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It’s time for a new breed of Notifications

It’s time for a new breed of Notifications

The digital world is hungry for your eyeballs, and the tools we have to manage and mitigate those potential distractions and filter through the most valuable information are looking increasingly inadequate. How many times has your smartphone buzzed or beeped in your pocket in the last five minutes? The demands on our attention are only going to get more frequent, and it’s time for a new breed of notification to address that.

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Microsoft exploring cross-platform Cortana potential

Microsoft exploring cross-platform Cortana potential

Microsoft is considering extending its Cortana from Windows Phone to other platforms like iOS and Android, as it explores the value of a more ubiquitous digital personal assistant. The voice-controlled interface, revealed as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 developers preview, uses a mixture of specific user requests and contextual data like calendar entries, previous browsing history, and location to make smartphones running Microsoft's OS more personable and useful.

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Xbox One update for July focuses on Achievements

Xbox One update for July focuses on Achievements

Inside the July software update for Xbox One you’ll find more than your fair share of updates surrounding Achievements. This update will be working with Snap Mode for Achievements, first and foremost, and will be bringing the pinning of Achievements while you’ve got them pinned for easy access. Following one Achievement has never been so easy to stare at.

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First Xbox One Kinect opt-out games confirmed for graphics boost

First Xbox One Kinect opt-out games confirmed for graphics boost

The first Xbox One games to benefit from ditching Kinect have been named, with both Destiny and Sunset Overdrive committed to using the extra GPU grunt to hit 1080p/30fps. Microsoft confirmed that, by giving developers access to hitherto-reserved system resources once earmarked for Kinect functionality, games could potentially see a 10-percent performance boost. However, it wasn't so easy as unplugging the sensor bar and seeing better quality graphics.

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Xbox One E3 2014 game trailers rundown

Xbox One E3 2014 game trailers rundown

This morning at the start of the Xbox One presentation at E3 2015, Xbox head Phil Spencer suggested something crazy. "Today we are dedicating our entire briefing to games," said Spencer, suggesting that there’d be no chatter about TV programming, audio systems, or in-car entertainment. Nay, said he, it was time to reveal more games than you’d know what to do with.

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Halo Master Chief Collection HD gameplay brings HD 2

Halo Master Chief Collection HD gameplay brings HD 2

To demonstrate the high-definition revamp Halo 2 multiplayer has gotten in the Halo Master Chief Collection this week, E3 2014 delivered action onstage. What you’ll see is a basic match - the same as you’d be playing back with the original version of Halo 2, only here it’s far, far prettier. If you like big flat slabs of color, you’ll want to pull out the older console - this version is being played on Xbox One.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division gameplay at E3: Watch Dogs digital

Tom Clancy’s The Division gameplay at E3: Watch Dogs digital

The game Tom Clancy’s The Division has suddenly appeared as one of the most "next-gen" looking games in the whole Xbox One universe. What we’re seeing this week is a bit of gameplay from the folks that’ve developed the title, complete with multiplayer (or some extremely realistic single-player) action. Coordination here is a must - just so you don’t get lost in the lovely visuals of the environment.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay demoed at E3

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay demoed at E3

This year's E3 began with the Xbox One showing of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in an impressive display of machine-heavy action and futuristic fighting. This Call of Duty demonstration suggested that we'd no longer be just a soldier on the ground with machine guns and grenades. Instead, it's time to get used to working with an Iron Man array of oddities.

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