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Microsoft’s Q2 2015: Surface and Lumia up, but Xbox and profits down

Microsoft has published its Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $ 26.5 billion in net income on $ 5.8 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased 8 percent compared to the $ 24.52 billion the company generated in the same quarter last year. However, net income has dropped 10 percent from the same period last year. Microsoft does note that it has incurred a further “$ 243 million of integration and restructuring expenses” related to the Nokia phone business purchase, which explains part of the drop.

We’re into a second quarter of Surface Pro 3 sales, and Surface-related revenue ($ 1.1 billion) has jumped 24 percent from the same period last year. Surface sales are still a mystery, as ever, but it’s not surprising to see…

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Borderlands is finally coming to PS4 and Xbox One

The Borderlands series is finally going next-gen — and to celebrate, you can buy a remote controlled version of Claptrap, gaming’s most obnoxious robot. Today 2K Games announced the new Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which will bundle Borderlands 2 and the recently launched Pre-Sequel, along with all of their DLC add-ons, into one package for PS4 and Xbox One. The whole thing will cost you $ 59.99, a pretty nice discount compared to buying everything individually.

The special edition is limited to 5,000 copies

But for the super fans, the new bundle is also available in a wonderfully ridiculous special edition that comes with a tiny version of Claptrap that can talk and drive around on one wheel, controlled by a smartphone app….

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You can get a free month of Dish’s new Sling TV streaming service on Xbox One

Dish just announced Sling TV, its bold new experiment in internet TV that gives cord cutters access to big names like ESPN and Adult Swim without a cable subscription. If you’re not quite sold on the idea, though, there’s a month-long free trial coming up — but only for Xbox One owners. Microsoft partnered with Dish to bring the extended trial to the console — which is also the only games console that will support the new service at launch — and says it will be available to Xbox Live members in the “coming weeks.” The service will regularly cost $ 20 a month when it launches, and you can add bundles of premium content like “kids” or “news” for an extra $ 5 each. Sling TV is expected to launch later this month on devices including Amazon’s…

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Police arrest alleged member of group behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks

An alleged member of the group claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks that took Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network down for hours on Christmas day was arrested this week in the United Kingdom. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, who is believed to be a member of self-styled hacker collective “Lizard Squad,” was arrested on suspicion of fraud. Thames Valley Police announced that he was arrested in connection with an investigation into PayPal thefts, but the search warrant presented to Omari shows that police were planning to search his phones, computers, email accounts, and more “in relation to the hacking of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live systems over the Christmas period.”

Omari sent a picture of the search warrant to The Daily…

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Xbox One SDK leak could let developers make homebrew apps for the console

A group of hackers has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft’s official Xbox One SDK — the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console. The group, calling itself H4LT, announced the leak of the kit via its Twitter account, tweeting screenshots showing the SDK’s files to Microsoft’s official Xbox account.

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Almost every single Xbox executive we profiled in this video last year has left the company

Boyd Multerer, the genius Microsoft engineer who founded Xbox Live, helped build the Xbox 360, and led the development of the three-operating-systems-in-one Xbox One platform, announced on Twitter today that he’s left Microsoft to pursue new opportunities. Multerer has been on leave since the Xbox One launched; he and his wife Keri launched the interactive erotica site Silkwords back in Februrary, and now he says he’s focusing on other new startup ideas.

But more importantly, Multerer’s departure means that almost every single person on the Xbox One team we profiled last November when that console…

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Hackers allegedly behind Xbox and PlayStation network shutdown set sights on Tor

The group that allegedly took down Microsoft and Sony’s gaming networks now says it’s set its sights on a new target. Lizard Squad, which took credit for denial of service attacks that kept Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline over Christmas, tweeted earlier today that it was going after the Tor encryption service.

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Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are having problems on Christmas Day

Reports have been flowing in on Twitter today that Xbox Live and PlayStation Network — the online services connecting Microsoft’s and Sony’s game consoles — are experiencing outages. Occasional downtime is par for the course for both, but Christmas Day is a particularly bad time, just as hundreds of thousands of PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones are unwrapped and set up.

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12-month Xbox Music subscription is just $49.90 tomorrow, 50 percent off

Microsoft is running the same deal on Xbox Music as last year: a 12-month subscription for just $ 49.90. The promotion starts tomorrow morning online, and Microsoft retail stores will be discounting the subscription even further to just $ 29 for those who can visit a brick-and-mortar store. Normally priced at $ 99.90, the deal is limited to three subscriptions per customer, and a code for the service will be delivered digitally. Xbox Music is similar to Spotify, providing access to more than 30 million songs for streaming and the ability to purchase and download individual tracks and

Microsoft’s promotion comes just days after the company ended free streaming for Xbox Music. 12 months of Xbox Music subscription includes ad-free music…

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BioShock Infinite is less than $5 on Xbox 360 right now

If you’ve yet to play BioShock Infinite, the 2013 first-person shooter from now defunct studio Irrational Games, there’s good news: the game is incredibly cheap on Xbox 360 right now. You can grab Infinite for just $ 4.49 through the Xbox Live marketplace, a pretty steep decline for a game that still regularly sells for more than $ 30 elsewhere (even the extra downloadable episodes set in Rapture will set you back more). We’re not quite sure how long the deal will last for, though, so you’ll want to grab it soon.

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