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Why you need a foldable Windows 10 phone from Microsoft PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:35
foldable phone from microsoftWe’ve known for a while that Microsoft is working on a mythical Andromeda foldable mobile-form factor device, popularly referred to as Surface Phone. In the last few months, we have discovered several patents providing us with a closer look at how the foldability of the rumored device could work. Judging from all the rumors, Microsoft’s Andromeda (Surface Phone) will feature a hinge that would connect the two screens to produce one single image. Microsoft’s foldable Andromeda will support several form factors, as the foldable screens would be connected to each other by a hinge. We have also hoped for a while that such a device will increase the market share of Windows 10 operating system and attract the Windows Phone users once again as the device will be both a tablet and smartphone when the device is closed shut like a book. Microsoft needs to launch a foldable mobile device or else it will fall behind its competitors since Apple, Google, LG, and Samsung are also working on such a product. We explain why you will need a foldable phone from Microsoft on OUR FORUM.
MWC 2018: Microsoft’s Seeing AI App wins Global Mobile Award PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 19:02
microsoft's seeing ai appLast year, Microsoft released a new app called Seeing AI that changed the lives of blind and low vision community.  Seeing AI app uses the power of AI to describe nearby people, text, and objects. Blind and low vision community people can just hold up their phone and hear information about the world around them. In December last year, Microsoft released a major update to the app with support for currency, color, light and handwriting recognition. At the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, this Seeing AI app was awarded the Global Mobile Award (GLOMO Awards) under the “Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion” category.  “The GLOMOs recognize the best of the best in mobile, highlighting the technologies, products, companies, and individuals that are pushing the boundaries of ingenuity and innovation and creating a better future for all of us. For more and the complete list of winners visit OUR FORUM.
February 2018 Firmware and Drivers Packs now available for Surface Book devices PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 February 2018 15:38
surface book firmwareToday, Microsoft released the February 2018 Firmware and Drivers Pack of its Cumulative update which was released for its Surface Book devices. The Cumulative updates released last week were aimed at improving the overall system and battery stability of the Surface Book. The Cumulative Update can be downloaded via Windows Update or if you are looking to download it manually you can do so by downloading and installing the current package. The Cumulative Update is available for Windows 10 users with Creators and Fall Creators Update installed on their devices. Surface Book users will need to look for the version 90.2098.256.0 as the Firmware update along with version 1.1.339.1 which installs,  bringing System and battery stability for the Surface book devices. Be sure and read the reminders posted on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft offers free update to Windows 10 Home form Windows 10 S PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 February 2018 19:04

free upgradeWindows 10 S was the version of Windows which was Streamlined for security and superior performance (as Microsoft said) but there is a huge catch. The users were allowed to use apps which are available only in the Microsoft Store. That wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the Microsoft Store had all the apps a user needed. But it doesn’t, last time I checked. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Windows 10 S is bad. In fact, it isn’t. Windows 10 S is the fastest and most secure version of Windows 10. It is just not aimed at the professional PC users. It is targeted at the Education sector which is more or less dominated by Chrome Books and Macbooks.

Google steps up its augmented reality game with ARCore 1.0 and Google Len PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 February 2018 17:36
google arcoreGoogle is bringing its latest augmented reality platform out of beta. First announced last year, ARCore is a set of tools software developers can use to create apps that superimpose virtual objects on real-world scenes using a smartphone’s camera and other sensors. It’s not as sophisticated as Google’s Project Tango, which also relied on specialized hardware for better precision. But that means ARCore can run on millions of devices that would never have supported Tango, which is probably why Google killed off Project Tango to focus on ARCore. Now the company says ARCore is out of beta and it’s compatible with 13 different smartphone models at launch (or 100 million phones in the wild, to put it another way). Google says its working with additional phone makers to launch new devices with ARCore support, and it’s likely we’ll see a few of them launched at Mobile World Congress next week. Now that ARCore 1.0 has been released, developers can publish apps that make use of the ARCore SDK to the Play Store. But Google says the updated SDK also adds new features including support for placing virtual items on textured surfaces rather than just flat surfaces. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.
Smartphone sales declined for the first time in Q4, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 February 2018 15:37
huawei smartphoneAre smartphones reaching the saturation point, where everyone who wants one already has one? It might be a bit too soon to say for certain, but research firm Gartner says that it saw the first year-over-year decline in smartphone sales since it started tracking the smartphone market in 2004. According to Gartner, people bought about 408 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2017, which sounds pretty good until you realize it’s a 5.6 percent decline from the same period in 2016. Gartner’s numbers suggest Huawei and Xiaomi were the only two of the top 5 smartphone companies to see growth between Q4, 2016 and 4, 2017. Samsung, Apple, and Oppo all saw declines… although the biggest drop may be in the “others” category, where all other smartphone makers combined saw a decline in sales from 195 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 163 million units a year later. That said, it’s worth noting that these figures only compare fourth quarter sales. When you look at the full year, Gartner says phone sales were up 2.7 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 with total global sales of about 1.54 billion units. There's more posted on OUR FORUM.
AdDuplex: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached 85% of PCs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:27
windows 10 saturationAdDuplex claims that the adoption of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is going well, apparently, because the Fall Creators Update rollout is complete. Devices running any previous version of Windows 10 operating system are now allowed to upgrade to the latest release. According to new data provided by AdDuplex, 85 percent of all Windows 10 devices already running the latest version. AdDuplex says adoption of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is going well and “has reached now 85% of PCs.” Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) is still in the second position with a share of 8.1 percent, while on the other hand, Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) is third with 5.1 points, it has become the third most widely used version. “Two months ago FCU jumped up by 30%, last month by about 20% and now it added another 10%. The growth is obviously slowing down as the next update is imminent,” said AdDuplex, the largest cross-promotion network for Microsoft Store apps and games. Want more visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft teases HoloLens 2 and “Mixed Reality Cloud” PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:34
“Mixed Reality Cloud”The Microsoft HoloLens is getting somewhat long in the tooth, getting ready to celebrate its second birthday in March 2018. Microsoft has already teased HoloLens 2.0 in July 2017, when it spoke about its new Holographic Processing Unit, which features an AI coprocessor to natively and flexibly implement Deep Neural Networks on the device itself. Posting on LinkedIn today, Microsoft Alex Kipman revealed some more around the use of all that power, saying the artificial intelligence will deliver “superpowers over space and time” and allow Microsoft to “build experiences where people, places, and things become independent of their physical location and can interact with their digital counterparts.” Specifically, the new HPU will allow HoloLens 2.0 to truly perceive its environment. Interestingly, despite the much more powerful hardware in the device, Microsoft will also be bringing more cloud processing to the device, with their new Mixed Reality Cloud. Microsoft notes that they will combine cloud-assisted AI with Mixed Reality, allowing Microsoft to deliver a persistent mixed reality experience with people, places, and things. Full details are posted on OUR FORUM.

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