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Any recommendations for 4K HDR TV's to use with Xbox One S/X for media consumption and game play? I'd prefer something sub $1000. Many reviews I've read for sub-$1000 HDR TV's suggest the HDR isn't that great because the panel brightness isn't enough.
I don't completely understand the point of Premium and Standard comment separation on the site. What is this supposed to do?
It seems like this is an attempt to maybe separate the fluff from legitimate comments, but that isn't quite the way it seems to work. I see great and crap comments under both. Also, it seems the site recently switched from showing Premium comments by default to showing Standard. Where should I post a comment?
Honestly, I value seeing them all, in one place. I appreciate the thoughtful, differing perspectives. Yes, there are the usual crap comments and personal attacks that have to be weeded through, but that's the nature of the Internet beast. And it does seem like up/down votes, combined with a report abuse or ignore button, could help deemphasize or outright eliminate those.
My suggestion to the site product owners and developers is to combine the two unless I'm just totally missing the mark on the purpose of separating the two.
Anyone seeing issues with Family Safety recently?
I use Family Safety to control what my kids do on the PC, when they can use it, and for how long. In the past week or two, I've noticed my son has been playing on his PC longer than he should be.
I checked the Family Safety site to make sure his Screen Time settings were correct. I logged into the machine as him and the FS tray icon tells me that screen time settings are off until 9:10 PM on his PC. I verified the date, time, and time zone are correct on his PC.
I logged into our main family PC as him and it tells me he'll be locked out at the correct time based on usage and the allowed window. In this case, 3 hours from the time I logged in on the main family PC. That is the max time he is allowed to use it on weekends.
So it appears FS is not working correctly on his PC. It is not even tracking his usage time. It was working just after Christmas. We built the machine on Christmas day. I had been getting automatic requests from him to extend the time. So it was working at one time. He is not an admin on the machine.
Any suggestions on other things to check?
Yes, I can just track the time manually, but I find this reduces arguments with my kids. They accept they have a budget of computer time just like an allowance they earn for helping around the house.
What's the secret to getting apps, or Windows on behalf of the apps, to remember their monitor placement in a multi-monitor setup using Windows 10?
I have two external monitors hooked up to my Surface Pro 4 at the office using a Surface dock. The external monitors are 24" HD displays (so non-High DPI). I use them plus the Surface display.
At least once a day, I return to my desk, unlock the device, and find that the app windows have all switched to a random display and resized themselves. Everything is fine at other times. It is absolutely infuriating and interrupts my dev flow.
I'm not concerned about where they are when I start the apps. I just want the running apps to remain on the monitor I placed them on across a lock/unlock. That doesn't seem like too much to ask.
I feel like this is a Windows bug, not a problem with the apps themselves. It seems like Windows is, at some point, briefly losing knowledge of multiple monitors being attached. Maybe the Surface is actually going into a sleep state and that's what is confusing Windows.
I haven't written any Win32 desktop apps in 10 years--I'm pretty much web app exclusive these days--so I don't know if detecting and remembering which monitor an app is running on is something expected of an app dev. Seems like Windows should manage that, especially across a lock and unlock. I could see expecting the dev to do that across restarts of the app.
Found a few things on the web, but most are hacks or apply to W8. Appreciate any help.
I picked up a Play Anywhere game during the sales around Christmas. My thought was my son and I can play on the XB1S. We built his first budget gaming PC on Christmas day. I was hoping that since he is associated with me in MS Family, that he’d be able to play the Play Anywhere game on his new PC. He cannot. Attempts to install using his account prompts him to purchase it.
In hindsight, I should have first used the code with his account instead of mine. He'll play it far more than I and I can just play on the XB. But my account is the primary account on the XB (which is tagged as our home XB), so not sure if that would work.
He can always stream from the XB to his PC. That works.
Is there any way to transfer this to his account? Is there no family sharing of these Play Anywhere games? Appears so.
With the sales and bonus offers leading up to Christmas, Microsoft finally lured me into purchasing an Xbox One S to replace my Xbox One (which I plan to sell). I set it up yesterday and commenced to downloading games and apps.
One of the things I immediately noticed is fan noise--a pretty noticeable clicking noise. It is loud enough to be annoying. Our Xbox One fan is loud, but it is a constant whir. There is no clicking noise.
I checked out videos on YouTube to see what others were hearing with their XB1S fan. There were some like mine. Some folks say it is normal and nothing to be alarmed with. Others say they returned theirs or sent in for repair. What is normal? I'm still in the window to take it back to the store and exchange. Think I'll actually get one that doesn't have the fan click?
Also, while waiting for games to download, my son and I decided to watch an Amazon movie using the XB1S. The video signal kept dropping out every few minutes for about a second or so. The TV acted as though there were brief moments of no signal on the HDMI cable. I initially dismissed it as an issue with the Amazon app and disruptions in the stream due to the Xbox downloading games at the same time. Although, I have 50 Mbps down and the Wi-Fi connection tested good on the XB1S and on my SP3. After the movie, we started playing limited content--the content you play before the game is fully downloaded--from Star Wars and it did the same thing.
There are no video issues when just navigating around the dashboard, store, or settings.
I used the HDMI cable that came with the XB1S instead of the cable that I was using for my XB1. Could be the XB1S cable, but I doubt it. Worth trying another cable to see. I also plugged it into the same HDMI port on the TV. Pretty sure it isn't the port. I could also switch to a wired network connection.
I never saw this video signal dropout issue with the XB1. Anyone else seen this issue?
Anyone experienced delays getting their Band 2 repaired/replaced?
I recently sent my Band 2 in for repair/replacement due to the strap cracking. Microsoft has had it for over two weeks now and I have not received a replacement or gotten any unsolicited update. Their standard email indicates a turnaround of a few days. We're well beyond that.
I chatted with a support person this past weekend to check in on it. I was told they were having a difficult time finding replacement parts or devices. She said they may just issue a refund based on recent pricing. She couldn't tell me when they would arrive at a decision on repair, replacement, or refund. That's frustrating. She did escalate the repair, whatever that means.
Between my Band 1 and Band 2, I've gone through this process five times. This is the first time I've seen a delay like this. I guess they cleared everything out when they decided to discontinue the device. If they can't repair the device within 7-10 days, they should just issue a refund. That's the right thing to do.
With Amazon dropping their Windows Store Kindle app, I'm suddenly finding that my Surface Pro 3 with W10 is not so attractive as a tablet/2-in-1. Reading and browsing the web were my two primary uses of SP3 as a tablet.
I understood that W10 wasn't ideal in the tablet role. W10 was a step back from W8; although, things improved a bit in the Anniversary update. The bigger problem is the app gap, which is just as bad on "big Windows" as it is with W10M/WP. I just didn't realize how much the Kindle app meant to me and how much it defined my tablet experience with the SP3 and W10.
I knew Amazon wasn't actively doing anything with the Kindle app, but it was useable and I could tolerate the lack of new features. I just never expected them to screw us over, or screw MS over, and completely drop the app. I'm curious why MS isn't courting them as much as they have Facebook to keep their store/UWP app going.
The desktop Kindle app is a joke. It always has been. I've never enjoyed using it, even before W8 came along. I tried it again when Amazon announced that they were dropping the store app. It definitely isn't very touch friendly. For example, I can't highlight with touch. And full screen mode is a kludge. It doesn't behave in the way we've grown to expect full screen apps to behave since W8.
Does this signal the end of Windows as a viable tablet/2-in-1 OS for typical consumers? While it was never an easy recommendation, this one app removal really changes my entire stance of recommending the Surface line to a "normal" user.
Is this also the beginning of an accelerated end to Windows as a consumer device OS? I sort of feel like it is.