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Hololens Minecraft

Today at E3 2015, Microsoft showcased just what HoloLens is capable of when combined with the hit game Minecraft. According to Kotaku, here are just a few of the possibilities: "You can play Minecraft right on your wall, and then transfer it to another surface; You can manipulate the world using your voice and your hands. And of course, you can walk around and change your viewpoint whenever you'd like; You can zoom in, out, and around using your voice; You can raise the world and see things that are normally not visible; Whatever you look at? The game is aware of it. During the demo, the presenter looks at a TNT pack and tells the game to strike it with lightning. Amazing." Continue reading for the video.

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Project Spartan Microsoft

Say goodbye to Internet Explorer, and hello to "Spartan", which will serve as the default browser on both the PC and mobile device versions of Windows 10. "Spartan" uses a new "Edge" layout engine forked from Trident that is "designed for interoperability with the modern web". The new "Edge" engine will be used by default across Windows 10, and pages can be rendered in the previous MSHTML engine for backwards compatibility with enterprise-specific websites and software. Continue reading for a video preview and more information.

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HoloLens

HoloLens by Microsoft is basically a futuristic headset with a transparent screen, enabling users to see the hologram in front of them while also seeing the real world a la augmented reality. Manipulating the holograms can be achieved through gestures and voice commands. Developers can use HoloStudio to 3D print the objects they've created in their holograms. NASA will be using HoloLens to view 3D holograms of Mars using images sent back by the rovers to let scientists feel as if they are walking on the Martian surface. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Troll Windows Users

April Fools Day' is just around the corner, and it's never too early to start planning. If you have easy access to someone's Windows computer, here's one prank you can attempt to pull off, as long as the computer isn't password-protected. Simply take a screenshot of their desktop, set it as wallpaper, hide the icons / toolbar, reverse the desktop / keyboard layout, and you're ready to watch the madness ensue. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of people who only had one job, but couldn't even do it right.

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KeySweeper

From afar, this looks like any old phone charger, but open up the computer it's wirelessly connected to, and you'll see that it's recording everything you type. Called KeySweeper, this gadget sniffs out every key you type on specific Microsoft-branded 2.4-GHz wireless keyboards released before July 2011. When it's unplugged from the wall, the device looks like it powers down, when in reality, it just switches to battery power while continuing to log and transmit data. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bill Gates Human Waste

Bill Gates may be the world's richest man, as of today, but that didn't stop him from drinking a cup of water that was once human excrement. Gates said: "The water tasted as good as any I've had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It's that safe." However, this water came from a machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, a Seattle engineering firm, which burns human waste to produce electricity and water. Thanks to a steam engine and because and high temperatures, the resulting water doesn't emit an odor. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Kinect Telekinesis

Telekinesis is best known as a psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without physical interaction. Microsoft engineer Mike Taulty from the company's Developer and Platform Group has managed to use Microsoft Kinect, along with Sphero, a robotic toy controlled by a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, to harness augmented telekinetic powers, similar to Professor X. As X-Men fans know, he's a mutant who possesses vast telepathic powers, and is among the strongest and most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe. He is able to perceive the thoughts of others or project his own thoughts within a radius of approximately 250 miles (400 km). Continue reading for the video demonstration.

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Excel Art

These may look like digital paintings, but they were all created in Microsoft Excel by Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old Japanese who started playing with the spreadsheet software 13-years-ago. He says, "Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most computers. And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint." He actually won an Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of astronauts aboard the ISS growing a water bubble.

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Computer Illiterate

Asking tech support about installation issues with a new piece of software you just purchased isn't so uncommon, but this person had no clue what a monitor is, nor that a power failure means everything in the home won't work. This Microsoft Office customer support representative had a fitting response after hearing all of this. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a soldier who really doesn't care about incoming artillery.

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FlexSense

Microsoft Research has unveiled FlexSense, which is essentially flat transparent, self-sensing deformable layer that can be added to tablets for extra functionality. They claim it can determine what a person is doing with the layer and then turn those actions into commands for an app. For example, when placed over a crossword puzzle, you can hide the answers below and look underneath the layer for hints. Continue reading for the video.

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