Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I've always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn't as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.
I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn't really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it's currently Samsung's turn to shine.
I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!
Lots of people are having trouble locating the Battlefield 1 Open Beta in the Xbox One Store. This seems due to the fact that Microsoft hasn’t updated the store to feature nor show the beta in the search results. Thankfully, the is a very simple way to download it!
Microsoft has posted a new ad to its YouTube Channel in which Microsoft Employees and a New York City children’s youth choir sing a song outside of Apple’s most iconic Apple Store. Check out the video below…
A special thanks to the voices of our Microsoft Store employees and a local NYC children’s youth choir. To celebrate the holidays, Microsoft employees, who were selected from across the country, gathered together, meeting each other for the first time, at the new Microsoft 5th Ave Store to spread some holiday wishes. Joined by a local NYC children’s youth choir, they share a message of peace and harmony with their neighbor down the street.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced a headset that allows the wearer to augment their world with information, apps, and even games. Microsoft posted a few videos of the HoloLens on YouTube which show off Microsoft’s vision for this project.
After watching the Introduction and Possibilities video of the HoloLens, it is obvious that this is an incredibly ambitious product and we are probably years away from getting a product that works well enough to be in homes but I am definitely looking forward to see how Microsoft further develops this platform!
Recently, China has been seen visiting many international companies, with investigations into possibly monopolies. About a week ago, Microsoft was visited by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which is China’s “anti-monopoly” group. This was the start of an investigation into “monopolistic behaviors” from the company. Yesterday, four for Microsoft’s offices were raided with government officials leaving with computers and documents. This is quite a step up from the small visit a few days earlier.
Many think the idea here is to target non-Chinese companies to get money from them and boost the local companies. In fact, the United States Chamber of Commerce wrote that:
“the Chinese government has seized on using the [antimonopoly law] to promote Chinese producer welfare and to advance industrial policies that nurture domestic enterprises”
Of course, this is certainly a possibility. However, I think it’s important to remember not to start pointing fingers too soon, as that can overcomplicate issues. Microsoft has been known to receive anti-trust probes in the past from the EU, Japan, and even the United States. In fact, the European Union fined them 561 million euros for the same type of thing. On top of that, Microsoft’s Windows operating system is widely used in China, and completely dominates the market there, so there is a good reason for at least investigating the issue.
Microsoft has said they plan to completely cooperate with the Chinese government throughout the investigation. If they’re found guilty, up to 10% of their revenue could be collected by the government, so I can see why they’d want to not cause any more problems.
If you have an Xbox One and have been urging to play games like Cut The Rope, Pong, Contre Jour, and Pac Man through your Xbox’s browser, this is for you. xboxie.com is a website that has a list of games that are playable from an Xbox One with the Xbox One controller. Some of the games don’t run perfectly and the Xbox One controller isn’t the best option but this is the best alternative until the Xbox One gets an Xbox Live Arcade of its own. Head over to xboxie.com from your Xbox One to try out the games!
Back when Microsoft announced the Xbox One, digital game sharing sounded promising but, shortly after, Microsoft retracted their plans and switched focus back to physical media. If you happen to have two consoles in your home or know somebody who you want to share your games with, Microsoft made it so you could. Check out the video below and written out instructions below that…
Console 1 has Profile 1 (Profile which you purchased the game with)
Console 2 has Profile 1 & 2
On Console 2 with Profile 1, go to settings -> My home Xbox -> Click on “Make this my home Xbox”
You can now re-download (with Profile 1) the games that had been purchased. Once they download, you can switch to profile two and use the game as if it was yours!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here.
Major Nelson has posted a high resolution PDF file containing all of the voice and gesture commands that are currently available for Kinect on the Xbox One. If you have an Xbox One, odds are that you have yet to master all of the commands so check them out below…
Microsoft released a video that shows off the Xbox One’s UI. The UI looks a lot more like Windows 8 and, if what the video shows is true, is really fast when switching in between media. The Xbox One will be released on November 22nd for $499(US). Check out the video below…