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February 16, 2017

NEON – the new look of Windows 10

Microsoft confirms the existence of NEON during a meeting with developers, offering a first look of the new design of Windows 10.

Project NEON is the name given by Microsoft to indicate the new Windows 10 stylistic path which will be enabled with Redstone 3, expected by the end of the year. The look was revealed as a background image in Microsoft’s sneak peak of Windows 10.

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“Make beautiful, engaging experiences possible on the Windows platform- simply, and by default”

In the screenshot showed at the Windows Developer Day, the company displayed a dark window overlaid with this description. The new [...]

 
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February 6, 2016

Microsoft XiaoIce: a massive social experiment in China

 

Microsoft released the Chinese version of Cortana, but including other interests in a its new project.

According to Yondong Wang, a senior researcher and scientist working with the company:

“It could be the largest Turing test in history”.

The digital assistant and artificial intelligence was named Xiao Na, included in the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 in China. Developed with the help of Microsoft’s Bing division of software developers and researchers, the artificial intelligence is also designed to offer human-like conversations and can act as a friend on social networks.

A Turing test, is a test that looks to see if a human can detect [...]

 
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June 1, 2015

Windows 10 launching July 29th

Microsoft announces Windows 10 release date

Microsoft has announced that their next version of Windows – Windows 10 will be available on July 29th as a free upgrade to all genuine customers running Windows 7 and 8.1.

Users will have one year to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once upgraded, Microsoft will provide free updates for life. You can upgrade by clicking the small Windows icon on the bottom right of your task bar to reserve your free copy and be notified when it launches.

Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows in its current form, after this release future updates will be released in an OS X style manner.

Windows 10 has many new features [...]

 
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September 5, 2014

Access your desktop or laptop securely from anywhere! How to guide.

Are you a busy body that might have access to your home computer when you’re away. Or does you’re laptop have to be in two places at the same time. In this easy guide you’ll learn how to access your laptop anywhere in the world be it your operating system is Windows, Mac or Linux.

 

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With windows 7 and above you can very easily access your computer remotely in four easy steps, no fee.

1)      Ensure that your computer is turned on and connected to the internet.

2)      Click start and in search type in ‘Remote desktop connection’ and click the Remote connection links at the top of the list, as can be seen in fig 1.

 
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August 19, 2014

Turn anything to touch interactive; How to guide

How to turn anything….. Computer monitor or projection into an interactive display!

 

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 Obviously research is key. What you’d like to do it to decide which touch screen overlay is best for your screen .i.e. has it got the right dimensions.  EASY! When you receive the overlay, just attach it to the monitor using side clips and fasteners – which the overlay will probably come with (do check this). It should come with a CD (See 4) Obviously this thing isn’t registered with the monitor. Attach the USB connector it came with into one of the computers USB ports. The computer should register the device. Insert said disk (see 2) into [...]
 
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August 11, 2014

BBC iPlayer coming to the Xbox One by the end of this year

iPlayer is heading to your Xbox One soon

The BBC has officially confirmed that iPlayer is to be released for the Xbox One by the end of this year.

It was widely speculated that the BBC was working on a version of iPlayer for the Xbox One as it was the only console missing support for it.

In a Q & A blog post, Marcus Parnwell (Executive Product Manager for the BBC) said:

“Q. You said Xbox One was coming soon – any update there?

A. Yes. I am happy to announce that we’re aiming to launch new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year.”

BBC iPlayer is an online service that [...]

 
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August 1, 2014

Quantum not? Quantum is! The future of screens.

TV screens, computer monitors and even the new iPhone (to be released) are now being made with a screen using quantum dots in matrices formats. The screens will also be bigger, thinner and more flexible.

We are all familiar with TV screens, phones and monitors are currently made of pixels (the tiny box’s of colour), which are tiny squared made out of a matrix (group of data) of red, blue and green phosphor (phosphorus coating). Much like the cathode ray in the first TV sets, electrons (tiny negatively charged particles) are fired at the screen and are controlled by magnets to make the picture that we see, as controlled by a signal received by the set via satellite or [...]

 
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May 31, 2014

Skype announces real-time call translation

Don’t bother learning foreign languages anymore, this is the future

Skype has announced their plans to launch a real-time translation feature as a part of Skype that will allow you to communicate with anyone across the world in your native language as it will translate your speech into the receiver’s language where they can communicate back with you. This breaks down all language barriers allowing people to connect in ways never before possible.

Skype Translator has been a project that results from decades worth of work from Skype and the Microsoft Translator team and it’s sure to improve over time and as it completes its beta phase. The team demonstrated a [...]

 
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May 3, 2014

Microsoft releases XP patch despite supposed end of support

Microsoft releases a patch for XP after dropping support

Last month, Microsoft supposedly ended support for its wildly popular Windows XP operating system. Yet, just this week, it released a patch to close a security hole in versions of Internet Explorer compatible with XP. Microsoft described the patch as an “exception” to its decision to cease supporting the operating system.

Admittedly, Microsoft had good reason to make such an exception. On April 28th, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a statement urging organisations to either mitigate a newly discovered flaw or “consider employing an alternate browser.” Microsoft simply could not allow [...]

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