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Activision finesses Destiny sales numbers to make the launch sound great

Activision's Destiny MMO/shooter hybrid for the Xbox and PlayStation franchises is the "Best-Selling New Video Game Franchise Launch" of all time -- whatever that means.

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Hands on: Office Lens scanning app for Windows Phone now makes editable Word files

Most scanning apps generate a JPEG or PDF file, but Office Lens skips right to the good stuff: Word or PowerPoint files. Though some scrawls will still confound it, this is nevertheless a Windows Phone app worth bragging about—and downloading ASAP.

Why Microsoft bought Minecraft: To lure kids to science, Nadella says

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, says Minecraft is a learning tool. Thus the $2.5 billion Mojang acquisition.

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Microsoft’s new keyboard and mice embrace iOS, Android and Windows devices alike

Microsoft's services aren't exclusive to Windows anymore, and neither are its peripherals. Of the four devices the company debuted for the fall, only the Xbox controller requires Windows.

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Microsoft invites reporters to see 'what's next for Windows' (hint: it's Windows 9)

Microsoft begins inviting reporters to see the next generation of Windows—almost certainly a preview of Windows 9.

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Cortana app reportedly heading for Windows 9

Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, is a mainstay of Windows Phone. For Windows 9, however, she'll be "just" an app.

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The hidden gems of IDF 2014

The halls of Intel Developer Forum 2014 revealed many treasures: smart kegs, unannounced tablets, high-resolution multimonitor gaming rigs. Here's the coolest stuff we found.

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Bad to the Bonn: European Harley-Davidson phone joins the Windows Phones gang

A Harley-Davidson phone exclusive to Europe leads a pack of new, cheap Windows Phones from BLU, YEZZ, and Archos, the rest of which will be available stateside.

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Windows 9 leak: How the new Start menu could backfire

The leaked screenshots show a Windows-7-like Start menu next to a mini-bar of Windows 8.1 Tiles, an awkward compromise that might not satisfy anyone.

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Intel talks wireless charging and RealSense 3D cameras, coming over the next year

Intel's first wire-free PCs, however, will be shipped to hardware makers as reference designs. You'll be able to buy them possibly by the end of 2015.

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Intel's itty-bitty NUC PC prototypes pack Broadwell chips, touch controls

Intel shows off a number of prototype NUCs at the Intel Developer Forum, including models with touch, speech, and its next-generation Broadwell chips. And if Intel's mini PC is too powerful for you, try an Atom-powered "half NUC" design.

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Intel preannounces next-gen Basis Peak smartwatch

Intel executive Mike Bell disclosed the name of Intel's next smartwatch, which ships before the end of the year.

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Intel shows off next-gen Skylake processor, says Edison embedded chip is shipping

As its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) kicked off, Intel presented its broad vision of processing data from wearables up through the data center.

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Dell creates Virtual Smartphone app for Android, iOS phones

Dell's virtual smartphone will provide an alternative Samsung's Knox and other apps that provide a digital lockbox for storing sensitive corporate information an employee's personal phone.

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Microsoft's MSN redesign seems less like Metro, more like Google’s cards

If the MSN redesign is any indication, Microsoft is moving away from the colorful tiles of Windows 8's Modern style, replacing it with a surprisingly Google-y look and feel.