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There's nothing like a racing sim game that allows you to slip into the seats of hundreds of different exotic vehicles, but finding a title like this that's also open-world, and offers a compelling single-player and multi-player campaign is a bit harder. Fortunately, there have been some shining examples released even in recent years, including Test Drive Unlimited, The Crew, and of course, Forza Horizon. Since the first title was released in 2012, Forza Horizon has become hugely successful, something evidenced by the fact that a fourth title is coming out in a couple of months, making for a total... Read more...
Microsoft has announced a new feature for Bing that will make it much easier to find information about things you see in the real world. The new feature is called Visual Search and it harnesses a smartphone's camera letting you snap a picture to search, shop, and learn more about anything around you. All you need to do to start a search is to take a photo. See a car you like, snap a picture and learn more about it. Want to buy that cool new TV you see, but want to check prices, take a picture of it. Microsoft says that the Visual Search capability is available right now in the U.S. via... Read more...
Nintendo and Microsoft are looking to hype up the angry rift that has grown between console gamers and Sony following its decision to ban Fortnite cross-play and cross-progression. Sony sees cross-play support as a threat to the PlayStation 4's domination of the current-generation console and former Sony Online chief John Smedley said the move "[is] all about money... simple as that". While Nintendo and Microsoft are embracing cross-platform play for Fortnite, the duo has now teamed up to highlight cross-platform play for yet another game, this time Minecraft. A new ad pokes at Sony for... Read more...
If you have been holding your breath waiting for Microsoft to release a VR accessory for its Xbox One console, go ahead and refill your lungs with oxygen, there is no point in turning blue in the face. Despite previous plans to embrace VR on the console side of the equation, it's not coming to the Xbox One. Instead, Microsoft is limited its VR and mixed reality focus to the PC, which it believes is "probably the best platform" for such things. Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming, Mike Nichols, revealed the company's stance in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, saying the focus on the... Read more...
As with any sector of humanity, gamers are a unique and diverse bunch with different ethnic backgrounds, styles and sense of fashion, shapes, sizes, and so forth. For nearly a decade, Xbox gamers could choose an avatar to represent themselves in the virtual world, albeit with limited selections. That's about to change. Microsoft is pushing out a major update to Xbox Insiders that opens up a whole new level of avatar customization and a bunch of new options. "Avatars will be a unique representation of your desired style, personality, creativity, and mood as you play on Xbox One. As an Xbox Insider,... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Flipgrid, a social learning platform, and intends to leverage it to bring social learning to students around the globe. Flipgrid currently boasts users in over 180 countries with over 20 million pre-kindergarten to PH.D. level educators, students, and families using the service. Microsoft says that it plans to make Flipgrid free for schools to use, just as it does Office 365 Education software. For those who previously paid for use of Flipgrid, Microsoft says that it will be giving a prorated refund. "We’re thrilled to see the impact Flipgrid has... Read more...
Over the weekend Microsoft started to roll out a new beta update to members of the Xbox One Preview Beta and a subset of members in the Delta Ring. The new update is 1806.180612-1920 and the key feature in this beta update is the addition of Fast Start technology for Games Pass titles. Games Pass is sort of a Netflix of games for Xbox owners. For now, Fast Start is limited to a set of specific games including: The Flame in the Flood Fuzion Frenzy Screamride Spelunky Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 Dovetail Games Euro Fishing The Golf Club Fast Start is a tech that aims to make the loading of Games Pass... Read more...
If you're in the market for a premium Windows 10 tablet, Microsoft is running a promotion this weekend on the Surface Pro. The entry-level Surface Pro typically costs $799, but Microsoft is offering the tablet for $599. Those six Benjamins will get you a 7th generation Intel Core m3 processor (HD Graphics 615) paired with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The $200 off discount extends throughout the Surface Pro family, which means that you can get a Core i5 system with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for $799 or pony up $1,099 for a Core i5/8GB/256GB SKU. Whichever model you select, you'll get a... Read more...
Not every problem has an immediate solution. Microsoft recently explained how it prioritizes resolving vulnerabilities. Some vulnerabilities are fixed through a quick security update, while others are saved for the next version of Windows. Microsoft revealed that it asks two questions before providing a security update for a reported and confirmed vulnerability: Does the vulnerability violate a promise made by a security boundary or a security feature that Microsoft has committed to defending? Does the severity of the vulnerability meet the bar for servicing? If the answer to both of these questions... Read more...
Office 365 is getting a facelift. Microsoft recently announced that it will release several updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Microsoft’s goal with these changes is to offer users a more powerful and streamlined experience. Microsoft will initially release three updates. First, Office 365 will include a new “ribbon” that is cleaner and dedicates more space for collaboration. Users who tend to work more on their own or prefer to have most of the commands at their fingertips will still be able to expand the ribbon to the familiar three-line view. Microsoft argued... Read more...
The first-generation Microsoft HoloLens certainly hasn’t been heavily adopted by the general consumer but it has been big with developers. Google reportedly sees the segment as big enough that it is planning its own HoloLens competitor. A new rumor is floating around that Microsoft has a second-generation HoloLens in the works that is codenamed Sydney. The rumor claims that the new HoloLens is going to arrive in Q1 2019. This is interesting in part because Microsoft reportedly stopped developing the V2 of the HoloLens and was instead moving directly to a more groundbreaking... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet so far in 2018 on the Surface hardware front. There was a bevy of activity last year with the launch of the Surface Laptop, the fifth-generation Surface Pro and the Surface Book 2. Now, according to a new report, Microsoft is gearing up for another flurry of new hardware devices in 2019. The reporting comes courtesy of Thurrott, which says that three new devices are in the works. The first of these new Surface hardware products is codenamed Libra, and will be a low-cost tablet that will slot in below the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro starts at $799 (Intel... Read more...
Digital assistants have become a part of everyday life for many people and are supposed to make interactions with technology easier and seamless. Unfortunately, they can also be used against us in some situations. Underscoring this point, McAfee discovered a vulnerability in Cortana that could allow an attacker to snoop file names, execute malicious code, and even break into a locked Windows 10 PC. Fortunately, there is a patch available. McAfee wrote about the exploit in a lengthy blog post, describing how one of Cortana's features can be used against it. Microsoft is always making improvements... Read more...
Is your launch day Xbox One seemingly a little grey around the temples these days, and you don't see the point in upgrading to an Xbox One S or the more powerful Xbox One X? Well, we know that Microsoft is currently developing its next generation Xbox console, and a new report suggests that the device may be a little over two years away. This information comes from Thurrott, which indicates that the next Xbox is being developed under the codename Scarlett. However, the big news is that there won't just be a single device launched, as was the case with the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Instead,... Read more...
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