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We reported recently on a leak which suggested Microsoft will soon release a Surface tablet in the $400 range. Now more information has come to light regarding the tablet, via WindowsUnited.de.  They report the low-cost tablet will be aimed at education and will feature an Intel processor. The first bit is of course not surprising – we know Microsoft has been focusing increasingly on the education market as a growth area. With its similarities to the enterprise market, Microsoft’s solutions are easily transferable, and Microsoft has the benefit of inducting students into Microsoft services while they are still young, rather than losing them early to Apple and Google. The second bit of news is more surprising. The benefits of a Snapdragon ARM processor would seem ideal for the education market – those being low cost, long battery life, instant-on devices and more.  WindowsUnited reports that the decision to go with Intel over ARM was based on feedback from existing Snapdragon devices which have just entered the market. While they work perfectly with UWP apps, they still struggle with win32 x86 apps, with inexplicable crashes and poor performance. Ultimately Microsoft did not want to tarnish the Surface brand with the poor Windows on ARM experience. More on this can be found on OUR FORUM.
 

Microsoft and Kymeta have teamed up to build “always connected” patrol and tactical vehicles designed to help law enforcement agencies and first responders communicate in the field. Microsoft built a pair of demo Chevy SUVs outfitted with Kymeta’s KyWay satellite terminal — the white panel on top of the car in the photo — as well as integration with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud services, Windows and other hardware and software. The alliance turns these vehicles into data centers on wheels, essentially, able to facilitate communications no matter how remote a location and quickly upload images and video to the cloud. “Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services can be locally replicated in a deployed environment such as a patrol vehicle, firehouse or command post, and can significantly enhance the capabilities of first responders and defense users, especially when using drones, robots, and IoT devices. Combined with Microsoft Artificial Intelligence tools, this forms the intelligent edge, enabled by Microsoft and Kymeta,” said Scott Montgomery, senior industry solution manager, Microsoft. “This is a huge leap forward provided by the combined Microsoft-Kymeta solution, using Kymeta’s advanced flat-panel satellite antenna technology to enable reliable mobile communications, in a way that has never been done before.” Want more visit OUR FORUM.

Security researchers from Pangu Lab, a well-known company that provides iOS jailbreaks, said on Monday that they have found a vulnerability that they believe affects around 10% of all iOS apps. Researchers described the issue —which they named ZipperDown— as "a common programming error, which leads to severe consequences such as data overwritten and even code execution in the context of affected apps." Pangu Lab said it created an automated scan rule to search for ZipperDown in iOS apps. Researchers found that 15,978 out of the total of 168,951 iOS apps they scanned appeared to be impacted by the ZipperDown vulnerability, although, apps need to be manually inspected to confirm that they are affected. The list of vulnerable apps also includes several high-profile iOS apps that have more than 100 million users, such as Weibo, MOMO, NetEase Music, QQ Music, and Kwai. For more visit OUR FORUM.

Speaking on stage at BUILD, Satya Nadella reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to protecting people’s privacy online, and also to protecting democracy and civil society. He said that privacy is a human right and Microsoft has created an environment that when it collects data it is for the benefit of the user and ensuring that users have control over their data and its use. Discussing the new European Union regulation, GDPR, Nadella called it “sound” and that the firm will have measures in place to comply with the law by the end of the month. In order to become compliant, Microsoft has hundreds of engineers working to build a suitable infrastructure, and the firm wants to help partners become compliant as well. Nadella went on to discuss the CLOUD Act, a law that was enacted this year in the U.S. with the goal of modernising data privacy and governmental surveillance laws to reflect industry cloud computing practices. He said both GPDR and the CLOUD Act are good starting points but that he would like to see the whole world create an intergovernmental framework for ensuring people’s privacy. read more on our Forum

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17672 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring in addition to those who opted in to Skip Ahead. The update includes the following new features:
Windows Security Improvements
The Windows Security Center (WSC) service now requires antivirus products to run as a protected process to register. Products that have not yet implemented this will not appear in the Windows Security UI, and Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled side-by-side with these products.
For testing purposes, you can disable this new behavior in Windows Insider builds by creating the following registry key and rebooting the device.  This key will be removed as Microsoft get closer to release.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Feature
DisableAvCheck (DWORD) = 1
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC read more on our forum

On 6 April 2016 the Council of the European Union has finally published what will most likely be the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now translated in all the official languages of the EU. After a political agreement was reached in December on what has become known as one of the most heavily lobbied texts in the history of the European Union, it took more than three months for linguists and legal experts to translate the final version of the 261-page Regulation. Finally, in an attempt to keep up with the initial deadline for final adoption of the text, the Council has decided to adopt its position via an exceptionally short written procedure, which ends today, 8 April 2016. This, however, is not the end of the journey for the stakeholders involved. On the contrary, now the implementation phase starts: a period in which companies will have to ensure that their organisations will comply with the new set of rules by the time in which the Regulation will enter into force, in the second quarter of 2018. National Data Protection Authorities, as well as the Article 29 Working Party and the European Data Protection Supervisor will be issuing guidelines and opinions in the next months, to assist organisations in their preparation. The approval of the GDPR is also a necessary step before the upcoming revision of the ePrivacy Directive, which will have to be aligned to the provisions in the new Regulation. Download links are available on OUR FORUM.

 

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