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Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft: Education Edition will be coming to more than 100 schools in 30 countries as part of a beta program kicking off in May. Following that, Microsoft will release the software for any educator to download as part of an early access program starting in June. The educational edition will be available in 11 languages and 41 countries upon the June launch, and it’ll be free for teachers to download and use. In return, Microsoft seeks feedback for the product.

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Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft's plan to make artificial intelligence so helpful, we can't help but welcome it into our lives, continues today with the launch of CaptionBot. Following in the footsteps of Fetch! and Translator, CaptionBot sets itself a fairly straightforward challenge on the face of things, but behind the scenes it's really not as easy as you might think.

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Why Microsoft just sued the US government

Why Microsoft just sued the US government

Microsoft has sued the United States government for the right to tell users when they are being spied on. The lawsuit was filed in a Seattle-based federal court today, and marks the latest battle between tech company and government over the state of consumer privacy. According to Microsoft’s lawsuit, preventing Microsoft and companies like it from notifying users about government data requests is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Some legends just aren't meant to be and simply fade with the passing of time. If there were any hope that Lionhead Studios' stillborn cooperative online action game would live on, those were now all dashed. As of 13th of April, 2016, Fable Legends is no more. Considering it never really got a public release, some would probably say it never really was in the first place. The one sliver of good news is that at least those who made in-game purchases will all be refunded in due time.

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Microsoft’s iOS Word Flow Keyboard starts closed beta

Microsoft’s iOS Word Flow Keyboard starts closed beta

Microsoft has a virtual keyboard for every platform, and they are all different. The Windows 10 keyboard, for example, lacks the swiping gesture of its older Windows Phone counterpart. On Android, its Hub Keyboard puts the focus on productivity and sharing documents instead. Its upcoming iOS keyboard, however, might trump all those, at least as far as smartphones are concerned. Called Word Flow Keyboard, this rather unique keyboard includes a special design intended for one-handed use, utilizing an arcing layout instead of simply shrinking the keyboard to one side.

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How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

This morning the folks at Mojang have activated Minecraft Realms on Android - in Alpha mode. That means it's probably going to be broken when you play it - but you get to play it early! How neat will that be, playing a game well before it's made its final release? Never did that on Minecraft before I bet, right? This release comes as a side-update to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, but you're going to need to go through a short process to make the activation official. Then you'll be online, chopping trees to your heart's delight.

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New Xbox One incoming, according to FCC filing

New Xbox One incoming, according to FCC filing

Since early March, rumors have been swirling around that Sony is planning on releasing an updated PlayStation 4. The idea is that it will pack some extra power that would let it run 4K games, among other things. This would likely also help with some of Sony's VR plans, as the console will need all of the extra juice it can get. But what about Microsoft? Well it turns out that the company may also be considering a new revision of the Xbox One.

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Microsoft’s Marmalade simplifies making cross-platform games

Microsoft’s Marmalade simplifies making cross-platform games

Xbox fans, no need to pick your pitchforks and light up those torches. This isn't yet the feared moment when Microsoft muddles the divide between PCs and consoles. Well, at least not yet. Perhaps it does lay the foundations, but at face value, Microsoft's new Marmalade platform is intended to ease the not so fun aspects of developing games that run on Windows 10, Android, and even iOS by giving developers an API, tools, and emulators that abstracts all those OS differences away into a single, common platform.

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Microsoft patents end-to-end encryption, but for what?

Microsoft patents end-to-end encryption, but for what?

Microsoft has patented end-to-end security for hardware running verified software. This comes at a time at which encryption and software security is a big, important topic for not only traditional computers, but mobile devices as well. Windows Phone 8.1 has device encryption - but only if you're got your device set up at an enterprise level. Windows Phone 10 (or Windows 10 Mobile, if you prefer) has Device encryption built in for everybody. Just like a real good device manufacturer should mean it to be.

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Microsoft Surface Signature Type Cover is swathed in Alcantara

Microsoft Surface Signature Type Cover is swathed in Alcantara

Surface users out there wanting a keyboard cover that isn't covered in plastic can now get hands on the Signature Type Cover that has a keyboard and is covered in a two-tone grey Alcantara material. Alcantara is a high-end material that is used in vehicle interiors and other places. The big feature of Alcantara is that it is very soft to the touch and offers good grip.

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Windows 10 BSOD may get QR codes to help fix problems

Windows 10 BSOD may get QR codes to help fix problems

Windows users have probably all seen the dreaded Blue Screen of Death or BSOD more than a few times. The problem with the BSOD is that it traditionally offers very little information on how to fix the problem that caused the crash this side of a generic description that doesn't help the majority of Windows users much. An image has turned up that shows a new BSOD error page for Windows 10 that aims to make it easier to fix or at least figure out what caused your PC to crash.

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Titanfall 2 trailer teases swordplay and PS4 release

Titanfall 2 trailer teases swordplay and PS4 release

This morning Respawn Entertainment and EA Games revealed their first teaser trailer for Titanfall 2. It's been a couple of seasons out, now, since the first Titanfall was released, and the companies have been bashing about since then, creating another mech warrior game that - this time - appears to be ready to give you a bit more freedom in how you'll be tearing your opponents apart. In the first Titanfall, it's a lot more about the guns. In this one - we've just seen a sword. It's a big-time sword-fighting action brawler, for that we can cross our fingers without a doubt.

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