The new Microsoft Flight Simulator version increases speed and load times substantially. A new comparison video demonstrates that the Xbox Series S has faster loading times

Microsoft being ahead of all in office 365 email and rest of solutions for businesses and individuals. In addition to the Xbox Series X|S launch, a new upgrade to Microsoft Flight Simulator has been published for PC and consoles, enabling cross-play/saving between PC and console and greatly increasing performance. 

Asobo Studio has released another big update across all platforms for the newest Flight Simulator edition, which is now available globally on PC and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles. The new update not only improves speed, but it also makes the game more accessible to novice players. The entire release notes for this new update may be seen at the bottom of this page. 

We have covered a graphics and performance comparison video yesterday, showing the excellent quality of the Series S version of the game, and we have another one today. This new video, which comes courtesy of YouTube technology channel “ElAnalistaDeBits,” contrasts the game’s graphics and frame rates on next-gen consoles and PC. 

On both Xbox Series X and S, the game’s frame rate is restricted at 30FPS, although it may be unlocked by utilizing a VRR compliant monitor. 

The Xbox Series X’s visual settings are impressively close to the highest PC settings, with the draw distance being the same on Microsoft’s topline console. Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most demanding games to date, but impressively, the Xbox Series X’s visual settings are close to the highest PC settings. 

In terms of console loading speeds, the Series X appears to load the game faster when starting a flight, but the Series S appears to load the sim almost twice as quickly when starting a flight. This is most likely due to the Xbox Series X’s higher settings and graphics load, according to “ElAnalistaDeBits.”¬†

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Google provides Pixel phones a new setup experience in Android 12 Beta 3

Android 12 introduces a slew of new aesthetic features, and the out-of-box experience is being upgraded to match. Google is giving the setup experience on Pixel phones a new coat of paint with Android 12 Beta 3. 

A new setup experience in Android 12 Beta 3 provides the setup process on Pixel phones a largely aesthetic makeover. The experience will undoubtedly be modified for different Android OEMs, as it usually is, but this newest iteration establishes a good foundation for others to build upon. 

So, what’s new? There are a few excellent adjustments in addition to the aesthetic update. With a long video on how to utilize the gestures, Google has put even more focus on teaching navigation movements. This section isn’t entirely new, although it appears to be more in-depth today than in prior editions. 

Furthermore,¬†Google¬†has included a fun easter egg on the first page. The objects in the first image below travel across the screen, causing a very slight vibration when they strike the display’s edges. That’s just the latest example of Google praising the haptic experience it provided on the Pixel 4, so it might be a signal that the Pixel 6 will do the same.¬†

We’re currently working our way through Android 12 Beta 3. If you see something we haven’t, please leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter.¬†

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For free users, Google is limiting Meet’s formerly limitless group video chats to an hour

According to support pages found by 9to5Google,¬†Google¬†has ended its practically “unlimited” group video chats in Meet for free Gmail users. Users with free Meet accounts will now have their group calls limited to one hour instead of the prior 24-hour meeting time.¬†

Because of COVID-19, many typically in-person functions migrated online. Google’s unlimited group meeting offer proved useful. You could leave your video call on throughout long family gatherings because you didn’t have to worry about it cutting out or generating new meeting ties. 

Meet was made available to non-enterprise customers in April of last year in order to compete with Zoom, and Google claimed at the time that limitless meetings would be available until September 30th, 2020. 

Later, the firm extended the window until March 20, 2021, and then again until June 30, 2021. Longer group calls will now cost more ‚ÄĒ like a presently $7.99 per month membership to Google’s Workspace Individual tier ($9.99 per month after January 2022) ‚ÄĒ as the second epidemic summer approaches. 

Zoom’s one-on-one conversations are limitless and free, much like Google’s, but group calls are handled differently. During holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve, Zoom has occasionally exceeded its 40-minute meeting limit. 

In the early days of the epidemic, non-business users adopted Meet, Zoom, and¬†Microsoft Teams, which began out as corporate communications tools. It’ll be fascinating to see which services people remain with now that some of the freebies are gone.¬†

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Microsoft Teams phones will soon be able to function like an old-school walkie-talkie

The extension of the push-to-talk walkie talkie feature in Microsoft Teams to more devices should make staying in touch with coworkers in the field a lot easier for firstline employees. 

The functionality will be accessible worldwide on Microsoft Teams phones in September 2021, according to a new article on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. 

Users with compatible Microsoft Teams phones will be able to use their smartphone as a walkie talkie that works over both a cellular and wireless connection once the capability is available. Users will be able to talk to their team by pressing and holding a button and listening by releasing the button. 


The functionality was first made available for Android devices in January 2020, when Microsoft highlighted in a blog post how Teams’ walkie talkie feature might help staff carry fewer devices on a daily basis while also giving greater security over analogue devices. 

Microsoft claimed at the time that “this feature, integrated directly into Teams, decreases the number of devices employees must carry while also lowering IT expenses.” 

“Unlike analogue equipment connected to insecure networks, consumers no longer have to worry about crosstalk or external eavesdropping.” This feature may be used across geographic areas because Walkie Talkie works through Wi-Fi or cellular data.‚ÄĚ 

Teams Walkie Talkie accessories 

While the walkie talkie feature of Microsoft Teams will work with most Android smartphones and tablets, it may work better with a rugged smartphone because many of these devices have customizable buttons. 

In a blog post, Samsung revealed how Teams’ walkie talkie feature can be mapped to the programmable button on the Galaxy XCover Pro or even its new Galaxy XCover 5, allowing workers to use push-to-talk (PTT) capability without having to open their smartphone. 

The Jabra BlueParrot and Klein Valor Speaker have both been verified to operate with Teams Walkie Talkie, according to Microsoft. Firstline employees may enhance Teams’ walkie talkie functionality by attaching either a wired or wireless headset. 

When the functionality is available in September 2021, you’ll need to launch the Teams app on your smartphone and search for the Walkie Talkie symbol in the menu bar to get started. If it isn’t there, don’t panic; you can find it by tapping on More choices. 

Microsoft has a variety of Teams phones available, with Lenovo, Yealink, and Poly among the manufacturers that have signed on as partners. 

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On Android, you can now utilize your Google Pay balance to make in-store NFC payments

Google Pay is getting a usability boost for Android users, following a complete redesign of its app earlier this year. Google Pay balance may now be used to make in-store NFC payments with a virtual card, starting this week. 

The Google Pay app now includes a virtual card for your account balance, which was released this week. This allows customers to spend cash earned from incentives or provided by friends and family for in-store payments right away. Of course, this is only possible with Android devices that enable NFC at stores that accept the payment method. 

Prior to this change, you could only use your Google Pay balance to send money to other people, buy things online or in the Google products/Play Store, or transfer money to your bank account. 

This made it impossible to utilize the money in stores unless you paid extra to have cash moved to a bank account immediately or waited 1-3 days for the funds to process. 

You’ll need to request the Google Pay balance card using the Pay app. 

In the United States, Android users may now obtain a virtual Google Pay balance card to use at merchants who support Google Pay for contactless payments (in-store) or tokenized payments via Buy with Google Pay (online). 

According to Google, this feature is now being rolled out in the United States and will soon be available to “all” Android users.¬†

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