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HoloLens for 120,000 Army personnel: Microsoft inks $21.9 billion deal

Enlarge Aurich Lawson | Microsoft | Getty Images On Wednesday, the US Army formally moved forward with the largest ever government-related deal for headsets in the virtual and augmented reality sector: a 10-year agreement with Microsoft to provide 120,000 headsets “based” on the HoloLens line. Reports by CNBC and Bloomberg point to a $21.9 billion …

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Bank of International Settlements Chief Says Cryptocurrencies Being Used to Evade Laws- Advocates for More Regulation

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Agustin Carstens, the general manager at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), has claimed that cryptocurrencies are “used to evade laws and should therefore face more regulation.” Carstens, who has attacked bitcoin in the past, suggests that many crypto assets are “used to do some arbitrage, or to circumvent some regulations.”</strong> Carstens …

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Microsoft begins removing paid Xbox Live requirement for free-to-play games

Xbox Live gamers will soon have a new reason to rejoice. Xbox Xbox owners soon won’t need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to enjoy otherwise free-to-play games on their consoles. Wednesday’s update to the Xbox Alpha Insiders Update Preview program (version 2104.210323-0000) notes that “Multiplayer in Free-to-play games, Looking 4 Groups and …

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US lawmakers propose Australia-style bill for media, tech negotiations

Enlarge / Rep. Ken Buck (R-Co.) and Microsoft president Brad Smith at a House hearing on regulation and competition in the news media industry on March 12, 2021. Drew Angerer | Getty Images A group of US lawmakers is proposing new legislation that would allow media organizations to set terms with social media platforms for …

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Microsoft will match Chrome with more frequent Edge updates

Microsoft will switch to a four-week release cycle for stable builds of Edge later this year. It plans to move to that schedule starting with Edge 94, which should arrive in September. Earlier this month, Google announced that Chrome would move to that cycle with Chrome 94 (which should drop in the third quarter) as …

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Microsoft Edge is dead—long live Microsoft Edge

Enlarge / There can be only one. Jim Salter Microsoft officially ended support for the legacy (non-Chromium-derived) Edge browser this week. The death of legacy Edge was first announced in August 2020, with the end-of-life date set to March 9, 2021—this Tuesday. The deprecated version of Edge, originally named Project Spartan, was developed and shipped …

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Want some Ryzen in your Surface? Rumor has it Microsoft does, too

Enlarge / Microsoft’s x86_64 Surface Laptop (right) looks to be in for an AMD-flavored refresh, alongside the usual Intel varieties. Microsoft According to a report by German news site WinFuture, Microsoft’s new Surface 4 Laptop—set to debut this April—will offer AMD and Intel processor options side by side. With 2020’s Surface Laptop 3, only the …

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Microsoft will reportedly reveal its plans for Bethesda this week

Now that Microsoft’s ZeniMax acquisition has received the all clear from regulators, Xbox is reportedly gearing up to provide more details about what the deal means for its Game Pass customers. Specifically, it’s going to reveal in a video presentation on Thursday that numerous Bethesda games are heading to the subscription service soon, according to …

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Microsoft will reportedly offer AMD CPUs across its Surface Laptop 4 lineup

Since 2019, Microsoft has offered a 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 that you can configure with an AMD processor. And now it looks like the company plans to offer that same option to people who want the 13.5-inch model. According to a report from WinFuture spotted by Windows Central, Microsoft will release the …

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US plans ‘a mix of actions’ against Russia over SolarWinds cyberattack

The US is preparing to retaliate against Russia after determining the country was probably involved in the SolarWinds cyberattack. Without providing specifics, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed to CNBC that the government will carry out “a mix of actions seen and unseen.” According to the New York Times, the US may start conducting …

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