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Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

You can say what you want about Microsoft's mobile platform, but apparently, Windows Phone is a rather tough nut to crack. This revelation came on the second day of HP's Pwn2Own hacking contest, with this round targeting browsers of mobile devices. One contestant tried to gain control of the phone by attacking the browser but ultimately failed to break through the sandbox. That said, there was still some access gained, so Windows Phone didn't completely emerge unscathed, surviving with just some war wounds and probably a bit of pride.

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Should you give Ubisoft a break on Assassin’s Creed Unity?

Should you give Ubisoft a break on Assassin’s Creed Unity?

This week is not a great one for Ubisoft. They've been hit relatively hard for their slightly lackluster release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, with reviewers finding the game less than perfect in some cases and downright unplayable in others. But what if Ubisoft had waited? What if they delayed again - past the two weeks delay they'd noted back in August? At what point does it make sense to release a product that's unfinished? At what point does a development team have to stop and release?

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Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

You're going to be told many things and given many offers this Black Friday, but we'd like to be the first to tell you not to get trapped by the following. Do not buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday. Do not fall for this trap. The math does not add up, no matter how you sling it. Show me the cheapest tablet at any given store on Black Friday and I'll show you why you shouldn't buy it - and why you shouldn't even consider it.

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Windows Movie Creator hits Beta

Windows Movie Creator hits Beta

There's a Movie Creator app out there today for Windows 8 and 8.1 is set to be an essential experience in the oncoming Windows device age. Developed by Microsoft, the Movie Creator app works for both Windows on the desktop and Windows Phone, made to roll with devices both large and small. This app is made for all skill levels, created for an age in which both mice and touch screens are used to control Windows devices. The Movie Creator BETA app is optimized to the specifications of each unique device it's made to run on, including everything from the least to the greatest - Lumia 530 to Surface Pro 3.

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New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

The latest preview of Windows 10, which brings the version number up to 9879, continues to build on the work of finally merging the disparate desktop and "Modern" worlds that Microsoft has built up around Windows. This, release, however, might probably be most remembered for adding a feature that some might take to be yet another sign of Redmond copying instead of innovating. Windows 10 has now gained support for three-finger gestures on the touchpad, a feature that is more readily associated today with Apple's OS X.

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Xbox One ships 10mil units, 3 months after Playstation 4

Xbox One ships 10mil units, 3 months after Playstation 4

If you’ve been to an electronics retailer like Best Buy recently, you’ve probably seen a stack of Xbox One bundles peppered throughout the store. According to Microsoft, that’s helped them boost sales of late. Xbox marketing chief Yusef Mehdi took to the Xbox blog today, noting Microsoft’s game system has moved a massive quantity of units; nearly 10 million. At roughly $350, Xbox says they’ve been shipping more units than ever. This bodes well for them heading into the holiday rush, but Playstation has been there, done that.

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Gears of War 2015: reveal or release

Gears of War 2015: reveal or release

Earlier this year Microsoft made an announcement: they'd acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise in full. Acquiring said rights from Epic Games meant they'd be able to push the game to an Awesome-pocalypse degree as they did with Sunset Overdrive. Microsoft Studios will be involved, and Black Tusk would be developing. But as of January 29th, 2014, this development team had only been on the project for a week. That's not nearly long enough for a full release even one year later, is it?

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Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

The tech world as a whole is still reeling from the OpenSSL vulnerability that was so bad that it was baptized with its own name. Now Microsoft might have an equally terrible, or perhaps even worse, issue in its hands. A bug in its Schannel (short for "Secure channel") security package could, in theory, allow any hacker to remotely run a program just by sending a specially crafted network packet to a Windows server. To add insult to injury, this security exploit exists in a wide range of Windows version dating back 2003.

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Clutter for Office 365 trains to declutter your Inbox

Clutter for Office 365 trains to declutter your Inbox

In addition to the previously reported "Delve", a new "smart" feature for Microsoft's Office 365 suite has arrived, this time carrying a perhaps more suitable name. Simply called "Clutter", this new feature leverages Microsoft's Office Graph technology to inject a bit of machine learning in helping people get out of the mess that is their Inbox. And somewhat like other smart email apps now in existence, Clutter brings more important messages to the top of your queue, moving negligible ones out of the way. But it also needs your help to do so.

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Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

For a long time, Microsoft was accused of neglecting the Skype brand, but the software giant is making amends by pushing the voice and video call service for business users. Out goes Lync, the firm's long-standing communication system for enterprises, to be replaced by Skype for Business in the first half of next year. While the change will see the core strengths of Lync maintained, it will also help blur the boundaries between what's going on in the office and general Skype users.

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