Thurrott Daily: September 27

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Games, Mobile,, 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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