Thurrott Daily: September 27

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Mobile,, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One with 32 Comments

Thurrott Daily: September 27

“Conference food”

Tech tidbits from around the web.

9/27/2016 5:17:56 PM

Call of Duty: World at War comes to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

It’s finally happening. First we get Call of Duty: Black Ops. Then Call of Duty 2. Then Call of Duty 3. And now… Call of Duty: World at War. Windows Central explains:

Microsoft has updated its list of Xbox 360 games that can be played on the Xbox One, adding four new titles. The biggest edition is the WWII-based shooter Call of Duty World at War.

First released in 2008 from developer Treyarch and publisher Activision, World at War is the last game in the Call of Duty shooter series to be set in World War II. It’s also the first game to include the popular co-op Zombie mode that has since been included in most of the subsequent games in the series.


More Google Pixel leaks

Google next devices are leaking all over the place. It’s like they’re trying to copy Apple or something. Anyway, Venture Beat provides our best peek yet at the Pixel and Pixel XL.

VentureBeat can confirm that the world will indeed be introduced to a Google Pixel and a Google Pixel XL.

Here’s the XL.


Fast Wi-Fi for the world, coming from Google

And speaking of Google, everyone’s favorite online advertiser is launching a new service called Google Station that aims to bring fast Wi-Fi to the world. Mashable has the story:

The company plans to bring fast Wi-Fi service to cafes, malls and all other places with a new initiative it calls Google Station.

The inspiration for Google Station came from the success of Google’s partnership with Indian Railways to provide free Wi-Fi services at railway stations in India. Currently, Google claims, the service is live in 52 stations and over 3.5 million users use it every month. Google also reckons that 15,000 Indians access the internet for the first time using the free Wi-Fi service every day.

On its website, Google urges people to connect with the company, and discuss how they can help bring internet to more people. It also has plans to offer monetary benefits to its partners, Sengupta added.

You can find out more from the Google Station web site.

Chrome on Android gets Data Saver, more

OK, we’re not done talking about Google, sorry. The firm also announced today that Chrome for Android (not to be confused with Android apps on Chrome, or Chrome + Android = Andromeda) has been updated with some great new features.

We want to make Chrome a better place for all our users to enjoy the mobile web. Chrome’s new features on Data Saver, downloads, and content discovery were designed to help you do more on the web, no matter what phone or network you may have.

With Data Saver enabled, Chrome compresses the images and text you load, saving up to 60% of your data without changing the content you enjoy.

We are also thinking about how you can keep using Chrome even when you go offline … With Chrome’s new download feature, when you come across a web page, music, picture, or video that you like, you can just tap the download button to save for later. You don’t need to worry about restarting your download if your connection is dropped, even for big video files. When Chrome goes back online, the downloads you’ve started will automatically resume.

We also want to make it easier to discover content you really care about. Now, when you open a new tab in Chrome, you will see suggestions for websites to visit. But starting in the next release, you will be able to easily discover fresh content just for you.

Say what you will about Chrome, but I really rely on it. On the PC, and on mobile.

And finally … yes, I got the new

My many months of complaining have finally paid off, or something. I got the new today. Consider my life complete.



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    lvthunder Alpha Member #2039 - 3 months ago

    So that means tomorrow Microsoft will announce the next redesign.

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    kenosando Alpha Member #1382 - 3 months ago

    Consider yourself lucky, Thurrott.



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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 3 months ago

      Mobile app.  Because phone.

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    williambrown Alpha Member #340 - 3 months ago

    I just noticed that I got the new outlook today also, but I usually use the uwp mail app.

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    wright_is Alpha Member #1319 - 3 months ago

    I got my new today as well... Checked at the weekend and it was still the old version. Logged in to the web just now, to check, and I have been moved over as well.

    I wonder if account age has anything to do with it? My account was opened in 1995, before Microsoft bought HoTMaiL, so must have been one of the first...

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    wbhite Alpha Member #120 - 3 months ago

    "Wow, you've got a very clean inbox!"

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      dgloff Alpha Member #2233 - 3 months ago

      He got tired of waiting and signed up for a new account to get the new experience. :)

    2. 0 | Reply
      wright_is Alpha Member #1319 - 3 months ago

      My Inbox is currently empty. I've actioned all outstanding emails and archived them or deleted them.

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    jean Alpha Member #2159 - 3 months ago

    Quote: "With Data Saver enabled, Chrome compresses the images and text you load, saving up to 60% of your data without changing the content you enjoy"

    hell yes, this from the company that bloats it's own websites with unnecesary code like no one else - i.e. google search home 1 small graphic file one entry field and 2 Buttons equals 233 KB - hilarious

    1. 0 | Reply
      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 3 months ago

      It's time to upgrade that 10MB data plan from the 90's.

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    navarac Alpha Member #375 - 3 months ago

    That conference food looks absolutely revolting.........

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    FaustXD9 Alpha Member #882 - 3 months ago

    I was hopeful that I too would have finally been moved over to the new Outlook experience, but alas some of still have to wait for a while. i just hope I am not the last one in the basement looking for my

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    FaustXD9 Alpha Member #882 - 3 months ago

    Since I signed up for many years ago, I have never been able to search the Trash folder. Is this finally available in the new

  10. 0 | Reply
    bbold Alpha Member #669 - 3 months ago

    Yay, Paul! You can finally exhale now. ;)

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    PhilipVasta Alpha Member #1662 - 3 months ago

    For some reason I thought maybe this would mean I also have the new experience... nope :(

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    redstar92 Alpha Member #1588 - 3 months ago

    Still dont have it :)  I kind of want to do a Google vs. Microsoft post counts by @thurrott recently ... He has fully converted.  Chromebook is next and he is definitely not attending Ignite next year ;)

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      Demileto Alpha Member #2054 - 3 months ago

      I miss the days when he'd gloat over the possibility of Google getting screwed over by the EU for antitrust attitudes! 😛

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    bgoodbody Alpha Member #1887 - 3 months ago

    My wife has still not gotten it, no more shared calendars for her, but she has alot of messages...... (14,000 +)

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    dcdevito Alpha Member #220 - 3 months ago

    The round icons on the Pixel Launcher.....yuck.

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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 3 months ago

      I just hope the inside of the Pixel Phone is worthy of a flagship model.  The outside is rather boring, not that it matters as I'm an advid case user.

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      DaddyBrownJr Alpha Member #1342 - 3 months ago

      I've never used the advid cases; where can one buy them?

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    Wolfbyte Alpha Member #2466 - 3 months ago

    Oh dang, looks like Paul beat me...


    This is all I get. :C


    outlook fail

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    pwaggs Alpha Member #2044 - 3 months ago

    Paul wins. I am still losing...