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All Windows PCs at risk after Microsoft fails to fix zero-day exploit

All Windows PCs at risk after Microsoft fails to fix zero-day exploit

Talos Security Intelligence & Research Group has published a new report detailing its discovery of a zero-day exploit impacting all Windows versions, including newly updated Windows 11 machines. The team describes this exploit as an "elevation of privilege vulnerability" that impacts Windows Installer, also noting some malware is already in circulation that targets this particular vulnerability.

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Microsoft’s virtual Xbox museum is a very detailed stroll down memory lane

Microsoft’s virtual Xbox museum is a very detailed stroll down memory lane

If you haven't heard by now, the Xbox brand turned 20 this year. With anniversary livestreams, controllers, and even a surprise Halo Infinite multiplayer release, we're not sure how you could have missed the news, but that's neither here nor there. The anniversary train hasn't stopped rolling yet, as Microsoft has launched a new virtual museum that takes us through the history of Xbox.

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Qualcomm Windows on ARM exclusivity is stunting its growth

Qualcomm Windows on ARM exclusivity is stunting its growth

Windows has actually been on ARM-based devices for quite a few years now, but it isn't at all surprising that there are so few of them. Despite hardware being adequate, the Windows on ARM experience has been generally regarded to be less than stellar, with many of the complaints focused around performance, battery life, and support for x86/x64 Windows software. Some have put the blame on Qualcomm's chipsets, but it seems that there is no escaping that because, apparently, Microsoft and Qualcomm have made a deal that makes Windows on ARM a Snapdragon exclusive, at least for the next two or so years.

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Age of Empires III Definitive Edition takes a page out of Forza’s book with Mexico DLC

Age of Empires III Definitive Edition takes a page out of Forza’s book with Mexico DLC

Microsoft has surprised a lot of Age of Empires fans with the announcement of new DLC for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. While the DLC itself isn't a shock, it is a bit surprising to hear that Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is getting DLC so soon after the release of Age of Empires IV. In any case, this DLC will be taking us to Mexico, so if you didn't get your fill with Forza Horizon 5, you'll soon be able to get even more Mexico in Age of Empires III.

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Surface Duo 2 durability test reveals potential weaknesses

Surface Duo 2 durability test reveals potential weaknesses

Samsung isn't the only game in town when it comes to foldable phones - Microsoft insists that it is also in that court. Of course, the Surface Duo and its Surface Duo 2 successor do fold, but in a very different way and with very different use cases. With the very different mechanisms and materials used to create Microsoft's products, we have a very different durability story compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Thankfully, JerryRigEverything has done the literally hard work for us and put the Surface Duo 2 through the wringer to see just how tough this strange phone really is.

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Forza Horizon 5 Review

Forza Horizon 5 Review

I'll level with you from the start: Forza Horizon 5 is a game that I don't really know how to critique. The latest entry in the immensely popular spin-off series to Forza Motorsport, Forza Horizon 5 whisks us away to Mexico for another adventure filled with road races, offroading, and even some stunt work. All of that is great, but it all feels so familiar. We've attended this festival before, and though it is still fun to attend, it's no longer novel. So the question is: how much does that novelty matter? Does a game really have to tread new, uncharted ground in order to be good? Or can it still be good by sticking to what it does well and simply offering more of it?

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Halo Infinite campaign co-op and Forge mode release dates delayed

Halo Infinite campaign co-op and Forge mode release dates delayed

With the launch of Halo Infinite's multiplayer earlier this week, 343 Industries announced that season 1 will last longer than anticipated. Instead of three months as initially planned, season 1 has now been extended to six months. Unfortunately, this has implications for features beyond multiplayer, as the extension of season 1 also means that the launches of campaign co-op and Forge mode will be delayed.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants the whole industry in on emulation

Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants the whole industry in on emulation

Game preservation has become something of a big topic in recent years. As time goes on, some people are worried about old physical media and hardware wearing out, coupled with those who would like to play classic games on modern platforms without breaking the bank. While backward compatibility helps with some of that a little bit and has become an increasing area of focus for some platform holders, we haven't seen a holistic approach to game preservation. That's where Xbox boss Phil Spencer thinks that a major push for emulation could help.

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Halo Infinite battle pass changes are already on the way

Halo Infinite battle pass changes are already on the way

It's been a pretty wild week for Halo fans. Halo Infinite's multiplayer launched earlier this week, going live three weeks before it was originally expected to. While the reaction so far seems fairly positive, there have been some gripes from the player base and critics alike, with many focusing on slow battle pass progression as one of the primary concerns. Now, just a few days after Halo Infinite's multiplayer launched, 343 has announced that battle pass changes are on the way.

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Halo Infinite dev ‘looking at’ battle pass progression after player feedback

Halo Infinite dev ‘looking at’ battle pass progression after player feedback

Halo Infinite's multiplayer launched into beta earlier this week, and while the game itself has seemingly been well-received by players, there are some aspects that players take issue with. Perhaps the biggest is battle pass progression, something that's been a contentious topic for Halo fans since well before Infinite's launch. Now, after Halo fans made their voices heard, 343 Industries says that it's looking into complaints about the battle pass.

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3 Reasons Xbox Cloud Gaming makes sense on a console (and 1 drawback)

3 Reasons Xbox Cloud Gaming makes sense on a console (and 1 drawback)

Today we're taking a peek at how Xbox Cloud Gaming works on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One. This gaming system was rolling around in beta mode for a while in 2021 and formally launched in the month of November, 2021, for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. It's made for playing games in the cloud - and for the most part, cloud gaming seems best suited to mobile devices aiming to play games that'd only otherwise be available on consoles and PCs. So why would you want to play Xbox Cloud Gaming on an Xbox?

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Windows Media Player is finally getting a long-overdue upgrade

Windows Media Player is finally getting a long-overdue upgrade

Like any other operating system, Windows has always come with its set of first-party utilities for the most basic needs, from calculators to media players to drawing tools. Most of these haven't seen any notable update in years, possibly decades, like the venerable Microsoft Paint that has remained the same since 2012 until recently. It seems that the next "old" app to get a facelift will be Media Player, which will finally become Windows' unified audio and video player once again.

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