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World Record-holding video game collection hits auction block

World Record-holding video game collection hits auction block

The world record-holding world’s largest video game collection is being put up for auction with the Guinness Book of World Records to back it up. The fellow named Michael Thomasson holds the record and now needs the cash. Instead of suggesting he’s doing the honorable thing, and putting the collection in a museum, Thomasson suggests that this sale will be because of family commitments.

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The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

Third time looks to have been the charm for Microsoft, with the Surface Pro 3 proving to be a surprise hit among most reviewers - even those who are usually ardent Apple fans. As Vincent’s glowing judgement of the adaptable tablet suggests, there’s a lot of value to be found in a flexible form-factor. The glaring omission, though, is in not taking that flexibility to its logical conclusion: it wouldn’t take much for Microsoft to really tip Surface into must-have territory.

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Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential

Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential

Microsoft may be offering the Xbox One without Kinect for motion-uninterested gamers, but it's also counting on plenty of Windows users and developers being interested in the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. Up for preorder today, the new sensor bar - effectively the same hardware as for the Xbox One, but designed to work with the updated Windows SDK - is expected to ship in limited numbers from July.

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Xbox One 10% graphics boost incoming (by sacrificing Kinect)

Xbox One 10% graphics boost incoming (by sacrificing Kinect)

The Xbox One is getting a graphics boost, though the potential 10-percent improvement will only affect the console when Kinect isn't plugged in, Microsoft has admitted. Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that the Xbox One's software dev kit to be released this month will bring with it "more GPU bandwidth", with Microsoft later confirming that the extra grunt comes from freeing up resources previously reserved for powering Kinect, assuming game developers choose to take advantage of it.

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Xbox One gets 45 new apps this year

Xbox One gets 45 new apps this year

Microsoft has revealed this morning that 45 new apps will be released to the Xbox One "by the end of this holiday season." In other words - the rest of the year will be filled with apps. This list includes Twitter, HBO Go, Comedy Central, and a wide variety of entertainment-based experiences.

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Office for Android may be coming ahead of Windows 8

Office for Android may be coming ahead of Windows 8

At BUILD, Microsoft showed what looked to be a more touch-friendly version of Office. While there is already a touchy-feely version available for iOS, those with Android or Windows Mobile devices are currently left wanting. A new round of rumors suggest Microsoft will forgo Windows in favor of Android getting the new Office first, though.

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Windows Start Menu may not come back until 2015

Windows Start Menu may not come back until 2015

The Windows Start Menu, a feature lost in Windows 8, is coming back. At their BUILD conference earlier this year, Microsoft made a swift reference to the desired item coming back. Though they didn’t give a specific timeframe, the mind share was on it coming back soon. That won’t be the case, sadly.

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