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Xbox One S

The first images of Microsoft's Xbox One S have leaked, and it's reportedly 40% smaller than its predecessor. There will be a 2TB model with 4K video playback support and High Dynamic Range (HDR). A "vertical stand" and "streamlined controller," enables owners to sit the console up right, instead of having to lay it horizontally. Continue reading for one more picture and information.

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Xbox Live Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox Live 12-month Gold Membership is a must-have for all those looking to game online, and it's being offered for only $39.99 (digital delivery), today only, originally $59.99. Experience games like Halo and Minecraft on a network powered by hundreds of thousands of servers that maximize performance and reduce lag. Get free games every month, worth up to $700 a year, and receive discounts up to 50-75% on games in the Xbox Store. Product page. Continue reading for another video of a custom Xbox Elite controller and more information about Xbox Live.

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Xbox One 1TB

Microsoft's Xbox One 1TB Console with 5 games (Halo 5 Limited Edition / Forza Horizon 2 included), 2 wireless controllers and a $50 Amazon gift card is being offered for only $369 shipped, today only, originally $490.70. The Xbox One 1TB Console - 3 Games Bundle includes: 1TB hard drive console, full-game physical discs of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Rare Replay, digital download of Ori and the Blind Forest, newly updated Xbox One black wireless controller with a 3.5mm headset jack so you can plug in any headset, 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold, AC Power Cable, and an HDMI Cable. Product page. Continue reading for a Halo 5 Limited Edition unboxing video and more information.

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Microsoft Pre-Touch

Microsoft's new Pre-Touch Sensing technology works exactly as you'd expect, as it uses a mobile phone's ability to sense how you are gripping the device, as well as when and where the fingers are approaching it, to adapt interfaces on the fly. In the tech demo, you'll see it used in both media and game applications. There's no word yet on when it will be implemented into future smartphones, but Minecraft would be a great start. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Star Wars Rogue One trailer in LEGO.

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Microsoft Holoportation

When augmented reality meets live-video teleportation, you get Microsoft's "Holoportation". In other words, a combination of HoloLens and a hologram-like video feed. These holographic representations are capable of walking around a room, thanks to cameras recording footage from several different angles. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the evolution of Superman in television and film.

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Virtual Desktop Oculus

We have seen the future of Windows, and it's in virtual reality. Introducing Virtual Desktop, a free app that transforms the entire Windows operating system into a VR-capable platform. In addition to surfing the web, you can also use it for games (Minecraft, Street Fighter V, etc.), Facebook, or even Photoshop. When launched, users are greeted with a curved, floating Windows desktop - wallpaper, icons, Start button and all. Continue reading for a tech demo and more information.

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Nintendo 3DS Windows 95

Sure, you can argue that there really is no practical reason to have Windows 95 running on a new Nintendo 3DS XL, but it's definitely a conversation starter. Back a while ago, I tried compiling the dosbox from libretro, and using retroarch to emulate dosbox. Yet, every time, it froze on a rainbow glitchy mess. So, I gave up for a while. Until tonight. So, I tried it on my n3ds, and it just worked. "So, I think the o3ds just isn't powerful enough to run dosbox, or there's not enough ram. So, that's how this all got started. At its core, this is just libretro/retroarch dosbox. But I figured, hey, everyone wants Windows on their 3DS, right?," said Shutterbug2000 on the GBATemp forum. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hoverboard unboxing that results in an unexpected fire.

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Bill Gates Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. This operating system runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, to provide an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, in addition to existing MS-DOS software. Company founder Bill Gates spearheaded development after seeing a demo of a similar software suite known as Visi On at COMDEX. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.

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Bill Gates Mansion

According to the King County public assessor's office, Bill Gates' home in Medina, Washington is worth a whopping $154-million as of July 2015, but did you know that the billionaire purchased the lot for the paltry sum of $2-million in 1988. He reportedly pays around $1-million in property taxes each year. The house was the result of a collaboration between Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects (based in Pennsylvania but with satellite offices in Seattle and San Francisco) and Cutler-Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Xbox Prototype

We're guessing that if Microsoft actually released an X-shaped Xbox back in 2001, sales would have taken off like a rocket immediately, but everyone knows that wasn't the case. The original console was officially unveiled to the public at CES 2001 in Las Vegas. However, due to the immense popularity of game consoles in Japan, Microsoft delayed the release of the Xbox in Europe to focus on the Japanese video game market. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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