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Future Windows devices may come with dedicated AI processor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 March 2018 15:16

ai chipsetDuring the Windows Developer Day event yesterday, Microsoft revealed the Windows AI platform which will allow developers to build intelligent apps on Windows 10. One of the highlighted features of WinML APIs is the support for pre-trained machine learning models. Windows ML will efficiently use hardware for any given artificial intelligence (AI) workload and intelligently distributes work across multiple hardware types including CPU, GPU and Intel’s Vision Processing Units (VPU). The Intel VPU is a purpose-built chip for accelerating AI workloads on client devices. Myriad X is world’s first system-on-chip (SOC) shipping with a dedicated Neural Compute Engine for accelerating deep learning inferences at the edge. The Neural Compute Engine is an on-chip hardware block specifically designed to run deep neural networks at high speed and low power without compromising accuracy, enabling devices to see, understand and respond to their environments in real time. Microsoft worked with Intel team to add support for VPUs in Windows ML platform. You can follow this thread on OUR FORUM.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has been rated for Xbox One PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 08:46
Hellblade: Senua’s SacrificeXbox One players may be playing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in the near future according to a listing on a Taiwanese rating board. The PlayStation-console exclusive from Ninja Theory garnered acclaim for its production value which appeared greater than what an indie studio could normally achieve. It looks like this warm reception may be helping the developer launch it on more consoles. The rating (via Gematsu) unfortunately doesn’t reveal a planned release date. From what can be read in English on the page, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from Ninja Theory was PEGI rated for Xbox One. Not a lot to go by, but this isn’t the first time a game’s release has leaked via a rating board, and it certainly won’t be the last. In addition to the Taiwanese rating, Hellblade was also recently rated again in Australia. this time as a multi-platform release. Though the Australian rating doesn’t specifically mention Xbox One, it’s hard to imagine a new multi-platform rating going up for the game without an imminent launch on other consoles. Visit OUR FORUM for links to learn more.
Android P adds support for using your phone as a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:30
android pWe’re nearing the launch date of the first Android P Developer Preview, according to rumors. Little is known about the upcoming release in terms of user-facing features, though we’ve done our best to catalog all of the bits and pieces we’ve been able to find. The two biggest rumored changes coming to Android P include support for atypical display types (such as those with a ‘notch‘) and a revamped Material Design interface. Today, we’re also confident that Android P will finally add support for the Bluetooth HID device profile service, which will allow for your smartphone to be used as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. Back in 2014, a patch was submitted by a member of Qualcomm’s CodeAurora forums that adds support for the Bluetooth HID device role. That patch was committed in December of 2016, however, the functionality remained disabled for subsequent Android releases. That appears to be changing with the release of Android P as we were sent a tip by XDA Member 500 Internal Server Error that two commits finally enable Bluetooth HID. We confirmed ourselves that this Bluetooth HID profile has only recently been added, as a comparison of the supported Bluetooth profiles in Android 8.1 Oreo (branch oreo-mr1-release) versus the latest master shows that the boolean value enabling HIDD has been flipped to true. Get up to date and download the apk at OUR FORUM.
Microsoft urging Windows 10 users to move on from Windows Media Player PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 March 2018 11:06
windows media playerMicrosoft’s latest iteration of its popular OS, Windows 10 builds upon a completely different base. With the Microsoft Store and Universal Apps, Microsoft is trying to ditch the old and reliable x86 platform in favor of the modern UWP apps. Many of the old apps are being deprecated in favor of UWP apps, and it looks like the beloved Windows Media Player is next in the line. According to a post on Reddit, some users are getting a pop up asking them to switch to the Movies & TV app when opening video files in Windows Media Player. For those unaware, Movies & TV is a universal app from Microsoft for Windows 10 devices. As the name suggests, the app is used to play video files. The app also serves as a good-sized catalog of Movies and TV shows that can be downloaded or watched. Movies & TV first started Xbox Videos in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and then got renamed in Windows 10. It also got a UI uplift and became better with more new features, but like most UWP apps, it still has its limitations. Continue reading on OUR FORUM.
Windows Phone 8.1 users are having trouble downloading apps from the Store PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 04 March 2018 16:21
windows 8 phone error codeWhile Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 more than six months ago, there are some users that still utilize the platform as their daily driver. Although the company's overall mobile initiative isn't faring too well either, most users on older platforms are still there because they prefer it over the competition or weren't offered an upgrade path to Windows 10 Mobile. However, it now appears that Windows Phone 8.1 users are facing some unforeseen problems with the Store - and no, it isn't regarding the death of apps. According to reports, people on the platform have been unable to download apps from the Store since yesterday. Hundreds of people over in Windows phone Facebook groups (private), Reddit, and Microsoft support forums are complaining that they are being hit with error code 80070020 when attempting to download apps from the Store using their Windows Phone 8.1 devices. We have confirmed the presence of the issue on our devices too. A quick search reveals that this problem has occurred in the past too, and the usual fix is to check that the system date and time is correct and that the Microsoft account is synced. However, this solution strangely isn't working for people who are affected this time around. Check out OUR FORUM for more.
3D Live Tiles, Two-Handed Manipulation Coming to the HoloLens PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 March 2018 18:52
two handed manipulationIt is finally happening. After not having a major update since August of 2016, HoloLens owners everywhere will soon get a number of new features added to their devices. At least if they are members of the Windows Insider program. Throughout 2017, the Mixed Reality Team at Microsoft seemed focused on the immersive headsets that were coming out in time for the holiday season. As Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators update last April and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in October, HoloLens developers and owners everywhere watched and wondered why these amazing devices were not being updated in line with the rest of the Windows ecosystem. Thanks to information coming out of the HoloDevelopers Summit, an occasion that readers of our weekly newsletter may have noticed on our event calendar, we now know that not only did attendees of the Summit receive an early update but that a similar update will likely be reaching Windows Insiders by the end of the month. NR50 member Jesse McCulloch, the organizer of the HoloDevelopers Summit, not only confirmed rumors that were circulating but also listed a number of new features that came in the update. Get the full scoop at OUR FORUM.
Xbox One to receive many new features in the Redstone 4 major update PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 March 2018 19:11
xbox on redstone 4 updateMicrosoft is currently working on fixing bugs and improving the performance of the Operating System in preparation for the release of the company’s next major update Redstone 4 due this Spring. The company has already released some new features for the Windows Insiders with Redstone 4 aka Spring Creators Update. Xbox One users have been wondering if the company has stopped development of new features for the console. Today the company answers the question as to what is coming in the next major update for Xbox One console users with Redstone 4 version 1804 with Windows 10 Redstone 4 to be called as 1803. First among the major feature which is being rolled out is the 1440p support which has already been in works internally by Microsoft. Xbox One users will be able to stream video and play games at 1440p on the Xbox One X. You will be able to enjoy the games at 1440p if you are able to connect your Xbox console to a PC monitor.  We have more posted on OUR FORUM.
Qualcomm commits to Windows 10 Snapdragon 845 PCs for 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 March 2018 22:35
microsoft & qualcommA report had earlier revealed that Snapdragon 845 Windows 10 PCs would be coming in the second half of 2018. Well, that seems to be happening very soon. Back in 2016 at WinHEC conference in China, Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 on ARM. This allowed the full desktop version of Windows 10 to run on Qualcomm ARM mobile processors. The “cellular PC” revolution had officially begun. Since then, both Microsoft and Qualcomm were silent about it for an entire year until December of 2017. On 5th of December 2017, Qualcomm held its second annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii. Right after announcing the first two Windows 10 on ARM PCs – ASUS NovaGo and HP Envy x2 powered by Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm announced the next-generation Snapdragon 845. Stay up to date with these fast-moving developments at OUR FORUM.

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