Microsoft gaming boss responds to Windows 10 VSync, SLI, Crossfire complaints

A recent thread on Reddit highlighted several key points as to why it was bad to have a Windows Store exclusive game, like the recently released Tomb Raider and the upcoming Quantum Break. According to the thread, the Windows Store is not as optimized as Origin, for example, and lacks SLI/Crossfire support as well as the inability to disable VSync.

VSync, for those that did not know, stands for Vertical Synchronization. The basic idea behind VSync is that it synchronizes your frames per second with your monitor’s refresh rate with the purpose to eliminate “tearing”.

Since these games are launched via the Windows Store and not from the game’s EXE file, the Nvidia Control Panel is unable to be utilized for settings customizations. The Universal Windows Platform itself has several limitations, one of them includes the inability to disable VSync (this comes from the Tomb Raider developer in a post on Steam).

Thankfully, Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows gaming boss Mike Ybarra has taken it to Twitter to state that SLI and Crossfire are supported, but it depends on the game itself. Games must be developed to support these technologies. As for VSync, “we will fix [it], says Ybarra.


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Lenovo K80: powerful 4GB RAM and huge 4000mAH Battery beast

As we all know, smartphones with 4GB RAM are leading in the market. In order not to be left behind, smartphone manufacturers are also on the way trying to catch up with the latest technological trend. Lenovo is not an exception when now it unveiled its own handset that has a random-access memory of 4 GB. It is named Lenovo K80.


Obviously, Lenovo K80 is a direct opponent to Zenfone 2, because it not only has a RAM of 4GB and other similar features and price but also offers a better battery of 4000 mAh .

Lenovo K80 Specs

As for Lenovo K80 specs, it runs Android Lollipop and is equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080 display, powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor at 1.8 GHz. Also, it has some other outstanding features such as offering LTE, 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, 64GB of storage space and especially, a very generous 4000 mAh battery. Regarding the design, it is only 8.5mm thin. The available variants of this handset are black, silver, and red.

Lenovo K80 Price and Release Date

Lenovo K80 will be for sale in China from 30 April at the price 1,799 CNY (equal to Lenovo K80 price of 330 USD ). Another model with only 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage space will be also under release at a lower price. Undoubtedly, the similar features and price but better battery of Lenovo K80 endanger to decrease the market share of Zenfone 2 somehow.In conclusion, the latest technological features at an affordable price makes Lenovo K80 one of the options that people should consider for purchase. Let‘s hope that Lenovo K80 will be available in Bangladesh soon.


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Uncharted 4 Story ‘Changed 100%’ After New Directors Came On

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Uncharted 4 director Neil Druckmann reveals that the story forUncharted 4: A Thief’s End changed 100% when he and co-director Bruce Straley came onboard.

Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley are no strangers to the Uncharted franchise. The pair had worked on the first two titles of the series, and they returned to the fold in June 2014 to finish things up with the series-concluding Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Evidently there were some creative differences with the writing team that had headed the helm since the original due left to direct The Last Of Us, because Druckmann and Straley ended up scrapping everything that had been done to the title before their arrival.

Uncharted 4 was originally being directed by Justin Richmond and Amy Hennig, who went on to work for Riot and Visceral Games respectively in early 2014, after their careers with Naughty Dog came to an abrupt halt. These career change-ups didn’t come without drama, with plenty of reports stating that Hennig was ‘forced out’ of her post by the new directors, though this was officially denied by Naughty Dog itself.

In any event, Druckmann recently revealed during an interview that the story changed “100%” when he and Straley rejoined the studio to direct the game. This was corroborated by voice actor Nolan North, who provides the voice of Nathan Drake himself. According to Nolan, the development team had completed almost a year’s worth of work crafting Amy Hennig’s vision, all of which was scrapped with the change of creative leadership in 2014:

[The development team] shot eight months of her story and it was all thrown away. Amy is still a very dear friend of mine and she’s brilliant. But the Last of Us guys were the next team there, so they took over and they just wanted their own flavor. They got rid of some of the other people that were involved and just redid their thing.

This would certainly explain why Uncharted 4 was delayed until 2016, as the development team had to scrap the majority of the assets which weren’t needed for Drukmann and Straley’s vision. While it’s clear that Druckmann and Straley are talented directors, one wonders if the original vision from Richmond and Hennig will ever come to light, à la the scrapped Saints Row game from Volition.

Uncharted 4‘s development cycle has evidently been a bumpy road (even one of the voice actors left shortly after Amy and Justin jumped ship, and was later replaced by Troy Baker), but the game is edging ever closer to completion, and is finally slated to release this April.

Nathan Drake’s closing story will reveal a brand new villain to the popular franchise, and we imagine the supposedly final portion of Nathan’s storyline will go out with a bang.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is poised to release on April 26th, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.


[Source:- Gamerant]

Microsoft testing Project Centennial version of Office 2016

Microsoft is currently testing a new Project Centennial version of its Microsoft Office 2016 suite for desktops, allowing the full suite of programs to be downloaded in a single click via the Windows Store, specifically optimized for Windows 10. Right now, it doesn’t appear the apps work, but it’s good to know the company is in the middle of making the transition over to Centennial, or at least considering it.

The download process is pretty straightforward, you simply click download and the Windows Store will download the entire Microsoft Office 2016 suite in about 10 minutes, install it and have it ready to launch in the Start Menu. Sadly, none of the apps appear to work, at least here on our test machine running build 10586. The apps do list themselves correctly however, which is very interesting indeed.

In fact, the apps technically launch, they just don’t do anything. The Project Centennial versions of Office 2016 weigh in at around 1GB in size, which isn’t too bad. The screenshot below showcases everything the Project Centennial test app downloads. Spoiler, it’s the full Office 2016 suite.

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Office 2016!

It’s exciting to see Microsoft planning to port more of its first party apps over to its 3 Windows 10 app bridges. Project Centennial makes it easy to port Win32-based apps over to the Windows Store, allowing for easy one click-installs for consumers and easy app updates from developers in the future, as well as other benefits such as live-tile support and Windows 10 integration.

You can try out the apps yourself via the Windows Store via this link, perhaps you’ll have better luck than us although we hear a number of other people haven’t even been able to initiate the download let alone install it. We’ll keep you posted regarding any new developments in this area, in the meantime, would you welcome a Project Centennial version of Office 2016 for desktops? Let us know below!


[Source:- Winbeta]

Nokia’s return to the smartphone market set in 2016, revealed CEO

Last month, on May 12, 2015, Nokia just celebrated their 150th anniversary, making it one of the longest-life smartphone manufacturers in the world. One month later, we have their Nokia CEO announced with the press about a promising coming back: Nokia’s return to the smartphone market with Nokia Android!! Isn’t it just exciting and worth waiting for the Nokia Comeback in 2016?

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Nokia’s return to the smartphone battle has already been set to come. Although most of this Finnish technology company was sold to Microsoft in a multi-million dollar deal which completed last year, there are still parts belong to the long-standing brand. In the Nokia’s return, the Giant will be focusing on designing and licensing only.

Nokia’s return: Watch out, competitors! The Giant is coming back

They are thinking of partnering with some different third parties to provide Nokia’s design and let those companies manufacture and launch final products, said CEO Rajeev Suri to German Publication, the “Manager Magazin”, when announcing Nokia’s return. Under an agreement with Microsoft, Nokia is not allowed to use its brand on phones until Q4 of 2016. So if everything goes right, the world-famous Nokia will come back to the smartphone market in 2016. “We will look for suitable partners,” says Suri. “Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.”

Nokia Comeback 2016: Promising a dream flagship?

Recently, even before the news of Nokia’s return was revealed, there have been leaking rumors about an amazing Nokia Power Ranger concept. The device is spotted with 512GB and Dual-Boot, which has drawn attention of huge amount of users worldwide. Now, together with the returning of the Giant, we have all the proof to hope that the dream device will come true soon. It’s been really long since we last heard the name Nokia in smartphone retailers and showroom. Hope the Finnish Giant will bring out something extraordinary like the long awaited Nokia C1 Android Smartphone!


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International Pricing For HTC Vive Confirmed

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In a post on their blog, HTC has confirmed international pricing for its upcoming HTC Vive VR headset and reiterated that pre-orders will open on February 29.

With Sony’s PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC’s own VR headset scheduled for release in the upcoming months, 2016 is shaping up to be an intriguing year for video gaming. With just over a month to go before the HTC Vive’s April launch, the company behind the headset have now confirmed international pricing.

In a post over on their blog, HTC have revealed international pricing for the HTC Vive in 24 countries, and that pre-orders for the VR headsets will open on February 29 at 10:00AM ET. While HTC has limited orders to one unit per customer, the company has also announced that Google’s Tilt Brush will also be included in the pre-order bundle for a limited time.

Looking at the price list, it is clear that the HTC Vive will be expensive no matter which country gamers buy it from. While the Sony PlayStation VR is expected to cost between $400 to $600, and Oculus Rift confirming a $599 starting price for their VR headset, the HTC Vive VR headset will cost a whopping $799. VR gaming may still be in its infancy, and high starting prices were to be expected, but with average consumers initially expecting to pay less, there’s a possibility that it’ll take some time for gamers to embrace this new paradigm in gaming.

HTC Vive Costs $799, Launches Early April

Having said that, those high price points are somewhat justified by the amount of supplementary devices that will be shipped alongside the headsets. Not only will the HTC Vive feature two additional controllers, two Lighthouse sensors, and two free VR games, but the headset will also be powered by Steam VR software, which based on Valve’s reputation, may prove to be a big selling point for gamers.

While there are early worries over the pricing of VR, companies have tried to keep the price points as low as possible, and have made every effort to ensure that the headset quality is of a high standard, including delaying release dates on a number of occasions. With Valve allowing game developers free use of the HTC Vive, this sets another important precedent on ensuring that gamers will not only get high quality hardware for their money, but they’ll have high quality software to back it up.

Despite the HTC Vive’s high price point, it is still to early to judge whether VR will be a success. But based on the potential of VR in gaming, 2016 will certainly be a very intriguing year for the industry.

The HTC Vive VR headset will retail at $799 and is scheduled for launch in early April. Pre-orders will start on February 29 at 10:00AM ET.


[Source:- Gamerant]

Microsoft testing new Windows 10 Mobile cumulative patch 10586.122 internally

If you thought Windows 10 Mobile was done with cumulative patches, it appears you were mistaken. Microsoft is now testing a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile internally, and if all goes well, could release the update for Insiders sometime next week. The build in question is 10586.122, and includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Like most cumulative patches, this update will not introduce any new features as Windows 10 Mobile is almost ready for release at this point. This update is again only for under-the-hood fixes and improvements to areas such as performance and migration. WinBeta can confirm that a bug affecting the swiping functionality on the keyboard in Microsoft Edge has been fixed, something many Insiders have submitted feedback about over the last few months.

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For those curious, the build string for this specific build reads: 10586.122.th2_release_inmarket.160222-1549

As mentioned above, this patch could be released to Insiders as soon as next week, that’s assuming the company doesn’t compile and begin testing a newer patch before then. With Microsoft finally getting round to fixing some of the more user-facing bugs in Windows 10 Mobile, it’s hard to assume the company isn’t close to releasing Windows 10 Mobile at this point.


[Source:- Winbeta]

5 of the best Huawei smartphones in Q1 2016

In this H1 of 2016, we bet there will be a lot of handsets getting launched, including Huawei smartphones. Some of them will be super cool with high-end hardware; some will be very affordable. Check out what Huawei has given and will give us in the first 6 months of the year!

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1. Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus: Affordable mid-ranger

First of all, it is a model with a pretty long name: Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus. Spec-wise, it features a handy 5.0-inch HD screen, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735P processor, 16GB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB), and 2GB of RAM. In addition to Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus specs, there are Emotion UI based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, a massive 4,000mAh batt enabling the phone to last about 3 days with just one charge, and a combo of 13MP primary and 5MP secondary camera on board to run the whole phone.


2. Huawei P9: Flagship smartphone

So, actually, rather than launch Huawei P9 at MWC 2016, Huawei has instead announced a dual-boot notebook. Anyway, don’t worry. Huawei P9 will still come. Spec-wise, it is said to pack a modern fingerprint scanner, a Kirin 955 chip, 4GB RAM, and a 5.2-inch Full HD display. Besides, a decent 2,900mAh battery, a dual rear shooter including a 12MP main sensor, and an 8MP selfie one will be on board as well to complete the Huawei P9 specs.


3. Huawei GR5: Good phablet in $250 range

Huawei GR5 specs contain a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz), 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Besides, the whole machine is run by Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with Huawei EMUI 3.1 on top and a good 3,000mAh cell. Additionally, the GR5 comes with many connectivity options such as GPS, AGPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1,WI-FI 402.11b/g/n, 2.4G, 2G, 3G and 4G. As for photography, the main cam is capable of 13 megapixels with Sony BSI sensor and LED flash while the secondary shooter is 5 megapixels.

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4. Huawei Y6 Pro (or Huawei G-Power): “Superior power for the all-day hero”

Huawei Y6 Pro uses a big 4,000mAh battery that can give long-lasting performances thanks to the help of Smart Power Saving technology built in the device. Moreover, it is also able to act as a charger for other electronics, providing “15 hours of data use, 39 hours of talk time, 48 hours of heavy use time, and 90 hours of light use time”. Other Huawei Y6 Pro specs are a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core 1.3GHz chipset, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, a 5.0-inch HD screen, and a 13MP/5MP snapper package.


5. Huawei Mate S2: Stunning concept

Last but not least, we have the great Huawei Mate S’s successor: Mate S2. This model was designed by Hasan Kaymak with a metallic rounded unibody, an USB Type-C port, and super slim bezels. In terms of Huawei Mate S2 specs, it is very likely to boast a Quad HD display instead of the original’s Full HD, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, a fantastic 20MP rear camera, powerful 4GB of RAM, and a massive batt capable of 4,000mAh.


So, those are the 5 main Top Huawei smartphones we want to introduce to you today. They are all elegant and strong enough to perform any task. Yet, which one do you like most? Share with us!



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