Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to China

Minecraft the intellectual property that Microsoft purchased from Mojang for $2.5 billion in late 2014, has swept much of the Western world. Now, Microsoft is turning its attention to another potentially lucrative market: China. Mojang announced on Friday that it has signed an exclusive agreement to license the game for Pocket and PC to an affiliate in mainland China by the name of NetEase. Together, they plan to develop a version of Minecraft tailored for the Chinese market. Mojang CEO

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Google’s payday lender ad ban affects loan company backed by Alphabet

It was reported last week that Google was taking a stand against payday lenders by no longer displaying their ads as of July 13, 2016. But it seems the search giant’s parent company, Alphabet, may be facing a conflict of interests after it’s been revealed as an investor in a company affected by the ban.According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Alphabet’s venture-capital investment arm, GV, has made a number of investments in the San Francisco-based online lending

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Learn Python and jumpstart your web development career

Looking for a great way to sharpen your programming resume? Python is a great launching pad into the world of programming, whether you’re completely new, or looking to take your coding career to the next level.Why Python? It’s easy to learn and use, and focuses on helping you finish your build – -not burying you in tedious command syntax. Beyond that, Python users find it easily adaptable. The zeroed-in methodology that makes Python so straightforward to use is applicable to

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Is Motorola’s iconic Razr V3 flip phone staging a comeback?

Few mobile devices are as iconic as Motorola’s Razr V3. Originally released in the third quarter of 2004, the impossibly thin flip phone was an instant hit in the pre-smartphone era. Motorola ultimately sold more than 130 million units, making it one of the best-selling mobile phones of all-time. Now, it would appear as though Motorola is planning to reincarnate the popular clamshell. Motorola, now a Lenovo-owned company, recently posted a YouTube video described as a look back to the

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Xiaomi’s 4K-capable, Android TV-powered Mi Box is headed to the US

Google Home is likely to stand out as the most memorable new piece of hardware revealed at I/O 2016 but away from the spotlight, Google added some new televisions and set-top boxes to its Android TV lineup.The most notable of the bunch is a new set-top box from Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi called the Mi Box. If you’ve been waiting for something to rival the Roku 4, this may be it.The Mi Box is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor

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Halo 5’s map editor and a limited version of its online multiplayer is arriving on PC this year

Halo 5 is coming to PC! Well, part of it is. Microsoft and its internal Halo development team, 343 Industries, have revealed that the game’s custom map toolset, Forge, will launch across Windows 10 at some point this year under the name Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition.Sadly, this isn’t the full version of the Xbox One title, and is missing the single-player campaign and online matchmaking. However, it will be possible to test user-created maps in multiplayer games with

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Apple’s first retail stores opened 15 years ago today

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Apple’s retail stores. Led by Steve Jobs, the Cupertino-based company opened its first two retail stores, one in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the other in Glendale, California, on May 19, 2001.As Macworld recounts, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, who at the time served as president and CEO of fashion brand Gap, joined Apple’s board of directors in 1999. A year later, Apple hired former Target marketing executive Ron Johnson who was responsible for transforming the retail

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‘Gran Turismo Sport’ gets a release date, gameplay trailer

Gran Turismo Sport, the next major release in the popular Gran Turismo racing franchise, will be released on November 15 in North America and Japan.Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed the news earlier today in a post on the official PlayStation blog.Sony and Polyphony Digital first unveiled the game at the annual Paris Games Week trade show last October. At the time, the two stressed that this was not Gran Turismo 7 but rather, a completely new game that’ll be more

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Our favorite affordable phone, the Moto G, gets three new models

The Moto G has remained a favorite among budget buyers, combining high-end performance and features with great build quality and a wallet-friendly price. Today the company is releasing not one but three different models as part of its fourth generation Moto G lineup: The Moto G, Moto G Plus and Moto G Play.On the outside the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus look mostly the same, with a rounded metal frame and rubber back cover for a nice grip. Spec-wise

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Microsoft selling feature phone business as Nokia plans a comeback through licensing

Microsoft has announced it is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, and the newly-established Finnish company HMD Global for $350 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016 and will see around 4,500 employees leave the company.Nokia marked the end of an era when it closed the sale of its devices and services division to Microsoft back in 2014. The once dominant mobile phone player

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