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Windows 10 Slow Ring update strides confidently into 2020

Having given admins the nod that the pre-release Windows 10 2004 was good to go for the Windows Server Update Service, Microsoft did what Microsoft does and changed it. While Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring continue to twiddle their thumbs as the Windows gang wrestles with a mystery bug, an update to Windows 10 due to hit in the April timeframe was emitted. The update, build 19041.113, came…

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Switchzilla? More like Ditch-your-staff-zilla: Cisco back at the layoffs as revenues shrink

Cisco has begun a new round of job cuts as the networking giant’s traditional hardware business faces slowing sales. “This is part of an ongoing process of aligning our investments and resources to meet the evolving needs of our customers and partners,” the company said in a nebulous statement. It declined to say how many people were affected but we are sure the protection of shareholders value will have…

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Google updates Android Studio: IDE like multi-display support and a split-view designer

Microsoft Surface Duo in mind? Google has released Android Studio 3.6 Hands On Google has updated Android studio with support for multiple virtual displays, a new split view for the layout designer, and view binding to make it easier to interact with GUI components. “As more devices are available that have multiple displays, it is important to test your app on a variety of multi-display configurations,” says the announcement…

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Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

May we present the BSOD on Wheels Windows-powered digital signage not enjoying the London weather Bork!Bork!Bork! Welcome to another instalment in The Register’s irregular look at tech behaving badly in public. Today we present Bork on Wheels. A beloved sight on London’s streets, the black cab has been through several iterations over the years and this incarnation has brought forth that very special Blue Screen of Death: the BSOD…

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Quantum compute boffins called up to get national UK centre organised for some NISQy business

An interim management team for the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQQC) has been named with responsibility to get the centre built and sketch out its priorities. The project has been funded by UK Research and Innovation to the tune of £93m over five years – a fraction of the funding provided by the US government for the National Quantum Initiative Program. The scheme is run from four university hubs…

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Trashing privacy? That’s our job! Facebook accuses analytics biz of harvesting people’s info from software dev kit sold to app makers

Data-driven ad biz Facebook filed a lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court on Thursday against another info-snarfing company for allegedly breaking the social network’s rules for gathering personal details. The California-based audience seller sued New Jersey-based OneAudience over allegations that it “improperly accessed and collected user data from Facebook and other social media companies by paying app developers to install a malicious software development kit (SDK) in their…

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‘Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing’… Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

Microsoft’s roadmap for developing Windows applications is opposed by some programmers who want to see a cross-platform solution, rather than just being Windows-only. Spanish developer José Nieto this week raised an issue on GitHub, stating that WinUI, which Microsoft is positioning as “the native UI platform for Windows 10,” should target not only Windows, but also Linux, Mac, iOS, Android and WebAssembly – this last so it would also…

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Your phone wakes up. Its assistant starts reading out your text messages. To everyone around. You panic. How? Ultrasonic waves

Video Voice commands encoded in ultrasonic waves can, best case scenario, silently activate a phone’s digital assistant, and order it to do stuff like read out text messages and make phone calls, we’re told. The technique, known as SurfingAttack, was presented at the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium in California this week. In the video demo below, a handset placed on a table wakes up after the voice…

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F8 accompli: Facebook, Epic Games, Microsoft, Unity abandon conference plans over Wuhan coronavirus fears

Growing concern over the spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus has prompted Epic Games, Microsoft, and Unity to announce on Thursday that they are withdrawing from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month. Facebook has also cancelled the meet-and-greet part of its F8 developer conference in May. “After a close review of guidance by global health authorities and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve made the…

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Never thought we’d write this headline: Under Siege Steven Seagal is not Above The Law, must fork out $314,000 after boosting crypto-coin biz

Improbable Hollywood ninja Steven Seagal has been fined by America’s financial watchdog for hiding details about a paid promotion he did for a crypto-coin investment upstart. The Under Siege star agreed to settle charges that he did not disclose having received cash and digital payments before he made endorsements for Bitcoiin2Gen. According to securities regulator the SEC today, the Above The Law hero took $250,000 in cash and $750,000…

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