Take another step towards killing passwords for good.
Microsoft today announced that it has turned on support for using a FIDO2 security key for signing in to Microsoft accounts.
Forget cable subscriptions but watch it anyway.
The Mohu Curve 50 indoor amplified 50-mile TV antenna is down to $45.56 on Amazon. That price is the lowest we have ever seen on this HDTV antenna. It normally sells for around $70, and even though we have seen it drop to $60 before, it has never seen a deal this good.
The Curve 50 has been tested to receive stations up to 60 miles away, and the channels it gets can be in quality as high as 1080p. You’ll be able to pick up any free channels being broadcast in your area, and you should use a reception map to get an idea of how effective it will be for you. The closer you are to a larger city center the better. The flat stand can be laid upright or mounted against the wall, and it comes with a 16-foot performance cable so you can place it in the best spot. The Curve 50 comes with a one-year warranty.
Looking for a TV to combine this with? We’ve seen a ton of Sony 4K Smart TVs go on sale for Black Friday. If you’re just a cord cutter looking for more ways to keep up with your favorite shows, you could also get the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K on sale today for just $35. Check out the rest of the best Black Friday deals live right now.
When is Microsoft going release an “Xbox Classic”? Hopefully never, because it already has something awesome.
Have you heard the news? Classic consoles are all the rage this year. Nintendo shook up the world last year with the NES Classic, followed it up with the explosively popular SNES Classic, and then Sony got in on the action with a PlayStation Classic. For the uninitiated, this is a $100 console with 20 games from our childhood in a little plastic box that looks just like an original PlayStation but smaller. Pre-orders for this things have been going crazy, coming close to the level of popularity we saw for the NES Classic during its first run.
All of this excitement has a lot of Xbox fans asking when Microsoft will be releasing one of these small boxes of nostalgia wrapped in cheap plastic. And if I’m honest, I hope it never does. Unlike Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft already has Xbox Game Pass for us to dive in and appreciate the games of previous generations. And not only is it cheaper than these other little boxes, you get a whole lot more out of the experience.
There’s more, in every possible way, through Xbox Game Pass.
Crack open a book wherever you go with a Kindle Unlimited membership.
Amazon’s Black Friday week is going strong with tons of great deals that are live right now. One such offer is bringing three months of Kindle Unlimited to you for only $0.99 total. A month of the unlimited eBook service would normally cost you $10, so this deal is a nice way of saving close to $30 and seeing whether the service is right for you. Your membership will continue after the trial has run out if you don’t remember to cancel ahead of time.
Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 1,000,000 titles to read on your own time at no extra cost. Popular magazines are offered as well. The best part of the service is that you can read the titles available anywhere you want using either a Kindle or one of the many devices which support the Kindle app.
Ubisoft no longer plans to censor Rainbow Six Siege, ahead of a planned expansion into Asian markets.
Earlier this month Ubisoft faced substantial backlash for planned “aesthetic changes” headed to its hit tactical shooter, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. With an expansion into Asian territories planned for the near future, the publisher outlined upcoming art changes to comply with overseas regulations. Essentially censoring various sex, gambling, violence references worldwide, community outrage swiftly followed.
Ubisoft has now detailed plans to revert these aesthetic changes, meaning the upcoming Operation Wind Bastion update won’t feature censored assets. Taking to the official Rainbow Six blog, the team cited its “conversation” among the fanbase, promising to keep future “impact to a minimum.”
We will begin reverting these changes alongside the launch of Wind Bastion so no player is impacted; we ask you to be patient if some elements remain. We will carefully remove them all to the best of our ability considering the short timeframe and with the lowest impact on the season’s launch date and our build stability.
Heard you like Black Friday deals.
The Bose SoundLink II Around-Ear Wireless Headphones dropped down to $199 at Amazon. That’s about $30 off the average price, though they’ve sold for as high as $280 in the past.
These feature deep, immersive sound. You can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth or switch to wired mode with the included cable. There’s also a microphone so you can take hands-free calls, and the battery lasts for up to 15 hours’ worth of playtime. On the earcups, you’ll find handy buttons and switches, which let you change between calls and music and control your entertainment.
Additionally, these can switch seamlessly between two Bluetooth devices at a time. As one example, you can go between watching a movie on your computer and taking a call on your smartphone. You’ll get a carrying case with your purchase for easy transport, too.
Users rated this 4.3 out of 5 stars. If you’re planning on traveling with your new gear, consider picking up an airline adapter.
This week on the Windows Central Podcast: The October Update is back, Surface Headphones are here, and more!
We’re back with another exciting episode of the Windows Central Podcast, and this week the Windows 10 October 2018 is back! Again! Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have the details on that along with a look at Light Mode and other features coming in 2019. Also on the software front, developers can now submit native ARM64 apps to Microsoft Store.
Additionally, Daniel provides his review of Surface Headphones, and they chat about rumors surrounding a disc-less Xbox One on the horizon for next year.
Last but certainly not least, Jared DiPane from our sister site Thrifter is here with the best Black Friday deals for Windows and gadget fans.
This episode of the Windows Central Podcast was recorded on November 16 2018.
Black Friday comes early for OnePlus fans.
Starting Nov. 20 at 3 a.m. Eastern, you’ll be able to save $100 on the OnePlus 6 Android smartphone. We’re not sure what colors or capacities will be available since this information comes from Twitter, but right now the lowest option is the $529 OnePlus 6 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. You should be able to get that one for $429 with free shipping.
If you happen to be a student, you should be able to stack another 10% on top of that. OnePlus’ student program just needs to verify your eligibility using Student Beans to prove that you are indeed a student.
Android Central reviewed the OnePlus 6 and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Even at $529 the reviewer called it “the best smartphone deal in town, and one of the best phones you can buy right now.”
Paying your annual tribute to Amazon will get you in on the DC superhero action five days sooner.
Can’t wait to watch the new Aquaman movie? If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to get in on the action a few days early.
Dec. 15, in fact, is the date on which Prime members will get their Jason Momoa on in the latest from the DC franchise. You’ll buy the tickets through Atom, which is one of our favorite ways to get tickets these days anyway.
The movie is about objectifying actor Jason Momoa for nearly two and a half hours.
The movie also is about the following:
Ready for a deep dive into the kingdom of Atlantis? After his introduction in 2017’s Justice League, Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry, the superhero known as Aquaman, as he faces off against his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) with the fate of the surface world hanging in the balance.
Amber Heard is back as Mera, while newcomers to the DC universe include Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Randall Park, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta… and a host of underwater warriors riding great white sharks. Aquaman is directed by James Wan (Furious 7).
For everyone who’s not an Amazon Prime member (apparently those people do, in fact, exist), Aquaman will be out on Dec. 20.
As previously announced, Microsoft has lowered the price of the world’s most powerful console to just $399 for Black Friday week.
Making good on its previous X018 promise, Microsoft has made the Xbox One X $399 in the US for Black Friday, available now on both Amazon and the Microsoft Store.
The Xbox One X is a monstrous gaming console, powering visuals far beyond its Xbox One S counterpart, and often beyond more expensive PC gaming rigs. Even without a 4K set to compliment it, the Xbox One X will produce faster loading, better details, and better frame rate performance across the board in all games, when compared to the Xbox One S. This is owed to the change-resilient architecture Microsoft created for Xbox platform game development.
It even enhances many backward compatible Xbox 360 titles from yesteryear including Fallout 3 and Final Fantasy XIII, giving classic games a new lease on life.