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Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft is releasing an all-new Xbox Adaptive Controller to meet the needs of players with disabilities, who have previously required custom solutions. This input device sports two large buttons on its face, which can be operated with hands but are also large enough for players to control them with their elbows or feet as well. The rear boasts a row of 3.5mm ports for adding inputs and buttons to represent features on the traditional controller as well as giving players a personalized experience tailored to them - adding a foot pedal or other touch-sensitive switch to give the device more functionality, etc. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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HoloLens Mario Bros

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 can be found in all types of games, including Minecraft, but Abhishek Singh decided to combine the stage with Microsoft's HoloLens in Central Park, and this augmented reality experience is the result. Yes, the obstacles require one to walk around them rather than jump, but since none of them exist as physical barriers, things can get a bit scary. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an original 2007 iPhone unboxing.

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Microsoft Project Zanzibar

Microsoft's all-new "Project Zanzibar" is touted as a portable and flexible tangible interaction platform, but it's essentially a smart mat. This rollable device blends the digital and physical worlds into one by using touch sensors, gestures, and objects, making it great for augmented reality applications. It utilizes several technologies to make this possible, including: sensing, near field communication (NFC), and multi-touch. The mat is able to uniquely identify objects if tagged with low-cost NFC stickers, while custom NFC tag allow these interactions to be extended. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing why you shouldn't pour molten aluminum on ice.

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Laptop Bluetooth Keyboard

At first glance, this appears to be just another Bluetooth keyboard tablet cover of sorts, but it's actually a Surface Book-like laptop. Simply remove the hidden OLED display from the slot, dock it on the keypad above, and the device is ready for use, whether it be gaming, work, or simply browsing the web. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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MS Paint Artwork

Photo credit: Concha Garcia Zaera via Bored Panda

Most digital artists use Adobe software (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) to create masterpieces, but 87-year-old Concha Garcia Zaera uses MS Paint, as she discovered the program after her children gifted her a computer. Each one of these paintings takes approximately 2-weeks to complete. "My husband fell ill and I had to take care of him, so I couldn't go out very often. I began painting little things: first, a house, the next day I'd add a mountain...Step by step, I was adding details, and in the end, the result was a very pretty thing. I have no imagination at all, so I get inspiration from the postcards that my husband used to send me or drawings that I find and like," said Zaera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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MS Word Teacher Ghana

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ICT (Information and Communications Technology) instructor Owura Kwadwo, originally from Kumasi, Ghana, teaches kids in a rural farming community how to use Microsoft Word. Since most do not have access to computers, he draws a screenshot of the layout on a chalkboard for them to study. "I do it to make my students understand what I'm teaching. At least to give a picture of what they will see assuming they were behind a computer. I do make sure they understand everything well before they leave the class," said Kwadwo. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox Watch

Photo credit: Hikari Calyx

Back in 2013, Microsoft teamed up with HTC to build an Xbox Watch, but unfortunately, things never panned out. Many engineers on Microsoft's side previously worked on Xbox accessories and the Kinect sensor. This prototype included a 1.5-inch display, removable, a GPS unit, and workout apps. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Xbox One X Portable

Photo credit: Eddie Zarick

Microsoft's Xbox One X is touted as the world's most powerful game console, and rightfully so, but for those who have always wanted a portable version, Eddie Zarick of Eds Junk has just the fix for you. Called the Xbook One X, this portable Xbox One X features a 21.5" 1080p ViewSonic display, the original cooling units, external ports, two USB ports (just one if you opt for the optional keyboard), and a power outlet to ensure your extra long gaming sessions never get interrupted. Continue reading for more pictures, information and a bonus video.

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Xbox One S Horizons Bundle

The Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle is unlike any racing game you've ever played, and it's being offered for just $199 shipped, today only, originally $279.99. Drive, explore, jump, and race all over Australia in more than 350 of the world's greatest cars. Make your Hot Wheels fantasies come to life with loops, corkscrews, boost pads, high bank turns, half-pipes, insane jumps - and even mechanical dinosaurs. It includes an Xbox One S 500GB console, Xbox wireless controller, Forza Horizon 3 game download, Hot Wheels expansion download, HDMI cable (4K capable), 14-days Xbox Live Gold Trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass. Product page. Continue reading for gameplay footage and more information.

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Bill Gates Secret Santa

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It's not everyday that you hear about Bill Gates interacting with the online community, much less sending someone a gift. Reddit user and cat-enthusiast "VietteLLC" was fortunate enough to have Mr. Gates as her "Secret Santa", and she received a giant Pusheen plush doll, lots of donations, books, as well as some other goodies. "The best part? Knowing that at some point during my workweek, I was drinking coffee, writing a boring email, and Bill Gates was somewhere having a professional photo taken with a jumbo Pusheen and writing me notes about cats," said Viette. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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