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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Appuals: ReactOS, the 'free Windows clone' operating system, has just recently, which brings a whole slew of improvements. With this latest 0.4.9 version, ReactOS has, which means ReactOS can fully build itself from within itself, it does not require any third-party operating system to compile ReactOS. Self-hosting was built into older ReactOS versions, but it came with a myriad of issues - the system would become too stressed under memory usage and storage I/O loads. This was due to a flawed NT-compliant kernel. Additional improvements in ReactOS 0.4.9 include overall stability and performance enhancements.
The hardware abstraction layer and the FastFAT drivers received significant attention, and FastFAT should no longer eat through the cache so fast it causes system crashes due to resource leakage. FastFAT has also been rewritten to trigger a 'chkdsk' repair on dirty / corrupt volumes during boot detections. Some other quality improvements are the addition of a built-in zipfldr extension - ReactOS can now natively unpackage zipped archives, without the need of a third-party tool like WinZip. The changelog can be viewed.
It's not a secret that Microsoft hasn't been winning the hearts and minds of consumers lately. Killing off products like the Groove Music service, Microsoft Band fitness tracker, and Windows Phone have left many questioning whether Microsoft's grand plan is to simply focus on business users and leave consumers to its competitors. But at the company's Inspire partner show this week,. From a report: Yusuf Mehdi - whose new title as of June 2018 became corporate vice president of Modern Life and Devices - led a session at the partner show in Las Vegas, Nev., where he outlined the company's vision for what officials plan to christen 'Modern Life Services.' Microsoft's core value proposition is productivity, he said. Microsoft is targeting so-called 'professional consumers' with these services, Mehdi said. Microsoft officials believe because the company already 'owns the work calendar with Outlook,' that it has a foothold in working to blur the line between consumer and commercial activities.
What, exactly, will qualify as a Modern Life Service? Mostly they will be apps, services, and features that Microsoft already makes available or soon will in Windows, Outlook, and PowerPoint, but which officials will attempt to position as well suited to the needs of professional consumers on Windows PCs, iPhones and Android phones.
Mehedi Hassan, writing for Thurrott: Microsoft is bringing support for leap seconds - yes, that one extra second - to Windows, starting with Windows 10 Redstone 5 and Windows Server 2019. With the upcoming updates for Windows 10, Microsoft's operating system now. Leap seconds typically occur every 18 months, resulting in one extra second. The extra leap second occurs to adjust with the earth's slowed down rotation, and an extra second is added to UTC in order to keep it in-sync with mean solar time. To deal with the extra second more appropriately, Windows 10 will now display that extra second, instead of directly jumping to the next one. H/T who adds: The new move makes Windows Server the first OS to have full support of the rare but valid timestamp of: 23:59:60. Linus Torvalds has long maintained that users Further reading: Microsoft's,.
Blue Origin, landing both the New Shepard rocket - a reusable vehicle designed to take tourists to the edge of space and back - and capsule after flight. From a report: The company ignited the capsule's emergency motor after it had separated from the rocket, pushing the spacecraft up to a top altitude of around 74 miles - a new record for Blue Origin. The firing also caused the capsule to sustain up to 10 Gs during the test, but Blue Origin host Ariane Cornell said 'that is well within what humans can take, especially for such a short spurt of time.' . The rocket which went up today is the third New Shepard vehicle that the company has ever flown.
The first one flew to a super high altitude in April 2015, but the booster was unable to land back on Earth after flight. The second iteration of the vehicle was much more successful, however. Blue Origin launched and landed the rocket and booster a total of five times before retiring the system. This third New Shepard has already done two launches and landings, and it sports some upgrades over its predecessors. For instance, this one actually has windows in the crew capsule; the second vehicle had its windows painted on. Blue Origin is building even more vehicles to carry passengers, though there isn't a firm date for when the first crewed flights will occur. The company's president Rob Meyerson has estimated that the first test passengers could fly as soon as this year, while commercial flights could start in 2019.
Blue Origin also plans to start selling tickets next year, too. A secretive Australian startup called Zoox (an abbreviation of zooxanthellae, the algae that helps fuel coral reef growth) is. Theirs is all-electric and bidirectional, meaning it can cruise into a parking spot traveling one way and cruise out the other. It can make noises to communicate with pedestrians.
It even has displays on the windows for passengers to interact with. Bloomberg sheds some light on this company, reporting on their ambitions to build the safest and most inventive autonomous vehicle on the road: Zoox founders Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson say everyone else involved in the race to build a self-driving car is doing it wrong.
Both founders sound quite serious as they argue that Zoox is obvious, almost inevitable. The world will eventually move to perfectly engineered robotic vehicles, so why waste time trying to incorporate self-driving technology into yesteryear's cars? Levinson, whose father, Arthur, ran Genentech Inc., chairs Apple Inc., and mentored Steve Jobs, comes from Silicon Valley royalty.
Together, they've raised an impressive pile of venture capital: about $800 million to date, including $500 million in early July at a valuation of $3.2 billion. Even with all that cash, Zoox will be lucky to make it to 2020, when it expects to put its first vehicles on the road. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over the last few years, Microsoft. Console windows now maximize properly, for example.
In the olden days, hitting maximize would make the window taller but not wider. Today, the action will fill the whole screen, just like any other window. Especially motivated by the Windows subsystem for Linux, the console in Windows 10 supports 16 million colors and VT escape sequences, enabling much richer console output than has traditionally been possible on Windows. Microsoft is working to build a better console for Windows, one that we hope will open the door to the same flexibility and capabilities that Unix users have enjoyed for more than 40 years. The APIs seem to be in the latest Windows 10 Insider builds, though documentation is a little scarce for now.
The command-line team is publishing a describing the history of the Windows command-line, and how the operating system's console works. The big reveal of the new API is coming soon, and with this, Windows should finally be able to have reliable, effective tabbed consoles, with emoji support, rich Unicode, and all the other things that the Windows console doesn't do. Last week, Apple, bringing newer Intel processors and quieter keyboards. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also just so happens to, according to benchmarks from. Mac Rumors summarizes the findings: The site's tests were performed on the $2,499 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar equipped with a 2.7GHz quad-core 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus 655, and a 512GB SSD. A file copy test of the SSD in the new MacBook Pro, which Apple says supports sequential read speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and sequential write speeds up to 2.2GB/s, led Laptop Mag to declare the SSD in the MacBook Pro 'the fastest ever' in a laptop. Higher capacity SSDs may see even faster speeds on disk speeds tests.
A BlackMagic Disk Speed test was also conducted, resulting in an average write speed of 2,682 MB/s. On a Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark, the 13-inch MacBook Pro earned a score of 18,055 on the multi-core test, outperforming 13-inch machines from companies like Dell, HP, Asus, and Microsoft. That score beats out all 2017 MacBook Pro models and is faster than some iMac configurations.
15-inch MacBook Pro models with 6-core 8th-generation Intel chips will show even more impressive speeds. With that said, the 13-inch MacBook Pro didn't quite measure up to other machines when it came to GPU performance. 'The 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro uses Intel's Iris Plus Graphics 655 with 128MB of embedded DRAM and was unable to compete in a Dirt 3 graphics test, getting only 38.8 frames per second,' reports Mac Rumors. 'All Windows-based machines tested offered much better performance.'
Microsoft is giving its Notepad app for Windows a. From a report: You'll soon be able to do wrap around find and replace alongside the ability to zoom into text by holding down the ctrl key and using the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Microsoft is also adding in extended line ending support so that Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR) are supported in Notepad.
The status bar will now be enabled by default in Notepad, and it includes the ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled. Google has quietly enabled a security feature called Site Isolation for 99% of its desktop users on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
From a report: Site Isolation isn't a new feature per-se, being first added in Chrome 63, in December 2017. Back then, it was only available if users changed a Chrome flag and manually enabled it in each of their browsers. The feature is an architectural shift in Chrome's modus operandi because when Site Isolation is enabled, Chrome runs a different browser process for each Internet domain.
Initially, Google described Site Isolation as an 'additional security boundary between websites,' and as a way to prevent malicious sites from messing with the code of legitimate sites. Microsoft is. The company out the leading question 'Where will Surface go next?'
Along with an image of the full lineup - the Pro, Laptop, Book 2 and swiveling all-in-one Studio. Each computer in the image displays 6:00 on Tuesday, July 10. TechCrunch reports: The big news will probably drop tomorrow, most likely in the A.M. So, what's on deck for the Surface line? Given that all of the key players are present and accounted for here, an entirely new entry seems like a pretty reasonable guess. Rumors of a new, low-end device have been making the rounds for a few months now. Back in May, of a new, low-cost entry, aimed at competing more directly with the iPad.
That certainly makes sense from a Portfolio standpoint. Other rumors include the loss of the proprietary Surface connector, in favor of USB-C and 'rounded edges.' UPDATE: Microsoft jumped the gun and 'the newest member of the Surface Family,' the Surface Go. It starts at $399 and features a 10-inch display, integrated kickstand, and Windows 10. It is available starting July 10th and will ship in August. An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Arm is teaming up with Samsung's foundry to manufacture the recently announced Cortex-A76 CPU, which the pair say. At that speed the Cortex-A76 will be more powerful than Qualcomm's best Cortex-A75 SoC, the Snapdragon 845, which tops out at 2.8GHz.
At launch, Arm said Cortex-A76 chips would even challenge Intel's Core i7 on performance, meaning it could benefit not just smartphones but laptops too, such as 'always connected' Windows 10 on Arm devices from HP and Lenovo, which use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. The collaboration will involve the Arm-designed chips being manufactured on Samsung's 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus) and 5LPE (5nm Low Power Early) process technologies, combined with Arm's Artisan physical IP platform. However, it could still be some time before consumers see these high-powered Arm CPUs in devices. Initial production on the 7LPP process is set to begin in the second half of 2018. Samsung says 5LPE, the process technology after 7LPP, will allow greater area scaling and ultra-low power.
Writes: People sometimes forget that when the first-ever iPhone launched in 2007, there was no App Store. Believe it or not, Apple's smartphone was limited to the apps with which it came. In fact, Steve Jobs famously didn't want third-party apps on the iPhone at all. Ultimately, the App Store was added in 2008 despite Jobs' initial push against it. This move changed the computer industry forever. This day is important for three groups - Apple (of course), but more importantly, consumers and developers. Apple has made billions of dollars from the App Store, but third party developers have as well - the company has literally transformed some devs into millionaires.
Consumers have benefited from high-quality applications too. Regardless of your feelings about Apple, the world owes it a collective thank you for its App Store. It inspired other companies, such as Google with Android and Microsoft with Windows 8/10, to adopt the same app concepts. It really did change everything. An anonymous reader shares a report: Malware authors are frantically trying to weaponize a new infection vector that was. The trick relies on using Windows Settings (.SettingContent-ms) shortcut files in order to achieve code execution on Windows 10 PCs.
Ever since SpecterOps security researcher Matt Nelson published his on the matter three weeks ago, malware authors have been playing around with proof-of-concept code in attempts of crafting an exploit that can deploy weaponized malware on a victim's system. With each passing day,. An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the last year, gadget and software makers have developed ways for users to better manage their relationship with technology. They make it easier to ignore notifications or quiet all but the most important stuff. But even the latest mobile OS updates don't address the entire problem. In this always-on era, we are assumed to be near our phones all the time, and there is no good way to signal to the world when we are not.
There is no way to proclaim, 'I'm not available, I won't see your notification, and I won't care until next Sunday.' The solution isn't complicated. In fact, it has been around since the '90s. Most people's first experience with an away message came on AOL Instant Messenger.
Those were the days before mobile, when you could only be online while sitting at the computer - probably a wheezing beige colossus running Windows 95. Rather than log off every time you had to run to the store, AIM allowed you to change a small icon next to your name from green, which signified you were online and available, to red, which meant you were temporarily indisposed. Away messages helped users understand why their buddies weren't responding.
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More important, away messages offered permission to actually go away. If someone needed you urgently, they would try another route, but mostly they would leave you alone. You weren't ignoring them on purpose; you were just gone. 'Despite Microsoft's assurances, Windows 10 1803 isn't ready for prime time,' writes ComputerWorld's Woody Leonhard, adding 'Microsoft's patches in June took on some unexpected twists.'
Win10 1803 was declared fully fit for business, a pronouncement that was followed weeks later by fixes for a few glaring, acknowledged bugs -. We're continuing the two-big-cumulative-updates-a-month pace for all supported versions of Windows 10. The second cumulative update frequently fixes bugs introduced by the first cumulative update. Microsoft may think that Win10 (1803) is ready for widespread deployment, but there are a few folks who would take issue with that stance. Tuesday, Microsoft finally released a fix for that have dogged Win10 1803 since its inception. In practice, life isn't so simple. WSUS (the Windows Update Server software) isn't 'seeing' KB 4284848, as of late Wednesday afternoon - which may be a good thing.
Along with the second cumulative update this month, there are additional releases to fix the Servicing Stack, and a new 'Compatibility update' that, per the documentation, is designed to make it easier to (not a typo). One problem that has been acknowledged - but only by a Microsoft Agent - says that installing 1803 can clobber your peer-to-peer network.
That certainly matches my experience. Woody concludes, 'If you think Win10 1803 is ready for prime time, you're welcome to give it a try.' Microsoft's mysterious new Surface device, codenamed Andromeda, that's been for the past two years is, reports The Verge. The company says it will create a 'new and disruptive' device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between what's considered PC and mobile. From the report: 'It's a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience,' is exactly how Microsoft describes the device internally.
The Andromeda device is still being developed in secrecy inside Microsoft, with a wraparound display that bridges the gap of the hinge when it's fully opened. We understand current engineering samples of the pocketable Surface look identical to the 3D concept created by David Breyer. Microsoft has also been experimenting with stylus input for Andromeda, so that the device can fold over like a book and a pen can be used to capture digital ink. Microsoft is also experimenting with ARM processors inside prototype Andromeda devices. Microsoft views Andromeda as a unique response to its failures with Windows Phone devices. 'It will blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing,' reads one internal document describing the device. Microsoft is tentatively planning to release Andromeda in 2018, with similar devices from some of Microsoft's top OEMs to 'follow afterwards.'
The much-anticipated Sets feature and there's no word when it will return. As groovyPost reports, 'The Sets feature is a tabbed-windows experience that lets you group together different apps on your desktop.' It's like having different tabs open in your browser, but for apps and File Explorer.
From the report: Details on why it was removed and when it will come back have been vague. Microsoft made the announcement about Sets in yesterday's about preview build 17704: 'Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it's ready for release. Starting with this build, we're taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we're focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today's build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback.'
Shares a report from Bleeping Computer: Starting yesterday, there have been of people's Windows computers being infected with something called 'All-Radio 4.27 Portable.' After researching this heavily today, it has been determined that. If your computer is suddenly displaying the, then your computer is infected with malware that installs rootkits, miners, information-stealing Trojans, and a program that is using your computer to send send out spam. Unfortunately, while some security programs are able to remove parts of the infection, the rootkit component needs manual removal help. Due to this, if you are infected with this malware, I strongly suggest that you in our in order to receive one-on-one help in cleaning your computer. Some of the VirusTotal scans associated with this infection have also indicated that an information stealing Trojan could have been installed by this malware bundle as well.
Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you change your passwords using a clean machine if you had logged into any accounts while infected. 6/29/18: The story has been updated to specify that this malware campaign is targeting Windows computers. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A study from the Norwegian Consumer Council dug into the. 'The findings include privacy intrusive default settings, misleading wording, giving users an illusion of control, hiding away privacy-friendly choices, take-it-or-leave-it choices, and choice architectures where choosing the privacy friendly option requires more effort for the users,', which includes images and examples of confusing design choices and strangely worded statements involving the collection and use of personal data. Google makes opting out of personalized ads more of a chore than it needs to be and uses multiple pages of text, unclear design language, and, as described by the report, 'hidden defaults' to push users toward the company's desired action. 'If the user tried to turn the setting off, a popup window appeared explaining what happens if Ads Personalization is turned off, and asked users to reaffirm their choice,' the report explained.
'There was no explanation about the possible benefits of turning off Ads Personalization, or negative sides of leaving it turned on.' Those who wish to completely avoid personalized ads must traverse multiple menus, making that 'I agree' option seem like the lesser of two evils. In Windows 10, if a user wants to opt out of 'tailored experiences with diagnostic data,' they have to click a dimmed lightbulb, while the symbol for opting in is a brightly shining bulb, says the report. Another example has to do with Facebook. The social media site makes the 'Agree and continue' option much more appealing and less intimidating than the grey 'Manage Data Settings' option. The report says the company-suggested option is the easiest to use. 'This 'easy road' consisted of four clicks to get through the process, which entailed accepting personalized ads from third parties and the use of face recognition.
In contrast, users who wanted to limit data collection and use had to go through 13 clicks.'