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E3 2018 press conference schedule and what to expect

E3 2018 press conference schedule and what to expect

One of the largest gaming trade shows of the year is nearly upon us. Though E3 2018 doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, June 12, most major publishers will host press conferences packed with their biggest announcements ahead of time. Electronic Arts is leading the charge this year, unofficially kicking off E3 tomorrow, June 9. EA's show begins four days of announcements from big game publishers, and with so much happening in such a small amount of time, it can be hard to keep everything straight.

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Alpha Skip Ahead ring gets Xbox Insiders onto the bleeding-edge

Alpha Skip Ahead ring gets Xbox Insiders onto the bleeding-edge

Microsoft has announced that certain Xbox Insiders will soon be able to test out even earlier builds than they can now. The company has announced a new "Alpha - Skip Ahead" ring for Xbox Insiders, which essentially splits its current alpha testing ring into two. Those who are invited into this new ring of testers will get to check out the newest work-in-progress Xbox One features, sometimes even months before they're announced or launched.

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Microsoft just put another data center underwater

Microsoft just put another data center underwater

Several years ago, Microsoft got the ball rolling on a very interesting project: undersea data centers. It's been a while since we last heard from this initiative, called Project Natick, but now Microsoft has announced a major milestone for it. The company has sunk a new data center off the coast of Scotland's Orkney Islands, and assuming everything goes smoothly, it'll be on the ocean floor for at least the next five years.

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Xbox One X deals lead the charge in Microsoft’s E3 sale

Xbox One X deals lead the charge in Microsoft’s E3 sale

E3 is a very exciting time for a lot of gamers, so it doesn't come as too much of a shock to see companies trying to take advantage of that excitement through various sales. Sony does just that with its annual Days of Play sale, and today, Microsoft announced an E3 sale of its own. There are a lot of deals worth checking out, but a noteworthy one in particular involves the first official discount on the Xbox One X.

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Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, Microsoft too much freedom

Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, Microsoft too much freedom

It seems that even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has not yet covered all its legal bases or sorted out any loose ends. Perhaps that’s for the best since it allows even more information about the social networking giant’s practices to surface. A new report has revealed that Facebook may have given partners such as Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft, and BlackBerry far too much access not just to Facebook users’ data but even those of their friends as well.

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Microsoft GitHub acquisition: It’s official

Microsoft GitHub acquisition: It’s official

Over the weekend, we heard rumors which claimed that Microsoft was looking to add GitHub, a big name in the coding and open-source spaces, to its portfolio. It didn't take very long for the truth of the matter to come out, as less than 24 hours later, Microsoft has confirmed that it is indeed buying the company. It's paying a significant sum to make GitHub a Microsoft brand, too.

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Xbox One Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa integration spotted

Xbox One Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa integration spotted

Despite having the most “personality” among the smart assistants, thanks to being based on an actual game character, Cortana is perhaps even flatter than Apple’s Siri when it comes to capabilities. Microsoft might, instead, be opting to just embrace as many such assistants on its platforms as possible. Alexa has just recently made an appearance for the first time on Windows 10 desktops and notebooks and now it seems that the Xbox One will get double the fun with both Alexa and Google Assistant coming soon.

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Microsoft buying GitHub is reportedly a done-deal

Microsoft buying GitHub is reportedly a done-deal

Microsoft has reportedly inked a deal to acquire GitHub, in a huge purchase that could be announced as soon as Monday. The acquisition would be an unexpected twist in the story of the popular code version control system, with GitHub the largest host of source code worldwide.

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Microsoft launches news website that’s safe for young kids

Microsoft launches news website that’s safe for young kids

Microsoft has announced a new product and updates to existing products that ultimately benefit kids and families. Chief among the new offerings is MSN Kids, a news website based on the existing MSN site, but one created specifically for children. As well, Microsoft has updated its Launcher app with new parental controls, added site blocking to Edge for Android, and more.

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Groove’s Android and iOS apps are shutting down later this year

Groove’s Android and iOS apps are shutting down later this year

Back in October, Microsoft signaled its intention to pull the plug on Groove Music. The service officially shut down on December 31, 2017, but Microsoft kept Groove's mobile apps up and running so users could still access their uploaded music. Those mobile apps aren't long for this world, as Microsoft has announced that it will be retiring them later this year.

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Snapdragon 850 to power Dell Surface Phone, Windows 10 on ARM

Snapdragon 850 to power Dell Surface Phone, Windows 10 on ARM

Microsoft's mobile strategy isn't exactly the most consistent. It has all but officially put Windows 10 Mobile and all its smartphones under a bus but, at the same time, seem to be working on a slightly different angle to mobile computing. Yes, that's Windows 10 on ARM, which is already off to a rough start. Part of the lukewarm reception is due to the first devices' performance, which Microsoft and Qualcomm aim to correct with a new batch of Snapdragon 850 devices, including a Surface Phone from Dell.

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SlashGear’s E3 2018 Wishlist

SlashGear’s E3 2018 Wishlist

E3 2018 is nearly upon us. We’re just a couple weeks away from the big show, and the stage is already set for a lot of major publishers. Nintendo, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and Sony have all announced that they’re hosting press conferences this year, and as always, we can expect to see more of games that have already been announced along with (hopefully) a few surprises. E3 is definitely a time for these companies to go big with their announcements, so knowing the sky is the limit, here’s what we’re hoping to see at the event.

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