Xbox Series X Will Not Have Exclusive First-Party Games during Its Launch

Microsoft’s upcoming next generation console, Xbox Series X, is set to break away from the tradition. This is after Microsoft announced it would not be having exclusive first-party games at the launch. Instead, they prefer their Xbox Play Anywhere strategy and a fully supporting compatibility moving forward. Speaking ahead of the launch, Microsoft Studios head said, ‘over the next two years, all our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of device.’ “We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and (Series X) they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”

It seems as if there will come a time when games designed for the Series X are not going to run on the standard Xbox One. This is not a significant change of tune from what Microsoft has been implying for months now. The company was already planning to make all first-party games on Xbox playable on Windows 10 as part of their Xbox Play Initiative.

Before the official Series X reveal way back in June, the company said that its next-gen console would also play Xbox One games. However, this the first time that they have openly said its new console will not be launching with first-party exclusives.

Sony has already announced that their new PlayStation console would be backwards compatible with PS4 games. However, they are yet to say whether they will have games launching with the PS5 that can only be played on that specific device. Despite the latest announcement from Microsoft, the biggest first-party Xbox Series X exclusive, Halo Infinite, was already confirmed to run on both Xbox One and next-gen Xbox.

This is despite the fact that Microsoft Studios head seems to clarify that the trend is going to take action for every new Xbox game going forward for at least a year after the Series X launch. Whether this is going to be effective is yet to be determined especially by Xbox lovers.

A Real-Life Transformer That Might Be the Coolest Robot Toy Ever Made

Let us face it, we all love toys that offer more than what meets the eye. From secret passages in LEGO sets to hidden spring-loaded projectiles. Now we have the transformers that seem to be gaining immense popularity. Even though most fascinating toys rely on a healthy imagination, it has always felt as if Transformers are a little too slow for make-believe adventures and skirmishes. Worse, the good ones take quite long to turn into a robot than they did in the show.

However, things are taking a different direction with the latest transformer taking the technological world by storm. With close to 22 programmable servo motors, this 3.2 pound robot has the capabilities to walk, dance, pose and even do some pushups while on a cue. To make it even better, you can program new gestures easily using a few different interfaces on phone or tablet. This includes the popular kid-friendly Scratch Visual Programming Language used in other beginner robots. When it comes to controlling it, you only have to use a touchscreen joystick and buttons as well.

As is the case with any other technological inventions, there are some downsides to this real-life transformer. Well, you have to part with a whopping$500 to lay your hands on one of these. That is the current price on Amazon with the company behind it claiming that it is the right number. Furthermore, the transformer is only going to be made available later this year at selected retail stores including Micro Center. Those who attended CES can also bear witness to the fact that it looks a little plastic. If you love spy missions, then you have to think again before purchasing this real-life transformer since it does not come with a camera. In addition, it does not drive like a car when in car mode and bends its body to manage a shallow turn.

Regardless of the downsides, it is still a good robot for a kid-at-heart with a sizable budget. You should however not expect it to vacuum your entire house.

Fujitsu Updates Their Iconic Happy Hacking Keyboard with USB-C and Bluetooth

Fujitsu has officially unveiled three new models of the cult-classic Happy Hacking Keyboard. For those who might not know, Happy Hacking Keyboard is an iconic ultra-compact keyboard having a layout that dates back to the 90’s. Even though the keyboard’s layout is still the same, the new models introduced at CES have been modernized is some key areas. All the three keyboards will now boast of a USB-C port, while two of them can also be connected over Bluetooth. To make it even better, there is a feature support for software remapping of their keys.

The latest launch is quite fascinating since Fujitsu rarely makes updates to its HHKB lineup. In fact, the last new keyboard in the lineup was the debut of Bluetooth model from 2016.  Before these changes were made, the keyboard had remained the same since 2011.  HHKB new lineup starts with the HHKB Pro 3 Classic, which happens to be a straightforward update of the existing HHKB Professional 2. Apart from this, there is a Bluetooth compatible Pro 3 Hybrid and Pro 3 Hybrid Type-S that now supports key remapping via a new Windows software. Unfortunately, the keyboards do not have rechargeable batteries.

According to Fujitsu, all the three keyboards use electrostatic capacitive key switches while the Type-S keyboard’s switches comes with an extra ‘buffer’ inside to make it quieter. Initially, HHK Brelied on electrostatic switches produced by Topre whereas the Type-S variants made use of the silent versions of its switches. For those who are interested in the new keyboards, then you are free to choose from the white or gray colors. Alternatively, you can opt for either the entirely blank keycaps for extra nerd cred or the dye-sublimated printed keycaps. When it comes to pricing, the non-Bluetooth Pro 3 Classic is available at $217, the Pro 3 Hybrid costs $264 and the Pro 3 Hybrid Type-S is $320. To make a purchase, you can decide to visit retailers like Amazon or Fujitsu’s online store. It is then that you are set to get the most out of these keyboards.

Google Now Disables Xiaomi’s Nest Integration After a User Sees Strangers Images

Owners of Xiaomi devices can no longer get the most out of Google’s Nest Hub and Assistant after the company disabled it. This comes after a camera owner reported seeing unfamiliar still images, which apparently come from different cameras. Google spokesperson in a statement said, “We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices.” Well, this action is definitely going to impact negatively on people who own Xiaomi devices as they have to wait until a solution is reached.

As per reports, one user of Xiaomi’s device reported that his newly purchased Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP security camera was displaying still images from strangers’ home. This happened every time he tried to stream from the camera to a Google Nest Hub. However, the user is yet to receive any communication from Xiaomi despite raising concerns regarding the issue.

In October last year, Nest announced its device access program that put strict measures on which third party devices could be used with its system. At the moment, close to two dozen security cameras in different parts of the world can be used with Nest displays. Ever since its launch, a number of security cameras seem to struggle with security from the beginning. In fact, early models had a handful of easily exploitable issues thus giving users a hard time. Going back to just after Christmas, Wyze, a smart security camera manufacturer reported an insecure server had exposed data of about 2.4 million customers for over three weeks.

The underlying reason behind the latest setback suffered by Xiaomi is yet to be known since every piece of information available seems to come from Reddit. Google is however taking this issue seriously in order to prevent any future problems that might occur. Despite this, Xiaomi has not issued a statement regarding the issue. Furthermore, it is yet to be determined whether other users are also experiencing the same problem or not.

Apple Introduces New Patent Virtual Speakers with the Ability to Simulate Sound from any where in the Room

One of the leading tech giants Apple have just received a new patent concerning the virtual positioning of audio. This patent is going to lay a framework for new and more immersive audio applications. However, it only builds on a previous patent that was filed by Apple last month. The patent made it possible for people to hear where others are situated in a room thanks to a special headphone tech. Apple’s current patent works in the same way but comes with built-in MacBook speakers. You should in fact think of better conference calls whenever you hear about the patent granted to Apple.

As per reports from 9to5Mac, today’s patent is a virtual acoustic system, which makes use of Crosstalk cancelling in order to work perfectly. Thanks to this patent, users are able to feel as if sound is coming from a different place than the loudspeakers. For those who might not have a slight idea, Crosstalk refers to an overlapping sound wave received by ears from the left and right channels of a speaker. This is made possible as a result of the sound being positioned virtually in space. According to Patently Apple, the patent was first filed in 2018.

This new patent comes as good news to many people who are fond of using both headphones and MacBook speakers from Apple. In fact, the patent enhances a feeling of presence whether you are listening to a sports broadcast or any other show of choice. Even though the business use of this patent is clearly evident, it will still have an important role to play when it comes to entertainment. The new technology could also prove beneficial when playing games or watching television shows. For instance, it can make a television show feel more immersive. This means there will come a day when you can watch more television on your Personal Computer. You are therefore set to have a remarkable entertainment experience especially when you want to get a piece of mind.

Infinix Hot 8 Already Receiving XOS 5.5 Update With Game Assistant, Social Turbo and More

Users of Infinix Hot smartphone in India have the company to thank since it is now rolling out a new update that comes with a number of fascinating features and an updated Android security patch. With the latest over-the-air (OTA) update, you are set to benefit from the updated XOS v5.5 custom skin based on Android Pie. This feature boasts of numerous features including Social Turbo, gesture-based feature, Game Assistant to mention a few. To make it even more fascinating, it also adds a feature for WhatsApp video calls and a peek mode for privacy purposes.

Currently, the XOS v5.5 update is rolling out in India for Infinix Hot 8 users. The update brings along a December Android Security patch not forgetting the updated Google Mobile Services (GMS) v201910 package. When it comes to the Social Turbo feature, which the company refers to as WhatsApp Assistant, they have included additional features such as customizable stickers, WhatsApp call and a peek mode.  The peek mode lets users read a message without alerting the sender.

A new flash notification feature will also be included and serves the main responsibility of alerting users by flickering the LED flash whenever they receive a new message. To clean up any media received via WhatsApp from your internal storage, the company has included a “Clean WhatsApp” feature. Things do not stop here as they have added a new “Answer with a Gesture” feature that allows users the chance of answering an incoming call using hand gestures without necessarily having to touch your phone. There is also a new “Smart Screen Lifting” feature that offers quick controls for some tools in a panel. To access this feature, you will have to swipe your smartphone from the side.

We can never conclude without mentioning the “Game Anti-interference” mode that blocks notifications and reminders expect when they are from incoming calls or alarms. All these new features are definitely going to make your experience better when you are using the Infinix Hot 8 smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specifications Leaked

Leaks of the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone have been popping up for the past few weeks. As per the latest leaks, the smartphone is tipped to draw power from the in-house Exynos 9810 SoC, a generation old chipset from Samsung. This chipset was first used in the Galaxy S9 duo. To make it even better, the phone is said to come fully equipped with a triple rear camera setup and will be available for sale as from January 10 next year in Europe.

According to leaks from Win Future, Galaxy Note 10 Lite will feature a flat 6.7-inch full-HD+ HDR AMOLED Display with a hole-punch, pixel density of 398, ppi and a blue-light filter. To guarantee satisfaction, the phone is said to run on Android 10 with the One UI 2.0 skin on top. If this is not enough, the in-house SoC will be paired with 6GB or RAM and 128GB of UFS storage.  What is even more fascinating is the fact that you can expand this storage space via a microSD card (up to 512GB).

Photo and video lovers have a reason to put a smile on their face with the smartphone expected to pack a triple rear camera setup that will include a 12-megapixel main camera with an f/1/7 aperture and dual pixel autofocus. This is assisted by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter with an f/2.2 lens and a 12-megapixel selfie camera not forgetting the 12 megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom support. On the front of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 sits a 32-megapixel 32-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 lens. Unfortunately, there are no reports on whether the smartphone will come with an OIS onboard.

Since it is a Galaxy Note-series phone, you should expect an S-Pen with 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels, latency of lens less than 70m/s and a translation feature. As for the battery, the recent leaks seem to show a 4,500mAh battery with support for the proprietary 25W Samsung Fast Charging Technology. However, it will not have a wireless charging support. The smartphone will be reportedly priced at Euro 609, which is roughly Rs.48, 000.

Xiaomi Smart Display to Come with Three Passive Diaphragms

Xiaomi is on the verge of launching a new smart display in the pipeline that would compete with the likes of Amazon Echo Show 8 and Google Next Hub. If the recent leaks are anything to go by, the smart display will debut as the Xiaomi Smart Display Speaker Pro 8 or XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8. Images released by the online leak suggest Xiaomi will make use of the same aesthetics and design language used by Google in building Next Hub smart displays. Therefore, you should not be surprised if the display comes with a white color option and a touchscreen panel at the front.

According to the recent online leaks, Xiaomi’s new smart display tends to boast of a display panel with thick bezels not forgetting the camera sensor for video calls. Furthermore, it has a speaker at the back that seems to have a mesh-like covering. The leaks posted on China’s tech news portal ITHome also show the smart display comes with three passive diaphragms and is powered by Hi-Fi audio chip. To make it even better, Xiaomi smart display would also provide DTS audio tuning for an improved audio experience.

Even though Xiaomi is yet to turn down or confirm the leaks, a 3C certification showing the development of XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 has already surfaced.  The company allegedly received certification in November thus acting as proof of its imminent launch. Xiaomi Smart Display is expected to carry a price tag of CNY 599, which is roughly Rs.6, 100. This is quite fascinating when compared to the price of other smart displays in the market.

Unfortunately, details regarding the official launch date and availability are yet to be announced by the company. Keep in mind that Xiaomi makes use of its XiaoAI brand in offering smart assistance to Chinese users. Well, this is no different from how Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa serve global audiences.  For now, we only have to wait for the official confirmation from Xiaomi regarding the new smart display that is set to hit the market soon.

Microsoft to Release Their Next Generation Xbox Series X In 2020

If you are a video game enthusiast, then you will definitely fall in love with Microsoft’s next generation Xbox going by the name Xbox Series X. Microsoft revealed the name and design of their next product on stage at the Game Awards on the 12th of December. Looking at the console, you will notice it looks more like a Personal Computer witnessed in previous Xbox consoles. To enhance the experience of gamers, the console is designed to be used in both horizontal and vertical orientations and is expected to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X.

The Xbox Series X boasts of a custom-designed CPU based on Radeon RDNA and AMD’s Zen 2 architecture. To make it even more fascinating, Microsoft is relying on an NVMe SSD TO boost the loading time. If this is not enough, Xbox Series X will support frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, 8k gaming, variable fresh rate support and ray tracing. When revealing the name and design, Microsoft made use of the Xbox Series X in showcasing Hellblade 2, a new game from Ninja Theory developed for its new Xbox console.

Despite revealing the design, Microsoft is not ready to share everything regarding the specs. However, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, has dropped some hints when speaking to Gamespot. During the interview, Spencer said the Xbox Series X could be capable of 12 teraflops of GPU performance. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will come with an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). This makes Xbox Series X one of the most responsive console ever.  Spenser said the series would combine both hardware and software to “make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere.”

Recent reports seem to show Microsoft is planning two new consoles for Xbox Series X with the second being a lower priced and less powerful console. For now we only have to wait and whether Microsoft Xbox Series X will be worth spending your money on.

Samsung the Wall TV Hits the Indian Market

South Korean technology giants Samsung has introduced its modular MicroLED display “The Wall” in the Indian market. This comes as good news to people who love watching their favorite movies or sporting events onbig screens. “The Wall” TV that is available in varying sizes of 146 inches, 219 inches and 292 inches is going to cost you around Rs. 3.5 Crores to Rs. 12 Crores. Well, this is quite remarkable if we are to go with the numerous benefits that are destined to come your way after making a purchase.

To offer the best screen watching experience, The Wall tends to optimize the quality of pictures scene-by-scene regardless of the original source resolution. To achieve this successfully, the company behind it has included a Quantum Processor Flex enabled with AI picture quality engine. For those who might not know, Quantum Processor Flex is a machine learning-based picture quality engine aimed at analyzing millions of data. Through this action, it will prove quite easy for the screen to automatically calibrate the original low-resolutionimage as per the display.

Thanks to the numerous features included in The Wall, owners can experience never seen before picture quality in the comfort of their homes. Actually, the screen boasts of a depth less than 30mmmaking it slimmer than most televisions in the market. The bezel-less infinity together with its slim design means the display will blend seamlessly into its surroundings. The Wall’s display comes in different ratios including the 146-inch in 4K definition, 219-inch in 6K definition and the 292-inch in 4K definition. If this is not enough, The Wall is available in a professional version that is geared towards high-end retail spaces and businesses called The Wall Pro.

To experience what The Wall has to offer, you will have to purchase one for yourself. Luckily, this is something you are never going to worry about since it has already been made available to the Indian market. However, you should be ready to visit the Samsung Executive Briefing Centre in Gurugram to purchase The Wall Luxury that is meant for gaming and home cinema.