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Liveblog: Apple unveils its TV service and more at the March 25 “It’s show time” event

Enlarge / The event invite strongly hints at the upcoming video service. Apple CUPERTINO, Calif.—At 10am Pacific on Monday, March 25, Apple and its partners will take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., to talk about a new TV-streaming platform, a new magazine-subscription service, and possibly much more. We’ll be liveblogging […]

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Clippy briefly resurrected as Teams add-on, brutally taken down by brand police

Enlarge theaelix On Microsoft’s official Office GitHub repository (which contains, alas, not the source code to Office itself but lots of developer content for software that extends Office), the widely loved (?) Clippy made a brief appearance with the publication of a Clippy sticker pack for Microsoft Teams. Teams users could import the stickers and […]

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Windows Virtual Desktop now in public preview

Enlarge / A VT100 remote terminal, which is basically the same thing as Windows Remote Desktop. Wolfgang Stief Initially announced last September, Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service has now entered public preview. The service brings together single-user Windows 7 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and multi-user Windows 10 and Windows Server remote desktop services (RDS) […]

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Apple’s updated AirPods are here, cost $199 with new wireless charging case

Enlarge / Apple AirPods. After announcing new iPads and iMacs earlier this week, Apple has released details about its next-generation AirPods. The new wireless earbuds, which are available for preorder today starting at $ 159, come with an updated, Apple-designed chip, more battery life, and “Hey Siri” voice-command support. Apple also debuted a new wireless […]

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Google jumps into gaming with Google Stadia streaming service, coming “in 2019”

Enlarge / The Google Stadia controller, which includes a few custom buttons. The service will also support wired USB controllers and mouse-and-keyboard controls. Google SAN FRANCISCO—At the Game Developers Conference, Google announced its biggest play yet in the gaming space: a streaming game service named Google Stadia, designed to run on everything from PCs and […]

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Any Steam game can now use Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Enlarge massmatt Valve is opening up its latency-reducing, DoS-protecting network relay infrastructure to every developer using its Steamworks platform. A few years ago, large-scale denial-of-service attacks against game servers were making the news and becoming a frustratingly frequent occurrence in online gaming and e-sports. To protect its own games, Valve has for a number of […]