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Windows 10 drops password expiration policy because they’re pointless

Windows 10 drops password expiration policy because they’re pointless

Humans are terrible at passwords. You might think they're rare but recent surveys show that many passwords are just as useful as having no password at all. Some systems, in an effort to increase security, force users to change their passwords every 30 or 60 days. Microsoft, however, is dropping that policy in the next major Windows 10 update because studies now show that password expiration policies do nothing to enhance security after all.

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Minecraft Village and Pillage update tries to show it’s still got game

Minecraft Village and Pillage update tries to show it’s still got game

Gaming news these days often revolves around Fortnite, PUBG, and the other battle royale clones that have sprung up because of those two. That was a prestige once enjoyed by Minecraft, which helped bring about other voxel-based survival and building games. It may no longer have the spotlight but Minecraft's latest update has just started to roll out to prove that it still has what it takes to be popular and profitable, without the shooting mayhem that seems to be the fad these days.

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The Windows 10 May 2019 Update has a bizarre USB problem

The Windows 10 May 2019 Update has a bizarre USB problem

Microsoft has an unexpected warning to those looking to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version: no removable devices or storage allowed. The software behemoth has cautioned PC fans that the May 2019 Update, expected to be released in short order, won't play nice with things like USB drives.

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Bing Maps gives traffic camera footage on the map

Bing Maps gives traffic camera footage on the map

A lot of the map and GPS apps that are out there today have traffic information on them. The challenge for those using the maps is knowing if the traffic data that the map is offering is correct. Rather than merely showing users a red or other color road and leaving the user to track down traffic camera footage to verify road conditions, Bing Maps is integrating traffic camera footage.

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Windows Sets tab feature killed even before it could be released

Windows Sets tab feature killed even before it could be released

For better or worse, Windows 10 is the most different version of Windows ever since Windows 95. From the way it was released and updated to the features it gained, Microsoft took the opportunity to break away from the past while still holding on to some roots. Sometimes those worked, other times, like the rolling updates, it didn't. And some, like Windows Sets, won't even see the light of day.

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Tips: PS5 powerful, but Xbox Two expandably more

Tips: PS5 powerful, but Xbox Two expandably more

Why do we care so very much about the respective power levels of each new video game console? Apparently, as rumors of PS5 and Xbox One 2 (or whatever you'd like to call it) suggest, it's not even that we care about the features of the device, but that our device is better than its biggest competitor. Have we been roped in by Sony and Microsoft for a never-ending battle of oneupmanship and, in the process, are emptying our wallets out each new iteration? I mean, probably yes.

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Microsoft Surface Hub 2S: A gigantic $12k PC you’ll never see

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S: A gigantic $12k PC you’ll never see

There's a gigantic "collaborative display" called Microsoft Surface Hub 2S that's been revealed this morning. This PC is gigantic, rolling with an 85-inch touchscreen display, and there's a 50-inch model that'll ship in June. There's also a Surface Hub 2X with a rotating screen. So in total, for every Surface Hub with a number "2" in the title, we've got Surface Hub 2 (revealed last year), Surface Hub 2S (50-inch), Surface Hub 2S (85-inch), and a Surface Hub 2X (coming next year with a rotating screen).

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Xbox April 2019 Update makes it easier to get to features you need

Xbox April 2019 Update makes it easier to get to features you need

Microsoft has just unloaded some announcement regarding future products, services, and public appearances but those are, of course, still to come. Some of them even later this year. But as good as it is to be looking to the future, one shouldn't forget the present, especially when there are more current customers to satisfy than new ones. Along with the forward-looking announcement, Microsoft has also started rolling out the April 2019 update for Xbox One systems to prove it hasn't forgotten about the here and now.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundles Xbox Live Gold under single plan

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundles Xbox Live Gold under single plan

Microsoft is giving Xbox customers something they've been asking for over the past couple years: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The name refers to the new version of its Xbox Game Pass service, one that bundles Xbox Live Gold with Game Pass under a single monthly rate. Some Xbox players have the chance to try Xbox Game Pass Ultimate before it rolls out for everyone later this year.

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Xbox One S All-Digital Edition release date, price, games

Xbox One S All-Digital Edition release date, price, games

There's a disc-free Xbox One S All-Digital Edition coming, and it's doing more than just melting your brain with its unreasonably long title. This is the long-anticipated no-disc version of the Xbox One, a device that depends on the internet to get its video game action on. To that end, the first Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles will come with several games already installed.

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Xbox E3 2019 date and time: Microsoft aims to one-up PS5

Xbox E3 2019 date and time: Microsoft aims to one-up PS5

E3 2019 is getting closer and closer, and though some of the biggest names in gaming are sitting out this year, Microsoft plans to be there in force. Today, the company set a time and date for its annual E3 press conference. This year, the event should be a fairly big one, as Microsoft is expected to reveal its next-generation console (or consoles).

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Microsoft Surface Buds could see Cortana challenge AirPods

Microsoft Surface Buds could see Cortana challenge AirPods

Microsoft is reportedly preparing to take on Apple's AirPods with some smart wireless earbuds of its own, joining the line-up alongside the Surface Headphones. If the earbuds make it to market, it would mean further validation for the audio-focused wearable space, where virtual assistants communicate via voice interactions rather than showing data with displays.

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