Over the holiday season, hundreds of thousands of Xbox Ones and gaming PCs will be sold to consumers. The Xbox One comes bundled with a solid, but basic mono-piece headset for Xbox Live party chat and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of headsets available for use on PC. However, any serious gamer should consider buying a dedicated gaming-focussed headset if you play more than a few times a week - particularly if you're multiplayer inclined.
As Black Friday 2015 continues worldwide, there's a special deal on a budget-conscious Windows 8.1 tablet for UK residents that might be worth checking out. Laptop Outlet, which runs a store on eBay, is currently selling the Linx 7 tablet for £39.99, a £20 price reduction from its usual cost.
Battery Saver extends the battery life of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL by limiting background activity and push notifications. It is off by default, but you can set it up so that your phone automatically turns on battery saver when the battery falls below a certain percentage. We'll show you how to do it.
Over the last few Insider builds of Windows 10 Mobile, many users with higher spec'd phones saw the return of Hey Cortana – the hands-free, voice-activated personal assistant. However, for many users, including on our Lumia 1520 we had the feature but could not get it to recognize our voice during training.
We now have a fix in place the returns the full Hey Cortana feature to build 10586 of Windows 10 Mobile. Remember, only phones with a Snapdragon 800 and higher processor can use the feature as it is hardware dependent.
Here is how to fix Hey Cortana if the training does not recognize your voice. The solution takes no more than a few minutes.
Fix Hey Cortana on Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930
Go into Settings > Time & language > Language
Use the + Add Languages function to add English (United Kingdom). Hit the checkmark at the bottom and yes to the download prompt.
On the main Languages page long press on English (United States) and choose Remove. Now, select the Restart phone button and let the phone reboot
Update: The campaign is in its final hours, and a few new stretch goals have been added. The company is now offering a few new color options, along with a small battery pack to keep it powered to travel for an instant boot, USB3.1 Charger, Short HDMI extender cable as well as a LAN adapter. If you want to back the project, or find out some additional details, hit the link below.
Original: MagicStick is a Windows 10 PC stick that is currently on Indiegogo as a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign has well surpassed its goal, and likely for good reason. So, what is the MagicStick you ask? Well, it's a full Windows 10 machine, on a portable HDMI drive.
If you've been waiting for some savings on the Xbox One, you won't want to miss these limited time offers. Whether you are interested in just snagging the gaming console by itself, or you want a couple of games to get yourself started, you won't want to miss out on these offerings. With packages starting at just $299, these are some of the lowest prices we've seen on the popular gaming console.
Black Friday has arrived, but in case you don't have a lot of money to spend, Microsoft has the perfect way to enjoy the weekend if you are a Windows 10 user. The Windows Store has a bunch of apps, games, music and movie rentals that can be purchased for just 10 cents each from now until Sunday, November 29.
We have covered a wide assortment of Windows Phone accessories from Mpow over the years from back-up batteries to wireless headphones. The Swallow Bluetooth Sports Headphones is one of the company's sleekest offering in wireless headphones and one of their more popular offerings.
The headphones offer high-quality sound with apt-X Technology for full, high-definition sound, noise cancellation technology and Bluetooth 4.1 support. You also get the basic hands-free calling features.
After using the Swallow headphones for the past few days, they come across as a solid wireless option for our Windows Phones.
Available from December 1 on the Irish network, Meteor's official website details free goodies that will be bundled with Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Mobile-powered smartphone, the Lumia 950. The company will bundle a wireless speaker and charger for free with the handset.
Black Friday is upon us and once again the UK is taking part with the Xbox One seeing some substantial discounts this year. The headline deal is a 500GB console in a few different bundles for just £229, a fantastic saving over the regular retail price.
They probably won't be hanging around for long but if you're looking to pick one up right now, the links below will point you in the right direction.
Ubisoft has finally started its open beta for Rainbox Six: Siege on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The open beta for the upcoming tactical shooter was to have started on Wednesday, but was postponed due to online matchmaking issues that were discovered just before it was set to begin.
One of the few downsides of getting a new Windows Phone is having to migrate all the apps, games and settings of your old phone to your new. Many will be picking up the new Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL and the process has gotten a lot easier than it used to be.
The process is no longer as cumbersome as it used to be with everything having to be manually reinstalled and set-up. With the Windows Phone Back-up feature, you can create a backup file for all your games, apps, email accounts, settings and text messages that can easily be restored or migrated to your new Windows Phone.
I was a typical rough and tumble boy during the 70's and 80's. I grew up in a world where children spent a lot of time playing games outside.
I loved climbing trees, wrestling, playing kickball, baseball, chase and an assortment of other games. I, however, did not like football. Nor was I particularly good at it. So when the neighborhood kids reached a consensus that football was the game for the day, I used what influence I had to try to change the game. Sometimes I presume it worked. And when it did I was usually successful in the game that better fit my particular strengths.
This months' AdDuplex report is coming out on November 27, but we have an early look at some of the figures. The report only focuses on changes within the Windows Phone ecosystem and does not contain data for Android and iOS. As such, it is a nice barometer of inter Windows Phone adoption and usage.
Although there have not been too many phones released in the last few months, there are some subtle shifts. Interestingly, the phone stats for Turkey are also being reported for the first time.
Windows 10 launched less than four months ago, but there's more evidence that the new OS from Microsoft continues to grow its install base on PCs at a solid rate. The latest data comes from a group of 3,800 websites run by the US government, which shows that currently, an average of 12.4 percent of its visitors on Windows-based are using Windows 10.
Japan's Yamada Denki is jumping into the Windows 10 Mobile market with the release of the Every Phone. The company has announced that it will begin selling the phone in that country on Saturday, November 28 for the price of JPY 39,800, or about $320.
Update: We have also received tips the Motion Data menu in Windows 10 Mobile has been updated with the new UI design.
Original story: It may be Thanksgiving Day in the US, but Microsoft seems to be working 24/7 on Windows 10 Mobile. The company has pushed out an update for the US that offers a refreshed Glance menu screen.
As the screenshots above show, the Glance menu options now have the more modern looking sliders that have been added to other parts of Windows 10 Mobile. such as the Touch screen menus that were updated earlier this week.
Thanks to Bryce for the screeenshots and everyone else for the tips!
If you're in the UK and you've got a hankering for one of those super hot looking Mozo leather backs for your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, online retailer Clove might be able to help. If you head to the Mozo store right now you're looking at a 3-4 week wait in most cases but Clove is currently indicating first stocks arriving from November 30.
Thanksgiving Day will give Windows 10 PC users a chance to live stream a big NFL football game. Official NFL on Windows app will host for free, the CBS broadcast of the game between the Carolina Panthers against the Dallas Cowboys, starting at 4:30 pm ET. The stream is available just for US residents.