Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last version of its OS it
was obvious that it was taking a different approach to its best-known product.
For home users that has been a good thing; no more expensive updates when a new
version ships, just an ongoing and steady upgrade to the OS as time goes on. In
many ways, it mimics Apple’s approach to macOS.
this year’s Build conference,
Microsoft’s developer event, its CEO Satya Nadella made some remarks that
confirm the mix of rumor and leaks we’ve seen for several months now. Nadella’s
keynote included some words from him about what’s next for Windows and how it
would change things for the better.
reported by Windows Central, Nadella said, "Soon we will share
one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock
greater economic opportunity for developers and creators. I've been
self-hosting it over the past several months and I'm incredibly excited about
the next generation of Windows. Our promise to you is this: We will create more
opportunity for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who is
looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build and distribute and
monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more very soon."
Nadella is clearly talking here about the change to how Microsoft handles its
app ecosystem. Since Windows 10 launched the company has tried to get people to
use the Microsoft Store, which is included with the OS. The problem has been
that it’s been a sluggish mess. It’s not hyperbole to say that it is one of the
three worst things in Windows 10 (the other two are its jumble of ancient UI
elements and its godawful search). PLAY SOUND
the new version of Windows launches Microsoft is aiming at getting far more
developers to use the Microsoft Store and it’s seemingly happy to make
concessions for that to happen. Currently apps from the store can only be built
in the “modern” Universal Windows Platform (UWP) which is used across Microsoft
products like Xbox, HoloLens and various IoT devices. The plan, however, is to
allow developers to distribute any app on the platform, including the more
common Win32 applications.
in August Microsoft will cut the commission it takes on store purchases down to
12%. Companies can also opt not to use Microsoft’s purchasing system, and use
their own system, which means they pay nothing to Microsoft. This allows
companies like Adobe to sell subscriptions via its website, rather than fork
over a percentage of its profit to Microsoft.
changes should help make the Microsoft Store more viable, to some extent. It’s
reasonable to suggest that it needs a massive overhaul in general to be a place
people want to go for apps. And it does give some assurance to users that their
apps will be virus-free.
a bunch of visual updates also due there’s some exciting stuff on the horizon
for Windows 10. We’re keen to see some of the legacy interfaces removed
from the OS, but it’s unclear if that’s happening in this update, or perhaps
later down the line.
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 04:15 AM A supercomputer is a machine that is built to handle billions, if not trillions of calculations at once. Each supercomputer is actually made up of many individual computers (known as nodes) that work together in parallel. A common metric for measuring the performance of these machines is flops , or floating point operations per second . In this visualization, Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu uses November 2021 data from TOP500 to visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers. For added context, a number of modern consumer devices were included in the comparison. Ranking by Teraflops Because supercomputers can achieve over one quadrillion flops, and consumer devices are much less powerful, we’ve used teraflops as our comparison metric. 1 teraflop = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) flops. Supercomputer Fugaku was completed in March 202
Beijing Orders Alibaba To Dump Media Assets That Rival China's Propaganda Machine BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, MAR 15, 2021 - 07:30 PM Beijing is reviving its crackdown on the country's biggest tech firms, reminding the world that the CCP is still focused on neutralizing any and all threats to its control of the Chinese economy and its people. Even after amending China's official ideology to include entrepreneurs among the protected classes represented by the CCP (in addition to workers, farmers and soldiers), Beijing, with President Xi at its center, has apparently decided that Chinese tech firms won't follow the American model after all. Instead, their growth and competitive capabilities will be curtailed for the sake of stability at home. After Tencent was censured and strict new requirements were officailly imposed on Alibaba-owned Ant Group that will prevent the company from growing , the Wall Street Journal reports that next up on Beijing's to-do lis