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Microsoft declares war on deepfakes as US election looms

Microsoft declares war on deepfakes as US election looms

Microsoft is targeting the deepfaked content that is used to manipulate public beliefs and opinions, the company said in a statement today. This content is created using artificial intelligence technologies that are increasingly accessible to the average person, ones that are capable of generating content that is realistic and hard to detect using the naked eye.

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Microsoft Series X accessory compatibility could be next-gen console’s wildcard

Microsoft Series X accessory compatibility could be next-gen console’s wildcard

As we move into the next generation, Microsoft has spoken frequently about making sure current-generation accessories - those made for Xbox One - are forward compatible with next-generation hardware. To that end, today Microsoft announced a new stage for the "Designed for Xbox" program - an accessory licensing program that has been running since the days of the OG Xbox.

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Windows 10 May 2020 update blocked on PCs with LTE modems due to known bug

Windows 10 May 2020 update blocked on PCs with LTE modems due to known bug

It seems that Microsoft can never really get rid of the Windows 10 update curse. Although not as spectacularly bad as older updates, Windows 10 version 2004, a.k.a. the May 2020 update, might actually be even more problematic or even dangerous to certain hardware. That on its own might not really be new but the fact that Microsoft is halting the rollout of the latest Windows 10 update to certain devices because of a bug it already fixed last year is definitely perplexing.

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The Xbox Series S isn’t official but Microsoft can’t stop mentioning it

The Xbox Series S isn’t official but Microsoft can’t stop mentioning it

For some time now, we've been hearing rumors that claim Microsoft is planning to release two consoles side-by-side in the next generation: the already-revealed Xbox Series X, and the less expensive (and notably unconfirmed) Xbox Series S. Reports about a pair of consoles have been circulating since before Microsoft even announced the Xbox Series X, but Microsoft has kept its lips sealed on that rumored second console.

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Destiny 2, Resident Evil 7 lead a huge month for Xbox Game Pass

Destiny 2, Resident Evil 7 lead a huge month for Xbox Game Pass

Last month was a fairly big one for Xbox Game Pass, but September is slated to be even bigger. Across Xbox One and PC, Game Pass is getting a grand total of 11 games this month, though of course, only some of those will be available for both console and PC. Leading the way this month is Destiny 2: Shadowkeep & Forsaken on console and Resident Evil 7 on PC and Xbox One.

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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition releases later this year

Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition releases later this year

Age of Empires is one of the most popular RTS series of all time, and in recent years, we've been seeing a major revival for the franchise. Though 2005's Age of Empires 3 was the last mainline entry in the series, lately Microsoft has been working on remastering and upgrading all of the old games in the series and re-releasing Definitive Editions of each one.

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Microsoft Launcher for Android gets major upgrade

Microsoft Launcher for Android gets major upgrade

Today the folks at Microsoft responsible for the "Microsoft Launcher" app on Android released a major update. A launcher app, if you've never had the opportunity to use one before, will allow you to experience your Android smartphone in a brand new way - sort of like putting all your baseball cards in a new binder. You get the same content, it's just delivered in a new way.

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Surface Duo will be available for viewing at Best Buy

Surface Duo will be available for viewing at Best Buy

Microsoft's dual-screen phone is arguably one of the more interesting pieces of tech to come this year but there are also many reservations about a phone that no one has seen yet outside of press releases. It would definitely help if Microsoft could show that the Surface Duo is truly ready for action and worthy of the price it's asking for. If you're one of the lucky few to live near a Best Buy store, you might actually get that chance now that Surface Duo displays are available in some but not all of these outlets.

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Xbox One August 2020 update brings new Guide and Activity Feed features

Xbox One August 2020 update brings new Guide and Activity Feed features

The Xbox One August 2020 up has arrived, and it's bringing a refined Xbox Guide along with it. What we're seeing today is actually the next step in a multi-month process for Microsoft, which is attempting to make the "Xbox Experience" a unified one across different devices - across the Xbox One, a new Xbox app that will be launching in beta soon, and even eventually Xbox Series X.

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Word 365 gets voice transcription but with some weird restrictions [Update]

Word 365 gets voice transcription but with some weird restrictions [Update]

Microsoft 365 is getting a handy new Word feature today: voice transcription. With this, you can either upload a recording to Word or record something new within the app itself and have Word automatically transcribe it for you. The implementation within Word sounds like it's fleshed out and quite capable, but there are some big restrictions you should be aware of before you dive feet first into the world of Microsoft 365 transcription.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Xbox customs are nightmares for a good cause

Wonder Woman 1984 Xbox customs are nightmares for a good cause

If you're all about owning the most insanely outlandish Xbox consoles ever customized, now's the time to look. Today Microsoft revealed three Xbox One X consoles that've been customized for the release of the film Wonder Woman 1984. They exist to benefit a good cause, but also... they do not function.

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Microsoft supports to keep Unreal Engine in App Store, mum on lawsuit

Microsoft supports to keep Unreal Engine in App Store, mum on lawsuit

They say adversity makes strange bedfellows and that seems to be what happened between Epic Games and Microsoft. The former has initiated a high-profile legal and publicity battle primarily with Apple (and also Google) over App Store business practices, particularly the 30% tax on in-app purchases and forcing in-app purchases in the first place. Apple, naturally bit back with a bit more teeth and Microsoft is voicing support for Epic Games but only in a very limited sense.

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