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Evolve Big Alpha: PS4 edition down for the count

Evolve Big Alpha: PS4 edition down for the count

Those of you with an Xbox One or PC are in luck if you love the idea of hunting down massive monsters with your best buddies - the Evolve Big Alpha has begun! Those of you wishing to play on a PlayStation 4, well, there's not too much good news to be had. Following a recent PlayStation 4 2.00 firmware update to the Big Alpha, Evolve has come down with a cold, of sorts. Until further notice, Evolve's Big Alpha will not be playable on the PS4.

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Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

You'd need a very big wrist to wear this year's crop of fitness bands and smartwatches, but Microsoft believes the new Microsoft Band can elbow out the competition. Straddling the line between smartwatch and health tracker - not to mention spanning not only Windows Phone but iPhone and Android, in a play for cross-compatibility that rivals could learn a lesson from - the sensor-packed wearable claims to deliver the best of both worlds. In the process, though, Microsoft has arguably given itself double the challenge, so I pulled up my sleeves to see how the Microsoft Band holds up.

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Atari E.T. Xbox documentary to premiere on November 20th

Atari E.T. Xbox documentary to premiere on November 20th

Atari: Game Over is a documentary that's part of a gaming series that'll be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this fall. We'd heard about it before - we've even seen photos of the digging up of the E.T. site in the desert. But now we get to see it up close and personal. This documentary will show "the untold story of the 80's tech giant and its fateful launch of E.T., the video game." Until now this documentary did not have a launch date - surprise! Now it does.

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Halo 2 Documentary released for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Halo 2 Documentary released for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Along with the anniversary of the release of Halo 2 comes the release of a documentary for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users that allows them to see the making of the Anniversary Edition of the game. Halo 2 is coming in a pack with the rest of the Halo games in The Master Chief Collection - but before that's released to the public, it's time for that doc. Everyone who owns an Xbox 360 or and Xbox One can have a peek at this video in full for free.

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Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

The new Outlook for Mac has finally made its much-anticipated debut, revamping the email app for Apple's computers with a boost in performance and a switch to the cleaner UI we've seen on other recent Microsoft apps. Matching more closely its iPad, iPhone, and Android Outlook Web App counterparts, as well as Outlook's web and PC versions, the new email app should also run faster and crash less than before, thanks to Microsoft's backend improvements. However, before you get too excited, there's a strong possibility that you won't be able to use it.

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Microsoft Band hands-on – Admirably Flexible Fitness

Microsoft Band hands-on – Admirably Flexible Fitness

Who would've thought it would be Microsoft that would embrace cross-platform wearables so thoroughly, and indeed first. Microsoft Band is, on the face of it, the company's play for the fitness and health market, trailing Android Wear to market but beating Apple Watch by a number of months. However, where Google and Apple's approaches are resolutely wedded to their own individual platforms, Microsoft has spread wide its arms and made Microsoft Band play nicely not only with Windows Phone but with Android and iPhone too, and you don't have to sacrifice 99-percent of the functionality in doing so. I strapped the rubberized, touchscreen-toting health band to my wrist to find out more.

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Microsoft Band can be used to pay for Starbucks purchases

Microsoft Band can be used to pay for Starbucks purchases

The Microsoft Band activity tracker arrived with a bang last night, and in addition to its roster of features comes partnerships with several companies. Microsoft detailed these partnerships tonight, most of which are right in line with what someone buying a fitness-centric device would expect. Gold's Gym is on board, for example, providing both guided workouts and a trial gym membership for Band owners. Not all the partners are related to fitness, however, with Starbucks also dishing up goodies for those who nab Microsoft's new wearable.

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Microsoft Band wearable is official and available now

Microsoft Band wearable is official and available now

Microsoft's hotly anticipated wearable had a rocky unveiling today, popping up first via its mobile apps rather than in anything official. The company has wasted little time, however, and has officially taken the wraps off its fitness wearable: the Microsoft Band. Named such for its wristband design, no doubt, the Band is a fitness tracker with an edge, able to both keep tabs on your activities and your digital life. As the apps indicated earlier this evening, the wearable works alongside the Microsoft Health platform and in conjunction with a handful of different partners.

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Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

For reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called "Band" that is, presumably, the device expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing to complain about. What we do see, however, follows nicely alongside the details that have surfaced over past months through different sources, the particulars of which we have after the jump.

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Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

This summer Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella revealed a planned workforce reduction that would ultimately result in 18,000 or so employees being cut loose. The reason behind it was to "realign our workforce" toward better fitting its current business goal, with the most notable cuts being among the workers it brought in with the Nokia acquisition. It was promised that by the end of the year most of the jobs would be cut, and today has seen Microsoft moving strongly on that goal, with it laying off 3,000 additional workers.

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