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‘EA Access’ on Xbox One May Be My New Favorite Video Game Thing

‘EA Access’ on Xbox One May Be My New Favorite Video Game Thing

EA announced a new service called EA Access on Tuesday, which delivers some of its games on the Xbox One at incredibly inexpensive prices. Check it out: EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play.  During the beta, gamers will have unlimited ...

Fitbit Comes to Windows Phone as its First Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Comes to Windows Phone as its First Fitness Tracker

At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year it was clear Microsoft had a problem: exciting new hardware like Pebble, Nest, and various fitness bands were not fully supported on Windows. Companies appeared to be ignoring Microsoft’s platforms in favor of iOS and Android. Thanks to Windows Phone 8.1, that might be ...

Xbox One Launches a New Channel for GoPro Videos

Xbox One Launches a New Channel for GoPro Videos

The world's most popular online video brand is expanding its audience. GoPro officially launched its channel on Xbox One Tuesday morning — increasing the reach of the most popular video brand on the Internet. GoPro spokeswoman Kelly Baker told the Daily News the channel went live at 10 a.m. and users of Xbox One can ...

Microsoft Confirms That it Killed the Surface Mini

Microsoft Confirms That it Killed the Surface Mini

Remember the Surface Mini, a device that got axed at the last minute? Microsoft gave it a shout out in its earnings report on Tuesday. The company noted in its hardware section that its “[c]urrent year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a ...

Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

The biggest group affected by Microsoft's July 17 layoff of 18,000 people are the 12,500 former Nokia employees who joined Microsoft as part of the Nokia handset acquisition. That leaves another 5,500 Microsoft employees, out of its current workforce of close to 130,000, who are being let go. Who are these individuals? ...

Microsoft is Closing the Original Video Content Branch of Xbox

Microsoft is Closing the Original Video Content Branch of Xbox

Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming. The Santa Monica studio will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business. The majority of the Xbox Entertainment’s 200 employees work in southern California and Vancouver, ...

Bing, Like Google, Gives Europeans the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Bing, Like Google, Gives Europeans the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling by Europe’s top court. The company has asked European residents, who want Microsoft to block search results that show on Bing in response to searches of their names, to ...

Microsoft: You Should Use Weak Passwords on Non-Essential Sites

Microsoft: You Should Use Weak Passwords on Non-Essential Sites

Users should use and reuse weak passwords for websites which don't hold valuable information, say researchers from Microsoft, overturning decades of accumulated wisdom on internet security. By not having to worry about remembering complex unique passwords for every individual website, users can focus their efforts on ...

Sony and Microsoft May Launch ‘Early Access’ Games

Sony and Microsoft May Launch ‘Early Access’ Games

While Steam's year-long experiment with selling unfinished games through its "Early Access" program has had its share of issues, it's hard to understate the impact it has had on the way PC games are developed, marketed, and sold, with games like Day Z and Rust becoming best sellers before they're even finished. This hasn't ...

Windows Phone 8.1 Update (and Cortana) is Now Rolling Out

Windows Phone 8.1 Update (and Cortana) is Now Rolling Out

Microsoft is starting to distribute Windows Phone 8.1 to existing Lumia devices this week. The Lumia Cyan update provides the full Windows Phone 8.1 software, alongside some tweaks and customizations specifically for Lumia handsets. Windows Phone 8.1 includes a personal digital assistant in the form of Cortana, a number of ...