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Xbox, PC get a little bit closer with the latest Xbox updates

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The May 2019 update for the Xbox One’s system software is now rolling out, bringing some small refinements to the friends list, messaging, and game/app list.
Starting with the last one first, the app list will now ignore “a,” “an,” and…

Saved from obsolescence, Microsoft is now making Paint better

Enlarge / A picture apparently constructed in Paint using the keyboard exclusively.Microsoft
The news for mspaint.exe aficionados is just getting better and better. Microsoft’s original plan was to deprecate Paint and end its development. It would stil…

Windows dual booting no longer looking likely on Pixelbooks

Enlarge / Google’s Pixelbook.Valentina Palladino

Just under a year ago, there were signs that Google was modifying the firmware of its Pixelbook laptop to enable dual booting into Windows 10. The firmware was updated to give the Pixelbook the ability …

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Microsoft open sources algorithm that gives Bing some of its smarts

Enlarge / The Eiffel Tower.Pedro Szekely
Search engines today are more than just the dumb keyword matchers they used to be. You can ask a question—say, “How tall is the tower in Paris?”—and they’ll tell you that the Eiffel Tower is 324 meters (1,063 fe…

       
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