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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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Microsoft aims for hearts, minds, and eyeballs of autonomous vehicle riders

Microsoft aims for hearts, minds, and eyeballs of autonomous vehicle riders

Whereas much of the autonomous car hype centers around the sensors and processing technology necessary to tackle the self-driving challenge, Microsoft is more interested in what you're going to do with all the time you'll be spending while en route, but not behind the wheel. Specifically, the software giant has banded together with partners NXP, IAV, Swiss Re, and Cubic Telecom to demonstrate how it plans to fit in to the driverless future at CES.

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Windows 10 Creators Update coming in Q2 2017

Windows 10 Creators Update coming in Q2 2017

It might be CES 2017 week already, but that doesn't mean there's no room for more forward-looking news, especially when "forward-looking" means just a month or so down the road. Microsoft has apparently stopped the flow of Windows 10 Insider updates and for good reason. It is already locking down builds for an imminent launch. Yes, that means that the Creators Update is just around the corner. That's the good news. The bad news is that it seems that Microsoft has delayed that release by at least a month, from March to April this year.

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Hey Cortana, tell me about Nissan’s CES 2017 keynote

Hey Cortana, tell me about Nissan’s CES 2017 keynote

Cars are getting smarter, either with the help of tether or paired smartphone or by themselves. Some car makers have flocked to Apple's CarPlay while others have jumped on Google's Android Auto. The one major platform maker that seems to be missing out, however, is Microsoft. If Nissan's teaser is any indication, however, that might be changing on Thursday. To remind people about its CES 2017 keynote, Nissan has sought the marketing help of Cortana, and Microsoft, of course, hinting that there might be a big reveal coming up.

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Microsoft patent details using augmented reality to find lost keys

Microsoft patent details using augmented reality to find lost keys

Microsoft envisions uses for augmented reality beyond digital pets and reading messages overlaid onto your environment — namely, finding your lost keys, among other things. Such was detailed in a patent recently filed by Microsoft, which goes on to describe the tracking of items that are moveable like wallets, your phone, and other similar things. Augmented reality could also be used to track the state of something, such as the level of milk in a milk carton.

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Volvo 90 Series cars get Skype for Business integration

Volvo 90 Series cars get Skype for Business integration

Volvo Car Group has announced Skype for Business integration for the automaker’s 90 Series vehicles. This integration will increase drivers’ productivity by bringing Skype for Business to the cars’ large center display, making it possible to see what upcoming meetings are in the pipeline, who is attending, and more. The company also said it is exploring the idea of using Cortana.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview get a Green Screen of Death

Windows 10 Insider Preview get a Green Screen of Death

A Windows 10 Insider Preview build leaked out ahead of the official launch during the Christmas weekend and several new features were gleaned from that leak. One of the features that didn't get talked about much, until now, was the fact that the infamous Blue Screen of Death or BSOD seen when some sort of critical error forces a crash has been replaced. That BSOD is now a Green Screen of Death (GSOD) in the latest build.

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Windows 10 “Game Mode” rumored for Creators Update

Windows 10 “Game Mode” rumored for Creators Update

There's a lot coming to Windows 10 with the incoming Creators Update, but one secret feature that could be included is a "Game Mode" of sorts. Such a feature hasn't been officially revealed by Microsoft yet, but rather discovered in a leaked build of Windows. That means it will be rolling out to folks in the Windows Insider program soon, should it actually exist.

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The Best Games of 2016: Forza Horizon 3

The Best Games of 2016: Forza Horizon 3

After playing games exclusively on PC and Nintendo 3DS for most of this console generation, I made the decision earlier this year to buy an Xbox One S. Somewhat predictably, it doesn't see a lot of use since PC is still my platform of choice, but if one game was the exception to that trend, it was Forza Horizon 3. I wasn't expecting it at first, but what I thought was just going to be a fun little diversion turned into one of the best games of the year.

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12 tips to make the most out of Surface Pro 4

12 tips to make the most out of Surface Pro 4

If you are anything of a tech lover, chances are, you got a new toy this season. Or maybe you're still planning on buying one while deals are still hot. And maybe, just maybe, you've got your eyes, and heart, set on Microsoft's not so latest but still current Surface Pro 4 "tablet that can replace your laptop". Whether you're already holding one in your hands or have booked an appointment with Microsoft Store, there are a few things you'd want to immediately do to start on the right foot with your new work, creativity, and entertainment partner.

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