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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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Titanfall Matchmaking System updated: skill-based in Beta mode

Titanfall Matchmaking System updated: skill-based in Beta mode

While you may not find the Titanfall Matchmaking System to be perfect, there’s a new "Improved Matchmaking Beta" system out today for Titanfall players of all types. You’ll find this option directly below the rest of the "Classic" modes of gameplay, connected (for now) to Attrition alone. This system is - make sure you remember this - in BETA mode for now, so don’t expect too much magic right off the bat.

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Killer Instinct rebooted from the inside out

Killer Instinct rebooted from the inside out

There’s a new character coming to Killer Instinct for Xbox One in April - right on schedule - but there’s a big change going on behind the scenes as well. What you might not know from a player’s perspective is that the developer behind Killer Instinct’s current iteration is changing teams. Having been purchased in their entirety by Amazon last month, Double Helix Games is being replaced on the Killer Instinct Title as well.

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Office for iPad release set for 11AM PST today

Office for iPad release set for 11AM PST today

This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for Office have revealed that they’ll be releasing the first full-blown iPad iteration of the app today. This release will take place at 11AM Pacific time - that’s 1PM Central or 2PM Eastern - and it’ll be free. You can view documents and give presentations of documents without cost, but you’ll be paying a subscription fee to edit.

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Google I/O 2014 registration in April with random selection

Google I/O 2014 registration in April with random selection

Supposing you’ve been frustrated in the past with Google I/O and the registration process which always leaves developers wanting without a quick trigger-finger, today may make you happy. Google has just made clear their intent to implement an April 7-9th (OR April 8th-10th, there seems to be some confusion at the moment between presentations) registration period. Inside that period you may register on the Google I/O registration site once, and applicants will be randomly selected after the 9th.

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Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

Project CARS Project Morpheus support a VR herald

While it would seem that virtual reality is going a bit social on one side of the equation, the Project Morpheus at Sony continues to gain gaming steam. Here we’re seeing the developers at Slightly Mad Studios extend their love for virtual reality to Project Morpheus. What this means in practice is that once the game is out for PlayStation 4, it’ll also (eventually) be ready for use with Sony’s virtual reality headset.

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