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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: fossbytes.com/microsoft-andromeda-os-windows-10/

 
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.
 
Surface Pro (2017) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:04

surface pro Microsoft clearly feels it has nailed the form factor for its flagship hybrid PC. In the most recent iteration of its Surface Pro, Microsoft has made only the most subtle changes to the device's unique form factor, which is otherwise nearly identical to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3. The other substantive change, of course, is the model name, which drops the number in favor of a proper name that's clearly designed for some staying power. If you're a fan of the Surface Pro design, this is a subtle but significant upgrade, one that's well worth considering. If on the other hand, you're in the market for a conventional clamshell laptop, you now have other options in the Surface family. As a result, the new Surface Pro no longer has to live up to its predecessors' tagline, "the tablet that can replace your laptop." Instead, Microsoft calls this iteration "the most versatile laptop." If you're rarely going to use it in tablet mode or in studio mode, propped up on the kickstand so you can draw or sketch with a pen, you should be looking at the Surface Laptop or the more powerful Surface Book instead. The new Signature Type Cover uses the same Alcantara material as the keyboard in the Surface Laptop. At $160, it's available in three colors, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Platinum. Microsoft says it's been redesigned from its predecessor, offering slightly greater key travel. I found it almost impossible to distinguish the feel from an earlier model Type Cover...Complete details can be found on our forum.

 
Google to introduce second smart speaker PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:47

google smart speakerWith nearly 2 billion users estimated to be using digital assistants by 2021, voice assistants are becoming increasingly important. Amazon has been dominating the world of smart speakers for a while now, but other tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and even Apple have been making moves to catch up, with Google, with the release of Google Home in November 2016 seemingly the most nimble. While Apple and Microsoft have both announced but are yet to release their first smart speaker, Google appears already ready to release their second. Google has a big hardware event in October where the company will unveil new Pixel 2 smartphones, along with some other devices. The company will also be introducing a new smart speaker under the Google Home line — the Google Home Mini. Similar to the Amazon Echo Dot, Google Home Mini will be a smaller version of the company’s Home smart speaker. The smart speaker will come with Google Assistant, and it’ll probably include all the features that are available on the larger Google Home. Just like the original Home, the new Home Mini will be available in multiple different colors: Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral. The new design and colors certainly look better than the original Google Home, but they don’t have swappable bases. The new Google Home Mini will sell for $49, reports Droid Life. Microsoft, on the other hand, is anything but a fast follower. They officially announced the Harman Kardon Invoke back in May 2017, but it won’t be available for purchase until this Fall. The arrival of Microsoft’s first Cortana-powered smart speaker is a little too late, and the US-only availability is also going to be very disappointing for some. For more please visit our fourm.

 
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