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Well, it looks as though any hope that PC users had of receiving official Ryzen driver support in Windows 7 have officially been flushed down the toilet. Earlier this week, we reported that comments made at an AMD Partner Meeting in Germany suggested that the chipmaker would provide its own official Windows 7 drivers for both the Ryzen processor family and AM4-based motherboards. However, AMD today confirmed that this is not the case, and that Ryzen will only be officially supported on Windows 10. “To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors, AMD... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released the much-anticipated build of Windows 10 that added both Game Mode and Beam streaming, and now, the company follows-up with a smoothed-out build that includes yet more features for the upcoming Creators Update. Here's a cool one: Compact Overlay. As seen in the shot below, a user has pushed their TV show (or movie) to the top-right corner so as to be able to watch it, but also to be able to continuing working in at the same time. This window will essentially be flagged for "always on top", and despite being compressed and shoved in a corner, the window... Read more...
  Microsoft is wasting no time in putting it new Artificial Intelligence and Research Group to work. The company just announced that its Microsoft Cognitive Services now includes 25 tools that form the backbone for the Skype Translator and Cortana (among other Microsoft products). Two of those new APIs are Bing Speech and Content Moderator. Bing Speech is capable of not only translating speech into text, but it can also convert text to speech. Microsoft’s speech recognition technology uses acoustic and language models to tailor its services for a specific language, and to make it easier to... Read more...
Microsoft is preparing to blast off to Andromeda. No, we’re not talking about Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the company’s efforts to overhaul the Windows 10 UI. Microsoft’s version of Andromeda (not to be confused with Google Andromeda) beefs up the desktop experience for OneCore (Windows 10) platforms such as Windows 10 Mobile and HoloLens. There are a several parts that make up Andromeda, but as MSPowerUser describes, Windows 10 Mobile users stand to gain the most from the initiative. For example, the current Continuum desktop experience with Windows 10 Mobile represents a reasonable facsimile... Read more...
Earlier this week, we brought you news of an upcoming variant of Windows 10 that is reportedly destined for low-cost machines. Today, an early build of that SKU, Windows 10 Cloud, leaked to the internet in ISO form. For anyone brave enough to try out Windows 10 Cloud, which is available in Windows 10 Build 15019, it is exactly as Mary Jo Foley described in her report. As Foley indicated based on information from her Microsoft insiders, Windows 10 Cloud is only capable of installing Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store. In fact, if you even try to install or run a Win32 app,... Read more...
TorBrowser users could be in for a rude awakening thank to some rather nefarious Windows DRM-protected files that are making the rounds. It appears that malicious parties could use malware that is ensconced within DRM-protected files to reveal their true IP address. It should be noted that this latest attack vector requires both the use of Windows and the Tor Browser. As Hacker House reports, clicking on “these ‘signed WMV’ files do not present any alert to a user before opening them they can be used quite effectively to decloak users of the popular privacy tool TorBrowser with very little warning.”... Read more...
  Newer versions of Windows, including Windows 10 are vulnerable right now to a new Server Message Block (SMB) zero-day exploit that has been shown as a proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was first demonstrated by @PythonResponder and requires a user to connect to a SMBv3 server for a successful attack. Given the severity of the exploit, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has already published an emergency advisory, officially labeling it VU#867968. US-CERT describes the memory corruption vulnerability in detail, noting: Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle traffic... Read more...
At Microsoft's WinHEC 2016 conference, which took place in December in Shenzhen, the company outlined suggestions of what the hottest devices in 2017 should include. The company has finally made its presentation public, so we can get a feel for what's coming this year. Admittedly, not much should be a surprise, but it's good to see it laid out neatly. At the forefront, Microsoft wants to see a focus on cutting-edge designs, which includes ultraportables and convertibles. At the same time, vendors need to figure out how to make these same designs pack in as much functionality as possible, which... Read more...
Microsoft has a long and somewhat bumpy road in the antivirus field. Even its latest AV solution, Windows Defender, has not always garnered praise, though that is beginning to change. A recent blog post by a security expert who heaped praise on the default security software in Windows has prompted others to come out and speak in favor of using Windows Defender instead of a third-party solution. "At best, there is negligible evidence that major non-MS AV products give a net improvement in security. More likely, they hurt security significantly; for example, see bugs in AV products listed in Google's... Read more...
A German outfit called Dirror has upped the ante on those digital frames that were so popular a few years ago and is selling a line of digital mirrors powered by Windows 10. The decorative mirrors come housed in wooden frames and are ready to hang on the wall, though just be careful with mounting one—these are full-fledged PCs powered by Intel hardware with price tags starting at about $1,040. There are three configurations that Dirror offers. The least expensive is the Dirror S. It runs 970 euros (around $1,040 in U.S. currency) and sports a 10.1-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution. The Dirror... Read more...
During the past week, some rather adventurous types dug into Insider Preview Build 15019 to unlock Microsoft’s deepest secrets regarding Windows 10. Using a tool called the Product Key Configuration Reader, the folks over at Petri were able to uncover two upcoming versions of the operating system: Windows 10 Cloud and Windows 10 Cloud N (“N” versions of Windows ship without the Windows Media Player). Petri added, “While it’s possible that these Cloud SKUs may never materialize, seeing as bits and pieces of its existence is starting to be uncovered, it seems logical to conclude that Microsoft is... Read more...
It has now been two years since Microsoft first introduced HoloLens, a set of goggles that meshes the real world with virtual 3D elements. The technology is called augmented reality and outside of Pokemon Go and a handful of nifty demos, we've yet to see to how truly awesome the experience can be. Part of the reason is the hardware. Two years later, HoloLens is still a $3,000 development kit, though that won't be the case forever. Alex Kipman, the Brazilian-born Microsoft executive who invented HoloLens, talked with CNET about his creation and some of the future plans surrounding it. He said that... Read more...
Microsoft has just released a brand-new Insider Preview build for Windows 10, and if you've been anxious to give the new 'Game Mode' a test, it's now available. However, it's important to mention right from the get-go that this particular build ironically breaks many "popular" games, so if you're worried about being stuck without your favorite game, it'd be wise to hold off on the update. Since this build both adds Game Mode and introduces a major bug for modern games, no one could blame you if you thought that the two were related. According to Microsoft, that's not so. It's just an unfortunate... Read more...
Microsoft ended 2016 on a high note by capping off the final three months of the year (which is Microsoft's second fiscal quarter of 2017) with revenue of $26.1 billion, net income of $6.5 billion, and earnings per share of $0.83. Those figures come in slightly higher than what Microsoft recorded in the same time period a year earlier and were enough to beat out analysts' expectations. "I am pleased with our results this quarter. We see strong demand for our cloud-based services and are executing well on our long-term growth strategy," said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial... Read more...
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