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Minecraft to finally make its debut in China

Minecraft to finally make its debut in China

Minecraft may have captured the imaginations of gamers old and young, as well found a place in educational environments, around the world, but there's one significant population that still doesn't have access to the game: the people of China. Fortunately that's about to change, as developer Mojang and franchise owner Microsoft have announced that Minecraft will be launching in China thanks to a five-year partnership with NetEase, a local internet company.

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It might be too late for a Nokia Android phone

It might be too late for a Nokia Android phone

The Nokia-branded Android smartphone we've demanded since before the company's ill-fated commitment to Windows Phone is finally coming, but it may be too little, too late. News today that Nokia will license its name for the next ten years to a new line of phones and tablets, only running Google's platform rather than Windows 10, seemed initially to be the perfect opener to Google I/O 2016, but it also raises one big question: does anybody still care about a Nokia device?

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Microsoft sells Nokia brand use to Foxconn and HMD global

Microsoft sells Nokia brand use to Foxconn and HMD global

There was a time when there was one, unquestionable king of cellphones. No, I'm not talking about Apple, as this was before their time. I'm not even referring to Blackberry, who certainly had their time. I'm referring to Nokia, who is famous for their nearly-indestructable candy bar phones. Well the brand is looking to make a comeback.

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Microsoft Band 2 will finally track your hikes and walks

Microsoft Band 2 will finally track your hikes and walks

Fitness bands are made for tracking your activities, most of which happen to take place outdoors. While the latest Microsoft Band 2 is of the same bent, it strangely didn't take interest in one particular outdoor activity: hiking and exploring. Nearly a year after it launched the product, Microsoft is finally putting that GPS on the band to even better use. With a new Explore tile in an upcoming Microsoft Health update, the fitness band will be able to keep a record of your adventures, whether it be through a forest or even just through your neighborhood.

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Inactive Xbox Live Gamertags will be released tomorrow – Get ’em while they’re hot

Inactive Xbox Live Gamertags will be released tomorrow – Get ’em while they’re hot

Xbox Live has been around for quite some time now. The service first launched in 2002 on the original Xbox. At the time, the ability to play console games online with friends and strangers was a pretty novel concept. Many people signed up for the service back then, and a large number of those accounts were never transferred over to the Xbox 360, and have sat inactive ever since. And now we're finally going to be able to use the usernames that were claimed way back then.

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Windows 10 Anniversary update coming July 29, update twice a year

Windows 10 Anniversary update coming July 29, update twice a year

It seems that a couple of things are set to happen on July 29 in the Windows world. Windows 10 will be officially one year old. Microsoft will stop nagging people to upgrade to Windows 10 and Windows 10 will, once and for all, no longer be a free upgrade. But it seems that Microsoft has also schedule that day to be the RTM (release to market) launch of the Windows 10 Redstone 1 update, a.k.a. the Anniversary update. It makes sense, considering the name, but now there is more or less some confirmation about it.

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Windows 10 is about to double the number of ads in your Start Menu

Windows 10 is about to double the number of ads in your Start Menu

When Microsoft first announced that they would be making Windows 10 a free upgrade for a year, we all expected there to be some catches. We weren't wrong. For those that have chosen not to upgrade, they have been hounded constantly to do so. For those that have, you'll find ads in the form of "promoted apps" in your Start menu. And you're about to get even more.

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Windows 10 upgrades getting scheduled, whether you like it or not

Windows 10 upgrades getting scheduled, whether you like it or not

If you thought getting reminded to upgrade your TV studio's computers to Windows 10, right in the middle of a weather report, was the worst, things are about to get hairier. Good news: you might no longer get a reminder to upgrade before the world ends on July 29. The bad news: that's because Microsoft is now automatically scheduling the upgrade on its own, without the user's knowledge and whether they like it or not. And if they've held out as long as this, chances are, they don't.

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Xbox One will now play your multi-disc Xbox 360 games

Xbox One will now play your multi-disc Xbox 360 games

Microsoft has been doing an excellent job of consistently adding more games to support the Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature since it debuted last year. It seems like every month a handful of popular Xbox 360 titles get added to the list, and with the latest update, multi-disc games are now supported too. In a post on Reddit, Microsoft's Larry Hryb revealed that the first game take advantage of this is Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut.

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Microsoft shutting down game-creation tool Project Spark on August 12

Microsoft shutting down game-creation tool Project Spark on August 12

Microsoft has pulled Project Spark from its online stores, making it no longer available for download on the Xbox One or PC. The "game"/creativity tool allowed users to, well, make their own video games as a free-to-play service. The company says Project Spark's servers will be shut down on August 12th, thus removing access to the game's online features.

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Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Some time this summer, Microsoft will add fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile, giving mobile users another security option. Microsoft recently confirmed the planned fingerprint support at the WinHEC conference, saying that it’ll be available as part of Windows Hello, the Windows 10 feature in which a device recognizes its owner using facial recognition and more.

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PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

We've all heard the marketing spiels before. "The PC is dead". "This is the device that will replace your PC". Or even "this is the new PC". Whatever the tune, they almost all have the same chorus: replacing the venerable yet perhaps outdated computing devices, otherwise known as desktops and laptops, most of them running Windows versions of ages past. And maybe they're right. Maybe these will indeed replace those PCs. Maybe the sudden surge in popularity of 2-in-1's, detachable, and convertibles are going to save the dying PC market. Or maybe it will only for a short time, because what consumers these days are looking for aren't just PC replacement. Ultimately, they're looking for new, modern experiences.

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