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Xbox One price gets the holiday ax, bundles available too

Xbox One price gets the holiday ax, bundles available too

As mentioned last week, Microsoft is cutting down the price for the Xbox One, albeit temporarily only. The $50 discount, which brings the Kinect-less package down to $349 at the lowest, will be available across all units and bundles. The official statement is that this is to match the upcoming holiday season and to save gamers from grueling long Black Friday lines by buying their packages early. We'll give them the benefit of the doubt that this isn't about the Xbox One's sales trailing behind its PS4 rival.

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Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

As we settle into the middle of the fourth quarter, figures from the previous quarter are starting to pour in. Last week, we got a peek at the IDC's smartphone shipment numbers, showing Xiaomi's surprising rise to the top 5 of the world's smartphone makers. This time, we're taking another look at the market but drilling down our focus on shipments by platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android takes the lead, with shipments in the three digits. Naturally, this means that other mobile platforms have taken a hit last quarter because of it.

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Xbox Music OneDrive integration seems ready for launch

Xbox Music OneDrive integration seems ready for launch

One awaited feature for Xbox Music users might already be ready for prime time. Although it was already hinted a few months ago, the convergence of Microsoft's two distinct products, Xbox and OneDrive might seems to be close at hand. Like breadcrumbs, clues are laid out for sleuths to follow, revealing that almost everything is in place for Xbox Music users to upload and keep their tunes on OneDrive's spacious cloud storage. All it might actually need is for Microsoft to give the signal and flip the switch.

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Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

Earlier this month, news broke that Microsoft had sued Samsung for unpaid royalties. The South Korean electronics giant is being sued for $6.9 million in unpaid interest on a $1 billion patent royalty charge. Rather than pay the relatively small amount, Samsung is fighting this one in court. Samsung is now saying Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia violated the terms of their deal with Microsoft, making them a direct hardware competitor. In the filing, Samsung said “The agreements, now between competitors, invite charges of collusion.”

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Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

How do you beat the competition in the gaming console business? If you're Microsoft and you've got an Xbox One, the most recent and best answer you might have is cutting costs. They've currently got a holiday sale on their Kinect-less Xbox One, knocking the price down by $50. With an Xbox One Slim on the books, they may very well be able to knock it all down another $50 - so we must hypothesize. The tip here comes from a LinkedIn listing which suggests a 20nm chip is on the way.

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Evolve Big Alpha: PS4 edition down for the count

Evolve Big Alpha: PS4 edition down for the count

Those of you with an Xbox One or PC are in luck if you love the idea of hunting down massive monsters with your best buddies - the Evolve Big Alpha has begun! Those of you wishing to play on a PlayStation 4, well, there's not too much good news to be had. Following a recent PlayStation 4 2.00 firmware update to the Big Alpha, Evolve has come down with a cold, of sorts. Until further notice, Evolve's Big Alpha will not be playable on the PS4.

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Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

You'd need a very big wrist to wear this year's crop of fitness bands and smartwatches, but Microsoft believes the new Microsoft Band can elbow out the competition. Straddling the line between smartwatch and health tracker - not to mention spanning not only Windows Phone but iPhone and Android, in a play for cross-compatibility that rivals could learn a lesson from - the sensor-packed wearable claims to deliver the best of both worlds. In the process, though, Microsoft has arguably given itself double the challenge, so I pulled up my sleeves to see how the Microsoft Band holds up.

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Atari E.T. Xbox documentary to premiere on November 20th

Atari E.T. Xbox documentary to premiere on November 20th

Atari: Game Over is a documentary that's part of a gaming series that'll be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this fall. We'd heard about it before - we've even seen photos of the digging up of the E.T. site in the desert. But now we get to see it up close and personal. This documentary will show "the untold story of the 80's tech giant and its fateful launch of E.T., the video game." Until now this documentary did not have a launch date - surprise! Now it does.

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Halo 2 Documentary released for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Halo 2 Documentary released for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Along with the anniversary of the release of Halo 2 comes the release of a documentary for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users that allows them to see the making of the Anniversary Edition of the game. Halo 2 is coming in a pack with the rest of the Halo games in The Master Chief Collection - but before that's released to the public, it's time for that doc. Everyone who owns an Xbox 360 or and Xbox One can have a peek at this video in full for free.

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Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

The new Outlook for Mac has finally made its much-anticipated debut, revamping the email app for Apple's computers with a boost in performance and a switch to the cleaner UI we've seen on other recent Microsoft apps. Matching more closely its iPad, iPhone, and Android Outlook Web App counterparts, as well as Outlook's web and PC versions, the new email app should also run faster and crash less than before, thanks to Microsoft's backend improvements. However, before you get too excited, there's a strong possibility that you won't be able to use it.

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