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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout starts on October 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 19:04

windows 10 fall creators updateWindows 10’s next big update, the Fall Creators Update, is launching in mid-October. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson today announced at IFA that the company will start rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to all Windows 10 users as a free update on October 17. The release will be a phased rollout, which means you probably won’t get it on the first day of release. Similar to some of the previous Windows 10 updates, the rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will possibly take months. While the update was supposed to be a big one, some of the headline features of the update won’t make the cut. Microsoft has already confirmed it’s not going to release Windows Timeline and Cloud Clipboard with the Fall Creators Update, and it also won’t be releasing a major part of the new Story Remix experience. The company is still shipping Story Remix, built-in eye tracking, a touch of its new Fluent Design system, and a lot of other minor improvements with the latest update — so at least there’s that. “With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday,” said Terry Myerson, the CVP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group.

 
Where to buy refurbished PC's PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:11

refurbishedb pc'sRefurbished PCs are fully functional devices that have been returned by the initial buyer. There are various reasons why customers send these PCs back: they didn’t like the color, changed their mind, canceled the order, and so on. The fact of the matter is that buying a refurbished PC has many advantages. First, you can save good money. Usually, refurbished PCs cost up to 30-50% less than the same model if you bought it new. Second, by buying a refurbished PC you help reduce the landfill. However, not all refurbished PC are high quality. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you buy refurbished PCs only from reliable vendors. If you’re looking to a Windows 10 refurbished PC, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to list the best refurbished PC centers that you can go to and place your order online. HP’s Business Outlet offers refurbished solutions for many product lines, including notebooks, desktops, tablet PCs and more. The products listed on the company’s outlet page have been put through a rigorous refurbishment process. Each and every device is fully tested and any defective parts are replaced. HP guarantees that its refurbishment procedures follow the same guidelines as the testing procedures for new products. In this manner, HP makes sure that the products offered for sale are fully functional and you won’t encounter any issues when using them. Most importantly, these devices are all covered with an HP limited warranty. You can also buy refurbished computers and accessories from Dell’s Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dell, Inc. All the devices that the company sells on its Dell Refurbished website are backed by a 100-day limited warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Dell’s engineers carefully inspect all the refurbished products visually and diagnostically to make sure that the reliability standards are met. Indeed, some refurbished products may have some small cosmetic imperfections, but you won’t encounter any technical issues while using them. Amazon also offers a wide array of refurbished PCs that you can buy for a price that fits your budget. However, keep in mind that unlike HP and Dell, Amazon is not a single store. The company does have very strict rules that sellers must obey in order to keep buyers safe, but you should still do a thorough research before you hit the buy button. Pay close attention to a series of factors, including the return policy and warranty type, as well as user reviews. US Micro is a Certified Microsoft Refurbisher that sells a wide variety of refurbished computers, including laptops, desktops, tablets, monitors, and more. Being a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher means the respective refurbisher meets Microsoft’s high technical expertise standards in personal and business computing. Also, this guarantees that every Windows installation is authentic.

 
Acer’s latest gaming desktop features 18-core processor PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:37

acer predator orion 9000Acer today unveiled the Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktop targeting high-end gamers and content creators. Predator Orion 9000 desktop feature up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor with 18 cores and 36 threads, up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics in SLI. When you combine these CPUs and GPUs with up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory, Predator Orion 9000 will be able to handle compute-intensive tasks with ease. When you pack such specs inside a desktop, there should be a clear way to dissipate all the heat that will be generated. The Predator Orion 9000 desktop feature liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down. Huge metal mesh panels on the front and top allow more cold air in and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out, while up to five 120 mm fans in the front, top, and back channel cool air through the chassis. The connectivity option in the desktop includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C and one Type-A), eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and seven Type-A) and two USB 2.0 ports (Type-A). The Predator Orion 9000 supports a total of three M.2 slots and four PCIe x16 for future expansion. All these internals are packed in a black-and-silver spacecraft-like exterior with customizable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel. There’s a window panel on the side that showcases the powerful interior with a design that keeps electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check despite the size of the opening. The Predator Orion 9000 Series gaming desktops will be available in the US later this year starting at $1,999, and in EMEA in November starting at €1,999. Along with the Predator Orion 9000, Acer today also announced Predator X35 curved monitor. Predator X35 is a 35-inch, 21:9 monitor with a 1800R curve and a WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution. It features NVIDIA G-SYNC, Acer HDR Ultra, quantum dot technologies with a color range covering 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color standard. The fast 4 ms response time and high 200 Hz refresh rate makes gameplay smooth without tearing or visual artifacts.

 
Confirmed: Microsoft and Sony are talking about PS4 and Xbox One crossplay PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:44

xbox one ps4A few days ago, Studio Wildcard, the developer of ARK: Survival Evolved confirmed that crossplay between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worked internally. The company also stated that Sony was the one blocking the feature from becoming a reality. Now, recent news confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox division is trying its best to make it happen. Microsoft to enable cross-platform play while Sony refuses to do so. During E3 2017, Microsoft revealed something without precedent in the gaming world. The company announced that later this summer the Better Together update for Minecraft will enable cross-platform play between Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR devices, and iOS. Sony was the only one blocking the idea on the PlayStation 4 version of the game due to “safety concerns.” This was not by far the first time that Sony does something like this. The company previously showed disinterest for cross-platform play also with Rocket League as well. Naturally, this disappointed game developers. But who knows what will happen in the future considering that Microsoft is currently trying to convince Sony to change its mind. During the Gamescom conference, Aaron Greenberg, the Xbox Marketing Chief, stated that Microsoft had its hopes high regarding the final decision that Sony would take. He confirmed that Microsoft was indeed talking to Sony about crossplay and is trying to convince the gaming giant that the gamers’ community should be more united.

 
Xbox One will render games from the cloud PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 August 2017 18:10

Xbox OneMicrosoft has established a strong foothold in console industry thanks to the Xbox. With the Xbox One X already up for preorder, the hoopla around the new console has soared sky high. Most of the fans are excited at the possibility of native 4K gaming, however, thanks to the 4K upscale the size of games is increasing. In fact games like Forza are 100GB in size and this makes it difficult to handle. In an interview with GamesRadar, Microsoft Corporate VP Mike Ybarra said that the company is addressing this problem with a unique solution. He further pointed towards the company’s research which involves using the cloud to lessen the impact of the games on the storage. On the platform side [we’re] looking at things like what we call internally ‘Intelligent Delivery’. It’s basically a way of reducing the footprint a game will have on your storage space. The technology effectively says, ‘Hey, here’s the bits you need for this section’ and keep the rest on the Cloud. So this is how the technology would work, the game will be streamed via an intelligent engine that will decide on which assets to be delivered based on the requirements. This works differently as opposed to the video streaming. So this is how the technology would work, the game will be streamed via an intelligent engine that will decide on which assets to be delivered based on the requirements. This works differently as opposed to the video streaming.

 
Sliver.TV – Virtual Reality Esport Viewing PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 August 2017 20:47

Silver.TVIs Sliver.TV the new Twitch for VR or is it a gateway to gambling? At first glance, Sliver.TV seems to be like Twitch and Mixer with the standard chat window. It is not the same though. The streamers you watch are embedded from Twitch but you can register on Sliver to open an account. The site is quite interactive though, the middle pane encourages more interaction as it is constantly showing new items to bet on. We successfully guessed which pets one of the players had and earned an easy 100 Gold. If you win a bet then you gain a reward crate. This crate can be opened on the site and a slot machine reel style will go across the screen with different kinds of prizes. Ours stopped on 100 which was instantly added to the account. Esports has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. It was only a matter of time until it went Virtual. Sliver.TV offers viewers the chance to view the game from different perspectives virtually. Sliver.Tv offers 360-degree views via their patented technologies which give viewers seats around the match. This gives them the deciding factor on what part of the action they wish to see.

 
Windows 10 build 16273 brings a long list of fixes PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 August 2017 15:02

Windows 10 build 16273 fixesAfter quite a long wait, Microsoft finally released Windows 10 build 16273 to Insiders in the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead. This release introduces emoji notification with My People, as well as a new Bahnschrift font. As expected, build 16273 focuses on making the OS more reliable bringing a bevy of bug fixes and improvements to the table. The improvements brought by this build focus on three main areas: Windows Shell, the Edge browser, and input. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in Start, Action Center and notification toasts at times having a background that was 100% transparent. ■ We fixed an issue from recent flights where the Action Center icon might show it had some number of notifications but when you opened Action Center no notifications were displayed. ■ We fixed an issue from recent flights were suggested apps were visible in Start despite the related setting is off. ■ We fixed a recent issue where removed placeholder tiles in Start might come back after explorer.exe restarted. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in certain live tiles not updating in the last flight, including the Weather and Money apps. ■ We fixed an issue from recent flights were typing immediately after opening up the Start menu would sometimes not switch to Cortana, even though if you tapped the Cortana icon Cortana was up and running. ■ We fixed an issue where notification groups in the Action Center couldn’t be dismissed by swiping across the app name. ■ We’ve fixed some timing issues so that swiping to dismiss a notification toast should feel more reliable now. ■ When using Find on Page, pressing F3 will now go to the next result. Shift+F3 will go to the previous result. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in certain websites not rendering correctly when used in InPrivate mode. ■ We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes getting into a state where after right-clicking a website the context menu would immediately dismiss. ■ We fixed an issue which resulted in the video element defaulting to a black background if the size didn’t match the aspect ratio of the video. ■ We fixed an issue where right-clicking and selecting “copy link” would sometimes not work as expected. ■ We fixed an issue where copying bitmap images from Microsoft Edge wouldn’t work. ■ We fixed an issue where pasting Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text into Microsoft Edge in recent builds would result in question marks instead of the expected characters....Full details can be found on our forum

 
Microsoft’s massive FPGA-based AI platform achieve real-time processing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:38

ai-dangerMicrosoft today revealed some more about the technology which will eventually power the robots which will crush our skulls beneath their heels. Called Project Brainwave, Microsoft’s cloud-based AI platform is powered by Intel’s new 14 nm Stratix 10 FPGA units and are able to deliver a sustaining 39.5 Teraflops, running each request in under one millisecond. This high performance and ultra-low latency let Microsoft deliver real-time AI which is becoming increasingly important as cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or interactions with users. By attaching high-performance FPGAs directly to their data center network, Microsoft can serve DNNs as hardware micro services, where a DNN can be mapped to a pool of remote FPGAs and called by a server with no software in the loop. This system architecture both reduces latency, since the CPU does not need to process incoming requests, and allows very high throughput, with the FPGA processing requests as fast as the network can stream them. Project Brainwave uses a powerful “soft” DNN processing unit (or DPU), synthesized onto commercially available FPGAs that combines both the ASIC digital signal processing blocks on the FPGAs and the synthesizable logic to provide a greater and more optimized number of functional units. Using a number of custom techniques it can achieve performance comparable to – or greater than – many hard-coded DPU chips. To help developers make use of all this power Project Brainwave incorporates a software stack designed to support the wide range of popular deep learning frameworks. It already supports Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and Google’s Tensorflow, with plans to support many others.

 
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