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Microsoft Surface Note Gets Alcantara and 5.7 inch PixelSense Infinity Display PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 November 2017 23:21
microsoft surface note conceptWe usually say that the Microsoft Surface Phone is going to borrow stuff from the Surface Book and Surface Pro, but that’s basically a generic saying. We have no idea what it will ACTUALLY borrow, but luckily designer Rafael Barbosa has some theories. And he decided to go with the new-fangled approach of the Surface Note, not just the Surface Phone.The smartphone you see here gets a 5.7-inch PixelSense Infinity display, with compatibility with Surface Pen and Dial accessories. There’s an Alcantara rear texture at the back side, which may look and feel nice, but there’s something off about it. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Surface Note is IP68 certified, has a 12 MP back camera with 4K Video capture and it’s much slimmer than previous Surface Note models. Specs are rather predictable, with a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage. There’s also Windows 10 in some shape or form here, plus Windows Hello for authentication. My favorite hue here is the green one, but the “brick red” one is also interesting. The design is a bit of a tribute to the Lumia series and I’m willing to bet that magnesium is in the mix here, like on the Surface Pro...More details and images can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
 
 
Jaunt’s stunning VR experience Free the Night now available for WMR PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:25
Free the NightOne of the most anticipated titles for Windows Mixed Reality is Jaunt’s “Free the Night” cinematic VR experience. Microsoft worked with celebrated director Nicole McDonald, who had previously worked with  Cirque du Soleil, to create an application for Windows Mixed Reality 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...See its extended trailer on OUR FORUM.
 
Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Which VR Headset Is Right for You PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 November 2017 13:30
Oculus Rift vs. HTC ViveThe home virtual reality market might be a long way from mature, but the two main players on the PC side are firmly established: Facebook-owned Oculus and its Rift headset, and HTC’s Vive platform partnered with Valve. Like gaming consoles, both the Oculus Rift and Vive come with their own set of unique specifications, system requirements, and exclusive games. Which headset you eventually decide on will be influenced by an array of different factors, so it’s important to stay educated on the pros and cons of each system and how they’ll fit your home best. Because of their high-resolution displays and accelerated refresh rates, both the Oculus and the Vive will need some serious PC hardware to power their virtual experiences.
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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 display: one of the most finely-tuned screens ever PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:22
surface book 2In revealing the Surface Book 2 to a group of journalists in mid-October in New York City, Microsoft devices lead Panos Panay focused much of the unveiling on the superiority of its new 2-in-1 laptop’s touch display. Admittedly, and not to discredit Panay’s passion or dedication, but we heard many of these words in the same way we hear Apple CEO Tim Cook say that whatever iPhone he’s currently pushing is the best iPhone yet. Of course, it is. Of course, Microsoft has crafted the best Surface Book display to date. But, when you speak with someone like Stevie Bathiche, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft working on its hardware design, you begin to understand just how much engineering work and ingenuity goes into making such a claim. In fact, Microsoft designs its displays right down to the pixels – well, almost.
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Net-neutrally is not censorship per-se, but it is corporatism run amok PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:11

 

Demystifying the concept of American ‘net-neutrality’ – separating fact from fiction. The Trump administration is making moves to repeal Obama era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on so-called “net-neutrality”. Straight away, social media became a kind of ill-informed circus with many fearing that online free speech is now endangered-which is very much is, but not for the reasons generally being proffered. The concept of net-neutrality as defined by the FCC, has nothing specifically to do with policing internet content. So while many are saying that ending net neutrality will mean that one will no longer be allowed to post political content online that challenges the mainstream media/deep state narrative, this is technically not true, although the danger is a lurking one, for reasons which shall be explored subsequently. The deceptive term net-neutrality, brought to you by the same country that called the massacre of one million innocent Iraqis “operation Iraqi freedom”, was a series of new FCC rules passed in 2015, designed to regulate internet providers, the biggest of which in the US today are, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT & T and Cox.

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LG V40 Gets an Introduction Video Already PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:57
LG V30 has got to be one of the most underrated and ignored quality flagship phones this year and this pains me since it also happened to the LG V20 last year. It may have to do with the flak that LG is catching with the buggy Pixel XL 2… Anyway, designers are already about the LG V40 and this is exactly what Techconfigurations came up with. We’re dealing with an 85% screen to body ratio smartphone, that should work to pre-empt the iPhone 9 and compete with the Galaxy S9. A stunning OLED screen is in the mix here and from what I can see we get a dual front camera and I’m sure there’s some sort of special authentication system in place. We’ve got a backside fingerprint scanner, a metal frame and a glass back, which catches the night in a mirror-like fashion. 3D facial recognition is promised by the designers, plus there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU inside, as expected for most 2018 flagships. The dual back camera is upgraded too and this basically feels like a beefed up LG V30 specs-wise, with slimmer bezels and a special Face Unlock mechanism. This is one of the very few cases when I see a horizontally oriented back camera that’s centered, instead of placed in the corner...For more on the prospects of this amazing new hopeful please visit OUR FORUM.
 
Windows 8 and 10 have an ASLR flaw PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 November 2017 16:54
lock down windows 10A new security bug has been discovered on Windows 8 and above which makes ASLR useless. The bug was discovered by a security researcher named Will Dormann. He explained the issue in a detailed post on CERT: Both EMET and Windows Defender Exploit Guard enable system-wide ASLR without also enabling system-wide bottom-up ASLR. Although Windows Defender Exploit guard does have a system-wide option for system-wide bottom-up-ASLR, the default GUI value of “On by default” does not reflect the underlying registry value (unset). This causes programs without /DYNAMICBASE to get relocated, but without any entropy. The result of this is that such programs will be relocated but to the same address every time across reboots and even across different systems. For those who don’t know, Microsoft first implemented ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) in Windows Vista that helps prevent code-reuse attacks. ASLR uses a random memory address to execute code, but in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 the feature is not always applied properly. In Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, ASLR is not using random memory addresses, essentially rendering it useless...More details and a fix can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
Intel plans to end legacy BIOS support by 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:50
end legacy BIOS support by 2020Computer users of a certain age will remember BIOS as ubiquitous firmware that came loaded on PCs. It was the thing you saw briefly before your operating system loaded, and you could dig into the settings to change your computer’s boot order, enable or disable some features, and more. Most modern PCs ship with UEFI instead. But most also still have a “legacy BIOS” mode that allows you to use software or hardware that might not be fully compatible with UEFI. In a few years that might not be an option anymore: Intel has announced plans to end support for legacy BIOS compatibility by 2020. While Secure Boot and UEFI were often uttered in the same breath when UEFI started to take off, Secure Boot is just an optional feature in UEFI. So theoretically the move to deprecate support for legacy BIOS won’t prevent you from running an unsigned operating system on a PC with an Intel processor… unless PC makers decide to not only enable Secure Boot by default but make it impossible for users to disable it. That’s not something Intel is requiring (at this point)...In-depth details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
 
 
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