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Acer Aspire S 13 revealed with thin balance

Acer Aspire S 13 revealed with thin balance

This week the folks at Acer have announced their newest in a series of Aspire S notebooks, all of which are thin. This device works with a 13-inch Full HD display with optional touchscreen capabilities. as well as a 6th Generation Intel Core processor inside. This notebook has a cool 8 GB of LPDDR3 system memory as well, so you won't be wanting for bits to call upon.

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HBO Now launches on Xbox One

HBO Now launches on Xbox One

The number of devices on which you can watch HBO Now has expanded, with support arriving on the Xbox One. As with other devices on which it is supported, HBO Now on Xbox One allows console owners to watch HBO’s content without a separate TV package, giving Game of Thrones fans incentive to catch up on the series through legitimate channels rather than contributing to record-breaking piracy numbers.

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Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

I spend a majority of my day sitting in front of a computer for work. I tend to get pretty focused, but multitasking is a natural part of my job. As long as everything I'm doing is on the computer, I can keep going pretty steadily, without skipping a beat. However, every time I get a text message that I need to respond to, it stops me dead in my tracks. One solution is to just keep my phone on silent, but Microsoft has another idea that they're wanting to implement into Windows 10.

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Goodbye Xbox 360 – Microsoft ends production after 10 years

Goodbye Xbox 360 – Microsoft ends production after 10 years

When the Xbox 360 turned 10 last year, many people wondered just how long Microsoft would continue to support the aging console. After all, The original Xbox was discontinued 8 years after its launch, and Xbox Live service was ended before the console’s 9th birthday. Well today Microsoft made a special announcement regarding the future of the 360.

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Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Your smartwatch may seem like the last device you'd want to read and manage your email on, but as the variety of email apps on the Apple Watch has shown, there are some people out there who do. It also proves that the wrist may not be such a bad location to take care of email from after all. With that, now Android Wear device owners can get in on the action, as Microsoft has finally released an Outlook app for Google's wearable-based OS.

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‘FlexCase’ project puts e-ink secondary display inside phone case

‘FlexCase’ project puts e-ink secondary display inside phone case

Microsoft Research and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria have teamed up to create “FlexCase,” a prototype smartphone case that features a secondary e-ink display for extended touch-based activities. The display isn’t just for displaying data, though — sensors coupled with flexible panels allow the user to control the main display using various taps, bends, and twists.

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URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners have been around for a while, and can be rather useful. This is especially true when using services like Twitter, which limit the number of characters you can use. But there are hidden dangers to using a shortener that you might not even be aware of.

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Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Microsoft has just announced that Skype for Web will no longer require a browser plugin or download of any kind, allowing users to make video and audio calls simply by signing in to the service. The company says that the Skype feature within Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive is also plugin free. The catch is that it's limited to Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 at the moment, but there are plans to do the same on other browsers, making it easier to use Skype in situations where local installations aren't possible.

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Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft: Education Edition will be coming to more than 100 schools in 30 countries as part of a beta program kicking off in May. Following that, Microsoft will release the software for any educator to download as part of an early access program starting in June. The educational edition will be available in 11 languages and 41 countries upon the June launch, and it’ll be free for teachers to download and use. In return, Microsoft seeks feedback for the product.

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Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft's plan to make artificial intelligence so helpful, we can't help but welcome it into our lives, continues today with the launch of CaptionBot. Following in the footsteps of Fetch! and Translator, CaptionBot sets itself a fairly straightforward challenge on the face of things, but behind the scenes it's really not as easy as you might think.

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Why Microsoft just sued the US government

Why Microsoft just sued the US government

Microsoft has sued the United States government for the right to tell users when they are being spied on. The lawsuit was filed in a Seattle-based federal court today, and marks the latest battle between tech company and government over the state of consumer privacy. According to Microsoft’s lawsuit, preventing Microsoft and companies like it from notifying users about government data requests is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Fable Legends is really gone for good, refunds going out

Some legends just aren't meant to be and simply fade with the passing of time. If there were any hope that Lionhead Studios' stillborn cooperative online action game would live on, those were now all dashed. As of 13th of April, 2016, Fable Legends is no more. Considering it never really got a public release, some would probably say it never really was in the first place. The one sliver of good news is that at least those who made in-game purchases will all be refunded in due time.

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