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Microsoft increasing its investment in scalable quantum computer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 08 September 2017 13:21

Microsoft-Quantum-ComputerLast year, Microsoft announced that they are doubling down on quantum computing research. They are making a strong bet that it is possible to create a scalable quantum computer using what is called a topological qubit. Microsoft today announced a long-term collaboration agreement with the University of Copenhagen on the development of a general-purpose, scalable quantum computer. As part of this partnership, Microsoft will expand the facilities at the University’s North Campus and it will further establish Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen as a global epicenter for quantum mechanics. Microsoft is establishing state-of-the-art Microsoft research and development laboratories at the University of Copenhagen North campus in close proximity to the Niels Bohr Institute. Presently, over a dozen Microsoft employees ranging from engineers to developers are situated at the University of Copenhagen. Over the course of the new long-term agreement, the size of this team will grow, partnered with University personnel in the development of a topological quantum computer. In addition to the multi-million dollar investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, Microsoft is also committing to significant quantum research funding at the University of Copenhagen. The collaboration between the University of Copenhagen and Microsoft will be based at the Centre for Quantum Devices (Qdev) and helmed by Professor Charles Marcus. Charles Marcus is Microsoft’s Scientific Director of Station Q Copenhagen. An agreement capturing the elements of the collaboration has been signed covering the license rights to Microsoft and the University of Copenhagen. The agreement reflects the interests of the parties and takes into account applicable legislation and guidelines in this area. “When a company such as Microsoft chooses to situate and invest heavily into a research development center at the University of Copenhagen, it’s because we’ve had a significant focus on building up one of the world’s leading quantum research environments. We’re very proud of this and are confident that it will reinforce a strengthened perception of Denmark as an attractive destination for international investments,” said Thomas Bjørnholm, Prorector for Research and Innovation at the University of Copenhagen.

 
Nvidia 384.xx drivers break Battlefield 1, Gears of War 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:01

nvidia driversMany gamers recently complained that NVIDIA’s Geforce 384.xx drivers on Windows 10 PCs is a recipe for disaster. Players experienced various issues after installing the latest NVIDIA drivers on their computers, ranging from minor bugs such as blurry text to severe issues including FPS drops and game freezes. Judging by gamers’ complaints, it appears that these problems are prevalent for Windows 10 Creators Update PCs. Gamers are forced to install the latest NVIDIA updates If you’re experiencing game issues after updating your NVIDIA driver, the natural thing to do is use an old driver. However, most games won’t work with any NVIDIA driver. Due to this limitation, many gamers said they were forced to update their NVIDIA driver to version 384.xx in order to be able to play the game. In other words, gamers are caught in a vicious circle. If they don’t install the latest NVIDIA driver updates, they can’t play their favorite games. But if they do update their graphics driver, they may encounter various game issues, as this Battlefield 1 player reports: Why force a driver on us that will ruin the game, my game source installing the driver has been so glitchy, low fps, stuttering and a lot of random spikes. I know it's a driver issue for sure and not the pc since I never had any issues with the 37X.XX drivers.

 

 
Microsoft is joining IC3 to transform financial systems using blockchain PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 September 2017 16:29

cryptocurrencyIC3 (Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts ) is an initiative of faculty members at Cornell University, Cornell Tech, UC Berkeley, UIUC and the Technion. Last week, Microsoft announced that they will join IC3 along with other finance and technology companies to transform future financial systems to be much more flexible, transparent, efficient and secure. We have seen several white papers on blockchain-based solutions which could transform the financial industry. IC3 is working with leaders in finance and banking, entrepreneurs, government, and open source software communities to move these blockchain-based solutions from proof-of-concepts to fast and reliable financial systems of execution and record. “As we continue our journey in blockchain, we have watched and read the work of the IC3 team and are impressed with their thinking and the perspective they bring to the community. We are very aligned with the approaches IC3 blockchain experts are taking to address scale, simplification, and other topics of interest for enterprise adoption. The synergies in their research fit well with our visions for enterprise scale blockchain solutions,” said Yorke E. Rhodes III, Global Blockchain Business Strategist, Microsoft. “We are excited to work more closely with IC3 through this membership.”

 
How to remove Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Dropbox App Permissions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Saturday, 02 September 2017 17:51

social media app permissionFor ease of use, many applications allow users to register and log in using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Google accounts. Every application has lifetime access to your accounts or personal data unless you remove it. It is recommended to check on these third-party applications at least once a month to know the connected services that you currently use and those that you no longer have other uses for. You must be wondering why some applications still have access to your accounts – Well, you gave them permission to do so. You see, whenever you use a web service or an application online which requires your account, the app doesn’t really ask for your password but requests to access your OAuth. There is a prompt that would appear to request for your permission, then if you agree, the apps get automatic access to your account. The account website gives the web service or app a token that it can use in order to proceed and access your account. You get to keep your password despite giving them your authorization. You can also restrict or limit access to certain data in your account when given permission prompt. It is wise to note that you could easily forget apps and web services that have access to your accounts. You might have just tried a game or an app years ago and forgot about it – but that app still has access to your account until now.

 
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout starts on October 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 19:04

windows 10 fall creators updateWindows 10’s next big update, the Fall Creators Update, is launching in mid-October. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson today announced at IFA that the company will start rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to all Windows 10 users as a free update on October 17. The release will be a phased rollout, which means you probably won’t get it on the first day of release. Similar to some of the previous Windows 10 updates, the rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will possibly take months. While the update was supposed to be a big one, some of the headline features of the update won’t make the cut. Microsoft has already confirmed it’s not going to release Windows Timeline and Cloud Clipboard with the Fall Creators Update, and it also won’t be releasing a major part of the new Story Remix experience. The company is still shipping Story Remix, built-in eye tracking, a touch of its new Fluent Design system, and a lot of other minor improvements with the latest update — so at least there’s that. “With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday,” said Terry Myerson, the CVP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group.

 
Where to buy refurbished PC's PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:11

refurbishedb pc'sRefurbished PCs are fully functional devices that have been returned by the initial buyer. There are various reasons why customers send these PCs back: they didn’t like the color, changed their mind, canceled the order, and so on. The fact of the matter is that buying a refurbished PC has many advantages. First, you can save good money. Usually, refurbished PCs cost up to 30-50% less than the same model if you bought it new. Second, by buying a refurbished PC you help reduce the landfill. However, not all refurbished PC are high quality. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you buy refurbished PCs only from reliable vendors. If you’re looking to a Windows 10 refurbished PC, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to list the best refurbished PC centers that you can go to and place your order online. HP’s Business Outlet offers refurbished solutions for many product lines, including notebooks, desktops, tablet PCs and more. The products listed on the company’s outlet page have been put through a rigorous refurbishment process. Each and every device is fully tested and any defective parts are replaced. HP guarantees that its refurbishment procedures follow the same guidelines as the testing procedures for new products. In this manner, HP makes sure that the products offered for sale are fully functional and you won’t encounter any issues when using them. Most importantly, these devices are all covered with an HP limited warranty. You can also buy refurbished computers and accessories from Dell’s Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dell, Inc. All the devices that the company sells on its Dell Refurbished website are backed by a 100-day limited warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Dell’s engineers carefully inspect all the refurbished products visually and diagnostically to make sure that the reliability standards are met. Indeed, some refurbished products may have some small cosmetic imperfections, but you won’t encounter any technical issues while using them. Amazon also offers a wide array of refurbished PCs that you can buy for a price that fits your budget. However, keep in mind that unlike HP and Dell, Amazon is not a single store. The company does have very strict rules that sellers must obey in order to keep buyers safe, but you should still do a thorough research before you hit the buy button. Pay close attention to a series of factors, including the return policy and warranty type, as well as user reviews. US Micro is a Certified Microsoft Refurbisher that sells a wide variety of refurbished computers, including laptops, desktops, tablets, monitors, and more. Being a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher means the respective refurbisher meets Microsoft’s high technical expertise standards in personal and business computing. Also, this guarantees that every Windows installation is authentic.

 
Acer’s latest gaming desktop features 18-core processor PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:37

acer predator orion 9000Acer today unveiled the Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktop targeting high-end gamers and content creators. Predator Orion 9000 desktop feature up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor with 18 cores and 36 threads, up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics in SLI. When you combine these CPUs and GPUs with up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory, Predator Orion 9000 will be able to handle compute-intensive tasks with ease. When you pack such specs inside a desktop, there should be a clear way to dissipate all the heat that will be generated. The Predator Orion 9000 desktop feature liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down. Huge metal mesh panels on the front and top allow more cold air in and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out, while up to five 120 mm fans in the front, top, and back channel cool air through the chassis. The connectivity option in the desktop includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C and one Type-A), eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A) and two USB 2.0 ports (Type-A). The Predator Orion 9000 supports a total of three M.2 slots and four PCIe x16 for future expansion. All these internals are packed in a black-and-silver spacecraft-like exterior with customizable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel. There’s a window panel on the side that showcases the powerful interior with a design that keeps electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check despite the size of the opening. The Predator Orion 9000 Series gaming desktops will be available in the US later this year starting at $1,999, and in EMEA in November starting at €1,999. Along with the Predator Orion 9000, Acer today also announced Predator X35 curved monitor. Predator X35 is a 35-inch, 21:9 monitor with a 1800R curve and a WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution. It features NVIDIA G-SYNC, Acer HDR Ultra, quantum dot technologies with a color range covering 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color standard. The fast 4 ms response time and high 200 Hz refresh rate makes gameplay smooth without tearing or visual artifacts.

 
Confirmed: Microsoft and Sony are talking about PS4 and Xbox One crossplay PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:44

xbox one ps4A few days ago, Studio Wildcard, the developer of ARK: Survival Evolved confirmed that crossplay between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worked internally. The company also stated that Sony was the one blocking the feature from becoming a reality. Now, recent news confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox division is trying its best to make it happen. Microsoft to enable cross-platform play while Sony refuses to do so. During E3 2017, Microsoft revealed something without precedent in the gaming world. The company announced that later this summer the Better Together update for Minecraft will enable cross-platform play between Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR devices, and iOS. Sony was the only one blocking the idea on the PlayStation 4 version of the game due to “safety concerns.” This was not by far the first time that Sony does something like this. The company previously showed disinterest for cross-platform play also with Rocket League as well. Naturally, this disappointed game developers. But who knows what will happen in the future considering that Microsoft is currently trying to convince Sony to change its mind. During the Gamescom conference, Aaron Greenberg, the Xbox Marketing Chief, stated that Microsoft had its hopes high regarding the final decision that Sony would take. He confirmed that Microsoft was indeed talking to Sony about crossplay and is trying to convince the gaming giant that the gamers’ community should be more united.

 
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