Microsoft’s eagerness to rid itself of the old Xbox One stock by dropping the price to $249.99 makes even more sense today, because they’ve announced that although the $399 2TB Xbox One S arrives on August 2, we won’t be waiting very long for the cheaper 1Tb and 500GB models to arrive. And both ship with free games included.So, right now you can get a 500GB Xbox One for $249.99. Then on August 2 the 2TB Xbox One S will release for $399 creating quite the price differential. But fear not, on August 23 the other two S models hit the market.The 1TB Xbox One S will cost $349 and is being offered as a Madden NFL 17 Bundle, which includes a download of Madden NFL 17 (unless you buy at GameStop as they are including a physical copy) and seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs. There’s also one month of EA Access thrown in and a limited time promotional code that gets you 20% off a purchase at NFLShop.com.If you aren’t a Madden fan, then there’s an alternative 1TB Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle which includes Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection totaling 5 games for the same $349 price tag. There’s also a 500GB version of this pack for $299.Now here’s the bad news. Microsoft has stated that in the US the 1TB model will only be available in very limited quantities through Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com. So it looks like the 2TB and 500GB models will be the only option for most people. It’s unclear if this is a long term decision or just during the launch period and with this bundle. Either way, it seems like a silly decision.
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Have you ever been added to a WhatsApp group chat without your consent? That is about to change, thanks to WhatsApp’s latest privacy move. The Facebook-owned company will now allow you to block randoms from adding you to annoying group chats and spare you from unnecessary notifications.On Wednesday, WhatsApp announced that it’s changing its messaging app to give users more control over which groups they choose to communicate or not communicate with, VentureBeat reported. With this change, WhatsApp aims to enforce more privacy on its messaging app, so users aren’t randomly added to group chats that they don’t want to be part of. This new feature will roll out to users in the next couple of weeks, and it will require the most updated version of WhatsApp to work.Looking to Marie Kondo your digital life? Pin the chats that bring you joy to the top of your list and mute the most chatty groups when you’re feeling bogged down in messages. #WAProTip pic.twitter.com/mT8op13w7t— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) March 29, 2019WhatsApp told VentureBeat that the new group chat feature can be accessed if you go to Settings, Account, Privacy, and then Groups. To update your group chat settings, you can select Nobody, My Contacts (the numbers you’ve saved on your phone already), and Everyone, if you don’t care if your added to random group chats. If someone wants to add you under the “restricted access” setting, they will have to send a private message to you that contains an invite link. You have 72 hours to decide if you want to join the group through the invite link and participate in the conversation.WhatsApp’s group chat feature comes on the heels of its recent security initiatives. The Facebook-owned company is currently piloting an image search tool that aims to limit hoax news, Engadget noted, and in January, it limited messaging forwarding to reduce misinformation and rumors on its messaging app.More on Geek.com:Creepy ‘Momo Challenge’ Reappears on WhatsAppWhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your Desktop Stay on target WhatsApp Was Hacked: Here’s How You Can Protect Your Phone InformationSri Lanka Temporarly Blocks Social Media Following Terror Attacks