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Six things to know about Xbox Project Scorpio

Six things to know about Xbox Project Scorpio

Earlier today, Microsoft revealed the tech behind its next console, codenamed Project Scorpio. The reveal came in the form of a lengthy profile from Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, and there's a lot of information to dig through. You should absolutely read through the whole thing if you have the time, but if you don't, here are six key takeaways from today's reveal.

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Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

The JD Power 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study has shown the Microsoft Surface Tablet line to top the iPad for the first time since the study began. Granted, that's not an incredibly big amount of time - the study is in its 6th year this year. But in general Apple's iPad wins by a significant amount over the next closest device - in quite a few studies, not just this one by JD Power. It's a bit of a surprise to find the iPad in second place.

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Xbox Project Scorpio specs officially revealed

Xbox Project Scorpio specs officially revealed

Today is a big day for the gaming world, as Microsoft has finally revealed the technical specifications for its incoming console known as Project Scorpio. That reveal comes in a new interview between Eurogamer's Digital Foundry and Microsoft's Xbox Core division. It seems that Project Scorpio will deliver on Microsoft's promise of 4K console gaming, as what's being revealed is unquestionably the most powerful console ever made.

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Windows 10 Creators Update continues to refine privacy options

Windows 10 Creators Update continues to refine privacy options

One of the biggest criticisms about Windows 10 was on how Microsoft handled privacy settings, which, in a nutshell, was done rather poorly. This was complicated by a subsequent update that, unknown to the user, suddenly changed previously set privacy settings. After receiving no small amount of backlash, not to mention government scrutiny, Microsoft has been more careful and more public about its privacy settings for Windows 10, something that fortunately continues to the Creators Update coming next week.

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Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

The developers at Microsoft have successfully created another distraction to our everyday massacre of a modern life with an app called Sprinkles. With the app, users will be able to see how old the machine thinks they are - though that's not a strictly new trick from Microsoft, it's still wonderful to be able to do, if you look young. Another feature is matching your face with the celebrity that looks most like you.

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Android rises above Windows to become most popular OS

Android rises above Windows to become most popular OS

Windows has been the dominant operating system for around 30 years, but its position as king of the hill has just been overthrown. Android is the new occupant of that particular throne, which should put its meteoric rise to become the most popular mobile OS into better perspective.

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Microsoft patents a tablet with dynamic e-ink keyboard cover

Microsoft patents a tablet with dynamic e-ink keyboard cover

Like it or not, it seems that companies are beginning to rethink the venerable keyboard, especially when it comes to mobile devices, both laptops and tablets alike. Microsoft started it with the Surface covers and then Apple jumped on board with the cloth-like Smart Keyboard. Things came to a head with the Lenovo Yoga Book's "Halo Keyboard". Now it seems that Microsoft might be on the verge of yet another invention, one that combines a few of those ideas together into one e-ink keyboard cover.

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Xbox Project Scorpio unveiling tipped with Forza 7, Red Dead Redemption 2

Xbox Project Scorpio unveiling tipped with Forza 7, Red Dead Redemption 2

Gamers eagerly anticipating news on Microsoft's Project Scorpio, the new, more powerful Xbox console, may not have much longer to wait. News has surfaced that the hardware will unveiled by Microsoft within the next few weeks — well ahead of this year's E3 in June — with several big-name games used to showcase the console's 4K capabilities, including the debut of Forza Motorsport 7.

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Microsoft shuttering CodePlex, its own GitHub alternative

Microsoft shuttering CodePlex, its own GitHub alternative

These days, GitHub is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of services for hosting open source software and projects, but it wasn't the first on the block with this idea. For over a decade now Microsoft has been operating its own service, CodePlex, which it originally launched in 2006. However, these days CodePlex languishes in the shadows of GitHub, and Microsoft has acknowledged this by announcing its closure later this year.

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Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition: what’s in the box?

Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition: what’s in the box?

Microsoft announced their own Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition with a release date that matches carrier editions. The difference between this phone and the original is not Windows Phone, or even a custom user interface. Instead, this Microsoft Edition will simply install several Microsoft-made apps from the Google Play App Store.

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Xbox One Creators Update brings new Guide, Beam, a lot more

Xbox One Creators Update brings new Guide, Beam, a lot more

Microsoft has finally announced the arrival of the Creators Update for Windows 10 and, in line with its goal to have a seamless and similar Windows experience across its devices, it is also making a huge announcement for the Xbox One. The changes aren't going to be as huge as on Windows 10, but they are going to be substantial nonetheless. They're not going to be surprising either, as Microsoft has already pre-announced much of what's coming, including its Beam streaming platform that's out to get Twitch and YouTube Gaming.

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Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

In addition to announcing the release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update today, Microsoft also offered some information about plans to launch two new Surface products around the world. The Surface Studio and Surface Book with Performance will be making their way to other regions soon, after spending a few months exclusive to the US market.

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