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Late last week, we reported that the Anniversary Update was causing problems for certain webcams that were otherwise working fine in Windows 10. Today, we’re learning of yet another hardware incompatibility with Windows 10, and the inconvenience to users is far greater this time around. Customers are reporting that something as simple as plugging an Amazon Kindle e-reader into a free USB port is now causing their PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update to throw up a blue screen of death (BSOD). User Tucsat posted to the Microsoft Community forums: Today I plugged in a Kindle Paperwhite and it... Read more...
If you’re a Halo fan that also wouldn’t mind getting in some higher-resolution gaming action on the PC platform, the wait is nearly over. Microsoft announced today that Halo 5: Forge, which was announced back in May, will go live for Windows 10 PCs on September 8th. Halo 5: Forge has full support for mouse and keyboard inputs (which is of course the preferred control scheme for PC gamers) and will allow you to play against up to 16 of your online friends. Best of all, as long as your gaming rig can support it, you’ll be able to enjoy up to 4K display resolutions with Halo 5: Forge. There are of... Read more...
The Xbox One S has barely been on the market for a month, but Microsoft is already promoting both its latest console and the newest in a long line of Madden games. In this case, today is the launch of Madden NFL 17 and the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Custom Console Sweepstakes. For the sweepstakes, Microsoft decided to design 32 custom Xbox One S consoles to represent each of the teams currently playing in the NFL. In addition to the snazzy paint job and team logo (Go Panthers!), each console will come with a 1TB HDD installed along with, of course, a copy of Madden NFL 17. Microsoft doesn’t mention... Read more...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... Read more...
One of the things that separates the HoloLens from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is that it doesn't need to be tethered to a powerful PC—the hardware bits required for augmented reality effects is all integrated into the eyeglasses. At the center of it all is a custom designed Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that Microsoft's been pretty closed lip about. Until now, that is.The HPU is a co-processor built on a 28-nanometer manufacturing process by TSMC. It has two dozen Tensilica-brand digital signaling processing (DSP) cores with custom Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) instructions that allow... Read more...
If the Xbox Onesie from Microsoft is an April Fool's Day joke, it's around seven months early (or five months too late) and doesn't go far enough—why aren't there any integrated Febreze jets that are timed to spritz the wearer ever 24 hours? The comical truth of the matter is they don't exist because the Xbox Onesie, a head-to-toe garment for a lazy day of gaming or Netflix binging, is real (we think). Yes folks, Microsoft's latest product announcement isn't a new console or some fancy piece of technology on the level of a HoloLens, but a a onesie for adults. Microsoft's Australian team came up... Read more...
Microsoft brought some cool new features and functionality to Windows 10 with its recently released (and much anticipated) Anniversary Update, the second major upgrade to the OS since it was released in July of last year. Unfortunately, the Anniversary Update has at least one unintentional side effect—it breaks webcams. It doesn't break all webcams, but this is no small issue. Millions of popular webcams seem to be affected, including Logitech's popular C920 model, which is one we use at HotHardware for our Two And A Half Geeks video podcasts. The problem arises when an affected webcam tries to... Read more...
When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, many users were dismayed to hear that Microsoft had removed the toggle switch allowing you to completely disable the Cortana digital assistant. "With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana," said Microsoft about Cortana’s elevated status in the Anniversary Update. "Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing and Microsoft Edge with the added benefit of Cortana’s personality."Cortana enabled in Windows 10 Anniversary Update However, despite earlier reports, there is still a way to completely... Read more...
The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling out Microsoft for disregarding user privacy in Windows 10. The foundation is concerned that in Microsoft’s race to get Windows 10 on a billion devices by 2018, it has put user privacy on the back burner. Microsoft first installed an app in users’ system trays that advertised the free upgrade to Windows 10. When this tactic largely failed, Microsoft bundled the Windows 10 update in a variety of security patches. Microsoft then tried to feature Windows 10 as a “recommended update”. Microsoft even decided to interpret a user’s click on the ‘X’ in the... Read more...
There are plenty of rumors floating around claiming Apple is ditching the 3.5mm port on its next flagship handset, presumably called iPhone 7, in favor of using its Lightning cable port for connecting headphones and earphones, but the Cupertino outfit isn't alone in wanting to banish the traditional audio jack. Intel would like to see the 3.5mm port go the way of the dodo bird, though it wants USB Type-C to replace it.The Santa Clara chipmaker touched on the subject at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco this week, a subject it's talked about before. Company architects Brad Saunders... Read more...
Microsoft used the Gamescom gaming convention in Germany as an opportunity to show off the latest trailer for Gears of War 4, its upcoming third-person shooter being developed by The Coalition. The jaw-dropping trailer shows the fourth main installment in the Gears of War series (and fifth installment overall) running at 4K resolution on Windows 10, and while that will be an option when the game ships, you'll need a burly PC to run it that way. More on that in a moment. The roughly ten and a half minute gameplay demo takes viewers on a trip through the "Rescue" chapter as heroes JD, Krait, and... Read more...
If you’re still experiencing freezing issues after installing the Anniversary Update on your Windows 10 PC, then you’re going to have to sit tight a little bit longer. Microsoft initially acknowledged last week that a “small number” of users were experiencing problems in a Community forum posting. Since that time, the thread has received 482 replies and plenty of feedback from affected users. Now, however, Microsoft has locked the thread due to it being derailed a number of times with off-topic commentary. “We don’t want this one thread to lose focus so after seeing the variety of posts we have... Read more...
If you love Xbox One games, but enjoy gaming on your PC, there is now a simpler solution. Microsoft just announced that the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is the first PC with fully integrated Xbox Wireless. This is the first device with such an integration built within the physical chassis, without the need for a USB dongle. Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, remarked, “At Xbox we believe in playing the games you want, where you want, with the people you want. By expanding the Xbox Wireless ecosystem with new accessories and PCs such as the IdeaCentre Y710, gamers have more... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft is finally removing the limited time price cuts and special offers for its Windows 10 Mobile flagships. After months of temporary price reductions and buy one get one free offers, Microsoft has instituted a permanent price cut for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. The Lumia 950 was originally priced at $549, and has now been reduced to $399. The range-topping Lumia 950 XL has seen its price fall from $649 to $499. Some would argue that these prices are still too high for smartphones that are running what many see as an also-ran operating system. Microsoft has less than... Read more...
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