The Xbox E3 2017 press conference’s biggest announcements

Microsoft’s press conference was undeniably the most anticipated of E3 2017, bringing with it the long-awaited unveiling of Project Scorpio, revealed to be the Xbox One X.

If you missed the conference but want to make sure you don’t miss anything, here’s how to re-watch it, along with a recap of all the event’s biggest announcements.

How to re-watch the conference

Here’s the good news: if you’re reading this, you’re already halfway there. Microsoft has put its entire E3 2017 press conference on YouTube, and you can watch it through the embedded player right at the top of this page. Just skip ahead to around the 40-minute mark to get to the good stuff.

What did Microsoft announce?

Xbox One X

This year was all about the Xbox One X, the only major hardware announcement from any company at E3 2017. Microsoft finally fully unveiled its rival to the PlayStation 4 Pro, and it’s a bit of a beast.

We already knew the specs going in, but we finally got to see the final form factor (which is impressively small), find out the name (Xbox One X), and get the release date (7 November) and price (£449/$499).

E3 2017 latest news: Game announcements, trailers & release dates

E3 is the biggest gaming event on the tech calendar, and E3 2017 is happening in Los Angeles right now. The likes of Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix and others are taking the stage during the event, showcasing new games and consoles. Here’s all of the latest news from E3 2017.

When is E3 2017?

So now you know what E3 is, what are the dates for this year? The event itself is due to run for three days, 13-15 June 2017. More details about show opening hours are below:

  • Tuesday 13 June 2016: 12pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 14 June 2016: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday 15 June 2016: 10am-5pm

However, while the event itself runs from Tuesday – Thursday, many companies host their own press conferences before the show begins.

E3 2017 schedule: Press conferences

The likes of Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Bethesda and Ubisoft host press events on the Sunday and Monday ahead of E3, with this year looking no different. Take a look at our E3 schedule below for all the latest press conference announcements.

For a rundown of the best games from E3 2017 from every publisher, visit our best games of E3 2017 article.

You can rewatch the entire live stream in our dedicated EA Play 2017 article, but if you’re just looking for a quick summary, here’s what was announced or talked about (click on the links to find out more detail about each one):

  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • Anthem (a new BioWare IP)
  • Battlefield 1: In The Name of the Tsar DLC
  • FIFA 18
  • Need for Speed Payback
  • A Way Out
  • NBA Live 18

How to Rip DVD for free with Freemake

Like the CD rack before it, the faithful DVD shelf used to be the focal point of many living rooms, but we all know how quickly technology moves on. These days we have Sky Movies, Netflix and Amazon Video and on-demand TV, so there’s a pretty good chance you haven’t actually visited that shelf for a good while now. Even Blu-ray – heralded as the future by the big movie studios – is still a physical format that, in some ways, is already outmoded.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have all your DVD movies and TV box sets on a hard drive so you can watch anything at a moment’s notice? You could go one step further than a laptop or PC and store the videos on a NAS drive and watch them on your TV via a media streamer such as a WD TV Live Hub.

It makes a lot of sense to rip the contents of your DVDs onto a NAS or hard drive and stick the bulky cases in a box in the attic – or clear them out for good. Thankfully, there’s plenty of free software available to do just that, and as long as you stick to ripping discs that you legally purchased, you’re not doing anything wrong. Advanced users can rip Blu-rays into a same-quality MKV file using MakeMKV, then convert that using an application such as Handbrake. But we’re going to stick to DVDs and use the simpler Freemake, which does all the work with a few easy clicks.

How to rip DVD movies to your computer

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Unlike in the past, Freemake is no longer bundled with toolbars or other software.

Step 2. The main screen of Free Video Converter has a range of options, from opening video and audio files to entering the URL of an online clip. Insert your disc, click the +DVD button and navigate to your DVD drive in Computer. Then click OK.

How to find Windows 10 product key

For most people, Windows 10 was either a free upgrade or it came on your new PC or laptop. If you’re ever asked for a product key – during a clean install for example – here’s what to do in order to find it.

We’ll show you how to extract your key and the steps to take before upgrading your PC components. Find out How to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10.

How to find Windows 10 product key

If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8, Windows 10 will have activated automatically after connecting to Microsoft’s servers online. You didn’t need to enter a product key as you were entitled to Windows 10 by virtue of having a genuine consumer copy of Windows 7 or 8.

However, there are a few instances where you’ll need your product key. If you’ve upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 and plan to upgrade your PC components, thus wiping your hard drive, you’ll need your Windows 10 product key.

If you’re installing a new system all together, then you’ll also need your Windows 10 product key.

Both the above scenarios involve a fresh install of Windows, and despite Microsoft adding the Activation Troubleshooter tool in the Anniversary Update (find it in Settings > Update & Security > Activation), you might be stuck between a rock and a hard place if you haven’t already extracted your Windows 10 key.

Find your Windows 10 product keyHow can I extract my Windows 10 product key?

If you bought a PC, laptop or tablet running Windows 10 then it should have a sticker or Certificate of Authenticity which contains the product key, or be included somewhere with the packaging or documentation that came with it.

However, this isn’t always the case. One reader told us that, according to HP, it does not put product key on laptops or PCs for security reasons. As with the digital entitlement (now called a Digital Licence), the product key is stored “somewhere in the computer” and will activate automatically if needed. This will work even if the hard drive fails.

He said that the product key was semi-visible on the System screen in Windows: most is redacted with only the last 5 of the digits shown.

If you’ve purchased a boxed copy of Windows 10, it will be on a label in the box. If you bought a digital copy of Windows 10 online from Microsoft, you should have received the product key in an email.

If however you’ve not got any of the above, you can always extract your Windows 10 product key using ProduKey, which is free software that displays your product key on various software installed on your machine.

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Microsoft Forces Windows Defender on Users, Disables Third-Party Security Apps: Kaspersky

Microsoft Forces Windows Defender on Users, Disables Third-Party Security Apps: KasperskyRussia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has reportedly opened an investigation into Microsoft on receiving a complaint from Internet security company, Kaspersky Lab. Microsoft is alleged to force its own Windows Defender on Windows 10 users while disabling third-party security software.

According to the security company, Microsoft is using its dominating position in the market of operating systems to give an upper hand to its own products over others. “The company is foisting its Defender on the user, which isn’t beneficial from the point of view of protection of a computer against cyber-attacks. The company is also creating obstacles for companies to access the market, and infringes upon the interests of independent developers of security products,” wrote Eugene Kaspersky in a blog post.

ZDNet points out that Microsoft is said to violating Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” which states, “the actions (omission to act) of an economic unit occupying a dominant position which result or can result in barring, restricting or eliminating competition and (or) infringe upon the interests of other persons shall be prohibited.”
Microsoft has been also alleged to “automatically and without any warning deactivate” the already installed security software on the system. “When you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft automatically and without any warning deactivates all ‘incompatible’ security software and in its place installs… you guessed it – its own Defender antivirus,” added Kaspersky in his post.
Further adding, the blog post gave several examples how Microsoft is pushing its users to use Windows Defender instead of third-party software.

Kaspersky adds that Microsoft has limited the possibility of “independent developers” to warn users about their licenses expiring in the first three days after expiration. “Actually, a warning is there, but it’s buried in a Windows Security Center notification, which hardly ever gets read,” notes the blog. Unfortunately, Microsoft is yet to respond to the claims made by Kaspersky.

In a statement, Deputy Head of FAS Anatoly Golomolzin (via SoftPedia) said, “Since Microsoft itself develops antivirus software – Windows Defender that switches on automatically if third-party software fails to adapt to Windows 10 in due time, such actions lead to unreasonable advantages for Microsoft on the software market. Our task is to ensure equal conditions for all participants on this market.”

Microsoft Makes Its ‘Cognitive Toolkit’ Deep Learning Software Available to All

Microsoft Makes Its 'Cognitive Toolkit' Deep Learning Software Available to All

  • Company claims toolkit is faster than its competitors
  • Contains tools used for company’s speech recognition system
  • The tools were also used for development of virtual assistant Cortana

Microsoft has made the updated version of its Cognitive Toolkit, the same set of tools that helped its speech recognition system reach a level at par with humans, available for public. The company announced on Tuesday that it is open-sourcing its machine learning tools.

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit is essentially a system of deep learning tools that has helped in advancements of fields such as image and speech recognition and search relevance on CPUs and Nvidia GPUs, the company said in its blog post. It is also used in company’s digital assistant Cortana as well as Skype Translator.

The company said that the new version of the toolkit is not only faster than its previous versions but also faster than its competition’s toolkits. Microsoft has provided detailed information about the toolkit on its website.

“One key reason to use Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit is its ability to scale efficiently across multiple GPUs and multiple machines on massive data sets,” company’s a partner engineering manager Chris Basoglu was quoted as saying. The Cognitive Toolkit has been made available at GitHub.Last week, the researchers at Microsoft claimed that its speech recognition system has reached ‘human parity’. This effectively means that the speech recognition system can recognise words from a conversation as well as humans would do. In order to improve speech recognition to this level, the researchers made use of neural language models, which puts similar words together for better recognition.

Google Daydream Keyboard for VR Now Available for Android; Supports in Daydream Apps

Google Daydream Keyboard for VR Now Available for Android; Supports in Daydream Apps

  • New Daydream Keyboard app available to download
  • The Daydream Keyboard app is built for VR typing
  • Daydream View launched earlier this month at $79

Google at its hardware event earlier this month unveiled the new Pixel smartphones and also showcased the brand new Daydream View VR headset. The company’s second virtual reality headset has been priced at $79 (approximately Rs. 5,300), and requires a Daydream-ready smartphone to work.

Now, Google in an attempt to bolster its virtual reality ecosystem has released the Daydream Keyboard app for VR typing. The new app is now available to download via Google Play. The Daydream Keyboard app for Android is only compatible with Daydream-ready phones, and this means, the app will work with Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as of now.

 

The Google Play listing for the Keyboard app says that the app is for text entry in Daydream apps and “some Daydream apps will not work if you uninstall Daydream Keyboard.”

The screenshots on Google Play show that the interface of the Daydream Keyboard app is slightly different from regular keyboard apps and has alphabets in the middle while the number panel is housed on the right. The Daydream Keyboard has evidently been built to work with virtual reality headsets.

Google at the unveiling marketed the new Daydream View VR headset as designed and developed by Google and was the company’s first Daydream-ready headset and controller. The new Daydream View headset is built out of wearable-style fabrics and is said to be 30 percent lighter than similar headsets. The Daydream View comes with an auto-alignment system for compatible phones as well. The Daydream View controller sports sensors and is capable of understanding movements and gestures.

For Daydream View, Google will make immersive video content available to users from creators including Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2. It will be available in Snow, Slate, and Crimson colours, and will go on sale in November. Google has also announced that it will give away free Daydream View units to people who pre-book the Pixel phones in the US.

 

Facebook Messenger Lite Launched for Emerging Markets

Facebook Messenger Lite Launched for Emerging Markets
Facebook Inc launched a stripped down version of its popular Messenger app for emerging markets on Monday as it seeks to expand its international footprint.

Messenger Lite, which uses less data and is designed to work in areas with slower internet connections, will roll out in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Facebook said it will expand to other countries in the coming months.

Facebook has largely saturated Western markets, including North America and Europe, and has set its sights on developing countries, in part by rolling out “lite” versions of its main Facebook app and now Messenger, which have fewer capabilities than the main apps.

Users with Android phones will still be able to use the core features of Messenger, including the ability to send text messages, photos and links but will not be able to make video or voice calls or make payments.

“We want to make sure Messenger products are truly for everyone,” David Marcus, head of Messenger, said in an interview.
Facebook also offers a pared-down version of the Internet in more than three dozen countries, called Free Basics, to connect people to the Internet who do not have a reliable connection.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said the company’s mission is to get everyone in the world connected to the Internet.

Facebook Ordered to Delete WhatsApp User Data by German Regulator

Facebook Ordered to Delete WhatsApp User Data by German Regulator
German regulator said Facebook was infringing data protection law
Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion two years ago
Facebook said that it complied with EU data protection law
A German privacy regulator ordered Facebook on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million users in Germany.

 

“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them,” commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.

Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in an effort to reach a younger audience.

“The fact that this is now happening is not only a misleading of their users and the public, but also constitutes an infringement of national data protection law,” Caspar added.

Facebook, which has its German headquarters in Hamburg and therefore falls under Caspar’s jurisdiction, said in a statement that it complied with EU data protection law.
“We are open to working with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to address their questions and resolve any concerns,” it said.

 

The data watchdog said Facebook and WhatsApp were independent companies that should process their users’ data based on their own terms and conditions and data privacy policies.

The Hamburg commissioner’s move comes after EU and US regulators said they would scrutinise changes to privacy settings that WhatsApp made in August.