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Day: October 8, 2018

  • Microsoft first gave Windows Insiders a taste of a cloud-enabled clipboard experience with build 17666 back in May, and with the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809, the feature reached general availability with some improvements along the way, such as support for image files up 4MB in size instead of the original 1MB limit. Since its original inception, it seemed like an obvious choice to bring the feature to smartphones as well, bringing the same synced clipboard to all of a user’s devices. The company’s SwiftKey keyboard app, which is available for both Android and iOS, already features its own clipboard history, so it would make perfect sense for cloud-synced items to reside there as well. Despite the many updates made to SwiftKey over the past few months, the cloud clipboard was continuously omitted, but it looks like that may soon stop being the case. A new option has shown up in the Clipboard section of the Settings app where, if you enable cloud syncing for the clipboard, you’ll now see a link suggesting users get an app to sync clipboard items to a phone. Neowin  
  • Very few us buy Windows 10 full-price, off the shelf, since the OS usually comes pre-installed on our PCs. We either get the upgrade version or if we build a new PC the system builder version. If you are one of the rare buyers of the OS (e.g. you want to install it in Bootcamp on your Mac) then you will find the Windows tax has just seen an increase. Windows 10 Home will now set you back $139, a $19.01 increase over the earlier $119.99 price. It is not 100% clear when the price increase went into effect, but near as we can tell it was some time in early September. This means lots of retailers are still selling the OS at the older price, and if you don’t mind waiting it may be better to get the version on USB from Amazon than the more expensive download-only version from the Microsoft Store. Given the recent quality issues with Windows 10 recently do our readers think the price increase is justified? Let us know below. MSPowerUser
  • Four years. That’s how long it’s been since Microsoft acquired Minecraft developer Mojang. A lot has happened in those four years — Minecraft on Switch, malware in Minecraft, open-sourcing some of the code… wait, what was that last one?Yesterday, Microsoft and Mojang released two parts of Minecraft’s Java code in library form, so that “anyone can pick them up and use them in their own game”, according to Lead Engineer Nathan Adams. Thanks to being MIT-licensed, anyone is free to “contribute and … help improve our game engine” and, by the same token, use the code freely in other projects, commercial or otherwise. Kotaku
  • Amazon’s Alexa app has just been given a major visual overhaul, largely focused on helping users set up and control their smart home. From the app’s new devices tab, users can view all their different Alexa-enabled devices and groups on one screen, as opposed to switching between tabs like before. And the app is much more colorful, too. Instead of a set of white icons on a dark background, Alexa’s device groups — like Living Room, Kitchen, Bedroom, etc. — now feature colorful backgrounds, so you can find the one you need with just a glance. An overhaul of the devices section was needed, not only for aesthetic reasons, but because Alexa owners are stocking their house with more than one smart device. According to a Nielsen report on smart speaker adoption released earlier this month, four out of 10 U.S. smart speaker owners today have more than one device, for example. Techcrunch Four out of 10 so 40% of homes in America have Alexa
  • Microsoft has pledged to rescue those all-important personal files that its most recent Windows 10 update contrived to consume. The company was forced to halt the rollout of its October 2018 upgrades when users started complaining that their documents, music and images were disappearing. According to Dona Sarkar, who runs the Windows Insider Program, users who have been affected by the crisis need stop using their machine, and contact Microsoft directly. In a tweet, Sarkar said that technical support teams “have the tools to get you back to a good state.” Engadget Good PR move by Microsoft.