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How the Xbox One X Shapes Console Gaming's Future

When it comes to consoles, the release cycle of hardware has traditionally been pretty lengthy. The period between console launches (not counting minor refreshes) has been 5-8 years. This changed with the latest consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Their respective consoles were released with mediocre-at-best hardware and this has forced them to do a pretty major update - about half-way through the release cycle. Microsoft was the second to release their "next-gen" console, but is the first to offer up a true 4K-capable refresh. This spells a lot of changes though as the big guys are in unknown territory when it comes to hardware releases. Check the link below for the development story and more.

When discussing how he and his team designed the Xbox One X, Sparks says the process revolved around one pivotal benchmark. The new console had to be compact, more so than any comparable PC. In fact, it would need to be even smaller than the Xbox One S, itself a slim version of the original Xbox One. There was one big issue: the new console wouldn’t just have to be smaller, it also needed to be 40 percent more powerful.

Source: TheVerge

AOL Instant Messenger pulls the plug

After 20 years it was announced this week that AOL Instant Messenger will be shutting down. Chances are good most people hadn't given much thought to AOL Instant Messenger or didn't realize it was still a thing, but chances are good if you're old enough to have been an active internet user in the late 90's or early 2000's you probably at some point had a AOL Messenger account. The number of users have obviously sunk to all time lows, but you have to give credit to any internet service that can last 20 years. TechCrunch has the story.

The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement.

iPhone X shortages

Looks like if you were hoping to grab an iPhone X on launch day you might be disappointed as there is already talk of parts shortages which is of course going to lead to phone shortages. Apparently it's the 3D sensors that are being used for the Face ID feature that are in short supply and might make things really interesting at launch as there could potentially be some very disappointed people who miss out on being the first to get the new model. CNET has the story.

The iPhone X's most talked about feature, facial recognition, could cause a lot of problems for Apple. According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, iPhone manufacturers aren't building 3D sensors for the iPhone's TrueDepth camera system fast enough to keep up with yield rates. This means that when the iPhone X hits stores on Nov. 3 you're going to have a hard time getting one. 

Apple Users Buying iPhone 7 Instead of iPhone 8

Apple users have been flocking to their latest last-generation handset in droves. That's right. The iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8. This is not what Apple was hoping for and it shows that maybe Apple users are getting tired of paying a ridiculous price for the latest devices and instead want to buy good devices at good prices. 

Apple last month introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which resemble the iPhone 7 but have a glass back for wireless charging. While iPhone 8 starts from $699 in the United States, iPhone 7 is retailing from $549 after a price cut. The iPhone X, a glass and stainless steel device with an edge-to-edge display, will start shipping from Nov. 3. The 10th-anniversary iPhone is priced from $999 - Apple’s most expensive mobile till date.

Source: Reuters

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon has had a few misses when it comes to hardware, but their Kindle and Fire tablets have been winners for sure. The original Fire tablet was a winner with solid specifications and a price of ~$60 USD. They haven't released a new one for a few years, so it's high time that the Fire HD 10 makes its way into the market. It is a mere $150 and competes with tablets twice the price and offers some pretty great value and bang for the buck. There is a full review at the link below.

I don't expect much from a $150 tablet, but the Fire HD 10 surprised me -- first, with its sturdiness. The plastic case didn't flex when I tried to bend it, and there weren't any any noticeable creaking noises either. It feels like something that could take a tumble with ease. That makes it particularly well suited to children and the chronically clumsy. It's odd that Amazon didn't make an extra-strong "Kids Edition," even though it did for the smaller Fire 7 and HD 8.

Source: Engadget

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