Tech Recap Weekly: Computex 2016, Windows 10 Mobile, discounts, short takes around the web

At Computex 2016, Asus, Dell, Digital Storm and other companies showed of great new Windows 10 devices, Windows 10 Mobile beta gets updated, Microsoft Band 2 and Xbox One gets price cut, and much more.

Asus Zenbo at Computex 2016 on this Tech Recap

This week on Pureinfotech: At Computex 2016, the largest technology trade show in Asia, not only Intel and AMD unveiled new advances on processors and computer graphics, but it was also an opportunity for many companies to show off new devices.

Asus was perhaps the company that stole the show by introducing beautiful and powerful new Windows 10 devices, including the ZenBook 3, a device that looks pretty much like a MacBook, but it’s 18 percent thinner and features narrow bezel.

Then the company also introduced the Transformer 3 Pro, a tablet that looks as stylish and professional as the Surface Pro 4. The Asus Transformer 3, a perfect iPad replacement to consume content, and the Transformer Mini, another 2-in-1 devices with aluminum body, fingerprint reader, and USB Type-C.

Acer was another manufacturer unveiling a number of devices, but the company for this year is choosing economy over style. At Computex 2016, Acer introduced four new budget Windows 10 devices, including the Switch V 10 and the Switch One 10, which are two 2-in-1 convertibles, and the Acer TravelMate P2 laptops.

Acer also introduced a new stunning 32-inch monitor that offers 4K resolutions with ZeroFrame design reducing the bezel size to nearly zero.

Digital Storm, a company that build custom desktop computers, launched the Aura 34-inch All-in-One gaming PC, which packs Intel’s latest Broadwell-E Core i7 processor featuring 10 cores and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. In short, this is the most powerful All-in-One you’ll find today.

Dell didn’t unveil new XPS laptops, but the company introduced its new line of Inspiron Windows 10 PCs, and revealed the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 device.

At Computex 2016, MouseComputer also announced two new accessories to bring Windows Hello to old computers running Windows 10. And HP launched the Deskjet 3755, the world’s smallest all-in-one printer with a sleek design for only $70.

This week, Microsoft Band 2 gets its price reduced again. Currently you can get the fitness tracker for $175 at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and Amazon.

On a related news, the Microsoft Band 2 gets Cortana integration for Android through a new update for the Health app.

If you have been waiting for a good opportunity to get a new Xbox One, now it’s probably the time, as Microsoft has recently reduced the price for the base model to $299. However, the price reduction appears just days before the company is rumored to launch the new slim Xbox One, alongside two new Xbox streaming devices.

On another related news, currently there is a promotional offer at the Microsoft Store and Amazon, where you can get a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership digital code for only $40 (save $20). Keep in mind that this is a limited time offer, as such you must act fast.

Also this week, Viber released its Universal app for Windows 10 with all the new features you know and love in your mobile device.

Microsoft also launched its Outlook watch face for Android Wear to help you stay on top of your daily events and emails.

Early version of the new Skype app for Windows 10 Mobile leaks onto the web, and if you want to give it a try, here I showed you how.

Windows 10 Mobile build 14356 rolled out to Insiders enabling notifications sync to your PC, and the ability for Cortana to easily send photos from your phone to your PC with a simple voice command, and of course, the preview also includes a bunch of new fixes.

Now that you can get phone notifications on your PC, this week I published a new guide to help you choose what type of phone notifications you want to receive on your PC or how to disable all push notifications.

If you’re still using Windows 7, you can’t miss the new how-to guide I added this week to help you to easily integrate the Convenience Rollup update into a Windows 7 ISO file to speed up the installation of the operating system with the latest updates.

Finally, if you’re a Surface Pro 3 owner, you can now download the recovery image for the tablet with Windows 10, which will speed up the process when you need to recover your device.

If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.

Short takes around the web

Here are a few other things that happened this week around the web.

Asus Zenbo

Along with a number of great new Windows 10 devices, Asus at Computex 2016 also introduced Zenbo, a new inexpensive robot that aims to provide assistance, entertainment and companionship.

Zenbo is reasonable priced at $599, but release date is yet to be announced. For more information, visit http://zenbo.asus.com/.

Microsoft keynote at Computex 2016

In case you didn’t know, Microsoft was also part of Computex 2016. The company talked opening Windows Holographic to developers to bring virtual reality everywhere. Along with the announcement, Microsoft also showed off new devices that are coming later this year running Windows 10 from partners, and a lot more.

If you missed the keynote, Microsoft’s Channel9 published the full event for everyone to watch.

Samsung advises customers not to install Windows 10

Early this week, The Register reported that Samsung is currently advising its customers not to install Windows 10, even though it’s the most successful version of Windows in the history of Microsoft. According to the company, Samsung devices aren’t yet compatible with the new operating system.

On a statement the computer manufacturer said:

“Honestly speaking, we don’t suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter.”

“The Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows. What we usually recommend is to keep the current Windows version and we’ll update you once the Windows 10 have no more issues on any Samsung laptops and computers or even monitors.”

HoloLens Development Edition

Microsoft’s Alex Kipman announced the first major update for Windows Holographic. The new update brings a number of improvements based on feedback including:

  • Multi-tasking: You can now run multiple applications at the same time.
  • Input: You can now connect a regular Bluetooth mouse to your HoloLens device.
  • Voice: We’ve added new commands, such as “face me”, “make bigger”, and “make Smaller”.
  • Edge: Edge now supports many of your feature requests such as tabs.
  • Photos: The Photos app have been updated to support pinning of pictures without any borders or chrome.

Windows 10 Mobile to include Xbox One game streaming support

Early this week, a Reddit user spotted a new “play from console” option on the Xbox beta app for Windows 10 Mobile. After tapping the option, a message popped up saying “We couldn’t stream from your console. Try again later.” While the feature is not currently working, the new option suggest that Microsoft is working to bring Xbox One streaming to mobile version of Windows 10.

Microsoft shows you how to build a magic mirror

We have smart TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, phones, and even smart watches. How about smart mirrors? While smart mirrors are nothing new, Microsoft is getting in that market too, and now the company is offering a complete guide, including source code so you can build one for yourself.

The Microsoft’s magic mirror works with Windows 10 IoT running on a Raspberry Pi computer. The project simply involves a two-way mirror with a monitor project from the back, which is similar to other smart mirror projects. However, the game changer is the facial recognition feature that allows the device to customize the experience for each person.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Edge Dev blog and check GitHub for download the code and more instructions.

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