This week’s Xbox Deals with Gold feature Diablo III and Euro Fishing

Every week Microsoft and certain publishers discount numerous games for Xbox Live users.

Every week Microsoft and certain publishers discount numerous games for Xbox Live users. Some deals are available only to Xbox Live Gold members and others are available to anyone who utilizes the service through a Spotlight sale. A wide variety of titles, ranging from small experiences to massive blockbusters, are available for substantially less. This week, prominent games like Batman: The Telltale Series and Diablo III are on sale. Here’s a look at some popular discounted titles.

Forza Horizon 4 features narrative-based gameplay

Stories will be a part of Forza Horizon 4.

Microsoft started off E3 2018 with a bang, taking the wraps off of the latest entry in its Forza series called Forza Horizon 4. The game takes place in Britain and features numerous enhancements over its predecessor. One of the upcoming changes is “Horizon Stories”. They’re narrative-based sections which require you to become a stunt driver or operate a taxi company.

New Avatars now available to select Xbox Insiders

After months and months they’re finally here!

Microsoft has been teasing new Xbox Avatars for months now, and many owners had almost lost all hope. At E3 2017, the company even said that they would launch in Fall 2017. Not only would the new Avatars feature a completely new look, but they would also be more customizable for individuals with disabilities. Since then we haven’t heard much about a concrete release date or received proper updates on their progress.

Resident Evil 2 remake features 4K and 60 FPS modes on Xbox One X

Resident Evil 2 should look amazing on Xbox One X.

Recently, a Resident Evil 2 remake was announced at the PlayStation E3 2018 event. Unfortunately, it was unclear if the game was a PlayStation 4 exclusive or coming to other platforms. Luckily, we reached out to Capcom and the team provided us with confirmation that Resident Evil 2 was indeed coming to Xbox One on January 25, 2019 with Xbox One X enhancements in tow.

Core i7-8086K, AMD joue la provocation et l’échange contre son Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

AMD a décidé de réagir à l’arrivée du Core i7-8086K d’Intel. La firme propose à 40 clients ayant craqués pour se processeur de le remplacer par sa puce vedette, le Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Le Computex 2018 a été l’occasion pour Intel de célébrer les 40 ans du 8086. Ce processeur a été à l’origine de …

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Core i7-8086K, MSI annonce de nouveaux BIOS, bilan

Face à l’arrivée du processeur anniversaire d’Intel, le Core i7-8086K, MSI annonce que ses cartes mères séries Z370, H370, B360 et H310 sont entièrement compatibles. Il est cependant nécessaire de faire des mises à jours. A l’occasion des 40 ans de l’architecture x86, Intel propose un nouveau Core i7, le Core i7-8086K. Désormais vitrine de …

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Microsoft supports ‘family unification’ but also provides tech for U.S. immigration enforcement

Microsoft’s public stance on the current border crisis may be at odds with its business interests.

The child migrant crisis currently underway at the U.S.-Mexico border is causing a firestorm of public outrage throughout the country, and Microsoft has now found itself in the middle. …

Sony Mobile is the fastest OEM to provide firmware updates

Okay this might not be the official definitive source, but Android Authority recently published a report on which Android manufacturer updates their phones the fastest. They have looked at which Android OEMs updated to Android Oreo the fastest (outside of Google’s Pixel devices). For us Xperia fans, it’s great to see that Sony took first […]

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Android Messages for web is officially rolling out to all users

Google also highlights smaller features that are now available in Messages.

In late-April, Google’s plans for turning Android Messages into something of an iMessage competitor were revealed. There are a lot of moving parts with this effort, but one of the biggest ones is finally coming to light — desktop messaging.

If you head to messages.android.com, you’ll see a new website with a large bit of text saying you can “Text on your computer with Messages for web.” There’s a QR code to the right of this and instructions for scanning it through the Android Messages app on your phone.

To get started, open Android Messages on your phone, tap the three dots at the top right, and tap the new “Messages for web” option. If you don’t see that in your app quite yet, Google says it’s rolling it out to users starting today and over this coming week….

Amazon’s Alexa on PC gets off to a rough start and is not that impressive (yet)

You should not buy a new PC just for Alexa. Here’s why.

I recently wrote an editorial laying out two potential possibilities for why Amazon’s Alexa app for PC is not a widely available download for all users is not. One reason is it requires unique hardware (or firmware) to make it work even on a basic level. The other is just nonsense “exclusive” deals in a lame attempt to sell new laptops.

I now have my answer. The reason you can’t just download the Amazon Alexa app is that they don’t want you to have it. That’s it. Amazon (and Acer and Lenovo) think you’ll want to buy their laptop because of Alexa and you shouldn’t.

Latest Frostpunk update on PC adds challenging ‘Survivor Mode’

Frostpunk now gives you an even greater challenge.

Frostpunk is a popular PC game and the developer just added new features to the already expansive experience. The update is live on Steam and should hit Universal Windows Platform shortly. Frostpunk is currently available for roughly $30 through the Microsoft Store and other retailers. It’s a great game so be sure to check it out if you like strategy titles.

How to keep track of time while in VR

VR is immersive, and it’s easy to lose track of the real world.

All VR can take you on an incredible journey, but there’s just something about the PC-based systems, including Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive, that can eat up time and leave you wondering why it’s dark out when you started playing in the afternoon. If you’d like to keep track of time without having to remove your headset and look at a real clock (what a drag), there are a few tricks you can employ to get a quick time check before resuming your VR adventure.