Gorgeous 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' screenshots appear on Amazon

Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks absolutely stunning.

The full Shadow of the Tomb Raider reveal is scheduled for April 27, 2018, but it seems like Amazon jumped the gun by a day. A new listing appeared on the website which showcased a multitude of unreleased screenshots from the upcoming game. Unfortunately, it was pulled down just as soon as it went up. Luckily, we were able to save all of the images just in time for your viewing pleasure.

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Three tips and tricks for settling into the new Gmail

Gmail’s recent redesign introduces a few new features you’ll want to familiarize yourself with.

Google’s Inbox might be in a state of limbo right now, but Gmail is alive and well, with a fresh new coat of paint and a handful of new features focused on productivity and security. While this may not be a big deal to those who use dedicated apps to manage their emails, there are still a ton of people who are happy to check their email straight from their web browser, and these changes could be a big deal to those people.

Some of Gmail’s new features won’t be rolling out for another few weeks (namely confidential mode), but if you’re itching to test out the redesign, there’s still plenty to enjoy right now. Here are some of the first things you might want to do.

Upgrade to the new Gmail

You can’t enjoy Gmail’s new features until you’re using the new version! Luckily, making the switch only takes a few clicks, but again, the option to upgrade is still rolling out, so you may not be able to follow these steps just yet.

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How to enable the new Gmail web interface

A fresh look for your inbox is just a few clicks away.

The new Gmail web interface that was announced just a couple weeks ago has launched, bringing both a refreshed design and also a handful of new features. The overall look is a bit cleaner, like what we saw in the Google Calendar refresh earlier this year, with lots of Material Design influences. There are new features like a “confidential mode,” email snoozing, better integration with other Google apps, Smart Replies like in Inbox, an improved offline mode and more.

That’s all great, but it’s actually not enabled by default yet. Here’s how you can skip the line and check out the new Gmail interface right away:

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By keeping its head in the cloud, Microsoft makes it rain on shareholders

Thanks in part to its colossal cloud business, Microsoft earnings are drenching shareholders in dollars.
For the quarter ending March 31, 2018, the tech ringer from Redmond saw its revenue increase to $26.8 billion (up 16 percent) from $23.2 billion, with operating income up 23 percent to $8.3 billion, up from $6.7 billion.
Income was a whopping $7.4 billion (up from $5.5 billion) and diluted earnings per share were 95 cents versus analyst expectations of 85 cents per share, according to FactSet.
Despite the earnings beat, shares of the company stock fell as much as 1 percent in after-hours trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Floating much of Microsoft’s success for the quarter was the continued strength of the company’s cloud business, which chief executive Satya Nadella singled out in a statement.
“Our results this quarter reflect the trust people and organizations are placing in the Microsoft Cloud,” Nadella said. “We are innovating across key growth categories of infrastructure, AI, productivity and business applications.”
The company also returned $6.3 billion to shareholders in dividends and share repurchases in the third quarter 2018, an increase of 37 percent.
The company notched wins across the board. In addition to the growth of its cloud business — led by Azure (which grew 93 percent) — Microsoft also recorded strong growth from LinkedIn, which saw revenue increase 37 percent to $1.3 billion and hardware revenue from the Surface increasing 32 percent.
Even the move of Microsoft office into a hosted business seems to have stanched the flow of bleeding from the company’s former cash cow. The company counts 135 million business users on Office 365, and 30.6 million consumer subscriptions for the service.
The Surface numbers are notable because it’s perhaps the first indication that its hardware successes aren’t necessarily limited to the Xbox (insert Zune joke here).

By keeping its head in the cloud, Microsoft makes it rain on shareholders

Xbox Live hits 59 million monthly active users in FY18 Q3

Xbox is going strong ever since the last holiday season.

Today, Microsoft released its quarterly earnings ending on March 31, 2018. The report shows revenue of $26.8 billion and $7.4 billion in net income over the past three months. Net income is the profit after the costs of goods sold, expenses, and taxes are deducted.

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Best Xbox One Games Under $20

Looking to get the best bang for your buck? We’ve got 20 Xbox One games under $20

It might be the big game franchises like Halo and Call of Duty and Forza that get all of the attention, but there are some truly great Xbox One games out there that you can get for dirt cheap.

So let’s fill out your Xbox library with some of these 20 fantastic Xbox Store games — some indie, some classics, all awesome — that cost $20 or less.

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Microsoft finally embraces the squirt gun emoji

It was just a matter of time. Microsoft confirmed this week that it’s following the industry’s lead, transforming its gun emoji into the water squirting variety. The company unveiled its design for a new, benign firearm that looks like cross between a martian ray gun and Super Soaker.
In a tweet revealing the new emoji, the company said it had evolved the design “to reflect our values and the feedback we’ve received.” The changes come as a response to growing concerns around gun violence in the U.S. The software giant is the last of the major tech firms to fall in line with a movement that includes Apple, WhatsApp, Samsung, Twitter and, most recently, Google and Facebook.
Notably, Microsoft actually had a far less realistic take on the gun emoji until a few years back, but it swapped its sci-fi ray gun out for a revolver, citing concerns over cross-platform consistency. “Our intent with every glyph is to align with the global Unicode standard, and the previous design did not map to industry designs or our customers’ expectations of the emoji definition,” the company said at the time.
Of course, consistency is key here, with regards to intent. Sending someone a playful squirt gun only to have it viewed as a real firearm (or vice versa) is a recipe some serious emoji misunderstanding. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that initial change arrived just as Apple was switching to a squirt gun, a move that helped set this whole recent trend. So much for sticking to its guns.
Microsoft has not indicated when the emoji will change over in Windows 10.

Microsoft finally embraces the squirt gun emoji

How to make a custom Xbox One controller

Make your controller stand out from the crowd by making it your own!

Customizing controllers is a way to not only express your own creativity and make something unique, it’s also pretty easy to do and there’s no real need to pay someone to do it for you. The Xbox Design Lab has some amazing options to design your own controller, but like other options, it involves also buying a new controller.

For not a lot of money, there’s a whole bunch of things you can do to create your own custom Xbox One controller. Be that adding some visual flair or some additional hardware to improve your gaming experience and even perhaps, give you an edge in some of your favorite titles.

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