by sacrificing Kinect)

Xbox One 10% graphics boost incoming (by sacrificing Kinect)

The Xbox One is getting a graphics boost, though the potential 10-percent improvement will only affect the console when Kinect isn't plugged in, Microsoft has admitted. Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that the Xbox One's software dev kit to be released this month will bring with it "more GPU bandwidth", with Microsoft later confirming that the extra grunt comes from freeing up resources previously reserved for powering Kinect, assuming game developers choose to take advantage of it.

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Xbox One gets 45 new apps this year

Xbox One gets 45 new apps this year

Microsoft has revealed this morning that 45 new apps will be released to the Xbox One "by the end of this holiday season." In other words - the rest of the year will be filled with apps. This list includes Twitter, HBO Go, Comedy Central, and a wide variety of entertainment-based experiences.

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