Sony Working on App to Stream PS4 Games on Mac and PC

Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida has announced on Twitter that the company is working on an official Remote Play app for Mac and PC, enabling users to stream and play PS4 games on desktops and notebooks, per The Verge.

Remote Play is currently limited to various Sony devices, including the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and newer Xperia-branded smartphones and tablets. All new PS4 games must be compatible with Remote Play, except for games that use peripherals such as PlayStation Move.

While owning a PS4 gaming console will still be required to play games like Fallout 4 or Destiny on a Mac or PC, the expanded Remote Play app will move Sony games one step closer to true cross-platform playability.

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Microsoft Begins Sign-Ups for ‘Cortana for iOS’ Beta Program

Microsoft this week began the sign-up process that will let a few iOS users test out an early beta version of its Cortana personal assistant ahead of its wide release sometime next year (via The Verge). Specifically, the company said it’s looking for a „limited number of people“ in the United States and China, with updates rolling out over the next few months to tweak features and provide any fixes to bugs found by the beta participants.

In the spirit of the Windows Insider Program, we’re looking for a limited number of people to get their hands on an early version of the app. It’s important to keep in mind that this is the first public release of the Cortana for iOS beta. And that for now, Cortana for iOS is only available in the U.S. and China. Over the coming months, we’ll continue to deliver frequent updates to the app to expand the features and functionality.

The company reiterated that Windows is where Cortana „really shines,“ thanks to a few hardware-specific features, but promises that iOS users can expect a robust personal assistant that makes a „perfect companion“ to the Windows experience. Those who are interested in testing out Cortana for iOS can complete a short survey on Microsoft’s website to possibly become one of the limited access users of the beta, who will begin receiving download links in their email over the next few weeks.

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Pro Tip: Keep your boss from snooping on you with Tor messenger beta

While you may chat about state secrets while on your Mac at work, you might not want your chats to get out there, or to be archived. The answer is to use encryption so that no one can intercept your messages and figure out you’re really angry at your boss. The Tor Project aims to […]

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HTC Unveils the One A9, an iPhone Lookalike That Runs the Latest Version of Android

HTC today announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One A9. Priced at just $399, the One A9 looks remarkably like an iPhone 6/6s, taking many design cues from Apple’s most recent devices.

The A9 has a 5-inch screen with a curved-edge display, so it fits right in between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, and it includes the same antenna bands and a protruding rear camera, both design choices that haven’t exactly been universally popular on the iPhone. The aluminum body comes in colors that are similar to the iPhone color lineup, available in Opal Silver and Carbon Gray.

A Topaz Gold shade is available internationally, and a Deep Garnet color will be available later in the year. When it comes to thickness, the A9 One measures in at 7.26mm, putting it on par with the 7.1mm iPhone 6s and 7.3mm iPhone 6s Plus.

The design similarities between the iPhone 6 and the HTC A9 are only external. The A9 runs the latest version of Android, Marshmallow, and it’s equipped with a four-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 processor, up to 3GB RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. There’s also a 4-pixel front-facing camera and it ships with up to 32GB of storage that can be expanded to 2TB with a microSD card.

The HTC One A9 compared to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, via The Verge
Like many smartphones available these days, the One A9 has a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone without a passcode, and it has built-in DAC to convert 16-bit audio to 24-bit high-resolution audio.

HTC is accepting pre-orders for the One A9 on its website. The phone is priced at $399 and is available unlocked.



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