It seems like everyone wants to get in on the success of Microsoft's Surface hybrid: Google has the new Pixel C tablet, and Apple has the transforming iPad Pro. In order to stay on top, Microsoft had to push the bar even further, leading the Redmond tech giant to create the Surface Pro 4.
The new Surface Pro 4 is an all-around improvement over the previous Surface line: it's thinner, lighter and much more powerful thanks to the onboard Intel Skylake CPU. It has a 12.3-inch display that utilizes new PixelSense technology. Microsoft actually fashioned a dedicated G5 chipset to run the new optical stack, which powers PixelSense to bring dramatic improvements to latency, parallax and palm detection for fluid writing and drawing with the new Surface Pen. The pen itself has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitive and comes with an eraser (an obvious jab at Apple's iPencil), and doesn't need to be recharged more than once a year.
Microsoft's new Surface tablet is just 8.4mm thin and features a laptop-class keyboard designed for performance input. Under the hood the Surface Pro 4's silicon soul is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Skylake CPU. Microsoft's Panos Panay boasted that the Surface Pro 4 was 30% faster than its predecessor, and over 50% faster than the MacBook Air. To match the higher-end CPU the device will ship with up to 16GB of onboard RAM and 1TB of memory, which is pretty surprising for a 2-in-1 hybrid.
Microsoft has announced that Netflix now supports voice commands courtesy of Cortana, Windows 10's sophisticated robot lady AI.
All you have to do when you want to search for a show is say "Netflix, search for Narcos" or "Netflix, find Continuum", and results will show up accordingly. Presumably, you can tell it to play shows and movies as well.
Cortana still isn't supported in some countries, but you can always lie to her in "Region" settings and tell her you live in the US.
Microsoft has taken aim at Apple's Macbook line with its own 2-in-1 Surface Book, a 13.5-inch Windows 10 laptop that features higher-end specs while fitting right into the new Windows ecosystem.
The Surface Book is touted as the "world's most powerful, thinnest PC" and Microsoft boasts that "ounce for ounce its the fastest 13-inch laptop on the planet". The hybrid laptop can be docked or removed from the base to transform from a laptop or a tablet, but the GPU itself is located in the base so you'll need to keep it docked to tap its power.
Even with these claims Microsoft has been somewhat vague on the GPU specifics, saying that the Surface Book has an accelerated NVIDIA GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory that's been tuned by the Xbox team. It sports Intel's latest 6th-generation Skylake Core i5 and i7 processors for beefy performance, and can utilize up to 16GB of RAM. There's word that a NVIDIA GeForce 940M could be the GPU that powers the Surface Book's base, but nothing's been confirmed just yet.
If you're a fan of cruising around the virtual streets with friends, Ubisoft has just announced that 'The Crew Wild Run' will be available on PC as a closed beta from October 15th to October 19th, 2015. The Wild Run expansion pack beta will enable players to play 'The Summit', being a "gathering of thousands of drivers and mechanics from around the world" as pointed out in a recent press release.
This closed beta will feature both PvE and PvP opportunities, allowing participants to control dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks and motorcycles "from prestigious brands" alike.
To register for the beta, head here or find out more information here.
At its Windows 10 event in New York, Microsoft unveiled the new Lumia 950 flagship line with the 5.2" Lumia 950 and 5.7" Lumia 950XL. Since these handsets were already leaked beforehand the specs aren't too surprising, but Microsoft had some extra tidbits up its sleeve.
With the new Lumia duo, Microsoft wants to "put Windows in your pocket", and to keep up with that ethos the Lumia 950 and 950XL have been overhauled to fit right into the Windows 10 ecosystem. One of the most impressive features is the Glance Screen tech, which lets users check onscreen information without using any battery life, avoiding the need to actually turn on the phone.
Under the hood the 950 sports a hexacore CPU, with the Lumia 950 XL has an octacore processor. To mitigate heat, Microsoft actually has put in "tablet class" liquid cooling into both handsets. A dual-antenna array that automatically picks the best connection around you, and also has USB Type-C for 5GB/S data transfer rates and rapid battery charging. The Lumia duo have 20MP cameras that support 4K video capture and excels in low-light environments, and a dedicated camera button.
At today's Windows 10 event, Microsoft unveiled the future of mixed-reality gaming powered by the HoloLens, showing what's possible with the tech and how it will shape the future of gaming.
The demonstration culminated in a demo for an AR game codenamed Project X-Ray, which pretty much allows users to physically hold holograms and use holographic weapons to defend an area against a robot invasion. The demo was quite impressive, and really highlighted how truly immersive and dynamic the HoloLens really is. Microsoft hasn't released any footage yet, but we'll be sure to update the page when video goes live.
Also Microsoft announced that it is now taking applications for HoloLens developer kits starting now, and plans to ship them starting Q1 2016 for a pretty beefy $3,000. The tech giant also reminded us that the AR headset is "completely untethered", and doesn't need an external device like a PC or phone to operative. It's also 100% cordless and has a custom-built silicon soul for the "world's first holographic processing unit".
If you're wondering about the star-studded commentary line up for Major League Gaming's (MLG) 2015 world finals, wait no more! As announced in a recently issued press release, big names such as Toby "Tobiwan" Dawson, Jacob "Maelk" Toft-Andersen, Austin "Capitalist" Walsh, Soe Gschwind and more are set to take the stage.
Alongside these Dota 2 commentators are over 15 personalities spread across the other gaming titles, being: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U & Melee and SMITE. With $500,000 of cash on the line in New Orleans, Louisiana, this tournament is set to commence on October 16 and run for three days in total.
For those with a massive personal data stash or looking to satisfy their business needs will be intrigued by the latest Thecus advancement, adding 8TB Seagate Enterprise 3.5-inch hard drive support for all Thecus NAS users.
Quoted in a recent press release as offering "comprehensive advanced caching technology to reach unparalleled data transfer speeds," these massive 8TB drives by Seagate also offer PowerBalance, PowerChoice and Raid Rebuilt technologies.
If you're thinking of running any other large capacity drive and are wondering if support is available, head along to this website in order to check.
Rumors of a price drop for the PS4 have been around for a while now, with the unexpected price drop of Sony's console in Japan teasing gamers that we could expect a price drop on the PS4 elsewhere in the world.
Well, Target's website teased a "$50 price drop on the PS4" next to the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection PS4 hardware bundle, offering it for $349. But the site quickly changed this. Target is now offering a $50 gift card with the bundle, at $399. Target could just be trying to get more consumers buying the PS4 through their store, but we think that Sony is preparing a $50 price drop on the PS4 for the holidays.
The PS4 recently launched with a 1TB model, and will be sold next to the launch of the new Call of Duty, which should see a price drop on the older 500GB models.