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3 Reasons Xbox Cloud Gaming makes sense on a console (and 1 drawback)

3 Reasons Xbox Cloud Gaming makes sense on a console (and 1 drawback)

Today we're taking a peek at how Xbox Cloud Gaming works on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One. This gaming system was rolling around in beta mode for a while in 2021 and formally launched in the month of November, 2021, for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. It's made for playing games in the cloud - and for the most part, cloud gaming seems best suited to mobile devices aiming to play games that'd only otherwise be available on consoles and PCs. So why would you want to play Xbox Cloud Gaming on an Xbox?

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Microsoft is ending OneDrive support for many older Windows PCs

Microsoft is ending OneDrive support for many older Windows PCs

OneDrive will stop supporting many PCs running older versions of Windows starting early next year, Microsoft has announced on its blog. The change will impact Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 on personal computers, the company says, though the discontinuation will take place in two phases, with the first kicking off on January 1.

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Samsung plans Tizen smart TV cloud gaming platform: What we know

Samsung plans Tizen smart TV cloud gaming platform: What we know

During the Samsung Developer Conference 2021 (SDC 21) event today, Samsung revealed plans to launch its own cloud gaming product for smart TVs running the company's Tizen OS. Samsung simply calls the product "Cloud Game Platform," noting that the core of the product will be offering high-end gameplay experiences without requiring consumers to purchase high-end gaming hardware. The move may pit Samsung against Google, which has established its own cloud gaming platform Stadia as something consumers can play on their TV using a Chromecast dongle.

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Have you used Google Stadia with someone else’s label?

Have you used Google Stadia with someone else’s label?

Google Stadia just appeared with a window into the future of the game streaming universe courtesy of AT&T, of all companies. It was with AT&T's "Experience Batman: Arkham Knight" promotion that we first saw how Google Stadia tech could be used as a white label service. It is with this use of the service that we see how Google will likely proceed into the future as the holder of the keys: by being the bones, not the skin.

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Google Photos Memories is finally on the Web

Google Photos Memories is finally on the Web

Some might have been living with the presumption that Google's so-called Photos product is simply a mobile gallery app or cloud storage for images. While that's partly correct, Google has also managed to turn into something more, usually with its typical machine learning magic sauce. From social sharing to printed photos, Google has added some value on top of an ordinary photo gallery on the cloud. One feature in particular, however, was oddly limited in its availability, but that changes now that Memories has finally broken out from phones and onto the Web.

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Xbox Game Pass kicks off October with Back 4 Blood and Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Xbox Game Pass kicks off October with Back 4 Blood and Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Microsoft has revealed the next batch of games headed to Xbox Game Pass in the first part of October, and it's quite the list of titles. For at least the first half of October, there are some clear leaders of the pack in terms of notoriety, as both Destiny 2: Beyond Light and Back 4 Blood are joining Xbox Game Pass this month.

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T-Mobile Google One exclusive introduces a 500GB tier

T-Mobile Google One exclusive introduces a 500GB tier

Earlier this year, T-Mobile embarked on a partnership that established closer ties with Google beyond just carrying Android phones. In other words, the Un-carrier is moving to integrate more of Google's services into its products while also giving Google a more prominent spot on its network. After a brief leak a few months back, T-Mobile has now confirmed the availability of an exclusive Google One deal for its subscribers.

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BlueStacks X streams Android games from the cloud to PCs and Macs

BlueStacks X streams Android games from the cloud to PCs and Macs

Microsoft made some noise when it announced that Windows 11 would eventually support running Android apps, but it is actually a bit late to the game. Although this "Windows Subsystem for Android" does have technical and performance advantages, it isn't the only solution available today. For quite a while now, BlueStacks has been offering an emulator that ran a modified Android experience on PCs and Macs. Now the company has taken that concept to the cloud with BlueStacks X, its formal foray into cloud-based game streaming.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming beta begins arriving on Xbox consoles: Who can play

Xbox Cloud Gaming beta begins arriving on Xbox consoles: Who can play

Slowly but surely, Microsoft has been building out its Xbox Cloud Gaming service. First, cloud gaming was exclusively available in beta on Android phones. Eventually, Xbox Cloud Gaming made its way to iOS and Windows desktops via a browser-based solution, and now the service is testing on the Xbox desktop app. Today we're adding more platforms to the pile, as Microsoft has launched a beta for Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox consoles.

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Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature will arrive for all Android users soon

Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature will arrive for all Android users soon

Android users will soon get access to a special Google Photos feature that was previously only available to Pixel users: Locked Folder. The feature aims to replace those shady apps used to hide photos and videos from nosy people, bringing with it the benefit of having your more sensitive media backed up to the cloud.

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Google One’s new 5TB option fills big gap between storage plans

Google One’s new 5TB option fills big gap between storage plans

Google One, the company's subscription plan that includes cloud storage space, has added a new 5TB plan for those who need more than 2TB but aren't willing to pay for the next highest level, 10TB. The new 5TB option joins the existing smaller plans, including 100GB and 200GB options, as well as the huge 20TB and 30TB plans.

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Google Workspace makes Gmail the latest place to answer Meet calls

Google Workspace makes Gmail the latest place to answer Meet calls

Email is already inescapable at the best of times, and now Google is turning Gmail into a hub for your calls and video chat, too. Having relaunched G Suite as Google Workspace, the company is now lighting up Spaces - its central locations for team collaboration - for all users as of today.

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