Daily News Roundup: DirectX for Win7, Carmen Sandiego in Maps, and More
Posted by Cameron Summerson on 13th March 2019
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This article was originally posted on HOWTOGEEK.COM

In today’s headlines, we saw Microsoft bring DirectX 12 to Windows 7, Google potentially can some of its hardware business, and LG show off a Keurig for ice cream. Not gonna lie, that last thing sounds pretty amazing.

Note: We’ll keep updating this post throughout the day as more news hits the wire!

Microsoft and Windows News

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. You know, just Microsoft things.

  • You can now check your Xbox controller’s battery from the Game Bar. That’s cool, I think. [MSPowerUser]
  • DirectX 12 is now supported on Windows 7, which is currently on its way towards the end of life. Weird flex, but okay. [The Verge]
  • Remember Project xCloud? Well, Microsoft wants to make sure you do with a live demo of the game streaming service. [Engadget]
  • The Windows Camera got some new features for Insiders, including a couple of new shooting modes. [MSPowerUser]
  • Microsoft might let users start pausing updates for 35 days instead of 7. Talk about procrastination. [MSPowerUser]
  • You can stream PC games to an Xbox One now. You’ve been able to stream Xbox games to a PC for a while. Everything old is new again. [The Verge]

Google and Android News

Google is apparently going to “scale back” its laptop and tablet projects, which is not cool at all. On the upside, it’s doing something or another with Carmen Sandiego and also making Fit on Wear OS more battery friendly. Great?

  • Google reportedly canceled future tablet and laptop plans, which doesn’t sound good. I still want a Pixelbook 2. [9to5Google]
  • The Lookout app for the visually impaired that was teased at Google I/O last year is now available for download…but only on Pixel devices. [The Verge; Google Play]
  • The Google Drive app now matches its web counterpart. Pretty. [Engadget]
  • Google Fit on Wear OS is getting a low power mode for better battery life. Now if people would just use Fit. Or Wear OS. [9to5Google]
  • Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? In Google Maps, that’s where. [Google Blog]
  • Google Maps is getting more of Waze’s features, including speed trap and crash reporting. [9to5Google]
  • An Android malware got nearly 150 million downloads before Google caught and pulled it. Oof. [The Verge]

Other News

This stuff isn’t Microsoft, Windows, Google, or Android. It’s other stuff.

  • LG showed off a Keurig for ice cream, and by golly, it sounds pretty amazing. [Engadget]
  • Verizon is stepping its 5G game up by launching in Chicago and Minneapolis next month. Oh, and it’ll cost an extra $10 a month on top of Verizon’s already stupid prices. [The Verge]
  • Epic Games halted Fortnite crossplay between Switch and other consoles (Xbox, PS4) and instead now only allows Nintendo’s console to crossplay with mobile devices. This is because of framerate limitations, which can give “real” console gamers an advantage. [MSPowerUser]
  • Garmin released a ridiculously expensive smartwatch, because why not? [Gizmodo]
  • Twitter did stuff to the camera feature in its mobile app to better compete with Snap and Insta. Okay then. [TechCrunch]
  • DirecTV Now is raising prices by $10 and bumping HBO now to $15 instead of $5. Ouch. [MacRumors]
  • iPad Rumors: A new 10.2-inch model and updated 10.5-inch model may be incoming. May. Be. [9to5Mac]
  • Audio message quality got better in the iOS 12.2 beta. [MacRumors]
  • HP is recalling a bunch of laptops because they might catch on fire. You should probably look at this one if you, you know, have an HP laptop. [The Verge]

There you go: the biggest (or most interesting) stories from today, ready for your consumption. If you like this format or find it interesting, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below or drop me a line to let me know what you think, what you’d like to see, or if you think there’s a way to improve what we’re doing here.