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HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman talks AR, holograms, and the future

I've spent a lot of time writing about VR experiences, however, I haven't gone into the world of AR/MR too much. My experience with AR technologies has been limited, as there aren't many devices out there that provide true AR/MR experiences. Next week Microsoft will begin shipping the first developer kits for their Hololens, which meant it was the perfect time for its inventor, Alex Kipman, to do a TED talk.

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Xbox Games With Gold for April includes Dead Space and Sunset Overdrive

Xbox Games With Gold for April includes Dead Space and Sunset Overdrive

If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, then one of the nicest perks of the program is the fact that you get a few free games every month. Sometimes the games are forgettable, but other times you'll find some great titles. This month's selection is certainly one of the best we've seen, for both consoles.

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Xbox One update lets you buy 360 games, fixes Elite Controller stick drift

Xbox One update lets you buy 360 games, fixes Elite Controller stick drift

When Microsoft announced that they would start making Xbox 360 games compatible with their newest console, gamers everywhere rejoiced. This means that you no longer need to keep around an old, outdated console, just to play some of your favorite games from the previous generation. There was just one annoying problem. You couldn't actually buy any of the digital titles using your Xbox One.

Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out its latest update for the Xbox One, and with it came the feature that many people had been waiting for. The ability to purchase older Xbox 360 titles without needing to hook up your old console, or hop on a PC. While it might not be the biggest change to come to the console, it's certainly a welcome one.

Other changes brought by the new update include 16-person party chat. This is great for people who have a lot of friends, and didn't like being limited to the old 12-person limit. Speaking of party chat, you'll now be able to include your friends in your Twitch streams that you broadcast from your Xbox One. Don't worry though, everyone will be asked if they want to participate in the stream. If you decline, your friends will still hear you, but your voice won't be broadcast on the Twitch stream.

There's also a new firmware out for the Xbox One Elite Controller, which allows you to fine-tune the analog sticks. This means you can go in and make sure that the position that you think is center, also matches what the controller is thinking. This should help combat the stick drift that so many owners have reported.

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Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

When a child reaches an age where they are able to read, the worst thing you can do is set them loose on social media, and encourage them to talk to as many strangers as possible. They're probably going to pick up some choice new phrases, and some warped viewpoints. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't account for this sort of thing when they sent out their AI teen, Tay into the wild.

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Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

We've seen countless movies and read plenty of books on what the possibilities of artificial intelligence could be. Such a creation could help foster the future of mankind, and take it to new heights. It could also end up using time travel to attempt to destroy us. But for now, it's just here to tweet like a teenager, for funsies.

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Rocket League is ready for Xbox One, PS4 cross-play, if Sony agrees

Rocket League is ready for Xbox One, PS4 cross-play, if Sony agrees

Cross-platform play has been something that gamers have been clamoring for since online multiplayer started being a thing. Back in the days of offline-only games, it didn't really matter which console you used. When you went to a friend's house, you'd just all play on the same console, provided there were enough controllers. These days, it's not quite so simple. And the creators of Rocket League want to change that.

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Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 on Skylake deadline to 2018

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft made an unsurprising but unpopular stance regarding support for older Windows versions on newer hardware. It is no secret that it wants everyone to use Windows 10 as soon as possible, but forcing users, especially traditionally slower adopting ones like enterprises, was bound to backfire. It previously stated that Come July 17, 2017, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 running on Intel's Skylake processors will no longer be supported. It has softened that stance, however, and has extended the date to 2018.

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First 3rd party Edge extension arrives, Chrome conversion tool coming

First 3rd party Edge extension arrives, Chrome conversion tool coming

Just last week, Microsoft finally unveiled the first set of browser extensions for its new Microsoft Edge browser, albeit in very limited number and reach. Available only to Microsoft Insiders, the feature is pretty raw and crude, especially when it comes to installing those extensions. That, however, might be a good thing, at least for now, as it has allowed the first third-party Edge Extension to come to light, offering a popular Turn Off the Lights function to become available on Microsoft Edge as well.

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Microsoft asks if Xbox gamers OK with selling back titles

Microsoft asks if Xbox gamers OK with selling back titles

Before digital copies of video games proliferated, there was a sub-market that thrived in selling second hand, or "slightly used", cartridges and discs for a fraction of the original price. GameStop is just the latest and most legit incarnation, but selling a game you're already done with, or didn't like, wasn't that alien a concept back then. And then Steam and its ilk happened. Doing the same with digital copies has been next to impractical but based on a survey for Xbox gamers, Microsoft might be interested in it.

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Microsoft reveals not all Lumia devices are getting Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft reveals not all Lumia devices are getting Windows 10 Mobile

Owners of Lumia smartphones other than Microsoft's latest 950 and 950 XL are in for some disappointment today. Well, make that further disappointment. After a very long wait and Microsoft's continued promises that all Lumia devices currently running Windows Phone 8 would be updated with the new Windows 10 Mobile operating system, the company has revealed that won't be the case after all.

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Microsoft exec on Xbox GDC 2016 party: We screwed up

Microsoft exec on Xbox GDC 2016 party: We screwed up

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has apologized for the Microsoft GDC 2016 party, after the company was blasted for hiring dancing girls on podiums as entertainment. The tone-deaf event took place after the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Thursday evening, ironically following a Microsoft-sponsored "Women in Games" lunch that took place earlier in the week.

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HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

Microsoft's HoloLens holographic headset will soon be working with Lowes to visualize the future of their home repairs and modifications. While the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is the only version of the device available now - or soon, rather, as it's on pre-order - Lowes appears to be ready and willing to jump in on the experience without delay. Now we'll see what that fridge REALLY looks like when it's crammed into a space that you know good and well is too small for it, Janet.

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