Thurrott Daily: March 23 – (blog)

Thurrott Daily: March 23

Getting points all set for the next “Every little thing Should Go” event.

Tech tidbits from about the web:

3/23/2016 11:49:13 AM

Get Gears of War: Best Edition for Xbox One for merely $10

Microsoft’s Xbox Spring Sale is in full swing right now, however the very best Xbox deal is at Amazon: You can easily Get hold of Gears of War: Best Edition (digital code) for merely $10. And that gives you access to every one of the previous Gears games for Xbox 360 (which work, or will certainly work, on Xbox One along with backwards compatibility plus the ability to be just one of the initial to inspect out the Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta next month. What’s not to love?

Microsoft pledges to fix v-sync problems in UWP games … eventually

In an interview along with VentureBeat, Xbox product manager Jason Ronald said that Microsoft hears complaints regarding UWP games and their inability to customize v-sync. And it will certainly eventually fix this, somehow.

“A few of the early feedback we’ve gotten from the initial wave of UWP-enabled games is that people don’t love that v-sync is locked to the refresh price of the monitor or that there’s a lack of support for Gsync and Freesync [options that intelligently output rendered images onto a monitor at the very same price as that graphics card,” he said. “We’ve taken that feedback, and we’re actively functioning on fixes that we’re testing along with A few of our first-celebration studios. We’ll be shipping these later this year.”


Now Google is functioning on an iOS keyboard too

With Microsoft Obtaining in to the mobile OS virtual keyboard game with its Swiftkey purchase, Hub Keyboard app, and Word Flow keyboard app, it is perhaps not surprising that Google is making its own iOS keyboard too. The Verge reports:

Google has actually been producing a third-celebration keyboard for iOS that would certainly put the company’s search engine in a highly used section of the interface.

The keyboard, which incorporates a number of search options, has actually been in progress for months, according to people familiar along with the matter.

The Google keyboard incorporates a variety of features meant to distinguish it from the stock iOS keyboard. love its Android counterpart, the Google keyboard for iOS employs gesture-based typing, so you can easily slide your finger from one letter to the next and permit Google guess your intended word. Tap the Google logo and you can easily access traditional web search. It likewise appears to have actually distinct buttons for pictures and GIF searches, the 2 presumably powered by Google image search. The keyboard is visually distinct from the standard Android keyboard, which incorporates voice search however no text or image-based searching.

iOS 9.3 likewise permits global Wi-Fi calling on AT&T-based iPhones

Good news for you AT&T customers using iPhones: This week’s iOS 9.3 update likewise permits global Wi-Fi calling. Apple Insider reports:

Apple iPhone owners that updated their device to iOS 9.3 are being notified via text message of AT&T’s global Wi-Fi calling feature, a service that allows users to place calls to — and receive calls from — the U.S. free of incurring airtime charges.

The U.S. wireless provider said its latest carrier software update extends months-old Wi-Fi calling capabilities beyond domestic borders. The feature is sure to be well received by jet-setters keen on missing higher global roaming charges. AT&T notes calls to and from global numbers will certainly be charged at rates commensurate to a customer’s smartphone package or global calling plan.

Check out AT&T’s Wi-Fi Calling page for much more info.

Swift 2.2 entails support for Linux

This week’s release of iOS 9.3 was accompanied by brand-new versions of Xcode (7.3), Apple’s Mac-based developer environment, and Swift (2.2), its brand-new (and open-sourced) C-love programming language. As the Swift blog notes, Swift 2.2 comes along with a variety of brand-new features, among the much more interesting is Linux support.

Swift 2.2 entails support for Swift on Linux. The Linux port is still relatively brand-new and in this release does not contain the Swift Core Libraries (which will certainly appear in Swift 3). The port does, however, contain LLDB and the REPL.

Binaries for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 15.10 are now available for download. This ought to reach an audience of regarding 11.

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