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Since its launch in 2009, Google Dashboard has been a useful gizmo that helps customers higher handle their knowledge and (relative) privateness.
Eight years later, Google is asserting a serious overhaul of its Dashboard, making it simpler to handle the services you employ by Google, in addition to how a lot knowledge every is allowed entry to.
As seen within the picture above evaluating the previous Google Dashboard (left) with the brand new one (proper), probably the most noticeable distinction is how touchscreen-friendly the refreshed design is in comparison with the unique.
With extra customers turning to cellular units for his or her searches and apps, it additionally is smart that managing your knowledge on these units needs to be better-suited for smaller screens.
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The redesign additionally make it simpler to obtain knowledge — helpful for Google's Takeout characteristic, which permits customers to repeat or export all their Google knowledge to an exterior supply.
Based on Google, this characteristic has led to over an exabyte of exported knowledge since its launch in 2011, with greater than 1,000,000 exports made every month.
Google's new Dashboard is predicted to roll out to customers over the approaching days. Oh, and in case you had been curious: one exabyte is the same as a billion gigabytes.
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For years, Netflix has seemed like an unstoppable streaming pressure. However the whole lot has a weak spot, and Netflix's is its reliance on established studios for its largest film titles – and Disney simply fired a number of proton torpedoes into that exact thermal exhaust port, asserting it’s pulling its films from the service.
This implies by 2019, Netflix could have a large mouse gap to fill and you may ensure that that is solely the beginning.
In what was an apparent transfer, Disney introduced in August it should launch its personal streaming service and open up its huge archive of Disney movies and TV reveals. That’s a variety of leisure to mine with over 70 years of films and TV reveals the corporate can now put into its personal Mouse Home.
In what was an much more apparent transfer, Disney has confirmed that – within the US at the least – it is going to be eradicating Star Wars and Marvel films from Netflix and likewise including these to its new service.
It's clear what Disney is doing. It needs its personal Netflix, a spot the place all of its content material can reside and be streamed for a month-to-month payment that goes straight into its personal coffers.
It’s already doing this in app kind. Its UK-only Disney Life app is a spot for a lot of of its children content material, coupled with video games, songs and story books. There are lots of of movies, and 1000’s of TV episodes obtainable on there for a month-to-month payment.
It's additionally obtainable in your TV too for those who use Chromecast or Apple TV. However a devoted TV streaming service will open up this content material and rather more to a wider, world viewers.
To do that, although, it wants the streaming know-how. Enter BAMTech. Final 12 months Disney pumped $ 1 billion into the corporate that at present powers its ESPN streaming app. This week, it added one other $ 1.58 billion and now it owns 75% of the corporate.
Whereas Iger mentioned it was fascinated by doing a streaming service for each its Star Wars and Marvel franchises, it’s greater than possible that they are going to be built-in sooner or later into this new streaming service.
It’s possible it might finally take the TV channel bundle method that Sky affords at present within the UK, providing sport (ESPN), Disney, Marvel and Star Wars channeled content material for various costs.
Nevertheless, if Disney chooses to do that, its mannequin will probably be watched fastidiously by different large distributors. Whereas nobody else at present has the IP may of Disney, we’re already seeing this stream-based channel method adopted by Netflix’s different large rival, Amazon.
Its Amazon Channels service has pre-empted the carving up of content material, providing a spot the place you possibly can stream devoted channels from the likes of HBOGo, MGM, cult UK distributor Arrow Video and the Discovery Channel.
Netflix is savvy, although. It’s getting ready itself for the worst by shopping for up its personal IP – this week it acquired Millarworld – and there will probably be loads extra of those offers. It has additionally had nice success with its personal properties, although many of those have a Marvel taste to them.
Disney’s transfer into streaming could also be apparent however this shouldn’t detract from how a lot of a shift it may very well be for the business.
2019 is a big 12 months for Disney. It would launch its personal Disney-branded streaming service however it’s additionally when the ultimate a part of the principle Star Wars saga will probably be launch – Episode IX is in cinemas Could, 2019.
What higher time to announce your brand-new Star Wars streaming service that can completely home a Star Wars TV present.
Up to date: Microsoft's Mike Ybarra has just lately confirmed that mouse and keyboard help will be anticipated on the brand new console. Talking at aQ&A panel at PAX West, the company vp stated, "Keyboard and mouse help is certainly coming…you'll see our first keyboard and mouse supporting video games quickly."
The announcement is nice information for anybody that prefers the management scheme of PC gaming however is scared off by the preliminary excessive prices.
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Venture Scorpio lastly has its actual identify: Xbox One X. That is the evolution of Microsoft's Xbox consoles.
We've had a bit of time with the brand new console so you possibly can try our arms on: Xbox One X evaluate.
The console was formally named throughout Microsoft's E3 2017 keynote on stage by Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. Spencer hyped the Xbox One X's capacity to play video games in native 4K, usually at 60 frames per second.
Whereas the Xbox One X would be the strongest console ever created with 12GB of DDR5 reminiscence, it doesn't imply previous Xbox Ones will likely be left within the mud –Spencer was clear that there will likely be sport compatibility throughout all Xbox units.
So what does the Xbox One X do in a different way? The large promoting level is 4K – a decision 4 occasions larger than conventional 1080p HD. However that's not the one trick up Xbox One X's sleeve. It may well additionally play video games in HDR and at larger body charges than each the unique Xbox One and Xbox One S.
Fortunately, nevertheless, you received't want all-new controllers or headsets – all of the equipment that work on Xbox One and Xbox One S work on Xbox One X.
So how a lot is it going to set you again? $ 499 (£449, €499, CA$ 599 or AU$ 649).
Right here's what you possibly can anticipate when Xbox One X launches on November 7, 2017.
Lower to the chase
What’s it? A brand new 4K-equipped Xbox One
When is it out? November 7, 2017
What’s going to it value? $ 499 (£449, €499, CA$ 599 or AU$ 649)
Xbox One X's design
Xbox One X seems to be nearly equivalent to the Xbox One S. It has an area gray coloration, and comes with a 4K Blu-ray participant.
Superior electrical engineering. Moore's Regulation. A miracle. Name it no matter you need, however the Xbox One X defies what we thought was potential for a console, squeezing an ultra-powerful GPU right into a slim plastic shell.
Additionally just like the Xbox One S, the One X seems to be to have two bodily buttons: one instead of the touch-capacitive energy button and one for the eject button on the face of the console.
However the massive distinction – when you may even it name it massive – is the shift of the drive from the entrance high part all the way down to the very center of the console. It may not have any distinction in observe, but it surely does really feel a bit extra complicated for gamers dealing with the system for the primary time.
Fascinated by something aside from the House Gray coloration? You then may wish to go for the particular Venture Scorpio version of the console, which will likely be out there in small portions.
Past its preliminary launch we're positive that we'll see extra colours of the console nevertheless.
What's powering Xbox One X?
The headline characteristic of the brand new console is its GPU, which can pack an enormous six teraflops of graphical efficiency. The One X's GPU has 40 compute models (in comparison with the unique Xbox's 12) working at a clockspeed of 1172MHz (up from 853MHz), which is an enormous leap over each the unique Xbox and the PS4 Professional.
Specifically its GPU is four.6 occasions extra than the unique Xbox One.
Earlier than you begin celebrating, that's nonetheless a good quantity lower than Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which pumps out a whopping 9 teraflops however, contemplating that high-quality VR solely requires a GTX 970 to work correctly, Xbox One X shouldn't (in principle a minimum of) have any hassle offering Xbox players with their first foray into digital actuality.
Nonetheless, the console ought to have the ability to run very effectively due to upgrades to its command processor, which has been upgraded to utilize Microsoft's new DirectX 12 graphics API, leading to effectivity financial savings for the console of as a lot as 50% for titles working on the brand new API, in keeping with Microsoft.
The remainder of the console's has additionally been improved. Its AMD CPU has seen its pace enhance from 1.75GHz to 2.3GHz whereas retaining the identical variety of cores (a 30% enhance in horsepower), and its reminiscence has been boosted by 60% over the unique Xbox One.
Some have questioned Microsoft's determination to stay with the (admittedly a extremely augmented and customised model) AMD Jaguar class processor which powers the unique Xbox One and PS4 relatively than improve to one thing far more however Phil Spencer just lately addressed this in an interview with The Guardian.
It was, he stated, the results of a value/efficiency compromise. Although it will be potential to "design a $ 2,000 console that ran, like, two Titan Xs SLI-d collectively", it will result in a value level that doesn't swimsuit consoles. With this compromise Microsoft has managed to succeed in a value level that reveals the console remains to be a premium product however "relative to the PC that you can go purchase at this spec, you’re gonna really feel actually good.”
Even the motherboard has seen enhancements, and can adapt its energy supply to match the particular traits of the person console's chip.
Audio processing has additionally seen enhancements, with Dolby Atmos being included within the console.
The console will use a vapour chamber to dissipate warmth out of the again of the console.
These enhancements have been designed by a crew of Microsoft engineers after evaluation of bottlenecks on the prevailing console and its graphics engines, and prototyped utilizing emulators.
Excitingly, it's additionally been revealed by Eurogamer that the console will help adaptive frame-rate know-how often known as FreeSync. One X would be the first console to help this know-how because it's one thing that's extra generally present in PCs.
When a console drops under its goal frame-rate of 60fps or 30 fps a graphical glitch often known as screen-tearing can typically happen. Historically consoles use one thing often known as V-Sync to stop this taking place however this typically brought on lag and stutter which isn't nice for fast-paced video games.
Having FreeSync implies that Xbox One X ought to have the ability to forestall any screen-tearing with out that telling judder or input-lag, one thing that will likely be notably key when enjoying graphically demanding 4K video games. Although Microsoft has stated will probably be out there throughout all the console's video games, even backwards appropriate Xbox 360 titles.
Although that is nice, one draw back is that many One X house owners received't get to benefit from the know-how straight away. It’s because adaptive sync will solely be out there on TVs geared up with HDMI 2.1 (a show normal that hasn’t but been ratified) or pc displays that help FreeSync over HDMI. It's unlikely majority of individuals could have entry to those sorts of shows simply but.
Nonetheless, we will anticipate the vast majority of TVs sooner or later to undertake the HDMI 2.1 normal so someday sooner or later you're in all probability going to finish up with a TV that may help FreeSync.
All of which means rendering in native 4K is an actual risk for the brand new console, which contradicts a Microsoft whitepaper revealed final 12 months which recommended that the brand new console would make use of upscaling methods referred to as 'half-resolution' and 'sparse rendering'.
Half-resolution is a method whereby graphically intensive results are run at a decrease decision than the sport as an entire, and are then upscaled to the total decision.
In the meantime, sparse rendering is a method that's just like the PS4 Professional's 'checkerboarding' approach, which cleverly upscales video games to 4K in a approach that's nearly indistinguishable from the native decision.
Whereas Microsoft has stated that it's focusing on native 4K for its first-party titles, these methods recommend that the Xbox One X's video games will run at totally different resolutions, relying on their developer's priorities.
The opposite benefit Xbox One X has is that, because the Xbox One runs Home windows, it'll be straightforward for sport builders to create video games to work on each platforms.
"The potential to construct a sport that truly takes benefit of various capabilities is a part of any third-party dev ecosystem, or anyone who's focusing on Home windows and console on the identical time," stated Xbox head Phil Spencer talking to Wired.
Microsoft additionally guarantees the console will have the ability to render visuals at 60Hz, which suggests silky easy gameplay that's synced to your TV's refresh charge. Digital Foundry's video specifically confirmed off a port of Forza Motorsport working at 60fps at 4K.
Nonetheless, extra just lately it's been confirmed that Future 2 will solely run at 30fps on the console, indicating that not all video games will hit that 60fps goal.
An additional 1GB of RAM
Simply days earlier than Microsoft's E3 presentation, Mike Ybarra has introduced on Twitter that after some superb tuning, Xbox has managed to unlock an additional gigabyte of RAM for builders.
Xbox One X has 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with 3GB reserved for the system itself. Which means builders now have 9GB of RAM to work with for his or her video games.
The extra RAM a console has free, the extra a sport can load on the one time. Ybarra went on to elucidate that even video games that don't need to make use of the total 9GB could have it as a cache and see an enormous distinction in load occasions.
Enhanced on Xbox One X
One fascinating revelation from Microsoft's E3 announcement is that each one consoles within the Xbox One household, together with One X and the One S, will have the ability to play from the identical library of video games.
Xbox One X may even apparently help a choose variety of Xbox 360 video games similar to the Xbox One in addition to unique Xbox video games as effectively.
Nonetheless, extra consoles like Xbox One X will characteristic higher gaming experiences because of the extra parts.
The identify for this idea is "Enhanced on Xbox One X." It's a advertising slogan that offers you an concept of which video games will get the 4K HDR increase and which of them will merely run at larger framerates.
For those who already personal video games which can be set to obtain Xbox One X patches then Microsoft has introduced that these patches will be set to obtain mechanically as quickly as they're out there as a way to get gaming in 4K with out having to fret about updating.
Lots of Microsoft's future first-party video games will include these enhancements proper out of the field. That stated, Gears of Conflict four, Forza Horizon three, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Closing Fantasy 15, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Rocket League and dozens of different widespread Xbox One video games will obtain free updates to take full benefit of the facility of Xbox One X when the system launches.
How a lot of a distinction are we speaking? Digital Foundry confirmed a screenshot of the Forza Motorsport 6 working in 4K whereas nonetheless sustaining 60fps, whereas nonetheless having loads of GPU horsepower to spare.
Most fascinating was the truth that this sport had been ported to Xbox One X after simply a few days of porting work. This ease means that we would see numerous video games being ported to the brand new console.
This means that 1080p Xbox One video games ought to have the ability to run at 4K on Xbox One with out an excessive amount of hassle, and Microsoft has additionally stated that it intends for video games with a decision of 900p on Xbox One to additionally run at 4K on Xbox One.
Nonetheless, even when you're stick rocking a Full HD TV it is best to profit from the Xbox One X's capacity to super-sample video games from 4K all the way down to 1080p, which ought to end in a lift to element.
For those who're curious what video games may really find yourself wanting like in comparison with their 1080p variations, then a few latest Microsoft tech demos may offer you a greater concept.
Apparently, even supposing Sony now requires that each PS4 sport help the Professional in a roundabout way, this is not going to be the case with Xbox One X. As revealed in a latest interview not each Xbox One sport going ahead will likely be required to help the brand new .
Ostensibly this can be a good factor, since it’s going to permit builders to decide on how you can finest spend their restricted assets, however will probably be fascinating to see whether or not this harms developer adoption of the brand new .
Whose VR headset?
Xbox has just lately introduced that will probably be bringing combined actuality headset help to Xbox One and Xbox One X in 2018, though we're but to see what kind this integration will take.
Xbox house owners received't be restricted to only one headset. As an alternative the console will help all Home windows Blended Actuality headsets, which embrace fashions from Lenovo, Dell, Acer and HP. There's additionally HoloLens, however that's for augmented actuality and never VR.
Up to now, Microsoft hasn't talked about help for the opposite two massive gamers within the PC VR area, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Right here's the dangerous information: since Xbox One X doesn't come bundled with a VR headset – a minimum of not one which Spencer talked about – anticipate to spend an extra $ 600-$ 800 (£499-£689) for one.
Transitioning from an previous console
Microsoft stated it goals to make the method of upgrading from an present Xbox One to an X so simple as potential and there are a few choices for these making the improve.
The quickest technique to switch video games from one console to a different will likely be, as you'd anticipate, utilizing an exterior arduous drive. Nonetheless, for those who don't have a drive sufficiently big, there may even be possibility to maneuver video games by way of your house community. This may take a bit of longer but it surely means you don't need to arrange a model new console and re-download your whole video games from scratch. You received't have to maneuver them one after the other both as a brand new 'bulk switch' characteristic permits you to choose all the video games you wish to transfer on the one time after which go away the console to do its factor.
When establishing the brand new console it'll be potential to again up the settings out of your unique console and switch them over, in addition to choose a 'put together for 4K possibility' which can imply that as quickly as an enhanced patch turns into out there for a sport, your console will begin downloading it and have it prepared so that you can play.
Take a look at our information to Xbox One S vs Xbox One X to see what you're getting with the newer machine
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