Microsoft might add ‘Game Mode’ to Windows 10 for gaming performance

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Gaming on Windows 10 might be getting even better. A report from UberGizmo cites Twitter user @h0x0d, who found a new “gamemode.dll” in the latest Windows 10 developer build. The feature appears to allow Windows 10 to adjust CPU and GPU resources when running a game to allocate more power for the game that’s running instead of toward any background apps.

It’s a move that essentially allows PCs to act almost like consoles, freeing up almost all the computational firepower of the machine for the sole purpose of running games as well as possible. The so-called “game mode” is another indication that Microsoft is continuing to take PC gaming on Windows 10 even more seriously. The company already has taken significant strides in 2016 toward blurring the line between Xbox consoles and PCs, with the Xbox One now running Windows and games offering cross-purchasing options from Xbox One to PC, and it seems that this sort of integration will only continue onward in 2017.

Microsoft has yet to confirm the existence of the new “game mode,” but with the release of the major Windows 10 Creators Update scheduled for early 2017, it’s likely we could see it included with that OS update.

7-Eleven the first regular commercial drone delivery service in the U.S.

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7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience store chain, shared new numbers from its drone delivery experiment today by beating Google and Amazon to the first commercial drone delivery service in the U.S. Seventy-seven customers in Reno, Nev., have now received items ordered from 7-Eleven delivered to their doorsteps via drone. All 77 flights were from one store to a dozen select customers who live within a mile of the shop. 7-Eleven has partnered with the drone maker Flirtey for its delivery pilot.

MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS DEALS – DAY 12

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Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous. In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:

  • Day 12-December 16:
    *Get a type cover with any Surface Pro 4 for up to $159.99 in savings.
    *In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Be one of the first customers in line to get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card.

The online deal basically means a free type cover for a Surface 4, a great value. The free $50 gift card is also nice, but you have to get there early to get it, and we don’t know how many cards Microsoft is giving away.

All told there are some great deals, some not-so-great deals, and a few where Microsoft looks to be blowing out old inventory. Still, it’s a lot more than Apple is offering.

MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS DEALS – DAY 11

Microsoft

Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous. In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:

  • Day 11-December 15:
    *Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199.In-Store *Doorbuster Deal: Save $150 on an Acer Jade Primo, now $299.Take a close look at the specs. I wouldn’t expect much from a $199 laptop. And the Acer Jade Primo is a Windows Phone. Do you really want one at this point?|

All told there are some great deals, some not-so-great deals, and a few where Microsoft looks to be blowing out old inventory. Still, it’s a lot more than Apple is offering.

MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS DEALS – DAY 10

Microsoft

Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous. In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:

  • Day 10-December 14:
    *Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799.
    *In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Get Quantum Break, Halo 5 and Forza Motorsport 6 for $19.99.

Again, saying “up to” doesn’t tell us how much we will save. The vagueness is annoying. That doesn’t preclude a deal, though. The in-store deal is very good as all three titles are very popular. In fact, you or the ones you are shopping for might already own them.

All told there are some great deals, some not-so-great deals, and a few where Microsoft looks to be blowing out old inventory. Still, it’s a lot more than Apple is offering.

MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS DEALS – DAY 9

Microsoft

Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous. In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:

  • Day 9-December 13:
    *Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card/code with purchase of HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
    *In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Biggest savings of the year on FitBit Charge HR.

This is a bit surprising to see it selling HoloLens competitors but not too much, since HoloLens isn’t out. Saving $100 is a good deal. And again, I’m not sold on wearables, most end up in a drawer after a month, and the price is not clear.

All told there are some great deals, some not-so-great deals, and a few where Microsoft looks to be blowing out old inventory. Still, it’s a lot more than Apple is offering.

MICROSOFT CHRISTMAS DEALS – DAY 8

Microsoft

Ho ho ho, Santa Nadella comes bearing gifts for nearly two weeks as Microsoft offers up “12 Days of Deals” on its online and retail stores. Some of these deals are pretty good, while others are a little ambiguous. In a nod to retail traffic, Microsoft is also offering “In-Store Doorbuster Deals” that are only available at its 116 stores worldwide. And they have some of the best offerings. So without further ado, let’s run down the list, along with my take on each deal:

  • Day 8-December 12:
    *Save $50 and get two free select games with select Xbox One consoles.
    *In-Store Doorbuster Deal: Be one of the first customers in line to get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.

Again, the “select” games are likely second- and third-string titles, and another gift card?

All told there are some great deals, some not-so-great deals, and a few where Microsoft looks to be blowing out old inventory. Still, it’s a lot more than Apple is offering.

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