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Even Xbox is pushing back against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Even Xbox is pushing back against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Despite empirical data and trials showing that the various COVID-19 vaccines available are safe and effective, there's still a lot of vaccine misinformation out there. Of course, certain groups have always spread vaccine misinformation, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, we see that amplified on a global scale. The misinformation campaigns have become so widespread that now we're even seeing Xbox - a brand that has nothing to do with medicine or epidemiology - push back against them.

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Xbox engineer goes above and beyond to fix an old gamerpic

Xbox engineer goes above and beyond to fix an old gamerpic

Every now and then, we see something interesting that happens involving an engineer working behind the scenes at some of the biggest technology companies in the world. This is a perfect example of that. A gamer named Gabriel Roland took to Twitter, noting that Xbox made his Pac-Man ghost avatar smaller and smaller with each generation. Roland said he had purchased the gamerpic in 2006 for 80 Xbox points and vowed to use it forever.

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Windows 11 new system requirements has a loophole for unsupported PCs

Windows 11 new system requirements has a loophole for unsupported PCs

Despite the somewhat controversial UI changes, interest in Windows 11 has mostly been positive. Unfortunately, Microsoft botched that early on with its rather confusing set of minimum system requirements as well as an equally confusing PC Health Check app. Since then, the company has been working to clarify the baseline for PCs that are eligible for a Windows 11 update. It is now more or less setting its foot down on computers with older processors, but a "loophole" will give ineligible users a chance to run Windows 11 at their own risk.

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Surface Duo 2 specs are still a bit disappointing

Surface Duo 2 specs are still a bit disappointing

Not everyone is a fan of single-screen foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Huawei Mate X2. While most will probably want a larger screen, the drawbacks of such a device have always been deal-breakers for many consumers. Some, however, are more interested in a slightly different take on that problem, using two separate screens in one. So far, only the Microsoft Surface Duo represents that niche segment, and it didn't do quite a good job of it. The Surface Duo 2 might just be around the corner, but based on leaks, it could still fail to impress when it comes to certain features.

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Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

The latest version of PC Health Check changes the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. For some users, this will be good news. Microsoft expanded the number of processors that they've tested and confirmed will fit the basic requirements of an approved Windows 11 device. Technically you'll be able to install Windows 11 on an older device, but Microsoft isn't going to be there to fix what doesn't work if said device doesn't meet Microsoft's basic requirements.

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Halo Infinite is shaking up its battle pass and fans aren’t happy

Halo Infinite is shaking up its battle pass and fans aren’t happy

We already know that Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play when the game arrives this December. Just like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries will offer seasonal battle passes to Halo Infinite players, allowing them to level each one up and unlock new cosmetic items each season. However, today we're learning that Halo Infinite will handle battle pass progression differently than Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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New Starfield teaser trailers introduce three in-game cities

New Starfield teaser trailers introduce three in-game cities

Outside of a lone teaser that debuted during E3 2021, we haven't seen a whole lot from Bethesda's Starfield yet. However, that's beginning to change, as today, Bethesda shared three quick teaser trailers that show off a few of the different locations we'll see in the game. We've seen concept art for these locations before, but we're learning a bit more about each one today.

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Huge Microsoft security vulnerability left thousands of companies’ data at risk

Huge Microsoft security vulnerability left thousands of companies’ data at risk

Microsoft has revealed another huge security vulnerability, with the software giant forced to notify thousands of Azure customers that their data had been freely accessible. The exploit left the databases of multiple big-name companies open to unauthorized read/write access, in what's being referred to as the "ChaosDB" vulnerability.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for September 2021 taps two classic titles

Xbox Live Games with Gold for September 2021 taps two classic titles

With September nearly here, today Microsoft revealed the four games that will be up for grabs through Xbox Live Games with Gold. As always, these four games will be free to claim to anyone who has an active subscription to Xbox Live Gold, and players will have continued access to them for as long as they remain subscribed. The four free games for September cover many different genres, so there's a little something for everyone.

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Chromebooks will lose Microsoft Office Android apps support next month

Chromebooks will lose Microsoft Office Android apps support next month

Chrome OS has become a sort of "one OS to rule them all" in the past years. In addition to the usual native Chrome OS apps and web apps, it has also gained support for Linux and Android apps. With no small amount of work, it can even run Windows software to some extent. That, however, doesn't mean that the experience of apps from those other platforms is on par with full-blooded Chrome OS apps, and Microsoft seems to be using that to justify ending official support for the Android versions of its Microsoft Office and Outlook apps on Chrome OS starting September.

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns game didn’t spell it wrong, it’s just not Sons

Marvel’s Midnight Suns game didn’t spell it wrong, it’s just not Sons

This week the folks at 2K revealed a new came called Midnight Suns - made in the Marvel universe. This is all about Marvel's darkest side, so we're talking Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Blade, Hunter, Magik, Captain Marvel, and Nico Minoru. This is a mix of characters that'll likely just be the base at launch - there'll be more, too.

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Halo Infinite custom Xbox Series X and controller revealed

Halo Infinite custom Xbox Series X and controller revealed

Microsoft today dropped a bomb at Gamescom 2021's Opening Night Live event by announcing Halo Infinite's release date, but as it turns out, that wasn't the only major announcement the company had up its sleeve. Microsoft also confirmed that the Xbox Series X will be getting a limited edition makeover to celebrate Halo's 20th anniversary. For those who don't want to spend quite so much but still want to commemorate the occasion, there will also be a limited edition Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller.

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