We all know Windows 10 sucks all of our data and sends it to the Illuminati, but now Microsoft is facing a growing threat from the Netherlands' Data Protection Authority, where Windows 10 violates the country's data protection law.
This is even after the changes Microsoft made to Windows 10 with the Creators Update, but Microsoft doesn't "clearly inform" users of the type of data that they're collecting, and the reason why they need it. Officials think that Windows' default settings stop users from truly consenting to the data collection, which is a really big problem.
The DPA has said that during the installation process, Windows 10 defaults to full data sharing, encouraging you to accept those terms. Accepting these terms doesn't mean you gave permission, says the Data Protection Authority. The regulator has also said that the Creators Update didn't honor some users' previous privacy settings, and that Microsoft doesn't make it clear that their Edge browser is continuously sucking down all of your app and browsing data when you've got the default privacy settings enabled.
Apple might get a lot of the media spotlight for the iPhone, but Google kicks Apple's ass in more ways than one when it comes to services... and especially AI assistants.
Siri was announced six years ago now, with much more competiion in the artificial intelligence assistant game now from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and others. But now a team of researchers out of Cornell have been working on a new report that sheds some light on which company makes the best AI for smartphones.
Google's AI has an IQ of around 47.28, which is just below the average IQ of a six-year-old, while Siri has an IQ of just 23.9. The team said: "Although this work is still in progress, the results so far indicate that the artificial-intelligence systems produced by Google, Baidu, and others have significantly improved over the past two years but still have certain gaps as compared with even a six-year-old child," the researchers wrote in a paper published on ArXiv".
Microsoft have announced a release for their 4th major update for Windows 10 since its inception back in July 2015, the Fall Creators Update. This release should see Microsoft begin to release their major Windows 10 updates on a bi-annual occurrence post the Fall Creators Update. Recently announced at IFA by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, Terry revealed that not all features mentioned at Microsoft's previous Microsoft's developer conference, Build, would make it, with Timeline the biggest feature not make it this update.
Fluent Design, an interesting feature that will make the cut into the Fall Creators Update, is perhaps the biggest change and one that has already been making its subtle way into our operating systems. Aimed at making Windows more modern and sophisticated by adding effects with lighting and transparency, this is a welcomed feature and makes Windows a bit more appealing for the user.
Getting a bit of TLC, is Windows Ink. With 2-in-1 laptops providing a lot of functionality and creativity for the user, Windows Ink will enhance this experience. Windows Ink will now allow users the ability to drawing straight into PDF documents, a welcomed addition. If you're like me you'll love Windows Ink best feature, Find my Pen. This feature will display the last time your pen was connected, refreshing your memory to hopefully remember where you left your pen.
After 32 years, the era of Microsoft Paint might be coming to an end.
Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, will shift Paint to "deprecated" status. This means that Paint will "not be in active development and might be removed in future releases."
This move shouldn't surprise since Microsoft is focusing on the new Paint 3D, released in April with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Microsoft is taking to Skynet for its fight against malware, cyberattacks, and viruses - with the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Window 10 using all internet-connected Windows 10 computers along with machine learning to fight off threats like WannaCry.
The global malware hits with WannaCry and Petya have woken Microsoft to a new world of attacks, prompting them to push the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection system that uses machine learning powered by the massive 400 million Windows 10 PCs throughout the world. Director of Program Management Enterprise and Security said: "If Word were to start allocating memory in big chunks, when it never does, we would be able to detect that. We built the machine learning models around common applications like Word".
This new initiative will reportedly stop viruses from spreading as fast as they currently do, with enterprise customers being the first to receive this new feature. The consumer version of Windows will receive it sometime in the future, hopefully not too long from now... until you remember that Microsoft is using every Windows 10 user to make this happen. Will we be able to disable it?
Update: After this article went live, I was pointed in the direction of an update to the story from Andy, the administrator of Beta Archive. He posted on the forum saying:
The Register article https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/2 ... s_10_leak/ has got BetaArchive a fair amount of attention this evening. They claim, and I quote "32TB of Windows 10 internal builds, core source code leak online".
First of all let us clear up a few facts. The "Shared Source Kit" folder did exist on the FTP until this article came to light. We have removed it from our FTP and listings pending further review just in case we missed something in our initial release. We currently have no plans to restore it until a full review of its contents is carried out and it is deemed acceptable under our rules.
The folder itself was 1.2GB in size, contained 12 releases each being 100MB. This is far from the claimed "32TB" as stated in The Register's article, and cannot possibly cover "core source code" as it would be simply too small, not to mention it is against our rules to store such data.
At this time all we can deduct is that The Register refers to the large Windows 10 release we had on March 24th which included a lot of Windows releases provided to us, sourced from various forum members, Windows Insider members, and Microsoft Connect members. All of these we deemed safe for release to BetaArchive as they are all beta releases and defunct builds superseded by newer ones, and they were covered under our rules.
If any of this should change we will remove these builds from the FTP and we will happily comply with any instructions to do so by Microsoft.
With regards to the BBC article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40366823 about two Britons that have been arrested following an alleged Microsoft hack, we don't believe there is any connection with this alleged "Windows 10 core source code leak".
Microsoft is experiencing a massive leak in its security, with files leaked that relate to Microsoft's USB, storage, and Wi-Fi drivers for Windows 10 posted to Beta Archive last week. Beta Archive, if you didn't already know, is an enthusiast website that tracks Windows releases, and asks its members to donate money or contribute something Windows-related after accessing a private FTP full of archived Windows builds.
In an email to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said: "Our review confirms that these files are actually a portion of the source code from the Shared Source Initiative and is used by OEMs and partners". The Register is claiming that 32TB of data was leaked, including unreleased Windows builds - something The Verge reports that "most of the collection has been available for months, or even years".
Inside the latest Windows 10 build, we are starting to see Microsoft provide mixed reality developers with support for MR headsets, inside of Windows 10 build 15048.
The latest build provides Mixed Reality developer kit owners to check out a simulation of the demo, but not an actual mixed reality experience. It's also not available easily, as you'll need to enable "Developers Mode" on Windows 10 that will enabled the "Mixed Reality Portal" that includes the demo.
If you've got the latest Windows 10 build, you can run the simulation - but without a mixed reality headset, it's kind of useless right now. Interestingly enough, the new "Windows Mixed Reality" portal app removes any reference to HoloLens.
We've been hearing so much about Apple's new iPhone X that Google has been kind of overshadowed, and while the Pixel and Pixel XL have been selling well (I love my Pixel) - Android 8.0 has been kind of quiet - until now.
Android 8.0 is being teased as Oreo, after Nougat was used for Android 7.0, with the Oreo tease coming from a Google employee over Twitter. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Play teased a picture of an Oreo cake. I think that's a big enough hint of what letter dessert we'd get for 'O'.
What do you think Android 8.0 will be called? How many desserts start with an o?
Microsoft has been working on a major design refresh of Windows 10, and has now shown off its 'Project NEON' refresh during a presentation at its Windows Developer Day event.
In the image above, you can see that there was a slide shown off during the presentation, with the UI refresh featuring a new 'Acrylic' component that will be a tweaked version of what Aero represented in the much-discussed Windows Vista, which will blur UI elements and background apps.
Microsoft will reportedly usher in Project NEON with its upcoming codenamde Redstone 3 release for Windows 10 later this year.
Microsoft is working on a new all-cloud operating system, something unearthed by Brad Sams on Thurrott, with the new OS referred to as Windows Cloud.
Windows Cloud looks identical to Windows 10, except that it works completely differently - as it is capable of running UWP apps only. This means that non-UWP apps do not work at all, and an error message will display that says 'The app you're trying to run isn't designed for this version of Windows'.
Inside, the new all-cloud OS is going to be an interesting future for Microsoft - as it will be exclusive to UWP applications. Sams got Windows Cloud from a "third-party and not directly from Microsoft" - adding that it "is possible that this is a hacked together build but we won't know until we get our hands-on an official release".