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Microsoft grabs some of world’s biggest video games in $10.4b deal

Microsoft landed a major blow in its decades-long battle with its video game industry rival Sony on Monday (US time), announcing the $US7.5 billion ($10.4 billion) acquisition of a video game company that narrowed the gap between the two tech giants’ offerings. By buying game maker ZeniMax Media, the parent …

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TikTok’s security credentials remain under a cloud despite US deal

The social media platform, which has an estimated 1.6 million users in Australia, said under the terms of the deal Oracle would be its “trusted cloud and technology provider” responsible for fully securing its users’ data. However, TikTok Global will still be 80 per cent owned by Chinese company ByteDance …

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Thumbs in the cloud: Xbox’s next-gen plans go beyond any one console

“Our fans will want to know what’s unique about this collection [of consoles], and I think that’s what the generation is, but I don’t think we have to use a generation to exclude players,” he said. “The biggest franchises on the planet are playable across multiple devices. I shouldn’t be …

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Why you shouldn’t post a picture of a boarding pass on social media

Blogger Alex Hope used the booking reference that was visible on the boarding pass to log in to Qantas’ website and was able to view personal details.Credit:Instagram “As we saw with Tony Abbott, his passport number and phone number were easily discoverable with little effort on the part of the …

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Mario 3D All-Stars revives dozens of classic worlds

3D All-Stars does not contain ground-up remakes, but rather optimised ports of the originals. Each was initially designed to showcase its respective system’s unique capabilities, so there was a danger they could have been made awkward in the move to Switch, but in general they’re elegant adaptations. It would be …

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Apple widens its net with new subscription bundles

This is a clear value for people who already want to subscribe to these four services, but it also makes competing services much less attractive. Users of Apple devices will be disincentivised to use Google Drive for storage, or Netflix for streaming for example, if they can switch to Apple’s …

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Apple debuts discount watch, iPads and services, no new iPhones

The Apple Watch SE comes in at a significantly lower price than the high-end model. Loading Notably, for people buying a cellular Apple Watch that has its own mobile connection, the Watch SE comes in at a full $250 less than the Series 6 at $499. The scaled-down Apple Watch …

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Running out of HDMI ports on your TV? Switch things up.

That all sounds simple enough, but choosing a switch is not that straightforward. For starters, you need to be sure it handles HDCP encryption and the audio/video quality coming from your devices, particularly if they offer 4K resolution, high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound. To make life more complicated …

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Oracle set to win TikTok race as Microsoft’s offer rejected

Oracle’s founder and chief executive Larry Ellison is a friend of President Trump and the President has said he supported Oracle’s bid to buy TikTok. Loading TikTok features 15-second videos of users mostly lip syncing, dancing and performing comedic skits and the app’s popularity has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic …

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PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S: what we know about next-gen consoles

Xbox has been evolving over the course of the current generation to be less a line of machines and more an ecosystem of games you can access from any number of devices. This includes PCs and various consoles, and will soon extend to any device with a screen thanks to …

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