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Computer users around the world are still reeling from the Spectre flaws that affected many modern ARM and x86-64 CPUs, and earlier this month we learned that there was another Spectre-style vulnerability that could affect processors from Intel, AMD and ARM. Intel and Microsoft have now stepped up and officially disclosed the latest vulnerability. Intel says that following the Google Project Zero (GPZ) disclosure of speculative execution-based side-channel analysis methods back in January that it has continued working with researchers around the world to figure out if similar methods could... Read more...
Microsoft wants to improve its AI tech and is acquiring smaller firms to do just that. The software giant says that we are only at the start of teaching computers to understand the full context of human communications. Today these intelligent AI bots and assistants, like Cortana, are only able to respond to simple commands and queries. This allows the AI to tell the user weather reports, play a song, or share a reminder. What Microsoft wants in the future is a "rich and effective" communication that allows the AI assistant to have a natural dialog with the user rather than just responding to commands.... Read more...
Sprint is offering a deal that folks who are interested in one of the new slick little Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected PC Platform devices will really love. The deal allows eligible devices to get free unlimited LTE data for the entirety of 2018. There are three devices that are eligible for the free data offer, including the ASUS NovaGo, HP Envy X2, and the Lenovo Miix 630. All three of those devices are on the aforementioned Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform and employ a Qualcomm X16LTE modem. The 2-in1 machines look very similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro with ultra-portable detachable... Read more...
Back in 2015, Microsoft announced the HoloLens to the world as an augmented reality (AR) headset that has mainly been used in industrial applications for training and design. Although it's doubtful that HoloLens is setting sales records for Microsoft, its impact in some critical industries has Google itching to provide its own competitive offering. According to WinFuture, the AR headset will be fully self-contained without needing to be tethered to a PC. The device will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm processor, although it wouldn’t be a Snapdragon processor as we've see... Read more...
There is a new update available for the Xbox One and it brings it with some nice upgrades for gamers. Chief among them is support for a 120Hz refresh rate. Most big screen televisions are not capable of hitting 120Hz (not natively, anyway), but for gamers who plug their game consoles into a fast monitor, this is a welcome upgrade. It works with both 1080p and 1440p output resolutions on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S. "This high refresh rate option means you can now take full advantage of displays with 120Hz capabilities. High refresh rate support can provide a smoother gaming experience and lower... Read more...
Lots of gamers out there will have very fond memories of the 2001 Xbox game Halo: Combat Evolved. Now, the very first ever Halo arcade game has been unveiled and the game takes place in the same timeframe as that 2001 fan favorite. Halo: Fireteam Raven is a collaboration of Microsoft and 343 Industries with Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix. The game is one of those four player outings you have probably seen in the arcade before with a giant cabinet with four guns and four seats inside. The cooperative game lets you fight alongside Master Chief to stop the Covenant and save the galaxy. Players will... Read more...
Earlier this week we caught a glimpse at the big slab of a controller that had leaked that was claimed to be the new Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC). The odd thing about the image we saw was that it didn’t seem to have much in the way of improved accessibility other than massive "A" and "B" buttons. The D-pad didn’t seem much larger and we wondered why the buttons would be so huge, yet the D-pad basically regular size. It turns out the XAC is a controller on its own, but also acts as a hub for accessory devices. ArsTechnica has spent some time with the interesting new controller at the... Read more...
Apple has seen some renewed interest in its iPad family of tablets over the past year. In 2017, the company launched a "new" 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 and followed up this year by incorporating an A10 processor and support for the Apple Pencil. Microsoft has been watching carefully and is rumored to be launching its own low-cost Surface tablet to rival the iPad during the second half of 2018. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the entry-level Surface tablet will have a display the measures 10-inches across (compared to 12 inches for the Surface Pro) along with more... Read more...
Microsoft is a major force when it comes to gaming thanks to its Xbox One console, popular first-party games, and the fact that Windows 10 is the platform of choice for many PC gamers. One of the biggest things that Microsoft pushes for in many aspects of the software and hardware it builds is inclusion and accessibility. Windows 10 is chocked full of accessibility features for those with physical limitations. The image you see above is said to be a leaked shot of Microsoft's accessible Xbox One controller. It may look like a DJ controller for a music game, but the two large black circles are for... Read more...
Microsoft had a trick up its sleeves at the Microsoft Build conference last week, one that integrates Windows 10 with your smartphone. The app is called "Your Phone" and it is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that will be pushed for Windows Insiders in the coming weeks. No exact ETA is known at this time. What it does is allow users to access text messages, photos, and notifications on any Windows 10 PC from your phone. Microsoft's Windows 10 'Your Phone' Microsoft has also suggested that it will allow users to drag and drop photos from the phone to the PC without having to touch the... Read more...
Back in early February, we brought you a story about Surface Pro 4 owners that were encountering some rather distressing problems with their tablets. The displays on affected machines would flicker continuously for no apparent reason. A lengthy thread on Microsoft's official forum gathered comments from many users experiencing the problem and FlickerGate.com was established to shine a spotlight on the display failures. At the time, Microsoft said that it was "aware that some customers have experienced a screen flicker on Surface Pro 4 and are monitoring the situation closely”... Read more...
It just got a little bit easier to find a gift for that special gamer in your life, in case you want to get a head start on the holiday shopping season. That's because Microsoft has expanded the option of buying games from the Microsoft Store as a gift to include PC games and PC downloadable content (map packs, skins, and the such). In addition, all Xbox One games available in the Microsoft Store are now eligible for gift giving as well. The ability to gift games is something Microsoft rolled out last fall, though at the time it only included select Xbox One digital titles and DLC, along with Xbox... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft issued a notice that it was actively blocking some PCs from receiving its April 2018 Update for Windows 10 because it was causing problems with certain Intel-brand solid state drive models. Microsoft did not specify which exact models were getting tripped up by the update, or even if the problem manifested itself on both SATA and PCIe drives. However, we now have our answer—the issue affects systems running an Intel SSD 600p or Intel SSD Pro 6000 series SSD. As with before, the updated notice warns that systems with affected drives may crash or enter a UEFI screen... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing out a new test build to Windows Insiders, one that ends in '666' (Build 17666) and will consume your soul if you install it. Okay, so it's not actually demonic—we don't think so, anyway—but it is quite literally a dark release. Or, it can be. One of the things that is new in the latest preview build is an extension of the dark theme in Windows to File Explorer, as many users have been requesting. Click to Enlarge "As many of you know, we added dark theme support to Windows based on your feedback. This setting is available under Settings > Personalization >... Read more...
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