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Computing

Windows 8.1 Update 1 deadline for patch downloads extended by 30 days

Windows 8.1 users who haven't installed Update 1 can still get security updates, for now at least. However, Microsoft has set a new deadline. You can learn more here.
Gaming

Leap into the Awesomepocalypse with Sunset Overdrive’s first gameplay video

Microsoft and Insomniac Games have revealed the first gameplay footage for Sunset Overdrive, their irreverent Xbox One exclusive open world shooter slated for release later this year.
Mobile

Microsoft’s working on a smartwatch too, says this patent

A patent application from Microsoft has revived speculation that a long-rumored smartwatch is in the works. The documents show a wearable device with built-in apps for measuring heart rate and calorie burn.
Features

How Facebook, Twitter, and Bing are giving researchers the perfect guinea pig (you)

Who needs Gallup polls? Social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter are opening the floodgates of data for social scientists, potentially ushering in a new age of understanding how we relate to one another.
Computing

Microsoft announces ‘small’ event for May 20, 8-inch Surface expected

With Microsoft widely expected to launch a more portable Surface tablet some this year, an invitation to "a small gathering" in New York on May 20 can surely mean only one thing.
Gaming

Xbox One’s audio and voice features to get an upgrade

Microsoft will soon update the Xbox One to include better control over audio levels and the ability to learn your speech better by collecting data, leading to better speech recognition.
Computing

This prototype Microsoft keyboard also reads hand gestures

This prototype keyboard from MIcrosoft has sensors built in that allow it to read hand gestures. You can learn more about this peripheral here.
Computing

Microsoft tweaks Bing Smart Search in Win 8.1 to help it understand natural language better

Microsoft hopes to make Windows 8.1 easier to use with some changes its adding to Bing Smart Search, which it has begun to roll out this weak. You can learn more about the tweaks here.
Gaming

The Chinese console race has begun: Xbox One to launch in China this September

Microsoft has confirmed that it will launch the Xbox One in China this September, following China’s 14 year ban on gaming consoles. No word yet on what games to expect.
Mobile

Nokia gets a new CEO and new hopes, Microsoft gets a poorly performing smartphone business

Following the closure of the deal to sell its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia has announced a new CEO, Rajeev Suri. It has also revealed its last smartphone financial figures, and the news isn't good for the new owners.
Mobile

Nokia to take selfies seriously with next Windows Phone, codename Superman

A rumor indicates Microsoft may be working on a new smartphone, codename Superman, which will feature a 5-megapixel front camera. This would make it the most powerful selfie cam we've seen on a Windows Phone device.
Computing

Skype group video calls are now free for Windows, Mac and Xbox One users

Skype group video calls are now free of charge for three major platforms, Microsoft announced today. That'll soon extend to additional platforms as well. Learn more here.