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Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Just in case you wanted to up your game in the malformed Simpsons character universe, Minecraft and Xbox are about to have you covered. Both the Minecraft Xbox 360 and Minecraft Xbox One builds of the Minecraft universe will be receiving access to this pack - just as long as the user pays their $1.99 fee, that is to say. "We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring THE SIMPSONS to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, "I can’t wait to see what the community creates."

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Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

This week Microsoft have announced two new Lumia devices for the lowest end of the Windows Phone market. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Microsoft Lumia 532 are being called "the most affordable Lumia devices to date" by the company, working with Windows Phone 8.1 and introducing the 400 series to the Windows Phone environment. The Lumia 532 builds on the specifications and delivery of the Lumia 530 - that being the device that replaced the Lumia 520, the most successful Windows Phone device to date.

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Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here have teamed up to create a new point-of-sale solution for small businesses and sole proprietors that need a convenient way to get paid by customers. Microsoft and PayPal Here note that many businesses have realized that tablets allow them to interact with their customers and untether from the cash register. Microsoft says that in the past this meant that the business needed two devices.

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Windows Mobile 10 to displace overdue 8.1 GDR2 update

Windows Mobile 10 to displace overdue 8.1 GDR2 update

At Microsoft, it will not only be the stars that will be aligning soon, their version numbers will converge as well. At its anticipated January 21st event, the tech giant is expected to not only reveal the consumer preview of Windows 10, it will also disclose details of its mobile counterpart, the aptly named Windows Mobile 10. This latest version represents a slight rebranding of the mobile platform (from Windows Phone) as well as a skip in versions, from the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 expected back in October to number 10.

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Microsoft knocks Google’s vulnerability disclosure attitude

Microsoft knocks Google’s vulnerability disclosure attitude

We're used to rival companies trading blows, subtly or otherwise, to gain an upper hand, but there are times when the criticism becomes real and serious. Like the case of Microsoft Security Response Center senior director Chris Betz, who has taken to the company blog to slam Google's Project Zero vulnerability management. The heart of the issue is that Google publicly disclosed a serious security exploit two days before Microsoft could roll out its fix, even when Redmond explicitly asked Google to temporarily suspend its 90-day policy.

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Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

We got a look at Ford's beastly GT earlier today at the Detroit Auto Show, and coming alongside it was an announcement hand-in-hand with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios: that new GT will be adorning the cover for Forza Motorsport 6, and select Ford vehicles including the Shelby GT350 will be available in-game. Those hoping to score additional details about the game will be disappointed, however, as you will have to wait until later on this year to get more info.

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Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Watching others play video games, whether on YouTube, Twitch, or any other video streaming or hosting site, is becoming a gaming sub-culture unto itself. The fact that people actually make money off it, particularly through ads, has given rise to some game developer/publisher action that has, in turn, received either criticism or support. Suffice it to say, it is not without controversy. Now Microsoft Studios is making its own clarifications, basically saying that it's OK to stream, or even monetize, Let's Play vids, except when it isn't.

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Windows 10 dark theme, Spartan browser (allegedly) surface in screenshots

Windows 10 dark theme, Spartan browser (allegedly) surface in screenshots

Microsoft introduced Windows 10 back in September 2014, and though we won't be seeing it arrive until the end of this year, the company has dropped some details about it. Never one to be content, the Internet has fished around and procured its own details, usually in the form of rumors and speculation, and that trend holds true now that we're into the new year. A couple of screenshots have surfaced of what are said to be Windows 10's dark theme, as well as its rumored and codenamed Spartan browser.

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Microsoft Spartan browser UI shows up in blurry leaks

Microsoft Spartan browser UI shows up in blurry leaks

CES 2015 is starting to wind down, but before we warm up the engines for MWC next month, Microsoft might have a thing or two to say first. The consumer preview of Windows 10 is due later this month, and that latest version of the OS may also bring with it a slightly different web browsing experience. Leaked partial screenshots of that new-old browser, simply called "Spartan", are making rounds over the Internet, bringing mixed emotions and hope of a slightly redesigned Microsoft web browser.

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Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Are the commonly flashy colors of Lumia handsets not entirely to your liking, but black and white too plain? If so, Microsoft has introduced a couple special editions of the (Nokia branded) Lumia 830 and 930 Windows Phone handsets with gold trim along the edges. The Nokia 930 special gold edition will be arriving first followed by the Nokia Lumia 830 rendition some time next month, both of them being offered in black and white with an extra gold flair.

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