First Click: Xbox One S review, Windows 10 update, Galaxy Note 7, and more in the week ahead
August 1st, 20169
Tuesday, August 2nd is Windows 10 day with the release of Microsoft’s first major OS update. The so-called Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a free upgrade, coming almost exactly a year since Windows 10 debuted on July 29th, 2015. New features include Windows Ink, Edge browser extensions, and improvements to Cortana.
Tuesday’s also the day that Microsoft will begin selling its Xbox One S in “select regions.” The $399 2TB launch edition is 40 percent smaller than the original and most notably includes 4K / HDR video support. It’ll go on sale alongside a new $59.99 Xbox wireless controller with textured grip and Bluetooth connectivity. We'll have our review up soon.
Samsung’s holding a Galaxy Note 7 launch event on Tuesday as well. The Note 7 is expected to have a dual curved display like the existing Galaxy S7 Edge, and feature a secure iris scanner hinted at by an iris-like graphic in the invitation.
On Thursday, August 4th, DARPA will host the world's first, all-machine hacking tournament in Las Vegas. The Cyber Grand Challenge, according to DARPA, "will mark the culmination of an ambitious three-year effort to develop advanced, autonomous systems that can to detect, evaluate, and patch software vulnerabilities before adversaries have a chance to exploit them." It’s timed to start just as the DEV CON 24 hacking conference gets underway in the same Vegas hotel and conference center.
We’ll be publishing our This Is My Next pick for our favorite record player this week, and put in some hands-on time with GM’s NASA-developed RoboGlove. You can also expect another in our series of Mr. Robot hack reports, and a review of the latest from British art-pop vets Wild Beasts. In gaming we’ll have thoughts on both Batman: The Telltale Series Episode One set for release on Tuesday, and Mobius Final Fantasy being released on Wednesday. And with any luck, we’ll end the week with a test drive of the McLaren 570GT.
But that’s all yet to come. First let’s get caught up on the weekend that was.
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