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European regulators have hit Google with a €4.3 billion ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. The fine was announced on Wednesday after the EU found the US company guilty of using its Android mobile operating system to block rivals. Google's Android operating system is the world’s most popular mobile software system, and is installed on more than 80 percent of smartphones globally. The EU said that Google must make competition fairer and allow smaller players to earn. The penalty from the European Commission is the highest antitrust violation fine that has ever been imposed on a company for breaching EU competition rules. The previous record was a €2.4 billion penalty on Google for manipulating search results to promote its own price comparison services over those from competitors. Shares in Google’s parent company Alphabet slid more than one percent in US premarket trading. The European Commission continues the investigation on a third Google antitrust case. Competition authorities have said Google could have used its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals. Google is accused of blocking rivals in online search advertising.
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The Telegraph reports that the EU is expected to hand down a massive fine to Google Tuesday or Wednesday this week to punish the company for abusing its Android monopoly to strengthen its search empire, benefitting the company to the tune of more than $20 billion. Last year the EU fined Google $2.7 billion for its abuse of its search dominance to push its comparison shopping service. The European Commission is empowered to fine Google up to 10% of its annual turn-over, or around $11 billion, and the new fine is expected to eclipse that sum. Besides the fine, the EU is expected to ask Google to suggest remedies to correct the situation, which uses agreements with OEMs to reduce access by rivals to the powerful default positions in the Android operating system. With Microsoft however increasingly building their platform on Android, the ability to offer competing services without losing access to the Google Play Store, for example, would be an ideal solution, allowing Microsoft for example to partner with OEMs such as Samsung to replace the Google Search bar with Bing and Google Mail with Outlook. If forced to unbundle their services from their apps, for example, Microsoft could also ship an Android phone with the Google Play Store, but with Edge and Launcher set as the default applications on the device. Get caught on OUR FORUM.

Windows 10 Redstone 5 has been in development since February and there still hasn’t been a single ISO for the Insiders who want a clean installation. Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft for the Windows Insider Program Team says that Windows 10 Redstone 6 ISOs are planned and the first ISO image will be published with the next Slow Ring build. Earlier this month, the software giant released the first Windows 10 Redstone 5 build to Slow Ring Insiders, more than two months after releasing the April 2018 Update to the public. It appears that the Redmond-based tech giant is planning to release a new slow ring build along with ISO files. It’s indeed a good news for the Insiders, developers and everyone else who is planning to clean install Redstone 5 update on the secondary device or virtual min to test new features. We'll keep this updated on OUR FORUM.

Rumour has it that Microsoft has pushed back Surface Andromeda, the company’s ambitious project whose purpose is to create a new category of 2-in-1s and help expand the Surface brand to a new direction. There’s a chance that this delay is just a temporary decision, as the company could still launch the device next year. With the launch postponed at least until the spring of 2019, many criticized Microsoft for giving up on a project that was never announced. Microsoft’s Andromeda has the potential to succeed but there are many reasons that convinced the software giant to hold the release of the rumored foldable device. A new report claims that Microsoft hasn’t canceled the long-rumored and highly anticipated “Andromeda”. The report adds that the Redmond-based tech giant remains fully committed to foldable Windows 10 and the project is here to stay. Microsoft is sending it back to the labs to re-work on both software and hardware. Microsoft would re-work on the two most important aspects of the device to find an appealing reason. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft is today rolling out new cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows operating system. The company earlier today released new updates for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 computers. The software giant is also rolling out a new update for Windows 10 Mobile devices. The latest cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update (feature2) comes with unknown changes and general bug fixes. It advances Windows 10 Mobile operating system to Build 15254.490. Microsoft hasn’t published the changelog of Windows 10 Mobile Build 15254.490 yet but it appears that with today’s patch, the software giant is shipping security updates to Microsoft Edge, Windows apps and Windows graphics on mobile devices. We assume that the build 15254.490 for Windows 10 Mobile comes with general bug fixes and it improves the overall performance. Last year Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Windows, Joe Belfiore, said in a series of tweets that Windows 10 Mobile is no longer the company’s focus but it’ll continue to receive security updates once a month. Check it out at OUR FORUM.

A couple of months back we reported that Microsoft might be working on a low-cost Surface tablet. The company yesterday teased a new product which finally made its way today. Announced by Surface Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, Surface Go is an affordable tablet aimed at Schools and educators. The tablet is priced at $399 and it offers a 10” display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y with 4 GB and 8 GB RAM options. The device offers a fanless design and a nine-hour battery life. Microsoft has also added USB Type-C for connectivity. Surface Go comes with 64GB eMMC and 128GB or 256GB SSD storage options. Microsoft has also added SD Card support for expansion which supports cards up to 1 TB. Other specs include a 5MP front-facing camera with Windows Hello and an 8MP rear auto-focus camera. Surface Go will support Dolby Audio Premium as well as the Surface Pen. Microsoft hasn’t commented on the Surface Dial support though. Surface Go will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow in 35 countries. The device will be shipped starting August 2. Microsoft has also confirmed that an LTE model will be coming later this year. The Microsoft Surface Go will cost customers $399 excluding Keyboard which will be priced at $99 or $129 (Alcantara). Overall, Surface Go looks solid on paper and offers decent specs for an affordable tablet. We will be able to comment more on the device once it hits the shelves on August 2. Meanwhile, you can head to the comments section below and let us know your thoughts on the device. Follow this and more on the new Surface Go on OUR FORUM.

 

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