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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • 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...

  • Hacker brings Windows 10 ARM to Lumia smartphone

    Windows 10 Mobile was a bit of a disaster for Microsoft, to say the least. Between the Android/iOS duopoly, app gap and the ridiculously unpolished nature in the first few months, there's little wonder why Microsoft has quietly killed it. Unfortunately, the Redmond company doesn't plan to bring Windows 10 ARM (the Windows 10 for mobile devices) to Lumia phones. But where there's a will, there's a way, and an enterprising hacker has apparently got Windows 10 ARM to boot up on the Lumia 950. Win10 ARM on #lumia 950. #wpinternals #Windows10 #ARM pic.twitter.com/51dHpOsl8X — Blaze (@Blaze_CW) January 18, 2018 The hack was...

  • Xbox Game Pass to get Xbox exclusives on launch day

    Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass is a solid first step into the world of subscription-based gaming, offering just over 100 games for R159 a month. The library isn't amazing but there are quite a few big-hitting games and hidden gems here, giving you plenty to play. Now, Microsoft has announced a big boost thanks to first-party exclusives launching simultaneously on their own and on Xbox Game Pass. And it all starts with Sea of Thieves... "Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means...

  • Microsoft calls out Chromebooks (literally) with $200 laptops

    Laptop manufacturers have hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon in a big way, offering a variety of Google-powered laptops. And the cheaper devices have quickly found a niche in the education sector, being an affordable option for students. Now, Microsoft has announced that it will be showing off education-focused Windows laptops, starting at US$189. And the company has clearly painted a target on Chromebooks in its announcement. "This week at Bett, we'll show new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at just US$189, providing more options for schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks," read...

  • People with big hands rejoice: OG Xbox Duke controller returns

    The Xbox controllers weren't always comfortable devices. In fact, when the original Xbox launched in 2001, it shipped with the gigantic 'Duke' controller. The gamepad was panned by numerous outlets and many consumers -- Microsoft even introduced a smaller 'Xbox Controller 'S' for Asian audiences. The smaller controller would eventually become the standard input method around the world, but it's fair to say that the original gamepad had its supporters. Now, it's emerged that the Xbox One would be receiving a revived Duke Controller, courtesy of accessory manufacturer Hyperkin and Xbox godfather Seamus Blackley. The controller comes with Microsoft's blessing and will launch...

  • Q&A: Xbox’s Albert Penello on exclusives, PC Game Pass and more

    The Xbox One X is out of the gate, giving gamers the chance to get to grips with the most powerful gaming console ever made. But how did the console all come about? What about exclusives? And could we see Xbox Game Pass come to PC? We conducted an email Q&A with Albert Penello, senior director of Xbox console marketing. Truth be told, most of the answers aren't surprising, but it still delivers some interesting insights anyway. Gearburn: When did development of the Xbox One X start? What was one of the more surprising or stranger things you encountered during development? Albert Penello...