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PUBG to Get Added Xbox Game Pass: Microsoft

The company has also committed to releasing all of its first-party titles through Xbox Game Pass. 

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

With rumours claiming that Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will hit the Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) in December, Microsoft is set to add the popular mobile game to the company’s Xbox Game Pass subscription on November 12, the media reported.

The addition means Xbox One users who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 will now be able to access PUBG, alongside more than 100 others, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

Microsoft appears to have paid for a year of exclusivity on the Xbox One for PUBG, but a move to PS4 opens the game up to millions more as it continues to battle with the popularity of rival Fortnite, the report said.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

With Microsoft exploring game streaming with its xCloud service, the company has been consistently pushing Xbox Game Pass. It is clearly a big part of the tech giant’s future Xbox plans.

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The company has also committed to releasing all of its first-party titles through Xbox Game Pass.

As part of this PUBG addition, new Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to access the service for a month for $1 during the holiday season, the report said. (IANS)

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Microsoft Lays Off News Production Workers; Replace Them With AI

A report suggests that Microsoft has cut off its editorial staff and replaced them with AI

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Microsoft cuts off staff and replaces them with artificial intelligence. Pxabay

Microsoft is reportedly laying off at least 50 news production workers and replacing them with artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithms to perform their editorial duties.

According to a report in the Seattle Times on Saturday, the roughly 50 employees contracted through staffing agencies Aquent, IFG and MAQ Consulting have been notified “that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30”.

These news production contractors work with Microsoft News, the company’s news content arm that operates MSN.com and other properties.

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement that like all companies, they evaluate business on a regular basis.

“This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic,” said the Microsoft spokesperson.

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All the work, duty and tasks of the workers will be performed by AI. Pixabay

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Some employees told Seattle Times that “MSN will use AI to replace the production work they’d been doing”.

The work includes using algorithms to identify trending news stories from dozens of publishing partners, rewrite headlines or adding better photographs or slide shows.

Besides the production work, the contract employees also planned content, maintained the editorial calendars of partner news websites and assigned content to them. (IANS)

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Master Your Teen Patti skills During This Lockdown Period

Teen Patti happens to be the favourite card game of families

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You can't go out to play Teen Patti with friends because of the lockdown. Pixabay

The entire world is currently dealing with a global pandemic – Coronavirus. From government-imposed lockdowns to self-isolation, the world is taking a breather from the usual routine. Thus, many of us are left with plenty of time to explore alternatives to keep oneself busy during the lockdown.

Many families have kept themselves entertained with various card games. This has not only helped in keeping them busy but also brought every family member closer than before. One such card game that is a favourite among many families is Teen Patti.

Although you cannot step out of your house to play Teen Patti with your friends, you can use either your smartphone or a computer to log in to a website to play against players from around the world.

Strategies To Turn The Teen Patti Game In Your Favour

Teen Patti is a fun and simple game to understand and help in winning real cash prizes. But how can you win all the time and turn the winning streak in your favour? Here are some top strategies you can use to win almost all your Teen Patti games online.

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Practising the game will improve your skills and increase the chance of winning real cash. Pixabay
  • Free Chips

Online Teen Patti games give plenty of free chips for both the professionals and novice players. Here you get an advantage to make money without betting your own. Free chips give you a chance to practice and also win free money. Practising the game will improve your skills and increase the chance of winning real cash.

  • Play Blind 

Playing the blind move in the game will demand you to take a higher risk where you have to guess your own and other players’ cards without looking at it. You get to place a bet even before seeing your own cards. This move helps in keeping your stakes low when compared to players who place bets by seeing their cards. Players who see their cards might give up or likely fold what they have in their hands.

  • Play Chaal

In this move, players can choose to see the cards at any time and place their bets and increase it. You should only do it if you think you have strong cards in their hand.

  • Ask for Sideshow 

After seeing your cards, always ask for a sideshow from the player who has placed a bet before you. The only catch here is that you cannot ask for a sideshow if that player is playing blind. If not, then the players have to show their cards. This move should be used in a game only if you are confident enough that you have better cards than your opponents.

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ASk for a slideshow to win Teen Patti games online. Pixabay

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  • Fold/Pack

Fold or pack happens when you entirely end your hand for the round. This means that the money you bet in the game is forfeited. You should use this strategy if you think that you cannot win the hand. With the fold or pack move, you save your money from being lost in hand, which you cannot win.

So, now you know the essential know-how of playing Teen Patti online with your friends and other players around the world or with your family in these lockdown days. There are a variety of online websites that let you play online Teen Patti games and offer real money to the winners. So, try your hand on various games and keep yourself entertained during the Coronavirus pandemic.

[Disclaimer: The article published above promotes links of commercial interests.]

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Windows 10: May 2020 Update Features Linux 2, latest Cortana updates

The May 2020 Update of Windows 10 contains feature improvements

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Windows 10 May 2020 update is now live with built-in Linux and Cortana. Pixabay

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update has started to reach customers globally with features like Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 as well as latest Cortana updates.

The biggest under-the-hood change to the May 2020 Update is the inclusion of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2), with a custom-built Linux kernel.

The Linux integration in Windows 10 will greatly improve the performance of Microsoft’s Linux subsystem in Windows.

“As the world and people’s routines change, it is important that we focus on meeting the over a billion people around the world relying on Windows where they are now,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The May 2020 Update comes with feature improvements that will help save you time and maybe even be a source of fun,” it added.

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The Cortana assistant has been updated with a new chat-based interface where one can either speak or type your requests. Pixabay

The Cortana assistant has been updated with a new chat-based interface where one can either speak or type your requests. The new and updated interface can be accessed from the Windows 10 taskbar.

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The update brings the popular Your Phone app’s Calls feature to ARM supported PCs from Microsoft and our OEM partners.

One will now place, receive, or text reply to incoming phone calls directly on PC without having Android phone right next to PC.

“With the Your Phone app, one can stay in flow by sending or receiving texts, checking notifications and getting instant access to Android phone’s photos and apps via computer’s large screen and keyboard,” said Microsoft. (IANS)