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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Ring (2002.200123-2000)

Hey Alpha ring users! Today’s Xbox Insider Release Notes highlight the latest fixes, known issues, and features coming to your console. Starting at 6:00 p.m. PT today, users will receive the latest 2002 Xbox One system update (build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_2002\18363.9119.200123-2000). Keep reading for more details. System Update Details: OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_2002\18363.9119.200123-2000 Available: 6:00 p.m. PT – January 24, 2020 Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – January 25, 2019 New Features for Alpha Messaging With 2002, we’re enabling the ability for you to view images in messaging conversations with your Xbox Live friends on console. Now, images sent from the Xbox mobile app on iOS or Android or the new Xbox (Beta) App on Windows 10 PC will also display on your ...

This Week on Xbox: January 24, 2020

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! 5 Tips to Start Your Adventure in Dragon Ball Z: KakarotIf you’re reading this, you’re probably about to step into the shoes of a legendary hero and experience the iconic story of Dragon Ball Z in the all-new action RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot! Goku’s adventures are known and loved by many, but for some it could very well be a first-time dive into this timeless saga&...

Journey to the Savage Planet Achievements List Revealed

Summary Spoiler Warning: Many of these are hidden achievements Read our latest hands-on preview here on Xbox Wire Journey to the Savage Planet arrives on Xbox One Tuesday, January 28 Next week we’ll all have a chance to take a trip to an alien world in the upcoming Journey to the Savage Planet that arrives on January 28 for Xbox One. And while there’s lots of explore and discover, there’s also a ton of great achievements to earn as well through a variety of activities, like kicking 10 Pufferbirds in 45 seconds or getting covered in oozy-gooey alien guts. You can check out the complete list of Journey to the Savage Planet achievements list below, but spoiler warning: many of the achievements listed below are hidden. So, read on at your own risk. Enjoy and have fun explorin...

We Journey to the Savage Planet Before It Lands on Xbox One January 28

Summary Planet AR-Y 26, where I have mysteriously crash landed, is like one giant puzzle for the player to solve. Everything I need to survive on this hostile world can be obtained by scanning, shooting, and collecting the native fauna and flora. The company overlords at Kindred Aerospace are very, very interested in knowing more about the alien-made structures on the planet. As I was resurrected back at the starship Javelin thanks to the Bio-Replication Chamber, I made a quick mental note about the Giant Bombegranate plant: “Explodes when kicked.” This trial and error approach to exploration in the upcoming Journey to the Savage Planet, launching January 28 on Xbox One, is comical and not-quite-as frustrating as I’d expect thanks to the inherent entertainment that comes with a “What happe...

Xbox Sessions: Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman Go Head to Head in Madden NFL 20 on Xbox One Before Next Sunday’s Super Showdown

One of the biggest days in American sports is almost here. Practically a national holiday, all eyes will be on the upcoming showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on February 2 in Miami, Florida. To celebrate the championship, we’re giving you a preview of the big game on Xbox One as Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman join the annual Game Before the Game episode of Xbox Sessions on Tuesday, January 28, sponsored by our friends at Turbo Tax. Kelce and Sherman will put their skills and talent to the test and go head to head in EA Sports Madden NFL 20 with the winner receiving 50 Xbox One consoles and a copy of Madden NFL 20 for their charity of choice. Kelce will be playing for his organization, Eighty-Seven & Running, while Sherman will represent for Blanket Cover...

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for January 27 to 31

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to change). Stone – January 27 A single-player third-person interactive story, where a hungover koala detective wakes to find his lover Alex has been kidnapped. Walk, talk, drink, dance, smoke, watch, sauna, trip, and find Alex in this noir-like adventure game from Convict Games. Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition – January 28 A magical realist adventure game in five acts, featuring a haunting electronic score, and a suite of hymns and bluegrass. Rendered ...

Free Play Days: Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip

Free Play Days is back this weekend with more fun games for you to play! Take full-contact combative racing to the limit in Wreckfest. Or if zombies are more your style then take on the undead with the twin-stick shooter Zombieland: Double Tap- Road Trip. Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play these games from Thursday, January 23 at 12:01 a.m. PST until Sunday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m. PST. You can find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Click through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One. If you like what you’ve played and want to keep the fun going, you can purchase the games a...

Measure Form Usage with Event Tracking – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by Matthew_Edgar When it comes to the forms your site visitors are using, you need to go beyond completions — it’s important to understand how people are interacting with them, where the strengths lie and what errors might be complicating the experience. In this edition of Whiteboard Friday, Matthew Edgar takes you through in-depth form tracking in Google Analytics.  Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans. My name is Matthew Edgar. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. I am an analytics consultant at Elementive, and in this Whiteboard Friday what I want to talk to you about are new ways that we can really start tracking how people are interacting with our forms. I’m going to ...

Mac users are getting bombarded by laughably unsophisticated malware

Enlarge (credit: Kaspersky Lab) Almost two years have passed since the appearance of Shlayer, a piece of Mac malware that gets installed by tricking targets into installing fake Adobe Flash updates. It usually does so after promising pirated videos, which are also fake. The lure may be trite and easy to spot, but Shlayer continues to be common—so much so that it’s the number one threat encountered by users of Kaspersky Labs’ antivirus programs for macOS. Since Shlayer first came to light in February 2018, Kaspersky Lab researchers have collected almost 32,000 different variants and identified 143 separate domains operators have used to control infected machines. The malware accounts for 30 percent of all malicious detections generated by the Kaspersky Lab’s Mac AV products. Attacks are mos...

Time check: Examining the Doomsday Clock’s move to 100 seconds to midnight

Enlarge / The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight, a decision made by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, during an announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2020. (credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images) Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists released a statement that the group’s Science and Security Board had moved the hands on the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward by 20 seconds to 100 seconds before midnight. Since the advent of the Doomsday Clock—even in the peak years of the Cold War—the clock’s minute hand has never before been advanced past the 11:58 mark. In a statement on the change, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists President and CEO Rachel Bronson said: As far as the Bulletin and the Doomsday Clock are concerned, the worl...

CenturyLink, Frontier took FCC cash, failed to deploy all required broadband

Enlarge / A CenturyLink repair truck in Estes Park, Colorado, in 2018. (credit: Tony Webster / Flickr) CenturyLink and Frontier Communications have apparently failed to meet broadband-deployment requirements in numerous states where they are receiving government funding to expand their networks in rural areas. CenturyLink notified the Federal Communications Commission that it “may not have reached the deployment milestone” in 23 states and that it hit the latest deadline in only 10 states. Frontier similarly notified the FCC that it “may not have met” the requirements in 13 states. Frontier met or exceeded the requirement in 16 other states. Read 16 remaining paragraphs | Comments You deserve a better Internet. So we reimagined what a browser should be. It begins wi...

Microsoft’s sneaky plan to switch Chrome searches from Google to Bing

Stop trying to make Bing happen, Microsoft. It’s never going to happen. [credit: Paramount Pictures ] Microsoft announced today that, beginning in February 2020, Office365 Pro Plus installs and updates will include a Chrome extension that forcibly changes the default search engine to Microsoft’s own search engine, Bing. The change takes place beginning with Version 2002 of Office 365 Pro Plus, and it will affect both new installations and existing installations as they’re automatically updated. If your default search engine is already Bing, Office365 will not install the extension. Users who don’t enjoy the arbitrary unrequested change to their defaults can opt out by finding and changing a toggle which the extension also adds to the browser, or the extension itself...