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Google’s Project Tango has a Minecraft demo, too

Google’s Project Tango has a Minecraft demo, too

At a demonstration of the newest in new Project Tango hardware and software by Google at GTC 2015 we've gotten the opportunity to take a peek at an off-brand Minecraft. "This is sort of our homage to Minecraft," said Google ATAP Technical Program Lead Johnny Chung Lee. He proceeded to create a brick house in a 3D space using the newest Project Tango tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 inside. The tablet's screen has a pointer, just like Minecraft, and a building exists in a virtual, yet real, space.

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Microsoft to end ‘Internet Explorer’ branding in Windows 10

Microsoft to end ‘Internet Explorer’ branding in Windows 10

Internet Explorer is dead. Microsoft’s legacy browser is soon to be relegated to the trash heap, at least in name. At Microsoft’s Convergence conference yesterday, marketing boss Chris Capossela said the company was working on a new brand identity for their browser initiatives. Currently known as Spartan (which we like), Microsoft has seemingly yet to finalize the name of their new explorer of the Internet. As previously noted at their press event, the new browser will be available in Windows 10.

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Microsoft Band coming to UK; Amazon, Best Buy & Target, too

Microsoft Band coming to UK; Amazon, Best Buy & Target, too

If you’ve been interested in a Microsoft Band, but haven’t had much luck sourcing one, good news is on the horizon. According to Microsoft, they’ve reached a point where wider reach is possible, and Microsoft stores everywhere will now have more reliable stock levels. The Band will also be available in big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target, and will finally make its debut on Amazon. If you’re not in the United States, Microsoft says the Band will also become available for pre-order in the UK.

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Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

The words "Windows" and "lightweight" don't usually go together, unless bridged by a negation. However, with Microsoft's push to make Windows 10 a universal OS for all its devices, it cannot but put the operating system on a crash diet to fit devices with as little as 32 GB of storage. Microsoft claims that it has made significant strides in that aspect, thanks to changing the way recovery is done as well as making Windows smarter about how it compresses system files depending on the hardware capacity of the device.

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Office 2016, Skype previews now out for IT pros

Office 2016, Skype previews now out for IT pros

Today, Microsoft is launching a preview for Office 2016, aimed for IT professionals and Developers. The early build is reportedly very beta, with Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer saying the preview “doesn’t yet contain all the features we’re planning to ship in the final product.” He does add that those who want an early look at Office 2016 should expect monthly updates. In addition to that, Microsoft is also releasing an early preview of Skype for Business, which replaces Lync for enterprise use.

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Windows 10 leaked build hints at P2P update distributions

Windows 10 leaked build hints at P2P update distributions

Considering Microsoft is taking its sweet but absolutely necessary time to get Windows 10 finally into users' hands, it isn't unusual to turn to leaks for clues of what might soon be either the tech giant's salvation or its final damnation. Microsoft has taken great pains to ensure Windows 10 won't be as hated as Windows 8 and it has indeed introduced some rather interesting new features to make that happen. One of the latest isn't exactly going to make you drool in awe but should make updates a bit easier on bandwidth thanks to peer-to-peer technology.

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Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Back in late January, it was reported that Microsoft was eager to invest as much as $70 million in Cyanogen, the developers behind a customized version of the Android operating system. This would've been a move by Microsoft to help strengthen the competition against Google's standard Android versions, even it wasn't directly benefitting their own Windows platform. However, it appears things have changed in the last six weeks or so, as Cyanogen is said be raising roughly $110 million in a new funding round, but without any participation from Microsoft.

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Goat Simulator coming to Xbox

Goat Simulator coming to Xbox

Because you've got one of the most powerful gaming consoles in the world with the Xbox One, you want high-powered games. You're going to be wanting the best. That's why today Goat Simulator was announced. Not just for Xbox One, but for Xbox 360 as well. The team at Coffee Stain Studios have done a really terrible job at making a game, but - as luck would have it - they've created a really awesome game in the process. This game is out for Android, it's out for iOS on your iPhone and iPad, and it's out on PC with Steam. Now it's coming to Xbox.

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Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is a cornerstone of the company’s move toward a more universal OS that spans screens. Whether it be phone, tablet, or desktop, we’ve seen Cortana become integral in Microsoft’s push forward. The company has also been making their other services like Office available to other platforms, like iOS. Now, it seems Microsoft is ready to take Cortana outside of the Windows platform as well. A new report says Microsoft will spin Cortana off into a standalone app, which they’ll make available for both iOS and Android.

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Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

NPD Group's numbers are in from last month, and it shows overall strong sales in the gaming industry, with February having an 8-percent year-on-year increase. Sales for both hardware and games hit $955.6 million, with $378.2 million of that coming solely from hardware sales (a year-on-year 10-percent increase). Though software sales weren't quite that high, there was a 7-percent year-on-year increase with $338.9 million coming in. It was an overall good month for the industry, particularly Nintendo which saw high console and software sales.

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