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Skype’s modern Windows app is dead, long live Skype for Windows desktop

Skype’s modern Windows app is dead, long live Skype for Windows desktop

Microsoft-owned Skype has announced today that it will be merging its two Windows apps into a single offering by retiring the touch-based, Modern UI version, and instead moving forward with the traditional desktop app. The touch-friendly Skype app was made for Windows 8 devices, while Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs have always continued to use the desktop app. In anticipation of the debut of Windows 10, the modern Skype app will no longer work beginning July 7th, and users will need to switch to the desktop version.

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Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Developer group Ninja Theory has revealed their next big title, Hellblade, a hack-and-slash beast of a game for PC and PlayStation 4. This is the same developer group that brought you Devil May Cry, a long-lasting game franchise beloved around the planet. In the game, users will play as a Celtic Warrior by the name of Senua. She suffers from a mental illness which places her in a hellish world which she must escape. Is it too much to hope for an appearance by Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites?

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Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Here's one more revelation that could douse the enthusiasm of Windows Phone users eagerly waiting to be transformed into Windows 10 Mobile users. In some slides presented to its partners, a Microsoft spokesperson revealed that, although slated for a Q3 release, the mobile version of Microsoft's latest operating system won't hit its hardware partners until October at the latest. And that's only hardware partners, meaning that end users might not even get the update until end of the year at best, next year at worst.

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Microsoft Surface Hub wall computer is not for you

Microsoft Surface Hub wall computer is not for you

Microsoft introduces the Surface Hub, a wall-based display made for businesses - not consumers. If the price didn't do you in, the functionality certainly will. While using such a massive piece of equipment is certainly an interesting possibility for the average consumer, this 4K 84-inch display will facilitate meetings at your business. That's what it's made for. Not playing Angry Birds. Not acting as an 84-inch touch arcade... though using one as a pinball machine or a digital air hockey arena WOULD be neat.

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Preorders for Microsoft’s 84-inch Surface Hub begin July 1

Preorders for Microsoft’s 84-inch Surface Hub begin July 1

Microsoft's Surface Hub, that huge wall-sized computer that multiple people can write on at the same time with touchscreen pens, is finally going on sale. Preorders will begin on July 1st for businesses, with shipping expected to start in September. The larger model, which features an incredible 84-inch screen with 4K, will cost a whopping $19,999. Mere peasants may be more interested in the 55-inch model, which is priced at a more reasonable $6,999, and has 1080p resolution.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release for PS3, Xbox 360 confirmed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release for PS3, Xbox 360 confirmed

Activision has confirms the release of the next Call of Duty game for not only PC and current-gen systems, but PlayStation 3 and Xbox One as well. This is good news for owners of the previous-generation consoles who will increasingly see high-end games released with requirements above their older systems. PCs are safe, of course, just so long as they've got graphics cards able to take the power. These Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be ever-so-slightly different from their bigger siblings.

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Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

After several leaks, and just prior to E3, Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off a new Xbox One package featuring 1TB of storage. The 1TB model will include a revised controller which features a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom edge, allowing any audio head set with a standard plug to be connected. Priced at $399, Microsoft says the 1TB Xbox One will be available starting June 16th, with the existing 500GB model remaining on sale for $349.

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Mega Man Legacy preserves the past by playing in the present

Mega Man Legacy preserves the past by playing in the present

Capcom announces the Mega Man Legacy Collection, letting it be known that they'll not just be stopping here when it comes to restoring the classics. Just like we've got restoration for comic books, and we've got preservation efforts in place to keep historic buildings intact, so too will Capcom - and the rest of the gaming industry - bring back, restore, and rejuvenate classic video games from our past. This effort brings the original six Mega Man games to our present for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and PC this summer.

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Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype's impressive real-time translation tool has been limited to invite-only, and preview builds for the last six months or so, but it seems that's all about to change. Skype has just announced that it will begin integrating the Skype Translator software directly into its desktop app for Windows before the end of this summer. With Windows 10 recently revealed to be available on July 29th, it wouldn't be surprising to see Microsoft touting the new Skype overhaul as a new feature available on the OS.

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SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

Back in September of 2013, Valve revealed SteamOS - now it's time for action. Here in June of 2015, just a bit under two years later, Valve's revealed the final iteration of the Steam Controller, the key to the system - the one component you can't buy anywhere else. Every other piece of this gaming environment can be had elsewhere, or run on a PC you've got at home. After months and months of preparation, Valve's presented a system they hope will take over your living room. Is it too late? Has the company lost all momentum? Is SteamOS dead in the water before it launches in ernest?

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