Xbox at E3 2018: 6 things we want to see from Microsoft

With the launch of Xbox One X, Microsoft went pretty big for E3 2017. And that puts the pressure on for E3 2018 because now we’re hoping this Xbox showcase will be just as big as the last. 

Now, we’re not expecting any kind of Xbox Two reveal or anything but this is a chance for Microsoft to really set the tone for the next few years until the next-gen console arrives. With the Xbox One X being the most powerful console on the market right now, we’re hoping Microsoft will pull out all the stops when it comes to software at this year’s Xbox show.

Xbox appears to be doing well at the moment, but E3 is the perfect platform to address criticisms that the console doesn’t have enough first-party exclusives and concerns about the mass move towards online service games. 

We’d love to see some big exciting announcements that really show off what the 4K console can do. These announcements will hopefully include some Xbox exclusives that have been developed with all that power in read more

Amazon Prime saves blockbuster sci-fi show The Expanse from obscurity

Update: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has confirmed that The Expanse will return on Amazon Prime, though as yet there’s no fixed date for season four.

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The Expanse has been around for three seasons now and was Syfy’s big push into creating a blockbuster science-fiction TV show. 

Big money did mean, however, that the show would have to attract some big viewing figures. Unfortunately for The Expanse fans, a 25% drop in season two and a further 5% in season three meant that Syfy had no option but to cancel. 

There’s no such thing as ‘cancellation’ in the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, though, services that have become the home of second chances. 

Although nothing has been signed, it is thought that The Expanse will continue its fourth season on Amazon Prime – a place where money is seemingly no problem, especially when the boss of the company, Jeff Bezos, is a fan of the James SA Corey’s best-selling books on which The Expanse read more

Reboot your router now to flush out malware, says the FBI

As it continues to investigate the VPNFilter malware that’s gripped hundreds of thousands of routers worldwide, the FBI has advised consumers and office managers in the US to reset their network boxes to try and flush out at least part of the malicious code.

“The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices,” the Bureau said in a statement. “VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable. The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router.”

In other words, the malware can spy on your internet activities or shut down your router entirely. It’s still unclear exactly what the overall purpose of VPNFilter is, or who might be behind it, but the FBI says it’s making progress in shutting its network down.

Are you infected?

There’s still plenty we don’t know about the VPNFilter malware, outside of the obvious fact that it’s a huge problem. Cisco’s read more

NES Classic Mini is coming back: here’s where you can pre-order one

Nintendo is finally getting some new NES Classic Mini units into production once again. And better yet, pre-orders are already underway at one UK retailer and for the original price too.

So if you paid over the odds for a NES Mini on eBay, you may want to look away now as this is the cheapest price we’ve seen on these little beauties for over a year.

Update: stock seems to be thinning out at Argos. If you don’t have any luck there, try Amazon, Smyths or maybe directly from Nintendo.

NES Classic Mini £49.99 at Argos
The original batch of NES Mini console sold out pretty much straight away at launch, with stock proving impossible to find at the proper price – eBay resellers had a field day. We’re super excited to see pre-orders open for a new wave at the original £49.99 price though. You can order now, but you’ll have to wait until June 27 for delivery.
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Apple tempts free iCloud users with one-month free trials of upgraded tiers

Apple really wants more people to start ponying up for more iCloud storage, as the company is now offering one-month free trials of all upgraded storage tiers.

First spotted by an AppleInsider reader, the offer appears whenever a free iCloud user (which puts up a paltry 5GB for consumers and 200GB for school-issued devices) attempts to manage their iCloud storage. This offer doesn’t appear to be valid for existing subscribers.

Naturally, it will be up to the user to cancel whatever tier they’ve upgraded to for free before the month is out, otherwise the credit card or bank account tied to their Apple ID will be charged the normal amount.

To recap, that’s $0.99 (£0.79, AU$1.49) a month for 50GB of storage, $2.99 (£2.49, AU$4.49) for 200GB monthly and $9.99 (£6.99, $14.99) every month for 2TB of online storage.

So, since we know it will be hard to resist free cloud storage, just take some advice: make sure you have some place else to store whatever you’re throwing into Apple’s read more

Moto Z and Moto Z Play finally receives Android Oreo in US

Moto Z and Moto Z Play users in the US are finally being treated to their long-awaited helping of Android Oreo

Following the September 2017 announcement that these phones, as well as many other Moto devices, would receive the Android 8.0 update, Moto failed to make it clear that there was still nearly an eight month wait ahead.

Wait or no wait, Moto has stuck to its word by sending out the update to its oldest Moto Z phones, which were the first to adopt the Moto Mods capability. To check your phone’s eligibility, head to the system updates screen. The Android Oreo update on the Moto Z and Z Play rings in at 1.4GB, so ensure that you have enough free space before you install it.

Better (very) late than never

For Android Nougat users, Oreo is a nice update that brings along notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, as well as several other refinements. Simply put, it’s worth having, even if Android P is right around the corner.

Given how long Moto took to issue its Oreo update, we’d be willing to bet that the read more

The best business tablets 2018: top picks for productivity tablets

Welcome to our list of the best business tablets of 2018. These mobile wonders are powerful, yet portable, and they can help you keep productive while out on the road, without having to lug around a big laptop.

Android and Apple tablets have a host of apps that allow you to work on them, and of course, with Windows 10-powered business tablets, you can run any app or program you’d usually run on a traditional laptop or desktop PC.

Add a Bluetooth keyboard, and you’ll be able to work comfortably on these best business tablets for hours on end.

For the sake of clarity, we will only look at pure tablets, and detachables when it comes to convertibles. 2-in-1 hybrid models are closer to traditional laptops as their keyboard can’t be totally detached.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro

New and improved

CPU: Intel Core m7, i5 or i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615/620/ Iris Plus 640 | RAM: 4 – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 | Storage: read more

Apple’s iPhone battery replacement credit atones for batterygate

You may have found money waiting for you, or at least credit at the Apple Store, as Apple is making further amends for purposely slowing down older iPhones with deprecated battery life.

It’s offering a $50 (£54) credit to anyone who paid full price for a battery replacement between January 1, 2017 and December 28, 2017 on an iPhone 6 or later. Of course, the replacement had to have been done at the Apple Store or an authorized retailer.

The company was caught throttling iPhones with subpar battery performance late last year in an effort to avoid sudden device shutdowns. The fix was to swap out the battery, which restored the performance of older iPhones.

Apple even went as far as offering to replace the batteries in older iPhones that showed no deprecation.

Why this amount?

It’s not just a random number. The credit is based on the fact that Apple dropped the price of battery replacements when ‘batterygate’ become a news scandal.

In the US, for example, the battery replacement price read more

OnePlus 6 doesn’t have wireless charging, yet has a glass back – here’s why

The new OnePlus 6 has almost everything you’d want in a flagship phone for a very affordable price, but it is missing one feature we expected: wireless charging.

It’s surprising because the OnePlus 6 has a glass back, a switch from the aluminum shell on the OnePlus 5T and all OnePlus phones before it (except the old OnePlus X). 

Electricity easily passes through glass, whereas it cannot easily pass through metal. It’s one reason why the iPhone X and iPhone 8 switched to all-glass bodies last year. 

OnePlus team decided the feature isn’t for them, though. There are a few reasons for their design decisions, according to the OnePlus representatives we talked to. 

Reason 1: OnePlus 6 Dash Charge is far superior

Why is there no wireless charging? Fast Charging is optimal

This is always the first answer we get. We got the same statement from Google when it launched the Nexus 6P and 5X in 2015: “Our fast charging is just so much better.”

Three years later, OnePlus reps have told us: “Our fast charge read more

How Microsoft Teams is transforming the classroom

To most of us, Microsoft Teams might just seem like another Slack competitor vying for office messaging market share, but in schools it’s proving its to be a revolutionary and transformative tool for classrooms. Those aren’t the words of Microsoft or some Teams spokesperson, but James Yanuzzelli, a social studies teacher hailing from Old Bridge, New Jersey, who is very much on the ground with today’s students.

“I’ve been teaching for almost 15 years now, and this is the greatest product that we’ve started integrating into our classrooms, Yanuzzelli says. “I started a pilot program this year with Microsoft Teams and getting more open education resources into our classrooms, and it’s led to the biggest transformation I’ve seen.”

“We can put assignments through Teams, we can send it out to them where they can receive it and use OneNote in Teams, he says. “I can connect my device to read more