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Xbox One July Update release this week

Xbox One July Update release this week

There’s a new update for Xbox One coming your way this month, coming with snaps galore. One of relatively few updates coming this month is in snapping your achievements. This means that you can keep your achievements screen open while you game, watching them update in real time.

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Bing for Schools exits beta and goes into use with thousands of schools

Bing for Schools exits beta and goes into use with thousands of schools

Last summer Microsoft announced that it was beginning work on a new version of Bing that was aimed at schools called Bing for Schools. The idea for Bing for Schools was to provide a somewhat sanitized version of the Bing search engine that would help insulate kids using computers at school from content that they shouldn’t be able to see. Microsoft started with a small pilot program for Bing for Schools that had operated in five schools.

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Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

While Microsoft isn’t quite ready to release Cortana to the desktop world, they’re letting it be known that they’re more than happy to spread the personalization love. With Cortana you get a collection of features aimed directly at you, grown from your recorded interests, contacts, and so forth. With Bing’s new homepage, you’re getting a series of cards with similar information being tapped.

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Bing Image Search simplifies finding different resolutions

Bing Image Search simplifies finding different resolutions

Sorting through Web images can be a hassle, particularly if you're on the hunt for a specific resolution in addition to a certain arrangement. While filtering tools help narrow down results to those that meet a minimum resolution requirement, they don't aid in finding an image you like in a different size, making the process take entirely too long. It is this particular issue Bing's latest update addresses.

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Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Microsoft is reportedly preparing a "Windows 8.1 with Bing" version of its desktop OS that would supposedly be offered free of licensing fees, as the company experiments with different monetization options and weighs the value of dropping Windows and Windows Phone licensing or purchase costs altogether. The project, said to be not yet finalized with Microsoft execs still unclear on whether it will see the light of day, comes as Microsoft targets sub-$250 PCs to better challenge Google Chromebooks and other low-cost options.

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Windows Phone Bing Fitness, Food, and Travel apps launch with PC sync

Windows Phone Bing Fitness, Food, and Travel apps launch with PC sync

Microsoft has pushed out a clutch of new and updated Bing apps for Windows Phone, including Bing Health & Fitness to track activities, diet, and medical information, and make suggestions as to how users can be healthier. The new smartphone software - which also includes Bing Food & Drink, and Bing Travel - aims to fill in some of the software gaps in Windows Phone, in addition to updating Bing Finance, Bing Sport, and Bing News, and adding cross-platform sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.

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