The Sennheiser PXC 550 can keep your ears closed off to the rest of the world. A must-have for those of you with long holiday travels and long holidays with family. They’re good-looking and long-lasting, just like everything you’d want in a … pair of noise-reducing headphones. With the added luxury of a touch-sensitive panel to help control what you’re listening to, you’ll really drive your … headphones wild.
MrMobile, in his infinite wisdom, will help you decide if these cans are what your ears have been looking (listening?) for, or if you’re better off with the Bose QC35. Take Michael Fisher’s advice, and you’ll be ready for all that December has to offer.
NPD Group analyses and tracks console sales in the US month by month, and while it was widely reported Sony’s PlayStation 4 won November, hard sales figures have been difficult to lock down. Until now!
Our trusted source informed us that Microsoft shifted 1 million Xbox One units during November, which enjoyed some steep Black Friday discounts. Sony launched the beefed up PS4 Pro during this month, yet the PlayStation family only managed to outpace the Xbox One by 100,000 units at 1.1 million. Additionally, PlayStation VR which now competes with Windows-based VR solutions managed to sell roughly 68,000 units in the same month.
The fact Xbox is still pacing closely to PlayStation despite the launch of the more powerful PS4 Pro is quite impressive. The Xbox One S enjoyed various new bundles to entice consumers, and it looks as though Microsoft did well to head off competition from PlayStation. The interest in the incrementally more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro also bodes well for Microsoft’s next Xbox — Project Scorpio — which will land in 2017 with a significant raw power advantage.
Soon, Microsoft and Sony will compete head to head in the VR space as well, following the reveal of the minimum specs required for new Windows 10-based VR solutions coming in 2017. It’s unknown how VR will manifest on Project Scorpio, which is touted to provide “high-fidelity” VR experiences, but we’ll no doubt learn more at E3 2017 next summer.
Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are looking forward to a stellar holiday season either way, and it will be interesting to see whether Xbox One can pull ahead again in December.
What do Facebook, email, and your online banking information all have in common? They are all secured behind a log in username and password. Assuming you use a different password for each service, that end’s up being a lot of passwords to memorize, and chances are you will forget at least one of them at some point.
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Military inspired, the outer polycarbonate layer features a rugged grenade molded design for your Lumia 550, delivering a surplus of protection. The inner layer combines a glossy and matte TPU for an eye-catching effect. Together the layers provide a durable, shock absorbing design withstanding even the worst drops and bumps. Collapsible stand lets you watch video or video chat at just the right angle. Fighting for phone protection, the Warrior case combines dual layers and a media stand for unparalleled power!
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Windows 10 Mobile has been a mixed bag of development when it comes to app support. While Windows 10 Mobile inherited the downward trend of failing app support, the newest iteration of Microsoft’s mobile operating system is leveraging the foundation of its more developer inviting bigger brother Windows 10, to varying degrees of success to entice mobile app support.
Some bigger name app developers have taken the bait and created Universal Windows Platform apps that span both PCs and Mobile devices and adding to the list of interested developers is FL Studio.
Formerly Fruity Loops, FL Studio has offered a modern PC version of its app in the Windows Store beginning with Windows 8 development. Admittedly, the new FL Studio app for Windows PCs has seen few updates and feature additions since its arrival in the Windows Store, but the developers newest project may circumvent the stagnation.
Thanks to a tip from WinBeta reader Amir, we now know FL Studio is offering a new app titled FL Studio Mobile in the Windows Store that is promising a better full-featured experience for Windows users.
According to the app features list:
- Fully functional music production Application. Record edit and sequence music.
- For those of us still wielding Windows 10 Mobile powered phones, the addition of FL Studio Mobile could be a godsend, especially for the quick track edit, impromptu podcast, or cleaning up the occasionally recorded class lecture.
A note to those interested, the app is listed at a surprising $14.99 for download with a tag about in-app purchases. While $14.99 for a quality app should not be surprising, the fact that the older Windows 8 PC version of the app remains free for download makes the listed price of FL Studio Mobile a bit of a head scratcher.
It also appears there is a redeem code option for those who can find a code.
Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile Insider build 14977 this morning, with the ability to read EPUB ebooks in Edge on mobile devices. PCs are left out this time due to a blocking bug, and so all of the improvements and fixes are for Windows phones only.
Here’s the complete list of what’s been fixed and improved in Windows 10 Mobile Insider build 14977:
- We’ve changed the rendering technology used for many types of UWP app content, so please provide feedback through the Feedback Hub if you notice any new visual glitches in UWP apps.
- Alarms sent by 3rd party alarm apps will now break through Cortana’s Quiet Hours – we appreciate all the app developers who logged feedback requesting this, keep it coming!
- We’ve removed the top-level option in Notification Settings to disable alarms on the lock screen – alarm reliability is a top priority for us, and we’ve found this setting was frequently enabled accidentally, without awareness that it would stop alarms from waking the phone when the phone was locked. For those who still wish to enable this setting, it’s will continue to be available under the per-app notification settings.
- Notifications from Settings can now be customized or disabled – option is available under Settings > System > Notifications > Settings
- We have enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a secure experience while browsing your email.
- We fixed an issue where disconnecting and reconnecting a wired headset while watching a video might result the audio no longer working.
- We fixed an issue Insiders may have experienced where certain music apps would unexpectedly stop playing music after a single song.
- We fixed an issue where closing a tab in Microsoft Edge, exiting the app, and then relaunching it would sometimes result in Edge opening to a blank page with the closed tab’s web address in the URL bar.
- We fixed an issue where the Start Settings page wasn’t rendering when opened on external screen while using Continuum.
- We’ve made a number of translation improvements, including, for French (France and Canada) speakers, fixing a grammatical error in the “Don’t Forget!” text seen when shutting down the phone so it now says “N’oubliez pas”, and for Chinese speakers, fixing an issue where the option to clear the Chinese Input Method Editor’s input history was displaying in English rather than Chinese. If you see any other translations that aren’t as you’d expect, please log feedback – we’re listening!
- We fixed an issue where, if the setting to show notifications above lock had been turned off, booting the device and immediately checking the Action Center while the phone was locked could result in the Action Center not displaying any notifications after the phone had been unlocked.
- We fixed an issue Insiders may have experienced where the Camera app might not appear after using the hardware camera button while the screen was off or while on the Glance screen.
- We fixed an issue where Bangla (Bangladesh) keyboard text prediction might stop working after entering character followed by a vowel mark.
That’s not a terribly short list of fixes and improvements, and so if you’re using a Windows 10 Mobile device on the Insiders Fast Ring, then go hit that update button. Let us know in the comments if you run across anything else that’s been fixed or improved.
Today, Microsoft Photos got an update, adding a Share option providing Sway support among other new features and bug fixes. Now, you can upload any photos from your albums to Sway from the Share menu.
Here’s a look at the full changelog for Microsoft Photos:
- Check out updated app animations and transitions
- Add slow-motion effect to videos captured by any device
- Upload albums to Sway from the Share menu
- Improved performance for images stored on a network
- Bug fixes
The Microsoft Photos update is available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Update the Microsoft Photos app now.
Head of the Windows 10 Insider program Dona Sarkar has pushed her big red build release button today, granting eager testers a chance to play around with a new version of Windows 10. Windows 10 preview 14965 is currently rolling out to Insidersand here is a long list of new items for all to play with:
What’s new in Build 14965
Controlling external monitors from tablets just got easier (PC): You can now drive content on a second display from your tablet without ever having to attach a mouse. The virtual touchpad lets you do more with a tablet and a second screen – just connect to another monitor, PC, or TV, go to Action Center and tap on the “Project” Quick Action to extend your screen. Use it just like you would a physical touchpad to control content on the connected screen. To enable it, press and hold on the taskbar and
select “Show touchpad button”. A touchpad icon will now appear in the notification area (just like Windows Ink Workspace does), and tapping on it will bring it up the virtual touchpad.
You’ve seen the work we’ve been doing for precision touchpad customization with the last few builds, and the virtual touchpad is no exception. While the virtual touchpad is open, go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad and you’ll be able to tweak the touchpad settings to your preferences.
Sticky Notes update (PC): Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will receive will receive Sticky Notes app update to version 220.127.116.11 today and we’re very excited to share what it includes!
- We’ve expanded our support for Insights to many more languages and regions, with even more to come in further updates, stay tuned! Specifically, with this version:
- We’ve added flight detection for Germany (Germany), in more English locales (Canada, Great Britain, India, Arabia), Spanish (Spain & Mexico), French (France, Canada), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), and Portuguese (Brazil).
- We’ve added email & URL recognition for every locale (except Chinese (simplified or traditional), Korean, or Japanese, which we’re still working on).
- We’ve added phone number recognition to all English, German, Spanish, French and Italian locales.
- We’ve added address recognition support for English (Great Britain) and Spanish (United States).
- We’ve added time recognition (prompting to create a Cortana reminder) to English (Great Britain), English (Australia) and English (India).
- We’ve added stock recognition (for example, $MSFT) to English (Australia), English (Canada), English (India), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), French (France), French (Canada), Japanese (Japan) and Portuguese (Brazil).
- If Insights in Sticky Notes isn’t turned on automatically for you, tap “…” > Settings gear > “Enable insights”. Note: The language and region used to detect Insights in Sticky Notes is based off of the active keyboard. We’re currently investigating some issues where Insights may not show up as expected if you switch keyboards while typing in Sticky Notes.
- We’ve fixed some issues with Undo and Redo (CTRL + Z/CTRL + Y) while typing, so they’ll now do so more reliably.
- We’ve improved the performance of text input while typing.
- It’s now easier than ever to get the latest Sticky Notes app updates. When our next update is available, we’ll show an in-app prompt so all you have to do is click ‘Update’.
- We’ve also done a whole lot of UI/UX polishing and performance improvements that we hope you enjoy.
We’re been making a bunch of improvements based on your feedback, and have more to come, so let us know what you’d like to see next! In recent versions of Sticky Notes, we’ve added support for many of your favorite keyboard shortcuts, including CTRL + B (bold), CTRL + I (italic), CTRL + N (new note) and CTRL + D (delete note), added a new context menu for easy copy/paste, reduced the minimum note size for typists, as well as generally improved our reliability and performance.
Windows Ink Workspace Improvements (PC): This build includes a number of improvements to the Windows Ink Workspace.
- We increased the number of Recently Used apps shown in the Windows Ink Workspace to 6, and added a link to quickly access your pen settings.
- We’ve improved the performance of loading Sketchpad when there’s a lot of ink present on the sketch.
- We’ve updated the new protractor, so that you can use the scroll-wheel on your mouse to shrink/expand it (depending on the direction of the scrolling).
- We fixed an issue where, when using Sticky Notes in the Windows Ink Workspace, the background would ding when tapped.
- We fixed an issue where inking and resizing the protractor at the same time would result in Sketchpad crashing.
- We’ve updated the “Pen & Windows Ink” Settings for pen users to now include a link to the handwriting training tool – simply click on “Get to know my handwriting” to launch it. We’ve also improved how we learn from your handwriting samples – try it out and let us know what you think!
Enhancing the Address Bar in Registry Editor (PC): We were really excited to hear how excited you were about the new address bar in Registry Editor, and based on your feedback, we’ve already incorporated two new features:
- You can now use CTRL + L to set focus to the address bar – while we already supported ALT + D, we recognize that some people prefer this keyboard shortcut instead, so now you have the option to use either one
- You can now use shorthand notation for HKEY names – you told us that when sharing registry paths you always use shorthand notation (HKCU) instead of typing out the full HKEY name (i.e. HKEY_CURRENT_USER), so we should support them in the address bar, and you know what? We agree! You can now just use “HKCR”, “HKCU”, “HKLM”, and “HKU” instead of typing or pasting the respective full name “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT”, “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”, or “HKEY_USERS” into the address bar.
Improving Your Hyper-V VM experience (PC): Following the new VM scaling options mentioned in last week’s build, we’ve fixed an issue where depending on the zoom level selected, the VM window might not be created large enough to avoid scrollbars, despite there being enough space for it. We also updated the logic so that when you pick a particular zoom level, that zoom level preference will be preserved for the next VM connection. Along the way, we fixed an issue where the title bar of a maximized VM window would be occluded when taskbar had been set to on top.
While it may not be many of the cool new features shown during the Creators Update reveal a few weeks ago, the Windows team looks to be delivering a solid release offering with this build.
The Windows 10 app, Torrent Platinum, is being given away for free for the next 24 hours in the Windows Store. The app works as a torrent client and functions on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Here’s the official app description:
Choose Torrent Platinum and download files comfortably! Torrent Platinum is a new easy to use and having a friendly interface the torrent client that will help you quickly and easily download different files (movies, music, TV shows, books and much more).
Torrent Platinum is: High speed download files; Modern design; Simple and intuitive interface.
You finally found the most convenient way to download content to your device! It now remains to click “Install” Torrent Platinum and enjoy!
As most of the world knows by now, Republican nominee Donald Trump won the Presidential Elections of 2016 this morning against Democratic Hillary Clinton. The sudden sweep of red states was an unexpected game changer in the election and almost everybody missed the mark, even Bing.
Bing Predicts is known for calculating the outcomes of popular global events such as sports championships, entertainment awards, and legislative elections. In this particular case, Bing saw fit to grant Clinton the win with a comfortable margin. We even saw Bing Predicts give as high as 90% probability in the lady’s favor. But as the night went on, it dwindled to leave Trump with the majority of electoral votes and the presidency on the horizon.
WinBeta reached out to Microsoft for an answer to exactly how Bing was so far off the outcome. A spokesperson replied:
“Bing Predicts uses several sources including search, web, social data, third-parties and more to inform predictions. True to the nature of all predictions, we can never guarantee 100% accuracy.”
Bing wasn’t the only prediction to guess wrongly. In fact, most major news and analysist predictions were shocked to see just how wrong they were when the results came in from yesterday’s polls.
What does this mean for Bing Predicts? Probably nothing. Simply put, the system can only calculate with data that it is given like we explained here. After all, computers are only as intelligent as mankind creates them to be.