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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Why hasn’t Microsoft released a flagship phone in almost two years? [Column]

    The last time Microsoft revealed a high-end smartphone was back in the second half of 2015. Back then, we had the LG G4 (review), Samsung Galaxy S6 (review) and Huawei P8 (review) dominating the charts. Heck, Xiaomi wasn't even in South Africa when Microsoft revealed the Lumia 950. It's an eternity to go without a smartphone launch, with Microsoft's already minuscule mobile marketshare dwindling even more as a result. To the outside observer, it's as if the company has simply given up on mobile without announcing it. Sure, the company has been issuing a steady stream of updates for Windows 10...

  • Windows 10 gets Power Throttling for battery savings

    Windows has traditionally been more of a battery hog compared to Apple and Google's platforms, but Windows 10 has made significant strides. Now, the company has introduced a new feature to save even more juice. Dubbed Power Throttling, this new feature effectively aims to get work done with only a small hit to the battery. "With 'Power Throttling', when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes -- work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work," Microsoft explains on its Windows blog. The company says the feature is made possible by...

  • Xbox Scorpio specs revealed: it beats the PS4 Pro

    Microsoft has teamed up with prominent gaming publication Eurogamer to reveal the specifications behind its Xbox Scorpio console. And it's clear that the machine is a notable step up from the PS4 Pro. The new console sports a 2.3Ghz "custom" octacore processor, being an evolution of the Xbox One's 1.75Ghz Jaguar CPU "but subject to extensive customisation and the offloading of key tasks to dedicated hardware". By comparison, the PS4 Pro features a 2.1Ghz octacore AMD Jaguar processor. In the graphics department, the Xbox Scorpio jumps from 12 compute units at 853Mhz in the Xbox One to 40 "customised" compute units at 1172Mhz....

  • Xbox One S now up for pre-order in SA with no release date [Update: 13 April]

    Update: Raru has tweeted that the Xbox One S is launching on 13 April in South Africa, making for a significant delay compared to other locales. Xbox One S Console on Pre-Order. The launch late has now been confirmed for Thursday the 13th April @RaruShopping https://t.co/6nQN4jUto9 pic.twitter.com/NLsCmXRWtj — Raru (@RaruShopping) March 17, 2017 Original article: It's taken a while for the Xbox One S revision to (sort of) make it to SA shores. The device is now up for pre-order on a number of stores, but there's no date as to when it'll actually arrive. The console will set you back R4999 for...

  • An inside look at the Xbox One backwards-compatibility programme

    The Xbox One backwards compatibility (BC) programme has enjoyed a constant stream of titles, from big-hitters like Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops to the likes of Skate 3 and Shadows of the Damned. However, the head of the initiative has shed light on the processes behind getting an Xbox 360 game on the service. In a note published to Twitter, Microsoft's Bill Stillwell wrote that BC releases have always "ebbed and flowed", with some months being full of releases and others being light on titles. He wrote that while you should expect blockbuster titles in the "near future",...

  • 7 really cheap smartphones for WhatsApp [Tech Savvy SA]

    Our initial list of cheap smartphones for WhatsApp back in 2014 was quite a hit, still attracting views today. But the smartphone world moves at an incredible pace, and 2014's budget devices are likely to be obsolete now. Additionally, the sector has exploded, making for quite the variety of quality phones. With that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to refresh our list of affordable WhatsApp-enabled handsets. And when looking at the sub-R2000 category, there are plenty to choose from. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 At R499, the Smart Kicka 2 is the cheapest phone on the list, with some...

  • Xbox Game Pass: South Africa not part of initial rollout

    Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass subscription service earlier this week, being an all-you-can-eat service for over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. Available on Xbox One, the service sees users paying US$10 a month for unlimited access to a revolving library of titles. Prominent titles expected to appear on the service include Halo 5: Guardians, Megaman Legacy Collection, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Mad Max. The service also sees gamers being able to purchase titles in the catalogue at a 20% discount. Additionally, Microsoft says that Xbox Live Gold members will have first dibs on new titles entering Xbox Game Pass. At...

  • Evolve, Borderlands 2 among March Xbox Games With Gold titles

    Microsoft has announced its latest batch of Games With Gold titles for Xbox One, which are set to rollout from 1 March. Fans of the console may find these offerings a little underwhelming. First up is Layers of Fear on the Xbox One, which will be available from 1 to 31 March. This title is a "first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration". Easily one of the strangest additions to the line-up is Evolve Ultimate Edition, which you can grab from 16 March until 15 April. The four-on-one multiplayer title has been plagued with numerous problems and controversies since before...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference will be earlier this year

    Microsoft has announced that its E3 conference will be on a Sunday this year, a change from the usual Monday shows. It will be held on 11 June at 2pm PT (12am SAST), to be precise. While I don't usually like speculating about future events (because speculation), it's interesting to not that Microsoft used the current Scorpion placeholder image for the announcement. Are we finally going to hear more about the Xbox One Scorpion project? More than likely. And what about the earlier date? There's a good chance that Microsoft will try to steal some of the thunder away from whatever Sony is...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...