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Controlling Microsoft’s Andromeda folding tablet could hinge on this

Controlling Microsoft’s Andromeda folding tablet could hinge on this

Ongoing rumors of a folding Microsoft device, codenamed Andromeda, continue to gain pace, with a newly-revealed patent application outlining just what you could do with a hinge in the middle of your screen. A descendent of Microsoft's original Courier concept, Andromeda is believed to be a connected folding tablet that would straddle the definitions of phone and slate.

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Microsoft moves to stop Halo Online mod: Here’s the good news

Microsoft moves to stop Halo Online mod: Here’s the good news

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Microsoft has taken notice of "ElDewrito," a fan-made mod for Halo Online. As die-hard Halo fans know, Halo Online was a Russian-only multiplayer game based on Halo 3 that was released for PC a few years back, with 343 Industries eventually pulling the plug on the game. The ElDewrito mod, which was released last week, allows players to access Halo Online through player-hosted servers, with features like stat tracking and ranked games to boot.

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Xbox One gets massive April Update, Discord integration

Xbox One gets massive April Update, Discord integration

Christmas has come extremely early for Xbox One owners. April might be almost over but fans will probably forgive Microsoft for still calling it the April Update. Especially considering the loads of gifts that Microsoft has just dumped on them in one swoop. Plus, to show that's very happy to play nice with other services, the Xbox is getting preliminary support for the most popular gamers' chat platform around: Discord.

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Despite the rumors, the next Xbox may not make a huge mistake

Despite the rumors, the next Xbox may not make a huge mistake

Though the Xbox One X is essentially a brand new console, it's never too early to begin thinking about the next generation. These mid-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft have left many wondering what the next generation of consoles will look like, and of course, there have been plenty of rumors to tell us what we might expect. Even though Microsoft is said to be putting a heavy focus on streaming moving forward, it seems that may not heavily influence the design of the next Xbox.

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Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

If you thought Microsoft's change in tone over Windows 10 S, now Windows 10 with S Mode, marks the end of its obsession over software editions, then you don't the company that well. Popping up out of nowhere, yet another Windows 10 SKU seems ready to make OEMs, consumers, and fans alike scratch their heads in bewilderment. That's Windows 10 Lean and it's leaner than Windows 10 in just one aspect: installer size.

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Xbox Games with Gold May 2018 lineup features MGS5, Vanquish

Xbox Games with Gold May 2018 lineup features MGS5, Vanquish

Microsoft has revealed the May 2018 lineup of free games available through the Xbox Live Games with Gold program. Xbox Live Gold subscribers are treated to four titles each month; two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games, with the latter pair being backward compatible with the Xbox One. There's several great games in lineup, including the highly acclaimed Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

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Microsoft Translator AI powers now work offline on mobile

Microsoft Translator AI powers now work offline on mobile

AI, especially on our smartphones, is great and all but they have one somewhat worrying requirement. It requires devices to be online in order to send data to remote servers for processing. While technically understandable, it's always an opportunity for data privacy and security problems. It also doesn't have to be that way, considering how powerful our smartphones have become. Taking that into consideration, Microsoft is proudly announcing that its new Translator app for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices can now take advantage of AI-powered translations even when offline.

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Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Microsoft has launched Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google's Chrome browser via an extension. Anyone can download the extension now, adding an extra layer of protection to block malicious websites. The extension, which is free, alerts users when they attempt to load a dangerous website and directs them back toward safety.

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New Xbox Avatar Editor app incoming (closer this time)

New Xbox Avatar Editor app incoming (closer this time)

Today we're having a peek at some leaked images and video of the next Xbox Avatar Editor. This is the place where users are able to roll with whatever human body, body parts, clothing, and accessories they wish. The differences between the avatar editors of olde and this next-gen editor are few, but important. This is very similar to what we saw back at E3 2017, but it's also evolved just a bit.

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Windows Hello wants to replace passwords with keys, fingerprints

Windows Hello wants to replace passwords with keys, fingerprints

Passwords have become practically useless, even dangerous, thanks to human frailty. That is why tech companies keep on trying to kill the password with two-factor authentication, fingerprints, faces, and even security keys. Working with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) alliance, Microsoft is updating its Windows Hello security framework to work with the newly ratified FIDO2 security keys. This means that, in the future, Windows computers can be unlocked with a fingerprint tapped on a removable USB key.

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Sea of Thieves content updates release schedule and more detailed

Sea of Thieves content updates release schedule and more detailed

Sea of Thieves, for as cool as sailing around with your friends is, has something of a content problem. Though the basis of great game seems to be in place, right now, it can feel like there isn't all that much to do. Now that launch has come has gone - with a few bumps to smooth out along the way - Rare can turn its attention toward building out the game's content, and it plans to do just that.

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PUBG will be free to play on Xbox One next week

PUBG will be free to play on Xbox One next week

It's hard to imagine that there are people out there who haven't tried PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds yet, but if you're one of the seven people who belong to that group, your chance to check it out is coming up. For a short time next week, PUBG will be free to play on Xbox One, giving you the chance to take it for a test spin without putting up any of your hard-earned cash first. Sadly, there isn't any indication that PUBG will also be free on PC next week, at least not at the moment.

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