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Xbox Game Pass has more than 15 million subscribers

Casey Rodgers/Invision/AP Tucked away in its blockbuster announcement that it’s buying Bethesda Softworks, id Software and Arkane Studios parent company ZeniMax Media, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Game Pass now has more than 15 million subscribers. That means it has added more than five million members in the last six months or so. Microsoft has beefed …

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Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers

Erik Isakson via Getty Images The US government has a major server security headache on its hands. Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has delivered a rare emergency directive (via TechCrunch) urging government agencies to install a patch for a “critical” Windows Server vulnerability known by Secura as Zerologon. The flaw in the …

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TikTok’s global headquarters might move to the US to avert a ban

Dado Ruvic / reuters Details of ByteDance’s deal with Oracle for control of TikTok are beginning to come into focus. ByteDance’s partnership with Oracle “will place TikTok’s global business in a new US-headquartered company with Oracle investing as a minority shareholder,” the Financial Times reports.  The partnership, which could be made official as soon as …

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Microsoft Surface Duo teardown reveals ‘refreshingly simple hinge design’

iFixit iFixit has pulled apart a Microsoft Surface Duo, giving us a look at what’s inside the dual-screen device. One of the team’s most notable findings is that the Duo has a “refreshingly simple hinge design” compared to the ones found in foldable devices on the market today. iFixit says it’s like a “miniature 360-degree …

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Microsoft says Apple’s game streaming policy will lead to ‘a bad experience’

Peter Summers via Getty Images Earlier today, Apple revised its App Store guidelines to give companies such as Microsoft and Google a way to offer their video game streaming platforms on iOS, but did so with a major caveat. Apple said those companies could release catalog-style apps that collect and link to games iOS users would have …

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Microsoft’s first Android phone, the Surface Duo, is now available

The Microsoft Surface Duo. Microsoft Here it is closed, with a pen. Microsoft Laptop mode. Microsoft The 360 hinge. Microsoft It folds flat, and each half is a crazy-thin 4.8mm. Microsoft Two screens means side-by-side apps. Microsoft You can use it vertically. Microsoft Microsoft’s Surface Duo, a dual-screen Android phone from the maker of Windows, …

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Console options without disc drives could be GameStop’s final death knell

Enlarge / Seems like an extreme reaction to buying a console without a disc drive, but OK… The latest quarterly earnings report from GameStop doesn’t show much sign of a turnaround for the long-troubled game retailer. Sales were down 26.7 percent year over year for the April through June quarter. Even accounting for permanent store …

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Xbox All Access seems like one of the best deals in gaming

Enlarge Microsoft / Getty Images / Aurich Lawson Today, Microsoft revealed prices for its next-gen consoles: $299 or $499 for an Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X, respectively, starting November 10. But Microsoft is also talking up a smartphone-style program that lets players get either system for no money upfront as part of a …

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Big tech companies want to help get you back in the office

Enlarge / Office staff respecting social distancing during a meeting. Group of business men and women having a meeting in office during corona virus pandemic. Getty Images Many things about Matt Bruinooge’s senior year at Brown are different from his previous college life. One is that he logs on to a website from tech giant …

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Microsoft details how it will phase out Flash support in Edge after 2020

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Microsoft is providing more detail (via Bleeping Computer) about how it will drop support for Flash in Edge to dovetail with Adobe’s plans, including some notable exceptions. As expected, Flash will be disabled by default in Edge as of December 2020. Flash versions released before June 2020 will be …

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