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Microsoft changes toy gun emoji to revolver just after Apple does opposite

Microsoft changes toy gun emoji to revolver just after Apple does opposite

An emoji gun battle may be breaking out between Microsoft and Apple. As part of the Windows Anniversary Update that was released this week, Microsoft has adjusted the design of emoji on its platform, including a drastic change to the gun, changing it from a sci-fi-themed ray-gun to a more realistic revolver. Surprisingly, this comes only days after Apple rolled out a new beta for iOS 10 which now features the gun emoji depicted as a water pistol.

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Skype teams up with StubHub, Skyscanner to launch new bots

Skype teams up with StubHub, Skyscanner to launch new bots

Skype is keeping the bot train rolling, today announcing five new bots that are coming to use from a variety of corporate partnerships. The new round up includes bots from the likes of Skyscanner and StubHub, even tossing a Spock Bot into the mix to coincide with the recent release of Star Trek: Beyond. If you've ever wanted to talk logic with the premiere Vulcan himself, now is your chance.

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HoloLens now available to all developers in US and Canada

HoloLens now available to all developers in US and Canada

Microsoft has announced that all developers in the United States and Canada can now buy their own HoloLens Development Edition headsets (up to five units each). Says the company, interested buyers don’t have to submit an application; business customers can also get their hands on the device. The announcement coincides with the introduction of the Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite, a set of features tailored specifically to business users.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update has arrived: here’s how to get it

Windows 10 Anniversary Update has arrived: here’s how to get it

If you came out of Microsoft's free upgrade promotion with a new copy of Windows 10 installed on your computer, you might like to know that the Anniversary Update is now available. Windows 10 users can wait for the update to automatically roll out to their machines, but the problem with waiting for the automatic update is that Microsoft is pushing it out in waves, meaning you may not get it right away.

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Xbox One S 2TB, wireless controller now available for order

Xbox One S 2TB, wireless controller now available for order

This is definitely a busy week for Microsoft, good or bad. It has just recently started rolling out the promised Summer update for the Xbox One ahead of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. But while PC users are still waiting for that to take place, gamers, and perhaps those who want to give gifts to certain gamers, have something more to look forward to. Yes, the Xbox One S is finally here, at least in the US, and can now be ordered direct from Microsoft, along with the new Xbox Wireless Controller.

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Windows 10 update still free for Assistive Technology users

Windows 10 update still free for Assistive Technology users

Missed the free gravy train of Windows 10 updates? Feeling some regret for not grabbing the opportunity while it lasted? Don't worry. Apparently, there's a sort of "loophole" that you can use to still get the Windows 10 update for free, depending on your conscience. Microsoft has revealed that it will continue to offer the update for free for owners that use its Assistive Technologies. As luck would have it, Microsoft isn't checking whether you really do use, let alone need, those assistive features anyway.

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Xbox One system update arrives with Cortana and more

Xbox One system update arrives with Cortana and more

If you've been eager to try out Cortana, Microsoft's digital voice assistant, on your Xbox One, the wait is finally over. The console's summer system update has started rolling out this weekend, and as has been promised for months, players will be able to use voice commands to navigate and use Xbox One features and settings. The update also introduces background music options and additional integration with Windows 10 desktop apps.

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Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Just a friendly reminder that today is the final day that folks with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade promotion - which has been running for nearly a year now - will come to a close at midnight, so if you've been procrastinating but planned to upgrade, now is definitely the time. Of course, many of you are probably well aware that the promotion has been going on for a year, given the rather annoying desktop pop-ups that urge you to upgrade. Those should (presumably) be ending too, so cheers all around.

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Microsoft Phone future gets darker with 2,850 layoffs

Microsoft Phone future gets darker with 2,850 layoffs

What Microsoft says and what Microsoft does are two very different things. Granted, it hasn't actually committed to a solid smartphone hardware business, but it hasn't completely discounted that future either. But if there were any doubt that Microsoft doesn't really have smartphones in mind, as far as devices are concerned, this revelation of nearly 3,000 job cuts should probably banish all that. And with that employee exodus, Microsoft has practically rid itself of the Nokia smartphone business that it acquired two years ago to the tune of $7.2 billion.

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Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

"Stay Calm and Keep Updating." That seems to be the message that Microsoft, at long last, is giving baffled and irate Surface Pro 3 owners regarding their concern about the suddenly degraded battery life of their beloved 2-in-1 tablets. Rather than a cunning marketing ploy to get those to upgrade to, say, a Surface Pro 4 or even a Surface Book after their warranties run out, Microsoft simply claims it is a simple case of a software bug and that it can simply be fixed with an update. Whenever that update comes.

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Microsoft will make Cortana mandatory in Anniversary Update

Microsoft will make Cortana mandatory in Anniversary Update

Virtual personal assistants and chatbots are all the rage these days. But while some of them, like Siri, Alexa, or even Cortana, are interesting and at times even useful, they aren't exactly suited for all situations and all devices. And yet, that is the message that Microsoft is trying to get across by forcing Cortana on all Windows 10 users, whether they like to or not. Come August 2nd, when the Anniversary Update rolls out, users will no longer be able to disable Cortana like before, ensuring that she becomes the center of all your desktop, and online, searches.

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Microsoft Pix aims to bring better photos to iOS

Microsoft Pix aims to bring better photos to iOS

The camera on the iPhone 6s is already fairly impressive in terms of quality, but Microsoft is looking to improve the photos it takes with its new app, Pix. The app launches today on the iOS App Store, and it comes with a number of features that make it worthy of consideration by folks who have decided to use an iPhone as their day-to-day shooter.

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