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Minecraft Live 2021: Mob vote, when, and where

Minecraft Live 2021: Mob vote, when, and where

The annual Minecraft celebration known as Minecraft Live has been given a date and a time for the year 2021. This year's Minecraft Live will once again be exclusively live streamed - not an in-person event - and it'll appear on Minecraft's official webpage and the Minecraft YouTube channel. Minecraft Live will take place on October 16, and we'll see a bunch of new content and have the opportunity to do a "community vote" to choose which new mob is released in the game.

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Xbox Game Pass just gave Halo Infinite fans some good news

Xbox Game Pass just gave Halo Infinite fans some good news

Earlier today, Microsoft revealed a new batch of games heading to Xbox Game Pass this month. The slate of upcoming games seems pretty solid, but hidden within today's announcement was something that folks looking forward to Halo Infinite will want to take note of. As it turns out, Halo Infinite is available for pre-load through Xbox Game Pass beginning today, months before the game is slated to release.

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Microsoft announces Windows 11 event with Surface for September

Microsoft announces Windows 11 event with Surface for September

It's been a busy week for Microsoft so far. First, the company revealed the release date for Windows 11, saying that the new operating system would launch on October 5th for new devices before rolling out to existing devices over the course of several months. Now, Microsoft has announced a new event for later this month, and as you'd expect, Windows 11 will be a big topic of conversation.

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Xbox Game Pass picks up Breathedge, more Final Fantasy to start September

Xbox Game Pass picks up Breathedge, more Final Fantasy to start September

If you haven't noticed, it's the first day of September, which means there's a new batch of games heading to Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft today detailed the titles that will be added to Xbox Game Pass in the first half of the month. There are some familiar names among the bunch, including a Final Fantasy game that was rather divisive when it first launched.

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Windows 11 Android apps support is coming much later

Windows 11 Android apps support is coming much later

The launch date of Windows' next big version has already been announced. While it's not as big an upgrade as Windows 10, Microsoft's Surface changes (pun intended) are enough to pique people's curiosities. Of course, there are underlying changes as well, but at least one major advertised feature of Windows 11 won't be available at launch time. Microsoft is pushing back the ability to run Android apps directly on Windows 11 PCs, with the final feature release slate probably sometime in mid-2022.

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Windows 11 release date confirmed: What you need to know

Windows 11 release date confirmed: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off the final day in August with a bang, this morning announcing the release date for Windows 11. While we knew Windows 11 was coming at some point later this year, Microsoft hadn't shared a specific release date up to this point. Now, we know not only when Windows 11 will launch, but we also know how it will roll out to existing Windows 10 machines.

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Windows update let users know if their PC supports Windows 11

Windows update let users know if their PC supports Windows 11

Traditionally, most computer users aren't fast at upgrading from one version of Windows to another. While most PC users just want a machine that works and gets security updates, others want to get the latest version of Windows soon as it's available. Anyone looking forward to Windows 11 when it launches later this year will want to know if their computer supports the new operating system.

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Even Xbox is pushing back against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Even Xbox is pushing back against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Despite empirical data and trials showing that the various COVID-19 vaccines available are safe and effective, there's still a lot of vaccine misinformation out there. Of course, certain groups have always spread vaccine misinformation, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, we see that amplified on a global scale. The misinformation campaigns have become so widespread that now we're even seeing Xbox - a brand that has nothing to do with medicine or epidemiology - push back against them.

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Xbox engineer goes above and beyond to fix an old gamerpic

Xbox engineer goes above and beyond to fix an old gamerpic

Every now and then, we see something interesting that happens involving an engineer working behind the scenes at some of the biggest technology companies in the world. This is a perfect example of that. A gamer named Gabriel Roland took to Twitter, noting that Xbox made his Pac-Man ghost avatar smaller and smaller with each generation. Roland said he had purchased the gamerpic in 2006 for 80 Xbox points and vowed to use it forever.

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Windows 11 new system requirements has a loophole for unsupported PCs

Windows 11 new system requirements has a loophole for unsupported PCs

Despite the somewhat controversial UI changes, interest in Windows 11 has mostly been positive. Unfortunately, Microsoft botched that early on with its rather confusing set of minimum system requirements as well as an equally confusing PC Health Check app. Since then, the company has been working to clarify the baseline for PCs that are eligible for a Windows 11 update. It is now more or less setting its foot down on computers with older processors, but a "loophole" will give ineligible users a chance to run Windows 11 at their own risk.

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Surface Duo 2 specs are still a bit disappointing

Surface Duo 2 specs are still a bit disappointing

Not everyone is a fan of single-screen foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Huawei Mate X2. While most will probably want a larger screen, the drawbacks of such a device have always been deal-breakers for many consumers. Some, however, are more interested in a slightly different take on that problem, using two separate screens in one. So far, only the Microsoft Surface Duo represents that niche segment, and it didn't do quite a good job of it. The Surface Duo 2 might just be around the corner, but based on leaks, it could still fail to impress when it comes to certain features.

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Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

The latest version of PC Health Check changes the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. For some users, this will be good news. Microsoft expanded the number of processors that they've tested and confirmed will fit the basic requirements of an approved Windows 11 device. Technically you'll be able to install Windows 11 on an older device, but Microsoft isn't going to be there to fix what doesn't work if said device doesn't meet Microsoft's basic requirements.

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