Xbox update begins rolling out with new dynamic backgrounds and more

Microsoft has an update for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One that is going live starting today. This patch adds new customization features as well as tags to indicate games you own that use certain next-gen optimizations.

“This month marked the start of the next generation of console gaming on Xbox with the release of Xbox Series X/S, and Team Xbox is excited to continue bringing new ways to make your experience on Xbox even better,” Xbox Experiences program manager Jonathan Hildebrandt said. “Just like we’ve done on Xbox One, we will continue to periodically release software updates designed to improve your Xbox gaming experience.”

Here are the highlights for this update:

  • Microsoft is adding more dynamic backgrounds to personalize the theme of your console.
  • A new “tech tag” will show up in the top right of a game when you open the guide using the Xbox button. Now a
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Comcast faces backlash over plan to charge customers up to $100 for going over a home-internet data limit rolling out to 14 new states

a sign on the side of a brick building: Comcast sign logo in the wall of a building at Universal Studios. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

© Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images
Comcast sign logo in the wall of a building at Universal Studios. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • Comcast is planning on adding data caps to its home-internet plans, starting in January.
  • In 14 states and the District of Columbia, customers with Xfinity internet plans that aren’t unlimited will be constrained to 1.2 TB of data per month, or face overage charges. 
  • Comcast has had data caps in other parts of the country since 2016.
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Comcast is adding a data cap for some of its home-internet plans starting in January. The telecommunications giant recently confirmed it’s introducing a limit of 1.2 TB on Xfinity Internet plans in 14 states and the District of Colombia.


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If customers that don’t have unlimited plans go over that cap, they must pay $10 for each additional 50 GB

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Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS is in Android Messages beta

After two long, complicated years, every Android user worldwide (outside China) now has access to the next-gen texting standard that is replacing SMS. Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

Just as importantly, Google has announced that it’s finally beginning to enable a key privacy feature: end-to-end encryption. For Android users who use Android Messages, one-on-one chats will eventually be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning neither carriers nor Google will be able to read the content of those messages.

Even though encryption is only beginning to roll out to people who sign up for the public beta for Android Messages, turning on encryption for RCS is a very big deal. It’s a massive privacy win,

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Oppo shows off concept rolling phone and AR glasses

Oppo has held its second annual “Inno Day,” an event where it shows off products in concept form and sets out its vision for the future. Headlining this year is a smartphone with an expandable “rolling” screen and a new set of AR glasses.

The Oppo X 2021 is a concept phone that the company says is the result of its research and development flexible displays. In regular smartphone use the OLED display has a 6.7-inch surface area, but that can be expanded to a squarer, tablet-like 7.4-inch panel depending on the content or use case.

The phone slid all the way open.

Oppo says it developed its own power train, structural plate, and screen laminate to ensure the device’s durability. You can see how it works from the front here:

And here’s what it looks like around the back:

Oppo isn’t the first company to hit on this idea

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Google Camera 8.1 starts rolling out to older Pixels, Cinematic Pan in tow

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  • Google is apparently pushing out the Google Camera 8.1 update to older Pixels.
  • The update includes a new UI and Cinematic Pan functionality.

The Pixel 5 features an overhauled Google Camera experience, including a new user interface and a few extra features. Now, it looks like the update is finally being pushed out to older Pixels via the Play Store.

Twitter user Kelvin Peralta confirmed receiving Google Camera 8.1 on their Pixel 4 XL via the Play Store, posting a screenshot of the updated camera app as well. You can check out the screen below.

Google Camera Pixel 4 XL Kelvin Peralta

The update brings the Cinematic Pan feature and aforementioned new UI to the Pixel 4 XL, but there’s no word if Night Sight Portrait is available too. Nevertheless, Cinematic Pan is one of the more notable Pixel 5 camera features, enabling smooth, panning video.

We haven’t received the Google Camera 8.1 update on our standard

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