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Folding Surface Phone teased in new Microsoft patent

Folding Surface Phone teased in new Microsoft patent

Microsoft has patented a folding, flexible smartphone which could open out into a far more practical tablet, potentially teasing a possible Surface Phone form-factor. The patent, granted earlier this month, describes a "Mobile Computing Device having a flexible hinge structure" or, in other words, a portable gadget the size of a smartphone when collapsed, but which can be opened up for a far larger interface. Indeed, Microsoft actually has multiple designs on the same core theme.

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Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a deep learning startup in Montreal

Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a deep learning startup in Montreal

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of a Montreal-based startup named Maluuba. The acquisition seems to revolve around Maluuba’s natural language work, though the startup works on more than just that, ultimately focusing on the development of artificial intelligence capable of thinking and speaking like a human. Microsoft says that Maluuba’s vision is “exactly in line with ours.”

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Windows 10 Game Mode confirmed for Creators Update

Windows 10 Game Mode confirmed for Creators Update

Microsoft has confirmed that the formerly rumored Game Mode will be arriving in Windows 10 with the Creators Update. This Game Mode will, says the company, start appearing in part for Windows Insiders this week, though the fully operational version will take a bit longer to show up. When used, Game Mode will improve a PC’s performance specifically for gaming.

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Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

U.S. company Fifth Third Bank (53rd) has announced support for Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, bringing the total number of mobile payment platforms it supports up to five. Customers with a Fifth Third Bank account can use, in addition to the two above, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and MasterPass to make payments using the app and their phone instead of their debit or credit card at supported stores.

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Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

THQ Nordic has announced a partnership with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries that will result in the physical release of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10. Those who pick up the physical retail version of the game will also be given access to the digital Xbox One edition thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere. Both Ultimate Edition and Standard Edition will be offered in retail stores.

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Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you

There are some tech companies, like Google, who are often accused of privacy violations, but it wasn't until Windows 10 that Microsoft was put in a hot seat. The company received no small amount of flak for the gaping privacy holes in the OS it was pushing to everyone, which, in turn, pushed Microsoft to make changes to its policies and implementations. Today it is announcing yet another step forward with the launch of its Privacy Dashboard, a web-based tool that lets you see and control what Microsoft sees about you.

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New Xbox One controllers released as store exclusives

New Xbox One controllers released as store exclusives

Two new Xbox One Wireless Controllers have been revealed by Microsoft, one in red, the other in green. These controllers roll with color schemes extremely similar to what we chose late last year with the Xbox Design Lab Xbox One Controller - custom one-tone. The Xbox Design Lab still exists - it still allows users to select their own colors for an Xbox One controller of their choice - but not exactly like these two new releases.

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Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update isn't just bringing new features, but a revamped privacy system that the company hopes will settle concerns about ads, location sharing, and more. Although the Creators Update isn't expected to arrive for Windows 10 fans until around April 2017, Microsoft has been detailing some of the tweaks and improvements, both in individual settings and how those settings impact the overall experience. Meanwhile, there's a taste of the new focus on privacy available to try today.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

If the speculation is correct, Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update by April. But even before that date, Windows Insiders are already being given an early treat with a large Build 15002 that was just dropped on them. Even Microsoft calls it “BIG”, and it isn’t exaggerating either. Microsoft is generously giving non-Insiders a glimpse of what’s to come, giving Windows something to whet their appetites while they wait for the real BIG update to land in three or so months.

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Canned Mega Bloks Halo game surfaces in new leak

Canned Mega Bloks Halo game surfaces in new leak

Halo has turned into quite the franchise over the years, with 13 games falling under its umbrella since Halo: Combat Evolved first released in 2001. Today we're learning about a Halo game that never made it to release, though this one is quite a bit different than any other Halo game ever created. Say hello to Mega Bloks Halo, a recently uncovered prototype that shows off a more kid-friendly version of the shooter series.

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Microsoft unveils Azure-based cloud platform for connected vehicles

Microsoft unveils Azure-based cloud platform for connected vehicles

At CES 2017 on Friday, Microsoft announced its latest plan to get involved in cars and their technology. No, the company isn't making its own autonomous vehicle like everyone else seems to be doing these days. Instead it's Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, a cloud system built on the Azure platform that will power connected cars and their growing number of services. Along with things like navigation and "in-car productivity," it will be used to bring Cortana to the road.

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Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Animations are still a hotly debated topic in the field of user experience design. Some swear by it, other swear at it. While many argue that such animations are a pure waste of computer resources, when done judiciously and tastefully, they can make user interface feel more alive and natural. That might be the principle behind Microsoft's so-called "Project NEON", a minor embellishment to the Windows 10 design language that brings the aesthetics and animations from Windows 7's Aero to make the Windows 10 design "pop out".

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