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Microsoft has been promising to bring mixed reality experiences to Windows 10 with the Creators Update scheduled for this Spring, along with a spattering of lower-cost headsets starting at $299 from the likes of Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. But what about its Xbox One game system? Microsoft confirmed this week that mixed reality experiences will also find their way to the Xbox One and, later, Project Scorpio. Details are light in this regard, so we'll have to wait to find out more details. In the meantime, Microsoft announced a developer edition mixed reality headset created in partnership... Read more...
There is no question that Windows 10 is a superior operating system compared to its predecessors like Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. However, policies that Microsoft have enacted in the operating system with regards to things like user privacy and cross-promotion have come under fire. One other area that has been thorn in the sides of users has been Windows 10’s insistence on performing updates whenever it feels like it — no matter what important work you may be doing at the time. Microsoft is attempting to change its ways with the Windows 10 Creators Update, as the company has announced new policy... Read more...
With the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15046, Microsoft is publicly bringing its Win32 app blocking feature to the forefront. We first talked about the feature earlier this week, and Microsoft has officially dubbed it Application Installation Control. As we stated before, the feature is disabled by default, but when enabled allows you to completely block the installation of legacy Win32 apps. With this setting, only apps that are downloaded from the Windows Store can be installed; no exceptions. “The warning will direct you to the Store where you can download an alternate app if available,”... Read more...
If you prefer the all-you-can-eat buffet approach to digital media consumption, Microsoft has a new gaming service that just might be right up your alley. The new subscription service, which is called Xbox Game Pass, will give you access to over 100 games at a cost of $9.99 per month. In essence, this is quite similar in concept to the Netflix model, albeit for games. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer says that Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games will be included in that 100-game tally, although we hope that there are more of the former instead of the latter. A number of popular publishers... Read more...
The Windows 10 Creators Update is fast approaching (Microsoft says that it will be here this Spring). Given that Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on this newest Windows 10 update, some previously undisclosed features are starting to bubble up to the surface ahead of its release. The newest feature that has been revealed will allow you to block the installation of legacy Win32 apps on a Windows 10 PC. Microsoft’s mission here is to help prevent people from installing bloatware or rogue apps that could hinder performance or present a security risk. Source: MSPowerUser If you attempt to... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to design your own software application but then remembered that you're not a seasoned developer? If so, prepare to get excited about the future of software development: a future where half of the application is developed for you. Now, we might be jumping to conclusions on that one, but that is the dream. Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge jointly produced a system called "DeepCoder", which as the name suggests leverages deep-learning (and AI) to help enhance the coding process. It sounds outlandish, but the promise in time is to actually give inexperienced... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is expanding the capabilities of its Windows 10 unlocking app. Called Samsung Flow, the main function of the app is to allow Galaxy smartphone owners to unlock their Galaxy TabPro S Windows 10 convertible using their phone's fingerprint scanner. It also allowed users to see phone notifications on their desktop and to transfer files from one device to the other.One of the user reviews for the app complains that it will not install on his Windows 10 device. A support representative for Samsung responded to the review and reiterated to the user that Samsung Flow only works... Read more...
For over 13 years, Microsoft has been issuing monthly security updates for Windows on what is known as Patch Tuesday, typically the second Tuesday of every month. This month's update would have fell on Valentine's Day, except that Microsoft did something highly unusual—it delayed the Patch Tuesday rollout following the discovery of a "last minute issue that could impact some customers." Now a week later, Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for a flaw in Adobe Flash Player. The out-of-band release pertains to a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player that could allow an attacker to execute... Read more...
Blizzard will soon be turning a cold shoulder to users who are still running Windows Vista or Windows XP. Starting sometime later this year, Blizzard said it begin the process of ending support for both legacy operating systems in several of its popular games, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo II, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. They're just too old for Blizzard to continue supporting."Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respective, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft just can’t catch a break when it comes to the privacy settings incorporated into Windows 10. The company came under fire shortly after the launch of the operating system during the summer of 2015 over concerns that personal information was being beamed back to the mothership in Redmond, Washington; and Microsoft hasn’t completely alleviated those concerns for some. The latest to show signs of skepticism is the European Union (EU). According to Reuters, the Article 29 Working Party, which is composed of 28 governing bodies that enforce data protection laws, is taking... Read more...
Microsoft is taking a rather unusual path with its HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset. The corporation is reportedly skipping the second version of the product and jumping right into development of what was to be the third generation model. The latest and greatest and HoloLens is expected to be available for consumers in 2019. At the moment, Microsoft appears to be the lone wolf in the AR field. Companies like Magic Leap have promised ground-breaking products, but have yet to deliver anything to their investors or potential consumers. Microsoft therefore does feel pressure to release... Read more...
It is almost tax season again here in the United States, but in the future, your fellow Americans might not be the only ones giving away a "pound of flesh" to the IRS. Bill Gates believes that robots should also pay their dues. The Microsoft co-founder recently stated in an interview that governments should tax companies that replace human workers with robots. Gates remarked in the interview, “So if you can take the labor that used to do the thing automation replaces, and financially and training-wise and fulfillment-wise have that person go off and do these other things, then you’re... Read more...
If you live in the United Kingdom and regularly use search engines like Google and Bing to easily search for pirated wares, you might want to find another method to fuel your madness. Both Microsoft and Google have signed a pact in the UK that would in essence demote pirated content from search results. The purpose is to drastically reduce consumers’ ability to access sites that peddle copyright-protected materials. The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has developed what it calls a Voluntary Code of Practice, which both search giants have agreed to adhere to starting June 1st, 2017. Other... Read more...
Internet sleuths were all over a new listing in the Windows Store that appeared over the weekend. Developed by Samsung, the new app is called Book Settings. What caught everyone's attention is the description making a reference to a Galaxy Book, a device that does not yet exist (or has not yet been announced, anyway). This suggests that Samsung is getting ready to release a new convertible laptop for Windows 10.The description lists a handful of things contained in Book Settings, such as Battery Life Extender, Screen Mode, Pattern Log-in, a user manual, and other Samsung features. It then says,... Read more...
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