Microsoft Unveils 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Controller and Headset

Xbox fans are probably having a hard time keeping up with all the new wireless controllers Microsoft has been putting out on the market in such a short time. We’re sorry to put even more salt on the wound, but Microsoft has just announced new Xbox accessories that no fan should miss.

Since November 15 will mark Xbox’s 20th anniversary, Microsoft decided to celebrate it with style. Two new accessories are now available for pre-order in select markets, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller and 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Stereo Headset.

Both will hit the shelves on November 15, but they are now available for pre-order for $69.99 each via Microsoft Store. Free shipping and hassle-free returns are included too.

The 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller is a new spin on the translucent green of the original Xbox Debug kit. As seen in the image, the body of the controller features a translucent black finish with sliver internals a… (read more)
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AMD Warns of Reduced Performance of Some Processors on Windows 11

Windows 11 is now available for everybody, but if you installed the new operating system on an AMD system and noticed a substantial slowdown in performance, then it’s worth knowing the company itself is aware of the whole thing and fixes are coming.

AMD says in a tech support document that some of the computers equipped with compatible AMD processors could end up experiencing reduced performance in certain applications when running Windows 11 due to two different problems.

First of all, AMD says, the measured and functional L3 cache latency could increase by approximately three times, AMD says.

“Applications sensitive to memory subsystem access time may be impacted. Expected performance impact of 3-5% in affected applications, 10-15% outliers possible in games commonly used for eSports,” the company explains.

The good news is a fix is already on its way, and it should be released to users as part of a Win… (read more)
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Firefox Will Show Suggestions in the Address Bar (Nope, They’re Not Ads)

Mozilla is gearing up to make another controversial change in Firefox, this time with a feature that will provide users with what could very well be considered ads.

Called suggestions “from our trusted partners,” based on what you’re searching for, these new listings will begin showing up in Firefox 92, with Mozilla explaining that the whole thing is supposed to improve the searching experience and find a specific site much faster.

Mozilla guarantees no information and data is collected, so in theory, your privacy is just as solid as before.

But of course, not everybody is excited with these suggestions in the address bar, especially because, as you can see in this screenshot provided by Mozilla itself, it makes the UI overall a little bit cluttered.

“Firefox has always provided address bar suggestions, such as websites from your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs (on by default), as well as suggestions from your default search engine. Beginning in Firefox… (read more)
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Glitchpunk Preview (PC)

My android delivers one shotgun blast to the face of one policeman before making a run for it, trying to get a motorbike and put some distance between her and the law. Unfortunately, another two enemies cut me off and after an extended firefight I end up outside a hospital. Time to get a gun and try again.

Glitchpunk is being developed by Dark Lord and published by Daedalic Entertainment. The game is offered in Early Access via Steam and the plan is to keep the creative process going for about 6 to 8 months before a full release.

The title puts players in the futuristic boots of an android newly arrived in a city who has to take on the worst violence-focused jobs in the area. Get a gun, get some meds, maybe spend some money on augmentations, and then go kill someone in the city. The top-down perspective is very close to early GTA and there’s fun to be had by sowing chaos and trying to deal with the consequences. But the game cannot yet deliver on its promise.

Vehi… (read more)
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Razer Announces New Windows 11 Laptops, Full Support for Microsoft's OS

Microsoft launched Windows 11 with much fanfare earlier this week, and now device manufacturers around the clock can finally take the wraps off their new devices built with this operating system in mind.

Unsurprisingly given Windows 11 comes with several improvements for gamers, Razer is one of the biggest names to bet big on this new operating system, so the company today announced new Razer Book and Razer Blade 15 Advanced models coming pre-loaded with Microsoft’s latest product.

Razer Book features welcome upgrades, with power coming from the 11th Gen Intel Core processors paired with Intel Iris Xe graphics. The device also features 4K resolutions with touch input, because what’s a modern device running Windows 11 without touch, right?

The Razer Book is available from $999 in the United States, according to the official release (embedded… (read more)
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Razer Basilisk V3 Review – Mister All-Rounder

Razer has earned a well-deserved place in the hearts of many gamers out there, and to be honest, it’s really no surprise why.

The company builds an always-expanding lineup of gaming accessories with a special focus on customization and premium quality, all without (always) stepping away from the affordable price tags that allow Razer to appeal to the masses at the same time.

From this perspective, the Razer Basilisk V3 is a device that perfectly aligns with this approach. More affordable than its predecessor, the new mouse is first and foremost aimed at gamers, though at the same time, it’s capable of doing so much more and can easily replace your daily driver even for working on a PC.

Just like the other Razer accessories, the Basilisk sports impressive build quality. And not only that it feels premium to the touch, but it also looks exquisite, and it’s pretty clear the parent company has spent a considerable amount of time to get everything right in this regard…. (read more)
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Microsoft Has Invented a Limited-Edition Windows 11 Ice Cream

Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 earlier this week, and to celebrate this highly anticipated moment, the company has also introduced a special treat that fans in the United States would totally love.

The software firm has announced what’s being called Bloomberry, a limited-edition ice cream created in collaboration with Mikey Likes It and offered for free at certain locations in East Village and Harlem.

Panos Panay himself teased the ice cream on Twitter, and Mikey Likes It confirmed that Bloomberry was a free treat for the luckiest Microsoft users that combines blueberry ice cream with blueberry pie filling, pound cake, and candy chocolate pieces.

It sounds delicious, there’s no doubt about it, but on the other hand, it was only offered to Microsoft fans in the United States. No love for Europeans, unfortunately.

Windows 11 rolling out in stages

The rollout of Windows 11 is taking place in stages to devices across the world, with Microsoft promi… (read more)
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Some Windows 11 Users End Up With a Windows 10 Taskbar

Microsoft has started the rollout of Windows 11 earlier this week, and unsurprisingly, plenty of users out there rushed to install the operating system, not only from Windows Update but also using the alternative download methods, including the Update Assistant released by the company itself.

As it turns out, however, not everybody installing Windows 11 ends up getting a flawless experience, and some of those who turn to the Update Assistant actually get a mix of new and old features.

As you can see in the screenshot here and published by reddit user Mastermind1703, their Windows 11 install actually comes with the Windows 10 taskbar, while the Start menu is completely broken.

Several others have confirmed the same thing on their devices, and right now, no workaround is known to exist, other than installing Windows 11 from scratch.

Microsoft has alread… (read more)
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70 Million “Refugees” Join Telegram During WhatsApp Outage

Telegram is already considered one of the top alternatives to WhatsApp, so the outage encountered by Facebook and all of its other platforms, including Instagram and Messenger, on Monday has pushed an impressive number of users to competing products.

According to Telegram founder Pavel Durov, no less than 70 million people joined the service in just a single day.

While Durov doesn’t specifically mention WhatsApp, it’s pretty clear most users come from the Facebook-owned platform, especially given the many hours of outage experienced this week.

“The daily growth rate of Telegram exceeded the norm by an order of magnitude, and we welcomed over 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day. I am proud of how our team handled the unprecedented growth because Telegram continued to work flawlessly for the vast majority of our users. That said, some users in the Americas may have experienced slower speed than usual as millions of users from these continents rushed … (read more)
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More Than Half of Apple Users Not Impressed with iPhone 13

Apple has launched the iPhone 13 and the Apple Watch Series 7 last month, and while the smartphone is already up for grabs, the new smartwatch is projected to hit the shelves later this month.

But according to a survey conducted by SellCell, this year’s generation isn’t necessarily really impressive, as no less than 64 percent of the respondents said they are not very or even not at all excited with the new products.

“When asked what they think of the new iPhone 13 lineup, 14.4% of Apple users said it is “extremely” or “very exciting”; 21.5% rated it “somewhat exciting”; 64.1% deem it “not very” or “not at all” exciting,” the survey reveals.

Out of the existing iPhone users, only 23.2 percent of them said they plan to purchase an iPhone 13. So with less than 1 in four iPhone owners planning an upgrade, it’s hard to believe the iPhone 13 would generate a supercycle, as many customers might de… (read more)
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