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Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

The writing has been on the wall for Microsoft's smartphone ambitions for some time, and now that wall is being demolished altogether. The software giant, unable to coax a viable mobile strategy out of Windows Phone, and now facing uncertainty around Windows 10 on phones, has announced plans to axe 1,850 jobs related to its smartphone business.

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Slim Xbox One and Xbox Two with Oculus Rift support may get E3 reveal

Slim Xbox One and Xbox Two with Oculus Rift support may get E3 reveal

Today is a big day for Xbox rumors. We just brought the news about the potential for an Xbox TV to be announced next month. And now we have another rumor that Microsoft will be releasing another new full-blown Xbox at the event, as well.

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Xbox TV rumored to make an E3 debut

Xbox TV rumored to make an E3 debut

With E3 growing steadily closer, we're getting increasingly interested in what Microsoft and Sony are doing with their current consoles. Rumors have suggested that both companies are planning to release some sort of incremental update to their flagship consoles. However, now it looks like Microsoft may be announcing something completely different.

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June Xbox Live Games With Gold announced

June Xbox Live Games With Gold announced

It's nearly June, and that means it's time for Xbox Live members to get excited by some new free games. As you know, every month, Microsoft gives away four games to everyone that has a current Xbox Live Gold account. Two of these are for the Xbox One, while the other two are for the Xbox 360. If you only have the newer console, it's still a good practice to grab the 360 games, as they're now playable on your Xbox One.

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YouTube launches E3 streaming hub

YouTube launches E3 streaming hub

For the last 20 years, E3 has been the pinnacle of gaming announcements. Each year, publishers tease and announce some of the biggest titles that we'll see released over the course of the next few years. In addition, many of the biggest console hardware announcements are made at the same time.

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Get Windows 10 tool dupes people into getting Windows 10

Get Windows 10 tool dupes people into getting Windows 10

If you don't want Windows 10, whether free or otherwise, do not just click on the "X" close button of the latest Get Windows 10 nag windows. While that tool has bordered on just merely annoying for the past months, it has allegedly become more than simply aggressive. It has become deceitful. Because what happens instead of closing the window is that you are, in effect, saying "It's OK to upgrade my PC to Windows 10 when I least expect it and even if I don't want it."

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Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

Microsoft changes the hardware rules for Windows 10, Mobile

July 29 is expected to bring a lot of changes to Windows land, some of them good, some of them not so much. But the tides of change aren't just for end users. Even Microsoft's OEM partners are getting a taste of it as well. Microsoft hast just updated it guidelines for which hardware specs will be allowed to run which Windows 10 version. On the one hand, while the new requirements opens the door to a new class of devices, it also raises the minimum higher, excluding others.

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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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