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  1. DooKey

    Microsoft and Carlsberg Team Up to Develop New Beer Faster

    Up until now it's taken breweries up to 24 months to develop a new beer for the market. One of the reasons is it the time it takes for humans to run tests on the liquids to detect flavors and aromas in the new brew. In order to reduce this time (approximately 30% of total time) Carlsberg is...
  2. DooKey

    Microsoft Issues Emergency Update to their Malware Protection Engine

    Microsoft has released an emergency update to their malware protection engine that most users should get automatically. What makes this so funny is the fact that what's supposed to protect your system has to be fixed to protect itself. Anyway, it could have been worse if MS called this a...
  3. Armenius

    Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/22/microsoft-sued-over-hololens-patent-infringements/ Microsoft's HoloLens has hit a legal speed bump. The mixed-reality device, which is gaining traction with businesses, is at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by HoloTouch. The...
  4. DooKey

    Patch alert: Microsoft Acknowledges Printer Bug; Forced 1709 Upgrades Continue

    Patch Tuesday problems roll out, with a new acknowledgment from Microsoft about a dot matrix printer bug, continued reports of Win10 1703-to-1709 upgrades, one unconfirmed report of a forced 1607-to-1709 upgrade, and a memory violation error with CDPUserSvc. I posted an article on Friday that...
  5. C

    Microsoft Hololens $3000

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/buy?&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=AID%5BAllocadiaActivityID%5D_SEM_xrBWg1E7&ocid=Push_sem_pmc_pma_GOO_Push_microsoft%20hololens At least they won't be sold out soon :)
  6. DooKey

    Microsoft Says Demand for Xbox One X is 'Super High'

    According to Microsoft, demand for the Xbox One X is right where they anticipated and the excitement for the product is high. Of course they won't compare it to other consoles. Anyway, shortages are expected in some regions, but this is to be expected with the launch of a new product like the...
  7. DooKey

    PUBG Coming to the Xbox One Family

    I know there are a lot of you out there that love to play PUBG on the PC and I'm sure you console gamers have been a bit jealous. No need to be jealous anymore because the Xbox One is going to get PUBG as a console launch exclusive on December the 12th. One good thing about this in my mind is...
  8. DooKey

    Microsoft Receives Patent to Protect the Headphone Jack

    Microsoft has received a patent for a plug receptacle for an electronic device. Basically it allows for a 3.5mm headphone jack without taking up a lot of space inside the phone. It operates by expanding to the front, back, or both sides of the receptacle. I know there are still a lot of...
  9. R

    Microsoft Has Stopped Manufacturing The Kinect

    After 7 years of love and hate Microsoft is stopping production on the Kinect. Kinect’s creator, Alex Kipman, and Matthew Lapsen, the general manager of marketing for Xbox Devices in an interview with Fast Company. Microsoft has been slowly de-emphasized over the years with the removal of the...
  10. DooKey

    Unpatched Microsoft Word DDE Exploit Being Used In Widespread Malware Attacks

    There's a newly discovered unpatched attack method out there that exploits a built-in feature of Microsoft Office. Apparently it is currently being used in various widespread malware attack campaigns. This new method uses DDE and doesn't require a macro to work. The way to protect yourself is...
  11. DooKey

    BoundHook Attack Exploits Intel Skylake MPX Feature

    A post-intrusion technique developed by researchers at CyberArk Labs called BoundHooking allows attackers to exploit a feature in all Intel chips introduced since Skylake. The attack technique allows for the execution of code from any process without detection by antivirus software or other...
  12. DooKey

    Microsoft's Redesigned Xbox Dashboard is Now Available to All

    Looks like Microsoft has released a new update to the Xbox dashboard today. I don't currently play on a console system so I'm interested in what the console gaming community thinks about this new update. But I will say it looks pretty good to me. Customize Your Home: The first thing Insiders...
  13. FrgMstr

    Don't Expect XBone and PS4 Cross-Play Any Time Soon

    I honestly did not even know this was a thing till cageymaru pointed me to it, but it seems as though Microsoft has been talking at Sony a long time about getting cross-play enabled with XBone and PS4. Quite frankly, I doubt this would ever happen as Sony does not seem like the type of company...
  14. harsaphes

    Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality Headset

    Just preordered one of these as my Christmas present to myself. Early hands on reviews are good and I'm interested in the 'inside out' tracking system. https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/3/16413968/samsung-microsoft-windows-mixed-reality-headset-oculus-rift-comparison-hands-on...
  15. M

    Microsoft Shutting Groove Music, Moving Users to Spotify

    Sad news for the dozens of you out there using Groove Music. Microsoft is shutting down the service soon and will migrate users to Spotify starting December 31. Customers will not be able to purchase songs and albums on the Windows Store. An update is scheduled to roll out next week for Windows...
  16. M

    Killer Instinct Out on Steam

    Any fighting game fans holding out for a Steam release will not have to wait anymore. Microsoft Studios has finally released Killer Instinct on Steam. Developed by Iron Galaxy, this reboot of the franchise brings the classic arcade fighter into the modern era. Previously available for free on...
  17. M

    Ford Using HoloLens for Car Design

    Although the Ford Motor Company is still using clay models for designing prototypes of its future cars, the company does not shy away in embracing newer tech. Ford is now using augmented reality in part by way of Microsoft's HoloLens. The partnership is being billed as another helpful tool in...
  18. ProfessorUtopia

    Windows Mixed Reality Releasing October 17th

    Public availability of Microsoft's take on VR is just over 6 weeks away. With 5 major brands expected to release HMDs this year, coupled with support for Steam content, does MS have a shot at this market? Though apparently not achieving the titular "Mixed Reality" at launch (at least not from...
  19. M

    Microsoft Stops Sales of Original Xbox One

    Those of you who haven't gotten yourself a brand new original Xbox One can stop looking. Microsoft has officially ended the sale of the older model. You can still pick up an Xbox One S and the upcoming Xbox One Pro, but the company stopped the manufacture of new Xbox One consoles a few months...
  20. R

    Crackdown 3 Has Been Delayed Until Spring 2018

    Microsoft has announced that Crackdown 3 has been delayed until Spring 2018, claiming that the development teams need extra time in order to ensure a quality gameplay experience. I can't say I'm all that surprised. The game was first announced at E3 2014, targeting a release at the 2nd half of...
  21. R

    Microsoft Claims 71% Of Windows 10 Users Are Happy With Telemetry

    Microsoft is claiming that seven out of ten Windows 10 users have opted for the full telemetry settings since the Creators Update. What the blog post from Marisa Rogers, Windows Privacy officer fails to notice, is that means 29%, or 145 million people didn't just click through the default...
  22. M

    Microsoft Overhauls Command Prompt Colors

    For the first time in 20 years, Microsoft is updating the Windows Console. The new color scheme is made more legible for modern displays with higher contrasts. Users will need a clean install of build 16257 to test out the implementation. This revamp is a part of Microsoft's planned Fall...
  23. R

    Microsoft Announces The Windows Bounty Program

    In a brief Blog post today, Microsoft has announced the "Windows Bounty Program." Microsoft have been offering bug bounties since 2012, but are now extending the program to all features of the Windows Insider Preview including Windows Defender Application Guard, and Edge. I was not aware of...
  24. Q

    Windows Surface Mobile: Microsoft might actually be getting it right

    Windows Central has a very interesting speculation piece here about the future of Windows and Microsoft in the mobile space. Whether it's correct or not, only time will tell but it makes a couple of telling points. Firstly, that for Microsoft to succeed at the next iteration it's necessary that...
  25. FrgMstr

    Microsoft's Rural Broadband Strategy - UHF

    Microsoft is planning to get 23 million Americans left behind, in terms of broadband, online by 2022. The technology boils down to taking advantage of unused UHF television spectrum bands. Yeah, you old guys remember the knob on the bottom! Our call for a new strategy reflects in part our own...
  26. K

    Windows 2012 R2 Failover Cluster with Virtual RDM - Cluster Across Boxes?

    It seems difficult to find a solid answer to this question. VMs are running on vSphere 5.5 across multiple ESXi hosts. VMware documentation says both physical and virtual are supported in this configuration but physical is recommended. The same documentation also states, "Clusters across...
  27. M

    Microsoft Used AI to Master Ms. Pac-Man

    While I'm still trying to get to Donkey Kong's kill screen myself, researchers at Microsoft developed artificial intelligience using reinforcement learning to beat Ms. Pac-Man. The team from Maluuba, recently acquired by Microsoft this year specifically used the Atari 2600 version of Ms. Pac-Man...
  28. FrgMstr

    Microsoft Fixes Unsupported AMD Hardware

    Long time HardOCPer, The_Heretic, let us know that after Microsoft gimped a few of his workplace AMD machines back in mid-March, Microsoft has finally come through with a fix only 3 months later. Late yesterday, Microsoft issued security fix KB4022722 that addresses this problem for Windows 7...
  29. M

    Microsoft's Project Scorpio Named Xbox One X Priced $499.99

    After a full year of speculation, it's official the name for Microsoft's Project Scorpio is Xbox One X.The basic specs include an 8-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHZ, 12GB of DDR5 RAM, 1TB 2.5-inch drive, and 4K UHD Blu-Ray player. The GPU runs at 40 compute units @ 1172MHz attached to a vapor chamber...
  30. M

    Xbox Scorpio Design Leaked

    Well ahead of Microsoft's E3 2017 Briefing, website Gadgets 360 is reporting of twitter users leaking the first look at its design. Compared the hefty size of the Xbox S, this design looks pretty slim. After the rumored pricetag of $499, I wonder how well the public will take to this "premium...
  31. Bees

    Free Trial of Gears of Wars 4 Available Through June 15th

    Not to be upstaged by any other free giveaways, developer The Coalition is allowing a free trial of Gears of War 4 on Xbox one and PC. Beyond access to online multiplayer and Horde mode, players will be allowed to access up to roughly 20% of the single-player campaign, or up to 10 hours of...
  32. Bees

    Microsoft Ending Docs.com Services in December

    Bad news arrived for users of Docs.com today: Microsoft has announced that the file hosting site will be shutting down, in favor of their other hosting service, SlideShare. Big M acquired SlideShare during the LinkedIn purchase, unwittingly making Docs.com a superfluous service in the process...
  33. M

    A Look at Project Scorpio's Development Kit

    Microsoft's very own, Larry Hyrb aka Major Nelson, takes us on a quick tour of the Project Scorpio development kit. Taking input from developers during last years E3, the kit boosts some extra processing power, 24GBs of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for developers to work with. For the developers that need...
  34. cageymaru

    Microsoft Researches Holographic Near-Eye Displays for Virtual and Augmented Reality

    Microsoft Research has unveiled new technology designed to bring a comfortable, eyeglasses style form factor to virtual reality and augmented reality. They have demonstrated how they can create holographic imaging with a device in the form factor of sunglasses by using a powerful wave-front...
  35. Bees

    Microsoft Defends Decision to Not Include USB Type-C in Surface

    Like a fallen tree in an empty forest for no one to hear, the relevance of a new hardware standard is questionable if manufacturers fail to include it with their designs. One of the latest conundrums in the technological forest is Microsoft’s decision to preclude USB Type-C ports from their...
  36. Zarathustra[H]

    72% of Windows 10 Users use Cortana Less than Once a Month

    Today at Build 2017, Microsoft's developer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Windows 10 has reached a new milestone, with 500 million monthly active installations. Of course, this is about half the billion installations they had targeted reaching by now, and they reached...
  37. Schtask

    These are Not the Zero Days You are Looking For

    As chaos gripped the hallowed halls of various Security Operations Centers around the world, Microsoft stood like a defiant digital Gandalf. "You shall not pass!" they declared as they smashed the ground with the Staff of Patching, releasing a golden ring of light and sending their adversaries...
  38. Zarathustra[H]

    Microsoft finally reveals what data Windows 10 collects from your PC

    As we have reported on in the past, Microsoft has new privacy controls in the works in response to a lot of people being unhappy about the combination of Microsoft not letting people disable data collection in Windows 10 completely, and also not being transparent about what, exactly, they...
  39. Zarathustra[H]

    People Inadvertently Sharing Sensitive Files via Microsoft's Docs.com

    Here's one from the RTFM file. Apparently it was, until Microsoft disabled the site-wide search function, possible to find social security numbers, health insurance ID numbers, bank records, job applications, etc. all publicly shared on Docs.com. A very large number of users apparently did not...
  40. Zarathustra[H]

    Microsoft Confirms Windows Issue is Holding back AMD's Ryzen?

    Well, not so fast. Guru3D has a story to this effect running today, and while it does look like Microsoft's statements suggest that they are looking to patch things for Ryzen, I have never seen anyone put so many weasel words into a single tweet before. That's impressive considering the 140...
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