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T-Mobile USA announced a security breach late last night. The company says its cyber-security team discovered and shut down unauthorized access to its customers' data on Monday, August 20. The telco says an attacker was exfiltrating personal data such as customer names, billing ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses, account numbers, and account types (prepaid or postpaid). T-Mobile said the hacker (or hackers) did not gain access to passwords, social security numbers, or any financial information. Impacted customers will receive an SMS, letter in the mail, or a phone call to notify them. The US telco says it informed law enforcement authorities about the breach. A T-Mobile spokesperson told Motherboard that less than 3% of its customer base was affected. T-Mobile reported 75.62 million customers at the end of Q2 2018. That would put the breach at around 3.9 million customers, still, a considerable number. As some T-Mobile users have pointed out, even if the hackers did not get their hands on any financial data or passwords, the breach makes it easier for the attacker to port  (SIM swap) numbers. More details posted on OUR FORUM.

According to the latest reports from AdDuplex, Microsoft’s latest entrant to the Surface family, the Surface Go now holds a market share of 1.24% of among the Surface devices. Microsoft which launched the Surface Go device on August 2nd in the US market enters the list of Surface devices and is now placed between the Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. Surface Pro 4 still remains the most popular Surface device beating other two Surface Pro models. The Surface Pro 4 currently holds a market share of around 33% with Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro at 18% and 17% respectively. Microsoft launched the Surface Go keeping in mind the education sector with the device featuring a 10″ display and offering 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y with 4 GB and 8 GB RAM options. The Surface Go has been termed as the most affordable device among the Surface family with the device priced at $399. The device comes with Windows 10 in S Mode pre-installed and you can get a full Windows 10 experience when upgraded from S Mode. AdDuplex has also shared some new data about the Windows popularity for the month of August 2018. The current data shows the percentage of devices running the Windows 10 April Update. Graphics and more is posted on OUR FORUM.

While Microsoft has moved to Edge for Windows 10 on the desktop, Internet Explorer still remains available as an option.  Unlike three years ago when we first wrote this article on how to find and run Internet Explorer, Microsoft has since developed Edge much further, Users can now expect a plethora of features built around reading, inking and similar. Edge is also easier on the eyes, comes with a beautiful built-in dark mode and fluent design, and can support progressive web apps. In short, Edge is for the modern computer user. Still, if you do want to run Internet Explorer for reasons like legacy app support or just familiarity, you can find it by searching with Cortana, or in the Start Menu where it’s buried. Now, Internet Explorer isn’t for everyone. It’s actually for almost no-one right now. Microsoft leaves it enabled for users who want to run legacy web apps that will (for some reason) only run in Internet Explorer. If you don’t particularly care like 99% of people, there’s a quick way to disable Internet Explorer so it’s completely out of the way. Internet Explorer is an aging browser that tends to be riddled with security vulnerabilities, whose had its time in the spotlight and now more and more people are using alternative web browsers and realize they want to completely remove the older less reliable Internet Explorer, now is their chance to do just that. Visit OUR FORUM for further details.

Windows released its newest operating system, "Windows 10," back in July 2015. Since then it has become a popular OS, and is found running on most PCs. It is constantly updated, and overall has been pretty well received. As of November 2017 it was running on some 600 million devices, and in 2018 Windows 10 become more widespread than Windows 7, thereby becoming the most single used Windows version overall. But just because many people have it does not mean everyone has it. The good news is if you have not yet upgraded to Windows 10 you still can.
Here's what you should know
When Windows was first released, Microsoft's upgrade tool (GWX) was delivered via Windows Update to eligible computers. The free upgrade offer officially ended July 30, 2016, and the upgrade tool was removed. Now, using the Media Creation Tool from the Windows 10 download site, you can choose to upgrade your PC immediately or download a copy of the latest version of Windows 10 to install later. Download the file to a USB flash drive, a DVD, or as an ISO file to your hard drive. You'll need roughly 4GB of space for the 64-bit version, and about 3GB for the 32-bit version. read more on our Forum

Sony and Microsoft have formed the HDR Gaming Interest Group (HGIG) and are inviting TV manufacturers, game developers, and others to participate in an effort to improve the HDR gaming experience. The proposed initiatives also change how a game console and TV interoperate. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is already one of the most significant developments in gaming in recent years but Sony and Microsoft, fierce rivals in the gaming console space with their PlayStation and Xbox consoles, believe it can look even better. The two companies will work together to ensure “a better HDR gaming experience” by forming the HDR Gaming Interest Group (HGIG). They are inviting TV manufacturers, game developers, and other players in the field to voluntarily participate. ”HDR Gaming Interest Group, with participation of leading companies from the entertainment, game and TV industries, analyzed issues behind the negative reactions from consumers about HDR games and recommend the guidelines for HDR game production,” Microsoft and Sony wrote. “In sum, the core element of the recommendation is to produce an HDR game that parameterizes its tone mapper when given information about an HDR display's tone mapper. This will compensate for the variance in how displays handle HDR.” More can be found on OUR FORUM.

Microsoft is inviting AI researchers with ideas but no resources to submit their ideas to their  Microsoft AI Idea Challenge Contest for a chance to win prizes and collaborate with other developers. The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is directed at developers, students, professionals and data scientists seeking innovative, breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. The contest also provides a platform for developers, students and data scientists community to freely share AI models and applications, so they are reusable and easily accessible. The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is looking for AI solutions across all use cases. The top three ideas will each receive prizes plus an opportunity to present the idea with Microsoft on AI Lab. Ideas will be judged on originality, feasibility and complexity to implement. The first prize is a 15 inch Surface Book, the second a DJI Drone Mavic Pro Bundle and the 3rd and Xbox One. The Microsoft AI Challenge is accepting submissions between August 13th– October 12th, 2018. Individuals or teams are required to submit a working AI model, test dataset, any demo app and a demo video (max. three minutes long) to qualify for the competition. Preference will be given for solutions developed on Microsoft AI Platform and services. Learn more at OUR FORUM.