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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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Xbox One X stops by Best Buy for some hands-on time this weekend

Xbox One X stops by Best Buy for some hands-on time this weekend

What we've seen of the Xbox One X has been fairly impressive so far, but Microsoft still has a tough sell ahead of it. If consumers want Microsoft's 4K console, they're going to have to shell out $500, which is no small price to pay. If you think you'd rather try before you buy, then good news, because Best Buy has announced that it will be offering hands-on demos this weekend.

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Windows 10 UWP games on Xbox One will soon be more powerful

Windows 10 UWP games on Xbox One will soon be more powerful

While Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform has largely been welcomed on the apps side of the business, it has been eyed with suspicion on the gaming front. Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney minced no words in criticizing UWP’s chilling effects on PC gaming, warning of how it could be used to turn the culture into a closed one. On the technical side of things, he points out how UWP severely limits how much of the hardware games can access. Microsoft is partly addressing that last part, but only if you’re targeting the Xbox One. In the upcoming Fall Creators Update, perhaps the worst-named update, UWP game developers will have access to more of the Xbox One’s hardware, paving the way for possibly more sophisticated, and resource-intensive, cross platform games.

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Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One will be 95GB excluding 4K content

Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One will be 95GB excluding 4K content

If you're an Xbox One owner with your heart set on Forza Motorsport 7, start preparing your hard drive now. The Forza team has revealed some details ahead of the game's release, and one of those details revolves around just how massive this game is. The Xbox One version of the game will be about 95GB when it launches, and that doesn't include all of the 4K content that will arrive in an update in early November.

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The Oregon Trail returns to schools in Minecraft: Education Edition

The Oregon Trail returns to schools in Minecraft: Education Edition

Many kids who attended school in the 1980s and 1990s will probably have fond memories of The Oregon Trail. An educational game meant to show children what life was like for the 19th century Pioneer family traveling the trail to the US west coast, The Oregon Trail is something of a legendary game these days. Though it's received number remakes throughout the years, The Oregon Trail will soon get a new lease on life with schoolchildren, and it's all thanks to Minecraft.

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PS4 and Xbox One cross play silently enabled in Fornite

PS4 and Xbox One cross play silently enabled in Fornite

It would seem that Sony's aversion to cross play between the Xbox One and the PS4 has come to an end. This whole saga first began when Rocket League developer Psyonix suggested that enabling cross play between the two consoles would be a simple endeavor, with Sony turning around and denying such a move. Ever since then, Sony has declined to open up cross play between the two consoles at every turn.

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Xbox has a really smart system to avoid game download hell

Xbox has a really smart system to avoid game download hell

As games get bigger, Microsoft has cooked up a sly way to keep Xbox One and Xbox One X download times down, not to mention save on hard drive space. Dubbed Intelligent Delivery, the system reportedly prioritizes only what each gamer actively needs, rather than forcing them to download the entire title. It'll mean potentially huge savings for Xbox One owners as Xbox One X games proliferate.

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Outlook on Android gets some much-needed add-ins

Outlook on Android gets some much-needed add-ins

Once upon a time, Outlook was the king of the desktop productivity hill. But in a predominantly mobile world, it was just one of the boys, and not a very big one at that. Making up for lost time, Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Outlook to once again become the be all and end all of e-mail clients, including on mobile. It started with what it calls “Add-ins” on iOS earlier this year, which is reaching Android shores at long last.

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Microsoft’s My Workspace is a productivity menu bar app for Mac

Microsoft’s My Workspace is a productivity menu bar app for Mac

If you're a Mac owner who frequently uses Microsoft's software products, the company has a new productivity tool to help your workday flow more smoothly. Called My Workspace, the app is a menu bar item that, when clicked, presents a slew of Microsoft software products in a single window. Users get direct access to their OneDrive files, Skype contacts, calendar plans, and more.

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Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

A new Microsoft Surface event is headed for London as the company holds their annual "Microsoft Future Decoded" session series. This event series takes place on the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2017 at ExCeL London. Microsoft's own Panos Panay is set to speak - he's Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices, and his job is almost always to reveal the next generation in Surface tablets.

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Moleskine’s Smart Planner is a new magic journal for Pen+

Moleskine’s Smart Planner is a new magic journal for Pen+

The folks at Moleskine have created a planner to write in - but it's not like any other planner in the world today. This is the Moleskine Smart Planner, and each page inside contains a near-invisible grid. Each grid allows the Moleskine Pen+ to pick up and digitize every pen-stroke that comes with the pen's flowing ink.

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