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Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Good news for Windows users who are also Candy Crush Saga addicts! Although, it's bad news for Windows users who value their productivity. Microsoft has just announced that when its latest operating system, Windows 10, launches later this year, it will have the free-to-play mega-hit game Candy Crush Saga preinstalled. The game will join other Microsoft classics Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts, giving users a wide ranging choice of either card games or brightly colored candy.

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Microsoft ban of Gears of War leakers doesn’t brick console

Microsoft ban of Gears of War leakers doesn’t brick console

Leaks in whatever industry, be it mobile or gaming, isn't a new thing, but most of the time, these "sources" are able to get away scot-free. However, rare and unfortunate is it for those who have been caught red-handed and have been punished for being too eager to share things covered by NDAs. Microsoft has apparently taken such action against testers of an unannounced but also leaked Xbox One remake of Gears of War. But what would normally be a non-event has been blown into a full scale drama involving claims of bricked Xbox One consoles.

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Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Microsoft has just announced the rollout of the latest build for Windows 10 Mobile (yes, that is its final, formal name) and it's probably one of the biggest previews yet. Debuting this release, with build number 10080, are a bunch of Universal apps that, in theory, will demonstrate the promise of Microsoft's spiel of apps that span all, or most, Windows 10 editions. Among this first batch of apps for phones, is finally something Windows Phone users have been clamoring for and rightly deserve: Universal Office apps.

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Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Mobile internet searches are surpassing desktop searches, leading search engines to adapt their results to the smaller screens of mobile users. Last month, Google announced that it reworked its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites. This left website owners scrambling to make their sites mobile-friendly by the April 21st deadline, lest they get buried behind competitors in search results. Not to be left out, Bing announced that it is revamping its algorithm too, giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in search results.

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What has an attention span shorter than a goldfish? You, says Microsoft

What has an attention span shorter than a goldfish? You, says Microsoft

Do you ever find yourself starting to read something, but only a paragraph or two into it you have to stop and pop open a new tab, pull out your smartphone for a quick browse, or any other number of distractions? Then it’s right back to whatever you were doing originally, only you’re constantly interrupting yourself with a seemingly endless litany of things, none of which are terribly productive? If that sounds like you, it’s probably because you have an attention span shorter than a goldfish. At least according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft reveals Hyperlapse, a desktop app, mobile app, and cloud tools suite made to make long videos shorter and smoother. This system is made primarily for video like what you might capture on a long bike ride. Or a skiing trip. Or on a tour through a museum. Speeding up a first-person walk through an environment can often result in a very bumpy, unwatchable video - Hyperlapse makes it all smooth. Microsoft is betting on this system for mobile devices, on a Pro version video editor for desktop, and on web tools presented with Windows Azure.

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Windows 8 Tablet – Which one to buy?

Windows 8 Tablet – Which one to buy?

With the impending release of Windows 10, Microsoft's operating system is becoming interesting again. Or curious at the very least. But if you're looking around for a decent Windows tablet for work and for play, you don't have to wait for Windows 10 to come out to get one. And it doesn't matter how much you're willing to spend on a purchase. There is a surprisingly varied selection of Windows tablets out there. To help get you started, here are three of the top tablets in our eyes, one for each size of your wallet.

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Windows 10 will have seven different editions this Summer

Windows 10 will have seven different editions this Summer

Windows 10 is coming, but is currently being beta tested. As much as we find out now and again about Windows, we’re still taken aback by that which we do not know. Today, we find out what editions of Windows 10 are coming to us (exactly; we didn’t really even stop to think about what versions Windows 10 would have). All told, there will be seven different varieties of Windows 10 for you to take advantage of, spanning all the screens you can find.

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Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

Minecraft “Predator” mod lets you go ghostly

One Minecraft mod summons thousands of fans with a "Predator-like" set of abilities in 148144 commands. This fellow by the name of Sliced Lime has presented a command block machine for Minecraft which allows the wearer's outfit to change color depending on the block nearest the wearer. The result is a camouflage suit the likes of which we've only otherwise seen in the light-bending Predator beast from the Predator film series. This mod is not (yet) part of the standard game build, but you certainly can try it for yourself if you wish.

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Nokia retail outlets to become ‘Microsoft Authorized Resellers’

Nokia retail outlets to become ‘Microsoft Authorized Resellers’

After Microsoft purchased Nokia's phone division last year, it seems we see the Finnish company's name in fewer and fewer places. And it makes sense too; if a company doesn't make phones anymore, their name shouldn't be printed on them. But now there's one less place shoppers around the world will be seeing the Nokia name, because the company's mobile retail stores are now being converted into "Microsoft Authorized Resellers."

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