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You can now develop and test apps with a Windows PC
- May 11, 2017

Live Player extensions for Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac, announced yesterday, are available today in the Microsoft Store, and Xamarin Live Player apps are available in both Google Play and the iOS App Store. When you are working on a single screen, view, or segment of code, enter Live Run Current View mode by selecting it from the menu. Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 Preview includes support for.NET Core 2.0 Preview (including Visual Basic and F#), support for Windows ... (more...)
8 killed in 5.5-magnitude quake in northern China 8 killed in 5.5-magnitude quake in northern China
- May 11, 2017

The China Earthquake Administration activated level-III emergency response procedures earlier Thursday, and said it would send a work team to help with relief work. Witnesses said frequent tremors have been felt after the quake. In Quzgun village, 820 heads of livestock were injured or killed and 1,520 homes collapsed. (more...)
Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos
- May 11, 2017

The Fall Creators Update will start hitting PCs later this year. Confusingly, Microsoft has made a decision to keep a very similar name for the forthcoming update. With Cortana, you can Pick Up Where You Left Off across Windows, iOS and Android devices. Cortana also figures into Graph - Microsoft says its personal assistant will be able to understand what you're working on and offer to resume a document or task when you log into a different machine. (more...)
Microsoft Steps Up Move Into Virtual-Reality Market Microsoft Steps Up Move Into Virtual-Reality Market
- May 11, 2017

Acer's low-priced entry-level headset will come with the controllers packed in in a $399 bundle. Microsoft announced the controllers during the keynote at its Build conference today, but did not demo them live onstage. "Holiday 2017 is going to be phenomenal", said Kipman. As of now, capable controllers are the best way to use your own hands in virtual reality - a key step toward immersive, entertaining and useful VR experiences. (more...)
500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal 500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal
- May 11, 2017

Cognitive Services include a set 22 APIs categorized across Vision, Speech, Language, Knowledge, and Search. Azure Cloud Shell is similar to Google's Cloud Shell product , which was released a year ago and also offers developers on Google Cloud Platform the ability to access a Linux terminal environment with persistent storage from any web browser. (more...)
Microsoft unveils their Surface laptop Microsoft unveils their Surface laptop
- May 11, 2017

The new Windows basically is Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS. Australian pricing is yet to be released, but in the United States, the Surface Laptop starts at US$999 (A$1324) for a Core i5 processor system with 4GB memory and 128GB solid state storage. (more...)
Microsoft Cortana Now Supports Skills From Third Parties Microsoft Cortana Now Supports Skills From Third Parties
- May 11, 2017

As you can imagine, the list at launch is very constrained, especially compared to the more than 10,000 skills available from Amazon's Alexa . In another move meant to bolster Microsoft's entrance in the connected-home game, the Cortana Skills Kit is now live in public preview in the US. (more...)
Half-billion Windows 10 devices, but PC slump stunts growth
- May 11, 2017

On the developer side of this announcement, Microsoft said the Cortana Skills Kit was now in public preview (in the U.S. only), allowing developers to " build skills for Cortana by creating a bot and publishing it to the new Cortana channel of the Microsoft Bot Framework". (more...)
Microsoft takes on Google, Apple in education market with new Surface Laptop
- May 11, 2017

It features a 13.5-inch touch-screen display, 14.5 hours of battery life, and boasts a quick startup, fast performance, and luxury fit and finish. The operating system will come on board a number of new machines in the future, including the company's freshly-announced Surface Laptop . (more...)
Snap's first earnings to shed light on battle with Facebook, Twitter
- May 11, 2017

Daily active users rose 36% to 166 million from the year-ago quarter, and up 5% from the previous quarter. Estimates for Snap's first public earnings report are quite wide, with the FactSet estimates ranging from $130 million to $195.6 million in revenue and EBITDA losses ranging from $251.2 million to $84.1 million. (more...)
Snap user growth slows, revenue misses in first report after IPO
- May 11, 2017

Year-on-year growth in users was 36%, slowing from 48% in the fourth quarter and 63% in the third quarter. Revenue and global daily average users were a hair under what analysts predicted: there was $150 million in revenue, and the app had 166 million DAUs. (more...)
8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China 8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China
- May 11, 2017

Rescuers were searching for people trapped in the rubble in Quzgun, the worst-hit village, which has a population of 449, Wang said. The China Earthquake Administration has activated level-III emergency response procedures following a 5.5-magnitude earthquake in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thursday. (more...)
Microsoft Boosts Safety with Windows Defender Security Center
- May 11, 2017

And the laptop will be available in four colors: platinum, graphite gold, cobalt blue, and burgundy. Microsoft has added a new laptop to its growing stable of Surface devices, and it's amazingly thin and fast. In the end, the Surface Laptop and the Windows 10 S have to balance everything out in order to become a serious rival for the Chromebooks. The new preview of Office contains the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps which are now delivered and updated from the Microsoft Store for ... (more...)
Snap shares plummet after growth disappoints investors
- May 11, 2017

To compensate for the lacklustre user growth, Snap pointed out that more than 3 billion daily snaps were created in order to underscore how actively engaged its user base is. It wasn't just the Snaps that were disappearing on Wednesday. Average revenue per user was 90 cents, a decrease from $1.05 in the previous quarter. (more...)
Samsung Virtually Confirms Galaxy Note8 Launch Later this Year
- May 11, 2017

Samsung expects to continue growing on the back of the memory chip business in the second quarter, driven by demand for high-density DRAM and solid-state drives (SSDs) in the server market. "The company will aim to improve performance YoY by maximizing sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and successfully launching a new flagship smartphone in the second half", Samsung said in a press release . (more...)
Microsoft announces Windows 10 S
- May 11, 2017

The Surface Laptop can be configured to higher specs including a Kaby Lake Core i7 and 8GB/16GB of RAM as well as 256GB or 512GB SSDs, but no pricing info was given on the upgraded models. It's similar to Google's Chrome OS in that it gives you access to some of the most popular Office applications - including Word, Excel and Powerpoint - whilst restricting non-approved app installs. (more...)
Apple iPhone sales fall again
- May 11, 2017

Apple chief executive officer (CEO) Tim Cook had on Tuesday reiterated that his company looked at India as a huge opportunity and that is why it was putting "so much energy" there. In the same quarter previous year, Apple sold 51 million iPhones, and the last sales figure is even lower than the one from the same period of 2015, when it reached 61.2 million models. (more...)
Apple Sales Drop On Next iPhone Release
- May 11, 2017

Apple reported adjusted EPS of $2.10 and revenue of $52.9 billion, beating estimates for EPS of $2.02 but missing estimates on revenue of $53.1 billion. On Tuesday, Apple announced the company had generated $52.9 billion in revenue and a profit of $11 billion during the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017. (more...)
Gmail users targeted by phishing attack Gmail users targeted by phishing attack
- May 11, 2017

Additionally, the firm has disabled offending accounts, deleted the fake pages, and have also pushed updates through Safe Browsing . The new email phishing scam is apparently aimed at journalists, according to a report by Fortune and it could end up being emailed from someone you know. (more...)
Microsoft boss says 'no issues' with Scorpio, should still hit targeted launch Microsoft boss says 'no issues' with Scorpio, should still hit targeted launch
- May 11, 2017

The new headset can also work with all other consoles in the Xbox One systems and PCs. It is important to note that among the most notable features of the Xbox Project Scorpio is the ability to play games in native 4K. It's not yet clear why Microsoft would want to include the FPS counter in the console. These changes are now only available for those who are a part of the Xbox One preview program, which you need to register for in order for a chance to be accepted. (more...)

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