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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 display: one of the most finely-tuned screens ever PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:22
surface book 2In revealing the Surface Book 2 to a group of journalists in mid-October in New York City, Microsoft devices lead Panos Panay focused much of the unveiling on the superiority of its new 2-in-1 laptop’s touch display. Admittedly, and not to discredit Panay’s passion or dedication, but we heard many of these words in the same way we hear Apple CEO Tim Cook say that whatever iPhone he’s currently pushing is the best iPhone yet. Of course, it is. Of course, Microsoft has crafted the best Surface Book display to date. But, when you speak with someone like Stevie Bathiche, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft working on its hardware design, you begin to understand just how much engineering work and ingenuity goes into making such a claim. In fact, Microsoft designs its displays right down to the pixels – well, almost. “When we design the display we, for example, specify that we need negative-mode LCD, we specify the exact number of pixels, which is unique,” Bathiche tells us. “No-one creates those number of pixels this way and also the exact size and format. And, if you look at the numbers, we actually find for sweet-spot numbers that are mathematically nice. So, this is a 15-inch display, 3 by 2 [aspect ratio]. If you divide out the numbers, that means it’s actually 12.5 inches wide and it’s exactly 12.50, which is kind of nice, so the numbers round out to be quite beautiful.”...A detailed description posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Net-neutrally is not censorship per-se, but it is corporatism run amok PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:11

Demystifying the concept of American ‘net-neutrality’ – separating fact from fiction. The Trump administration is making moves to repeal Obama era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on so-called “net-neutrality”. Straight away, social media became a kind of ill-informed circus with many fearing that online free speech is now endangered-which is very much is, but not for the reasons generally being proffered. The concept of net-neutrality as defined by the FCC, has nothing specifically to do with policing internet content. So while many are saying that ending net neutrality will mean that one will no longer be allowed to post political content online that challenges the mainstream media/deep state narrative, this is technically not true, although the danger is a lurking one, for reasons which shall be explored subsequently. The deceptive term net-neutrality, brought to you by the same country that called the massacre of one million innocent Iraqis “operation Iraqi freedom”, was a series of new FCC rules passed in 2015, designed to regulate internet providers, the biggest of which in the US today are, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT & T and Cox.

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LG V40 Gets an Introduction Video Already PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:57
LG V30 has got to be one of the most underrated and ignored quality flagship phones this year and this pains me since it also happened to the LG V20 last year. It may have to do with the flak that LG is catching with the buggy Pixel XL 2… Anyway, designers are already about the LG V40 and this is exactly what Techconfigurations came up with. We’re dealing with an 85% screen to body ratio smartphone, that should work to pre-empt the iPhone 9 and compete with the Galaxy S9. A stunning OLED screen is in the mix here and from what I can see we get a dual front camera and I’m sure there’s some sort of special authentication system in place. We’ve got a backside fingerprint scanner, a metal frame and a glass back, which catches the night in a mirror-like fashion. 3D facial recognition is promised by the designers, plus there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU inside, as expected for most 2018 flagships. The dual back camera is upgraded too and this basically feels like a beefed up LG V30 specs-wise, with slimmer bezels and a special Face Unlock mechanism. This is one of the very few cases when I see a horizontally oriented back camera that’s centered, instead of placed in the corner...For more on the prospects of this amazing new hopeful please visit OUR FORUM.
 
Windows 8 and 10 have an ASLR flaw PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 November 2017 16:54
lock down windows 10A new security bug has been discovered on Windows 8 and above which makes ASLR useless. The bug was discovered by a security researcher named Will Dormann. He explained the issue in a detailed post on CERT: Both EMET and Windows Defender Exploit Guard enable system-wide ASLR without also enabling system-wide bottom-up ASLR. Although Windows Defender Exploit guard does have a system-wide option for system-wide bottom-up-ASLR, the default GUI value of “On by default” does not reflect the underlying registry value (unset). This causes programs without /DYNAMICBASE to get relocated, but without any entropy. The result of this is that such programs will be relocated but to the same address every time across reboots and even across different systems. For those who don’t know, Microsoft first implemented ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) in Windows Vista that helps prevent code-reuse attacks. ASLR uses a random memory address to execute code, but in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 the feature is not always applied properly. In Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, ASLR is not using random memory addresses, essentially rendering it useless...More details and a fix can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
Intel plans to end legacy BIOS support by 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:50
end legacy BIOS support by 2020Computer users of a certain age will remember BIOS as ubiquitous firmware that came loaded on PCs. It was the thing you saw briefly before your operating system loaded, and you could dig into the settings to change your computer’s boot order, enable or disable some features, and more. Most modern PCs ship with UEFI instead. But most also still have a “legacy BIOS” mode that allows you to use software or hardware that might not be fully compatible with UEFI. In a few years that might not be an option anymore: Intel has announced plans to end support for legacy BIOS compatibility by 2020. While Secure Boot and UEFI were often uttered in the same breath when UEFI started to take off, Secure Boot is just an optional feature in UEFI. So theoretically the move to deprecate support for legacy BIOS won’t prevent you from running an unsigned operating system on a PC with an Intel processor… unless PC makers decide to not only enable Secure Boot by default but make it impossible for users to disable it. That’s not something Intel is requiring (at this point)...In-depth details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
 
 
The HoloLens hardhat PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:00
HoloLens HardhatThe Microsoft HoloLens is certified as protective eyewear, and Microsoft promises a hardhat accessory in 2018, but some companies are already working in the field with the headset and needed the protection now. Geographic Information System provider Meemim already has a HoloLens-based application which allows users to see through the ground and see the location of pipes, cables, sewers and other hidden features, which offers great utility in a construction environment. The same environment however often demands a hardhat, with its absence being a fireable offense. Not prepared to wait for Microsoft’s solution, they have created an adaptor of their own which allows them to use the HoloLens with a pre-certified hardhat without compromising the protection and features of either. Constructed of 3D printed elements, it attaches to the same attachment points of the HoloLens headband and actually makes the headset more comfortable to wear for extended periods by distributing the weight over a much wider area of your head than the headband...Discover more and see more images at OUR FORUM.
 
A Windows phone for people who want to hang on PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00
new windows phoneGerman manufacturer Trekstor has made the decision to crowdfund its previously announced Windows Phone 5.0.  The device comes with low-end specs, a mid-range design and all held together powered by an aging processor which we’ve previously covered here. Trekstor is aiming this device,  not at users who want to purchase a Windows phone for the first time, that’s unrealistic, but rather at users who already have a Windows phone, but don’t want to change ecosystems just to upgrade their handsets. This obviously won’t attract Lumia 950 XL or HP Elite x3 buyers, but for 550 users, 650 users, it’s a viable replacement. “Continuum surely is a factor, but we also see this as a replacement device for users of other Windows Mobile phones and therefore there is a factor of convenience when switching phones. ” Trekstor’s Simon Wiedemann explained to tech blog AllAboutWindowsPhone, “Same reason why other users stick with their OS even faced with inferiority.” Trekstor’s reasoning makes sense on some level. Microsoft managed to cultivate dedicated fans of their Windows on phones initiative, and with a lack of manufacturers, it’s not exactly a crowded market at the moment. Continuum is also still a “cool” feature, albeit one with limited practicality at the moment. On the other hand, Microsoft has all but killed off Windows phone, with development from third-party ISVs being limited to maintenance for the most part...Want more visit OUR FORUM.
 
MSI Wearable Computer – Wearable Virtual Reality Backpack PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:28
MSI Wearable ComputerMSI, as we know, is one of the leading designers of computer hardware, specifically when it comes to gaming computers which are known as high efficiency, high performance, and spectacular graphics. Even though MSI is still young in the industry, they are taking over a niche that has long since been dominated by companies such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Toshiba. This new kid on the block packs all their computers with the fastest processors, high capacity RAM, and speeds that blow the mind. The only answer that other competitors have for MSI is their Alienware computers. These Alienware computers are the top line products that come with Desktops and Laptops for the flagship of these varied manufacturers. Now that Virtual Reality has taken its place in the mainstream and is rapidly being incorporated in all our everyday technology, it is only fitting that the leader in Alienware computers innovates one of their brands to take virtual reality to the next level. MSI has dubbed its new gaming computer system for virtual reality as “VR One”.  The MSI VR One is nothing short of a powerful system that the user wears as a backpack...For more details and images please visit OUR FORUM.
 
 
 
 
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