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Xbox One S Review

Xbox One S Review

I've been using the Xbox One S for a while now, and it's become clear that Microsoft has a winner on its hands. Not just because the device is better than its predecessor - and less expensive. The Xbox One S is better than the Xbox One, the PS4, and the PS4 Pro, not least of all because it looks so extremely nice - even when it's modified to look like it's been attacked by wild animals.

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Gears of War 4 gets festive with snowball fights and holiday gear

Gears of War 4 gets festive with snowball fights and holiday gear

Overwatch and Destiny aren't the only big games getting into the holiday spirit with special events, Microsoft's Gears of War 4 has its own snow-themed gameplay rolling out. Dubbed "Gearsmas," GoW4's event includes lots of holiday-appropriate cosmetic items, along with a new and unique Snowball Fight play mode. The event is live now for all GoW4 players, and will run until January 4th.

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This Xbox One S Minecraft bundle deal is a one-day-only steal

This Xbox One S Minecraft bundle deal is a one-day-only steal

We're guessing that some of you managed to grab inexpensive Xbox One S bundles on Black Friday, but if you missed those deals, Microsoft is back with a new promotion that will prove tempting for many. This new promotion will likely be your final chance to pick up an Xbox One S bundle on the cheap before the end of the holiday season. You need to act quickly though, because this deal is good for today only.

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Xbox One OS update means faster game downloads for many users

Xbox One OS update means faster game downloads for many users

Microsoft has announced a new OS update for Xbox One users out there that should mean faster downloads for many players. The OS update launched on December 14 and adds performance and other general improvements. Download performance improvements are the big upgrades in this update.

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Microsoft Edge browser won’t run Flash by default

Microsoft Edge browser won’t run Flash by default

Web browser makers are waging war against Flash, pushing it ever closer to its demise. Microsoft, who hasn’t been taken seriously in that space for until recently, doesn’t want t be left behind. Available to Windows Insiders first and then coming to the Windows 10 Creator’s Update next year, Microsoft Edge will take a stronger approach to decreasing Flash’s use by requiring users to click to even load Flash content instead of running them by default and then making users pause or stop them.

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Microsoft Surface: what Redmond finally got right

Microsoft Surface: what Redmond finally got right

Microsoft, unsurprisingly, made a rather bold boast this week. It attributed the strong sales of its Surface devices to a growing dissatisfaction among MacBook Pro users. While many will definitely call BS on that, it's futile to deny facts. The Surface Pro tablets and the Surface Book laptop has done quite well. An achievement for a company that has traditionally sucked at devices (save for the Xbox). That success is definitely surprising and unexpected, which makes us ask, "how the hell did Microsoft pull it off?"

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Cortana, Harman Kardon to take on Amazon Echo, Google Home

Cortana, Harman Kardon to take on Amazon Echo, Google Home

If you thought Amazon and Google were the only ones battling out in the still niche smart living room speaker arena, Microsoft would beg to differ. Just as it poised Cortana as the cross-platform smart assistant to beat, it is now also positioning her/it to be the cross-device smart assistant to challenge them all. That means Cortana in your desktop/laptop, tablet, smartphone, Xbox One, and, yes, smart living room speaker. And to accomplish that, it has enlisted the help of famed audio masters Harman Kardon.

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Microsoft Translator now translates your in-person conversations

Microsoft Translator now translates your in-person conversations

Microsoft Translator is taking another step toward eliminating the language barrier separating many people, making it possible to see real-time translations during your conversation with someone speaking a different language. It's an essential business tool and a great way to expand your horizons while traveling, and it only requires each person to have a phone and the Microsoft Translator app.

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You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

Skype's cool real-time translation feature, appropriately named Translator, is getting a rather significant expansion today. What was once limited to Skype-to-Skype calling is now expanding to calls with mobile phones and landlines. This assumes a few things, most importantly that you're part of the Windows Insider program.

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Sorry Apple, Microsoft is stealing your MacBook users

Sorry Apple, Microsoft is stealing your MacBook users

Microsoft would like nothing more than to poach MacBook owners from Apple, and according to the company it's doing that in greater numbers than ever. Coming on the heels of a campaign intended to get MacBook owners away from macOS and onto a new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, Microsoft now says that "more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before." Why so many? The company says it's down to two big things.

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Best Buy PS4 Slim, Xbox One S prices drop for the holidays

Best Buy PS4 Slim, Xbox One S prices drop for the holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly and to use up that hard earned cash for the deals you’ve been waiting all year long. If you’ve been waiting for the latest gen gaming consoles to drop to their lowest, now might be the best time to buy. And the best play to buy those might be, you guessed it, from Best Buy. The retail giant has just slashed the prices for the PlayStation 4 “slim” and Xbox One S, and even one Xbox One, to make sure you won’t be left bored while waiting for the old year to give way to the new.

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4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

The gulf between Apple and Microsoft's strategies for desktop and mobile continues to spread. On the one hand, Apple has iOS on its own ARM-based mobile chips, and macOS on Intel x86 processors. Taking the complete opposite approach, Microsoft is forging ahead with the same Windows 10 across both ecosystems. While there's no single "right answer" there are plenty of reasons why Microsoft's announcement with Qualcomm that full Windows 10 is coming to Snapdragon should get you excited.

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