Microsoft http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/all en-GB Microsoft Band fitness wearable officially revealed, available now in US for $199 http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Device continuously measures your vitals and ties into new Health platform </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Band" alt="Microsoft Band" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-band-official.png?1414653362" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We figured official word was imminent after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news">odd series of overnight leaks</a>, and sure enough, here it is: the Microsoft Band is very much real, and it&rsquo;s even available now in the United States.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1.4in (320x106) touch display does much more than that, however, using the link to your smartphone to display email, call, text, and calendar, and social media notifications, plus you can access weather, finance, and other information.</p> <p>And while it&rsquo;ll play nice with Android and iOS, Windows Phone 8.1 users do get a special perk: the use of voice assistant Cortana, which lets you set reminders and take notes by speaking into the band. Everyone benefits from what&rsquo;s pegged as a 48-hour battery, however.</p> <p>All of the data collected from the Band&rsquo;s 10 sensors feeds into the new Microsoft Health platform, which has an Intelligence Engine that can learn from your workouts, sleep routines, and daily obligations and provide potentially actionable data. If a meeting-filled day regularly affects your slumber, you&#39;ll hear about it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CEvjulEJH9w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Additionally, The Verge says that Microsoft plans to allow Android Wear watches, as well as iOS and Android phones, to feed their own fitness-tracking data into the Health platform, plus the company intends to license out the proprietary sensors so other companies can make their own compatible fitness bands.</p> <p>No word yet on a wider launch for the Microsoft Band, but if the wearable catches on in the States in its initially limited debut, a worldwide rollout should come before long.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/29/introducing-microsoft-health/">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7118533/microsoft-health-band-hub-for-fitness-data">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news">Microsoft Band leaked via the Mac App Store and Google Play, of all places</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Band and Health" alt="Microsoft Band and Health" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-band-health-app.png?1414653362" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news#comments Android Health and fitness iOS Microsoft Wearable tech Windows Phone Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:11:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451781 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Band wearable leaked via the Mac App Store and Google Play, of all places http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long-rumoured fitness device is shown and detailed via prematurely released apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Band Sync app" alt="Microsoft Band Sync app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-band-leak.jpg?1414636071" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that Microsoft has a fitness-centric wearable coming out soon? You might if you <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news">follow our coverage closely</a>, or perhaps if you browsed the Mac App Store or Google Play in recent hours.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Through the Microsoft Health app, we seemingly have some confirmation of the Band&rsquo;s ability to track your heart rate continuously throughout the day, as well as track steps taken, calories burned, routes run, and hours slept.</p> <p>Last we heard, the device is expected to have a two-day battery to deal with all of that, and as evidenced by the various apps, it&rsquo;s expected to sync with Windows Phone, Android, and iOS devices alike.</p> <p>Bit of a strange rollout here, no? With all of this info suddenly appearing, don&rsquo;t be surprised if we get official word about the Microsoft Band&rsquo;s launch within hours.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7129695/microsoft-band-wearable-fitness-band-leak">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news">Microsoft smartwatch will be available &ldquo;within weeks&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="711" title="Microsoft Health" alt="Microsoft Health" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-band-leaked-app.jpg?1414636071" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news#comments Health and fitness Microsoft Wearable tech Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:23:34 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451761 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Legendary Star Wars games being re-released, Office 365 users get unlimited OneDrive storage, and Elon Musk sees A.I. as a threat http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on all of the hot tech news tidbits you need to be properly informed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Star Wars: X-Wing" alt="Star Wars: X-Wing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/x-wing-1993.jpg?1414495006" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Classic LucasArts games being reissued </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two of the most beloved <em>Star Wars</em> video games of all time are set to be re-released today, as 1993&rsquo;s <em>Star Wars: X-Wing</em> and 1994 follow-up <em>Star Wars: Tie Fighter</em> for PC are expected to relaunch on GOG.com and be compatible with current-day computers.</p> <p>Word of the impending launches leaked early through the site&rsquo;s forums yesterday, and while those are the most notable launches in the bunch, other top LucasArts classics will also be added to the service, such as <em>Sam &amp; Max Hit the Road</em>, <em>Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis</em>, <em>The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition</em>, and <em>Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic</em>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gog.com/forum/general/tomorrows_lucasart_releases_confimed_so_far/page1">GOG.com</a> via <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/x-wing-tie-fighter-coming-to-gog-tomorrow/">PC Gamer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-look-new-x-wing-fighter-star-wars-episode-vii/news">First look at the new X-Wing fighter in Star Wars: Episode VII</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OneDrive adds unlimited storage for Office 365 subscribers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The cloud storage space is becoming more and more competitive, with major players either adding storage, dropping prices, or potentially both to be the company you trust with your data. And now Microsoft is the latest to deliver a sweet deal, at least if you&rsquo;re an Office 365 subscriber.</p> <p>If so, you now (or will soon) have access to unlimited data storage with no bump in your membership fees, adding a rather significant perk to the company&rsquo;s subscription productivity suite. Home, Personal, and University customers have unlimited space now, while OneDrive for Business and First Release customers will get it a little later.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blog.onedrive.com/office-365-onedrive-unlimited-storage/">OneDrive Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cloud-drive/apples-icloud-just-got-cheaper/news">Apple&rsquo;s iCloud just got cheaper</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OneDrive for Office 365" alt="OneDrive for Office 365" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onedrive-office365.jpg?1414495006" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Elon Musk is worried about A.I. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tesla Motors and SpaceX head Elon Musk commands attention whenever he speaks, whether he&rsquo;s saying he believes colonizing Mars is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature">essential to the future of the human race</a>, or noting that he almost named Tesla&rsquo;s car line in a way that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/model-s/tesla-motors-model-iii-smaller-cheaper-and-planned-2017/news">would spell out &ldquo;S-E-X.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>So when Musk says he&rsquo;s concerned about artificial intelligence, we&rsquo;re happy to hear him out. In a recent discussion at the AeroAstro Centennial Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), called A.I. &ldquo;our biggest existential threat&rdquo; and claimed that &ldquo;we are summoning the demon&quot; by pursuing advanced artificial intelligence.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to be very careful,&rdquo; said Musk, according to Guardian. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don&rsquo;t do something very foolish.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/27/elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-ai-biggest-existential-threat">Guardian</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature">Stuff meets Elon Musk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="The Terminator" alt="The Terminator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/terminator%20copy.jpg?1414495006" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OK Go’s new video features Honda’s Uni-Cub </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power pop band OK Go has made its name more on its amazingly well-coordinated music videos, which consistently storm social media upon release, than its rather solid music, and the band&rsquo;s latest clip will only further that reputation.</p> <p>As seen above, it stars Honda&rsquo;s Uni-Cub self-balancing unicycle, which <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honda/riding-robo-chair-buttocks-hondas-new-uni-cub-b/feature">we tested out this past summer</a>, and features the band members displaying stunningly synchronized movements in crazy single-shot fashion. And Honda even provided the custom multi-copter camera used to film the whole thing. Weird, you&rsquo;d think there would be Honda logos all over with that kind of support. Whatever the case, it&rsquo;s another amazing result.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/ok-gos-new-video-is-a-spectacular-unicycle-ride-1651200598">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-music-videos-ever/news">10 best music videos ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/u1ZB_rGFyeU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-legendary-star-wars-games-being-re-released-office-365-subscribers-get-unlim#comments Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Music Tesla Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451527 at http://www.stuff.tv Sunset Overdrive http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who knew a mutant uprising could provide such exuberant, rambunctious fun? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sunset-overdrive-reviewopen.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chaos. Flashy, blaring, satisfyingly cheeky chaos is what&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;offers, and it&#39;s delivered in excess in a neon-soaked city wherein pretty much everything can be grinded, vaulted over, or swung upon.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £45.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Movement is so fun </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lots of zany weapons </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great sense of humour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not the most &quot;alive&quot; world </div> <div class="field-item even"> Haphazard campaign </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some lingering bugs </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soak in the Sunset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The bright, open world of Sunset City is ground zero for your antics, which are fueled by the sudden emergence of violent mutants &ndash; all former citizens under the spell of a horrible new energy drink gone awry. You begin the quest as a janitor, cleaning up refuse from the launch party; before long, you&#39;re cleaning up the monsters it created, only now with an array of insane weapons instead of a broom.</p> <p>I&#39;m talking an explosive teddy-bear launcher, a firework-blasting firearm, and a gun that spins out vinyl records at foes, among many others. It hearkens back to Insomniac&#39;s heritage with the wonderful&nbsp;<em>Ratchet &amp; Clank</em>&nbsp;series for Sony, where the talented team created dozens and dozens of truly sublime creature-killers &ndash; some of which seem to have inspired the lineup here.</p> <p>With a generous bit of aim-assist employed, you&#39;ll have no problem clearing even the hulking, gargantuan beasties that emerge across the city, as well as evil drink-maker Fizzco&#39;s robot guards and some aggressive survivors. And you&#39;ll need a little help with the aim, because one of the biggest keys to success is to never, ever stop moving.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/forza-horizon-2/review">Forza Horizon 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_fizzco.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_arsenal.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_train_shocker.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seriously, don&#039;t stop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a weird suggestion for a game with a lot of wonderful guns. Why wouldn&#39;t you take a moment to steady yourself and position your shot before letting loose? Because a flat surface is the most dangerous place to be in Sunset City, and the game demonstrates this at every possible opportunity, burning you with flung acid gunk and other enemy assaults that&#39;ll take you down very quickly.</p> <p>Luckily,&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;makes it very easy for you to be ever in motion, providing a seemingly endless array of rails and wires to grind upon (<em>Tony Hawk</em>-style) or hang below with a hook, along with cars, patio umbrellas, and plants you can leap upon. And doing all of that generates style, which helps in battle. You&#39;ll never have to worry about balance or staying upright, aside from occasionally avoiding attacks and hazards that appear: once you start grinding, you can focus on the bloodshed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset-overdrive-e3-amusement-jpg.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pumped-up parkour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since you can also vault up and over walls with ease, the result is an incredible sensation of movement that proves to be&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&#39;s biggest selling point. It&#39;s simply a joy to whip around the city, bounding over wall after wall until you leap off of a skyscraper &ndash; and then slam down onto an elevated train track, swing around a flagpole, wall-run along another tower, bounce off of an abandoned car, and then continue to glide along the power lines to your next destination.</p> <p>You can more or less traverse the entire length of the city without ever touching the ground, and I highly advise it &ndash; not only to avoid danger, but also to simply enjoy the goofy thrill of it all. That reminds me a lot of Microsoft&#39;s original&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>, which provided an open world and the dexterity to enjoy its vertical space as well, but here it&#39;s much looser and sillier, and that gives&nbsp;<em>Overdrive</em>&nbsp;a nicely distinctive feel.</p> <p>And Insomniac uses that freedom of movement to create huge moments in the campaign &ndash; such as fighting a giant balloon mascot boss up in the clouds above the city, which you&#39;ll accomplish by bouncing between floating jump pads and grinding on a suspended wire. Or when you take down an elevated train by grinding along the rails behind it, occasionally being forced to leap to a nearby skyscraper ledge or suspension wire when the track is blown to bits right in front of you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sunset-Overdrive-forall-Fizzie-NEW-jpg.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tripped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&#39;s campaign has several of those wonderfully over-the-top scenarios, and they&#39;re all a blast, but elsewhere there&#39;s a lot of errand running without a cohesive, clear arc to the story progression. That&#39;s not a huge concern, since the action and movement are all fun throughout, plus most of the jokes &ndash; mocking game design tropes and poking fun at online communities &ndash; land solidly.</p> <p>But characters come and go in the loose narrative and are barely developed, and aside from the requisite array of collectibles and combat trials, the world feels a little empty beyond the very linear 10-12 hour campaign. Moreover, I encountered multiple bugs that forced me to restart checkpoints, along with some visual pop-in issues. Not a huge surprise for an open-world game, but still annoying.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_fargarth.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Co-op calamity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll find a bit of multiplayer fun beyond the campaign, however, thanks to the Chaos Squad mode. Up to eight players can team up to both compete and collaborate in a series of quick-hit missions &ndash; at times, you&#39;ll be grinding and swinging to collect the most icons in the group, or perhaps working together to ward off enemies. Each set culminates in a survival shootout against the monsters as you protect a facility.</p> <p>Chaos Squad&#39;s structure is a bit confusing and not particularly well explained, but once online comrades start swinging and shooting, you&#39;ll surely find it difficult to stand around and ponder its meaning for too long.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_chaos_squad.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sunset Overdrive verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like some mad hybrid of&nbsp;<em>Dead Rising</em>,&nbsp;<em>Crackdown</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Saints Row</em>, Insomniac&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Sunset Overdrive</em>&nbsp;ends up being a zany, joyous ride that&#39;s well worth taking.</p> <p>While not the most robust open-world action game around, and some elements feel superficial in the mix, that&#39;s all very easy to overlook once you start grinding around roller coaster tracks and shredding 10-tonne monsters to bits with glossy vinyl records and explosive stuffed toys. It&#39;s a blast.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/microsoft-xbox-one-5-best-games-2013/feature">The 10 best Microsoft Xbox One games so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sunset Overdrive review" alt="Sunset Overdrive review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sunset_overdrive_review_tnteddy.jpg?1414460612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xbox One exclusive finds the fun in zapping mutants with silly guns while grinding on every possible surface. Surprise!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sunset Overdrive review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:55:51 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451456 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft branding on Lumia phones looks exactly as you'd expect http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-branding-lumia-phones-looks-exactly-youd-expect/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So. It has come to this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-lumia.jpg?1414164620" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spare a moment of silence and pour a drink out for Nokia. Its name has finally been axed from gracing Lumia smartphones.</p> <p>Instead, Microsoft will replace it with, well, &#39;Microsoft&#39;, ushering in a new era of Microsoft Lumia phones. Have we said Microsoft enough yet? Microsoft. There.</p> <p>It&#39;s unclear when the new Nokia-less phones will land, but the name itself isn&#39;t completely dead.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-branding-lumia-phones-looks-exactly-youd-expect/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-branding-lumia-phones-looks-exactly-youd-expect/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:26:09 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1451281 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Confirming prior reports, it appears we’ll be seeing “Microsoft Lumia” quite soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 930" alt="Nokia Lumia 930" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-930.jpg?1413946897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s acquisition of Nokia&rsquo;s mobile division caused some confusion in branding, since the rest of the iconic Finnish company remained intact. But it doesn&rsquo;t sound like that&rsquo;ll be a problem for much longer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:29:22 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451012 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft smartwatch will be available “within weeks” http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims it’ll be a cross-platform device with two-day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bill Gates, Mischa Barton, some bloke and Microsoft&#039;s ill-fated SPOT Smart Watch" alt="Bill Gates, Mischa Barton, some bloke and Microsoft&#039;s ill-fated SPOT Smart Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-spot-smart-watch_0.jpg?1413845120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Way back in April 2013 we heard that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-working-its-own-smartwatch/news">Microsoft was beavering away on a wearable device</a> &ndash; and now, according to one report, its labours are all but complete; the company&rsquo;s smartwatch may be mere weeks away from release.</p> <p>Forbes claims the as-yet-unnamed device will work across all major smartphone operating systems (sorry, BlackBerry owners!), will feature a heart rate tracker and will offer longer battery life than some competitors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The report says Microsoft has managed to tune its watch to deliver two days of use per charge, putting it a notch above one-day wearables like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear</a>. Apple is yet to reveal the battery life of its upcoming Watch, but the company is believed to be working hard to push it beyond a day of use per charge.</p> <p>Those of you with good memories may recall that Microsoft actually launched a crude SPOT- and FM-compatible Smart Watch (yes, that was actually its name) several years ago, only for it to fail shortly after. The market is in a very different place now, with each of the major tech players (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">and, er, Will.i.am</a>) seemingly intent on selling us at least one kind of wrist-mounted smart device.</p> <p>Microsoft hopes to have its smartwatch in the shops in time for the lucrative Christmas period, according to Forbes&rsquo; story. If true, that means we&rsquo;ll be hearing a lot more about it very, very soon. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/10/19/microsoft-wearable-smartwatch/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news">HTC&rsquo;s wearable plans delayed, says nobody &ldquo;has gotten it right&rdquo;</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news#comments Microsoft Smartwatches Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:55:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1450879 at http://www.stuff.tv Halo: The Master Chief Collection release moved up, has 20GB day-one patch http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One compilation is ready to go - well, it will be after that huge download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" alt="Halo: The Master Chief Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-masterchief.jpg?1413617992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s <em>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</em> looks to remind Xbox One players why the shooter series is such a smash, and now with development complete, it&rsquo;ll happen a sooner than expected.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-master-chief-collection-release-moved-has-20gb-day-one-patch/news#comments Console games Gaming Microsoft Xbox One Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450627 at http://www.stuff.tv Video is the new text, says Skype Qik http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New standalone Skype app lets you send short video messages to one or many </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Qik-iphone-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you press the record button in Microsoft's shiny new Skype Qik app, you have 42 seconds to record a video message. Choose a contact, hit ‘send’. Boom.</p><p>Choose many contacts, make them into a group, send them all the same message. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>On the Tube or got no signal? Record and send messages anyway; they’ll go when they can. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>No time to record a reply to someone’s message? Send one of your pre-recorded Quik Fliks. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>Never Qik’d a contact before? They’ll get a text with a link to download the app. Pause… Boom.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s outlined the &lsquo;what&rsquo; of this app, but what about the &lsquo;why&rsquo;?&nbsp;</p> <p>Of its main app and service &ndash; and it went to great pains to establish that the two are separate; that &lsquo;Skype&rsquo; stays untouched by this newness &ndash; people mostly approach video calling with a very premeditated attitude.</p> <p>Skype calls are normally planned or regularly scheduled and last, on average, for 45 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Qik, on the other hand, is designed to be an instant cure for your video messaging fix.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also easier, if you&rsquo;re on the hoof, to record a quick video message than it is to try and trot and type, especially with increasingly larger slabs of smartphone goodness filling up our struggling hands.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Qik-android-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Privacy fans will be pleased to hear that each Qik video clip is deleted automatically after two weeks, both on your device and everyone else&#39;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also, at any point, delete a single clip. They&rsquo;re stored locally, and not in the cloud, so no need to worry about l337 hackers wrapping their mitts around your latest video of Mr Tibbles yawning.</p> <p>If you fancy taking it for a spin then you can try out Skype Quik for free on Android, Windows and iOS from today. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">30 of the best free Android apps</a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" frameborder="0" width="300" height="180"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/s3i_Fss5PuM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Microsoft Windows Phone apps Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:30:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450226 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft's Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwatch without going insane http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, seriously, it&#039;s actually pretty good. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1080" height="810" title="It&#039;s actually not terrible." alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwath without going " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard.jpg?1413252005" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Typing on a smartwatch - impossible. Impractical. Absolutely ridiculous.</p> <p>These thoughts all crossed our minds when we heard that Microsoft was working on an on-screen keyboard for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> smartwatches. </p> <p>Until we watched a video of it in action.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fingers at the ready </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instead of a full QWERTY keyboard crammed with incredibly small, impossible-to-hit keys, Microsoft&#39;s solution is far simpler.</p> <p>It lets you draw one letter at a time, with delete and space keys flanking the input box.&nbsp;</p> <p>While we&#39;ve yet to test it ourselves, it appears to be quite accurate, although it&#39;s probably better suited for short messages and searches as opposed to long emails.</p> <p>It works on square Android Wear watches with a 320 x 320 resolution as well as on the circular Moto 360, although only the latter is currently available for you to try out now for free.</p> <p>We can&#39;t see any reason why this couldn&#39;t be ported over to Google Glass either, to make use of its side touchpad. Although we admit that writing out letters on the side of your head will be trickier.</p> <p>For now, if you do have a Moto 360, then head on over to <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Research </a>and hit the download button. Happy typing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Research&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-10/13/microsoft-keyboard-android-wear" target="_blank">Wired</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news#comments Android Wear Microsoft Smartwatches Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:14:15 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450138 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due to their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P02QmncDOzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about &pound;5.50) a month to US$11.99 (about &pound;7.50) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the UK jump should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft coming to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about &pound;1.55 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450095 at http://www.stuff.tv 6 Things We Love About Windows 10 - And 3 We Hate http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As Microsoft opens the window on a new era for its OS, we take the Technical Preview for a test drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-10-screenshot-02_0.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Goodbye, Windows 8 - it&#39;s been er, interesting.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t feel too bad as you pack your bags - it&rsquo;s not like you actually sunk Microsoft or anything (although we know that you did your damnedest).</p> <p>And as you begin the slow process of clearing the building before Windows 10&rsquo;s arrival in &lsquo;late 2015&rsquo;, you can take some spiteful pleasure in knowing that your successor will face sky-high expectations. Not least, Windows 10 is billed as the one OS that will work on everything, from desktop to tablet to mobile.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S TO LOVE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>No more schizophrenia </strong><br />Windows 10 tries to create a more seamless relationship between the desktop and touch-optimised Modern UI - and even at this early stage in W10&rsquo;s life, it does a pretty decent job.</p> <p>Modern apps are now windowed when launched, and there are new keyboard shortcuts to snap them to the edges of your screen.</p> <p>The sense of jolting from one world to another is now gone, although there&rsquo;s still a lot of work to do in ironing out the creases - right now, those windowed Modern apps in W10 look like (and in many cases are functionally close to) expanded mobile apps.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also likely that your Windows 10 installation will vary according to the device. Our clean install onto the Surface Pro 3 launched into the tablet-optimised Modern UI - while a Parallels install on a Macbook Air launched straight to desktop, with the &lsquo;new&rsquo; desktop Start menu.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-09_1.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Multiple desktops</strong><br />Is that sarcasm we hear from the Mac brigade out there?</p> <p>Fair enough, OS X has touted Exposé for eons - but that doesn&#39;t mean that Windows 10&#39;s plural desktops are any less welcome. You activate them in W10 by tapping Win-tab, or - with a touch screen - swiping in from the left. And you can switch between them using Ctrl-Win + the left or right keys.</p> <p>They need work, though: as we point out later on, flipping windows between desktops is some way from obvious. But we&rsquo;ve no doubt that Microsoft will sort this before 10 hits full release next year.</p> <p>By the way, don&rsquo;t get it into your head that you can create an infinite number of desktops: in this release at least, they seem limited to the width of the screen (in the case of our Surface Pro 3, that&rsquo;s eight desktops).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-07.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>All-new Start menu </strong><br />Well, kind of. In fact, W10&#39;s &#39;new&#39; Start is the bastard brother of the tiled UI from Windows 8, and the old school Start menu from Windows 7. But although it doesn&#39;t represent a design breakthrough, it does work (which is more than many would say for W8&#39;s Modern Start).</p> <p>You can move your apps around in much the same way as you could in Windows 8.1 Update: either click or tap to drag and move, or right-click or hold to re-size.</p> <p>It looks good, it&#39;s flexible and should improve further as Microsoft polishes the UI (particular the iconography from today&rsquo;s Windows desktop, which currently looks cramped and dated in the new interface).</p> <p>There are bugs to squish, as you&rsquo;d expect. The entire Start menu can be resized from the top of the panel; we found that if you squash it down, the tiled area will run off the right-hand edge of your screen - we&#39;ll assume that this won&#39;t happen with the final release.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-04.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Spit and polish for the Windows desktop UI</strong><br />It needs to go a long way to equal the pixel-perfect gloss of Apple&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">OS X Yosemite</a>, but there are early signs of the Microsoft design team getting its freak on.</p> <p>File Explorer&#39;s the most noticeable update at this early stage - it pops into view with a subtle new transition, and looks discernibly cleaner (thanks in no small part to the absence of coloured borders to the windows).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a new set of icons for the likes of This PC, Homegroup and Network - flat, muted blue and olive green affairs that are infinitely more modern that their over-designed predecessors. Let&rsquo;s just hope that Microsoft keeps on going: we may actually get a Windows desktop that you stare at for the hell of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1380" height="933" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-01.PNG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Continuum could be a work of genius</strong><br />This early Windows 10 Preview doesn&rsquo;t have Continuum, the way that Microsoft intends on finally solving the desktop/laptop conundrum.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;ll see in the video, the plan is that you run W10 in desktop mode when there&rsquo;s a keyboard attached, then switch to tablet mode when the keyboard is removed.</p> <p>For what it&rsquo;s worth, we think it looks like a damned fine idea, and can&rsquo;t wait for the Preview build that has Continuum built in (especially because we&rsquo;re using a Surface Pro 3&hellip;).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F_O-LrGL-YQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Windows 10 is snappy </strong><br />It could just be a placebo effect, or the fact that we&#39;d been abusing the Windows 8.1 install on our Surface Pro 3 solidly for four months, but the clean install of Windows 10 Preview feels fast (in fact, the only slight lag we can detect is - ironically - in first opening File Explorer).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S TO HATE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Still too much of the old UI </strong><br />There are icons in Windows 10 that date back to the days of Vista. When half the world is running versions of Android that can be completely reskinned in seconds, this is unacceptable - it&#39;s time to make Windows beautiful.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re happy to take accusations of design elitism, but things like those badly-indented dividers in the File Explorer menu bar just shouldn&rsquo;t exist in 2014: and that&rsquo;s before we&rsquo;ve begun digging into the little horrors in the recesses of the Control Panel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-03.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Multiple desktops need a ton of work </strong><br />Yes, we know it&#39;s an alpha, but the means of moving apps between desktops in the W10 Preview isn&#39;t intuitive. You&#39;d think you can do it by dragging and dropping, but no.</p> <p>Instead, you must hit Win-tab to show the desktops, then right-click on the thumbnail of the app and tell it which desktop you want it to go to. If it helps, Microsoft, it&#39;d be great to simply drag the app down from its menu bar and have the multiple desktops appear - easy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenshot_0.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>If you&rsquo;re going to go cloud, do it properly </strong><br />Microsoft has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months: everything from your settings to your files can now be synced across devices when you sign in using your Microsoft account, and the entire Office suite is available on the web.</p> <p>But going cloud means more than taking your suite of software online. It means, we think, integrating yourself with the other services that your users rely on every day. That can be social networks, or other web services.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s new OS X Yosemite has extensions that let you share files, words of pictures with those other services at a lick - there&rsquo;s little sign of Microsoft understanding this with Windows 10.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-05.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIRST VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Squint hard, and you can see the promise in Windows 10.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing at this stage that&rsquo;s revolutionary (multiple desktops have existed in OSX and Linux for yonks, while the &lsquo;new&rsquo; Start is a prettier version of the old Start), but for an OS that isn&rsquo;t due to go public for a year, it&rsquo;s already very useable.</p> <p>The telling moments will come when Microsoft unveils Continuum, and the OS begins to really adapt according to its host - get that right, and we may all forget about Windows 8 and move on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news" target="_blank">Windows 10 Technical Preview now available to download</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2160" height="1440" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-10-screenshot-08.png?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature#comments Microsoft Windows 10 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:09:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449896 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop reborn on Surface Pro 3, Assassin’s Creed Unity locked at 900p on consoles, and HP confirms company split http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-illustrator-and-photoshop-reborn-surface-pro-3-assassin-s-creed-unity-lock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, click through, and read the tech news you need to start the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adobe Illustrator CC on Surface Pro 3" alt="Adobe Illustrator CC on Surface Pro 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/surface-illustrator.jpg?1412663581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adobe Creative Cloud overhauled for Surface Pro 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The annual Adobe Max conference held its first keynotes yesterday in Los Angeles, and the biggest news thus far has been the revelation of revitalized Creative Cloud touch apps for Surface Pro 3.</p> <p>Microsoft says it began the partnership with Adobe well before the Surface Pro 3 was announced this past spring, and as shown in the promo clip above, the companies have some pretty amazing-looking touch abilities planned for the Creative Cloud suite.</p> <p>Photoshop already has a minimal new &ldquo;Playground&rdquo; interface option on Surface for manipulation, and as you can see in the video, Illustrator has some new tricks up its sleeve as well. It&rsquo;s unclear whether these features will also function on other Surface models, or if they&rsquo;ll extend to non-Microsoft touch devices in the future, but the Surface Pro 3&rsquo;s pen seems an essential part of the experience.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blog.surface.com/2014/10/new-adobe-creative-cloud/">Surface Blog</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/6/6921769/photoshop-illustrator-touch-features-adobe-microsoft-partnership">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PlLR9ANGsOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin’s Creed Unity only 900p on consoles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next month&rsquo;s <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> is seen as the big new-gen bump for the series, sporting a new engine and campaign co-op action - but based on comments from Ubisoft, you won&rsquo;t even be able to run the game at 1080p or higher than 30 fames per second on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.</p> <p>&ldquo;We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff,&quot; said senior producer Vincent Pontbriand to VideoGamer, confirming that both will run at 900p and 30fps He explains that the CPUs of the consoles make it difficult to run everything at a higher resolution. &ldquo;We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard.</p> <p>Both new-gen console versions of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review"><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV: Black Flag</em></a> also shipped at 900p and 30fps, but the PS4 version was later patched up to 1080p. Of course, the PC version can scale higher based on your hardware, so if you&rsquo;re impressively specced, that may be the version to get.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.videogamer.com/ps4/assassins_creed_unity/news/assassins_creed_unity_is_900p_30fps_on_both_ps4_and_xbox_one.html">VideoGamer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1P1zKpdaVaI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP splitting company into two </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Confirming reports that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-developing-modular-displays-too-halo-collection-includes-past-pc-content">emerged over the weekend</a>, HP announced yesterday that it will split into two publicly-traded companies. HP Inc. will focus on consumer products, including PCs, printers, 3D printers, and other &ldquo;new computing experiences.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will pick up the company&rsquo;s former branding and focus on business devices and IT services. HP expects the split to be finished before the end of the 2015 fiscal year as the company nears the fourth year of its five-year turnaround plan.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/hp-to-separate-into-two-new-industryleading-public-companies-20141006-00109">NASDAQ</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hp-s-android-slatebook-pc-announced-and-chromebook-11-refreshed-plus-ant-man-c">Fully Charged: HP&rsquo;s Android SlateBook PC announced and Chromebook 11 refreshed, plus Ant-Man can&#39;t find a new director</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HP" alt="HP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hp-logo_0.png?1412663581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/adobe/fully-charged-adobe-illustrator-and-photoshop-reborn-surface-pro-3-assassin-s-creed-unity-lock#comments Adobe Console games Gaming HP Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Ubisoft Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449531 at http://www.stuff.tv Transparent tablet cover for multilayer input is Microsoft’s latest experimental wonder http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And like most Microsoft Research concepts, it may never be more than a neat demo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft FlexSense" alt="Microsoft FlexSense" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-flexsense-research.jpg?1412848142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft Research tends to show off its experimental projects in waves, and just this morning, we saw its wild <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">RoomAlive gaming concept</a>. By contrast, FlexSense is a much simpler and subtler project, but it&rsquo;s no less intriguing.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there are also entertainment opportunities here, with the demos showing a user flipping the cover upwards to view a crossword solution, or flapping the surface like it&rsquo;s a flying carpet soaring through a 3D environment.</p> <p>Microsoft developed two new algorithms to interpret the 16 sensors built into FlexSense, and it requires no external camera to function. Like most Microsoft Research revelations, we very well may never see this tech appear as-is in a consumer product. But the know-how could pop up years from now in a very meaningful way.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=230399">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/6/6918753/microsoft-flexsense-transparent-smart-cover-research-project">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">Microsoft&rsquo;s RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into a video game</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Jo9ww9cLzg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news#comments Microsoft Surface Tablets Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:35:15 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449504 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft's RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into a video game http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who doesn&#039;t want giant virtual spiders crawling around their fireplace? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="Aim for the head" alt="Microsoft&#039;s RoomAlive project turns your entire living room into an video game l" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/illumiroom2.jpg?1412644690" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Microsoft&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-illumiroom-revealed-detail/news" target="_blank">Illumiroom prototype</a>? It&#39;s a projector system which extends your onscreen gaming antics beyond the TV screen, like Philips Ambilight on steroids. And now it&#39;s back, and better than ever.</p> <p>Called RoomAlive, the revamped system consists of multiple projectors and Kinect cameras connected to a control device which keeps everything in sync.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The projectors can also overlay textures on your surrounding walls, transforming your Ikea-laden living room into a rainy forest with stone-walled ruins. Walls with booby traps that shoot arrows at you which you have to avoid, Indiana Jones-style.</p> <p>Another demo shows off a controllable miniature hero which can run around your coffee tables and blast away at killer robots which emerge from your walls and floor.</p> <p>It&#39;s all clearly a long way off from infiltrating our homes - unless you&#39;ve got an insider at Microsoft and enough money for multiple projectors and Kinect cams that is- but it&#39;s still an exciting glimpse into the future of gaming where ducking for cover behind your dog will become a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://projection-mapping.org/roomalive-uist/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/05/microsoft-roomalive-illumiroom/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ILb5ExBzHqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news#comments Gaming Kinect Microsoft Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:22:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1449482 at http://www.stuff.tv