Xbox One Spring Sale

Buy an Xbox One for just $299 during Microsoft’s Spring Sale

By on March 20, 2016 at 9:35 AM.

Buy an Xbox One for just $299 during Microsoft’s Spring Sale

Looking for a great deal on a brand new console? Look no further than Microsoft’s Spring Sale, beginning on March 20th, during which Microsoft is knocking the price of the Xbox One down to $299.

That’s $50 off every Xbox One console bundle at participating retailers, including The Division bundle, the 500GB Name Your Game bundle and the upcoming Quantum Break bundle, which will begin shipping early next month. More →

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PS4 Xbox One Cross-Platform Play

Sony responds to Microsoft’s invitation for cross-network play between PS4 and Xbox One

By on March 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Sony responds to Microsoft’s invitation for cross-network play between PS4 and Xbox One

Earlier this week, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla seemed to imply in a post on the Xbox Wire that Microsoft would be willing to link up with Sony in order to allow for cross-network play between Xbox Live and PSN players. Of course, Charla didn’t actually mention the PlayStation 4 by name, so it only makes sense that Sony’s response would be equally cryptic.

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Xbox One Cross-Network Play

Microsoft reveals Xbox One gamers will be able to play against PS4, PC players

By on March 14, 2016 at 1:31 PM.

Microsoft reveals Xbox One gamers will be able to play against PS4, PC players

In an blog post on the Xbox Wire this Monday, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla announced that Xbox One developers will now have the ability to include cross-network support within their games. Xbox One games have always been able to interact with other Xbox Live games on Windows 10, but this will bring other console and PC networks into the fold as well. More →

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Microsoft Surface Book Commercials

Microsoft’s attack on the Mac continues with new Surface Book ads

By on March 9, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

Microsoft’s attack on the Mac continues with new Surface Book ads

Microsoft this week stepped up its somewhat curious advertising attack on the Mac. Following up on four commercials highlighting the advantages Windows 10 PCs have over the Mac, Microsoft this week rolled out two brand new ads featuring wildlife photographer Tim Flach explaining all of the tasks that his Surface Book can accomplish that his Mac can’t.

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Gears of War 4 Details

‘Gears of War 4’ is a true sequel, but will take huge risks to push the series forward

By on March 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

‘Gears of War 4’ is a true sequel, but will take huge risks to push the series forward

Last year, Microsoft revealed Gears of War 4 at its E3 presentation to the surprise and delight of Gears fans. It was one of the biggest announcements of the keynote presentation, but in the nine months since the reveal, we really haven’t learned much more about a game that is sure to be one of the biggest Xbox One exclusive of the year.

On Tuesday, that changed, as Game Informer revealed its latest cover story. More →

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Quantum Break Preview

‘Quantum Break’ could be the future of crossover entertainment

By on March 4, 2016 at 3:14 PM.

‘Quantum Break’ could be the future of crossover entertainment

From the moment I laid eyes on Quantum Break, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. I knew that its creators had a great pedigree, but I couldn’t fathom how Remedy Entertainment was going to overcome to countless issues that other equally ambitious teams have tried and failed to work through in the past.

Many of the greatest games of recent years have been laser-focused. That focus may have been on story, on gameplay, on visuals or something else entirely, but they were focused. I think back to the brilliant puzzles of Portal, the awe-inspiring boss battles in Shadow of the Colossus and the joy of racing through the world of Forza Horizon 2.

What’s crazy about Quantum Break is that it isn’t doing just one thing really well. It’s a full-fledged, live-action show, an engaging third-person shooter and an engrossing drama all at once. And I think it might actually work.

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Windows 10 Defender Advanced Threat Protection

The latest way that Windows 10 is keeping users safe from hackers

By on March 1, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

The latest way that Windows 10 is keeping users safe from hackers

Although Microsoft’s total lack of transparency regarding Windows 10 is alarming, there’s no question that the company is doing everything it can to keep users safe. On Tuesday, Terry Myerson, Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group, announced a new service for enterprise users called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. More →

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Xbox One Hardware Upgrades

Xbox One hardware upgrades could extend the life of Microsoft’s console

By on March 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Xbox One hardware upgrades could extend the life of Microsoft’s console

For decades, the video game console has been a transient purchase. From the moment you set up an Atari or an NES or a PlayStation in your living room, you know it’s only a matter of time before the next console makes it irrelevant.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way? More →

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Mac Vs Windows

What year is it? Microsoft reignites the Mac vs PC debate with four new ads

By on February 29, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

What year is it? Microsoft reignites the Mac vs PC debate with four new ads

Remember the Mac vs PC wars? Yeah, you might be forgiven if they’ve completely escaped your memory at this point. After all, with the tech world taking on a decidedly mobile tilt in recent years, the days of Apple and Microsoft going almost seems like ancient history.

Apparently, though, there’s still a bit of life left to the age-old debate, evidenced most recently by four new Microsoft ads which highlight how Windows 10 PCs can do a whole a lot more than Macs.

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Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition Preorder

Microsoft reveals the first HoloLens apps and games as preorders officially open

By on February 29, 2016 at 10:01 AM.

Microsoft reveals the first HoloLens apps and games as preorders officially open

Microsoft announced on Monday that HoloLens Development Edition preorders will kick off today for $3,000. It’s been over a year since the company unveiled its mixed reality device, but this is the first time that developers will be able to get their hands on a device in order to begin building software. More →

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Windows 10 Ads Lock Screen Disable

How to get rid of Microsoft’s Windows 10 lock screen advertisements

By on February 25, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

How to get rid of Microsoft’s Windows 10 lock screen advertisements

In case you needed more proof that nothing is really ever free, check your Windows 10 computer. It might be showing you advertisements that you didn’t ask for right on the desktop. That’s certainly not the kind of feature you’d expect from Microsoft’s latest and best operating software.

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HoloLens Windows 10 AR Interface

What it’s like using Windows 10 through the eyes of HoloLens

By on February 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

What it’s like using Windows 10 through the eyes of HoloLens

Virtual and augmented reality won’t be used solely for entertainment purposes, though immersive VR movies and games will definitely be exciting developments.  A new Microsoft tutorial video, first seen by WinBeta, shows us how apparently easy it is to flick open a Windows 10 overlay on top of a wall and interact with its user interface. A combination of head turns and finger gestures will get you to your desired destination with relative ease – or at least, that’s what the video is suggesting. More →

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Best iPhone Apps

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

About a year ago, I penned an article about how happy I was that Google was taking over my iPhone. The premise was simple: Android is no match for the iPhone in most key areas — read my earlier article titled “8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android” for more on that — but Google’s mobile software and services are almost always far superior to Apple’s.

Three of the most popular Apple bloggers in the world recently began talking about Apple’s serious app and service problems, and it shoved this ongoing issue back into the spotlight. It also made me stop for a moment think about how I use my iPhone, which led to an interesting revelation that’s dripping with irony: All of the best apps on my iPhone are made by Apple’s two biggest software rivals. More →

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