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What we expect from Microsoft's massive device launch: new Surfaces, Lumias, and Band

October 6 will mark Microsoft's most important hardware launch in a year. Rumors are swirling about a new Surface Pro 4, at least two new Lumia smartphones, and even a new Microsoft Band. Here's what we expect to see on Tuesday.

Hands-on with VAIO Z Canvas, which could be the fastest Surface clone yet

Can you jam a real quad-core processor into a tablet? VAIO did with its Z Canvas. While it's designed for artists and graphics professionals, its power could tempt other users as well.

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Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-OS X El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

Microsoft has acknowledged that Office for Mac 2016 users are encountering frequent crashes and implied that it's working on a fix, but offered no timetable for when it will be delivered.

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Scottrade had no idea about data breach until the feds showed up

Scottrade announced Friday that it suffered a security breach in late 2013 and early 2014, affecting approximately 4.6 million customers. It said it had no idea that the breach had occurred until law enforcement officials told them about it.

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Cortana coming to the Xbox One in 2016

Microsoft's digital assistant arrives on the Xbox One in 2016, but Xbox One Experience Preview testers will get to try it later this year.

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The Beginner's Guide review: A weird, fiercely personal game

Davey Wreden's follow-up to The Stanley Parable is either refreshingly raw and personal or painstakingly self-indulgent. Or both.

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Motorola to drop Moto Assist, Migrate, and Connect in transition to Marshmallow

With Google adding in so many new services, Motorola decides it's time to get out of the way.

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Five to Try: Showtime cuts the cord, and Need for Speed goes free-to-play

Grab these new apps and games for plenty of Android enjoyment.


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Microsoft gives more weight to gaming plans with Havok physics engine acquisition

Microsoft is acquiring Havok, the makers of a popular physics engine for video games, from Intel.

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Microsoft, Tesla say software-defined batteries could mix and match power on the fly

We think of batteries as just a fuel tank to power our electronic devices. Microsoft, Tesla and others have thought up a new idea: software-defined batteries, which use a bunch of specialized batteries to trade off power tasks as needed.

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YouTube Kids adds new playlists, a walkthrough for parents, Chromecast and Apple TV support

There are new collections from National Geographic Kids, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, and Kid president for you and the children to enjoy.

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Spotify expects to have close to 100 million users by year’s end

Listeners have been flocking to the streaming-music service in record numbers.


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This week in games: BattleTech heads to Kickstarter and a Fallout fan builds a working vault door

Plus: Frictional releases a live-action SOMA prequel and EA announces a Mass Effect theme park ride. This is gaming news for September 28 - October 2.

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Batman: Arkham Knight swoops back onto Steam in time for Halloween

After four long months, the Caped Crusader will finally finish up his walk of shame and go back on sale.


Oculus Rift consumer price will be more than $350

The consumer Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will compromise on price in pursuit of perfection everywhere else.

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Here's what we know about how Nexus Protect will work

The new Nexus Protect site is now live, and it will serve as the hub for filing claims, tracking shipments, and reaching out for support questions.