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Microsoft rolls out Xbox One updates for SmartGlass, Media Player and more

Microsoft has got a head start on its roll-out of the September Xbox One system update that brings many new features and updates to the console. The latest firmware update, available now, adds a new media player app with improved media management, a new Party app, improvements to SmartGlass, and more. The Media Player will now play media from an …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft rolls out Xbox One updates for SmartGlass, Media Player and more
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Microsoft planning its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle?

Microsoft is thought to be working on its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle for TVs – at least if a filing with America’s Federal Communications Commission is to believed. The filing suggests the company is working on something that can plug into a HDMI port, is powered by USB and can stream content over wifi – which would make sense for …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft planning its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle?
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Separate Xbox One Kinect rumoured to be launching in October

If you’re one of those Xbox One owners who picked the system up without a Kinect, you’ve probably been wondering if you’d ever be able to buy a standalone Kinect. Now Microsoft is reportedly going to be selling the Xbox One Kinect sensor from October 6. According to Windows Phone Central, which quotes unnamed sources, the peripheral will be available …

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Stuart O'ConnorSeparate Xbox One Kinect rumoured to be launching in October
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Windows 9 to be officially announced on September 30th?

Microsoft could be about to lift the lid on Windows 9 – its next major operating system – as early as the end of next month, say reports. According to The Verge, the 30th September could see the official announcement, complete with details on the much-rumoured return of the Start menu (and removal of the charms bar). The new OS …

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James O'MalleyWindows 9 to be officially announced on September 30th?
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Steve Ballmer quits Microsoft board

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has resigned as a member of the company’s board, ending more than three decades of involvement in the world’s biggest software maker. Ballmer, 58, is still Microsoft’s top individual shareholder. He had initially remained as a director after handing the top job over to one of his deputies, Satya Nadella, in February. In a …

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Stuart O'ConnorSteve Ballmer quits Microsoft board
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Budget Lumia 530 gets a UK release date

Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 530 will be coming to the UK next month – and could retail for as little as £60. The phone is definitely on the budget end of Microsoft’s offering. It has a 4″ screen (854×480 – not even HD!), with a 1.2ghz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512mb of RAM and a 5MP camera. As it …

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James O'MalleyBudget Lumia 530 gets a UK release date
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Tech industry ice-bucket challenge round-up

Today might mark peak ice bucket. The campaign to raise awareness of ALS has certainly worked, and is said to have raised several million dollars for a good cause. Perhaps more importantly though, it has led to a bunch of well known faces dunking water over themselves. Here’s a selection of tech world celebrities taking part: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella …

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James O'MalleyTech industry ice-bucket challenge round-up
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Microsoft clones Snapchat with WindUp

It seems that even Microsoft is now cloning Snapchat with its own Windows Phone app. Microsoft Research has published a messaging app in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat, as spotted by Neowin. The app is called WindUp, works on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and is available to download for free. Here’s how the …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft clones Snapchat with WindUp
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Microsoft could be about to make GoPro videos AMAZING

Check out this video from Microsoft Research, which has come up with a technology that it calls “Hyperlapse” – which could make videos shot on devices like GoPro cameras look even better. The problem is pretty straightforward: If you shoot your bike ride or whatever on a GoPro, if you speed it up to show the whole journey it will …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft could be about to make GoPro videos AMAZING
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Microsoft loses $400m on Xbox One

In news that will no doubt please Sony, Microsoft – which spent $2.1 billion producing and marketing the Xbox One – has reported a loss of $400 million (£238m) since launching the console in November last year. The Independent reports that the news comes from Microsoft’s annual earnings report for 2014, and shows the loss is directly from the increased …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft loses $400m on Xbox One