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Microsoft gives up on Groove Music, switches customers to Spotify

Microsoft still isn't having much luck competing in the digital music realm. The software behemoth has announced that it's axing its Groove Music services (streaming, purchases and re-downloads) after December 31st, 2017. And unlike in the past, th…

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Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

 You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store. Read More

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Game gifting comes to the Xbox One’s online store

If you've ever wanted to gift an Xbox One game but didn't want to saddle the recipient with a physical copy (or an impersonal gift card), you're in luck. So long as you're part of the Xbox Insider Program, Microsoft's promised game gifting feature i…

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AI hype has peaked so what’s next?

 2017 has been the year of AI, reaching a fever pitch of VC and corporate investment. But, as with any hot technology, AI is outgrowing this phase of experimentation and hype. According to research firm Gartner, we’re past the “peak of inflated expectations.” Next up is a necessary recalibration of the space—one that will separate the winning AI-driven companies from all… Read More

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We interviewed a robotics expert to learn just how accurate popular movie robots really are

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Welcome to Reelistic! A new show about how accurate movies really are. This week we talk to robotics expert Dr. Ross Mead about the accuracy of all our favorite movie robots.

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Robotics expert Dr. Ross Mead reveals the truth about your favorite movie robots

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Welcome to Reelistic! A new show about how accurate movies really are. This week we talk to robotics expert, Dr. Ross Mead, about the accuracy of all our favorite movie robots.

Subscribe to CineFix for and movie-related content. Read more…

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Tech giants pressured to auto-flag “illegal” content in Europe

 Social media giants have again been put on notice that they need to do more to speed up removals of hate speech and other illegal content from their platforms in the European Union. The bloc’s executive body, the European Commission today announced a set of “guidelines and principles” aimed at pushing tech platforms to be more pro-active about takedowns of content deemed… Read More

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Tech giants pressured to auto-flag “illegal” content in Europe

 Social media giants have again been put on notice that they need to do more to speed up removals of hate speech and other illegal content from their platforms in the European Union. The bloc’s executive body, the European Commission today announced a set of “guidelines and principles” aimed at pushing tech platforms to be more pro-active about takedowns of content deemed… Read More

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Vin Diesel looks like he just cried or is crying over Paul Walker-inspired custom Xbox

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A Paul Walker-operated car from the Fast and Furious series was the inspiration for a new custom Xbox One S.

The green-and-blue Xbox is a nod to Walker’s car from The Fast and the Furious, the one he used in his first race against Vin Diesel. It will be raffled off on Oct. 1 as part of Game4Paul, a now-annual charity stream that benefits the Reach Out Worldwide organization.

Raffle tickets cost $20 apiece, and you can nab one right here.

The custom console made its debut in a video tweet from Cody Walker, Paul’s brother and one of the stream’s organizers (along with ROWW and Microsoft). The console is signed by Cody, as well as Furious stars Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, both of whom appear in the video. Read more…

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Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE could arrive on December 1st

At one of its Ignite sessions yesterday, a Microsoft spokesman disclosed that the LTE Surface Pro would be available for purchase starting December 1st, according to Neowin. We've reached out to Microsoft for confirmation and will update this post wi…