Day: October 12, 2018

  • October 12, 2018

    Fitbit And Health Hacking

  • Microsoft is launching a big new feature for the Xbox One today, introducing integration for Amazon Alexa as well as Cortana. The company is releasing a new Xbox Skill that lets Alexa and Cortana users control their Xbox One with their voice. You can turn on/off your console, take screenshots, launch apps/games, and more with the new Xbox Skill for Alexa and Cortana. To go along with the launch of the new Xbox Skill, Microsoft is giving away a free Amazon Echo Dot with the purchase of an Xbox One X or Xbox One S. The deal is only available through Amazon for customers in the United States, and it will only be available till supplies last. It’s not available right now, but Microsoft says the deal will go live in the coming days. Thurrott  
  • Following the Windows 10 October 2018 Update File Deletion issue, Microsoft is now facing another serious issue caused by KB4462919 Cumulative Update (OS Build 17134.345), which was released a couple of days back for Windows 10 version 1803 PCs. After installing this update, on certain HP PCs, users are welcomed by BSOD due to WDF_VIOLATION error. There seems to be some issue related to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\HpqKbFiltr.sys driver file. To fix this issue, go to Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Command Prompt and type the following commands: cd c:\windows\system32\drivers ren HpqKbFiltr.sys HpqKbFiltr.sys_old Once the renaming of the file is successful, restart the PC to successfully load Windows 10. According to Microsoft Support forums, Microsoft is aware of this BSOD issue affecting PCs from various OEMs and it has temporarily paused the update to investigate the issue reported. MSPowerUser Microsoft just can’t win right now with updates last week.
  • Microsoft has “taken action” to change its Bing search engine after it was found to give “horrifying” results for some terms. Journalist Chris Hoffman discovered Bing suggested racist topics when he looked up words such as “Jews”, “Muslims” and “black people”. Bing also ranked widely debunked conspiracy theories among the top suggestions for other words. Mr Hoffman said Microsoft had to do better at moderating its search system. Deeper look In his investigation, Mr Hoffman looked up racially-themed terms and found that the majority of suggestions for further searches that accompanied results pointed people to racist sites or images. BBC Microsoft has always struggled with Bing search results not being right.