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3D print your own custom Halo 5 Spartan

3D print your own custom Halo 5 Spartan

When I play a game for any length of time, I tend to get attached to the character. This only really applies to characters that I've created, named, and customized. If I'm playing a Mario game, I don't care nearly as much as an RPG or an MMO where I've battled foes for the weapons and armor that they wear. Eventually, I'll move onto other games and forget about those characters. But what if you could save them, and display them for all to see? Well, Halo 5 players will be treated to that ability.

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What you need to know about Satya Nadella’s security speech

What you need to know about Satya Nadella’s security speech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shares plans this week for a Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) to keep user data safe. Nadella suggested that this facility will have staff on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will have direct access to "thousands of security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists throughout Microsoft to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats." If and when threats are found and law enforcement is needed, this new CDOC will work hand-in-hand with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit.

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5 new Windows 10 features worth looking into

5 new Windows 10 features worth looking into

Microsoft has just rolled out the biggest update to Windows 10 for PCs yet. Considering its new practice of flowing updates as they come, it might almost be unusual for Microsoft to dump such a huge update and yet here it is. Of course, this is more than just a maintenance release and if you've been following news and hints for the past months, you will most likely be familiar with some of the changes. But in case you're only jumping in now, here are some of the five most noteworthy changes to your Windows 10 experience.

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Xbox One now supports button remapping for standard controllers too

Xbox One now supports button remapping for standard controllers too

Last week, the Xbox One was treated to a big new software update that not only introduced backwards compatibility with over 100 Xbox 360 games, but also improved the console's dashboard interface, making it easier to navigate. Even better, however, is that the update introduced a feature that, until now, was exclusive to Microsoft's new Xbox One Elite controller: total button remapping. This customization option allows users to swap button functions, like switching the X and B buttons, or A with the left trigger, for example, and is now available on the console's standard controller.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Early last week, rumor surfaced that AT&T would launch Microsoft’s Lumia 950 on November 20, something the wireless carrier confirmed in an announcement today. The smartphone will be first available online through AT&T’s website on November 17, then Friday at its retail stores across the nation. This makes the carrier the first to offer Microsoft’s new Lumia handset — the smaller of the two, that is.

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Windows 10 “Astoria” Android emulation might be scrapped

Windows 10 “Astoria” Android emulation might be scrapped

Although Windows doesn't really have a dearth of software, considering the hundreds if not thousands of "win32" programs out there in the wild. But the particular family of "Modern", now "Universal" apps is substantially smaller in number. Microsoft revealed a strategy that was both ambitious and almost suicidal as a stopgap measure to solve its app woes: allow apps from other platforms to run on Windows 10. Part of that strategy was called Project Astoria, the Android bridge, which is whispered to be in danger of being burned even before it can be fully built.

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PowerPoint gets ‘Designer’ slides, new Morph tool

PowerPoint gets ‘Designer’ slides, new Morph tool

PowerPoint presentations aren’t hard to make, but they’re rarely attractive. Microsoft aims to change that, and has introduced two new tools as part of its effort: Morph and Designer. The tools have arrived first for Office 365 subscribers, with Morph offering seamless animation and Designer using smart image analysis to automatically suggest attractive, professional slide designs

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Microsoft brings Hyperlapse Pro time-lapse app to Mac

Microsoft brings Hyperlapse Pro time-lapse app to Mac

When Microsoft first unveiled its Hyperlapse software for creating smooth video time-lapses earlier this year, its mobile and desktop releases excluded Apple's platforms. That changes today, with Mac users now able to get in on the fun. Microsoft just launched Hyperlapse Pro for Mac, available to download from their website, giving Mac users the ability to create and stabilize long pieces of footage into a time-lapse video.

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New Xbox One Experience rolling out, here’s what’s coming

New Xbox One Experience rolling out, here’s what’s coming

It's a massive day for fans of Microsoft's products. Well, maybe except for Windows Phone enthusiasts. Microsoft has just started the rollout of the biggest Windows 10 update for desktops and tablets yet. And, at the same time, it has also started the rollout of the New Xbox One Experience, sometimes called NXOE, which practically brings Windows 10 to the console gaming world. Since this is a huge update that contains dozens of changes, it might be easy to get lost. Here are some of the highlights that NXOE will bring to your Xbox One console.

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OneNote for Windows, mobile scores several big new features

OneNote for Windows, mobile scores several big new features

Microsoft has announced new OneNote updates for its desktop and mobile users, with several features arriving across Android, iOS and PC. Android, for example, has received a floating OneNote badge icon, while iOS and Online users are being graced with audio recording, positioning the software to compete better with Evernote. Even better, the features are available now, so those on Windows or either of the aforementioned mobile platforms can update now to see the changes.

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First big Windows 10 update starts today

First big Windows 10 update starts today

Microsoft has announced that their first substantial update to the Windows 10 operating system will commence today. This update will be for PCs and tablets, primarily, while updates for Windows 10 mobile will be taking place in the near future. This update will also affect the company's gaming console - Microsoft suggests that "Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today". This update will affect the performance of your machine, primarily, while updates to Cortana and Microsoft Edge (the web browser) are also on the docket.

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