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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.

Xbox One will render games from the cloud PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 August 2017 18:10

Xbox OneMicrosoft has established a strong foothold in console industry thanks to the Xbox. With the Xbox One X already up for preorder, the hoopla around the new console has soared sky high. Most of the fans are excited at the possibility of native 4K gaming, however, thanks to the 4K upscale the size of games is increasing. In fact games like Forza are 100GB in size and this makes it difficult to handle. In an interview with GamesRadar, Microsoft Corporate VP Mike Ybarra said that the company is addressing this problem with a unique solution. He further pointed towards the company’s research which involves using the cloud to lessen the impact of the games on the storage. On the platform side [we’re] looking at things like what we call internally ‘Intelligent Delivery’. It’s basically a way of reducing the footprint a game will have on your storage space. The technology effectively says, ‘Hey, here’s the bits you need for this section’ and keep the rest on the Cloud. So this is how the technology would work, the game will be streamed via an intelligent engine that will decide on which assets to be delivered based on the requirements. This works differently as opposed to the video streaming. So this is how the technology would work, the game will be streamed via an intelligent engine that will decide on which assets to be delivered based on the requirements. This works differently as opposed to the video streaming.

Sliver.TV – Virtual Reality Esport Viewing PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 August 2017 20:47

Silver.TVIs Sliver.TV the new Twitch for VR or is it a gateway to gambling? At first glance, Sliver.TV seems to be like Twitch and Mixer with the standard chat window. It is not the same though. The streamers you watch are embedded from Twitch but you can register on Sliver to open an account. The site is quite interactive though, the middle pane encourages more interaction as it is constantly showing new items to bet on. We successfully guessed which pets one of the players had and earned an easy 100 Gold. If you win a bet then you gain a reward crate. This crate can be opened on the site and a slot machine reel style will go across the screen with different kinds of prizes. Ours stopped on 100 which was instantly added to the account. Esports has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. It was only a matter of time until it went Virtual. Sliver.TV offers viewers the chance to view the game from different perspectives virtually. Sliver.Tv offers 360-degree views via their patented technologies which give viewers seats around the match. This gives them the deciding factor on what part of the action they wish to see.

Windows 10 build 16273 brings a long list of fixes PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 August 2017 15:02

Windows 10 build 16273 fixesAfter quite a long wait, Microsoft finally released Windows 10 build 16273 to Insiders in the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead. This release introduces emoji notification with My People, as well as a new Bahnschrift font. As expected, build 16273 focuses on making the OS more reliable bringing a bevy of bug fixes and improvements to the table. The improvements brought by this build focus on three main areas: Windows Shell, the Edge browser, and input. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in Start, Action Center and notification toasts at times having a background that was 100% transparent. ■ We fixed an issue from recent flights where the Action Center icon might show it had some number of notifications but when you opened Action Center no notifications were displayed. ■ We fixed an issue from recent flights were suggested apps were visible in Start despite the related setting is off. ■ We fixed a recent issue where removed placeholder tiles in Start might come back after explorer.exe restarted. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in certain live tiles not updating in the last flight, including the Weather and Money apps. ■ We fixed an issue from recent flights were typing immediately after opening up the Start menu would sometimes not switch to Cortana, even though if you tapped the Cortana icon Cortana was up and running. ■ We fixed an issue where notification groups in the Action Center couldn’t be dismissed by swiping across the app name. ■ We’ve fixed some timing issues so that swiping to dismiss a notification toast should feel more reliable now. ■ When using Find on Page, pressing F3 will now go to the next result. Shift+F3 will go to the previous result. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in certain websites not rendering correctly when used in InPrivate mode. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes getting into a state where after right-clicking a website the context menu would immediately dismiss. ■ We fixed an issue which resulted in the video element defaulting to a black background if the size didn’t match the aspect ratio of the video. ■ We fixed an issue where right-clicking and selecting “copy link” would sometimes not work as expected. ■ We fixed an issue where copying bitmap images from Microsoft Edge wouldn’t work. ■ We fixed an issue where pasting Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text into Microsoft Edge in recent builds would result in question marks instead of the expected characters....Full details can be found on our forum

Microsoft’s massive FPGA-based AI platform achieve real-time processing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:38

ai-dangerMicrosoft today revealed some more about the technology which will eventually power the robots which will crush our skulls beneath their heels. Called Project Brainwave, Microsoft’s cloud-based AI platform is powered by Intel’s new 14 nm Stratix 10 FPGA units and are able to deliver a sustaining 39.5 Teraflops, running each request in under one millisecond. This high performance and ultra-low latency let Microsoft deliver real-time AI which is becoming increasingly important as cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or interactions with users. By attaching high-performance FPGAs directly to their data center network, Microsoft can serve DNNs as hardware micro services, where a DNN can be mapped to a pool of remote FPGAs and called by a server with no software in the loop. This system architecture both reduces latency, since the CPU does not need to process incoming requests, and allows very high throughput, with the FPGA processing requests as fast as the network can stream them. Project Brainwave uses a powerful “soft” DNN processing unit (or DPU), synthesized onto commercially available FPGAs that combines both the ASIC digital signal processing blocks on the FPGAs and the synthesizable logic to provide a greater and more optimized number of functional units. Using a number of custom techniques it can achieve performance comparable to – or greater than – many hard-coded DPU chips. To help developers make use of all this power Project Brainwave incorporates a software stack designed to support the wide range of popular deep learning frameworks. It already supports Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and Google’s Tensorflow, with plans to support many others.

Google launches Android 8.0 Oreo PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 August 2017 22:23

Google Android 8.0Google Android 8.0 finally has a name. The operating system formerly called Android O will henceforth be known as be Android 8.0 Oreo. During an event timed to coincide with the peak of the solar eclipse in New York City today, Google unveiled a statue of the newest Tasty Treat that will be on display at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View California. It’s basically an Android character in a cape with Oreo cookie in its center… or maybe the bugdroid character is in the center, where it’s the creamy filling of the cookie. Anyway, the name doesn’t really matter as much as the new features in Android 8.0 (which include multitasking, notification dots, a new autofill framework, and battery life improvements and much more). But ever since Google started giving its Android versions code-names based on “tasty treats,” the unveiling of new names has started to become buzzworthy in its own right. Android 8.0 should begin rolling out to Pixel smartphones soon, followed by recent Nexus devices and then eventually to third-party phones and tablets. Google says Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC, Sharp, Sony, Huawei, HMD, Essential, General Mobile, and Kyocera all plan to launch new devices with Android 8.0 Oreo and/or upgrade existing devices to the new OS by the end of the year. Update: Android O system images are now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel CL, Pixel, and Pixel XL.

Microsoft quits Trump’s digital advisory board PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 August 2017 06:09

Trump’s digital advisory boardDonald Trump’s administration has become increasingly isolated as even those who previously reluctantly associated with the White House in an attempt to influence its course have now worked to rapidly distance themselves from what is looking increasingly like a sinking ship. The latest to go overboard was Microsoft president and legal chief Brad Smith, who left the US government’s digital economy advisory board over President Trump’s inability to unequivocally condemn racists. A spokesman for Microsoft said, “Effective today, Brad is no longer a member of the group.” He joins a host of other erstwhile members, including executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation Mitchell Baker; president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Karen Bartleson; Sonia Katyal, a professor of law at the University of California; CEO of the Markle Foundation Zoë Baird; Greg Becker, CEO of Silicon Valley Bank; Oisin Hanrahan, CEO of Handy; and Corey Thomas, CEO of Rapid7. Others believed to have resigned include David Cohen, a Comcast senior veep; James Manyika, a director at McKinsey; and Marta Tellado, CEO of Consumer Reports. Zoë Baird, co-chairs of the advisory board, said “It is the moral responsibility of our leaders to unite Americans by respecting the diversity and inclusion that enables our country to generate new opportunity and celebrate freedom. In order to preserve these cherished values, there must never be an equivocation in denouncing hate, bigotry, violence, and racism.”

Windows 10 KB4034661 fixes black screen issues PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 August 2017 13:41

Windows Update CatalogMicrosoft silently rolled out an important update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update. KB4034661 brings quite a long list of bug fixes and improvements to the table. The most important patches include a fix to solve black screen issues, AppLocker crashes, computer account error 1789, and more. KB4034661 patch notes;  ■ This package contains d3dcompiler_47.dll ■ Addressed the issue where a black screen appears when launching an application on Citrix XenApp that was deployed from Windows Server 2016. ■ Fixed the issue where the User Account Control (UAC) prompt sometimes appears hidden under other opened windows. ■ Addressed the issue in the event collector data that caused data corruption with % symbols in the user logon events (ID 4624) from other Domain Controllers (DCs). ■ Addressed issue where the PowerShell command Add-HgsAttestationTpmHost fails to find the Endorsement Key Certificate for a system even though the certificate exists. ■ Fixed the issue where, in some cases, an Encrypted Hard Drive device would not automatically unlock at system startup. ■ The AppLocker rules wizard should no longer crash when selecting accounts. ■ Addressed the issue where third-party directory structures caused Disk Cleanup to render a boot drive inaccessible. ■ Addressed the issue where unsynchronized access in NtfsQueryLinksInfo led to a system crash. ■ Fixed the issue where an extremely high number of I/O flushes might lead to an error. ■ Addressed a reliability issue that occurs when a user gives the wrong input to the smart card pin prompt. ■ Addressed issue by increasing the time out window when starting Docker for Windows to avoid 0x5b4 errors. ■ Fixed the issue with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) when an ADFX server is configured to use an HTTP Proxy. ■ Addressed issue where the calling IP address is not logged by 411 events in the Security Event log of ADFS 4.0 and Windows Server 2016 RS1 ADFS servers. ■ Computer accounts should no longer lose domain membership with the error 1789. The same problem happens internally when a user password cannot be changed with error 0xc0000206. This issue has also been fixed.


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