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Trump to ban TikTok, WeChat if they don’t sell to US companies in 45 days

Trump to ban TikTok, WeChat if they don’t sell to US companies in 45 days

After successfully kicking out tech giants like Huawei and ZTE, the US government has apparently set its eyes on smaller fish. That said, the user bases of short-video platform TikTok and instant messaging service WeChat are so large that one can't take for granted the immediate disruption a ban would have on both the companies owning them as well as unsuspecting users. That, however, is exactly what will happen to both TikTok and WeChat if they don't give in to the new Executive Order from US President Donald Trump and sell their US operations to an American company within 45 days.

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There’s no Xbox Project xCloud game streaming for iPhone: Here’s why

There’s no Xbox Project xCloud game streaming for iPhone: Here’s why

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Project xCloud support may be launching next month, but iPhone and iPad owners shouldn't expect to play the streaming games on their devices any time soon, a new explanation from Apple has made clear. Microsoft's new cloud-based gaming service combines Xbox Game Pass with Project xCloud, giving access to over 100 titles on smartphones and tablets for a $14.99 monthly fee.

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Microsoft’s Big Gaming Weekend serves up free games on Xbox One and PC

Microsoft’s Big Gaming Weekend serves up free games on Xbox One and PC

If you're looking for something to play this weekend and you own either a gaming PC or an Xbox One, it seems that Microsoft has you covered. Today, the company announced a "Big Gaming Weekend" in which it will unlock 10 games and allow anyone to play them. There are some big names on the list too, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Gears 5.

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Microsoft xCloud game streaming might not launch on iOS after all

Microsoft xCloud game streaming might not launch on iOS after all

Game streaming has become big news, especially in recent months, because of how it enabled gaming on almost any device, including smartphones and tablets. One class of devices that have silently been left out, however, are iPhones, iPads, and even Apple TVs. Game streaming services seem to have some difficulties with Apple's app store policies and Microsoft is no different. When the Project xCloud finally launches next month as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, it might be unavailable for iOS, perhaps indefinitely even.

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Galaxy Note 20 apps will run in Windows like native apps

Galaxy Note 20 apps will run in Windows like native apps

Microsoft doesn't have a smartphone of its own, at least not until the Surface Duo launches, hopefully in a few weeks. In the meantime, it seems to be fine making Samsung an extension of its desktop experience. The "long-term partnership" between the two, which actually only started last year, has already born quite a lot of fruit and actually goes beyond merely installing Microsoft apps on Samsung's phones. With the Galaxy Note 20 and its integration with Windows, it almost feels like Samsung's premier Android phone is Microsoft's Windows phone as well.

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Absent iPhone, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate makes Samsung its launch BFF

Absent iPhone, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate makes Samsung its launch BFF

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Project xCloud game streaming will be launching on Android on September 15th. Since Project xCloud will be offered as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, that means Game Pass will be coming to Android as well, which is a pretty big move for Microsoft. Earlier today, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 20, and given the proximity of these announcements from Microsoft and Samsung, it probably should be surprising to see the two companies join forces.

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Xbox serves up controller snark over Sony’s PS5 decision

Xbox serves up controller snark over Sony’s PS5 decision

The next-generation gaming consoles are on the horizon and ahead of their release comes all of the details, as well as many questions. Among the top inquiries from gamers were questions about backward compatibility, including whether any accessories for the current-generation models will work for the upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles. Here to reinforce the point is Microsoft with a subtle jab at Sony.

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These are the Xbox Project xCloud launch controllers

These are the Xbox Project xCloud launch controllers

Today Microsoft announced that the Project xCloud beta will be launching as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th. It sounds like Project xCloud will only be available on Android devices for the foreseeable future, which means those of you who who plan on streaming games for the service will need an Android phone or tablet and a controller to go along with it. Microsoft today detailed a number of upcoming controllers intended for Project xCloud gaming, which will all be available under the "Designed for Xbox" banner.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets Project xCloud streaming next month

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets Project xCloud streaming next month

Project xCloud has been in testing for many months at this point, and last month, Microsoft finally started talking about the streaming service's eventual release. Later this year, Microsoft said, Project xCloud would launch as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, giving subscribers game streaming without raising the monthly cost of Ultimate. That all sounded great, but Microsoft didn't tell us when we could expect xCloud support to go live.

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Microsoft Teams adds 1:1 calling, add-on for supporting 20K participants

Microsoft Teams adds 1:1 calling, add-on for supporting 20K participants

Zoom might be the household name for video conferencing these days because of convenience (and hype) but its rivals are slowly but surely surpassing it in terms of features. Microsoft, in particular, is building up Teams to go beyond the usual end-users and turning into something that would better appeal to business customers that pay Microsoft big bucks. For this round, it's adding the ability to have as much as 20,000 participants in a meeting as well as choosing a branded background, for a price, of course.

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Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

It looks like there's a big redesign for the Microsoft Store on the way to Xbox One users. Microsoft will begin testing this new store this week, and it's making some hefty promises about its improvements over the original store. As is usually the case with these Microsoft tests, only a few will be able to take it for a spin right away - the rest of us will have to wait until Microsoft rolls it out to more users.

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Halo classics getting crossplay features, Infinite multiplayer to be free

Halo classics getting crossplay features, Infinite multiplayer to be free

The past few days have been great for fans of the Halo franchise. Of course, there's the shadow of Halo Infinite looming over the horizon but that's still a few months away at best. In the meantime, those fans can relive the good old days but with some slight twists. Thanks to the Master Chief Collection, the classic Halo titles are getting more than just a fresh coat of paint but new capabilities like crossplay between PCs and Xbox consoles.

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