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Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

This week Microsoft’s own CEO Steve Ballmer stepped on stage at Build 2012 and let it be known that they’d sold 4 million Windows 8 ...

Microsoft drops Windows Phone Store developer registration to $8 for eight days

How amped is Microsoft to get developers into the Windows Phone 8 Store? The company announced today at Build that it's lowering developer ...

Microsoft posts Windows Phone 8 SDK, kicks off a new era for apps

The word "finally" is often abused (including by us), but here it's deserved: after months of knowing about Windows Phone 8 with little ...

Microsoft talks up Dropbox, Twitter, ESPN and PayPal for Window 8

There's plenty of excitement surrounding the release of Windows 8 here at Build. The general consensus around the operating system, however, holds that ...

Windows 8 gets fully re-imagined ESPN app to usher in new touch age

Microsoft this week at Build 2012 revealed a re-imagined version of ESPN for the world of Windows 8, including a collection of touch-friendly action. Michael ...

Windows 8 review

It's unusual, to say the least, for us to spend a year with a product before publishing our review. In the case of ...

Microsoft responds to Office 2013 complaint on Surface tablet

A supposed member of the Microsoft Word team has gone to Hacker News to address a complaint about Office 2013′s processing speed on the company’s ...

Ballmer: four million Windows 8 upgrades in four days

Greetings in beautiful, gray Redmond, WA. What better time to kick off year's Build event at the Microsoft campus than four days after ...

Live at Microsoft Build 2012 for the dawn of Windows Phone 8!

This week Microsoft is holding their yearly developer conference with Windows Phone 8 at the forefront right here at the start of the mobile OS, ...

Nokia Music update ushers in the Lumia 920 and 820 with Artist Profiles

This week when the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 hit the market with Windows Phone 8, you’ll be seeing updates to Nokia Music as ...

Acer’s Windows 8 all-in-ones cause big fuss in Taiwan, we go hands-on to find out why (video)

Although Microsoft's Windows 8 launch will very likely go down in history as a positive turning point for the company, it wasn't without ...

Steve Ballmer returns triumphantly to Microsoft ads for Windows Phone 8, now with less Crazy Eddie (video)

The last time we saw Steve Ballmer star in a commercial for Microsoft, he was extolling the virtues of a 286-based PC running ...

Windows 8 upgrade diary: a defiantly successful installation

Nothing's nicer than a happy ending. Except maybe a happy beginning, which is precisely what you're looking at above -- Microsoft's new OS ...

Editorial: Apple vs. everyone

It's a big storm, moving slowly. A gigantic span of ferocious swirl meets a front of chilly resistance. The effect of that collision ...

Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8 hands-on

Today the folks from Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8 in all its glory here live in San Fransisco. Along with many announcements and improvements we ...

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore pokes fun at iPhone and Android, provides deep dive of Windows Phone 8 in new video

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore -- also known as the manager for the entire Windows Phone program -- spent a fair amount of time on ...

Samsung ATIV S: Hands-on with Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 device (video)

It's taken its sweet time showing itself but we've finally got to handle Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S (not ...

Microsoft announces Skype app for Windows Phone 8 with new UI, deep People Hub integration (video)

Last week, if you recall, Microsoft announced Skype for Windows 8, a touch-friendly app that appeared in the Windows Store the same day ...

HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Today is the big day for the folks at Microsoft and their brand new Windows Phone 8. What we have today is the brand new ...

HTC 8X review: Windows Phone 8’s compact flagship

More Info Windows Phone 8X by HTC: 4.3-inch 720p display, LTE, dual-core S4, available this November ...

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Future gaming technology trends we should expect in 2021

Every decade there is a change of trends in video games. According to the marketing and sales specialists, by 2021 the gaming industry will see a new transformation.Trend 1: Introduction of 5GAt first glance, the transition from 4G to 5G does not seem so important. But what does this mean for gamers? Mobile games have always been limited by the latency of the Internet. Currently, this is about 10 milliseconds on 4G tech. For the average user, this may seem like a very small number, but for games – it’s an eternity. For more information, see androidappsforme.With 5G, Internet latency will be reduced to one millisecond, which will open up new opportunities for gamers. 5G data transfer speed will open up incredible opportunities for gaming and entertainment. Widespread use of 5G will begin around 2021. Thanks to this, mobile games will show an even faster pace of development.For example, over the past 40 years, about 1.5 billion game consoles have been sold. And over the past 10 years, more than 2.2 billion people have used smartphones to play games.Trend 2: The spread of the realities of AR and VRAlso, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will change.Since the creation of virtual and augmented reality, games have gained a truly immersive experience and a new perspective on the future of the gaming industry.In 2016, VR and AR raised $1.8 billion and $1 billion respectively; in 2021, these figures are projected to be $19 billion and $20.3 billion.The development of AR and VR proves that they are an integral part of the gaming market.Trend 3: Age categories of gamersIn addition to changes in technology, the portrait of the gamer as a whole is changing.While previously only a teenage boy was considered a gamer, today 45 percent of American gamers are women. And the average age of a player is 34 years. People play everything – from simple puzzle games to deadly shooters.By 2021, the Millennials (a generation of people born in 1982-2004) will reach its peak of purchasing power and become the main part of gamers.Trend 4: StreamingIf you find it silly and boring to watch other people play video games, you should reconsider your opinion. Thanks to streaming, video games have gained popularity in eSports.While the player base has grown by an average of 10% a year since 2015, the viewership base has doubled. In 2017, total eSports revenue was $655 million. In 2021, this figure will approach $1.6 billion.Trend 5: Gamification as attracting customers to storesSince various stores are constantly under pressure from the competition, they are looking for new solutions that would help them bring customers back to the shopping centers. Therefore, in this area, gamification solves two problems – attracting and retaining users. To increase interest in the project, the following must be present: status, new content, and free products. Within the game concept, higher levels, rewards, and belonging to a particular group or clan are valued.Especially for the Y generation – young people aged 18-27 who are more used to gamification. That is passing stages, tasks, and improving the level.For example, the Japanese retailer PARCO rewards customers with “coins” and discounts if they visit certain points or interact in any way with the store and the store’s app.Trend 6: Game data analysis will make games more profitableIn 2016, the Survios Studio used statistical data to understand player behavior. This helped them create the Raw Data shooter, which became exclusive to virtual reality helmets, earning $ 1,000,000 in a month.Data analysis for the game was done by the CDP platform, based on the player’s behavioral data, find out the answers to questions:Do gamers complete the game or stop at certain levels?Where do players prefer to launch games? In the Steam store or via Oculus?Do players choose HTC Viva or Oculus Rift?Are the players right-handed/left-handed?Do players return to the game and how much time they spend on games?Game manufacturers are trying to figure out what exactly will be the next popular trend in the gaming world using CDP data. This helps collect data about players and understand what they like best.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Boost Mobile’s new 2GB rate plan is just $10 per month

Boost Mobile on Friday announced a limited-time rate plan which could kick off an interesting season of competitive options.Available immediately, and running through the end of the year (December 31, 2020), Boost’s new offering is just $10 per month and includes unlimited talk and text, plus 2GB of high speed data.Additionally, it offers a $15 plan that doubles the data. Indeed, that’s 4GB of high speed data per month. Most carriers tend to price their plans around twice that, or approximately $30 per month.The Catch?What’s the fine print? There are two caveats to consider. First, the plan is only available to new customers who bring their own phone to the service.Also, after the three-month promotional period, Boost subscribers on the $10 plan will receive 1GB of high speed data; those on the $15 plan will receive 2GB of high-speed data.For those who don’t follow the wireless space all that closely, Boost offers five rate plans that cost less than $50 per month. Among them are the $10 (1GB) and $15 (2GB) option.

Total Wireless Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Most consumers are familiar with the big-name wireless carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Not nearly as many, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO), the smaller companies to license coverage from the tier-one providers.These lesser-known brands offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service. Let’s take a look at one in particular, Total Wireless — a TracFone subsidiary.Republic Wireless Buyer’s GuideStraight Talk Buyer’s GuideAT&T Prepaid Buyer’s GuideVerizon Prepaid Buyer’s GuideHow is Total Wireless coverage?Total Wireless sets itself apart from the competition by emphasizing multi-line plans while leveraging Verizon’s highly regarded network coverage. In the beginning, it only offered 3G service and was exclusive to Walmart, but today it is full (4G LTE) speed ahead and more accessible.What are Total Wireless rate plans?Total Wireless includes unlimited talk and text with all plans. Enrollment into auto-refill saves subscribers 5% on monthly plan.  Also worth noting, two of the options now include mobile hotspot capabilities.Single Line$25.00 per month – 1GB high speed data (unlimited talk/text)$35.00 per month – 5GB high speed data$50.00 per month – Unlimited high speed data, slowed at 25GBExtended PlanCustomers interested in purchasing plans in quarterly increments can do so under what’s called an Extended Plan. For $90, subscribers can get unlimited talk and text with 5GB of data every 30 days. It’s like buying the aforementioned $35 plan three months at once and receiving $15 discount.Multi-Line PlansSubscribers with multiple users can share data across 2-4 lines with unlimited talk and text included. As for the data allotments and price, it breaks down as follows.$60 – 30GB shared on up to two lines$85 – 60GB shared on up to three lines$100 – Unlimited high-speed data, slowed at 100GB, up to four linesAs is the case with standalone lines, customers can save money by enrolling in automatic bill payment. The prices shown in the image above reflect the discount.What deals does Total Wireless offer?You can check for deals at the Total Wireless website where a few models are currently shown with price drops.Tell me about Total Wireless phone selectionPhones from manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Alcatel, and ZTE are available for purchase online, along with retail options like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.Customers can also bring devices they currently own, however it must be CDMA. If unsure, check compatibility to see if you can add a SIM card.What else?Total Wireless offers a $10 global calling card that can be added to any plan. Users can place international calls from the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Rates vary.

Mobvoi TicWatch 3 Pro review: Swift performance, seriously long battery life

Does cutting-edge Qualcomm hardware finally put it on par with Apple or Samsung?