Operating Systems News - Page 2
Facebook is reportedly working on its own operating system, in the hopes that sometime in the future it can pull back its reliance on Android. A new report from The Information says that the co-author of Windows NT, Mark Lucovsky, is leading the project.
We don't know how Facebook's own OS would work exactly, but we do know that Facvebook currently uses a modified version of Android to run its Oculus and Portal devices. Facebook's head of hardware, Andrew Bosworth, explains: "We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us. We don't think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that's the case. And so we're gonna do it ourselves".
Ficus Kirkpatrick, one of the bosses of Facebook's internal AR and VR departments, says that "it's possible" that future Facebook hardware won't rely on Android. Right now, Google has a nice stranglehold over Facebook's hardware, and Facebook sees that as a big issue, that it is now trying to resolve.
Microsoft has just made the most radical change to its web browser logo since the introduction of Internet Explorer, with the new Edge browser receiving a new logo.
The original Edge logo that launched with the browser in 2015 had parts of the original Internet Explorer infused into it, but the new one looks like nothing like it -- it resembles a Tide pod if anything. The new logo was discovered inside of a surfing mini game that was hidden inside of the latest Canary versions of Edge.
Edge's slick new logo looks like a wave... get it? You're surfing the web. Just don't try and eat the new Edge logo, okay? Microsoft's brand new Edge browser will launch on January 15, 2020 with the new logo. You can try out the new Edge browser in release candidate form here.
Users of Windows 10 are no stranger to updates causing issues. But, a recent update has really shown just how bad it can go.
That's right, a recent update labeled KB4524147, which is supposed to fix some Internet explorer and printing bugs. Has instead gone YOLO on users start menu causing an error prompt reading as the user describes "Critical error start menu not working, sign out ... or something like that ." rendering PC's far harder to navigate.
Windows 10 is now on over 900 million devices, with a tweet directly from Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search & Devices Group at Microsoft, Yusuf Mehdi.
Microsoft's latest operating system is on a bunch of devices that go beyond just the PC, with Windows 10 inside of HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub, the entire Surface family of devices, and more.
We should expect to see Windows 10 reach over 1 billion users at this rate in the coming months, with early 2020 seeming the most likely. Microsoft had 800 million users on Windows 10 in March which was 6 months ago now, so we should expect February-March 2020 for the huge 1B milestone.
Microsoft has been making some great changes for gamers in Windows 10, and it looks like one of the best ones is now here -- an FPS counter built into the game bar.
The news broke with Mike Ybarra, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Program Management, who tweeted the updated game bar with its FPS counter. The updated game bar will display real-time frames per second for your games, as well as an Achievements overlay.
Achievements in the overlay is a nice touch, a nice quality of life feature that will make keeping a tab on your achievements easier than going into a separate sub menu. I think the inclusion of an FPS counter is a much bigger deal, as more and more people like to keep a track of their in-game performance.
Google is pushing out Android Q onto all Pixel smartphones, something that includes the newer Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL and should come out-of-the-box on the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.
Android 10 is now available for Pixel smartphone owners and as a Pixel 3 XL owner, I've upgraded to Android 10 -- up from the latest Android Q beta. Google has said that it is getting Android 10 into more smartphones and other brands, with the company saying it is "working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year".
Android 10 provides system-wide Dark Mode which is one my favorite things, improved battery life, and a slew of new features that include a new Focus Mode that will keep you, yes, more focused. Android 10 also features full support for foldable smartphones like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.
Services that have voice assistant software have been under fire as of late, as it was discovered that many of these services have manual, or human reviewing.
Windows 10 always seems to have a new bug lurking around, and today is no different. Many users whose systems come out of the box in Windows 10 in S mode (formally named Windows 10 S) usually can switch out of S mode within the Microsoft Store.
Unfortunately, many users are found in a loop of sorts as the store option to switch it is a blank page.
You may not be familiar with Windows 10 in S mode or formerly "Windows 10 S". Windows 10 S is and was a Windows 10 version based strictly around the locked-down control of only installing Windows 10 store apps. It enables some pretty strict security as there is no capability to run EXE on a Windows 10 in S mode device. This allows for a much more secure OS environment, but is not conducive to getting work done for most users as they are locked to only store apps.
Most PC users that use Windows enjoy the well-defined visual look of the start menu, imagine if that all changed and in the next Windows update it was massively big and bulky.
The above video is sourced from Windows Central who has got his hands-on Windows 10 internal build 118947. From the video, we are introduced to the new start menu appearance and what the user-interface (UI) will look like for Windows Insider users. Judging from the UI layout, Microsoft seem to be taking a more tile-like look to the start menu, creating bigger and more accessible app icons.
It should be noted that this is a very early design of the start-menu and is subject to change as Microsoft tweaks it here and there after they get insider feedback from users. For me personally, this menu is a step in the wrong direction as it reminds me too much of the sham Windows 8 was. The bulkiness adds a fatter look to the aesthetic design of Windows and doesn't improve the visual appearance at all. As for utility measures, how much does bigger app tiles really improve the users experience? And is it enough for Microsoft to roll out this to base Windows 10 OS's?
Microsoft has teamed with Kano on a new build-your-own Windows 10 PC kit, which will see the new Kano PC teaching kids how to not just build their own touchscreen laptops, but create content and even code on them. Check out the video below:
Kano was already making DIY computer kits before the new relationship with Microsoft kicked off, as it was building DIY rigs powered by Raspberry Pi 3s and Kano's own operating system. The new Kano PC is powered by Windows 10 (but in S Mode, so it only runs apps from the Microsoft Store) while inside we're looking at an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core CPU @ 1.44GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage upgradeable through microSD.
We also have an HDMI output, 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 x USB ports, Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. There's a super-simple step-by-step storybook way of instructing kids on how to build their new Kano PC, and an attached app called "How Computers Work" which will teach kids how to code, and creating emojis with binary code -- come on, you have to have the kids have fun, right? Speaking of fun, because it's Microsoft and they own Mojang, the developer of Minecraft... the Kano PC includes the educational version of Minecraft. Not only that, but we'll have Paint 3D and Microsoft Teams thrown in.