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  • Black Friday 2018: Microsoft details discounts for Xbox console and games

    Microsoft has announced upcoming Black Friday deals for its Xbox devices and services. “The holidays are almost here, and Xbox is back this year with our biggest Black Friday sale ever,” said Microsoft on its website. Selected consoles, games and Xbox memberships will go on sale. Consoles Microsoft will be offering a US$100 dollar discount on selected Xbox One bundles from 18 - 26 November. Though the company has not confirmed all qualifying bundles, the Xbox One S Minecraft bundle is included. The Xbox One X will be at its “lowest price ever”, going on sale for US$399.99 Get a digital Gears...

  • Microsoft pauses latest Windows 10 Update over disappearing files

    Last week Microsoft released its latest October 2018 update for Windows 10, which was meant to empower "a new era of personal activity" according to the company. This did not go as planned, however. Instead, Microsofts' community forums were flooded with complaints about personal files having gone missing once the update was installed, with users unable to recover them. Microsoft has since taken down the update with plans on fixing the odd bug. "We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating," Microsoft...

  • Microsoft’s new Surface range includes headphones with 15 hour battery life

    This week Microsoft officially revealed its latest Surface range, including the all-new Surface Headphones. Though there are five other devices in the range, these headphones are stealing centre stage. Microsoft is calling the light grey device “the smarter way to listen”, and it features both active and passive noise cancellation. The device also boasts a battery life of 15 hours, though it only charges within two, and can be used via Bluetooth or through an audio cable. “Surround yourself with adjustable active noise cancellation, on-ear touch controls, and an optimized ear cup design — engineered for rich, clear acoustics,” the company's marketing material...

  • Ditch the controller: Xbox One is getting keyboard and mouse support

    Microsoft has teamed up with Razer to provide wireless keyboard and mouse support for Xbox One for a select group of Insiders. This means that soon you will be able to play supported games using a keyboard and mouse on the console. While Microsoft says gaming developers can decide if they wish to make their games compatible for this control option, one game is already set to test the new feature through the Xbox Insider programme. "Warframe will be one of the first titles testing mouse and keyboard input when the feature arrives to Insider in the coming weeks," confirmed Microsoft in...

  • Microsoft’s building a new Xbox called ‘Scarlett Cloud’ – report

    The next Xbox could arrive as early as 2020, but its set to be unlike anything the company has built before. A report by Microsoft enthusiast site Thurrott suggests that the company's currently developing two consoles, but it's the game-streaming service codenamed Scarlett Cloud that's causing the biggest buzz online. The console will be "low-powered" but it won't require discs to play games. Instead, it's the console's purported streaming wizardry that's most intriguing. Scarlett Cloud will run two instances of the game simultaneously: one on the Microsoft servers, and another on the local console itself. The will then stitch the two instances...

  • Xbox One S FIFA World Cup bundle now R3999

    You can now purchase a new Xbox One S bundle for R3999, thanks to Prima Interactive and the FIFA World Cup, set to take place in Russia in two weeks. The console's chief importer has dropped the price of the Xbox One S by R1500, and added a few little extras. The bundle includes the 1TB version of the console, a copy of FIFA 18 (because, World Cup), and an extra wireless controller. The deal will be valid until 8 June 2018. Notably, purchasers will also be eligible to download FIFA 18's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia expansion from 29 May. "This expansion...

  • 6 questions to ask before buying a gaming console [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time we look at the right gaming console for you... Buying a gaming console isn't a mindless endeavour, as they're pricey machines and you don't want to be left regretting your choice of platform. Nevertheless, there are several questions you need to ask yourself before committing to a purchase. What do my friends have? This might be the most important question for socially inclined gamers (and in general). For starters, if you buy an Xbox One and...

  • We investigate: will Rich Capture land on HMD’s Nokia smartphones?

    I've previously waxed lyrical about my love for Rich Capture/Rich HDR , one of the coolest smartphone camera features to see the light of day (at least when it worked). First seen in the Lumia range of phones, the feature allowed you to change the level of HDR, flash or exposure after you took a photo. So if you like pastel hues, you can crank the HDR up. Or you can find a happy medium between a flashless photo and a scene-blinding flash, check below for an example. Rich Capture with no flash. The...

  • Microsoft kills notifications for Windows Phone 7, 8

    Notifications are the backbone of many a mobile operating system and we tend to take them for granted. But now, Microsoft has announced that it has killed off notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 devices. I didn't even know they could do that... In any case, the news was spotted on an official support page by The Verge, revealing the full extent of changes. The company noted that from 20 February (yesterday), "Mobile Push Notification services" would be disabled. This means that your phone won't receive notifications or live tile updates, while the Find My Phone feature will...

  • No 64-bit apps, only ARM drivers: Windows 10 on ARM has key limitations

    Back at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, we got some hands-on time with Snapdragon-powered laptops running Windows 10 on ARM. Unfortunately, these machines only had Windows 10 S installed (they get free upgrades to full Windows 10 on ARM), but at the time, we heard that x64 games wouldn't work on ARM devices. Now, Microsoft has issued a since-deleted guideline to Windows 10 on ARM's limitations, spotted by Thurrott.com. And our expectations have certainly been tempered as a result. First of all is the news that Windows 10 on ARM only supports ARM64 drivers. "While ARM OS has the capabilities to emulate x86 user-mode...