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More evidence Microsoft is bringing its Mixed Reality Viewer to Android PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 October 2017 18:05

We posted a few days ago that Microsoft was looking for developers to create a 3D scanning and augmented reality application for mobile devices. At the time it was not clear which platform this was for, though we assumed it was for iOS or Android, given the lack of Windows 10 Mobile handsets. Now Italian site Surface-phone.it has noticed that Microsoft has delivered the answer to us all the way back in May, in their promotional video for Story Remix, which clearly shows a Samsung phone running Microsoft’s then View 3D app, now Mixed Reality Viewer. At the time Microsoft painted it as part of the workflow of users, being able to capture information on the phone they own already and process it on their PC, but it was not clear then if Microsoft was simply talking about transferring media via OneDrive. In light of the job posting it now seems clear that Microsoft intends to develop a dedicated Mixed Reality application for Android (and likely iOS) that will let users capture images, view 3D models and possible scan items in 3D, a feature Microsoft promised for Windows 10 Mobile, but never delivered...Full details can be found on our FORUM
 
Pandora Plus comes to Pandora's Windows 10 app PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 October 2017 16:26

Pandora has brought its premium Plus features to its Windows 10 app for subscribers. If you subscribe to Pandora Plus, the streaming service's premium service, the latest update to the Pandora Windows app should make you pretty happy. Pandora has announced that its Windows 10 app now has access to all Pandora Plus features, which include ad-free listening and more. The update that added Plus appears to have started rolling out last week, but Pandora only just recently announced it. Ad-free listening is a pretty big perk on its own, but Pandora Plus also allows for unlimited skips and unlimited replays. The arrival of the features in the Windows 10 app isn't likely to draw users from other services on its own, but it's still nice to see them finally added. For context, Pandora Plus was launched nearly a year ago. If you do want to check it out, Pandora Plus is available as a $4.99 premium subscription. You can sign up on Pandora's website. If you're already a subscriber, you can pick up Pandora for Windows 10 at the Windows Store now. Thanks to MARTY1774 for the tip! Via windowscentral.com

 
Jaunt created a VR experience for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality launch PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2017 22:23

Microsoft is working with celebrated director Nicole McDonald and VR company Jaunt to create a VR experience to accompany the launch of their Windows Mixed Reality headsets on the 17th October 2017. McDonald has previously worked with  Cirque du Soleil and her latest work is inspired by her childhood experiences of gazing into the night sky with her father. “Free the Night” takes viewers on a journey to the stars and, throughout the film, viewers pick lights out of a city skyline, seeing and hearing the lights extinguish and reignite as they are placed back into the sky. Because it is a VR experience,  users are free to move around in the space and enjoy the experience from multiple angles. Once the liberation of the night sky is complete, slight touches or swipes will trigger real-time physical reactions, such as stars swooping, dancing, and traveling around the viewer...For more and a video navigate to our forum.

 
2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 17:49
microsoft surfaceCanalys Channels Forum Microsoft will quit its loss-making Surface hardware business by 2019, according to execs from PC manufacturers and a channel watcher. Talking at the tenth Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, CEO Steve Brazier said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would exit the product line because he is a “software guy, a cloud guy” and pointed to the demise of the phone device. He added, “The Surface performance is choppy; there are good quarters and bad quarters, overall they are not making money. It doesn’t make sense for them to be in this business. “When the capital expenditure challenge that Satya Nadella has taken Microsoft down becomes visible to Wall Street, everyone will ask him 'Why have you gone to a low margin business?'. Microsoft will have a lot of cost-cutting to do, he claimed, and “Surface will be the first target”. Before Microsoft launched the devices in 2012 - starting with the RT version - the then CEO Steve Ballmer played down the project as a “design reference point” to showcase its software, and estimated sales of a “few million”...Further details can be found on our forum.
 
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update RTM is here PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:13

windows 10 fall creators update RTMMicrosoft has released the RTM build of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to OEMs. Windows 10 build 16299.15 is the RTM build of the Fall Creators Update, which means this is the build Microsoft will be releasing to regular users once the update starts rolling out on the 17th of October. Build 16299.15 is also the last build of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that the company that Windows Insiders will get. The build is already available to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Microsoft will release patches for the build to Windows Insiders in the weeks before the rollout of the Fall Creators Update starts, however. Additionally, the company will likely also release a cumulative update for the Fall Creators Update on the day of its public release with all these patches...Follow this release on our forum.

 
Linux kernel gets longer-term support PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 October 2017 20:11
linux kernelThere’s a major update to the Linux kernel released once every 70 days or so. If you’re using a Linux-based PC that’s probably good news since you can look forward to new features and improved hardware support pretty frequently. But if you’re building an Android device, you’re probably going to look for something a bit more stable, which is why Android phones and tablets tend to ship with a Linux LTS (Long Term Support) kernel, which receives 2 years of support. Even that isn’t really very much though… Since it takes a while to develop the software for an Android phone so that LTS kernel is usually near the end of its support lifecycle by the time a phone ships…which means Google and its hardware and software partners are on the hook for providing support. That’s one of the reasons some phones receive few if any software updates over time. Now Long Term Support is being extended from 2 years to 6… which could theoretically mean better long-term support for Android devices...Full details can be found on our Forum.
 
Huawei Mate 10 Could Come With a Dock PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 October 2017 02:46
huawei mate 10It appears that Samsung was on to something when they unveiled the DeX dock for the Galaxy S8 because more companies are copying their approach. Huawei, for example, is now said to be working on their own flavor of a dock for the Huawei Mate 10. The device will come in mid-October, after an announcement in Munich, Germany. It should be available in a regular Mate 10 and Mate 10 Plus version, plus a Mate 10 Lite. The phablet will inaugurate a new AI/assistant, the brand new Kirin 970 and that chipset will be powerful enough to set in motion a sort of PC replacement, via a dedicated dock, much like the Note 8 and DeX. Leaks from France have revealed that the Mate 10 will be docked in that manner and hook up to the keyboard, monitor and mouse. The DisplayPort connection will be used here and the content will be displayed on a bigger scale. We’ve been seeing attempts at merging phone and PC for many years now, starting with Motorola’s Droid lapdocks, then the ASUS PadFones and recently the Samsung DeX...Read more at our forum.
 

 
Google warns that govt is demanding more of your private data PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2017 17:28

government demandsGoogle received more government requests for user data in the first half of this year than ever before. It also admits it's significantly underreported the number of non-US accounts targeted by US intelligence. Google's latest Transparency Report covering January to June 2017 shows once again it's the go-to firm when governments need data on people. Due the breadth of Google's services, this data could include your Gmail messages, documents and photos you've saved on Google services, and videos on YouTube During the period, Google received 48,941 requests for data from 83,345 accounts and produced user information for 65 percent of requests. This time last year it received 44,943 requests from 76,713 accounts. About half the requests come from the US government. Other major sources of requests include Germany, France, and the UK. Many countries in the report have made fewer than 10 requests. The report doesn't show US national security requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for the current period. Using Section 702 of the FISA Amendment Act of 2008, agencies like the NSA can force Google to hand over content from non-US citizens for foreign intelligence purposes...Read the shocking details and numbers on our forum.

 
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