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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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Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Microsoft has just released the first major Windows 10 update of the year, version 2004 a.k.a. the May 2020 update, and, to no one's surprise really, there are a few issues that will cause users no small amount of headaches. There are no reports of disappearing files yet, thankfully, but some Windows 10 owners might want to hold off from updating immediately. Fortunately, this time Microsoft has found a way to inform users before they taking the plunge.

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Microsoft tipped to replace dozens of news contractors with AI

Microsoft tipped to replace dozens of news contractors with AI

Multiple reports over the weekend have claimed that Microsoft has decided to replace all of its contract news writers and editors with artificial intelligence. The company won't renew the contracts for these news workers when their current contracts expire, sources claim, instead choosing to use AI to take over their workload for its MSN website.

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HP Reverb G2 looks to be top-tier VR headset of tomorrow

HP Reverb G2 looks to be top-tier VR headset of tomorrow

The HP Reverb G2 represents a team-up of HP, Valve, and Microsoft, to create a virtual reality / mixed reality headset that'll top the rest. This device works with one 2K x 2K resolution per eye, and rolls with a 114-degree field of view. This headset is wired, worked with Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR, and MSFT spatial audio - as well as HP Labs newest spatial audio format.

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Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Today we're taking a peek at Microsoft's latest revealed details on Xbox Series X backward compatibility with older Xbox games. Microsoft revealed today that "thousands of games" are already playable on test versions of Xbox Series X hardware. It's clear already that this won't be a 1-for-1 game compatibility list with the Xbox One, but it'll certainly include a whole BUNCH of games right out the gate.

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Xbox Family Settings app helps keep kids safe while gaming

Xbox Family Settings app helps keep kids safe while gaming

Gaming has seen a huge surge in the past months but not all games and gamers are created equal. There will always be games not suitable for younger players but the latter group might not always know that. That's why Xbox has been steadily improving is Familly Settings on the console to protect these young gamers and now it is extending those controls so that parents and guardians can set or ease limits even when they're not currently at home.

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Windows 10 May 2020 update is out: prepare your backups now

Windows 10 May 2020 update is out: prepare your backups now

Some software vendors have decided to hold off on rolling out huge updates that could break their products right in the middle of a global crisis, but some updates are just too big to delay. Microsoft did say it would be pausing some of its optional Windows 10 updates but not the big one that is the May 2020 update. That update, formally known as version 2004, is now starting to roll out to the first Windows 10 users, which is probably also a good time to make sure that your backups are up-to-date and intact.

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Project xCloud preview gets five big games today

Project xCloud preview gets five big games today

If you're participating in Microsoft's Project xCloud preview, then here's some good news: you've got five new games to check out today. The five games that Microsoft is adding to the preview cover a fairly wide range of genres, so there's a bit of something for everyone in this mix. There's even a recently released first-party Xbox One game that is well worth checking out.

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Minecraft Dungeons now available: Where to buy

Minecraft Dungeons now available: Where to buy

Today is a big day for Minecraft fans and action RPG fans alike, as today, Minecraft Dungeons is launching to the masses. Minecraft Dungeons is an interesting departure for the franchise, as it's an action RPG in the same vein as games like Diablo and Torchlight. Despite the fact that Minecraft Dungeons is one of Microsoft's first-party properties, the game is available on a number of platforms, just like Minecraft proper is.

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Xbox Game Pass is getting a huge addition next month

Xbox Game Pass is getting a huge addition next month

Over the past few years, Hello Games has done a lot to redeem the let down that was No Man's Sky on launch day. By serving up a string of massive, free updates, Hello Games has largely managed to sway public opinion about the game, but if you're still hesitant to take the plunge after all that's happened, it's hard to blame you. If you find yourself in that boat, you might like to know that you'll soon be able to play the game through Xbox Game Pass.

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Microsoft Surface Duo stylus could be one of its secret weapons

Microsoft Surface Duo stylus could be one of its secret weapons

Some were disappointed in hearing about the Surface Duo's 2019 specs but that might be missing the point of the device entirely. In addition to having been in development way back in 2019, the dual-screen Android phone from Microsoft is focusing on a different metric for success. It is, in effect, promising a totally new mobile experience and it apparently won't stop just at the two screens. Even the Surface Pen stylus could offer something few can, including Samsung.

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Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

You talked, Microsoft listened, and so here comes the Surface Go 2 tablet to leave you no excuse for not putting a slim slice of Windows 10 in your bag. The headline number is, of course, the $399.99 starting price. The reality, as I discovered, is that Microsoft's tablet isn't quite the no-brainer bargain it bills itself as.

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