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Microsoft Research creating an AI to help autonomous gliders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:28

flying glidersMicrosoft is testing an artificial intelligence agent which can control a glider much like a hawk does, remaining in the sky indefinitely by predicted air patterns and planning a route forward by seeking out columns of rising hot air and using them to stay aloft.  Microsoft researchers tested the technology in Nevada last week using two gliders guided by sensors and onboard computers. The effort is in part to help machines make decisions when faced with uncertainty and specifically the hope is that the autonomous aircraft can eventually ride the air for hours or even days at a time while consuming very little power, help to, say, track weather patterns, monitor farm crops or even deliver the internet to places where it’s otherwise unavailable. The glider is testing a mathematical technique called the Markov decision processes as a way of identifying and responding to uncertainty in predicting the future in a relatively safe environment. “The core problem for robotics is uncertainty,” said Ken Goldberg, a professor at University of California, Berkeley. “This is what differentiates robotics from a game like Go or chess.” “With a glider, you can test these algorithms with minimal risk to people and property,” Mr. Kochenderfer, a Stanford University professor of aeronautics and astronautics. Interestingly the techniques are already being used by Bing and Windows but will eventually also be relevant in self-driving cars and other dynamic environments.

 
Mind Control VR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Sunday, 13 August 2017 20:54

Neurable MInd ControlHere we have another example of machine learning to improve technology; mind control. Neurable have created a wizard's hat, no more plastic wands! Neurable, the world’s first BCI (Brain Computer Interface) platform designed specifically for developers of mixed-reality experiences. What this actually means is that developers have the chance to use this device to create new media, the focus, their mind as the tool. The device is an adapted Vive that has a number of sensors built into an adapted strap that read event-related potentials from your brain; specific signals that happen when the brain responds to stimuli. this will, in turn, allow for an intention-based method of interaction. The sensors are read by computers set up to learn. Theoretically, the more the devices are used, the more they will understand each small nuance of thought. This is not an exact science so it will be very interesting to see how the device progresses. Keep this in mind though, Neurable are not a gaming company. Based in Boston, Neurable is a startup working on the brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) required for mind control.

 
Android O could be coming the week of August 21st PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 16:49
Android OGoogle could launch the next version of Android by the end of the month. First unveiled with the launch of a developer preview in March, Android O brings improvements to power management, notifications, and multitasking, among other things.  Now Android Police blogger David Ruddock and tech news leak specialist Evan Blass are both reporting that Android O will launch either on Monday, August 21st or during the week of the 21st. Ruddock says that Google will roll out an Android O update for its Pixel and Pixel smartphones on the 21st. There’s no word on whether folks with older Nexus phones will have to wait a bit longer for their official updates, or whether Google will release the source code for the new operating system at the same time as the first updates.  We’ll also allegedly have to wait at least until August 21st to find out what “O” stands for. Google has used the name of a “tasty treat” as the codename for every version of its mobile operating system from Android 1.5 Cupcake to Android 7.x Nougat. Guesses have runt he gamut from Android 8.0 Oreo to Oatmeal Cookie to Oh, does it really matter?
 
Tech support scammers threaten Windows 10’s security with new tactics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 11 August 2017 19:21

According to Microsoft, tech support scammers are now borrowing phishing techniques from cyber criminals who are seeking credentials. Phishing-like emails and more tech support scams. Scammers are currently using phishing-like emails to lead potential victims to all kinds of fake tech support web sites. The new attack tactic was spotted by Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center, and it helps evolve bogus tech support. Tech support scams have recently used a mix of malicious ads that automatically redirect users to a fake tech support page that shows a fake Blue Screen of Death or other fake Windows security alerts. Cyber criminals have been using mass email for a long time to spread links to fake online banks or email login to phish for credentials. The latest scammers use almost identical techniques, and they’re sending emails as if they were from Amazon, LinkedIn or Alibaba. The difference is that instead of phishing for credentials, the links lead to fake tech support pages and users are asked to pay for unnecessary tech support services.

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Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16257 available PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:43

Microsoft is releasing a new build of the Windows 10 SDK and a new emulator for Windows 10 Mobile today. The Windows 10 SDK is feature-complete, which means Microsoft is only busy fixing bug fixes and other minor improvements on the SDK. The latest SDK build is 16257, which is also the latest Insider Preview for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today. The emulator for Windows 10 Mobile is build 15235. The SDK includes some known issues, which you can find below: ♦ Designer fails to render: When viewing the XAML in the Designer Window in Visual Studio, the controls fail to render. This can be resolved by using Visual Studio 2017.3 Preview. ♦ Compilation fails on non-Windows 10 platforms (need to see if fixed) ♦ When building apps on previous platforms, you may get a build error.

You can get the SDK as well as the Emulator here, and find the API changes here.

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Intel 8th gen Core “Coffee Lake” chips to launch August 21st PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 18:39

Intel will officially launch its 8th-gen Core processor family on August 21st. Code-named “Coffee Lake,” this is the fourth generation of chips from Intel to be built on a 14nm process, but according to a series of leaks in recent weeks we should be able to expect improved performance thanks to increased clock speeds and core counts, among other things. At least that’s true of Intel’s Coffee Lake chips for desktops. I’ve heard a lot less about the notebook processors. Intel isn’t providing many details ahead of the launch time, but in addition to showcasing the new chips on August 21st, Intel says it’ll be providing a “sneak peek at some of the amazing system designs based on 8th gen Intel Core processors.” I suspect we’ll learn more about those systems when the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin opens at the end of the month. In related news, details about Intel’s Core i3-8300, Core i3-8100, and Core i3-8350K chips have leaked recently

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Office 365 Personal (Preview) now available for all Windows 10 S PCs PDF Print E-mail
Written by riso   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 15:17

The Office desktop apps are now available to download in Preview form from the Windows Store as part of Office 365 Personal to all users of Windows 10 S: the OS that only runs apps downloaded from the Windows Store. Following the broad availability of the Windows 10 S ISO, Microsoft has released the Preview version of Office 365 desktop apps in the Windows Store for users running Windows 10 S. These apps are full featured Office desktop versions being made available in the Store thanks to the Project Centennial Win32 app bridge. The flavor currently being offered for Preview is Office 365 Personal and it includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher, with OneNote being offered as an UWP app. The Preview version comes with the following features —  For 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet including iPad, Android or Windows, plus 1 phone. Fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more. 1TB of storage space on the cloud. Continuous access to updates. 60 Skype minutes of calling per month to mobile phones and landlines. Users of the Windows Store version of Office 365 need to take into account that the Store currently offers only the 32-bit version of Office and does not allow the use of COM add-ins. Also, OneNote will be offered as an UWP app instead of the OneNote 2016 desktop version.  The Store listing for downloading Office 365 Personal can be accessed from here. An Office 365 subscription is needed to use Office 365 downloaded from the Windows Store.  Source(s) Windows Blog Italia via notebookcheck

 
Office desktop apps can now be installed on any Windows 10 S device PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 August 2017 19:09

In May 2017 in an Education focused event Microsoft had announced Windows 10 S their new version of Windows 10. Windows 10 S allows installation of apps only through Windows 10 Store. Microsoft had then released the Store version of their Office apps on the first Windows 10 S device the Surface Laptop. Recently, newer and cheaper Windows 10 S devices are available in the Microsoft Store. Also Microsoft had started delivering ISO files of Windows 10 S through the MSDN website for its subscribers. Now that Windows 10 S has reached to different devices Microsoft has now enabled the downloading of their Microsoft Office Suite apps on any Windows 10 S device. Earlier only users of Surface Laptops were able to download these Office apps from the Windows Store. Office Desktop apps that are available for users running Windows 10 S includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher. These apps are 32 bit versions of the Office apps. While there is no OneNote app in this list but you can use the OneNote UWP app. Thses desktops app are Centennial app which means that are converted from the Win32 desktop apps using the Desktop Bridge program (project Centennial). If you are running Windows 10 S you can go to Store and download them. Source WindowsLatest & Image Credit: Neowin

 
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