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If you’re into space exploration games, there has been wave of new releases in the past month. We’ve seen No Man’s Sky, Adr1ft, and Starbound make their way to sci-fi gaming fans. Now there’s another title available for Xbox One gamers: The Solus Project. The Solus Project was released for PC (via Steam) back in early June and just recently left the Xbox Game Preview program. This single-player game is all about survival and is played from a first-person perspective. Players will be able roam around an uncharted planet, Gliese-6143-C, uncovering secrets and recovering wreckage from your crashed... Read more...
Take a stroll outside to any just about any area and you're likely to run into people playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones. It's the hottest thing right now, surpassing Candy Crush as the biggest mobile game in the U.S. of all time, and iPhone users are spending more time playing Pokemon Go than updating their Twitter statuses or logging into Facebook and Snapchat. It's a remarkable use case scenario for augmented reality and the potential audience that's out there, but could you imagine if Pokemon Go existed for Microsoft's Hololens headset? You don't have to imagine it—a development studio... Read more...
If you need to get your Orange is the New Black fix in 1080p, Edge might be the browser for you. Microsoft Edge is now the only Windows browser that can consistently stream Netflix in 1080p (the other browsers were limited to 720p). These recent tests follow-up an investigation conducted by Microsoft on browser battery life in June. According to Microsoft’s own testing, Netflix sent higher resolution and higher bitrate video to Microsoft Edge compared to the other browsers. The fact that Microsoft Edge received 1080p content in their test indicates that the browser actually ran a somewhat higher... Read more...
Following up its unveiling of the Xbox One S at E3 in June, Microsoft is now announcing the first custom version of the unreleased console, a limited edition system themed after Gears of War 4. Based on the single press photo Microsoft's made available, we have to admit it's one of the better looking themed Xbox consoles to date, and a must-have if you're a diehard Gears of War fan. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 console is a limited edition release, though Microsoft didn't specific exactly how many it's making available. As the first-ever custom designed Xbox One S, Microsoft set the bar by succeeding... Read more...
There's a popular saying about procrastination that I'll tell you about later. In the meantime, here's a heads up that Microsoft has begun downgrading the free storage allotment of its OneDrive cloud service from 15GB to 5GB, just as the Redmond outfit said it would when it announced the impending reduction back in November of 2015. The reduction in free space was part of an overhaul to OneDrive that also saw the elimination of unlimited storage for Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers. Microsoft was put off by a small number of people who used their unlimited OneDrive accounts... Read more...
Microsoft, in collaboration with Twitch, just announced capture card support for Twitch Xbox One broadcasters on Xbox Live. Hereafter, any Twitch user who has linked their Xbox Live and Twitch accounts together and is broadcasting an Xbox One game using a capture card will be able to benefit from Xbox Live features. Previously, only Xbox One players broadcasting their gameplay via the Xbox Twitch app could take advantage of all that Xbox Live has to offer. If gamers used the Twitch app they benefited from Xbox Live integration, but made do with lower-quality graphics. Streamers who chose to... Read more...
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) held in Toronto this week, the company's Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Yusuf Mehdi, revealed important details about the enterprise editions of its Windows 10 OS. Microsoft has split its Windows 10 Enterprise edition into two different versions, with the "E3" version being the lesser of the two. The top-dog will be called "E5", and will include additional security features, including advanced threat protection with Windows Defender (which kind of sounds like a feature we'd all like). One of the biggest problems smaller companies... Read more...
Microsoft's been laser focused on the cloud as of late, and in particular the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market that's comprised of Internet connected devices. With an eye towards the industrial side, Microsoft and GE are partnering up to bring the latter's Predix platform to the former's Azure cloud service. It's the first step towards what the two companies envision as a broad strategic collaboration. "Every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "Working with companies like GE, we can reach... Read more...
At its Build conference this past spring, Microsoft unveiled the latest killer feature for its Skype service: Chatbots. Chatbots are bots, as the name implies, that can chat intelligently with users to give them the information they're looking for quickly and easily. While customer service is a focal point of many chatbots, we've likely yet to see the full potential of these natural language-equipped AI beings. In fact, we've yet to see the full potential of chatbot adoption, too. In a recent blog post, Microsoft notes that an impressive 30,000 developers have begun working with Skype's chatbots... Read more...
At its core, Minecraft is a game. It's designed to be fun, immersive, and challenging. But as we've seen in recent years, it can become a lot more than just a game, thanks in part to its extreme modularity. Especially with the introduction of the Redstone block, we've seen people create everything from calculators to conveyor belts to printers. With Minecraft, the sky really is the limit. So too is the potential of the game itself, it seems. Despite its modest graphics and extremely blocky nature, Microsoft sees great things coming from Minecraft. While some might just want to chop down a tree... Read more...
Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Washington have set a new record for DNA storage. The pair was able to record 200 megabytes of data on the molecular strands. Once encoded, the data was smaller than the tip of a pencil. How does storing digital data on DNA work? The data is translated from binary into the “letters” of the four nucleotide bases of a DNA strand. Twist Bioscience, a startup that makes and uses synthetic DNA to store digital data, then translates the letters into actual molecules and sends them back to a computer. Researchers read the data through RAM and use a polymerase... Read more...
Subscribers to the Windows Insider program who signed up for the Fast ring have a new Windows 10 build to play with, that being build 14383. It's available for both PC and Mobile, and with this release Microsoft moves ever closer to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update that's rolling out to customers on August 2, 2016.Microsoft tells Windows Insiders that they'll notice a few things different in this release versus prior builds, such as the desktop watermark being gone. That's because Microsoft is beginning to finalize code for the aforementioned RTM release,... Read more...
Microsoft might be trying just a little too hard to identify with today's youth by throwing down lingo that comes off as wildly inappropriate and cringe worthy from a professional entity. Hey, we're all for letting incoming interns know that there's a party going on and there will be beer pong, but referring to recruits as "bae intern" complete with a heart emoticon is where we have to draw the line. Not that it matters, because Microsoft stumbled over it in embarrassing fashion and is now apologizing. It all started when Microsoft sent out an email inviting San Francisco Bay Area interns to an... Read more...
Looking to save a few bucks on your videoconferencing needs? Microsoft has your back with Skype Meetings, essentially a lightweight version of Skype for Business. It's free to use for up to 10 people at at time (for the first 60 days, then it drops to 3 people), all you need is an Internet connection, web browser, speaker, and camera, all of which are bundled on most modern devices. Skype Meetings provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD videoconferences. It also boasts collaboration features, such as the ability to share screens and content during meetings. When you setup a Skype... Read more...
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