Microsoft has been making some very stupid changes to Windows 10, with their latest update breaking triple-monitor gaming for both AMD and NVIDIA gamers.
Their latest update doesn't sound so bad, with the latest builds of Windows 10 including something the company called Dynamic Lock - which Microsoft reportedly refers to as "Windows Goodbye" internally, reports Windows Central. Microsoft uses special Windows Hello-capable cameras that let Windows 10 owners log into their PCs with facial recognition.
Instead of quickly locking your PC with pressing the Windows key and 'L' at the same time, the new Dynamic Lock will do it automatically - at least for some users. We don't yet know how Microsoft will know that users have walked away from their PCs, but they could leverage their Windows Hello feature - by using the camera to constantly detect your face in front of the PC, and when you walk away it would lock it.
Microsoft has just released its new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 (KB3213986) which has broken multi-screen gaming, with the company noting that there are "known issues".
This means gamers that are running triple-display setups with AMD EyeFinity and NVIDIA Surround Sound will experiencing stuttering or clipped screens when running a game, but it should be fine in 2D applications. There's a workaround for this issue, with Microsoft adding that gamers can run their 3D apps in non-fullscreen mode - either in window-maximized, or just windowed modes.
But it gets better. Microsoft suggests that gamers disconnect their other displays, leaving just a single display connected to the PC for the game to work. Because, you know - that's why you spend thousands of dollars for the bleeding edge of high-end gaming, to disconnect those expensive LCDs.
Microsoft notes in the change log for KB3213986: "Users may experience delayed or clipped screens while running 3D rendering apps (such as games) on systems with more than one monitor. To work around this issue please consider the following options: 1. Running the application in Windows mode (not full screen), or 2. Starting the application with only one monitor connected".
CyanogenMod is shutting down, bringing an end to an era of Android operating system goodness. For those who don't know what or who CyanogenMod is, it's an aftermarket custom ROM that had everything Android had to offer, but some great improvements and tweaks.
Unfortunately, the company has been going through troubles - with its CEO being booted, its original founder leaving, and different choices that have led CyanogenMod to close down on December 31, 2016. The company explains: "As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally".
Keeping the OS in open source is a nice touch, so developers can grab the latest version of CyanogenMod code, and keep developing it personally if they wanted to. Nothing much from there, which is sad to see over the holidays.
Apple's iOS 10, launched back in September, was mainly praised, but with the recent release of the 10.1.1 update, many users reported issues with battery life. The main point of the 10.1.1 update was to fix some of the camera issues that users were experiencing with the new iPhone 7 Plus dual camera.
The iPhone users who installed 10.1.1 update are reporting that the battery life of their devices lasts much shorter and even that their phones are shutting down with at least 30-50% charge left.
Some users have tried going back to 10.1 version, but according to the reports, that doesn't fix the problem.
A recent report showed that Android phones hold 88% of the market. Global shipments hit 375 million units in the third quarter of 2016, and 328.6 million of them were Android phones.
The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, released on October 22th, 2008. However, the history of Android OS started much earlier.
The Android OS was initially developed by Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005 for at least $50 million. Not much was known about Android Inc. at the time, but many assumed that Google was planning to enter the mobile phone market with this move.
Speculations continued through 2006, and Google worked on a prototype codenamed Sooner that initially had no touchscreen, but instead featured a physical keyboard. They later re-designed it to compete with other announced devices such as LG Prada and Apple iPhone. However, Google didn't introduce its own devices until 2010 when they launched the Nexus series of smartphones and tablets.
At the event in New York, Microsoft has announced they are partnering with top PC makers, such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, ASUS, and Acer, to build VR headsets. They also revealed the Surface studio, an ultra-thin transforming all-in-one aimed at transforming your desk into a fully-fledged workstation studio.
The company is pushing virtual and augmented reality pretty hard, and they will show that in their next Windows 10 update named Creators Update. Due out in spring next year, the Windows 10 Creators Update will be focused on bringing the VR and AR experience to millions of users around the world.
At the event, the representatives of the company stated they want 3D available to everyone. The Creators Update will be largely built around Microsoft Paint, which will become Paint 3D, and from what we saw, it's pretty impressive.
We all know the pain of reinstalling or getting your Windows installation on a new OEM "clean" install of your OS, but Microsoft has just made this a million times easier with their new Windows 10 refresh tool.
Microsoft's new tool lets you "reset" the entire operating system, removing the bloatware that comes on some PCs from big brand companies like Lenovo (sorry for picking you out of the bunch, Lenovo - so how about I add Samsung, Dell, and others). The new tool can be downloaded right here, where Windows will reinstall itself to the same state as if you were to install it from the USB flash drive or DVD - without all that OEM bloatware crap.
Rob Williams from HotHardware (and TechGage!) says: "First and foremost, you don't have to lose your files by doing this; you'll be provided the option to keep them. Second, you may run into some roadblocks with regards to app licenses (eg: the preinstalled apps that are no longer preinstalled). That even includes vendor-specific drivers, so if your notebook or desktop has special hardware that Windows 10 can't install on its own, you'll need to hit up the vendor's website to download and install the drivers manually".
Following a long power struggle, Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985. After leaving Apple, Jobs took a few of its members with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in state-of-the-art computers for higher-education and business markets.
The new company began to build the NeXT computer that has been launched on this day in 1988 in San Francisco. The NeXT Computer was revealed at an invitation-only gala launch event on October 12th, 1988. The following day, selected educators and software developers were invited to attend the first public technical overview of the NeXT computer, and they had to pay $100 registration fee to witness Steve Jobs himself introducing the computer.
The NeXT Computer was not a significant commercial success. It failed to reach the level of sales of Apple II, Commodore 64 and Macintosh. However, this vast and expensive black cube is quite important for the IT history, and Jobs said the NeXT computer was ahead of its time.
The Wi-Fi Assist feature on iOS was introduced last year in iOS 9, and Apple is sticking with it. This feature is designed to prevent the use of a poor Wi-Fi connection but it could cause you a headache and a larger phone bill, especially for those who don't have unlimited data traffic.
Both iOS 9 and iOS 10 have this feature enabled by default and it is set to automatically switch to the mobile internet when your Wi-Fi is weak.
As I type this news from a Windows 10-powered desktop PC, news has landed that Microsoft has hit a milestone of 400 million active devices running Windows 10.
It has taken Microsoft around 14 months to hit 400 million users on Windows 10 since its launch, with 100 million users poured into the Windows 10 pool since May 5. Towards the end of March, there were 207 million active devices running Windows 10 - now remember, "active devices" is a considerable team of products.
We're talking about desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, Surface Hubs, HoloLens devices, and more. Microsoft isn't quite at its 1 billion goal yet with Windows 10, but the latest desktop OS is definitely the fastest-growing Windows platform in history.