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If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, Microsoft today just launched its “Biggest Sale Ever” for the Xbox Store. The 19-day sale lasts through January 9th and encompasses all type of digital media ranging from games to apps to movies to TV shows. But we know that all you folks care about are the games! The first round of sales for Xbox 360 and Xbox One games only lasts for a week, but those who choose to participate stand to reap some pretty large savings (up to 75 percent off). Here’s just a small sampling of some of the Xbox One game deals that are available through December 28th (prices shown... Read more...
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced this week that it has entered into a “non-competitive” long-term contract with Microsoft to provide support services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Under this five-year deal, Microsoft will provide consulting services and access to “proprietary resources and source code.” According to the DoD, Microsoft’s source code will be made available “when applicable to support Department of Defense's mission” and the company’s services will primarily be applicable within the Continental U.S. However, at the DoD’s discretion, Microsoft can... Read more...
Hardcore gamers have been able to pay a premium for a much higher end Xbox One controller for the past year and a half. The customizable Xbox One Elite accessory delivers a more responsive and custom gaming experience with hair trigger locks, interchangeable paddles, swappable thumbsticks, and other amenities. Now in collaboration with Scuf Gaming, Xbox One players can take their customizations to a whole new level. Scuf signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft last year that allowed allowed it to use Microsoft's paddle design and become the exclusive third party accessories partner for the... Read more...
When it comes to Christmas Secret Santas, every tech nerd would love to be on the receiving end of Bill Gates’ graciousness. The Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, billionaire and all-around good guy once again brought Christmas joy to a redditor via the site’s annual Secret Santa festivities. Redditor Arrex explains that a giant box was dropped off on her doorstep by FedEx on December 16th. Needless to say, once she opened the package, her level of excitement shot through the roof at lightning-fast speed. “Under the first layer I see a picture...and my jaw. Just. Drops. I will let the picture... Read more...
If you're both a Minecraft and Fallout fan, then we're pretty sure that you've just received the coolest holiday gift ever. Bethesda has teamed up with Mojang to deliver a $5.99 DLC pack for all console versions, which is in effect a total conversion: Minecraft with a fresh coat of post-nuclear paint. Here's how the developer sells it: Working in the depths of their bunker complex, our artists and builders have been busy blasting Minecraft’s glorious overworld into an irradiated wasteland fit for Fallout fans to wander. Friendly cows, gently sauteed in the light of a thousand suns, have now... Read more...
Microsoft has been doling out deals left and right this holiday season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest deal involves the company's new Xbox One S game console with Minecraft bundled in for good measure. For today only, the bundled Xbox One S system is available at the Microsoft Store for $229, a nice savings of $70 from its normal selling price of $299. The package includes the console itself with 500GB of onboard storage, a single Xbox One wireless controller, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack with seven community-favorite content packs, Minecraft Builder's Pack with... Read more...
At this point, Adobe Flash is pretty much the scourge of the internet. The long-standing browser plugin has a penchant for draining PC batteries, impeding overall performance and presents an oft-abused security nightmare. Adobe has already announced that it is sunsetting the plugin in favor or HTML5 and most browser makers have announced their intentions to end support. Microsoft is the latest to step up its efforts to rid the world of Flash, and announced today that Flash will be disabled by default in Edge with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft hopes that this move will encourage... Read more...
First there was Amazon Echo, then came along Google Home. Now it looks as though Microsoft is looking to get in on the digital AI assistant/speaker movement with the help of Harman Kardon — a brand that is about to be tucked under Samsung’s wing with the acquisition of Harman. Although the device doesn’t have an official name at this point, it would be the first third-party device to integrate Cortana AI with speaker hardware. Although we can’t see the full product, it looks similar in design to the Amazon Echo with a towering cylindrical shape. Where it differs, however, is with what appears to... Read more...
Microsoft has been investing in artificial intelligence for over two decades now. Those investments have led to technologies such as Cortana, the digital assistant that helps navigate Windows, and Microsoft Translator, which uses the company's new intelligent language and speech recognition capability to translate between groups speaking in multiple languages in-person and in real-time. It's also led to Zo, Microsoft's new social chatbot. Zo uses conversational AI, which Microsoft says is comprised of two distinct sides—the task-completion side or productivity side and the emotional side. From... Read more...
"Hey, Cortana. Should I really eat that last piece of cheesecake in the fridge?" You might laugh now, but soon, that kind of question could become a reality, as Microsoft is looking to infuse as many of the forthcoming IoT devices with not just Windows 10, but its Cortana AI assistant, as well. At Microsoft's WinHEC conference in Shenzhen last week, the company detailed its Windows 10 IoT editions, of which there are three depending on the type of device in use. For serious equipment, like robotics, there's Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, while for things like POS... Read more...
At first glance, we didn’t know how the market would react to Microsoft’s Surface Hub. Available in 55- and 84-inch varieties, the Surface Hub was originally priced at $4,999 and $19,999 respectively. However, strong initial demand prompted Microsoft to raise those prices to $6,999 and $21,999 respectively. Back in July, Microsoft issued the following statement regarding early success with Surface Hub: Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts. To date, we’ve shipped to over 500 customers worldwide and that number continues to grow. We are ramping up production to meet... Read more...
Microsoft teased in November that it was working on the ability to stream Xbox One games to VR headsets connected to a Windows 10 PC. Less than four weeks later Microsoft has made good on that promise. Oculus today announced that Rift owners can stream Xbox One titles to their headset using the newly available Xbox One Streaming app. "Connect to your console via the app and watch your games come to life on a huge virtual screen in three immersive virtual theaters. Now you can expand your library of VR games with your favorite Xbox One titles, including Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One,"... Read more...
Back in late October, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creators Update, which has plenty of features aimed at consumers and business users alike. On the consumer side, the Creators Update focuses on 3D content creation, virtual reality, gaming performance and streaming, as well as improving social interactions online. But since we here at HotHardware are gamers at heart, we payed particular attention to a WinHEC session relating to graphics and gaming that was held last week. Microsoft described how it is focusing on the following technologies with the Windows 10 Creators Update to improve PC... Read more...
Microsoft’s Skype Translator just received a big update, which is available to testers in the Windows Insider Program. Since its inception in 2014, the Skype Translator has been available to users making Skype-to-Skype calls, however, this latest update enables voice translation for Skype calls made to both mobile phones and landlines as long as you have enough Skype Credits or a Skype subscription. Windows Insiders will simply need to have the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 installed along with the Skype Preview app. Once those requirements are met, you need to punch in the number... Read more...
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