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Microsoft Phones To Use Iris Scanners To Unlock With Your Face

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Microsoft new phone, Lumia 950XL, will have facial recognition

Microsoft’s new phones will come with an iris scanner that will allow users to unlock their device with their face. The company is expected to announce the features tomorrow at an event where they will introduce two new Lumia devices. They will be Microsoft’s first flagship phones since it acquired Nokia last year. The two new phones will be called the 950 and 950XL and are expected to have big screens and fast processors.

One of the big new features with the Lumia 950 phones will be iris scanners that will allow users to unlock their phone without any passwords or typing – they simply look at their device’s camera. The scanners will use software called Windows Hello, which was introduced with Windows 10. The software on Windows 10 uses a new Intel camera, called RealSense, that works with Windows Hello on PCs. Microsoft seems to have achieved something similar for their new phones.

The new camera can be seen in the leaked photo of the Lumia 950XL above, courtesy of Twitter user @Windows10Lover. A high-resolution camera is required in order to recognise faces – RealSense uses a 3D lens, an infrared lens, and a regular lens, so presumably this new version will use something similar.

Microsoft is going all out with their 950 phones. Both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL will be premium phones with high-end specifications and probably high-end price tags. Although the phones have yet to be officially announced, we already know the phones will boast 20 megapixel rear-facing cameras, Quad HD displays, and 32 GB of storage with memory card expansion slots. The inclusion of facial scanners is another piece of Microsoft’s plan for a phone that will compete with Apple, Samsung, and Google, all of which are focusing on shipping phones with fingerprint sensors instead.

Microsoft’s event starts at 10am EDT on Tuesday. Along with the 950 phones, the company is also expected to reveal an entry-level Lumia device and the new Surface Pro 4.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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