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Xbox “Project Scorpio” has 4K all over it, internal PSU

Xbox “Project Scorpio” has 4K all over it, internal PSU

Goodbye power bricks! At least as far as the Xbox consoles are concerned. Or at least that is probably the trend that Microsoft is trying to set. The Xbox One S, though slimmer than its predecessor, managed to still squeeze in its power supply inside, doing away with the external, bulky PSUs of old. And, according to sources, that will be true with the still to be formally named “Project Scorpio” console as well. And hopefully for its future consoles, too.

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Microsoft’s Cortana challenges Siri with revamped iPhone app

Microsoft’s Cortana challenges Siri with revamped iPhone app

iPhone owners are probably most accustomed to using Siri for their voice-powered assistant needs, seeing as how well it's integrated with iOS. However, along with Google, Microsoft's Cortana is looking to make itself a serious alternative on Apple's platform, and the latest update brings it closer to matching iOS's native option. Released on Friday, the new Cortana for iPhone app has been overhauled with a new interface, and includes several new features that make it easier to use.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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Microsoft teams with Steelcase to pair Surface with creative-friendly furniture

Microsoft teams with Steelcase to pair Surface with creative-friendly furniture

Microsoft sees a market for their work-friendly Surface products, but one that could benefit from the right furniture. To make this a reality, Microsoft has paired up with the folks at Steelcase to create Creative Spaces. Each of these spaces showcases the potential for welcome, workable, inspiring places to work. They've all got multiple Microsoft Surface products inside, of course.

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Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Book to its line-up, but even with higher performance it's hard to recommend the $3,000 2-in-1. Unlike the original Surface Book reveal - and, indeed, the addition of the Surface Book with Performance Base to the range back in October last year, this new iteration has raised nary a peep from Microsoft. That's despite it having some of the highest specifications we've seen from the hybrid 2-in-1 to-date.

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Windows 10 Game Mode, UWP games details explained

Windows 10 Game Mode, UWP games details explained

When Microsoft confirmed that the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update would include a certain “Game Mode”, it didn’t really go into detail what that mode would bring aside from a generic “CPU and GPU optimization”. With the Creators Update probably just a week or two away, it’s perhaps time to reveal more information about that. And what better opportunity to do just that than GDC, where Microsoft revealed a few more tidbits about its gaming vision for Windows 10, including the somewhat controversial UWP games.

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Outlook 2016 for Mac is getting Google Calendar and Contacts support

Outlook 2016 for Mac is getting Google Calendar and Contacts support

If you’re an Outlook 2016 for Mac user and part of the Office Insider Fast community, your app now supports Google Calendar and Contacts. This is the beginning of what will be an eventual rollout to all Outlook 2016 for Mac users, with this limited release being intended to get feedback and make adjustments as necessary. Insiders can expect the feature’s availability to rollout over the next several weeks, while everyone else will see the features some time later this year.

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Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft’s OneDrive storage had a bit of a tumultuous couple years, with the company first giving certain customers unlimited data and then later rescinding the ‘unlimited’ part of that equation when people starting using it in an unlimited fashion. While the change wouldn’t happen immediately, we knew it was coming and received more details this past December: that unlimited storage would become 1TB of storage starting on March 1 — that is, yesterday.

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Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

While the biggest profits in the gaming market naturally come from big titles, big developers, and big publishers, there is an undeniably big indie culture thriving there as well. While PCs have long been the home of indie games and developers, consoles have recently tried to woo this vibrant crowd as well. Microsoft’s latest move at GDC 2017 tries to sweeten the pot even more by allowing anyone, which is to say indie devs, to make and publish games for the Xbox without going through rigorous scrutiny. Unsurprisingly, there are some rather big caveats to keep in mind.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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Skype WiFi will be discontinued on March 31

Skype WiFi will be discontinued on March 31

Skype WiFi is being discontinued, Microsoft has announced, with the company planning to shutter the service on March 31. Once that date rolls around, no one will be able to download the Skype WiFi app, and those who already have it installed will no longer be able to use it -- that is, it won't find hotspots anymore. Microsoft's reason for discontinuing the service? It has better things to focus on.

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