PlayStation Busted for Using Xbox One X Footage for Promo

Nintendo tried this a few years ago at E3 and got caught faking graphic quality footage as they "borrowed" it from Sony at the time. Now Sony takes its turn being absolutely stupid and has photoshopped buttons from a PS4 controller onto footage taken from the Xbox One X demo of Anthem. While Sony wants to be as cool as Microsoft, they just can't hack it at this point and don't have the power to produce graphics like the Xbox One X. I'm sure that will change over time, but this publicity is not good for them. Gamers start to consider the competition console. In other news, Microsoft's gaming division just got a raise.

Fans noticed the footage was identical but, given the benefit of the doubt, it could just be the same demo running on PlayStation 4 Pro, right? Nope. Over the weekend, eagle-eyed viewers spotted someone had simply edited the footage to overlay PlayStation 4 controls. There are frames where the edit fades in where both the original Xbox control prompts and PS4 overlay can be seen.

Source: EuroGamer

Unlock Your Windows PC with Galaxy S8 Fingerprint Reader

Samsung has been upping is cross-platform software game with the latest update of their Samsung Flow application. This integrates with Windows Hello and your Windows 10 PC. You will need to install the companion app in the Windows Store as well, but after a simple install on both device, you'll be good to go. Notifications syncronize between both devices and it really extends the usefulness of your mobile device onto your Windows PC. If you own a Samsung device from Note 5 and newer, it will probably work.

"Samsung Flow is a software product that enables a seamless, secure, connected experience across your devices. You can authenticate your Tablet/PC with your smartphone, share content between devices, and sync notifications from your smartphone to your Tablet/PC. You can also turn on the smartphone's mobile hotspot to keep your Tablet/PC connected.

Source: GooglePlay

Microsoft Bundles Office and Windows 10 into One Subscription

I called it. Microsoft denied it, but I called it. There WILL be subscriptions of Windows 10 and in the future, Windows will end up being a full subscription model. In the meantime, they are trying to ease you into it with a combo-subscription for Office 365 and Windows 10 - all wrapped up in one neat little package. They are throwing other services and tools into the bundle, and in truth it is probably a good deal - if you like paying some something forever. So far it's still focused at "business", but it has trickled from "enterprise" already and will end up in "professional" and "home" packages.

Microsoft 365 Business will launch in public preview on August 2, and is designed for "small- to medium-sized business with up to 300 users. It includes Office 365 Business Premium, along with "tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security", as well as a "centralized console for deploying and securing devices and users in one location."

Source: Neowin

The end of Windows Phone

This week marks what is being called "the end of Windows Phone" as Microsoft has officially killed off support for Windows Phone 8.1. While there are some Windows 10 Phone devices out there, 80% of the Windows Phones being used today are still running Windows Phone 7, 8, or 8.1. So to recap, of the already market share that Windows Phone controls, only 20% of the phones are even being supported anymore. I think it's pretty safe to say that Windows Phone won't be taking over the world yet.

The Verge has the details.

Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update. The end of support marks an end to the Windows Phone era, and the millions of devices still running the operating system. While most have accepted that the death of Windows Phone occurred more than a year ago, AdDuplex estimates that nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. All of these handsets are now officially unsupported, and only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Quad-core CPUs Coming to Ultrabooks

There is some good news if you are an Ultrabook user, but want more power. Soon, there will be quad-core Intel processors available! There are a lot of hurdles to jump over in order to bring this extra power to those thin and light machines. They require more power and they generate more heat. Both of these are enemies to thin and light machines, but the upcoming 8th generation Core processors look to solve this problem.

The new models that are showing up are the Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U, both of which are listed as having four cores, and would therefore have eight threads. From the benchmarks, it looks like the i5 will be clocked at about 1.8GHz and the i7 will be 2GHz, and it looks like there are PCs planned with these chips from ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, and Lenovo.

Source: Neowin

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