We may get the official prices of Sony PS5 & Microsoft XSX next week 1

We may get the official prices of Sony PS5 & Microsoft XSX next week

The next-generation gaming consoles will officially hit the shelves towards the end of the year. The major players are Japanese Sony and American Microsoft. As of now, these companies have officially confirmed the hardware specs of their consoles. In addition, we have official information on the design and some of the game lineup. However, the official price of the Sony PS5 & Microsoft XSX remains unknown. However, according to analyst Roberto Serrano, Japanese manufacturer, Sony will soon announce the price of the PlayStation 5. Specifically, he said that this company will announce the price of the PS5 on July 13. As for Microsoft XSX, we all know that it is waiting for the PS5 to announce its price first. Roberto Serrano also confirmed this. He said that the Microsoft Xbox team has not announced the price of XSX because it is waiting for Sony to announce the price of PS5. It needs to know the price of the PS5 so as to obtain the price advantage. He believes that the previous Xbox One sold less than half of the PS4, and an important reason is its price. According to previous reports, the XSX will be $100 cheaper than whatever the price of the PS5 will be.  Sony PS5 & Microsoft XSX hardware comparison PlayStation 5
Xbox Series X
CPU
8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz(variable frequency, with SMT)
8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz(3.6GHz with SMT)
GPU
10.28 TFLOPs,36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
12.16 TFLOPs,52 CUs at 1.825GHz
GPU Architecture
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Microsoft announce plans to close of all but four of its physical stores 2

Microsoft announce plans to close of all but four of its physical stores

According to The Verge, today, Microsoft announced plans to permanently close almost all its retail stores around the world. However, the company will not cease to do its business normally. Nevertheless, the company will keep four of its retail stores open. According to reports, the four stores are in New York City (Fifth Avenue), London (Oxford Plaza), Sydney (Westfield), and Redmond Park. While most of its physical retail stores will be shut, the company will focus on digital retail. Microsoft said that the online stores of Microsoft.com, Xbox, and Windows have 1.2 billion customers per month in 190 markets. With this huge number, it does not really see the need for maintaining the physical stores.  Microsoft will now maintain digital retail
Microsoft did not specify whether it would lay off staff due to the closure of a large number of stores. However, the company said that it will continue to develop a diverse team to support its overall mission and goals. This partly explains why all Microsoft stores have not reopened after their initial closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. 
The closure of these stores went unnoticed because most of Microsofts stores are in shopping centers and malls. Of course, many of these malls and shopping complexes are not running their normal operations. This is because they are still taking precautionary measures against a further spread of the new coronavirus. There have already been spikes of COVID-19 cases in regiRead More…

Xbox Series S, next-gen affordable console, specifications leaked for the first time! 3

Xbox Series S, next-gen affordable console, specifications leaked for the first time!

Apart from the flagship next-gen Xbox Series X, Microsoft is also working on an affordable and less-powerful next-gen console dubbed Xbox Series S. For those who’re unaware, Microsoft generally launches two consoles every year covering two price brackets. While the top-end model targets the consumers who are looking for more power and 4K gaming, the cheaper one keeps the 1080p or 1440p gamers busy. Well, we are expecting the same to happen this year. In fact, a recent leaked Microsoft document even hints towards the affordable next-gen console. Furthermore, we now have the very first look at the expected specifications of the offering. Xbox Series S appears on Microsoft document with codename ‘Lockhart’
As mentioned earlier, a new leaked Microsoft document has appeared online shedding more light on the affordable Xbox console. To recall, the Washington-based company revealed its powerful Xbox Series X with Project Scarlett. This codename was, of course, before the product received its official name. For those who’re unaware, Project Scarlett consists of two consoles codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart. Well, we have already seen the Anaconda snake engraving in the Series X board. This means that the remaining one should be our affordable version and this falls in line with the leaked document. an Anaconda snake is etched into the Xbox Series X mainboard, so what’s going to be eteched into Lockhart? pic.twitter.com/cV7oXoDZmO
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 17, 202Read More…

Microsoft announces the first batch of “XSX specially optimized” games – see list here 4

Microsoft announces the first batch of “XSX specially optimized” games – see list here

Last week Microsoft Xbox introduced the “Smart Distribution” feature via its official blog. Today, the blog has been updated to include a new article about the “XSX Specially Optimized” feature. As we know from the official announcement, the “XSX Specially Optimized” tag means that the game is specifically designed for Xbox Series X. The Series X comes with top-notch enhancements and optimizations. So how far can it go? According to the official blog post, this is the equivalent of taking advantage of the upper XSX’s firepower capabilities. Implemented through the host’s Xbox Velocity Architecture (XVA) architecture, the Load times are completely eliminated, and then it’s time to take advantage of the host’s powerful chip, DX12U light chasing for enhanced graphics, and more stability… high frame rates (up to 120fps) and so on.
There are two types of games that carry the “XSX optimized” label: brand new games created specifically for XSX, such as Halo: Infinite, and games like Gears of War 5 that have already been released but have been enhanced to take advantage of the power of the Xbox Series X. The DXR light chase supported by the DX12U of the XSX console allows for more realistic lighting and accurate reflections/sound effects. The developers of Call of the Sea say it allows the game to build on the original graphics to create a more lifelike island environment. The game also runs in 4K resolution on XSX.
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Microsoft Defender antivirus arrives on Android 5

Microsoft Defender antivirus arrives on Android

A few months ago, Microsoft promised to release a proprietary Microsoft Defender antivirus for mobile devices that are running the Android operating system. Now the company has released a free preview version of the application. Microsoft Defender antivirus arrives on Android
Google’s mobile operating system contains a huge amount of threats, including malware, phishing apps, trojans, and more. Google removes hundreds or even thousands of applications every month. But, many of these dangerous apps end up in users’ devices.
Microsoft Defender ATP for Android should solve this problem. This application allows you to scan your phone for malware and detect phishing attempts. When Microsoft Defender ATP detects malware, it restricts access to critical applications such as email clients and online banking applications to prevent further damage. If there is a threat, Microsoft Defender ATP will warn you about it.
Microsoft Defender ATP is currently still in a preview phase for Microsoft 365 customers. For all others, the antivirus will become available in the coming months. MS Defender Key Capabilities
Web protection
Phishing is one of the biggest threat vectors on mobile. The majority of attacks happening outside of emails such as via phishing sites, messaging apps, games, and other applications. Other potential threats come from apps that may make connections to unsafe domains, unknowingly to the user and security teams. Web protection capabilities in Microsoft Defender Read More…

Microsoft Surface Duo might be launched in July 6

Microsoft Surface Duo might be launched in July

Microsoft announced its entrance in the dual-display segment several months back. Despite the announcement in 2019, the device is yet to reach the market. That could have happened a few months ago, but the COVID-19 outbreak messed with the company’s plans. Firstly, the giant of the United States had to postpone the launch of Windows 10X – a dual-display focused version of its operating system. A new report comes to give some hope to the customers waiting for the dual-display phone. According to it, the Surface Duo Android device is coming as soon as next month. The company is doing everything it can to ensure that the new phone will arrive before the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, which is coming on August 5. I’m told Microsoft wants to launch Surface Duo before the Galaxy Fold 2 is announced. So, before August 5th? We’re getting close. Assuming plans don’t change, Surface Duo should start shipping in less than 2 months.
— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) June 12, 2020 We’ve reached the first half of June, so it’s safe to assume that the Surface Duo will be revealed in the following weeks. Microsoft has a decent amount of time to build some hype for their new hardware. Of course, you should take this report with a pinch or two of salt. Microsoft still hasn’t announced any changes to its plans, which were for a Holiday quarter release. That sounds disappointing, but we have to agree that the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing companies to make some drastic changes to its release sRead More…

How to make and answer phone calls from your Windows PC or Laptop 7

How to make and answer phone calls from your Windows PC or Laptop

The continuity feature of Apple’s Mac and iOS has been one of the most coveted features for Windows users. It lets users seamlessly continue editing documents or photos while switching between Apple devices.
Now with Window’s Your Phone app, Microsoft has managed to bridge the ecosystem barrier between Windows and Android to let users manage and mirror their phone on PC wirelessly.
With Your Phone Aoo, users can check notifications, revert back to messages and even answer calls, or call someone straight from their Windows 10 machine. To enjoy these features all you need is ‘Your Phone App’ on your Android v7 or above the phone with windows 10 PC with Bluetooth support.
ALSO READ: Best Microsoft Your Phone Features, Tips, and Tricks
Before we get to ‘how to make phone calls from windows machine’, let’s first help you get Your Phone app and link it to your windows laptop or desktop PC. To do so follow these steps: Go to start menu on your Windows 10 machine, and type in ‘Your Phone’ and hit enter.
Once the app opens it will ask you for a mobile number. Enter your active number on the Android device. Microsoft with send a link to Android version on Your phone companion app.
Click on the link to download Microsoft’s Your Phone Companion app on your Android device, it comes pre-installed on Samsung phones.
Once the installation process is complete, open the companion app and sign-in with your Microsoft account information.
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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X (core differences) – What will you choose? fast loading or high resolution? 8

PS5 Vs Xbox Series X (core differences) – What will you choose? fast loading or high resolution?

Tomorrow morning, Sony will hold a press conference where it will unveil some information about the PS5. Relative to the Xbox Series X, PS5 has more unresolved suspense. Today, we will succinctly look at the core difference between both consoles from what we know. A few days ago, developer Thomas Mahler once again revealed the major experience difference between the two consoles. Going straight to the point, in terms of experience, there is one clear difference between both consoles. Simply put, the PS5’s game loading speed will be better than others. However, the Xbox Series X’s ability to maintain a high frame rate of 4K is far better. The loading speed of PS5 can even be twice as fast as XSX. In fact, this is reflected in the SSD performance data previously announced, up to 5.5GB/s (compressed data speed up to 9GB/s). This is 2.4 times faster than XSX. However, Mahler believes that the three-party developers will not necessarily squeeze 100% of the SSD’s SSD value. It is likely that there will be obvious differences between different works. From this perspective, the comprehensive performance of XSX will have advantages.
PS5 price leaks on Amazon
Recently, Amazon in the UK suddenly launched a landing page for the Sony PS5. The weird thing about the landing page is that it comes with a price tag. The Amazon UK page shows that this console will sell for £599 ($759). It’s interesting because this price falls within the speculatRead More…

PS5 launch set for June 11, while Xbox Series X might get delayed 9

PS5 launch set for June 11, while Xbox Series X might get delayed

Sony had deferred the last week’s Playstation 5 launch in light of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protest against police brutality and discriminatory acts in the US. Sony had released a statement that said, “We needed to step aside so key voices could be heard during this historic and important time.”
The company has freshly announced the rescheduled date to be June 11. See you Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm Pacific time (9:00pm BST) for a look at the future of gaming on #PS5: https://t.co/9XJkXYProo pic.twitter.com/8EoN34UPdd
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 8, 2020 The “Future of Gaming” event will be thus streamed on YouTube and Twitch at 1700 GMT (10:30 pm).
ALSO READ: Best Microsoft Your Phone Features, Tips, and Tricks
We have also seen the new PS5 DualSense Controller and some of the key specs already.
And on Thursday, we will witness the hotly-anticipated console for the first time. Sony will layout PS5’s complete specs and features. Not just that, it will be the presentation of new games. Here’s an example of what you could expect:
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Meanwhile, for the fans of Xbox, the wait for Series X launch could be longer than we thought. As per VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, the “Xboxing day”, ie the launch event of Series X could get further postponed. He says, perhaps Microsoft wants Sony to “go first”. ALSO READ: Asus TUF Gaming laptops launched with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors in India Xboxing Day dropped all the way to August. pic.twiRead More…

Best Microsoft Your Phone Features, Tips, and Tricks 10

Best Microsoft Your Phone Features, Tips, and Tricks

If you want to control your phone from the PC, you should use Microsoft’s aptly named ‘Your Phone’ app. Granted, there are a few other options out there. But, the titular app is natively baked into Windows 10 and even comes integrated with newer Samsung Galaxy phones. The app is frequently getting updated with new features, thus bridging the gap between Android and Windows.
So, if you’re unversed about the Your Phone app, we believe you must at least give it a try. It’ll be particularly handy when you wish to keep the phone at bay but also receive important notifications.
Here are a few things you should check out, while you’re at it:
Best Your Phone Features, Tips, and Tricks
1. Mirror your phone screen on the PC
You can ape the phone interface on the PC desktop. This means you can view files (like slides, documents, spreadsheets, etc) from the phone on a big canvas. All this works over a WiFi connection. Also, you should be able to access the phone’s apps on select PCs. It currently supports interaction using keyboard, mouse, touch, and stylus.
On touchscreen computers, you’d be able to open apps, select items, click on links, etc using taps and presses. Theoretically, you should be able to play casual games. Although expect some lags to creep up with an increase in graphics.
In some high-end Samsung flagships, this endows cross-device copy-paste function too. The compatible devices include Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra,Read More…