During the company’s fall hardware event, Amazon revealed several new Alexa features for all of its Echo hardware and more.
One of the more low-key, yet still important announcement was the fact that Amazon is bringing Netflix to the Echo Show. While most people probably don’t watch movies on smart display, official YouTube and Netflix apps were sorely missed when Amazon announced the product, so it’s nice to see at least one of them finally make it to the platform.
Alexa does group calls
Group calls are also coming to Echo devices, allowing you and your whole family to jump on a call together from the comfort of your living room. You can even set up the feature from Alexa to work with the command “Alexa, call my family,” to start a group chat.
Zoom comes to Echo Show
Popular video chat app Zoom is coming to the Echo Show, which should help some people make group calls. A few people I know that keep an Echo Show 5 on their desk will likely be happy with this new feature.
This feature is designed to help the elderly or someone who can’t be left alone at all times. You set it up in the Alexa app, and then can say “Alexa, call for help” to get quick access to a preset emergency contact.
The other part of this feature is kind of creepy. The Echo device then looks for motion, and if it doesn’t detect movement at a pre-set time, it sends an alert to the emergency context so they can call to check-in.
“Alexa, delete everything I’ve ever said”
This command deletes all the voice data that Amazon has gathered from you in an easy way. Amazon also mentioned that in the future, users will be able to set Alexa to never record their conversations in the app.
New sound detectors
Amazon is taking its ‘Guard’ platform to the next level with new sound-based routines. That means Alexa can now listen for things like a dog barking or a baby crying and adjust smart lights automatically.
These seem very simple, but if Amazon rolls out enough sound triggers, people will be able to set up a lot of automatic routines that could streamline their smart home setup considerably.
You can learn more about Alexa’s new features here.
Xbox Series X stock shortages could last 'for a few months' after launch, admits Microsoft – TechRadar
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has warned that Xbox Series X stock shortages could last “for a few months” after launch.
Xbox Series X pre-orders quickly sold out when they opened on September 22, but if you’ve been waiting to pick up Microsoft’s flagship console on launch day, you might be disappointed.
Speaking in appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast, Spencer conceded that demand will continue to outstrip supply for its new consoles this year, and into 2021.
“We know what our supply will look like basically for the rest of the year. We’re going to have more demand than we do supply,” Spencer said.
“And I will apologize in advance to people for that. We saw it with pre-orders, how much energy there was, and we were basically out [of stock] in a couple of hours, which is unfortunate. I think we are going to live in that world for a few months. We’re going to have a lot more demand than we do supply.”
Demand is high for next-gen
The situation echoes what Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO Jim Ryan said in a recent interview regarding PS5 stock.
Ryan said that “the demand as expressed by the level of pre-order [sic] has been very, very considerable” and that “not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one.”
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release on November 10 and are priced at $499 / £429 / AU$749 and $299 / £249 / AU$499 respectively.
New PS5 app revealed — here’s how it works
With the official debut of the PS5 just around the corner, Sony is pulling out all the stops to offer buyers the best launch experience possible. That includes rolling out an updated version of the PlayStation App, which has been “reimagined” for use with both the PS4 and PS5.
The app’s global rollout will begin by way of iOS updates on devices running iOS 12.2 or later and Android 6.0 or later.
The revamped app introduces a selection of new features, like voice chat, native PS Store integration, and improvements to the user interface meant to offer a more expedient and quality browsing experience. PS5 users will interact with their new consoles through the PlayStation App, even when they’re away, so the app updates focus on making more of the social experience and remote aspect of controlling each console.
The updated user interface offers quicker access to the PlayStation home screen to see what others are playing along with updates on your own Trophies. This should make it easier to decide what to play based on your current game progress or what others are doing.
If you’re feeling social, you can create party groups straight from within the PlayStation App, as well as voice chat with up to 15 friends from your phone. If text chat is more your thing, that’s covered, too. The PS Messages app feature has also been folded into the main PlayStation App instead of existing outside as a standalone program. Thus, existing messages or contact information will simply be stored in the main PlayStation App from now on.
Controlling and managing your PlayStation downloads is an important app function as well. The new PS Store will let you browse and shop much more quickly than you could with the previous console iteration. You can remotely download games and DLC to your PS4 or PS5 so when you’re ready to come back for a play session, everything is good to go. When the PS5 is available, the app will also let you remotely launch games, sign into your PS5 from the app, and allow you to manage storage remotely as well.
The PlayStation app will also feature official PlayStation-centric news found in the Explore tab. You can check out any announcements via the PS Blog and information straight from the developers themselves here to learn a bit more about what’s going on in the industry.
The PS App is available right now via the App Store and Google Play, though the latest updates won’t be out for some time. If you want to get the most out of the app, you’ll first need to sign up for a PlayStation Network account. With only a few weeks left until the Nov. 12 launch, it might be a good day to go ahead and download the app now and see what features are available before the PS5 arrives.
Source: – Tom’s Guide
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, 6800, 6800 XT Price and Release Date Announced
AMD has unveiled three new graphics cards under the Radeon RX 6000 series: AMD Radeon RX 6800, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, and its new flagship AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. The last of them is the fastest gaming graphics card AMD has ever developed, the American giant claimed in its announcement. The first two — RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT — will be available November 18 at $579 (about Rs. 43,000) and $649 (about Rs. 48,000) respectively, with the RX 6900 XT following December 8 for $999 (about Rs. 74,000). India prices have not been revealed and are expected closer to launch date, which should be in line with the global launch.
The three new AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards go up against Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 series, which were announced in early September and rolled out later that month globally, including India. The GeForce RTX 3000 series starts at $499/ Rs. 51,000 (for the RTX 3070) and goes up to $1,499/ Rs. 1,52,000 (for the RTX 3090, Nvidia’s new flagship). If AMD too sticks to the $1 = Rs. 100 price conversion strategy like Nvidia (and many others by now) — this is thanks to local taxes and import duties — expect the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series to cost between Rs. 58,000 – Rs. 1,00,000.
Though AMD’s new graphics cards have a higher starting price point ($579 for RX 6800 vs $499 for RTX 3070), it’s undercutting Nvidia elsewhere: $649 for RX 6800 XT vs $699 for RTX 3080, and $999 for RX 6900 XT vs $1,499 for GeForce RTX 3090. The last of them is especially going to make heads turn, with a 33 percent difference between the price of their respective flagships. Of course, it’s impossible to say at this point if performance will be comparable. AMD has a lot of new bells and whistles it’s touting for the Radeon RX 6000 series.
First up, there’s the new AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture — it’s also being used in both next-gen consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X, though only the latter will have “full hardware support” for all its capabilities — which promises to deliver two times the performance in select games, even though it’s still using the 7-nanometre transistor size. That’s a bit of a cherry-picked number, as it compares the RX 6900 XT to RX 5700 XT (which uses AMD RDNA).
What does RNDNA 2 offer? Improved energy efficiency, reduced latency (thanks to AMD Infinity Cache), and 30 percent frequency boost at the same power level. There’s also support for DirectX 12 Ultimate API that was previously limited to Nvidia GPUs. It allows for ray-tracing (real-time lighting, shadows and reflections) and variable rate shading. AMD says that developers can aim for both quality and performance when this is combined with its own AMD FidelityFX, a collection of lighting, shadow and reflection effects that help with hybrid rendering.
Additionally, the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series also supports AMD Smart Access Memory (this only works if you also have an AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU and AMD B550/ X570 motherboard), Microsoft DirectStorage (for faster loading times and high-quality textures), Radeon Software Performance Tuning presets (one-click settings including “Rage Mode” stable overclocking), and Radeon Anti-Lag (quicker response times).
The one drawback is an AMD equivalent of Nvidia’s DLSS: deep learning super sampling. With DLSS, Nvidia GPUs render fewer pixels and then use “AI” to upsample them to higher resolutions. This decreases the load on RTX 3000 series while still allowing for close to native resolution quality. AMD has a tech of its own called Super Resolution, but it hasn’t provided any details as it’s still in the works and won’t be available for several months after the launch of Radeon RX 6000 series. This also means AMD’s ray-tracing won’t be on the same level as Nvidia’s for now.
In a prepared statement, AMD graphics’ corporate VP and GM Scott Herkelman said: “Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of R&D focused on bringing the best of AMD Radeon graphics to the enthusiast and ultra-enthusiast gaming markets, and represents a major evolution in PC gaming. The new AMD Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT graphics cards deliver world class 4K and 1440p performance in major AAA titles, new levels of immersion with breathtaking life-like visuals, and must-have features that provide the ultimate gaming experiences.”
The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series will begin roll-out in November, with cards offered by AMD, in addition to its partners in ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, and XFX.
Source:- Gadgets 360
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