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Microsoft shocked us all earlier this week when it released its Tay chatbot into the world of social media. Tay, which is patterned after a typical millennial female between the age of 18 and 24, seemed innocent enough, signing on to Twitter with the following greeting:hellooooooo w🌎rld!!!— TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 23, 2016 However, it didn’t take long for nefarious Twitter users to poison the well by exploiting Tay’s penchant for repeating statements fed to it. This “parrot” mentality is the reason why Tay went off message, calling President Barack Obama a monkey, embracing neo-Nazi rhetoric,... Read more...
Action From Halo 5: Guardians Warzone Firefight Halo 5: Guardians’ Warzone multiplayer mode is one of the main reasons gamers keep coming back to the title. The large maps and intense action are one of Halo 5’s mainstays. But in an update due to be released soon, 343 Games and Microsoft are kicking things up a few notches and introducing a new mode, dubbed Warzone Firefight, that takes the multi-player Warzone concept and scales it up to what they’re claiming is “the biggest Halo cooperative experience ever in franchise history”. In Warzone Firefight mode, up to eight players can work together... Read more...
Life is all about timing, isn't it? Whether you're you're milking the shot clock before heaving a potentially winning bucket in basketball or buying a modern generation game console, timing matters. With regards to the latter, Microsoft has marked down the price of its Xbox One system to $299 as part of its Spring Sale.The sale kicked off yesterday and runs for a "limited time" (your guess is as good as ours). While it's going on, you'll find Xbox One consoles marked down by $50 at participating retailers in the U.S. That includes Xbox One bundles that already come with free extras, such as the... Read more...
Microsoft caused a huge uproar in January when it announced that Skylake systems running “legacy” Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems would no longer be supported come July 17th, 2017. In its ever-increasing campaign to migrate as many customers as possible over to Windows 10, Microsoft also said that it would only provide critical security updates to these affected customers “if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Microsoft did, however, create an exemption (meaning full support from Microsoft including critical updates)... Read more...
Windows 10 is an ever-evolving operating system, and its latest iteration was released this week in the form of Insider Preview Build 14291 for both PCs and smartphones. Build 14291 is notable for a number of reasons, with the most prominent one being the addition of extensions support in the Edge browser. Many users lamented the fact that Edge never shipped with extensions support, but Microsoft kept promising that they would arrive in due time. Now, after spilling the beans earlier this week, Edge General Manager Drew DeBruyne explains that Microsoft has put a lot of thought into extensions.... Read more...
Microsoft dropped a bombshell earlier this week when it announced at the 2016 Game Developers Conference that Xbox One would support cross-network play, paving the way for Xbox One gamers to compete against (or with) PlayStation 4 and PC gamers. That announcement essentially put the ball in Sony's court to end console segregation in terms of online play, and the good news is Sony seems open to the idea."PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002," Sony told GameSpot in a statement. "We would... Read more...
Despite significant user outcry that the Windows 10 upgrade mechanism has gone rogue, installing on customers' Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines when their backs turned or otherwise away from the computer, Microsoft is pleading innocent. We first brought you news of the automatic Windows 10 upgrades over the weekend, and in nearly every case, Windows 10 installed without user intervention — something that is clearly not supposed to happen based on previous commentary from Windows chief Terry Myerson. Microsoft issued the following statement regarding the “unplanned” upgrades: We shared in... Read more...
Happy Pi Day, nerds and geeks! Don't worry, we mean that affectionately, otherwise we'd be throwing stones in glass houses. In case you weren't aware, today is March 14, or 3.14, the shortened version of Pi, which is the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter regardless of the size of the circle. Pi is also an irrational number, meaning it goes on forever in decimal form and never repeats itself. It's truly a wondrous, mind-blowing thing, and in celebration of Pi Day, Dell is offering 31.4 percent off select notebooks in the Microsoft Store.Don't... Read more...
Okay PC players, you can stop thumbing your nose and sticking your tongue out at your console owning brethren at being first to receive Fallout 4's latest patch, version 1.4. Following its release on PC last month, Bethesda has gone and rolled out the newest Fallout 4 update to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Bethesda's doling out the patch as an automatic update to all three platforms (if you've logged into the PC version within the past couple of weeks, you should already have it). What's notable about the newest update is that it adds support for DLC, which comes just as Bethesda readies the first... Read more...
All signs are pointing to Microsoft’s Lumia 650 being the end of the line for the long-running Lumia smartphone family. First ushered in by Nokia, then absorbed by Microsoft, it now looks as though Microsoft will pin its future smartphone hopes on in-house designed “Surface” phones. But before we get to that point, Microsoft has to actually get the Lumia 650 out the door. And today, Microsoft took the first step by putting the smartphone up for preorder in the United States and Canada. Although you can preorder the Lumia 650 today, it won’t actually ship until April 1st. When it comes to the actual... Read more...
Microsoft's grand vision for the future is a single ecosystem spread across multiple device categories. That ecosystem is based on Windows 10, which is now installed on more than 200 million active devices around the world. Suffice to say, Windows 10 is off to a fast start, but what about Windows 10 Mobile? Microsoft continues to work on the mobile version of Windows 10, having just released a new preview build (14283) available to Insiders subscribed to the Fast Ring.Unfortunately for owners of older Lumia handsets, this latest build is not for you, at least not yet. Microsoft is restricting access... Read more...
It’s been quite a while since we reported on Microsoft employing sneaky tricks to persuade users to upgrade to Windows 10. But perhaps the company was just waiting until our guard was down, because Microsoft it at it again. This time around, however, it’s targeting businesses and system administrators that have blocked Windows 10 upgrades on legacy operating systems using the tools that Microsoft has provided. It appears that Microsoft snuck in a stealth software update along with the usual security updates that are handed down via Patch Tuesday. This time around, GWX.exe is once again rearing... Read more...
Microsoft was the bearer of bad news on Monday when it announced some "difficult changes," one of those being the cancellation of Fable Legends. The cooperative action role-playing game was to become the latest title in the long-running Fable series developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. In addition to pulling the plug on further development of Fable Legends, Microsoft said it's closing Press Play Studios in Denmark, which most recently was working on Project Knoxville, a third-person multiplayer survival game that was to be an exclusive release on Xbox One. But with... Read more...
When it comes to technology, teenagers have it easy these days. They have access to fast load times, fancy graphics, oodles of storage, touchscreen interfaces, and powerful mobile computing that fits in their pockets. They'll never know the struggle of tapping into extended memory in DOS to play games or dial-up Internet. But to give them a taste of a era gone by, Fine Brothers Entertainment subjected several teenagers to an old PC running Windows 95. Fine Brothers Entertainment often releases videos of certain demographics reacting to things they're not likely to encounter on their own. Just over... Read more...
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