Microsoft is planning on using TV frequencies in order to provide people in the rural parts of the country with internet. But, how, you ask? I’m not really sure that I get it, but I’ll do my best to explain. They are going to take the white space and send broadband technology through said white space, using unused TV channels. Again, you are asking how this works? Let’s back up for a moment. Back in the day, TV was broadcast through the air, and those channels actually still exist. In between those channels, however, is what is known as white space. While this might sound confusing to you, it seems that Microsoft has figured out a way to use this technology. Which is incredible!
According to Gizmodo, “Enterprising scientists have figured out how to turn that white space into a sort of super wi-fi and broadcast internet service to a many miles-wide radius. What’s extra special is that, unlike wi-fi or cellular service, the stronger TV signal can penetrate buildings and other obstacles. This makes it ideal for rural areas, where conventional broadband service is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive.” Not only is Microsoft able to do this, it even might be “better” than wifi or cellular data in some cases. The whole “can you hear me now?” concept might be one of the past.
Microsoft plans on rolling this out in 12 states including New York and Virginia. So now you know how the technology works, but you’re probably wondering how it works for consumers. … Read the rest
Microsoft is getting into the game. I should preface that statement. Or maybe just qualify it. They’ve always been in the game, no doubt, but their products haven’t always been the best out there. Yes, they are functional and used by many, but they can be buggy, to say the least. While I won’t get into it too much, but right now, I’m currently having a problem with Microsoft Office being compatible with an Adobe program that I need for work. They just don’t play nice. And maybe in my case, it’s more of an Adobe issue than Microsoft, but both aren’t giving me much confidence. Back to Microsoft. They have some things going on right now. Putting them into the game.
What do I mean by “game”? Well, they have made some efforts to improve their products more recently. And at least stay on top of some changes, but now they’re going even farther. Microsoft just wrapped up its two day Build conference, giving us a peek into what we can expect for the rest of the year. So what exactly is that you ask? The first feature that they uncovered is the ability to move from one device to another and pick up with where you left off. Sounds pretty simple, and something that some other companies have been doing for years now. Or at least, that’s how I look at it. Which is good news for Microsoft. At least putting them in the same ring as their competitors.… Read the rest
Not sure is if because Microsoft has changed so much or is it because of the pressure of the world we live in but Skype users can now make free calls without having an account. One of the most frustrating things in when you go to use an app and are forced to login or create an account. Now you can go registration free on the Skype website. The guest mode in the web version of the popular Microsoft VoIP service is up now if you want to try it. This should be a challenge to GoToMeeting and other VOIP enterprise companies out there. Users will be able to make calls and communicate with other users even without having an account.
Guest mode is not a watered down version of the program either. The text chat can support up to 300 people at a time. You can also have 25 people in audio or video calls at the same time. To try it out simply go to Skype.com “Start as conversation” and then enter any name you want. Skype then creates a special link, which you send to the people you want to talk to joined the dialogue. As a bonus you can also files and stream images on the screen.… Read the rest
Xbox One S is not the only new system coming out from the folks in Redmond California. Microsoft’s “one more thing” if you will is a look through the looking-glass of the future of gaming. The very long-rumored Project Scorpio is a real powerhouse. We didn’t get any real specs but it is officially the next Xbox. The Xbox One S is just a placeholder. One thing is for sure; we have gone from measuring systems by bits starting with the Nintendo back in the day to teraflops starting with Project Scorpio. We are sure Sony’s PlayStation conference had to make some quick changes to answer the call out by Microsoft’s “head nod.”
What we do know about Xbox Project Scorpio:
8 CPU cores
320 GB per second of memory bandwidth
6 teraflops of GPU power. (PlayStation 4 has 1.84 teraflops & Xbox One has 1.31. )
“The most powerful graphics processor in a game console to date”
“The highest quality [uncompressed] pixels anyone’s seen”
The main reason for all this power is not gaming. It’s really to fight off Sony and 4K. We will not have another HD DVD vs Blu-Ray but Phil Spencer hoping to take the lead in being the place for 4K, VR and 4K gaming. Phil Spencer says it’s “meant to facilitate true 4K resolution gaming, high-fidelity virtual reality, and reassured that all future games will play on all three Xbox consoles.”
As it was predicted by pretty much everyone and now official from Microsoft; Xbox One S is real. Xbox One S: 40% smaller and with integrated power supply. The new Xbox One S hits stores in August if you live in the US. Xbox One S Stats:
40% smaller than the Xbox One
Integrated instead external power supply
500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB (limited and selected markets) hard drive
Xbox One fans of the Gears of War series have waited a while for game of their own. That wait is almost over. Gears of War 4 details released today bring a lot of information to the table. We knew the game was coming some nine months. It was first revealed at E3. The game is set be the biggest Xbox One exclusive of the year. The folks at Game Informer have revealed a whole lot. For starters Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after Gears 3.
The game follows JD Fenix, the son of Marcus Fenix. The game also follows the friends of little Fenix; Kait Diaz and Delmont Walker. JD Fenix is an idealist who ran away from home at a young age to join the the COG militia but got involved in classified incident. JD Fenix and his friends are all Outsiders. Game Informer will have more info in the coming weeks. Check out the preview trailer below.
Microsoft had a little event today. You may have heard about it. They had a lot of new products introduced. Everything from cell phones to new tablets. The high-end new Lumia 950 series of phones to wearable bands. Here is every new Microsoft product unveiled today.