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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.

Dark Legion VR First Impressions PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2017 02:45

Dark Legion VRIf you don’t know what room-scale VR is then please refer to my Bullet Sorrow VR first impressions article. Unlike Bullet Sorrow VR you’re not limited to small areas to clear before you progress, this is like any non-VR FPS game where you can go wherever the map allows. To navigate in Dark Legion VR you can choose between 2 locomotion methods by pressing the menu button on the left controller (at least on the Vive version), which also lets you choose the language, although only English and Chinese are currently available. The first locomotion method is labeled “Teleport” which works by touching the touchpad on the left controller, pointing the teleport cursor where you want to go then lifting your thumb off the touchpad to teleport where you selected. It either zooms forward a lot faster than Bullet Sorrow VR or it instantly teleports you close to your selection then zooms forward slightly, it’s hard to tell. Unlike Bullet Sorrow VR, however, you can teleport as much as you like in quick succession, there’s no recharging, plus I think you can teleport further. The second locomotion method is labeled “Smooth” which works by either putting your thumb on the part of the touchpad in the direction you want to go or putting your thumb in the center of the touchpad and pointing the left controller in the direction you want to go. This moves you in the same way as non-VR games. Touching/pointing left and right makes you strafe left and right, to turn you have to physically turn your body. To sprint, you have to press down on the touchpad. This locomotion method isn’t recommended if you get motion sickness in VR...You can find the complete review on our forum.

Pirate Bay, Showtime caught forcing visitors to mine cryptocurrency for them PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 12:43

In an effort to monetize colossal visitor numbers, websites have begun to utilize their visitors' PCs for the lucrative business of cryptocurrency mining, sparking outrage and raising the question of whether users will stand for it. Pirate Bay, the world’s most popular torrent site, visited by an estimated 50 million people each month, claimed it was running a “test” earlier this month when it was caught paralyzing users’ computers by using their processing power to mine Monero, a fast-growing cryptocurrency without their users' consent. “As you may have noticed we are testing a Monero javascript miner. This is only a test. We really want to get rid of all the ads. But we also need enough money to keep the site running,” read the Pirate Bay statement. “Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you want ads or do you want to give away a few of your CPU cycles every time you visit the site? Of course the mining can be blocked by a normal ad-blocker.” read more on our Forum

Andromeda OS Likely To Replace Windows 10 Mobile, A Modular Windows OS Is Coming PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:56

It was earlier this year when we heard about Microsoft working on new project. We called it ‘Windows Andromeda‘ back then, but now it seems the project has an internal name, Andromeda OS, as reported by Windows Central. The website, claiming sources, reports Microsoft might bring their ambitious project to fruition sometime in 2018, possibly with the release of the rumored hardware internally known as ‘Andromeda’. Andromeda OS is the realization of Microsoft’s ‘One Windows’ dream. They have already developed things like the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Composable Shell, and OneCore to reduce the gap between different kinds of devices running Windows 10. One of the reasons why a modular Windows should exist is the bulkiness of the OS which has increased with its maturity over the last 30 years. But not every device needs all the components stuffed into the OS. Putting only the ones required would make the OS lighter and easier to deploy on devices with different hardware, shapes, and sizes. The first implementation of Andromeda OS might replace the struggling Windows 10 Mobile, intended for devices like phones, tablets, wearables, etc. And in the future, we might only call it Windows 10. This introduction might be followed by the release of Andromeda OS for Xbox and desktops. Source:

Microsoft 'Andromeda OS' aims to turn Windows 10 into a modular platform PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:07
windows andromedaMicrosoft is taking the next steps in its "One Windows" vision with an internal project called "Andromeda OS" that turns Windows 10 into a fully modular platform and lays foundations for the future of Windows. Windows is now over 30 years old, which isbeyond ancient in technology years. As a result of this, Windows itself is encumbered by features, functions, and components that some devices today may no longer need. In an industry where new device types are being introduced all the time, Windows itself is too old and heavy to be able to adapt to those new devices (an example of which are smartwatches) quickly enough. As it turns out, Microsoft is aware of this and is working on something internally that looks to solve this problem. In layman's terms, its ultimate goal is to make Windows 10 much more flexible, allowing it to be installed on a wider variety of devices without being based on specific, pre-existing product variants. As a result of this, Windows itself can become smaller depending on the device, the OS itself can be built faster, and devices won't be encumbered by components and features they don't actually need; speeding up overall performance in the process on smaller or less capable devices...Full details and more can be found on our forum.
Intel pulls the plug on Project Alloy all-in-one VR headset PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 September 2017 22:35
intel vr headsetAbout a year after introducing a new virtual reality system called Project Alloy, Intel is pulling the plug on the project. Well, kind of. Alloy headsets were supposed to be wireless, so technically there’s no plug to pull. The idea behind the project was to create an all-in-one headset that basically put all the components of a PC into the headset itself, freeing you from the need to connect a VR headset to a computer with wires. But according to a statement issued to Road To VR, Intel is going to “wind down its Project Alloy reference design.” Basically, the idea was always to create a reference design that could be adopted by hardware partners interested in launching headsets based on that design but sold under the own brand names. Apparently there wasn’t that much interest from hardware partners… which is unsurprising, since most PC makers seem to have gotten on board with Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headset platform instead. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo have all unveiled Mixed Reality headsets that will sell for between $300 and $450, and they’re all designed to plug into a Windows computer and work with motion controllers designed by Microsoft. That doesn’t mean there’s no interest in a system that doesn’t involve running wires across a room. Several gaming PC makers have introduced backpack PCs designed for use with VR headsets, allowing you to plug HDMI and USB cables into a computer you wear on your back so that there’s nothing to trip over. When you move, the wires move with you...For more please visit our forum.

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