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New Xbox Live Gold deal includes 1,000 free Fortnite V-Bucks

New Xbox Live Gold deal includes 1,000 free Fortnite V-Bucks

Microsoft has just rolled out a new Xbox Live Gold deal open to all new customers and anyone who dropped their subscription before October 1: three months of service and 1,000 V-Bucks for a total of $10. That price essentially makes the V-Bucks free, as 1,000 V-Bucks would cost Fortnite players ten bucks when purchased separately.

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Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

Microsoft has launched live call captioning with live captions and subtitles in the latest version of Skype. The new feature was announced on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, giving users who are deaf or hard of hearing an important accessibility feature. The captions and subtitles appear as people are talking.

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Surface Centaurus leaked as tomorrow’s 2-screen super-PC

Surface Centaurus leaked as tomorrow’s 2-screen super-PC

Microsoft is hard at work on the next generation of PCs. According to sources familiar with the work at hand, it's time again to focus on dual-screen devices. That means two displays, one machine, and a nightmare for repair shops worldwide! The launch of this device is likely to be important enough to appear at its own event, hosted by Microsoft, focused on a single machine.

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Fortnite Account Merge feature delayed

Fortnite Account Merge feature delayed

Today Epic Games announced that the upcoming Account Linking / Account Merge feature was delayed. Users first heard about an Account Linking feature on 9.28.2018. For now, you'll just have to live with the Account Link part of this Account Merge party.

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SwiftKey for Android gets built-in search for rapid web browsing

SwiftKey for Android gets built-in search for rapid web browsing

Microsoft has released an update for its mobile keyboard SwiftKey, giving Android users access to a built-in search bar. With this new feature, users can directly browse the web and share the content they find with others, eliminating the need to toggle between an app and web browser. As expected, the new feature uses Bing as its search engine.

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US Army awards Microsoft $480m contract for special HoloLens headsets

US Army awards Microsoft $480m contract for special HoloLens headsets

The United States Army is preparing to purchase up to 100,000 HoloLens units from Microsoft, according to a new report. The company was awarded a $480 million contract with the Army for the purpose of supplying augmented reality systems that could potentially be used during training and in combat. The military intends the system to "increase lethality," among other things.

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Xbox Games with Gold December 2018 lineup includes Dragon Age II

Xbox Games with Gold December 2018 lineup includes Dragon Age II

Microsoft has revealed its Xbox Games with Gold lineup for December 2018. The company is offering subscribers a total of four games with a collective retail value of around $60. All four games are supported by the Xbox One, and two of them can also be played on the older Xbox 360 console. As always, Xbox console owners will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to get the free titles.

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Nintendo Switch, Xbox Adaptive Controller make games more accessible

Nintendo Switch, Xbox Adaptive Controller make games more accessible

Just like in the mobile market, most of the developments and advancements in gaming cater to the large majority of able-bodied gamers. That unsurprisingly cuts off quite a sizable number of people that would buy games by the dozens if they were actually playable by people with physical handicaps. That’s why Microsoft was largely praised when it came out with its Xbox Adaptive Controller though, unfortunately, few followed its lead. Fortunately, all it took was a very dedicated gamer to find ways to make the XAC work with the Nintendo Switch.

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Windows 10 update makes Windows Media Player almost unusable

Windows 10 update makes Windows Media Player almost unusable

Windows 10’s October update, a.k.a. version 1809, is turning out to be, by far, the worst Windows 10 update in its three-year history as a rolling release. While Windows as a Service definitely has many benefits on paper, Microsoft’s execution is souring users’ perception of what should have been a very positive change. The latest in a growing litany of errors is an update that fixes a few security issues but also breaks Microsoft’s own Media Player and Windows 10 OS features in the process.

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Razer teases Xbox One wireless keyboard, mouse for early 2019

Razer teases Xbox One wireless keyboard, mouse for early 2019

For quite some time Microsoft had promised that keyboard and mouse support was coming to the Xbox One, and earlier this month it finally delivered the feature, with a handful of games introducing compatibility for the accessories, including Fortnite. Now that the feature is out, allowing Xbox One owners to connect just about any keyboard and mouse they already have, it's still a matter of time before hardware specifically designed for the console is released. But rather than Microsoft, it looks like Razer is handling things.

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Microsoft is winning the console war from second place

Microsoft is winning the console war from second place

It has not been a friendly console cycle for Microsoft and the Xbox One. Microsoft’s troubles began from the second it revealed the Xbox One back in 2013 - not only did the company reveal a console that seemed to put gaming last, but it also took a heavy-handed approach to digital rights management that immediately received a lot of blowback. Though Microsoft reversed many of these controversial decisions before the console launched, the damage was done.

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Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days,perhaps more than a PC. That means almost everyone uses Android or iOS. Linux runs the tech world behind the scenes and macOS still enjoys the prestige of being the creatives' OS. But like it or not, Windows is still the operating system on computers, from desktops to laptops to hybrids to even some PoS and ATMs, regrettably. With that many users and installs, you’d think Microsoft would exercise great care and caution to ensure its updates don’t break computers terribly. Unfortunately, as it turns out, that isn’t the case lately.

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