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Microsoft launches ‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ for $5/user per year

Photo via Minecraft For most students, spending the school day exploring an alien planet in their favorite video game would be a dream come true. And for some students, that dream is just around the corner with the launch of Minecraft: Education Edition , a school-friendly version of the popular video game. The cloud-based game is available…

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Xbox Live monthly usage drops from June to September, raising stakes for the holidays

As part of its quarterly earnings report last week , Microsoft said Xbox Live monthly active users reached 47 million — up 21 percent from the same quarter last year. “Our highly engaged Xbox Live fan base continues to grow across Windows 10, iOS and Android,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told analysts and investors on the company’s earnings conference…

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Microsoft takes on Amazon-owned Twitch with new game streaming tech for Windows 10, Xbox One

Jenn McCoy, Microsoft Xbox marketing employee, shows off new game streaming technology in New York City today. Photo by Nat Levy / GeekWire. Microsoft today unveiled new game streaming technology that puts it in direct competition with Amazon and shows the fruits of an acquisition the company made earlier this year. At a Windows Creator event…

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Pokémon Go could help you live longer, Microsoft study finds

(Via Pokémon Go) True to its name, Pokémon Go got Americans moving after a launch almost as explosive as a Blastoise bursting out of its poke ball. A new study from Microsoft Research and Stanford University estimates that over 30 days, Pokémon Go added a total of 144 billion steps to U.S. physical activity. Researchers use that…

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Gamemakers behind Exploding Kittens raise $1M in 24 hours for ‘Bears vs. Babies’

(Images via Kickstarter). The guys who brought you “Exploding Kittens” have set their sights on a new target: Babies. Elan Lee , the former chief design officer of Xbox Entertainment Studios, and The Oatmeal cartoonist Matthew Inman are crowdfunding a new game called “Bears vs. Babies .” Like “Exploding Kittens,” the game is already an overnight…

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Why Nintendo ‘desperately’ needs its hybrid Switch console to be a hit

The first look at Nintendo’s new hybrid Switch console generated plenty of buzz, but one report suggests disappointing sales could mean game over for the Japanese gaming giant’s console business. A new chart from Statista  underscores the importance of Switch’s success to Nintendo, which has its U.S. headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Nintendo has sold close to 62 million units…

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All the Ways You Can Play the Nintendo Switch in Gifs

We’ve known for some time now that Nintendo’s upcoming console would have portability baked in. The new product trailer for the Switch (formerly known by its project name NX) reveals that living room-to-pocket is just one of the options afforded to future owners of Nintendo’s ambitious product. Read more… Read full post on Gizmodo.com

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First Look: Nintendo’s new hybrid Switch console makes its debut

Nintendo has released the first trailer for its new console , and now we know its name, Nintendo Switch. The trailer confirms reports over the summer that the the console will be a portable device that can also be hooked up to a TV via a docking station for big-screen gaming. The new console will be…

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This gaming device tells you when enemies sneak up behind you

The OmniWear Arc, a tactile gaming device that alerts players to elements in a game through directional vibrations. Photo: OmniWear Haptics. Playing a first person shooter or online multiplayer games, like League of Legends, can be an information overload. Stats on teammates and equipment, a map of enemy locations, and messages from players — not…