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Archive for August 22nd, 2017

Microsoft outlines the upgrade procedures for Xbox One X

Posted by kenmay on August - 22 - 2017

Enlarge / Prepare yourself… Last night’s pre-Gamescom Microsoft press presentation was light on major announcements. But the event did include some details about how current Xbox One owners will be able to move their games and settings over to the new, 4K-capable Xbox One X when it launches on November 7. The easiest way to get all your games to the new system, as outlined by Microsoft Vice President Mike Ybarra , will be to just put them on an external USB hard drive and then plug that drive into the new console. “All your games are ready to play” immediately after this external hard drive move, he said, and user-specific settings can also be copied via external hard drive in the same way. If you don’t have an external drive handy, “we’re going to let you copy games and apps off your home network instead of having to manually move them or redownload them off the Internet,” Ybarra said. It’s unclear right now if Microsoft will mirror the PS4 Pro and allow this kind of system-to-system transfer directly using an Ethernet cable plugged directly in to both consoles. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Android 8.0 Oreo is official, starts rollout to devices

Posted by kenmay on August - 22 - 2017

Enlarge (credit: Google ) NEW YORK CITY—Happy Eclipse Day! As the Moon slowly crept its way across the Sun, Google took the opportunity to host an Eclipse-themed Android 8.0 launch event in New York City. Along with eclipse glasses and a simulcast of NASA’s eclipse livestream, Android “O” finally got its full name: “Android 8.0, Oreo.” Like KitKat before it, Android’s alphabetical snack-themed codenames have gone commercial and partnered with an actual snack producer, adopting Nabisco’s trademarked “Oreo” as the name for this release. The event also came with the traditional statue unveiling: a superhero Android Oreo. With today’s event, Android 8.0 Oreo is shipping out across all the usual distribution methods. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is getting the 8.0 code drop. OTAs will begin to roll out “soon” to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C, and system images  should be up on developers.google.com soon. Any device enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also be upgraded to these final builds. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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