Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Once upon a time, if you wanted to play multiplayer on a game console, you had to do it with a common television and multiple controllers. This worked plenty well, if you had the right setup — I spent more than a few nights at college slugging it out against friends in Mario Kart — but local multiplayer on a common screen has been superseded by remote multiplayer across multiple consoles in many titles. Whether…

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HP Omen Accelerator Adds External GPU, SSD, and More for Laptop Gaming

HP Omen Accelerator Adds External GPU, SSD, and More for Laptop Gaming

For the past few years, companies like Alienware and Razer have worked to push the idea of external GPU boxes as upgrades for PC laptops. Alienware has had their own solution, customized for their own systems, while companies like Intel, AMD, and Razer teamed up to create the XConnect platform last year. We’re finally seeing more OEMs opting for this approach, and HP’s new Omen Accelerator extends it from graphics into other performance areas as well….

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Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee. People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels. Until now, Prime Video has offered only on-demand films and TV shows in the UK. But one analyst said the launch line-up of channels was “not immediately desirable” and would struggle to attract satellite TV…

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Google Earth adds Attenborough world tours

Google Earth adds Attenborough world tours

Google has refreshed its Earth app and website, adding detailed 3D imagery and new “tours” that give people a guided look at exotic locations. The search giant said it had spent two developing the new version of the app, which features video content from the BBC and other partners. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Technology

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Google adds search results 'fact check' flag

Google adds search results 'fact check' flag

Google has added its fact check feature to search results globally, in a bid to help tackle the spread of “fake news”. The search giant will now highlight “authoritative sources” in search results, with a summary of claims that have been fact-checked. Google says sites will be judged authoritative by an algorithm and the company will not be fact-checking news stories itself. On Thursday, Facebook announced a campaign to help people spot fake news. Google…

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Intel adds official support for Vulkan, but only for certain GPUs

Intel adds official support for Vulkan, but only for certain GPUs

After months in beta, Intel has announced official Vulkan support for Skylake and Kaby Lake GPUs. Intel’s 15.45.14.4590 driver is the first release to add full Vulkan API support (previous releases were all various flavors of beta). In keeping with Intel’s previous remarks on OS support, the latest driver will only support Windows 10 on Kaby Lake, but sixth-generation GPUs are supported in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. That alone points to the artificiality of…

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Google adds virtual assistant to Android Wear watches

Google adds virtual assistant to Android Wear watches

Google has revealed a new version of its smartwatch operating system Android Wear – its first major upgrade since 2014. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked Google’s David Singleton whether the new features, which include a voice-activated assistant, would convince more people to adopt wearable gadgets. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Technology

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PS4 4.50 update delivers ‘Boost mode’ on PS4 Pro, adds external drive support

PS4 4.50 update delivers ‘Boost mode’ on PS4 Pro, adds external drive support

Recently, Sony began rolling out the beta for the PS4 4.50 software update, and with it comes a bevy of useful user-facing changes. External hard drive support and custom wallpapers are getting a lot of public attention from the PlayStation team, but they didn’t say much about the biggest feature — a new “Boost mode” for the PS4 Pro. Based on some leaked videos and screenshots from users running the latest beta, the PS4 Pro…

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