Rockstar has announced the company has added a new adversary mode to GTA Online. Titled "Running Back", this new mode will allow players to split into two teas of either four or eight where a designated runner needs to get across the far end zone line with the help of their team mates who are on the offensive.
Puzzle games are great ways to pass the time and pMyn Games hopes their latest Windows Phone release will catch your eye. Block Slider Star is a Tetris-style matching game where you have a collection of blocks you have to slide and sort into solid rows. When you do, the blocks disappear and you earn a few points.
Block Slider Star has three gaming modes that includes a 140 level adventure. Block Slider Star is one of those Windows Phone games that is easy to pick up but difficult to master. You will have to measure your move carefully to avoid filling the screen too quickly with blocks. If you do, the game is over. In playing Block Slider Star over the past couple of days, it comes across as a fun way to pass the time.
If you've yet to own the original Microsoft Band, or the one you already have needs replacing, the company is lending a hand by slashing the price to just £49.99 in the UK. What's more is Microsoft will also throw in an additional charging cable for free.
This week's Deals with Gold promotion includes discounts on Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Metal Gears Solid V: The Phantom Pain, WWE 2K16 and more for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. If you're interested in more deals, check out the Xbox Store digital Black Friday sale, which has over 150 titles available at discounted prices.
In a press event at Beijing, Xiaomi launched its new smartphone and smart home products, and sneaked a Windows 10 tablet as well. Dubbed the Mi Pad 2, the tablet is the successor to the Android-only Mi Pad. While the first-gen model ran Nvidia's Tegra K1, this year's offering is powered by an Intel processor, and is available running Android or with Windows 10 out of the box.
The Mi Pad 2 features an all-metal construction, and is powered the 64-bit Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor. It has a 7.9-inch IPS display, 8-megapixel rear camera, and is equipped with a large 6,190mAh battery which supports 5V/2A fast charging via USB Type-C port.
Windows 10 Mobile, like its predecessor, sits somewhere between iOS and Android regarding customization. You cannot just hack and move around everything, but you do have a lot more choice than an iPhone.
One feature that arrived with Windows 10 Mobile is the ability to have more columns on the Start screen. On phones with smaller displays, users can have one wide tile and one medium tile adjacent (or just three medium tiles). On a phone like the Lumia 1520, however, you can have two wide tiles side by side (or four medium tiles).
By default, the Lumia 950 opts for the three-column layout. Personally, I think it is a good choice as it keeps the Live Tiles at just the right size for most users. In Windows 10 Mobile users can also toggle a switch to 'Show more tiles' that adds in a fourth row. Interestingly, this does nothing on the Lumia 950 by default. The reason has to do with text size and is easy to work around.
Without further ado, here is how to enable four column support on the Lumia 950.
Microsoft's decision earlier this year to lay off 7,800 more employees, mostly from its phone division, greatly impacted the number of women that are employed by the company. In the annual update to Microsoft's employee diversity and inclusion among its workforce, stated the percentage of women in its workforce went down from 29 percent in September 30, 2015 to 26.8 percent in September 30, 2015.
Last week, we kicked off our latest Windows Central Photo Contest, this time themed around nature!
The topic proved popular, generating dozens of awesome entries and thousands of views. In fact, there were so many good entries, we've decided to give out three prizes instead of one.
One feature that many users have been asking for on Windows Phone is the ability to record phone calls. While there are legal issues varying from state to state the real reason has always been a technical one. Both the OS and hardware need to be able to support recording a two-way conversation as there need to be API accessible microphones and the ability to intercept the audio coming out the ear piece.
Windows 10 Mobile brings this feature natively to the OS although not all phones can do it. Whether that is because of firmware or hardware, it is not yet known. What is known is that the new Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL can both have this feature enabled. However, it is important to note that it is not configured by default, so you need to do that before anything else.
Here is how to get it working. Just follow our written tutorial or watch our video hands-on.
When we received our review unit for the Lumia 950, it came in a special packaging that isn't the same as the retail box that customers get. Check out our quick and simple unboxing video in case you were wondering what's included with the Lumia 950 when you actually go out and buy one.
Fitbit has announced three new features that will be rolling out to make tracking exercises easier. One of these new capabilities, which lets you track and set weekly goals, is for all Fitbit owners, while the other two are aimed at the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge.
While Microsoft launched its new Edge browser with Windows 10 earlier this year, there are still a lot of PC users, especially in business and enterprise settings, that are using Windows 7 and the older Internet Explorer browsers. Microsoft is adding more Enterprise Mode features in Internet Explorer 11 to prepare businesses for the end of support and update for all the other versions of IE after Jan. 12, 2016 in Windows 7.
Windows 10 Mobile users will see a new update for the OS that has a small but interesting change. The Touch menu settings for the OS have now been revamped so that they look like the new user interface for the OS, rather than the old UI used in Windows Phone 8.1
The next billion. We've heard a lot about them. Particularly regarding Microsoft's and Google's attempts to reach developing markets with low-cost smartphones.
It was a race to the bottom as Google's Android One strategy and Microsoft's low-end Lumias vied for mobile market share.
Microsoft's faithful fans watched Redmond claim and desperately grasp the 3% share they held by way of this low-end approach. A strategy that necessitated a nearly two-year absence from the high-end space.
While the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are getting most of Windows Phone press lately, you might want to think about getting a cheaper phone that can be updated to Windows 10 Mobile. The Microsoft Store site in the US currently has a deal one of those phones, the AT&T no-contract version of the Lumia 640.
A SHAREit version for Windows Phone has been around for a while, letting people transfer files to other devices via Wi-Fi. Now the SHAREit team has released an all new 'official' Windows Phone app, and have relabeled the old version as 'unofficial'.
SanDisk is currently hosting a sale on Amazon which drops the pricing of a few of its solid-state drives big time. Right now you can grab a 120GB SSD for just $40, or double the storage to 240GB for just $20 more. Normally, the 240GB drive retails at around $115, with some deals dropping it to around $80. This is the lowest price we've seen on the drive which has some pretty great reviews.
FABric Animals starring Emily is an enjoyable endless runner game in the Windows Phone that is designed for our younger gamers, but I suspect that kids of all ages (and that means some of you adults) will find it to be a fun game too. The core game is an endless runner style game where you guide the game's main character, Emily, through a series of platform challenges.
FABric Animals also has a few mini-games to help pass the time such as a coloring book where you can customize fabric animals. Graphics are well drawn up and game play not overly difficult to frustrate a young gamer, but challenging enough not to be too easy.
In playing FABric Animals over the past few days, it comes across as a nice option to have tucked away in your Windows Phone game library and should appeal to a wide range of age groups.
Your main menu for FABric Animals starring Emily has a host of options that includes access to the mini-games, access to the game's gallery, access to the main gaming mode, access to your high scores and access to the game's store.
First stop is the mini-games. You begin the game with access to the first mini-game, which is a coloring book full of fabric animals. As you play the main game and collect new fabric animals, the additional four mini-games become unlocked. You can view the fabric animals you collect in the gallery.