Windows RT Tablets are Dead (For Real - Again)

While the Surface RT tablets are still working - and will continue to for as long as their hardware lasts, the fact is that the OS is being killed quicker than Microsoft can say "Zunepass". Microsoft was all geared up for universal apps that would work equally well on their Surface devices, Windows 10 desktop devices as well as their Windows 10 mobile devices. Microsoft just announced that they won't actually be supporting Windows RT after all. This is not surprising to me or Jason I'm sure, but it just shows how big of a mistake Windows RT was for the company.

Microsoft has said that after Update 3 is delivered to Windows RT users (primarily Surface 2 owners), the device will not support Universal apps. This means that if a developer takes advantage of the new functionality that the company is pushing heavily, that developer's app will not work on the company's aging tablet.

Source: Neowin

Xbox One Update Brings 1080p 60FPS Game Streaming

It appears that Microsoft is keeping their promise of pulling off 1080p game streaming to your Windows 10 PC - and keeping it nice and smooth with a silky 60fps. This is good news and the update is coming very soon. This is part of the August update and it will be a nice addition to all of those that have bought an Xbox One and it might be a bit of an incentive for those that are thinking about taking the plunge.

1080p/60fps Game Streaming – You can now stream games from your Xbox One to Windows 10 devices in high-res HD quality at 1080p/60fps. The new streaming capability works best for gamers who have home networks with adequate bandwidth. In the Xbox app on Windows 10, go to Settings > Game Streaming and set the video encoding level to Very High, which will then stream games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC at 1080p and 60fps (frames per second).

Source: Xbox Wire

Free Samsung Test Drive

Samsung is pretty sure that you'll choose their new Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge devices over an iPhone that they've started a 30 day test drive program for iPhone users where for $1 you can try out one of the new Samsung devices if you are a T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T customer that currently has an iPhone. It's interesting to see Samsung targeting Apple directly with a promotion like this, but there are only so many people who want a 'premium' handset and currently most of them either have a Samsung or Apple device. Tom's Guide has the details.

Samsung is confident that iPhone owners will love the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge  — so confident that the company is letting them try the new phones out for free. As part of the company's Ultimate Test Drive initiative, folks with iPhones can test Samsung's latest handsets for a month — complete with a data plan — for virtually nothing.


ASUS ZenFone 2 Offers You More

If you hate the fact that many smartphones are sticking with lackluster 16GB or 32GB base storage options and can't stomache the premium for a little extra storage, there are a few options that allow you to add microSD cards. ASUS has been fighting the small-storage battle a different way. They have their ZenFone 2 and it offers 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and now even a 256GB option that won't break the bank. The author of the article notes that this ZenFone has more storage that his Macbook Air.

ASUS has announced ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition only in Brazil at this point in time, the company has not confirmed as yet if it has any plans of launching this variant in other markets across the globe, particularly North America. Aside from the pattern on the back and increased storage this handset is more or less the same as the ZenFone 2, with its 5.5 inch display, 64-bit Intel Atom processor coupled with 4GB RAM, 13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera.

Source: Ubergizmo

Office 2016 Coming Next Month

If you've been waiting patiently for the Office 2016 preview to come out of beta, you won't have to wait that much longer. Sources show that Microsoft is just about ready to launch their next office program which seems to rely a bit more heavily than I'd like, on an Office 365 subscription. Of course you can install all the software stand-alone, but I had a couple of issues myself that made me uninstall and wait for the final release. That wait should be over on September 22.

The new release will boast a tasteful and colourful new user interface which will bring parity with the existing Mac, Android and iOS apps, or an alternative dark theme for Funeral For A Friend fans. The biggest change in Office 2016 is collaboration in real time, a first for the desktop version. Web-based versions of Office and its rivals all pride themselves on this functionality, but bringing it to the desktop is something a bit special.

Source: TheInquirer

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