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Surface Pro LTE models are coming in December

Surface Pro LTE models are coming in December

It's no Surface Pro 5 but, given the changes Microsoft has made, it could have very well be called one. But perhaps one of the most significant changes made to Redmond's premium 2-in-1 device is the addition of built-in LTE connectivity. That, however, was four months ago and, save for a premature preorder listing, there was nary a word about it. At Ignite 2017 this week, a company spokesperson semi-officially confirmed at least a launch date, which will take place right at the start of December.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer shows onslaught of epic events

Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer shows onslaught of epic events

This week the folks pre-ordering the game Star Wars Battlefront 2 have begun to flip directly out over the trailer you're about to see. This trailer shows a number of epic additions to the game, centering on ability modifiers and looks inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. These "looks" are for both Kylo Ren and Rey, bringing the user directly in to the film ready to roll this December.

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Thrustmaster gives Xbox One its first official flight stick

Thrustmaster gives Xbox One its first official flight stick

There aren't a ton of Xbox One games you'd need a flight stick for, but if you're a fan of something like Elite Dangerous, you might want to give the T.Flight HOTAS One from Thrustmaster a look. The T.Flight HOTAS One has the distinction of being the first officially licensed flight stick for the Xbox One, so if you're looking for a immersive experience while flying planes and spaceships, this could be a good place to start.

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Microsoft Office 2019 release revealed for the cloud-averse

Microsoft Office 2019 release revealed for the cloud-averse

It's been a busy week for Microsoft at its yearly Ignite conference. Just yesterday, the company revealed a slew of new features coming to Microsoft Teams, its freshly-launched collaboration software meant to go head-to-head with Slack. Today's reveal is arguably bigger than those Teams features, as Microsoft announced the next perpetual version of Office - Office 2019.

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Microsoft’s quantum computers now have a language

Microsoft’s quantum computers now have a language

Quantum computing's most practical use until now might have been as a plot point in sci-fi novels, but Microsoft believes the "revolutionary technology" is finally headed to a practical level. At Ignite 2017, the company's annual tech conference, the company outlined part of its roadmap toward an ecosystem of hardware and software that will bring quantum computing to a wide range of developers.

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This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like

This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like

Although not as daring as, say, Google, Microsoft has had its fair share of hardware experiments. Many of which, however, are perhaps best forgotten. One such device might be the so called Xbox Watch, the company's rumored attempt to catch up with the smartwatch market. That never came to pass, for better or for worse. And if this prototype of that Xbox Watch has any ring of truth to it, it is perhaps all for the better.

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Apple dumps Bing for Google

Apple dumps Bing for Google

Apple is making a small yet important change to the way search works on iOS, Mac, and Siri today. When you perform a web search within Siri, iOS Search, or Spotlight on Mac, you'll now see results from Google, as Apple has made it the new default search provider. Previously, the default search engine those services used was Bing from Microsoft.

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Microsoft Teams gears up to replace Skype

Microsoft Teams gears up to replace Skype

It's been six months since Microsoft Teams rolled out to Office 365 users on a global scale, and in that time, Microsoft's Slack competitor has netted itself a fair number of users. Microsoft revealed today that 125,000 organizations around the world are using Teams, and it has a new plan for intelligent communications that it hopes will draw in the organizations who have yet to make the jump.

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Xbox One streamers can now use a third-party USB camera

Xbox One streamers can now use a third-party USB camera

When it comes to streaming games, both the Xbox One and PS4 can easily broadcast their gameplay to services like Twitch and YouTube. But to be a professional streamer with a large audience, gamers also need to use a camera and mic to communicate with their viewers. While these secondary functions are usually handled by a PC, Microsoft is making it a bit easier to do it all from the console itself by introducing support for third-party USB cameras.

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The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

Microsoft and Facebook may not be as cool as SpongeBob, but they do now have a mighty cable under the sea which is almost as impressive as a pineapple. The two companies has completed its Marea subsea cable, a groundbreaking - or should that be seabreaking? - infrastructure project that will funnel vast quantities of high-speed data more than 17,000 feet under the Atlantic Ocean.

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Xbox One’s Duke controller is a massive blast from the past

Xbox One’s Duke controller is a massive blast from the past

In an attempt to stand out from the competition, console manufacturers can sometimes be guilty of doing ridiculous things. There are many examples of wacky design decisions throughout gaming history, but one of the most legendary is the Duke controller for the original Xbox. Massive in every sense of the word, the Duke seemed equally lambasted and praised for its size.

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New Surface Pro LTE goes on pre-order in UK ahead of reveal

New Surface Pro LTE goes on pre-order in UK ahead of reveal

Sometimes, people are just too eager to get the ball rolling, especially on a good thing. Sometimes that leads to accidentally published specs, but, this time, some UK retailers have taken the excitement even further. One of them have actually put up pre-order pages for models of the new not-5 Surface Pro 2-in-1s with built-in cellular connectivity, complete with specs. All before Microsoft actually announces them, officially, in a special Surface event next month.

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