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Surface Pro 3 battery issue to receive software fix, confirms Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery issue to receive software fix, confirms Microsoft

For more than a few weeks now, Surface Pro 3 tablet owners have been suffering from a rapidly draining battery issue. Back in July, Microsoft told users that this was not a failure on the hardware's part, and that they should continue updating to the latest software version. Now the company has reiterated this message, saying that it has confirmed the battery problem can be fixed with a software patch which is currently in testing, and that users don't need to pursue hardware replacements.

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Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Remember back in July when we told you that the FCC had called on carriers and device makers to help in the fight against robocalls? You'd be forgiven if you thought nothing would come of the FCC's urging, but the very next day, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was ready to lead a "strike force" to help the FCC put an end to the robocall problem. It turns out that strike force is real and it had meeting with the FCC today, kicking off its efforts to make robocalls a thing of the past.

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Gears of War 4 PC requirements surface alongside 4K gameplay video

Gears of War 4 PC requirements surface alongside 4K gameplay video

We're only a couple of months away from the launch of Gears of War 4 on PC and Xbox One, and in an effort to keep the hype machine rolling, Microsoft has premiered a new video that features 10 minutes of gameplay footage. The video is more or less what you'd expect a Gears of War demo to be, only there's one distinct feature here that makes this particular video stand out from the rest of the Gears 4 content we've seen so far: it's giving us our first glimpse at what the game will look like in 4K.

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Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Partly thanks to the hype around Pokemon GO, augmented reality has become a buzzword again (which is somewhat ironic considering some AR enthusiasts don't consider the game as such). Though definitely not alone nor first, Microsoft is one of the biggest proponents of augmented reality technology which, unfortunately, is extremely limited to a select few, not to mention expensive, number of devices and developers. Come 2017, however, that will somewhat change, as Microsoft releases its Windows Holographic platform, as well as its AR shell, to any and all Windows 10 computers.

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Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundles arrive on September 22

Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundles arrive on September 22

Microsoft has announced a pair of Xbox One S FIFA 17 bundles, saying they’ll be available soon in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Both bundles include the FIFA 17 game as a download, as well as a trio of Ultimate Team Loan Legends and more. The big difference between the two bundles is the amount of storage space you get for your games: one bundle includes a 500GB hard drive console and the other includes a 1TB hard drive.

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Microsoft bringing built-in Xbox Wireless support to Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft bringing built-in Xbox Wireless support to Windows 10 PCs

For most PC gamers, if a keyboard and mouse won't do, the choice of controller seems to fall to either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One gamepads. This isn't exactly a coincidence, as the level of compatibility between Windows and Xbox - both being developed by Microsoft - means that gamers can usually just plug the controller in and get to playing. Microsoft is looking to make Xbox One controllers an even easier choice for gamers, announcing today the first Windows 10 PC with built-in support for Xbox Wireless.

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Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel’s Project Alloy cuts cord on all-in-one VR headset

Intel isn't letting the Virtual Reality revolution getting away from it, but since it really wants to sell more chips, its Project Alloy headset packs a full VR rig into a standalone system. Shown off for the first time at IDF 2016, the company's developer conference in San Francisco, CA, today, Project Alloy looks at first glance like a regular - albeit bulky - headset, though that size is because it's actually a complete PC, too.

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Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

This morning another entry in the "lets call out Apple for their claims" series has been released by Microsoft. This video spot shows the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 speaking with Cortana to Apple's iPad Pro with its Siri. "I just got a keyboard," says Siri on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pro 4, "I'm a computer now, just like you." The viewer can see where this is going immediately. The iPad Pro is made fun of mercilessly.

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Surface Pro Special Edition NFL Type Covers celebrate your favorite team

Surface Pro Special Edition NFL Type Covers celebrate your favorite team

Every football fan in the US knows that the kickoff to the 2016-2017 NFL season is right around the corner. Microsoft wants to capitalize on that passion for NFL football and is offering people who have the new Surface Pro some cool Type Covers to choose from. There are covers for every single NFL team to choose from. Microsoft says that the first concept it made of the new NFL cover was for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows as a Service. That was one of Microsoft's battle cries for Windows 10. In a nutshell, it compared Windows to web services, like web apps and cloud services, whose software get updated behind the scenes in a rolling basis. Now it is bringing that same paradigm to Windows 10's immediate predecessors, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, with monthly rollup and security-only updates. This new system, promises Microsoft, will ensure higher quality patches and a more consistent update experience for users.

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Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

The Xbox One's open beta for Halo Wars 2, the second real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, was held back in June, and developer 343 Industries has revealed details on what their main takeaways from the experience were, along with some of the things they'll be changing as a result of player feedback. The biggest surprise, however, was the announcement that a second beta will be released in early 2017 for both of the game's platforms, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

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Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit is axing support for Microsoft HealthVault, the company's cloud-based database intended to make sharing information with healthcare professionals more straightforward. One of the lesser-discussed features of Fitbit products like the Blaze smartwatch, the HealthVault support had allowed wearers to push records of their activity and exercise to Microsoft's service for later consideration by a doctor or other specialist.

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