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Cortana apps include Facebook, Twitter, Skype

Cortana apps include Facebook, Twitter, Skype

Starting off with a bang is what Microsoft needed to do with their own long-awaited personal assistant Cortana. This week they’re making a rather grand effort in doing so, connecting this natural language assistant work with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and other apps right off the bat. Cortana has been revealed, as it were, at BUILD 2014, Microsoft’s developers convention.

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Heroes of the Storm Alpha invites issued: gameplay streaming begins

Heroes of the Storm Alpha invites issued: gameplay streaming begins

This week the folks behind Blizzard Entertainment’s release of the next-generation Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game Heroes of the Storm have begun inviting players to the Alpha. This means that the game will be able to be played in a limited capacity, with only those with invites allowed to take part in the game until Beta mode begins. This game is being live streamed by a number of Alpha players through Twitch this afternoon as well.

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Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Xbox SmartGlass and Video updates keep you forever connected

Microsoft is moving forward with some of the non-gaming elements they’ve found important to the Xbox One experience this week, starting with Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass for tablets and smartphones. Inside the Xbox Video universe, it comes down to one key update - the ability to leave off watching a movie on one device only to pick up on that movie on another. This system, excellent for the "marathon watcher", as they say, works with Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and through XboxVideo dot com starting this week.

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Battlefield 4 tipped to bring back Squads gameplay

Battlefield 4 tipped to bring back Squads gameplay

This week it’s been tipped that one of the more popular types of gameplay originally introduced in Battlefield 3 could very well be returning to the fourth installment in the series. When Battlefield 4 was introduced, it was first suggested by the developers of the game (DICE) that Battlefield 4 was not extremely compatible with the Squads gameplay feature. Instead, they said, "we didn’t feel that the feature in Battlefield 3 was on par with the quality that [we] wanted to offer our players."

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HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7: should you upgrade?

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7: should you upgrade?

This week we’re taking a look at the HTC One. We're not just looking at 2014's HTC One (M8) model, but the M7 from 2013 as well, comparing the two hero releases to decide whether upgrading is really worth the trouble for HTC brand loyalists. The HTC One M7 was released last year without the "M7" tag up front while this year the HTC One (M8) comes with code-name attached for ease in differentiation.

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