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Leak Reveals that Andromeda Foldable Device From Microsoft Will Make Phone Calls PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 02 February 2018 20:29
possible surface phoneAndromeda is a name that we’ve heard in connection with both Microsoft and Google. One is a software platform, the other a new format of the device, but today’s leak has to do with Microsoft’s Andromeda. This project has been leaked again, this time with hints that it may serve as a phone. The device is expected to be a foldable one, that’s both a dual display smartphone and tablet. The fresh leak comes courtesy of a trusted Microsoft Insider, Walking Cat, who came across the Windows Composable Shell (CShell) when digging into the code from the latest version of Windows 10 Redstone 4. There’s also proof that Andromeda supports a call dialer. Walking Cat tweeted as well about the fact that Andromeda doesn’t fit in any existing device category, being a foldable machine or as the source calls it “HingedDualScreenDevice”. My guess is that the device will be unveiled at BUILD 2018, or maybe in the fall, in the same time frame with the previous Surface Book/ Lumia unveilings from a few years ago. I’m finding it a bit hard to imagine what Windows will look like on this device format, with two displays in lieu of one. We could get a hybrid OS between Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10, with a touch of Fluent Design. Also, this may well end up as the Surface Phone, although many have lost hope about that.
 
Meltdown-Spectre: Malware is already being tested by attackers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 February 2018 18:15
Meltdown-Spectre: Malware ChartGerman antivirus testing firm AV-Test has identified 139 samples of malware that seem to be early attempts at exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs. "So far, the AV-Test Institute discovered 139 samples that appear to be related to recently reported CPU vulnerabilities. CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754," the company wrote on Twitter. The company has posted SHA-256 hashes of several samples that a check on Google's VirusTotal indicates is being detected by some antivirus engines. Since Google disclosed the Meltdown and Spectre attacks on January 3, operating system vendors, chip makers, and browser makers have released patches to mitigate the three types of speculative side-channel attacks. Google's Chromium developers assessed that the attacks could impact browsers that support JavaScript and WebAssembly when executing externally code from a website. As Apple noted after issuing its patches, the Spectre attacks are extremely difficult to exploit, even if a malicious app is running locally on a macOS or iOS device. However, the attacks can be exploited in JavaScript running in the browser. A successful attack could expose passwords and other secrets. For the complete details of this important story, visit OUR FORUM.
 
Microsoft announces a one-year AI Residency Program for university graduates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:30
Microsoft Residency ProgramMicrosoft Research today announced a one-year AI Residency Program for university graduates in the US and the UK that will prepare them to innovate in multiple areas of AI, including machine learning, planning, and decision making. It will offer opportunities for new graduates to build skills and experience in AI, and to work on real-world projects that take advantage of AI technologies. The Residency Program will give participants hands-on experience working alongside Microsoft researchers, engineers, and product teams, learning how to develop and deploy AI techniques and solutions at scale across a range of areas, such as healthcare, scientific discovery, productivity, and gaming. By the end of the Program, residents will have gained significant applied experience in AI and will be encouraged to apply for a regular position at Microsoft. If you are a student with above requirements, you can apply for it at 2018 Microsoft AI Residency Program website. The residency program will start in September 2018 and it will go on for one year. Microsoft will stop taking applications March 30, conduct interviews in March and April and they will notify successful candidates from April through May. For the eligibility criteria to apply for this Microsoft Position, visit OUR FORUM.
 
Microsoft just made an official Xbox ring PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:15
xbox ringThe winning Super Bowl team gets championship rings to celebrate their tremendous achievement, but if you’re good enough at playing Madden NFL 18, you can get a special ring of your own. Microsoft and Xbox have created an official 10 carat white gold Xbox Ring with 188 diamonds, and you try to win it by entering a sweepstakes on Mixer. The sweepstakes runs from now until February 5th, and all it takes to enter is to enter is to play online in a head-to-head matchup in Madden NFL 18 on Xbox, while broadcasting on Mixer. A random winner will be selected on February 7th, so be sure to keep streaming for your chance to land the ring valued at over $10,000. Microsoft is also holding an Xbox Live Sessions with Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. This will be held today on the Mixer Xbox channel starting at 5:30 p.m. PT, and fans can also watch in person at the Microsoft Store at Mall of America. NFL fans are also invited to check out special Super Bowl themed events happening in Microsoft Stores across the US on Sunday, February 4th.
 
Microsoft Issues Windows Out-of-Band Update That Disables Spectre Mitigations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Monday, 29 January 2018 11:05
meltdownMicrosoft has issued on Saturday an emergency out-of-band Windows update that disables patches for the Spectre Variant 2 bug (CVE-2017-5715). The update —KB4078130— targets Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, all versions of Windows 10, and all supported Windows Server distributions. Microsoft shipped mitigations for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs on January 3. The company said it decided to disable mitigations for the Spectre Variant 2 bug after Intel publicly admitted that the microcode updates it developed for this bug caused "higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior" that led to "data loss or corruption." As a response, Microsoft decided to disable Spectre Variant 2 mitigations until Intel develops a more stable fix. In cases where these updates can't be rolled out to affected computers right away, Microsoft is also providing instructions on how to manually disable the Spectre Variant 2 mitigations via registry keys. Separate instructions are available for Windows desktop and server users. Microsoft is not the first company to roll back Spectre Variant 2 patches. After Intel's announcement, Dell advised customers to "revert back to a previous BIOS versions" that did not include Spectre patches. HP also took a similar step. After it previously made available BIOS updates containing Meltdown and Spectre (Variant 1 and Variant 2) patches, HP reissued BIOS updates this week that only contained Meltdown and Spectre Variant 1 patches, but not Variant 2. Red Hat Enterprises also decided to revert Spectre Variant 2 patches last weekend, even before Intel's formal announcement. Complete details can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
Malwarebytes gets defective update that slows computers PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 January 2018 17:15

too slowMalwarebytes is great software, designed to protect Windows, Mac, and Android devices. As someone who fixes computers for both friends and family, I often rely on the free version to detect malware on Windows machines -- it is a great tool to keep in your virtual "toolbox." Unfortunately, this software which normally helps computers to run well has started making them run poorly. You see, a recent update is causing high CPU and RAM usage, making the computer slow to a crawl. Luckily, a fix is already available. Keep in mind, the bug is caused by the web protection feature, which is only for "Premium" subscribers. Users of the free Malwarebytes software should be unaffected. Here's how to return your PC or business workstation to its full speed potential. "Earlier this morning, we published a protection update that caused connection issues for many of our customers. As a side effect of the web protection blocks, the product also spiked memory usage and possibly caused a crash.We have triaged this issue and pushed a protection update that resolves it," says Ken Liao, VP Product Marketing, Malwarebytes.  We got the fix posted on OUR FORUM.

 
Windows 10 Polaris is expected to arrive sometime in 2019. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 January 2018 13:36

Maybe by next year, new consumer-focused PCs, desktops, and 2-in-1s could arrive with a lightweight version of Windows 10. No, it doesn’t have any links to the existing Windows 10 S – a spinoff of the Windows 10 Pro. According to a Windows Central report, Microsoft is working on a lightweight version of Windows 10 called ‘Polaris’. The new modular operating system will be powered by Windows Core OS and CShell. We have told you in earlier reports, Microsoft is making a similar attempt for mobile devices in the form of Andromeda OS. The modular operating system is being built from scratch for a rumored foldable Surface device. Polaris will only use UWP, ditching the legacy components such as Win32. Doing so would allow Redmond to reduce the size of the OS, improve performance, beef up security, and extend battery life. Stripping off the legacy stuff will leave the OS incapable of running the desktop apps natively. While even Windows 10 S can’t do so directly, it supports desktop apps on Microsoft Store, made compatible with the help of Project Centennial. For Polaris, Microsoft would try running Win32 apps via remote virtualization, similar to what is done in the case of HP Elite x3, but with containers to provide a “native” experience.

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More details about Windows 10 Modular OS leaks online. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 January 2018 13:01

Microsoft is working on yet another revamped version of their Windows operating system, with reports claiming that the new version of Windows 10 will be called ‘Windows Core OS’. The new modular version of Windows would run on all form-factor devices including PCs, Laptops, foldable phones and other mobile computing devices. The rumours recently shed both light and hope on the future of Windows Phone. In other words, Windows Core OS is the first step towards unifying the Windows 10 platform, basically the operating system would be able to adapt to its environment i.e it would run on a phone, tablet, or computer. Since Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, and there would be no Windows 11, Microsoft introduced several new Windows 10 SKUs last year – For example ‘Windows 10 S’ which is locked to Windows Store, though it could be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. Despite Windows 10 S can only run Store apps, it isn’t really any different from Windows 10 Pro. In other words, Windows 10 S is the same operating system, while Windows Core OS is a revamped version of Windows 10 with Store apps, performance and security. The software giant is radically simplifying how Windows 10 works, and to improve the performance of the operating system, Microsoft needs to get rid of all the legacy stuff including the Win32 application, File Explorer and Control Panel. Last year we saw reports and evidence of Windows Core OS for Phones, today, a report from reliable source sheds light on Windows Core OS for desktop... read more on our forum

 
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