Microsoft is currently putting the finishing touches on its next big Windows 10 update. Codenamed Threshold 2, Paul Thurrott reports that the update will arrive in November. The Verge can confirm Microsoft is planning to distribute the update to existing Windows 10 machines in early November, and likely during the first week of next month.
The update will contain a number of fixes and UI changes that were originally planned for the final version of Windows 10. These include colored title bars for desktop apps, improved context menus, and an extra column of Live Tiles for the Start menu. Microsoft will also ship Messaging and Skype Video apps for the Windows 10 update that bring native Skype calling and messaging to the operating system.
Janet Jackson’s fans have been surprised and upset in recent weeks to find videos they took of the singer’s ongoing tour removed from Instagram. According to a report from the New York Post, one concert-goer even had their entire account deleted. “Without warning,” said the fan. “Every. Single. Photo. Gone.” Jackson has now responded to these reports, blaming the deletions on an overly-zealous management team and encouraging fans to “keep posting” clips of her tour as long as they’re short.
“My team is passionate about protecting the intellectual property we are creating for the tour and possible future projects,” said Jackson in a message posted on Twitter. “It was never their intention, acting on my behalf, to have social media…
The new Apple TV is coming next week, marking the second new OS and app platform Apple has launched this year — the Apple Watch brought Watch OS, and now the Apple TV has tvOS. So that you don’t turn on your new set-top box to be greeted with a barren App Store, Apple has just started accepting app and game submissions from its development community.
Apple is providing developers with guidelines for supporting major Apple TV features like the touch-sensitive remote, as well as more esoteric additions such as the layered parallax effect on app icons. Apps can be universal bundles with their iPhone or iPad counterparts, meaning you’ll likely have some tvOS apps in your purchase history right away if developers choose to flip that switch….
Back to the Future Day wouldn’t be complete without a hoverboard announcement, would it? Okay, it might a little late in the day, but Arx Pax finally revealed the new version of the Hendo hoverboard — and it is quite a sight to behold.
The company teased new details about the hoverboard last week, like better battery life, USB connectivity, stronger hover engines, and a safety kill switch. And while the new version is not as futuristic-looking as the renders found on the Hendo website, it strangely looks more rideable than the big, plastic version we tried last year. That’s probably because it has a real skateboard deck this time around, grip tape and all.
Earlier this week we saw Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who play Rey and Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, react to the movie’s latest trailer. Both were visibly emotional, with Ridley tearful and overcome; Boyega animated and overjoyed, but now it’s time for the real star of the show — BB-8 has its own reaction video in response to the Star Wars trailer.
Lying in a tiny version of Daisy Ridley’s bed, the spherical BB-8 — or at least Sphero’s toy version of the droid — watches the trailer on an iPhone 6, the size of a flatscreen TV to his miniature frame. We hear Han Solo’s confirmation that the stories of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion were true, and the little droid starts to shake like an excited puppy, his head…
Harmonix has published a blog post detailing how importing songs into Rock Band 4 from the previous Rock Band game works. The developer hopes to have a feature update out by December 8 which enables the import of songs from Rock Band 3. Players will be able to export the songs from this game into Rock Band 4 for $14.99, and they must be “verified purchasers”.
As a side note, Rock Band 3 will be removed from the Xbox Live Marketplace on October 30, but is still be available to purchase at retailers, although stock will not be replaced. The game is no longer on sale on the PlayStation Store.
Harmonix also notes that “any tracks from the Rock Band 3 disc with authored guitar solos will feature upgraded Freestyle Guitar Solo and Freestyle Vocal features.” Rock Band 3 is currently $20 on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and includes 83 tracks.
Rock Band 4 was released on October 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was positively received in GameSpot’s review, scoring a seven out of ten. Editor Scott Butterworth praise the fresh gameplay offered by Freestyle Solos, but criticised the game’s overall lacklustre tracklist. The game offers backwards compatibility with most instruments, but not all.
Songs purchased as DLC can be transferred within consoles of the same family (Xbox 360 to Xbox One, PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4), although some classic songs are not transferrable due to licensing restrictions. Check out our comprehensive FAQ for more information on compatibility with the game.
Six months after Apple said it wanted to stop climate change, rather than debate the issue, the company has announced two new programs that it says will reduce the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. The two schemes aim to avoid the production of more than 20 million metric tons of pollution between now and 2020 by building solar energy sources in the country’s north, east, and southern grid regions, and by partnering with suppliers to install clean energy projects over the coming years.
Apple’s operations in China are now carbon neutral
At the same time, Apple also announced that it has completed 40 megawatts of solar projects in China’s Sichuan province, capable of producing the same amount of energy used by…
Tesla’s latest update to its electric car software allowed its Model S sedans access to self-driving options for the first time, unlocking Autosteer, Auto Lane Change, and Autopark features for use on US roads. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was careful to specify that these features did not turn Tesla’s cars into fully autonomous vehicles, but that hasn’t stopped some Tesla drivers from getting into some dangerous situations, treating their updated Model S as a proper self-driving car — and filming the results.
Two videos, uploaded to YouTube the day after the update rolled out, already show drivers’ Model S cars reacting unpredictably with Autosteer engaged. In one, the vehicle appears to jerk to the right as the driver turns off a highway,…