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The glittery ball has dropped, New Year’s resolutions have been made, and that means it’s time for the world’s biggest tech companies, startups, journalists, and random celebrities to swarm upon Las Vegas for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a weeklong showcase of every gadget you could ever dream of, spread out across a sprawling convention center and glitzy casinos. Robots, wacky VR headsets, smart mattresses, TVs, AI-powered appliances, self-driving vehicles, and even some zany concepts that will shape consumer tech in the years to come—this is where tech companies come to show the world what they’ve got in store.
Following the success of Hitman and Hitman 2, Warner Bros. and IO Interactive are looking to strike while enthusiasm is high by releasing a remastered collection of older games in the series. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection includes Hitman: Absolution and Hitman: Blood Money, and it will be available on PS4 and Xbox One on January 11th for $60. There’s no word as yet on a PC release date, however.
Earlier this week, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell announced his company was developing the Mad Box, a new standalone video game console to rival the PlayStation and Xbox. Bell has now revealed a few more details about the mysterious platform, including how an early version of it looks.
More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. That’s the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon’s SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this week. That’s not to say Amazon has finally decided to be completely transparent about device sales, however. While the company claims it outstripped its most optimistic expectations for the Echo Dot during the holiday season, Limp wouldn’t give a number for that. Instead, Limp says, Amazon is sold out of Dots through January, despite “pushing pallets of Echo Dots onto 747s and getting them from Hong Kong to here as quickly as we possibly could.”
This article, like most of the internet, is presented to you via black text on a white background. Depending on what time of day it is, and how long you have been staring at an obnoxiously bright screen, you might find the experience of reading it a bit … aggravating. Perhaps even exhausting. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will just text a code to your phone number when you sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal: “a world without passwords.”
A video claiming to show a folding phone from Xiaomi has been leaked by Evan Blass. In the clip, what appears to be a tablet-sized device can be seen being used to access Google Maps, before both sides are folded backwards to give it the form-factor of a compact (but likely thick) smartphone.
At a row of computers, the team sits, ultrafocused, fingers flying over their keyboards. The video game “Counter-Strike” plays out on their monitors as they communicate over headsets, engaged in a fierce competition at Moscow’s IgroMir Expo, Russia’s largest computer and video game convention. But this is not your average group of gamers. The slogan on their black jackets reads “We’ve got time to kill.” With an average age of 67, the Silver Snipers from Stockholm, Sweden, are the oldest esports team in the world.
Unless you spent 2018 living in a cave (which would be 100 percent justified given the political climate) you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz around the new 5G wireless networks coming online. They not only promise faster internet speeds for mobile devices but wireless internet that’s actually fast enough to completely replace the wired broadband you use at home. With D-Link’s new 5G NR router, all you need is electricity and a SIM card to say goodbye to cable forever.
Epic Games is bringing back the ’14 Days of Fortnite’ event to correct the wrong ending date. On January 2, Epic Games announced that they would be compensating players with the Equalizer Glider as long as they completed one of the 14 challenges apart of ’14 Days of Fortnite’. Two days later on January 4, they decided to allow all players the chance to complete every ’14 Days of Fortnite’ challenge.
With new Xbox and PlayStation consoles on the horizon, backward compatibility with older games seems like not just a hope, but a must-have feature. In earlier console generations, this backward compatibility was common, but by the time Sony released the PlayStation 4 there was simply no built-in support for PlayStation 3 games, and the Xbox One didn’t have backward compatibility at launch either.
Security researchers have discovered a new way to hijack a Twitter user’s stream, and they’ve done it using a seemingly old-school method. They did it by sending SMS messages. A team from Insinia Security managed to post tweets (with permission from the account holders, of course) without having to directly access users’ accounts. It was done without logging in and without having to intercept a two-factor authentication code.
Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl!
So to make sure you’re making the most of your trusty voice-activated partner, we’ve gathered together nine handy but not necessarily obvious Google Assistant features that will help to make it genuinely useful in loads of situations you might not have expected.
Lawrence G. Roberts, the man whose work would eventually allow us to send each other cat GIFs and get into arguments in comments sections, has died of a heart attack in his California home. Roberts was a major force behind Arpanet, the direct precursor to the internet. He was 81.
It’s been a long time coming. While other analyst firms, such as StatCounter, have shown Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 sometime ago, NetMarketShare has consistently shown the new OS to be lagging way behind the aging fan favorite. In December though, NetMarketShare finally has Windows 10 taking first position.
Now that Epic has launched its challenger to Steam, it’s apparently gearing up to launch a similar war on mobile. Epic is said to have plans to launch an app store all its own, again with the main selling point being that it takes a smaller cut of each sale than Google and Apple do. Unfortunately, Epic’s plans are rather vague at this point. The company only tells The Wall Street Journal that it will begin selling Android apps at some point in 2019, with the same 12% fee it charges developers and publishers on its PC storefront. Apple and Google, for the record, take keep 30% of each sale, just as Valve does with Steam.
During its 2017 announcement of the iPhone X, Apple didn’t just show off its vision of what the future of iPhones would look like, it also announced a new way to charge them. Called AirPower, the charging mat was meant to charge up to three devices at once including a new iPhone, an Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods (with a separate, optional wireless charging case). In its announcement, Apple promised that the new charger would be “coming in 2018.”
The SouljaBoy game console saga was one of the most confusing to watch in the gaming scene this month. The story began with the rapper selling “a game console” that included pirated ROMs of games. Fast forward until today and it seems like the time of reckoning for the rapper has come as the SouljaGame consoles have been retired from sale.
What happens when a new technology is so precise that it operates on a scale beyond our characterization capabilities? For example, the lasers used at INRS produce ultrashort pulses in the femtosecond range (10-15 s), which is far too short to visualize. Although some measurements are possible, nothing beats a clear image, says INRS professor and ultrafast imaging specialist Jinyang Liang. He and his colleagues, led by Caltech’s Lihong Wang, have developed what they call T-CUP: the world’s fastest camera, capable of capturing 10 trillion (1013) frames per second (Fig. 1). This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze time to see phenomena—and even light—in extremely slow motion.
The launch of Windows 10 brought an overhaul of Windows Update that includes new features to make the update process simpler. Updates are downloaded by a process called Delivery Optimization. As the name implies, this is an intelligent service which is capable of choosing the best source to get you up-to-date.
Facebook has started to roll out a new imaging feature to users of the social network, with “3D Photos” able to provide the effect of 3D in a two-dimensional photograph, by taking advantage of depth maps generated by newer iPhone models. Initially announced at Facebook’s F8 conference in May, 3D Photos are slowly being made available to all users. The imaging function gives the appearance of depth to a normally static and flat photograph, with the background scrolling behind the user as they scroll, pan, or tilt the image.
If you think you’re fed up with getting robocalls, Apple is taking it to another level. A new software patent from the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant could help kill robocalls and scams, letting users automatically recognize “a spoofing caller.” The patent, filed in April 2017, was made public on Thursday and describes a system that would let the phone do checks on a call to see whether the call is legitimate or if it is from a “spoofed number.”
The prospect of Hitman 2 has seemed to be ‘more of the same good stuff, in new places’ but with the game’s launch now only one month and a day away, developers IO Interactive today announced that–surprise!–it’ll introduce a 1v1 competitive multiplayer mode. Ghost Mode, as it’s named, isn’t about two hitmen trying to whack each other. Instead, they’ll compete to off the same random targets fastest in different instances of the same level, existing in each other’s world only as a faded ‘ghost’.
Epic Games has revealed that there’s a new vehicle on its way to Fortnite on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. If you boot up the game you’ll be greeted with a splash screen with the latest news and, alongside details on the new Disco Domination Limited-Time Mode and the Fortnite Android open-beta, there’s an image and description of the Quadcrasher.
Let’s start with the good news: NBA 2K19 is not as egregious with its nickel-and-diming as NBA 2K18 was. But that being the good news is also what makes this the worst news. Last year’s entry in what’s still the best basketball series (on the court at least) on the planet was heavily criticised by fans for the way it charged full retail price for admission then at almost every turn tried to bleed players for even more cash, not just for cosmetic stuff but for career progression as well.
Microsoft is testing a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser. “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10” says a prompt that appears when you run the Chrome or Firefox installers on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
Pokémon Go remains one of the most recognizable mobile games around, but it definitely experienced periods of user decline over the past couple of years after it took the world by storm. While not everyone who used to play the game picked it up again, it sounds like this past summer has been good to it — according to Niantic, it saw a 35 percent increase in active usage since May. That’s in line with a SuperData report from June, which said that the game had its highest active user count in May since its debut in 2016.
April 2018 Update Problems Of Windows 10: How To Fix Them
If you are experiencing problems on the April 2018 update of Windows 10, this article contains ways to fix some of them. Windows 10 April 2018 update problems have been persistent as time goes by.
But these problems are not coming out as frequent as before. Since most of them have been addressed and fixed, it has slowed down. Let us talk about some of them and see what remedies can be done to fix them.
Free Up Disk Space
There are cases where the update process works for a while. Then it stops installing the update. Reverting back to the previous version of Windows 10, might help. But if it still does not work and the new update cannot be installed still, you may need to free up space on your hard drive.
The April 2018 update needs 16GB of free space for the 32-bit version. A 20GB free space on the hard drive is needed to install the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 new update. If you do not have this free space on your hard drive, then the April 2018 update will fail.
Disable Anti-virus Software
Another way to possibly solve the installation problem of the update is to disable your anti-virus software. You may need to uninstall the software temporarily then download the April 2018 Windows 10 update. But make sure to install it again after you are done installing the update.
Reset The Update
If installation problems of the update still persists, you may need to reset the update service and try again. To reset the update, open up the Command Prompt by typing “CMD” into the searchbar. Then right click on the “Command Prompt”. Select “Run as administrator”. Once open, type the following, pressing Enter after each line:
net stop wuauserv net stop bits net stop cryptsvc Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\SoftwareDistribution.bak Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak net start wuauserv net start bits net start cryptsvc
Then restart your PC and try installing the April 2018 Windows 10 update again.
Install The Update Via USB
This is another way of solving the installation problem of the update. You will need a blank DVD, or a USB stick to add the installation files. This should have at least 5GB of free space.
The Disappearing Desktop
This issue is being linked to Avast Antivirus. But both Microsoft and Avast has acknowledged the problem. The issue is being investigated. For now, it is advised to hold off installation of the April 2018 Windows 10 update until a fix has been released.
The Update Won’t Work On Alienware Laptops
If you are trying to install the update on your Alienware laptop, you will only get an error message saying “uninstall your laptop”. The reason for this is that the April 2018 update of Windows 10 has been blocked on certain Alienware laptops. This is because of a bug causing a black screen when waking from sleep mode. If you are affected by this issue, you can roll back to the Fall Creators Update.
These are just some of the problems you might encounter when installing the April 2018 Windows 10 update. Be on the look out for more solutions to certain problems regarding the said update.
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Similar to Gameloft’s Asphalt mobile game, Miami Street is playable on Windows PC and Windows Surface tablets.
Microsoft Studios just released a new single player racing game called Miami Street. The game is played in cinematic view (like the Fast and Furious movies) unlike other traditional racing titles. This means players have to navigate corners via quick-time events.
Developed by Brighton-based Electric Square, the game is designed for any Windows 10 device so it doesn’t have high graphics requirements. Microsoft wants this game to be accessible to everybody.
“Miami Street is a new kind of racing game, built for a broad audience who love easy to pick-up-and-play experiences.”
Microsoft fans would be familiar with its other racing series Forza, but this is different in terms of gameplay. Miami Street has an energy regeneration mechanic, which gets used every time a user participates in a race. There’s also a car repair system. Each car takes one point of wear when used and a repair kit is needed after three points of wear. Additionally, the game has Xbox Live achievements and cloud saves.
Miami Street has been given a soft launch on the Microsoft Store but it is not yet available in all regions.
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Software giant Microsoft has attempted to develop Windows 10 S. The Windows 10 S is actually a lighter version of Windows 10. However, the Windows 10 S did not go well because it lacks the best features of the Windows 10.
Microsoft is working on a new OS
This time, Microsoft is again on the second attempt to develop a lighter version of the Windows 10. Called as the Windows 10 Lean. The news comes after Windows Central reported that Microsoft is planning to release a 2GB lighter version of either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.
Sources, as cited in the Windows Central, claim that Microsoft wants that the OS would be able to support updates both for low-end tablets and laptops with only 16GB of storage capacity.
However, the company’s Windows 10 Lean is expected to lack with core components. These components are the Registry Editor, Paint, 3D Viewer, Skype, People and Internet Explorer, among others. What’s good with Windows 10 Lean is its capability to support legacy apps from beyond the Microsoft Store.
Meanwhile, tech users claim that the Microsoft’s new OS was spotted in the latest Redstone 5 builds. As of posting, Microsoft has yet to issue a statement about the upcoming OS.