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Microsoft Education Workshop's STEM Saturdays are part of a Microsoft initiative to host a range of free hands-on educational programs through the Microsoft Store. Today it was revealed that Mattel's iconic Hot Wheels brand will be a part of the program, with Hot Wheels getting "hacked" as participants get to learn about forces in motion. The program begins September 9, 2017, and runs every Saturday through the end of the month.  

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If you're into Mattel's Hot Wheels, you may have seen the recent Forza Motorsport assortment of the Replica Entertainment Series that's been hitting stores, and now you could say that was just a little bit of foreshadowing. Hot Wheels has partnered with Microsoft’s popular racing game to create one of the coolest expansion packs – Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels – arriving on May 9 exclusively on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs (Xbox Play Anywhere) as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as a standalone purchase for $19.99.  A trailer just hit my inbox, and I'm sharing it below. Check it out, along with all the details on the new expansion. Something tells me that the recent addition of an Xbox One to my office is going to be commanding some more attention...

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While he'll soon be stepping into a galaxy far, far away as he prepares to take over the role of Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo STAR WARS Story, Donald Glover is currently in full-on music mode as Childish Gambino. Today comes a preview of his Music x Technology collaboration with Microsoft and Wolf + Rothstein - PHAROS, a virtual reality experience, which will be available in early 2017 following the vinyl release of his new album, Awaken, My Love (the record is already out on CD/Digital). A PHAROS VR performance of "Me and Your Mama" has been issued on YouTube, and is best enjoyed with the companion app (available for iOS and Android)

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I'm having a bit of a flashback. It was the Holiday season of 2007 that Harmonix released their original ROCK BAND game, and it was that very title that led to my wife buying me an Xbox 360. Fast-forward to 2015, and ROCK BAND 4 is on the way, and I really want an Xbox One for Xmas - especially since Microsoft just unveiled the Xbox One Elite Bundle, which is now available for pre-order exclusively at Gamestop and MicrosoftStore.com with a release date of November 3rd. While the system will be available globally, if you want the bundle, those are the stores you need to visit. Here's the details...

It's time to determine who is the best of the best as the third annual Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox tournament will bring the top Call of Duty® eSport athletes in the world to Los Angeles, March 27 - 29, in the definitive Call of Duty competition. Activision, Sledgehammer Games and Xbox, in partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG) and additional international eSports partners, will play host to 32 of the best Call of Duty teams from around the world, as they compete in Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare and the rights to be called the Call of Duty "World Champions," and ultimately claim the lion's share of the tournament's $1 million prize purse in the crowning contest where Power Changes Everything. This year's tournament will include a variety of compelling programming covering the weekend's non-stop excitement and hard fought matches, with the final match live streamed on the Xbox Live online entertainment network and other broadcast partners for the world to experience in real time.

The headline just about says it all. After the recent announcement that filmmakers were prepping to do a legit archaeological excavation of the New Mexico landfill where it had long been rumored that Atari dumped copies of it's notorious failure, E.T. - The Extra-terrestrial, the mystery has been solved.

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