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Xbox Series X is getting a 4K UI makeover: Here’s who gets it

Xbox Series X is getting a 4K UI makeover: Here’s who gets it

If you're an Xbox Series X user with a 4K TV and you've noticed that the UI on the home menu isn't as sharp as it could be, there's a good reason for that. So far, the console's UI has been rendered at 1080p, which is a strange resolution for a console that can handle 4K gaming. Microsoft is taking steps to fix that particular oversight, today rolling out a new Xbox preview that comes with a UI refresh.

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Xbox Series S teardown reveals “brilliant” design and a Master Chief surprise

Xbox Series S teardown reveals “brilliant” design and a Master Chief surprise

While there's currently a lot of focus on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series S may just wind up being one of the biggest surprises of the new generation. The Xbox Series S is underpowered compared to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but its $300 price point and its ability to play current-gen games at a lower target resolution and framerate could make it an attractive buy for some gamers. Now, thanks to a new teardown, we're getting to take a look inside the Xbox Series S.

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First Windows 11 apps include a new Sniping tool, new visual styles

First Windows 11 apps include a new Sniping tool, new visual styles

Windows 11 won't just bring a revamped user experience across the board. It will also see new first-party apps that are being updated to address whatever flaws their predecessors might have. Microsoft's Panos Panay has been teasing some of these freshly updated apps in the past few days, but now the company is ready to roll some of them to Windows Insiders to test their quality and new features before the initial stable release later this year.

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Windows PrintNightmare bug 3 appears: Here’s a temporary fix

Windows PrintNightmare bug 3 appears: Here’s a temporary fix

This week Microsoft disclosed a new PrintNightmare bug, just the latest of a string of said bugs in the year 2021. Very similar to the others that appeared earlier this year, this is a Print Spooler service bug, and Microsoft suggests that admins go ahead and disable said Print Spooler until a fix can be sent out. ANd yes, Microsoft did JUST release an August 10, 2021 patch that attempted to adjust the Print Spooler service to avoid something like this.

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Diablo 2 Resurrected cinematics made me a believer again

Diablo 2 Resurrected cinematics made me a believer again

If you were addicted to Diablo 2 when it was first released, but are on the fence about playing the new "Resurrected" version, this might be the push you need. Diablo 2: Resurrected cinematics are out - and they look unbelievably good. It's as if the creators of this renewed title went back and kidnapped the original creators of the game and said, hey, come to the future and make the same product, but use our futuristic graphics to see your vision to finality.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 gets Microsoft apps designed for foldables

Galaxy Z Fold 3 gets Microsoft apps designed for foldables

For several years now, Samsung and Microsoft have enjoyed a partnership that gave preferential treatment to Galaxy phones. At first, that simply manifested as pre-installed Microsoft apps that, naturally, people considered bloatware or special offers on some Microsoft subscription services. That partnership eventually bore more fruit, like deep integration with Windows 10, as well as the new versions of its productivity apps specially designed for Samsung's new foldable phones.

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Start11 restores old Windows Start menu

Start11 restores old Windows Start menu

There's an app out in beta now that allows the user to restore an older-style Start menu to Windows. This app is called Start11, and it's just the newest in a line of similar apps that've been working for Windows users for the past several generations of the operating system. With Start11, the creators at Stardock change the newest iteration of the Start menu in Windows 11 into something simpler.

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Xbox night mode sounds great, but you probably can’t have it yet

Xbox night mode sounds great, but you probably can’t have it yet

Playing video games at night can be a tricky thing. For starters, lights on your console, controller, and the light from the display can make playing at night a non-starter if you happen to be near people who are trying to sleep. If you're a kid who's trying to get away with playing games at night, all those lights can straight up give you away. Microsoft apparently has the solution to both problems with a new night mode for the Xbox.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming hits the Windows 10 Xbox app, but only for a select few

Xbox Cloud Gaming hits the Windows 10 Xbox app, but only for a select few

Earlier this year, Microsoft rolled out the Xbox Cloud Gaming beta on Windows 10 PCs and iOS. At first, Xbox Cloud Gaming was available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers through browser-based streaming, but today, we're seeing Microsoft bring cloud gaming to the Xbox app on Windows 10 PCs. Unfortunately, this functionality is only available for a select number of users.

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Sega’s 4X strategy game Humankind gets an Xbox Game Pass surprise

Sega’s 4X strategy game Humankind gets an Xbox Game Pass surprise

Later this month, Amplitude Studios and Sega will launch a new 4X strategy game called Humankind. Humankind will have stiff competition when it launches, as the 4X genre is filled with some very established franchises. As a result, Humankind will need every advantage it can get if Sega wants to go toe-to-toe with the more established competitors like Civilization, and today, we learned that it's getting a big one on launch day.

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Steam Deck Windows 11 update possible, SteamOS should hold tight

Steam Deck Windows 11 update possible, SteamOS should hold tight

Valve revealed the Steam Deck a play-anything portable console with AMD hardware inside. Steam Deck comes with SteamOS 3.0, made specifically to run software available with any given user's Steam account, but the console CAN run Windows 10. Given the imminent release of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 11 operating system, it seems only natural to wonder whether this Steam Deck machine could make the leap.

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Microsoft is giving OneNote a fresh design and version tweak

Microsoft is giving OneNote a fresh design and version tweak

During the pandemic, many people who never used Microsoft OneNote in their working lives have begun using the application to take notes and to view shared notes from their supervisors in many companies. With the increased popularity of OneNote, Microsoft has taken the time to talk about some changes coming to the application for Windows over the next year. The updates include a major visual refresh for the service.

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