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Titanfall early review round-up

Titanfall early review round-up

This morning the first wave of early reviews are in - and they’re overwhelmingly positive. While SlashGear’s long-form review will be posted soon [UPDATE: our long-form Titanfall Review is live!], we’re having a peek at what some of those looking at an early EA/Microsoft-hosted Xbox One-centric gameplay event have to say. Meanwhile, the game is already starting to release around the world - starting in Asia - that’s Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and more, already rolling out extremely quickly on servers for PC.

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Project Spark Beta released for Xbox One today

Project Spark Beta released for Xbox One today

Today the do-it-yourself gaming environment known as Project Spark is set to hit Xbox One in Beta form. This platform will be open for Beta play on a global scale, also running with Windows 8.1 for desktop editing, the two platforms able to interact in a way never before possible. While Windows 8.1’s build has been out since December of 2013, the Xbox One component hits this afternoon.

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Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is why Windows needs to go free

Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is why Windows needs to go free

When you look at the new "Chromebook 2" lineup from Samsung, you see a set of notebooks that don’t look like the first wave of Chromebooks. Here you’re seeing a set of devices that - aesthetically, at least - are just as brilliant to behold as their Windows-running counterparts. In this release is another big reason for Microsoft to truly free their operating system from the shackles of licensing costs.

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Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Windows 8.1 with Bing rumored to ditch licensing fees

Microsoft is reportedly preparing a "Windows 8.1 with Bing" version of its desktop OS that would supposedly be offered free of licensing fees, as the company experiments with different monetization options and weighs the value of dropping Windows and Windows Phone licensing or purchase costs altogether. The project, said to be not yet finalized with Microsoft execs still unclear on whether it will see the light of day, comes as Microsoft targets sub-$250 PCs to better challenge Google Chromebooks and other low-cost options.

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HP Pavilion x360 hands-on: Beats Audio gets flippable

HP Pavilion x360 hands-on: Beats Audio gets flippable

This week in Barcelona we’ve had the opportunity to get a look at the HP Pavilion x360, a convertible PC that works as a tablet, a notebook, and a portable entertainment center (so to speak). In our first impressions we’ve seen this device to be a slightly more rugged-looking machine than we’d originally suspected. This isn’t the sleek metal wedge of a notebook you’d get in a MacBook Air - instead it’s made to handle the constant movement you’ll be laying upon it with converting at every turn.

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HP Pavilion x360 official: tablet, notebook, convertible

HP Pavilion x360 official: tablet, notebook, convertible

This week HP has revealed the HP Pavilion x360, a convertible tablet PC that allows the user to work with a variety of use-case abilities. This device works with an 11.6-inch high-definition display with SVA technology and 10-point touchscreen capabilities. You’ll have Intel Pentium processor architecture under the hood and an HP TrueVision HD webcam up front for chat as well.

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Windows 8.1 update detailed for Spring release

Windows 8.1 update detailed for Spring release

A new update this year coming for Windows 8.1 was announced this week by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore. He made clear at Mobile World Congress 2014 that this update would bring improvements to non-touch experiences as a first major point. Another of three major points was that Microsoft would be working on delivering more hardware options. The third point made here for the next update for Windows 8.1 was improved compatibility for education and enterprise.

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Windows Phone Bing Fitness, Food, and Travel apps launch with PC sync

Windows Phone Bing Fitness, Food, and Travel apps launch with PC sync

Microsoft has pushed out a clutch of new and updated Bing apps for Windows Phone, including Bing Health & Fitness to track activities, diet, and medical information, and make suggestions as to how users can be healthier. The new smartphone software - which also includes Bing Food & Drink, and Bing Travel - aims to fill in some of the software gaps in Windows Phone, in addition to updating Bing Finance, Bing Sport, and Bing News, and adding cross-platform sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.

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