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Sega’s “Super Game” gets ready for something huge

Sega’s “Super Game” gets ready for something huge

Sega and Microsoft kicked off November by making a big announcement, revealing that they are considering entering a "strategic alliance." While the details of this partnership are somewhat vague at this early stage, it seems like it could have significant implications for this new generation of consoles. Sega also uses the words "Super Game" at one point in this announcement, so you know that whatever the two companies are plotting, at least they consider it to be big.

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Microsoft making it easier for you to make money from games

Microsoft making it easier for you to make money from games

Microsoft has a system that they're suggesting will make it easier for users to make money from games - so to speak. The system is called "Azure PlayFab User Generated Content", and it's been launched in preview mode for developers this week. With this Azure PlayFab UGC system, game makers will have "battle-tested solutions for hosting an in-game marketplace."

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Huge Microsoft security vulnerability left thousands of companies’ data at risk

Huge Microsoft security vulnerability left thousands of companies’ data at risk

Microsoft has revealed another huge security vulnerability, with the software giant forced to notify thousands of Azure customers that their data had been freely accessible. The exploit left the databases of multiple big-name companies open to unauthorized read/write access, in what's being referred to as the "ChaosDB" vulnerability.

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VW and Microsoft are building an autonomous car platform with Azure at its heart

VW and Microsoft are building an autonomous car platform with Azure at its heart

Volkswagen and Microsoft are collaborating on autonomous vehicles, with the two behemoths planning to work on an Automated Driving Platform. Announced today, the deal will see the VW Group and Microsoft create a cloud-based system for self-driving vehicles as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), all tapping Microsoft Azure for compute, AI, and storage.

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Microsoft joins GM and Honda in $2bn Cruise autonomous investment

Microsoft joins GM and Honda in $2bn Cruise autonomous investment

Microsoft is joining a new, $2 billion investment round in Cruise, partnering with the autonomous vehicle company and General Motors to work on commercializing driverless technology. The deal will see Cruise valued at $30 billion, with Microsoft joining not only GM but Honda and other investors in adding new equity to the self-driving firm.

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Microsoft Azure datacenter servers ran on hydrogen fuel for 2 days

Microsoft Azure datacenter servers ran on hydrogen fuel for 2 days

It wouldn't be surprising to discover if the world's energy consumption significantly spiked this year due to the abrupt change in lifestyles and working conditions. At the same time, restrictions in movement and travel may have made traditional energy sources like diesel and fossil fuel more difficult to process, maintain, and even transport. The need for accessible sustainable energy is becoming even more important and Microsoft has just tested one such solution on one of the world's biggest consumers of power: datacenter servers.

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BBC Beeb voice assistant is built to understand different UK accents

BBC Beeb voice assistant is built to understand different UK accents

The British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC may be best known for being, well, a broadcasting company but it actually has left very important legacies in the tech industry today. The BBC Micro in the 80s, for example, is one of history's most important early computers, one that eventually inspired the Raspberry Pi that, in turn, created the single-board computer (SBC) market that we have today. Back to the present, it seems that BBC is once again getting knee-deep into technology, this time sinking its teeth into the already congested AI voice assistant market.

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Microsoft just gave the Sony AI camera an Azure brain

Microsoft just gave the Sony AI camera an Azure brain

It was only last week that Sony showed off its new embedded AI smart camera sensor, and already Microsoft is promising an artificial intelligence for the innovative chip. The Sony IMX500 stacks a 12.3-megapixel CMOS on top of a dedicated custom AI processor, paving the way for new cameras that can do their own object and pattern recognition, person tracking, and more.

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Microsoft xCloud game streaming coming to Samsung phones

Microsoft xCloud game streaming coming to Samsung phones

Game streaming is not exactly new but when the big boys start publicly investing in it, it may finally start to get real. While Google’s Project Stream is aiming for the path of least resistance by only requiring a desktop Chrome browser, Microsoft’s Project xCloud is casting a wide net to include as many devices as possible. And, based on its statements at SDC 2018, that would include Samsung’s line of Android-based Galaxy smartphones.

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Xbox game streaming revealed as Project xCloud

Xbox game streaming revealed as Project xCloud

It's not exactly a secret that Microsoft has been trying to figure out a way to make game streaming work. Even before it confirmed its game streaming ambitions with a brief announcement at E3 2018, there were more than a few rumors that suggested game streaming would be a major focus at Microsoft in the future. Today, the company made the announcement we've all be waiting for, revealing Project xCloud.

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Microsoft cloud gaming division sets the stage for post-Xbox streaming

Microsoft cloud gaming division sets the stage for post-Xbox streaming

Microsoft has been spending a lot of time building out its Azure cloud platform lately. A big reason for this focus on cloud is so it can pull ahead of Amazon's own cloud service, which benefited greatly from arriving on the scene early. However, this push to turn Azure into the leading cloud platform could mean big things for other Microsoft services, such as gaming.

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Microsoft Azure aims for public sector with local cloud

Microsoft Azure aims for public sector with local cloud

These days, the cloud computing market is one that's fiercely competitive. Amazon and Microsoft are two companies you hear mentioned frequently when talking about cloud services, and today, Microsoft has announced new services that could give it an edge in the ever-so-important public sector. Perhaps more important for Microsoft is that this move could wipe away an early advantage Amazon has built for itself.

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