Day: October 10, 2018

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  • Last week in NYC, Microsoft announced the newest peripheral to the Surface family, Headphones. At that time, the company didn’t announce the availability date but this morning, the company revealed that they will start shipping in November. If you are willing to pay $349, you can pre-order the headphones starting on November 15th, according to the Microsoft store, with the shipping date being only four days later on the 19th. Considering how close this date was announced after the official unveiling, I’m a bit curious why they didn’t share this information last week. Thurrott
  • Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform. Microsoft will make a strategic investment in Grab. The five-year agreement will see both parties collaborate on a range of technology projects, including big data, artificial intelligence and mobility solutions. Microsoft Corp. and Grab, the leading on-demand transportation, mobile payments and online-to-offline services platform in Southeast Asia, announced on Monday a strategic partnership that will transform the delivery of digital services and mobility in the region by leveraging Microsoft’s world-class expertise in machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform and Microsoft will make a strategic investment in Grab. “This partnership signals a deep collaboration with Microsoft on an array of technology projects, including big data and artificial intelligence, that will transform the delivery of everyday services and mobility solutions in Southeast Asia,” said Ming Maa, president of Grab. “As a global technology leader, Microsoft’s investment into Grab highlights our position as the leading homegrown technology player in the region. We look forward to collaborating with Microsoft in the pursuit of enhancing on-demand transportation and seamless online-to-offline experiences for users.” “Our partnership with Grab opens up new opportunities to innovate in both a rapidly evolving industry and growth region,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president at Microsoft. “We’re excited to team up to transform the customer experience as well as enhance the delivery of digital services for the millions of users who rely on Grab for safe and affordable transport, food and package delivery, mobile payments, and financial services.” Microsoft
  • A new service from Microsoft called Project Xcloud is on the way, and it will stream Xbox games, not just to consoles and PCs, but to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Microsoft shared new information about its plans in a blog post and a talking-heads YouTube video. The company made a vague announcement about the new service at its E3 press conference earlier this year, but this is the first time the industry giant has provided details about how it works and when it might become available. Microsoft is testing the service right now. Multiple control methods will be offered on mobile phones and tablets. First off, users will be able to pair an Xbox wireless controller with Bluetooth, and Microsoft showed footage of this in action with a phone-mount attachment for the controller. If a user doesn’t have a controller, Microsoft says it is “developing a new, game-specific touch-input overlay that provides maximum response in a minimal footprint.” ARSTechnica
  • Apple’s full release notes for the update are below: iOS 12.0.1 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad. This update: – Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable – Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz – Restores the original position of the “.?123” key on the iPad keyboard – Fixes an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps – Addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
  • Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling it offline due to data deletion issues over the weekend. The software giant says there were only a few reports of data loss, at a rate of one one-hundredth of one percent. “We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation,” says Microsoft’s John Cable, director of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery. Microsoft is now re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, before rolling it out more broadly to consumers. “We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly,” explains Cable. The Verge