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By Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft's new Xbox app is now available in beta for iOS devices
by Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft has launched the new Xbox app (beta) on iOS a few days after rolling it out to Android devices. The app features console remote play and allows you to install any games remotely, among other capabilities.
Harrison Hoffman, Senior Program Manager for Xbox, announced the app's release today via a Twitter post. However, for those who would like to join the beta testing using Apple’s TestFlight app, the program has now been closed.
That said, you can still sign up for the beta testing in the future once Apple removes inactive testers. Just like its Android counterpart, the Xbox beta app for iOS features a capability that allows players to share game clips and screenshots directly from their iPhone, brings a unified notification center, and much more. Of course, it also has a refreshed design language.
The beta app supports iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later. However, you must have iOS 14 beta or later in order to use the app clips feature.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft's Surface Pro X gets firmware updates with a whole bunch of improvements
by Rich Woods
Microsoft seems to be updating its Surface Pro X pretty regularly, with a new firmware update rolling out just a month ago. A new update is available, and in fact, this is the sixth update for the 10-month-old product.
This update is available for all Surface Pro X devices on Windows 10 version 1903 or higher; yes, that's all of them. And while there are a ton of fixes and improvements, this will only show up as a single firmware update, thanks to the nature of Windows on ARM.
There's a lot that's new though. Here's the full changelog:
Device Manager Name Version and Update Qualcomm Advanced Modem Subsystem Device 10400.1.77.0
Enables Mobile Operator self registration. Qualcomm(R) Bluetooth Radio Driver - Bluetooth
Improves BT connection reliability when the device resumes from sleep. Qualcomm(R) Bluetooth UART Transport Driver – Bluetooth
Improves BT connection reliability when the device resumes from sleep. Qualcomm(R) System Manager Device Extension
Enables Mobile Operator self registration. Qualcomm(R) Wi-Fi B/G/N/AC (2x2) Svc - Network adapters
Improves Wi-Fi connection reliability when the device resumes from sleep. Snapdragon (TM) X24 LTE Modem - Network adapters
Enables Mobile Operator self registration. Surface Hot Plug - System devices 220.127.116.11
Improves system stability, and addresses issues related to system bugcheck. Surface Light Sensor - System devices
Addresses issues related to system bugcheck. Surface Pro X Wi-Fi B/G/N/AC (2x2) Svc - Network adapters
Improves Wi-Fi connection reliability when the device resumes from sleep. Surface Touch Pen Processor - Human Interface Devices 18.104.22.168
Improves pen inking when palm is also on the screen. Surface UEFI – Firmware 3.527.140.0
Improves system stability, and addresses issues related to system bugcheck. Surface Dock 2 Firmware Update Driver Extension 22.214.171.124
Enables Surface Dock 2 update.
As usual, you can grab this update, which will be called 'Microsoft Corporation - System Hardware Update', via Windows Update.
Surface Laptop 3 gets firmware updates to address display and keyboard issues
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft has released a new set of driver and firmware updates for the Surface Laptop 3, in addition to the separate set of updates for the Surface Pro X. The Surface Laptop 3 comes in Intel and AMD-based variants, and the set of updates arriving today is only for the versions with Intel processors. For reference, that's the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3, or any variant of the Surface Laptop 3 for Business.
The updates address a number of issues with different aspects of the device, including automatic brightness adjustments and an issue where the keyboard might register multiple keystrokes. Here's the full list of updates:
Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Surface - Firmware - 126.96.36.199 Surface UEFI - Firmware 188.8.131.52
Addresses issues related to the automatic brightness adjustment at low brightness. Surface -Firmware - 14.310.139.0 Surface System Aggregator - Firmware 14.310.139.0
Improves device stability and battery reliability. Surface - System devices - 184.108.40.206 Surface Integration Service Device - System devices 220.127.116.11
Improves reliability related to the Surface App experience. Surface - Firmware - 18.104.22.168 Surface Keyboard - Firmware 22.214.171.124
Resolves keystroke repeat issues. As usual, the updates are available for users running Windows 10 version 1903 - the May 2019 Update - or newer, which should apply to everyone, considering the Surface Laptop 3 released in late 2019. The updates should install automatically through Windows Update, but you can always check for updates yourself if you're not in the mood to wait.
If you have an AMD variant of the Surface Laptop 3, the latest set of updates was released earlier this month, and it fixed a number of issues with that particular version.
By Rich Woods
OnePlus drops the price of the OnePlus 8 by $100 ahead of 8T launch
by Rich Woods
Today, OnePlus announced that it's dropping the price of the OnePlus 8 by $100. You can now get the 128GB model for $599 and the 256GB model for $699. The price change is reflected on OnePlus.com, Amazon, and T-Mobile, but if you go the T-Mobile route, you can get a deal where you get 50% off if you add a line.
The news comes just a few weeks ahead of the announcement of the OnePlus 8T, which is set to arrive on October 14. The handset is expected to arrive with a 120Hz screen that was previously exclusive to the OnePlus 8 Pro, and it's going to have 65W Warp Charging. It's also worth noting that there isn't going to be a OnePlus 8T Pro, likely the reason that there's no discount on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 comes with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and a 6.55-inch FHD 90Hz display. If you want to pick one up, you can find it on OnePlus.com here, Amazon here, and T-Mobile here. Make sure to check out our review before you buy.
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By Asher Madan
These are the best Xbox One games launching next week
by Asher Madan
Every week, a number of games launch on Xbox One, and deciding which ones to purchase can be a difficult decision. We've compiled a list of some of the best titles that are launching between September 28 and October 2. The games mentioned below are highly-anticipated experiences that you should consider picking up. The highlight of next week is Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is slated to launch on October 2, priced at $59.99. You can purchase the game through the Microsoft Store.
Star Wars: Squadrons
Star Wars: Squadrons is expected to launch on October 2, priced at $39.99. The game runs at 4K resolution on Xbox One X. You can get Star Wars: Squadrons on the Microsoft Store.
Feather should launch on September 30, priced at $9.99. You can get it on the Microsoft Store.
Which games out of these are you interested in? Let us know in the comments.