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The last line dance: Microsoft closes its stores

So long and thanks for... Uh, well, so long. IDG Today's Best Tech Deals Picked by Macworld's Editors Top Deals On Great Products Picked by Techconnect's Editors Lost in the hubbub of WWDC and Apple’s announcement of its switch to its own processors for Macs is sad news from the Pacific Northwest.“Microsoft is permanently closing…

Microsoft may be buying Warner Bros Interactive Home Entertainment

Reports are emerging that potentially Microsoft is looking to purchase Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in a move that's expected to cost around $4 billion.Last month, it was announced that former owner, AT&T, was looking to sell off the gaming division of Warner Bros. - aka Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - with the suggestion that such…

Microsoft schedules first-party Xbox Series X game showcase for July 23

In context: The holiday launch window for next-gen consoles is approaching rapidly, and both Sony and Microsoft have accelerated their marketing campaigns accordingly. Combined, the companies have already revealed dozens of games that will be available on their upcoming consoles, but they've mostly been third-party or cross-gen titles thus far. Those games look excellent, but…

Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands

The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office back in version 2003. Rob Schultz/IDG Today's Best Tech Deals Picked by PCWorld's Editors Top Deals On Great Products Picked by Techconnect's Editors Table of Contents Show More Can Microsoft Word read to me? Yes, it can. The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook,…

Microsoft and Bridgestone establish a tire damage tracking system

Bridgestone announced that through its partnership with Microsoft, it had developed a unique Tire Damage Monitoring System. Bridgestone says that this is the first monitoring system in the world that’s able to detect tire damage in real-time. Detecting tire damage is a big deal because Bridgestone says tire damage contributes to 30% of all car…

Microsoft uses tools to secure patient data in the middle of increased COVID-19 security risks

St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has 15,000 employees and more than 1 million patient records.  Given the sheer amount of data being exchanged on a daily basis, "keeping our patient information safe is paramount," said Chad Brisendine, chief information officer at St. Luke's, in a video played during a recent HIMSS20 Digital…

Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X optimised video games

Microsoft has revealed a complete list of games certified under the Optimised for Xbox Series X program and it's not yet the most inspiring of line ups.The Optimised for Xbox Series X program is essentially games that "take advantage of the full power of Xbox Series X". In layman's terms, that means brand new games…

Microsoft permanently closes its retailers

Microsoft has announced it will be permanently closing all its retail stores and refocusing its efforts on online storefronts and customer service. The stores have had a rocky time in terms of popularity since their inception and it seems likely that the pandemic and the fact the stores have had to remain shut since March was…

Microsoft adds WINFR file undeletion tool to the Microsoft Store

fine, keep your secrets — Ready to finally throw away those 15-year-old shareware UNDELETE utilities? Jim Salter - Jun 29, 2020 8:00 pm UTC Enlarge / Although an undeletion utility may occasionally save your bacon, it's never been a good idea to rely on one. Although it isn't yet built into Windows, Microsoft has finally…

Microsoft will counter PS5 Digital Edition with Xbox Series S in August

Microsoft was reportedly planning to reveal a cheaper model of the Xbox Series X at E3 2020, but the pandemic forced the company to adjust on the fly. Microsoft is now set to reveal the Xbox Series S (codename Lockhart) in August. In the meantime, Microsoft is finally going to show us first-party Xbox Series…

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Golden Globe awards held off to February 2021 due to coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: 77th Golden Globe Awards - Photo Room - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 5, 2020 - The cast of "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood" poses backstage with their award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. REUTERS/Mike BlakeLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Golden Globes on Monday postponed its 2021 ceremony for film…

Google’s U.S. advertisement earnings to take a hit due to pandemic: report

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Google logo is seen in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration(Reuters) - Google Inc’s U.S. advertising revenue will drop 5.3% as brands pare spending during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an eMarketer report on Monday, the first decline since 2008 when the research firm began estimating the Alphabet…

Wall Street flat as virus cases increase; tech stocks advance

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street’s three major indexes closed higher on Monday with the biggest gains in technology stocks as investors focused on the potential for more government stimulus measures even as they worried about an increase in coronavirus cases in the United States and other countries. Nasdaq registered its fourth record closing high…

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