Thurrott Daily: December 30

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Windows 10, Xbox with 9 Comments

Tech tidbits from around the web.

12/30/2016 6:00:04 PM

Windows 10 Game Mode?

I’ve gotten several questions about a feature in the recently-leaked Windows 10 build called Game Mode. But there’s really nothing to say here: WalkingCat found this, as is often the case, and just supplies this note:

Looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to prioritize the “Game” when running in “Game Mode”

So nothing all that fascinating.

 

Samsung helps Windows 10 Mobile users switch to its phones

Because this is such a huge source of new customers, I assume. Neowin reports:

Samsung is now making it easier for Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to its Android devices. The company added support for Windows Phone 8.1 to its Smart Switch app in September, but has now updated the app with support for the newer version of the OS.

More info here.

 

Cortana for Android gets more colorful

Cortana is finally leaving the drab color scheme behind, Neowin says. Well, at least the Android version.

A new update is available for the Cortana app on Android, which adds a touch of customization to the digital assistant. If you weren’t happy with the color choice in the redesign that happened earlier this month, you’re in luck.

The options will allow you to customize various background and accent areas of the app. Unfortunately, you’ll only get four colors to choose from, one of which is the purple that came with the redesign. The other three are blue, green, and black.

 

Apple is reportedly cutting iPhone production

Looks like Apple’s core product is continuing to stumble. Reuters reports:

Apple will trim production of iPhones by about 10 percent in the January-March quarter of 2017, the Nikkei financial daily reported on Thursday, citing calculations based on data from suppliers.

The company had slashed output by 30 percent in January-March this year due to accumulated inventory, the paper said.

 

Now Capcom is doing “pre-registration” for its Mega Man mobile games

Maybe it’s just me, but the term pre-register seems made-up. You can register for something, or you can’t. Anyway, Android Authority has the story:

Earlier this month, Capcom announced it would release the first six games in its popular Mega Man 2D side-scroller series to Android and iOS devices. The Mega Man mobile games will be launched in early January, but you can get notified when they are available to download via a pre-registration site.

Capcom said that signing up at the site will give gamers some “special offers” although there’s no word on what kinds of offers it plans to give out. The company also released some quick summaries of each of the Mega Man mobile games.

 

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