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The Surface Phone rumours have just gotten wild PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:51
surface phone rumoreDespite very little evidence of its existence most of our readers are so familiar with the purported Surface Phone we could list the rumored specs and features in our sleep. Today we can, however, ramp up the crazy a bit more, however, after Thurrott.com’s Brad Sams leaked some new details regarding the mythical device. Most of it is pretty basic – the foldable tablet is code-named Andromeda and will be Surface-branded, it will feature pen input in a variety of apps including mail, calendar, OneNote and more, and that it will feature telephony support. One brand new aspect, however, is related to the rumored involvement of Alex Kipman. According to Brad the device may feature a “holographic display” whatever this means and will be able to display holograms. According to Brad Microsoft is optimising UWP applications for dual-screen usage and Microsoft will be aiming for Courier-like folio functionality...You too can follow the Surface Phone rumors on our FORUM.
 
Xbox and Ford collaborate on custom F-150 Raptor PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 October 2017 20:15
ford f150 raptorTo celebrate the upcoming launch of the Xbox One X on November 7, Xbox has collaborated with Ford Performance to create a specially-modified Xbox One X version of the new F-150 Raptor, seen at left. The truck can be viewed in person at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas this week. It will also be available to play in Forza Motorsport 7 for free to players next year. “The Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful console,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance Marketing Manager. “It’s the benchmark in the console gaming world, while F-150 Raptor is its equivalent in the world of pickup trucks.” “We have long enjoyed and valued our partnership with Ford Performance and feel privileged to work with them on the incredible F-150 Raptor, an iconic American legend,” said Mike Humphreys, Senior Director, Business and Partnerships for Forza Franchise, Turn 10 Studios. “The Ford Raptor is built on top of another iconic legend, the Ford F-150 pickup, resulting in technical excellence and off-road innovations that make it a Forza fan favorite.” More details can be found on our FORUM.
 
 
Nvidia releases GPU Cloud container registry PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 October 2017 21:24
nvidiaNvidia has marked a new step forward in AI development with the release of its Nvidia GPU Cloud container (NGC). The NGC helps developers make their first steps into developing deep learning by allowing free access to a "comprehensive, easy-to-use, fully optimized deep learning software stack." However, at the moment, the cloud-based service is available immediately "to users of the just-announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 instances featuring NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs." The company said it is planning on expanding support to other platforms "soon." No dates mentioned, though. "The NVIDIA GPU Cloud democratizes AI for a rapidly expanding global base of users," said Jim McHugh, vice president and general manager of Enterprise Systems at NVIDIA. "NGC frees developers from the complexity of integration, allowing them to move quickly to create sophisticated neural networks that deliver the transformative powers of AI."...The full story is posted on our FORUM.
 
Andromeda Could Be the Next Big Thing PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 October 2017 18:04
microsoft courier foldable device“Foldable” is the key word for 2018 it seems since more and more companies have started coming up with dual display handsets that flex in the middle and other formats of folding devices. Now there’s a new device that drew our interest, but it’s actually not 100% new, since we’ve heard about it before: the Andromeda. Many people are confused by this name because it has been used a ton of times. We’ve got a Mass Effect game named like that, a Google platform that never came and a Microsoft project that was supposed to replace Windows 10 Mobile. Now there’s a new Andromeda, one that comes from Microsoft and it’s rumored to be a revival of the 2009 Courier e-reader-like slate...Stay up to date on Andromedia at our FORUM.
 
 
New Surface Note concept more practical PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:44
surface noteDepending on who you ask, we are either further or closer to the mythical Surface Phone, with some saying killing of Windows Mobile is just part of the incubation of a proper Andromeda-powered Windows 10 mobile PC. In June we posted a concept design by Ryan Smalley of what such a device may look like, based on numerous patents by Microsoft.  Since then we have seen an actual dual-screened smartphone, the ZTE Axon M, come to market by an OEM who did not wait for foldable screens to become practical, and instead simply went for the best design possible with current technology. Reportedly Huawei will be following in their footsteps with their own dual-screen folding design in 2018. Acknowledging the issues with flexible foldable screens, Smalley has now updated his concept in a device which seems similar to two Galaxy Notes joined with a hinge, with bezel-less screens making the fold as unobtrusive as possible...More on this possible Surface Phone is posted on our FORUM.
 
Bad Rabbit Ransomeware PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 21:31
bad rabbitIt's the third major outbreak of the year - here's what we know so far. A new ransomware campaign has hit a number of high profile targets in Russia and Eastern Europe. Dubbed Bad Rabbit, the ransomware first started infecting systems on Tuesday 24 October, and the way in which organizations appear to have been hit simultaneously immediately drew comparisons to this year's WannaCry and Petya epidemics. Following the initial outbreak, there was some confusion about what exactly Bad Rabbit is. Now the initial panic has died down, however, it's possible to dig down into what exactly is going on. Organisations across Russian and Ukraine -- as well as a small number in Germany, and Turkey -- have fallen victim to the ransomware. Researchers at Avast say they've also detected the malware in Poland and South Korea. Russian cybersecurity company Group-IB confirmed at least three media organizations in the country have been hit by file-encrypting malware, while at the same time Russian news agency Interfax said its systems have been affected by a "hacker attack" -- and were seemingly knocked offline by the incident...Complete details are posted on our FORUM.
 
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for Mobile rolling out PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 18:45
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update MobileAlong with the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for PCs, Microsoft started the roll-out of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for mobile devices last week. They first started the roll-out with devices in Finland. This week, they will expand the rollout to more open market Windows 10 Mobile devices. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include several new features for the enterprise including the ones listed below. Two-factor Authentication With two factor unlock, an enterprise can enforce an additional security layer to their sensitive data via an MDM policy. Once two factor unlock is enabled, a phone user will have to enter a numeric pin followed by an enterprise-defined factor to unlock the phone. VPN Improvements In the modern corporate workplace, mobility is mainstream and secure access to corporate data via VPN has become the norm. We are bringing a range of improvements and features that enhance the reliability of VPN on Windows 10 Mobile...There substantial new features to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Mobile, for more please visit our FORUM.
 
Huawei may be next with with a folding smartphone PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 October 2017 00:22
Huawei folding phoneAfter a wait of many years, it appears we are finally entering the age of the folding smartphone. ZTE was the first with the ZTE Axon M and showed that the concept can result in a practical and useful device. Now Huawei, the 2nd largest phone OEM in the world, has suggested that they may be next. Speaking to CNET, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said they are working on such a device. “We already have a working sample,” Yu said. Since practical folding screens are still not available, Huawei’s version is similar to the ZTE Axon M. “We have two screens,” Yu said. “But we still have a small gap [between the screens]. That’s not good, and we should get rid of that gap.”..We have more posted on our FORUM.
 
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