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  1. Nokia and HMD Global Confirm MWC 2017 Launch Event for February 26 Hopefully, a couple of smartphones will be unveiled Despite the fact that Samsung has already confirmed it will not launch the Galaxy S8 at MWC, while Sony is rumored to show its new flagship in secret rooms only, this year's trade fair looks pretty promising when it comes to new devices. After successfully launching its first Nokia-branded smartphone in China, HMD Global will finally reveal its plans regarding the next handsets that will (hopefully) be available worldwide. Aside from the Nokia 6 that's exclusive available for purchase in China though major retailer JD.com, HMD Global plans to launch at least 5 or 6 other Android smartphones by the end of the year. Will it live up to the expectations? At least two other Nokia-branded handsets might be introduced at MWC 2017 on February 26, including the company's first flagship smartphone. Unfortunately, the expectations are very high now that new Nokia-branded phones will be once again available on the market, and we fear that HDM Global's new product might not live up to the hype. However, it's important to note that the Nokia that once was, will never be again. The Finnish giant has already decided to let another company handle the design, manufacturing and sale of Nokia-branded smartphones. Since we're less than one month away from Nokia's launch event, we won't have to wait too long to find out whether or not HMD will manage to meet Nokia fans' expectations. Naturally, it won't be able to appeal to everyone, but it would be nice to know that Nokia's spirit still lives in some (if not all) HMD Global's upcoming products. Source
  2. Redmond says 40 percent of the company tested W10 Windows 10 was launched on July 29 to users across the world, but testers who were part of the Windows Insider program had received early builds of the operating system many months before in order to help Microsoft improve it before the general release. But while Windows 10 was built with help from users across the world, Microsoft also tested the new operating system on computers within the company in order to thoroughly see how early builds work before actually shipping them to insiders. The company had its very own internal rings for Windows 10, so before fast ring insiders got a new build, they were all tested by Microsoft’s own employees. Through testing of new builds And according to a recent case study documenting the internal Windows 10 deployment process, Microsoft had nearly 40,000 workers running the new OS on their computers, not only to diagnose bugs but also to help improve general performance. “Prior to product release, there were 38,000 users, roughly 40 percent of employees, internally running Windows 10. Microsoft IT used flighting (delivering pre-release builds of Windows 10 through Windows Update) to make sure that early adopters were running the latest builds as they became available,” Redmond says. “The early adoption community is closely tied to a moderated internal community support forum, where users could report issues and seek assistance from other users. Microsoft IT was able to gain early insight by watching the threads to identify issues as they surfaced.” Starting early 2016, Microsoft plans to provide insiders with access to builds that were previously exclusively available to company employees, thus trying to speed up development of the next OS updates coming in the summer. Plans to release builds faster to users aren’t new, but they obviously include additional risks, as more bugs and issues are very likely to be experienced, so Redmond recommends those who don’t have the time to hunt down bugs to switch to the slow ring or to remain on the stable version. Article source
  3. Edge remains a Windows 10-exclusive feature, it says Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, and as far as the software giant is concerned, it will remain just that for many months from now because the company still doesn’t plan to launch it on other platforms, such as Windows 7 or 8, iOS, or Android. The Edge dev team has said in a Q&A session on Twitter that versions of Edge for rival platforms are not yet planned, which means that the browser will remain a Windows 10-exclusive app for the time being. This isn’t the first time when Microsoft says such a thing, but previously, Edge was only part of the preview version of Windows 10, so part of the browser still needed significant improvements. Redmond stressed that it first wanted to make Edge truly powerful and only then think about bringing it on other platforms, so reiterating its decision to keep it on Windows 10 only could be a sign that the company isn’t entirely satisfied with the way the browser performs right now. And neither are users, who want many more features in Edge browser, including the long-promised extension support, which is supposed to arrive in the coming weeks. A reason to move to Windows 10 Another reason to keep Edge a Windows 10-exclusive feature is that Microsoft wants to use it as an incentive to convince users to move to its new operating system. The company launched Edge with much fanfare, and insiders know that the browser previously called Project Spartan was introduced by Microsoft as a big revolution for this side of the software market. It does bring some new features to the table, but it’s still lagging behind its rivals for the time being. And despite the fact that Microsoft isn’t yet planning to bring Edge on other platforms, given the company’s interest in Android apps lately, don’t be too surprised if a version of the browser is released for non-Windows mobile OSes too sometime in the next 12 months. Source
  4. Redmond needs more time to complete work on the update The first big update for Windows 10 was originally projected to ship in October, three months after the release of the operating system, but it turns out that the company pushed back the launch for another 30 days because it needs more time to complete work and refine features that are included. The Windows 10 October Update (now likely to be called November Update) will launch in early November, according to a report by WinBeta, and by that date, Microsoft is very likely to complete the Windows 10 rollout and make the upgrade available to all PCs that qualify for the free offer across the world. While Microsoft remains tight-lipped on its post-Windows 10 plans, it’s not a secret that a major update is coming, but as you can see, the company’s struggling to avoid providing us with any timing information because delays can always take place and the Softies are trying to avoid any criticism in case they miss the date. The same happens with the Windows 10 Insider Preview program, as Microsoft has never disclosed a release date, explaining that, in case any bugs are found, the launch can be easily pushed back without anyone knowing about it and without causing frustration among users. Redstone also on its way Right now, it’s still unclear what is the name that Microsoft wants to use for this first big update, with some sources claiming that Threshold 2 is very unlikely and November Update has more chances to become the moniker of this release. But obviously, there are also chances to see Microsoft rolling out this update just like any other regular one, so the company might ignore naming with this release. On the other hand, there’s another bigger update in the pipeline for Windows 10 users and this is internally codenamed Redstone. Its launch is expected to take place in 2016 and will bring several new features and improvements to the core OS. The November Update, on the other hand, will focus mostly on bug fixes and performance optimizations but will also include several new features, among which extension support for Microsoft Edge. Source
  5. Microsoft Windows 10 will be released in two week's time to Windows Insiders and users who have accepted the free upgrade promotion that Microsoft ran on Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices. While Microsoft revealed a lot about the upcoming operating system, the company has been tight-lipped about some important aspects of it. In addition to that, a few PR and announcement blunders along the way caused extra confusion that Microsoft has not yet addressed fully either. This article looks at questions (inspired by this article on Forbes) that every user interested in Windows 10 should be interested in before taking the plunge to run an upgrade of an existing system, set up the operating system on a new PC, or buy a device running the new operating system. What does Free really mean? Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be free under certain circumstances. The company rewrote the announcement several times and communication on other channels did add to the confusion that users have with it. If you read comments and ask users right now, you get different answers when it comes to free. Some users believe it is free for life, others for the lifetime of the device while others expect Microsoft to introduce a subscription-based services along the way. What we know is that Windows 10 is free for the lifetime of the device. There are two issues though with the statement that Microsoft has not addressed yet. First, Microsoft did not define device in the context. Windows may under certain circumstances identify a device as new after hardware upgrades. It is not clear if Windows 10 can be re-activated again on an upgraded device or if customers would need to purchase a license in this case. Major upgrades are the second issue. Are those, something like the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 free as well or do they require a license? According to Computerworld, Microsoft may provide free updates to Windows 10 only for 2-4 years. The different support periods are determined by "customer type" according to Microsoft which according to Computerworld means that Home customers are on the lower end of the support scale while business (Pro) customers on the higher end. If you read the statement carefully, you may come to another conclusion. Microsoft simply estimated the average device lifetime for devices running Home and Pro versions of Windows 10 and came up with the 2-4 years range for those. If the conclusion is true, customers would be able to use Windows 10 on the device for the lifetime of it. How long will Microsoft support Windows 10? Information about how long Windows 10 will be supported with feature upgrades and security patches have not been revealed by the Redmond company. If you take past support cycles into consideration, Window 10 mainstream support would end in 2021 and extended support in 2026. But Microsoft mentioned already that Windows 10 would be a new chapter, that it would deliver Windows as a service, and that it would release "new features when they're ready" to systems and not via major releases like it did in the past. Fact is, Microsoft has not revealed information about how long it will support Windows 10. Forced Update questions Microsoft announced previously that some Windows editions would ship with mandatory updates but failed to reveal additional information about the process. Current Windows versions allow users to configure the operating system's update behavior. Users who don't want automatic updates can disable those to test and deploy updates manually. There are valid reasons why users would want to block updates from being installed automatically. The past has shown for instance that updates have rendered systems unbootable or caused other issues that users and system administrators avoided by blocking them from being installed. It seems right now that Windows 10 Home users won't have the option anymore to delay or block updates from being deployed on their devices. Pro users on the other hand get time-limited options -- eight months it seems -- before updates can no longer be blocked. Questions that Microsoft has not addressed include: What happens when updates are blocked using other ways (e.g. through hosts file or other blocking options)? Can Microsoft be held responsible if forced updates render systems unusable? Can updates be removed from systems with forced updates?Source
  6. Netflix to enter Indian markets next yearNetflix is set to make its much-awaited debut in India next year, and will offer localised content in the country The worlds foremost on-demand content streaming service, Netflix will enter India by 2016, according to people familiar with the matter. It plans to concentrate on localised content and bring back golden TV shows like Buniyaad, Nukkad and Malgudi Days on various mobile devices across iOS and Android. Netflix is worlds leading on-demand internet streaming media provider with around 62 million subscribers. It has more than 40 million subscribers in United States and is offered competition by HBO Now, Sling TV and Sony in the content streaming segment. Only last week, Singapore based Hooq, which lets a user stream and download movies and TV shows in India for Rs 199 per month, started operations in India. The entry of Netflix will make it difficult for already entrenched DTH players like Airtel, Videocon and Tata Sky among others. However at the same time, the users in India will have a broader horizon for choosing content which they like. News source
  7. After a series of teases over the past few weeks, Activision and Treyarch have officially unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops III, alongside a reveal trailer showing shows plenty of sci-fi action featuring robots, drones, and cyborg soldiers. The game will be set 50 years in the future where external “cyber rigs” and bio-augmentation have bred a new type of soldier. Players will assume the role of Black Ops soldiers that are interconnected with an intelligence grid through Direct Neural Interface technology. They are able to boost jump in any direction, wall-run along vertical surfaces, perform power slides and mantle over obstacles, all while maintaining the ability to aim and fire at enemies. This, thanks to a new momentum-based, chained movement system that allows players to move fluidly through environments and maintain control of their weapon -- something that’s already drawing Titanfall comparisons. This year’s Call of Duty release will rely less on its “corridor”-style of level design in favor of open environments offering more space and freedom to explore. The game also introduces a new four-player co-operative campaign mode, allowing you to play through the story with up to four friends online. Other things to look forward to include a new weapon customization system, as well as the Specialist system, which lets users choose between nine elite Black Ops troopers, each with a unique appearance, personality, backstory, weapons, and abilities. Competitive multiplayer will also be a big part of the experience and Treyarch's signature Zombie mode is making a comeback too. The game will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 6th. A multiplayer beta will be launching at some point in the future for those who pre-order the game now. Minimum specs for the game include: OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, and 8.1CPU: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.60 GHzSystem RAM: 6GBGraphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1GB / ATi Radeon HD 6970 1GBHard Drive Space: TBADirectX11http://www.techspot.com/news/60488-call-duty-black-ops-iii-get-november-launch.html
  8. I Believe I Can Fly: Guy Launches Himself Off Back Of Truck In How Not To Unload A Truck Demo WARNING: Keep your volume down. This is a short video of a guy accidentally launching himself off the back of a truck after the handcart he's pushing slips over the edge of the pallet lift and physics take over. Now that -- that was a SOLID face-plant. It almost seems like he deliberately made a decision in midair to avoid covering his face and TRY to eat as much shit as possible. You have to respect a man for that. Check Out the video, then be careful out there, the world is a dangerous place. Source
  9. HP plans to launch memristor, silicon photonic computer within the decade Electrons, photons, and ions will work together to revolutionize computing. Atomic force microscopy images of an array of 17 memristors. In 2008, scientists at HP invented a fourth fundamental component to join the resistor, capacitor, and inductor: the memristor. Theorized back in 1971, memristors showed promise in computing as they can be used to both build logic gates, the building blocks of processors, and also act as long-term storage. At its HP Discover conference in Las Vegas today, HP announced an ambitious plan to use memristors to build a system, called simply "The Machine," shipping as soon as the end of the decade. By 2016, the company plans to have memristor-based DIMMs, which will combine the high storage densities of hard disks with the high performance of traditional DRAM. John Sontag, vice president of HP Systems Research, said that The Machine would use "electrons for processing, photons for communication, and ions for storage." The electrons are found in conventional silicon processors, and the ions are found in the memristors. The photons are because the company wants to use optical interconnects in the system, built using silicon photonics technology. With silicon photonics, photons are generated on, and travel through, "circuits" etched onto silicon chips, enabling conventional chip manufacturing to construct optical parts. This allows the parts of the system using photons to be tightly integrated with the parts using electrons. If HP can build such a computer, it may prove revolutionary. The memory hierarchy is, for many computing applications, the fundamental performance bottleneck. Memory can be very fast but very small, such as the cache on a processor, or very slow but very large, such as spinning hard disks. RAM (fast, small) and flash (slower but larger than RAM, faster but smaller than hard disk) fall somewhere in between. Shuffling data between these different kinds of memory, and ensuring that the right data is in the right place for optimal performance, is a significant bottleneck. High-speed optical interconnects combined with memristor memory could shake all that up by alleviating, if not removing entirely, that size/performance trade-off. At Discover, HP said that this could enable, for example, databases that can handle hundreds of billions of updates per second. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that work on The Machine started two years ago when Martin Fink was made head of HP Labs, the part of HP that conducts R&D and that invented memristors in the first place. Fink pitched the idea of this cutting edge machine to HP CEO Meg Whitman, saying that it would need about 75 percent of HP Labs' staff to be working on the project. Whitman agreed to it. In tandem with the hardware development, HP is also working on a new operating system that'll be designed for machines that have vast amounts of near-instantly accessible persistent storage. Conventional operating systems aren't; they're built for the hierarchy of memory technologies that are found in current computers. Fink told Bloomberg that The Machine isn't (yet) on any official HP product roadmaps; at its earliest, it might arrive in 2017, at its latest by 2020. Skepticism is warranted, as memristors have hitherto been only a research project. Turning them into a viable, potentially mass-produced product hasn't been done before, and making that transition is rarely trivial. Over the years all manner of exotic memory technologies have been heralded as the next big thing, but while some, such as Ferroelectric RAM have come to market in limited quantities, none have managed to displace conventional DRAM and NAND flash. Memristors could be the one to buck the trend, but that's by no means a certainty. Source
  10. Windows XP has been a highly popular operating system that is still used worldwide, even though Microsoft no longer provides support for it. Since many users are having a hard time upgrading to another OS mainly because they are used to the functions of XP, some developers decided to integrate some XP features within their own third-party apps that can be run on newer editions of Windows. For example, Spencer provides users with the familiar Start Menu of Windows XP, while still being completely compatible with the latest Windows flavors. The application is entirely portable and does not require any installation, so no entries will be added to Windows Registry. Furthermore, users can copy its executable to a folder of their liking, then pin it to the taskbar and run it smoothly. Since it is simply a pinned app, Spencer does not interfere with the Start menu included within Windows 8.1, as they can function alongside without any issues. Spencer basically provides users with access to some common areas of Windows such as Accessories, so one can easily launch the Calculator, Notepad, the Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes, WordPad, XPS Viewer. The Administrative Tools are also within reach, as users can access the Event Viewer, The Defragmenter, iSCSI Initiator, Services, Resource Monitor, System Information or the Task Scheduler. Due to Spencer, one can also launch the Control Panel and the Command Prompt window, as well as the Run function. Additionally, the Shutdown item enables users to quickly power off their PC, without looking for the proper Windows menu. All in all, Spencer can provide users with a reliable Start Menu that resembles the XP one - it can be of use not only to nostalgics, but also to those are still having a hard time getting used to the functions of the latest operating systems. Homepage Free Download Spencer.zip
  11. The way Facebook Notes handles HTML image tags could could give an attacker the ability to launch distributed denial of service attacks against external sources, using the power of the massive network to amplify the attack. Facebook Notes is a sort of Tumblr-like internal blogging feature built into the world’s largest social network. It lets users write, edit, and publish content in excess of Facebook’s 63,206 character limit imposed on status updates. Facebook lets users embed various HTML tags into their notes. However, the way that Facebook processes <img> tags could present serious problems for the sources and hosts of those images. Independent researcher Chaman Thapa wrote onhis personal blog earlier this week that whenever an <img> tag is used in Facebook Notes, the social network crawls the image from the external server where it is stored and caches the image. He explains that Facebook only caches each image once, but the cached version can be bypassed using random get parameters – essentially tricking Facebook into thinking that one image is multiple images and causing the service to crawl the source of that single image as many times as there are random get parameters targeting it. Thapa claims that bigger files, like PDFs or videos, could amplify the attack. Given enough get requests, this could create a denial-of-service condition for the server hosting the image file being crawled. With limited computing resources, Thapa managed to generate 900 Mbps of outgoing traffic by compelling Facebook to crawl a 13 MB PDF file. Thapa claims that 12 of Facebook’s servers attempted to fetch the PDF file some 180,000 times. Thapa reported the bug to Facebook. At first, he said, the company misunderstood the vulnerability, thinking it could only cause a 404 error, and that such an error did not constitute a high-impact bug. After some back and forth between Thapa and Facebook’s security team, the social network eventually conceded that the bug does in fact exist. They also told Thapa that his bug did not qualify for a bug bounty payment because they had no intention of fixing it: “In the end, the conclusion is that there’s no real way to fix this that would stop ‘attacks’ against small consumer grade sites without also significantly degrading the overall functionality,” Thapa cites Facebook as having said. “Unfortunately, so-called ‘won’t fix’ items aren’t eligible under the bug bounty program, so there won’t be a reward for this issue.” The representative did however offer the following consolation to Thapa: “I want to acknowledge, however, both that I think your proposed attack is interesting/creative and that you clearly put a lot of work into researching and reporting the issue last month. That IS appreciated and we do hope that you’ll continue to submit any future security issues you find to the Facebook bug bounty program.” Thapa says he reported the bug to Facebook on March 3. The above correspondence took place on April 11. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed Thapa’s account of events to Threatpost. “We appreciated this report and discussed it at some length. Ultimately, we decided against making changes to avoid disrupting intended and desirable functions,” the spokesperson said. Thapa wrote that he is unsure about why Facebook is choosing not to fix his bug. A source with technical understanding of bugs like this one explained to Threatpost that if a site were to receive large amounts of traffic in this manner, rate-limiting or disabling based on the user agent would be an effective defense. “I’m not sure why they are not fixing this,” Thapa wrote. “Supporting dynamic links in image tags could be a problem and I’m not a big fan of it. I think a manual upload would satisfy the need of users if they want to have dynamically generated image on the notes.” Source