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The best Xbox One games for 2020

These Xbox One games are absolutely essential for your collection.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go isn’t actually a great Chromebook rival

With the right ecosystem, the base $550 Surface Laptop Go would be awesome in the classroom. For the average consumer,

The history of the Xbox

From DirectX Box to 720, it's been a strange trip for Microsoft's gaming console.

The history of the Xbox

From DirectX Box to 720, it's been a strange trip for Microsoft's gaming console.

The history of the Xbox

From DirectX Box to 720, it's been a strange trip for Microsoft's gaming console.

Microsoft looks to dominate cloud-gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Remember some years ago when Microsoft got completely taken apart for wanting to release an Xbox that had to have constant internet access and wouldn’t have a disc tray? Fast forward to 2020, the year of the alien invasion. Ok maybe that hasn’t happened, but at this point would it really surprise anyone? While both Microsoft and Sony have announced a disk tray-less version of their next gen consoles, Microsoft has just taken a very commanding lead with the launch of Cloud Gaming on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It has over 150 titles available on the cloud. If you’re already a member, you don’t have to pay extra for cloud gaming, you just get it.How does it work?To put it very basically, all your games are saved on the internet. What that means is while you technically won’t “own” the game you will have access to it anywhere you go with a decent internet connection. No, you don’t have to take your console or even your laptop with you. As long as you have an Android phone/tablet you’re in the game. Could you imagine playing on your brand new Galaxy Fold 2?What’s even better is, say you start a Gears 5 on your Xbox console at home, but have to go to Grandma’s (or in-laws). Grab your phone or tablet before you leave and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off. Isn’t technology great?PricingThis is all fantastic but it doesn’t really matter too much if it costs $100 every month. While that may be worth it for some, thankfully Microsoft didn’t go that route. If you’re a new member you can get your first month for only $1! That’s right, you could get your first month for the loose change you find in Grandma’s couch. Unless it’s covered in plastic. If you’ve already been a member you’ll still only have to shell out $15 per month to get your game on.What about the games?None of this really matters if the games are horrible. While you might have to weed your way through a handful of games you don’t care about, you can find some real good titles in the mix. This list isn’t exhaustive, but the ones that stand out to me.ARK: Survival EvolvedBatman: Arkham KnightBattletoadsCrackdown 3: CampaignDarksiders IIIDead by DaylightForza Horizon 4Gears of War 1, 4, and 5Guacamelee! 2Mortal Kombat X (not available in Korea)Streets of Rage 4There are a ton more, you can find the full list here. One last thing, you don’t even need to own an Xbox console to take advantage of Game Pass Ultimate. As long as you have a compatible controller paired with an Android phone/tablet or a PC. This has got to be one of the best values in gaming at the moment.Will you be getting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? If so, what game(s) are you looking forward to playing? Sound off in the comments!

Jiggle Physics 53: Microsoft buys ZeniMax; Amazon Luna; Spidey for PS5

Microsoft has purchased ZeniMax Media, which makes it seem like they own pretty much ALL the RPGs now. The gang

Microsoft Begins Beta Testing Trackpad Support in Word and Excel Apps for iPad

Microsoft this week began testing mouse and trackpad support in the latest beta versions of its Word and Excel apps

Microsoft services recovering after going down globally

Multiple web-based services operated by Microsoft went down for users around the world at around 3:30 p.m. PT on September 28.

Save $230 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover today

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is a fantastic device if what you’re looking for is a versatile, portable machine

Save $230 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover today

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is a fantastic device if what you’re looking for is a versatile, portable machine

Microsoft Internally Worked on a Mac OS X Aqua Inspired Windows XP Theme

Microsoft tested a Windows XP theme that closely resembled Mac OS X's Aqua GUI, reports The Verge.A recent Windows XP

New Version of Microsoft Office Coming Next Year That Won’t Require a Subscription

Microsoft will next year offer a new perpetual release of Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows that doesn't require a

A new stand-alone version of Office is coming to Windows and Mac in 2021

A new version of Office for those who don't want to pay a yearly or monthly subscription fee.

Outlook for Mac is now faster, more efficient, and far more beautiful

With MacOS Big Sur just around the corner, Microsoft revamped its Outlook for Mac email app from the ground up with fresh features and a new look.

The Surface Hub 2S 85-inch will finally launch in 2021 for $22,000

After a year-long delay, Microsoft has broken its silence and announced that the 85-inch version of Surface Hub 2S will be coming in 2021.

Here are all the helpful new features coming to Microsoft Teams soon

Microsoft is adding new well-being tools for employees, calling enhancements, and a whole lot of other features to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Announces Outlook for Mac Redesign, Improvements to iOS and watchOS Apps

Microsoft has today announced plans to bring a new design to its Outlook for Mac app along with several other

Microsoft’s fall Surface hardware event: Everything you need to know

From a small 12.5-inch Surface Laptop, a followup to the Surface Pro X, and more, this is a look at everything rumored for Microsoft's fall Surface event. 

Do you have any interest in buying the Microsoft Surface Duo?

Having a chat with the AC forums.Thanks to the rise of folding phones, the smartphone market is getting weird and

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This 98-hour ethical hacking bundle is just $39.90 right now

For all of the scary notions and ideas that spring to mind when you think of “hacking”, there’s plenty of good that can come from it. Hacking isn’t strictly a nefarious thing. Done right, you can leverage hacking to better your life, automate processes, and have more fun — all without breaking any laws.Learning to hack, ethically, is a necessity in today’s age of ever-growing digital threats. Whether your goal is to build a business or simply stop your secure data from being breached, learning the ropes of hacking can be the perfect leg up in sales or counter-measure against cyber thieves.The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a terrific value-packed collection of training centered around the proper way to hack your life. The Ultimate 2020 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle is designed to arm you with the tools on both sides of hacking. Featuring some 98 hours of content, there are nearly 1,000 lessons to take you from newbie and novice to knowledgeable and learned!People tend to fear what they don’t understand and with this collection you can put fears to rest and truly empower yourself.CoursesThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.1: Hackers ExposedThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.2: Network SecurityThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.3: Anonymous BrowsingThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.4: End-Point ProtectionCompTIA CySA+ Cybersecurity Analyst (CS0-001) Prep CourseCyber Security: Python & Web ApplicationsComplete Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security Masterclass CoursePython 3 for Offensive PenTest: A Complete Practical CourseThe Complete Nmap Ethical Hacking Course: Network Security AssessmentCompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) Ethical HackingWhere to BuyYou can pick up a lifetime access to the Ultimate 2020 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle for only $39.90 in the AG Deals Store. Valued at nearly $1,400, the whole kit can be yours for 97 percent off.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

OnePlus adds Nord 10 5G and Nord N100 to wallet-friendly roster

OnePlus on Monday kicked off its week with a pair of new phones for its newly established Nord series. The N10 5G and N100 are both set to launch in Europe but, unlike their predecessor (Nord), are ultimately expected in North America.The N10 5G has a starting price of £329 in the UK (~$412 USD) and is powered by a Snapdragon 690 processor, while the N100 comes in at just £179 (~ $235 USD) with its Snapdragon 460 chipset.Nord N10 5GAs you may have guessed by its name, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a 5G capable handset (sub-6GHz in Europe), and features a 6.49-inch display. Additionally, it has 6GB RAM, 128GB expandable storage,  a rear fingerprint reader, and dual stereo speakers.Similar to other OnePlus phones, the Nord N10 5G’s 4,300mAh battery can be fast-charged via Warp Charge 30T.Around back is a quad-camera setup consisting of a main 64-megapixel camera, 119-degree ultra-wide, and macro and monochrome cameras. A 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.Nord N100Although it’s a lower-end phone in terms of hardware, the N100 still features a handful of notable details. It offers up big 6.52-inch display, dual stereo speakers, and a bigger 5,000mAh battery. Although larger, it is fast-charged at up to “only” 18W, which is still considered fast by most standards.The 4G capable phone runs Android 10 and has 4GB memory and 64GB storage. There’s a 13-megapixel main camera with portrait and macro cameras, a rear fingerprint reader, and microSD expansion card slot. 1 of 4 Growing Mid-RangeIt will be interesting to see how OnePlus continues shaping its portfolio. Will it keep pushing forward with high-end models or might it start focusing more on the lower end and middle of the pack?We found the OnePlus Nord to be a great phone when reviewing it recently. If OnePlus is content to spread its wings in the junior flagship and entry-level space, we think it could really carve out a nice slice of the pie.

Best Android phones at Good2Go Mobile

There seems to be an endless number of wireless service providers to choose from, at least here in the United States. But when it comes down to it, many of them rely on the networks offered by three biggest carriers.Good2GoMobile, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), is one such carrier. Indeed, it has its own rate plans and features, but it licenses coverage from AT&T.When it comes to buying a phone for use on Good2Go Mobile there are a few options to consider. For starters, you can bring your current AT&T device to the carrier. Additionally, you can buy an unlocked phone for use on Good2Go.Customers can also purchase a phone directly from Good2Go. While the handset selection is a little on the smaller side, it’s a decent mix of most Samsung and Motorola devices. And as is the case with any service provider some models rise to the top.What follows are some of the best Android phones available at Good2Go today. These aren’t the most powerful, but rather the best for particular needs.Samsung Galaxy S20 UltraBest of the BunchIf you’re looking for the outright best of the Android bunch, this is the one. It’s big (6.9-inches), powerful (2.8GHz octa-core processer with 16GB RAM), and packs an incredible camera experience.It’s powered by Android 10 with Samsung’s custom UI which means it’s slick, user-friendly, and intuitive. Other features we love? Water-resistant coating, 5G connectivity, 8K video recording, and a generous battery with wireless charging.Shop Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra at Good2Go MobileSamsung Galaxy Note 10Multi-Tasking PowerhouseThis phone may be a generation behind the times, but we suspect you’d have a heck of a time seeing that in performance. Still more powerful than you need, it packs a big display, excellent suite of hardware, and comes with an integrated S Pen digital stylus.Offered in three really sharp colors, the device has a triple camera setup that captures wide and super wide shots. The battery life is not only fairly respectable, it’s also capable of super-fast and wireless charging.Shop Samsung Galaxy Note 10 at Good2Go MobileMotorola Moto G StylusMid-Range Task MasterPriced about one-third of Samsung’s counterpart, this phone is no less capable for many users. It’s powered by Android 10, comes with a 6.4-inch screen, and features its own digital stylus.Motorola leaves Android largely untouched, a feature we’ve come to really appreciate. Pair that with a solid mid-range bundle of hardware, and it’s a great value proposition. The 48-megapixel triple-camera captures ultra-wide and macro images.Shop Motorola Moto G Stylus at Good2Go MobileMotorola Moto G7First-Time BuyerA great way to jump into the world of smartphones, this one’s affordable and features the stock Android software experience. Parents might consider the phone for first-time users or when buying for multiple younger users.Features include a 6.2-inch scree, 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and face unlock capabilities. Perhaps best of all, its 5000mAh battery lasts nearly twice as long as other entry-level phones.Shop Motorola Moto G7 at Good2Go Mobile

Nokia phone buyer’s guide (Fall 2020)

Buying a phone in 2020 is an entirely different situation than it was just a few years back. Many consumers are used to buying their phones from their wireless service provider but that’s slowly changing.Thanks to the growing presence of unlocked handsets, customers are now able to choose from a much wider selection. Instead of being stuck with what your carrier offers, consider going direct to the manufacturer.Nokia is one brand that has done pretty well in the unlocked space; it continues to grow its portfolio with models at a variety of price points and hardware features.We’ve put together this Nokia phone buyer’s guide to help you make heads or tails out of everything. This should help you get a better understanding of what’s currently available from Nokia.Nokia Phone Buyer’s GuideNokia’s phones are essentially named and classified with a number. The general rule of thumb here is the bigger the number, the more powerful the phone.As of today there are phones split across the 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 series of phones. The Nokia 7.2, for instance, is a successor to the Nokia 7.1.Android OneOne of the best parts about Nokia phones is that they come with a stock version of Android. It’s lean and clean and left the way Google intended it to be.Additionally, Nokia does a wonderful job of supporting its phones with major software updates and monthly security patches. Its devices receive two years of major platform updates and three years of security and bug fixes.Dedicated ButtonAnother common feature in Nokia phones is a dedicated hardware button for Google Assistant. This gives users a quick and easy way of accessing the popular search tool and virtual assistant.Key PhonesThese are some of the current phones and their respective features offered by Nokia.Nokia 8.3 5GThe biggest and best of the bunch, this one will be highlighted in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die. The phone runs Android 10 and offers support for all 5G bands.Users get a large 6.81-inch display as well as a quad-camera (64MP + 8MP Ultra-Wide + 2MP Macro + 2MP Depth) array with ZEISS cinematic effects​.Under the hood are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor bolstered by 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Rounding things out are a 4,500mAh battery and a side-mounted power and fingerprint sensor button.Nokia 7.2Powered by Android 9 Pie, the device provides users with a 6.3-inch HD+ screen, a triple camera array, and 3,500mAh battery.A mid-range phone with wide support for 4G LTE bands, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4/6GB RAM. Storage is listed at 64GB of space but a microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 512GB external media.Nokia 6.2This one’s pretty similar to the aforementioned model but just slightly less powerful. If the 7.2 leans a bit in the direction of upper end, the 6.2 is firmly in the middle of the pack.The phone runs Android 10, has a triple-camera setup, and a 6.3-inch display. The key difference comes in the hardware which is dialed down a smidge. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip is paired with 3GB and 4GB options. Storage starts at 32GB and goes up to 128GB; microSD allows for external media.Nokia 5.3An excellent option for first-time users and those who don’t demand much of their phone, this one packs a large 6.55-inch screen and an equally large 4,000mAh battery.The handset runs Android 10 and comes with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB memory options. A quad-camera configuration snaps ultra-wide and macro shots while the expandable 64GB storage ensures you’ve got room to store them.Nokia 3 SeriesOften sold through prepaid carriers and MVNOs, these are a shade above entry-level. Although they are a little lighter on hardware, they still come with a wonderful software experience that’s backed with years of support.Nokia 2 SeriesCurrently comprised of a couple of models, this is where you’d start if you’ve really had much experience with a smartphone. You won’t have any fancy bells or whistles but you’ll still get important features like big screens, generous battery life, and dedicated Google Assistant buttons.