#19 Don’t Upgrade Your iPhone Yet

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PS4 PRO 500 MILLION SELLS OUT, HERE’S HOW TO GET THE LIMITED EDITION ACCESSORIES

If you weren’t one of the lucky few able to get your hands on a 500 Million Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro this morning, there is a silver lining: the limited edition accessories can still be obtained.

Because only 50,000 of these beauties were produced, chances of getting one were always slim. However, Sony is also selling the 500 Million Limited Edition DualShock 4 and the Gold 500 Million Limited Edition Headset separately and they are still up for grabs.

Windows 95 Is Now Available as an App for Windows, macOS and Linux

Felix Rieseberg, a software engineer at Slack has released Windows 95 as an app for Windows, Mac or Linux. It’s a 100MB Electron app that you can install and run on Windows, Mac or even Linux computers.

In a GitHub post, developer Felix Rieseberg explains that you’ll get the full Windows 95 experience after installing and running the new Electron app. The size of the Windows 95 Electron app is around 100MB and it actually works well on Windows 10 devices.

Sony’s cute — and super smart — robot dog is coming to the US

The company announced on Thursday its popular robot dog Aibo is returning to the US in September for the first time since 2006. The dog debuted in the 1990s in Japan, but excitement fizzled as cheaper robots entered the market.

Last year, the company debuted a smarter version with OLED eyes, facial recognition technology and the ability to develop a personality through artificial intelligence. It’s also packed with cameras and image sensors to detect and analyze sounds and images. Sony says Aibo’s main purpose right now is to be a companion robot.

How Google’s rumored ‘Campfire’ dual-boot Chromebooks may burn Microsoft

The rumored “Campfire” code name for a solution that brings Windows and Chrome OS together on Chromebooks resonates with the concept of a real campfire that brings people together. In a twist consistent with the adage of keeping your friends close but your enemies closer, Google bringing Windows to Chromebooks is a self-serving strategy to amplify its attacks against Windows PCs.

Now is the worst time to buy a new iPhone

In other words, if you want an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus now, you might want to wait a few weeks until the new models come out. You’ll save hundreds of dollars. There’s just one caveat: some reports have suggested Apple will retire the current version of the iPhone X and replace it with the newer models. Even still, in a few weeks you’ll find great deals on gently used versions of the iPhone X.

Dying Light Bad Blood hands-on: possibly the most interesting battle royale copycat to date

Ultimately, this is still about a helicopter dropping you onto an island, but there’s a few catches and wrinkles to this standard formula. For one, the island is infested with NPC zombies. Second, you’re not just tasked with surviving – your mission is actually to collect blood samples from hives, gross little fleshy mounds growing out in the world. These hives obviously become a focal point for rival players, but they’re also guarded by swarms of zombies – with more valuable hives guarded by multiple high-end, meat-sponge undead. Samples can also be collected from the corpses of slain players.

Here’s around 50 minutes of raw World War 3 gameplay

World War 3, at least in its current state, is a much darker and more drab looking game than Battlefield 4, but there’s no denying where the game takes inspiration from. But it’s not just Battlefield, either, there are certainly some light-ARMA in there with the more realistic approach to weapons and recoil.

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#17 Valve Changes Everything

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Parents worry about their teens’ smartphone habits. But what about their own?

Take the dinner table, the cliched scene where a parent tries to have a conversation with their cell phone-wielding teen, headphones in and distracted. Seventy-two percent of parents feel their teens are often or sometimes distracted by their phones while trying to have a conversation. But when Pew asked teens the same question about their parents, 51 percent of them said they believe their parents are either often or sometimes distracted by their phones during real-life conversations.

Analyst says Apple’s App Store could take $16B hit as commissions under fire

Some game developers feel that the commission levels charged by both Apple and Google are unfair, and they may take a strong stand. Epic Games already opted out of the Google Play app store when it launched Fortnite on Android, though it does sell the iOS version through Apple’s App Store.

Valve Changes Everything: Windows-Exclusive Games Now Run On Steam For Linux

Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support.

Yup, we know exactly when Apple’s 2018 iPhones will be released

Despite the fact that Apple’s iPhone lineup will be completely different in 2018 than it has been in previous years, the events that have taken place in the lead up to their unveiling is exactly the same. First, a few rumors start to trickle out, then the world’s top Apple insider weighs in and tells us exactly what to expect, then as months go by the picture he painted gets more and more clear as subsequent leaks back up all of his claims.

Zynga to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Mobile Game

The developer has struck a multiyear deal with Disney to develop a mobile game based in the Star Wars universe. New Star Wars titles will be managed by the San Francisco company’s NaturalMotion studio, which is based out of the U.K.

No New Assassin’s Creed Coming In 2019

Reflecting on the decision to stop Assassin’s Creed’s yearly launch schedule and give Ubisoft’s developers the time to reinvent the series for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Guillemot said it was ultimately worth it.

“[The time] gave the team the possibility to really bring what they wanted to. The community has been responding very well to it and when I see what we are bringing with Odyssey I know that the community that got back in with Origins will be amazed.”

Overwatch’s D.Va Gets Her Own Animated Short, Watch It Here

Blizzard has released a new animated short for Overwatch called “Shooting Star” and this time the focus is much-loved Meka pilot D.Va. With Gamescom 2018 going on in Germany, the short was shown at Korea Fanfest, where Blizzard also debuted a brand-new Overwatch map. The video starts with a news report about D.Va, who has become a national hero by defending her nation from the Omnics.

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Intel Tiger Rapid Is A Dual Screen Windows PC and E Ink Notepad in One

Intel unveils a prototype concept for a dual screen PC which could be the future of mobile computers.

This concept computer was first shown off at Computex 2018 and people are impressed. The Intel Tiger Rapid is a dual screen device that combines a Windows 10 PC and an E Ink Notepad.

The device has a 7.9-inch full HD LCD display on one side, and a 7.8-inch E Ink screen on the other. A single eighth-generation Kaby Lake Core processor powers both screens. Other features include an SSD, Wi-Fi, and a 12-wHr battery. It uses a single USB-C port for charging.

Don’t expect Intel to manufacture or release the device though. It was developed to show their manufacturing partners that it is possible. Intel also wants to showcase how e-paper displays can be used as both keyboards and writing notes with a stylus.

Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Intel Client Computing Group, explains:

“Conceptually, it’s not a one-size fits all world. You’re going to see secondary products of different shapes and sizes, people are going to do secondary displays, obviously we’re going to work on longer-term things like bendables and foldables.”

The concept was apparently in the works for two years. Intel hints that consumers can expect to see a similar device sometime in the next two to three years. Perhaps Lenovo will do something like this for its Yogabook? Or maybe Microsoft will switch its Surface keyboard to E ink? We’ll have to wait to find out!

Play PS4 Controller With 8Bitdo Wireless USB Adapter

A tiny USB adapter would allow you to use a PS4 controller with a Nintendo Switch. While gamers branded it as an expensive add-on, it is nonetheless, a solid gamepad. Gamers called it as the 8Bitdo Wireless USB Adapter.

 

The adapter was released by 8Bitdo, a popular company known for marketing a retro-style controllers. The company is selling the adapter for $19.99. Using this adapter allows gamers to use several numbers of controllers with the Switch.

 

What is 8Bitdo Wireless USB Adapter?

 

What good about this 8Bitdo Wireless USB Adapter is that it supports both Sony’s Dual Shock 3 and Dual Shock 4. The company also has other controllers designed to work with other gaming consoles.

 

And this 8Bitdo Wireless USB Adapter could actually be a better alternative even though you have already a Sony’s Dual Shock 4. The company’s adapter also supports other Nintendo modern controllers like the Wii remote, Wii U Pro Controller, as well as the Switch’s Joy-Con and Pro Controller.

 

Well, obviously, using the adapter gives you allot of options to play any games. But the adapter is not just only working in Switch. It is also compatible with Windows, Mac, Android TV, Raspberry Pi, and Retrofreak devices.

 

This means that gamers have been given many ways to explore the adapter’s functionality beyond the controllers they already own.

Smooth Crossover for Newbies: PC to iPad Productivity

Crossing over from PC to iPad as a second work unit is no sweat for millennials who do it on the fly. For seniors who are at the peak of their productive years, but unfortunately tech-challenged the learning curve is steeper. I used to be a true-blue Microsoft and PC fanatic; for late-bloomers like me, a graphical interface that didn’t require me to memorize and code was like winning the lotto.

It unleashed productivity and creativity, making me do more, better, and faster until a ton of versions, updates, viruses, bugs, and hacking issues cut short the honeymoon. Windows 10 was a challenge, making me hate Cortana (though I was in love with Alexa). The worst part was licensing software. After installing the OS, you find yourself unable to do anything even if the specs are high. PCs come bare and you do need to bring it to life at huge expense starting with the Office and Adobe productivity software. You probably need a video-editing app as well, since Youtube, Snap, Facebook, and Instagram are popular for communicating ideas and influencing buyers. We’ve tried to make the load easier by finding just the right programs that make shifting from the dear and familiar to the new and untried a breeze!

I was pleasantly surprised that the iPad was pre-loaded and productive straight from the factory. Aside from Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, the smaller and  practically bezel-less device lets you get down to business right away with the following installed apps:

  • FaceTime – a video and audio conferencing app for the iPad and iPhone anywhere there is 4G or Wi-fi similar to Google Hangout and Skype.
  • Calendar – works like Google Calendar except that you can be lazy and ask Siri to do it for you; information is stored in iCloud and can be sent in the mail as iMessage. The equivalent would be Google Cloud, the ubiquitous storage for photos, media, backup files, meetings and the like.
  • Home – is an interesting feature and is like a command post for your smart devices,
  • Videos – you don’t need to download another software to be able to store and watch video on your device,
  • Maps – similar to Google Map and links to Yelp. This feature is handy for local searches;
  • Contacts – wonderfully synch your phone so you can say goodbye to the tedious task of manually encoding numerous contacts (and erring in the process),
  • Notes – is like Notepad on steroids because it supports photos, drawings, formatting, and can be shared with or edited by the other party. Think of it as a basic unit of ‘collaboration” whether you are making a shopping list or bouncing off ideas with project members.
  • Clock – the iPad app keeps time, sets alarms and reminders just like in Windows PC or Androids. But the iPad has a little extra – it saves you the trouble of going to sites like World Time Buddy because it can tell the time in other time zones. No more missed appointments when traveling overseas or meeting online.
  • News and Podcasts– soon you’ll be missing seeing Yahoo’s splash page because you can actually choose the news and topics that interest you
  • iBooks, iTunes, and Photo Booth makes the iPad fun with a capital P, making it so easy to forget that it could be a workhorse too!

But for those keen on work and less on play, Files brings you closer to Window’s intuitive system while the iCloud enables you to keep and retrieve files (even large ones) easily and securely. Does it compete with Google Cloud? Not at all – it just increases your free storage space and enables you to control and work across devices effortlessly.

Two of the things I like best is the Mail app that has a universal view so that I could see all incoming mail from Yahoo, Gmail and the like and the Messenger app which allows me to send messages to anyone with an Apple device for free.

For those who are Microsoft fanatics and could not live without the Office Suite that includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Moviemaker, you don’t need to pay a cent to download these free and essential apps from the App Store. Here’s what you should get (if it has not been preloaded):

  • Pages, the Word equivalent is not as professional or as sophisticated as its Microsoft version but it is a capable word processor with formatting options and comes with a lot of templates covering almost everything you’ll ever need for personal and business use. It supports embedding tables, photos, graphics, and graphs.
  • Numbers, the Excel equivalent has about 25 templates and does a great job in displaying information visually. It allows you to import spreadsheets from, Microsoft Excel and has access to often-used formulas. If you are looking for a robust app, this may not be the “one”, but results look polished and professional.
  • Keynote, the presentation app is the favorite in this suite because it comes very close to Microsoft Powerpoint’s functionality. iWork is the Apple analog to Microsoft’s Office Suite and consists of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. My verdict after taking it out for a spin – perfect!

You’ll probably find these other FREE tools indispensable once you get the hang of it:

Just as it has a suite for work, Apple also has suite for play. iLife consists of Garage Band, iMovie, and iPhoto.

  • Garage Banda music studio that works like the sound editor Audacity
  • iMovie it’s a far stretch from Adobe Premiere but has the same functionality as Microsoft’s Moviemaker.

For those who simply can’t gracefully crossover from a first love to these free apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook are also available as paid downloads. Complete your productivity by using various cloud services that are free to use and expandable to paid.

 

Intel Security Issue May Impact Apple Macs and Windows PCs

If you are a Mac or Windows user, then you must read this information. Why? Because all computers-desktop or laptop-using Intel chips that were manufactured in the last decade suffer a major security issue.

 

The massive security flaw spotted in these Intel chips have something to do with kernel software, which forced a redesign at the operating system, according to The Register report published this week. This means that programmers may attempt to overhaul the Linux kernel’s virtual memory system.

Intel chip flaw to slow down performance?

 

For Windows users, software giant Microsoft is expected to roll out changes in its Windows Operating system through a patch. The company said that the changes that will be introduced would be seeded to beta testers running Windows Insider builds for both November and December, respectively.

 

Tech analysts claim that the updates will be crucial to both Windows and Linux because it will surely hit the performance on Intel processors. Analysts are looking between 5 to 30 percent slowdown of performance depending on the Intel chip that you are using.

 

The good news is that the slowing down of performance may vary. Some would be able to feel a change; others won’t. Users should get an update as soon as possible because security analysts warned that the spotted security flaw posed a serious threat.

 

While it cannot be denied that some Intel chips have a design flaw, this recent flaw found in Intel processors may eventually expose confidential and protected information such as passwords. And since the flaw is at Intel x86-64 hardware, experts said that this would require an OS-level overwrite patch-overhauling the operating system of Windows, Linux, and macOS.

 

“Urgent development of a software mitigation is being done in the open and recently landed in the Linux kernel” in redacted form, “and a similar mitigation began appearing in NT kernels in November,” the Python Sweetness blog wrote earlier this week as quoted in Gizmodo.

 

“In the worst case, the software fix causes huge slowdowns in typical workloads … There are hints the attack impacts common virtualization environments including Amazon EC2 and Google Compute Engine,” it added.

Xbox Music set to arrive this month

Microsoft fans may not wait long for the coming of the company’s Xbox Music, as reports say that the latter will be launched this month.

According to the Verge, a number of sources that have close ties with the company said that the launch of their new music streaming service will be this October 26.

The launch of Xbox Music will coincide with the launch of the company’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 operating system.

The company’s streaming service was first revealed during the E3 conference a few months ago. The service is rumored to offer music download and streaming to Xbox 360 owners, Windows Phone and Windows 8 and cloud storage as well.

The service is subscription based but they will also offer free streaming songs that are supported by ads.

Xbox Music is also said to be available to Android and iOS users but this might come at a later time.

The Verge also said that the company will be rolling out update to Xbox’s dashboard to support Xbox Music and they will also be updating Video and Music apps for W8 to support the coming music streaming service.

Microsoft failed to comment on the leak but they said that they will have a dedicated music service for their fans.

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ZTE and Mozilla to release Firefox powered device soon

According to a ZTE spokesperson, the company is eyeing to release their Firefox powered smartphones before the year ends or early 2103.

Mozilla, which developed the Firefox browser, will as well lead the charge for the Firefox OS.

The world’s fourth largest mobile phone vendor is planning to separate themselves from Android and Windows, as they delve making Firefox OS as their OS of choice.

According to ZTE spokesperson David Dai Shu, “We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android.”

“It’s all part of our wider plans to create a better balance of products using various operating systems. We won’t just rely on Android or Windows,” he added.

He added that ZTE will unveil the operating system together with Mozilla in the months to come. He added that the company will be releasing the first Firefox powered device together with the roll out of the OS or a little later.

Majority of ZTE’s smartphones carries the Adnroid line while the ‘Tania’ line carries Windows.

Dai noted, “We are working with a regional telecom carrier outside of China to unveil products based on our own operating system.”

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Microsoft Windows Store opening its doors to new markets

As of yesterday, Microsoft’s Windows Store opened its app store for Windows 8 and Windows RT to all developers in 120 markets across the globe.

According to post in the Windows Store for Developers blog, of these 120 markets, 82 of them are new.

Microsoft from their part will reward developers by giving them a one-year Windows Store developer account, as a benefit for their support to Microsoft.

As of August of this year, there were about 450 WinRT-based apps in the Windows Store.

Directions on Microsoft analyst Wes Miller said that 1,033 apps are already available in the Windows Store internationally.

Most of these apps that are now available in the Windows app store are games and consumer-focused applications. The latter is due to the fact that Microsoft is placing importance in their Windows 8 operating system to consumers more than businesses.

The company has been trying to recruit developers in many ways. They have conducted workshops, bootcamps and proof-of-concept development programs these past months.

Microsoft is even planning to hold their second Build developer conference this October to help developers and guide them on how to write apps for Windows 8.

Windows RT and Windows 8 will be launched this October.

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Nokia working on Nimbuzz Messenger for Windows devices

Nokia may be harping on their devices that are being run by Windows, but the company still has the Symbian which have been one of their primary operating systems for their other lines.

A few years ago, Nokia has been a Symbian lair but now due to the demands of the market, they have teamed up with another OS provider to give its fans a new way of using their Nokias.

One of the primary apps that Symbian devices have is the Nimbuzz Messenger. Though it only has about 9 million users in the US, it has about 105 million users worldwide. These are most found in emerging market across numerous countries.

Nokia has since seen how important NimBuzz is to their products’ work. As such, the company is trying to develop a Nimbuzz Messenger that is compatible to their Lumia line of devices which runs on Windows.

According to Head of Operations at NimBuzz Joby Babu, “Nimbuzz has experienced incredible success on Nokia Symbian devices in the past, and Nokia saw a clear opportunity to assist us in bringing Nimbuzz to Lumia users around the world. Through bringing their most popular applications from Symbian to the Windows Mobile Platform, Nokia is looking to replicate on their past market successes.”

Will this move by Nokia enable the company to generate more income and more Lumia users?

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