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Moving to a new console generation has often meant leaving some of your favorite games behind, but Microsoft says that won't be the case with the Xbox Series X. The team developing this next-gen console is testing older games to ensure they don't just work but work better. Not only will older titles be faster and smoother, but Microsoft is also working on a host of technologies that can add new features to the games of yesteryear.

While Microsoft's primary focus is on making new games that could never have run on older consoles, the Xbox [...]

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The United Kingdom's anti-cybercrime agency is running online ads aimed at young people who search the Web for services that enable computer crimes, specifically trojan horse programs and DDoS-for-hire services. The ad campaign follows a similar initiative launched in late 2017 that academics say measurably dampened demand for such services by explaining that their use to harm others is illegal and can land potential customers in jail.

For example, search in Google for the terms “booter” or “stresser” from a U.K. Internet address, and there's a good chance you'll see a paid ad show up on the first page of results [...]

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Following a surprisingly strong reception among gamers for its first-generation Reverb VR head-mounted display (HMD), HP has deepened its relationship with Valve as part of launching its newly announced Reverb G2 ($599). Using a keynote slot at Augmented World Expo 2020, the two companies, along with Microsoft, outlined their partnership around the new model Reverb and full SteamVR support.HP's Reverb G2 By the NumbersThe headline number for the G2 is unchanged from the G1 — 2K x 2K resolution per eye. That keeps it among the highest-resolution end-user devices out there but doesn't break new ground. However, the G2 does [...]
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Microsoft has debuted the Windows 10 May 2020 update, also known as Windows 10 2004. The update was delayed somewhat thanks to the impact of coronavirus, and certain aspects of it are still in the pipeline, but the bulk of its promised features are baked-in and ready for prime time.

New features baked into Windows 10 2004 include reduced installation times for future updates. Microsoft argues it has reduced update times from over 80 minutes in 1703 to 16 minutes in 2004, with only a single reboot required for many users. This is an improvement I've noticed but didn't have hard [...]

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We've known for several decades that the dinosaurs were most likely wiped out by a meteor impact, but ongoing research continues to discover new nuances to the overall situation. New data published in Nature Communications suggests that the dinosaur-killer hit at a steep and somewhat uncommon angle — and that the consequences for life on Earth were significant.

Most reports and discussions of Chicxulub assume that the asteroid struck at a 90-degree angle. While an easy simplification, this is likely untrue; only one in 15 meteor impacts is steeper than 75 degrees, and only 25 percent occur between 60 degrees [...]

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On this week's show: Researchers race to understand Kawasaki-like syndrome in children that has been linked to coronavirus, and exploring “grounding lines” on the ocean floor to track Antarctica's glaciers [...]
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Microbes may shield you from allergies and disease [...]
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When tuned up, old algorithms can match the abilities of their successors [...]
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Enigmatic bursts of energy used to identify half of all normal matter [...]
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Report says scientific output is not translating into innovation [...]
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