Sean Endicott

Microsoft needs to copy this Prezi feature immediately

Prezi is working on a brilliant feature that Microsoft Teams needs to emulate.

What you need to know

Prezi Video is working on a tool that lets you add multimedia content over your video feed in conference calls.
The tool works with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other popular video calling tools.
There isn’t a native way to replicate the same functionality through Teams at this time.

Prezi Video is a relatively new tool that allows you to overlay text and multimedia content over your video feed in conference calls. The tool works with popular video conferencing tools, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Meet. Prezi is working on the option to edit content live. Prezi Video’s new feature appears to be a useful tool that could be used by teachers, business professionals, and students trying to share information.

ZDNet covered the feature, which doesn’t appear to be live yet. It also shared an unlisted video of the feature in action.

Watching the video of Prezi Vi…

XPG launches GAMMIX D45G and SPECTRIX D45G DDR4 RAM

Overclocking your PC is a bit easier with the latest memory modules from XPG.

What you need to know

XPG just launched its GAMMIX D45G and SPECTRIX D45G RGB DDR4 memory modules.
Both memory modules are specifically designed for overclocking.
People can adjust individual parameters through their PC operating system rather than through BIOS.

XPG just announced two new memory modules, the GAMMIX D45G and SPECTRIX D45G RGB. Both of the memory modules are made to ease overclocking and let you adjust individual parameters through the operating system of a PC rather than having to go through BIOS. The GAMMIX D45G starts at $90 for two 8GB modules, and the SPECTRIX D45 RGB starts at $110 for two 8GB modules.

Both new memory modules from XPG feature Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0 support, which makes it easier to overclock systems and to improve stability. XPG highlights the quality of the IC chips and PCBs in both memory modules.

Both the GAMMIX D45G and SPECTRIX D45G RGB are c…

You can now upload videos to GitHub from your PC or mobile device

Uploading videos on GitHub should make it easier for developers to collaborate.

What you need to know

GitHub now supports uploading videos in issues, pull requests, discussions, and more.
The ability to upload videos makes it easier to show how to reproduce a bug or to show how a feature could look.
You can also upload videos to GitHub from iOS and Android devices.

Microsoft’s GitHub now supports uploading videos. The ability to upload videos makes it much easier for developers to show how to reproduce a bug, to showcase a new feature, and to provide context for people that they’re working with. The feature entered beta testing in December 2020 and is now generally available. GitHub’s Lauren Brose explains the benefit of using videos in a recent blog post.

Describing a bug with only words can make it difficult to replicate. Uploading a video showing how to make a bug occur can streamline the collaboration process. Videos should reduce the amount of back and forth required to ma…

You can grab the May 2021 firmware update for the Surface Studio 2 now

The May firmware update is available for the Surface Studio 2, though, as usual, it just improves stability and security.

What you need to know

The Surface Studio 2 just received its May 2021 firmware update.
The update addresses security updates and improves system stability.
Surface updates are released in stages, so you may not see the update immediately.

Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2 has a new firmware update available. As is normally the case, the update doesn’t have any new features. It does, however, address security updates and improve system stability.

The Surface Studio 2 is probably due for a refresh at this point, but it’s still one of the best All-in-One PCs, especially for creators. It’s a unique PC that packs a fully articulating display into an incredibly sleek package. The entire display supports touch and pen as well, so it also functions as a canvas for digital artwork.

While the list of changes is short, it’s important to keep your devices up to date. You ca…

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is just $1 for the first three months

You can try over 100 Xbox Game Pass games on your console, PC, and mobile devices for just $1.

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is normally only $1 for the first month when new subscribers sign up. Right now, that deal is three times as good as new subscribers can get three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1. The deal is available now through the Microsoft Store.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into one subscription for a flat monthly fee. With the subscription, you get access to Xbox Game Pass for Xbox consoles, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on mobile devices.

The whole package

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold combined

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass into a single subscription. With it, you can play Xbox Game Pass titles on consoles, PCs, and supported mobile devices. It also allows you to play online with your friends.

From $1 at Microsoft Store

Xbox G…

Get your rear in gear with these Prime Day Fitbit fitness deals

Fitbit is one of the best-known names in fitness wearables. Whether you want a lightweight fitness band or a smartwatch that can track your temperature and heart rate, Fitbit has a wearable that fits the bill. Fitbit has a wide range of wearables that often go on sale, so Amazon Prime Day is a great time to pick one up. With so many options, it can be a bit difficult to know which is the best Fitbit for you, so we’ve gathered the best deals here to help out.

Best Fitbit Deals Available Now:

Fitbit Charge: From $150
Fitbit Versa: From $149

Fitbit Charge 4 Special Edition fitness activity tracker | $20 off

The Special Edition replaces the default look with a sleek, reflective woven band and an extra classic black band. Includes built-in GPS to track your outdoor runs, rides, hikes, and more. Active Zone Minutes give you a buzz when you reach your target heart rate. Has 24/7 heart-rate tracker, an oxygen monitor at night, and a battery that can last up to a week.

$149.95 at…

Lenovo Go is a new sub-brand built for mobile accessories

The new Lenovo Go sub-brand’s first accessories are a large-capacity laptop power bank and a wireless mouse.

What you need to know

Lenovo launched a new sub-brand called Lenovo Go that focuses on mobile productivity.
The first two devices from the sub-brand are the Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank and the Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse.
The Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank and the Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse will both be available in June.

Lenovo unveiled a new sub-brand today called Lenovo Go. The new sub-brand includes accessories built for mobile productivity and hybrid work environments. The first two devices from the Lenovo Go sub-brand are the Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank and the Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse.

The Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse allows you to seamlessly connect to multiple devices, which is an increasingly popular feature as people use more PCs and tablets for work. It also features a utility button that can be progra…

Speech transcription and synthesis are on the way to Xbox Party Chat

Xbox Insiders can now test out voice transcription and synthesis inside Xbox Party Chat.

What you need to know

Microsoft is testing speech transcription and synthesis for Xbox Party Chat.
Speech transcription converts conversations from Xbox Party Chat into text in real-time.
Synthesis of speech reads typed text in the synthetic voice of your choosing.

Microsoft is testing out new accessibility features for the Xbox platform, including the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Insiders can test out two new features that improve access to Xbox Party Chat, speech transcription and synthesis of speech from text. The features make it easy to communicate through Xbox Party Chat if a person cannot speak or hear.

Speech transcription converts spoken words from Xbox Party Chat into text that appears on your screen. Text is shown within an adjustable overlay. The feature also attributes speech to specific members of the chat, so it should be easy to follow along.

Synthesis of speech is a …

Tencent’s TiMi and Xbox Game Studios partner up for new game experiences

A mobile game from one of Microsoft’s gaming franchises could be on the way.

What you need to know

Xbox Game Studios will work with TiMi to make new game experiences.
TiMi makes popular mobile games, including Call of Duty Mobile, Honor of Kings, and Pokémon UNITE.
The companies did not confirm details of any future games, but the partnership could result in mobile games based on Microsoft’s popular titles.

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios and Tencent’s TiMi announced a strategic partnership today to create new game experiences. The announcement lacks any concrete details about new games but could be great news for mobile gamers who love Microsoft’s franchises. More details about the partnership between TiMi and Xbox Game Studios were promised to arrive this year.

TiMi developed several popular mobile games, including Call of Duty: Mobile, Honor of Kings, and CrossFire: Legends. It also is working on the upcoming Pokémon UNITE. While the announcement did not mention any specific…

Microsoft gets called out for Microsoft 365 ‘security blind spot’

Despite its high marks in The Forrester Wave, Microsoft is accused of having a ‘security blind spot’ by Egress.

What you need to know

Microsoft was named a leader in 2021 enterprise email security in The Forrester Wave.
Security company Egress appears to disagree, as explained in a recent report about data loss related to outbound emails.
The report from Egress calls outbound emails “Microsoft 365’s security blind spot.”

Microsoft was named as a leader in enterprise email security in The Forrester Wave, a guide designed to help inform people about purchasing options in the technology marketplace. Microsoft received high scores in the strategy category, as explained in a Microsoft security post. Despite earning high marks, security company Egress appear to have different thoughts. A recent report by Egress highlights a “blindspot” in Microsoft 365: Outbound emails.

In The Forrest Wave report, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 received the highest score possible in regards to inc…

Azure Blockchain Service will be retired this fall

People have until September to migrate their ledger data away from Azure Blockchain Service, which is being retired.

What you need to know

Microsoft is retiring its Azure Blockchain Service on September 10, 2021.
No new deployments will be allowed after May 10, 2021, but existing deployments will be supported until September 10, 2021.
A Microsoft doc helps guide people through the process of migrating ledger data to alternatives.

Microsoft will retire its Azure Blockchain Service this fall. As of May 10, 2021, no new deployments or member creation will be allowed on the service. All existing deployments will be supported until the shutdown date of September 10, 2021.

Blockchain is most recognized as the technology behind cryptocurrency, but it is also used in several other areas. Blockchain is a shared ledger that can store a transaction history, which is why it works with crypto, but it can also be used for other forms of record keeping.

There are several alternatives to Azur…

You can combine up to six effects on NVIDIA Broadcast 1.2

NVIDIA Broadcast’s latest update lets you combine up to six effects at once.

What you need to know

NVIDIA Broadcast 1.2 is now generally available.
The update adds several new features, including Room Echo Removal and Video Noise Removal.
Version 1.2 also adds the ability to combine up to two effects per device for up to six total effects.

NVIDIA Broadcast’s update to version 1.2 is now live. The update adds a long list of new effects and abilities. We already knew about the update to version 1.2, but the complete changelog adds more details for what’s new.

The biggest change is the ability to combine effects. You can now use up to two effects per device for a total of up to six effects. For example, you could use auto reframe and video noise removal at the same time.

The update also adds new effects, such as Room Echo Removal (beta) and Video Noise Removal (beta). Here’s the complete changelog:

New Effect – Room Echo Removal (beta): reduces room reverb from your audio….

Acer refreshes Nitro 5, Predator Triton 300, and Predator Helios 300

Acer just refreshed its gaming laptops with the latest from Intel and NVIDIA.

What you need to know

Acer announced new versions of its Predator Triton 300, Helios 300, and Nitro 5 gaming laptops.
The laptops feature 11th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors.
You can get the laptops with a variety of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs, including the new RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti.

Acer announced refreshes to its Predator Triton 300, Helios 300, and Nitro 5 gaming laptops this week. The laptops all feature new 11th Gen H-series processors. They also have options for several NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs, including the new RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti.

The Predator Triton 300 will be available in July with a starting price of $1,699 in the U.S. The 15-inch Acer Nitro 5 and 17-inch Acer Nitro 5 will both be available in the U.S. starting in June with starting prices of $1,099 and $999, respectively. Pricing for the Helios 300 has not been shared at this time.

The Predator Triton 300…

Outlook for Apple Watch will soon support quick replies

Replying to Outlook emails is about to get a lot easier from your Apple Watch.

What you need to know

Outlook for Apple Watch will soon support quick replies.
You’ll be able to respond to emails with suggested replies, dictation, or Scribble.
The feature was recently spotted in the TestFlight version of Outlook.

You’ll soon be able to use quick replies to respond to Outlook emails from your Apple Watch. The feature was spotted on the TestFlight version of Outlook by Twitter user Tero Alhonen. According to the notes from the developer, the feature will let you reply to emails with suggested replies, dictation, or Scribble.

Suggested replies should come in handy when answering an email that just needs a quick clarification or response. The app will suggest apps that make sense based on what you’re responding to.

Dictation will probably be the input method of choice for many, as long as they don’t need privacy. It lets you speak to your Apple Watch and transcribes it into text. Th…

You can now cast OneDrive for Android to other devices

You now have a new way to share media from the OneDrive app on Android.

What you need to know

OneDrive for Android now supports casting to Chromecast and other casting devices.
The new feature is available in OneDrive version 6.29.1.
You can use the feature to cast photos or videos to a device.

OneDrive for Android now supports casting media. That means you can project photos or images to the best Chromecast devices as well as other casting devices. The feature comes with version 6.29.1 of OneDrive for Android, which started rolling out late last week.

Casting from the OneDrive app is straightforward. Within the Home, Files, Shared, and Photos tabs of the app, you’ll see a casting icon in the upper-right corner of the screen. When you select that icon, you’ll see all of the different devices that you can cast to.

Once you’ve connected to a casting device, you’ll only see the OneDrive logo until you select media to cast, such as an image or a video.

In my brief testing with …

You can grab Patch Tuesday updates for all supported versions of Windows 10

It’s the second week of the month, which means Patch Tuesday updates are here for Windows 10.

What you need to know

Patch Tuesday updates are available for Windows 10 versions 20H2, 2004, and 1909.
Support for Windows 10 version 1909 ended yesterday, so this should be the last update most people receive for it.
The updates for Windows 10 version 20H2 and 2004 have the same changelog.

It’s the second week of the month, which means that Microsoft rolled out Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10. There are updates available for Windows 10 version 20H2, 2004, and 1909.

Windows 10 versions 20H2 and 2004 have the same cumulative update. It brings systems to version KB5003173. You can get it through Windows Update or manually update your PC. Here are the highlights of what’s new:

Updates to improve security when Windows performs basic operations.
Updates to improve Windows OLE (compound documents) security.
Updates security for Bluetooth drivers.

The update also brings …

Samsung set to launch laptop with its own Exynos chip, says report

Samsung is said to have a laptop on the way with its own Exynos processor.

What you need to know

Samsung will reportedly make an Exynos processor designed for laptops.
A laptop with the chip inside is said to be on the way for the second half of 2021.
The laptop will use a GPU based on AMD’s RDNA architecture, according to sources.

Samsung already has some solid Windows 10 on ARM laptops, such as the Galaxy Book S. It appears that the company is doubling down on its efforts and will make its own Exynos processor built for laptops. A laptop with the processor inside is on the way for the second half of this year, according to sources that spoke with the Korea Economic Daily (KED).

Reports of a Samsung-made Exynos chip inside a laptop first emerged in February this year. The details leaked back then line up with the information told to the KED.

“The new Exynos will offer improved functions, including extraordinary computing power and battery efficiency, by utilizing a 5-nanomete…

Beta and Release Preview Insiders can grab Windows 10 build 19043.985

A small update with some security fixes is here for Beta and Release Preview Insiders.

What you need to know

Windows 10 build 19043.985 is now available to Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel Insiders.
The build brings updates to the Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Windows Kernel, Windows Media, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Windows Silicon Platform.

Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel or Release Preview Channel have a new build of Windows 10 to grab. Microsoft is rolling out 21H1 build 19043.985 now. The update only lists one set of changes, security updates for the Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Windows Kernel, Windows Media, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Windows Silicon Platform.

Microsoft is preparing the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1) for release, so it’s not surprising that there aren’t many changes in this Insider build. Microsoft said that it believed build 19043.928 was the final build of the May 2021 Update on Ap…

Epic accuses Microsoft of making indie devs agree to Xbox Game Streaming

Epic accused Microsoft of requiring indie devs to be a part of Xbox Game Streaming to get published on the Xbox platform.

What you need to know

A confidential document from the Epic Games v. Apple case claims that Epic is trying to get Microsoft games onto its store.
Epic claims that Microsoft requires indie devs to agree to games being on Xbox Game Streaming to get published on the Xbox platform.
The document also states that Xbox chief Phil Spencer meets with Valve’s Gabe Newell occasionally.

The Epic Games v. Apple trial continues to yield news related to Microsoft. A 222-page confidential document from the trial, which has allegedly been confirmed to be real by The Verge, discusses how Epic competes with Steam. The most pertinent information in relation to the case is likely that Epic offered Sony $200 million for at least four first-party PlayStation games last year, but the document also sheds light on Microsoft’s relationship with Epic.

In addition to trying to convince,…

Teams will support webinars and PowerPoint Live this week

The new features for Microsoft Teams make presenting a richer experience.

What you need to know

Webinar and PowerPoint Live support rolls out to Microsoft Teams this week.
Microsoft Teams webinars support up to 1,000 people if interacting and up to 10,000 for view-only broadcasts.
PowerPoint Live makes it easy to see a wide range of content at once while presenting.

Microsoft Teams will support webinars and PowerPoint Live this week. The features make it much easier to present to a large audience of people. Microsoft outlines all of the new features in a recent blog post.

You can present to up to 1,000 attendees through interactive webinars or switch to view-only broadcasts for up to 10,000 people. Microsoft has temporarily increased the limit for view-only broadcasts to 20,000 people as more people work remotely.

You can set up custom registration pages, rich presentation options, and host controls for your webinars. You can also see post-event reporting to understand how att…