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  • A disc-free Xbox One is reportedly in the works

    Microsoft is set to release a new "disc-less" Xbox One console next year, according to Microsoft-centric site Thurrott. “The company is planning to release an updated console next year, but this device will not be in the Scarlett family, according to people familiar with the company’s plans,” reports the site, referring to its own revelation that Microsoft is planning a brand new range of consoles for 2020. Being disc-free, the console will most likely be a cheaper version of current Xbox Ones due to its lack of support for disc games and Blu-ray. “The goal with the new console is to lower...

  • New Windows 10 version features ‘Light mode’

    Microsoft has launched a new Windows 10 build for its Insider community to test. Build 18282, which is a Preview in its very early build stages, includes some interesting new features for Windows 10 in addition to a 'light mode'. "Ever since we introduced the ability to choose between light and dark in Windows 10, we’ve heard feedback asking for a truer separation between the two options," said Microsoft on its website. Light mode, according to the company, is the solution. Previously, the default Light mode did not accurately make everything lighter, and so the new version does. "Now, if you choose...

  • Google’s Night Sight buffs the Pixel’s camera prowess in low light

    Google has revealed a new feature for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that helps users take better quality pictures in low light situations. Night Sight, as it’s called, “helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos without a flash or tripod”. “When it’s dark, cameras compensate by spending more time capturing light and increasing their sensitivity to light, often adding unwanted motion blur and noise to your photo,” Google explains on its website. The feature, it would seem, does this better and results in a less blurred and less noisy picture. “Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment,” says...

  • 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...

  • Samsung reveals One UI for larger screen smartphones

    Alongside its foldable smartphone concept, Samsung has revealed its upcoming brand new look, called One UI. The new user interface, which was presented at Samsung’s Developer Conference, is all about simplicity and comfort, the company explained. At present, One UI runs on top of Android 9.0 Pie. “Find and focus on the content you want easily. The decluttered screen shows relevant information with each tap, so you only get the essentials, one at a time,” said the company on its website. The design features new icons and neater, rounded displays. It's also said to be easier to use on bigger screens, taking ergonomics...

  • Samsung could reveal its foldable smartphone this week

    A new report suggests that Samsung will this week reveal its foldable smartphone at its annual Developer Conference. The event does not usually focus on devices, however it is believed that Samsung will use the opportunity to "provide some details" about the eagerly awaited model. "Before we take it to the market, we want to share with developers what we’ve done so far and see what they think of it," said an unnamed official quoted by Reuters. Samsung was expected to be the first firm to launch a foldable smartphone, but Chinese startup Royole has already taken that honour. Royole revealed a developer...

  • You can now buy PlayStation furniture to match your console

    PlayStation now has a line of furniture. This week the company announced that PBTeens, a furniture store, has created pieces inspired by its brand. “Now you can tastefully dress your living room or other videogame sanctum in true PlayStation style with PlayStation inspired furniture and home goods!” said the company on its blog. According to PlayStation, a gamer’s set-up is a “rite of passage” and themed furniture takes this to the next level. If you’re curious about what sort of items are on sale however, PBTeens’ website is currently down. You can spot a branded been bag on PlayStation’s blog post though. The company...

  • PlayStation Plus’ free November games include Yakuza Kiwami, Bulletstorm

    PlayStation has revealed the free game line up for November on its online platform PlayStation Plus. The two games, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami will be available for members from 6 November. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition This upgraded version of the 2011 game is a first person shooter style futuristic game. “Get the definitive Bulletstorm experience, which includes all existing Bulletstorm add-ons plus brand-new exclusive content! Play as Grayson Hunt, who crash lands on an abandoned resort planet. You have two choices: survival or revenge,” said PlayStation on its blog. Yakuza Kiwami Released back in 2006 on PS2 and remade for modern times,...

  • Apple reveals iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini at October event

    Apple hosted its October event this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the US, revealing a range of new devices. As expected, this included the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini. The iPad Pro According to Apple “the only thing that hasn’t changed is the name” with the all new iPad Pro. With a 5mm width and no home button, the device is slim and almost frameless, featuring Liquid Retina technology that gives it a more enhanced, accurate and natural colour display. “And thanks to the lowest reflectivity in the industry, the display is clear and readable wherever you take...

  • Apple iOS 12.1 update brings Group FaceTime, other features

    Apple’s iOS 12.1 update is finally available for iPhone and iPad users all around the world and it brings with it long awaited features. One of these includes Group FaceTime. “Now with Group FaceTime, it’s easy to chat with more people than ever before — from 2 to 32 people,” the company revealed on its website. Though 32 people might seem like a crowd, Apple also added a few additional updates to FaceTime to make things a bit more understandable. “FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the...