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Researchers cut the required bandwidth for graphics-intensive game streaming

The rise of cloud gaming services such as PlayStation Now may have ushered in a new era of convenience for blasting virtual aliens and monsters to smithereens, but on-demand play brings with it one huge unwanted drawback: the bandwidth required is astronomical. But researchers at Duke University and Microsoft Research think they have a solution that'll let gamers have their on-demand cake and eat it too. They have developed a tool called Kahawai (Hawaiian for stream), which splits the rendering calculations between your device and a remote server rather than offloading them all to the server.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Less zen, but more efficient: How the digital age is really affecting our brains

A comprehensive Microsoft study is offering insights into how living in the digital age is affecting our ability to sustain attention and how our brains are adapting to the constant flow of new stimuli. Although the results confirmed the suspicions that the information overflow is affecting our ability to focus on one task for long periods of time, the news isn't all bad, as it seems we're also training our brains to multitask more effectively.Read More

Mobile Technology Review

Review: Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft's first two generations of the Surface 2-in-1 were intriguing enough, but they were also pretty compromised. And though the Surface Pro 3 was a huge leap forward, at nearly US$1,000, it also isn't the cheapest device around. That brings us to Microsoft's lightest and thinnest Surface yet – with a lower price to boot. Read on for Gizmag's Surface 3 review.Read More

Microsoft makes Office 2016 Preview available for download

Microsoft today launched Office 2016 Preview, making it available to download for users who want to get an early look at the latest iteration of the company's productivity suite. This new version includes several new features for home and business users, and is designed to work seamlessly across a wide range of devices, including Apple's iPad, Mac OS X, and Android tablets.Read More

Mobile Technology

What's new in the latest Windows 10 for phones preview

Last week, Microsoft released the latest update of Windows 10 for phones, build 10051, which brings in new features and UI enhancements. Unlike the first Windows 10 for phone preview, which only worked with low-end budget Lumia's, this new build works with all Lumia handsets, except for the Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon. Here's a look at some new features coming to the final version when it's released later this year.Read More

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