Over the weekend, Google announced it would cease all business with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei.After Google’s announcement of this Huawei ban, other companies followed suit in one way or another, including Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, and even Arm.The Huawei ban is a result of multiple factors all coming to a head when United States President Donald Trump issued an executive order effectively forbidding Huawei from buying or selling products from U.S. companies.To catch up on how this all came to be, consult our roundup here.Project Dragonfly — Google’s supposedly shelved ambition to bring Search back to China — is at the very least proof that the company has its sights set on the country.While these companies losing revenue doesn’t directly affect the world of Android, it certainly does indirectly.
In addition to the standard security patches that roll out with every update, the May 2019 update (version 1903) includes a number of added features, many of them designed to provide users with simpler ways of managing their device privacy and security.The biggest security boost is Windows Sandbox, which lest you open ephemeral application sandboxes that are siloed off from your main Windows filesystem.This allows you to launch untrusted files or executables in a separate environment, virtualized using your device’s hardware acceleration.The May 2019 update also adds a microphone notification icon that alerts users when an app or website attempts to tap into their microphone or webcam hardware, empowering users to take action to prevent unauthorized hardware use.This is bundled with a dashboard menu where users can view all the apps that are currently using their microphone or camera.Along with these, Windows 10 now lets users log in to their Microsoft accounts using the Windows Hello biometric authentication suite.
The Xbox features in Windows 10 have been fairly simple, with quick tools for capturing game footage and sharing it.That's changing today, just after the launch of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.Now, the Xbox Game Bar includes extra overlay options for social features, audio, Spotify and more.Microsoft presented the details in an Inside Xbox announcement.Before, pressing "Windows Key + G" while gaming would open up a simple overlay with tools to begin recording, capture screenshots, broadcast to Mixer and other tools related to capturing your gameplay.While those tools are still present in the new Xbox Game Bar, you'll now be able to pull up other players' streams while you game.
LinkedIn guilty of the same issue in 2017Desktop users logging in to LinkedIn this week were briefly warned by their browsers that doing so was likely to be insecure – after the Microsoft-owned platform let an SSL certificate expire; an embarrassing lapse for a social network with 610 million-plus users.The issue – which affected the lnkd.in short link Tuesday afternoon – was pointed out to the company by a range of users, including Texas-based Forcepoint‘s Carl Leonard, who noted that it is the second time LinkedIn has let this happen; a cert also expired in 2017.LinkedIn SSL Lapse: Not the First Time…He told Computer Business Review in an emailed comment: “Large organisations with hundreds of millions of users globally should be setting the standard for security practices and unfortunately this is the second time that LinkedIn failed to update their SSL certificate, effectively putting user data and privacy at risk.”“Although this expired certificate only appeared to affect desktop users of LinkedIn, users had to rely on their browsers to alert them to the risks associated with the site.
On 4-5 June, graduating students at the Umeå Institute of Design will present their degree projects at the annual Design Talks & Degree Show, UID19."These students are displaying an interesting breadth encompassing many of the contemporary challenges when it comes to design.This year, we can display things like a starter pack for the design of sneakers, equipment for extensive rescue missions at sea, apps for education, robots in hospitals and naturally also transportation and vehicle solutions."The global attraction to the Umeå Institute of Design has led to a highly international group of students, the graduating students alone represent 13 nationalities, and also to close collaborations with multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Google, Samsung, BMW and Volvo.Every year, these companies send representatives to the graduation event to follow up student collaborations, to view demonstrations and portfolios, and to recruit the next generation of industrial designers.Beside the system providing access to patients learning more about their own health, it also gives information about the importance of various medical data, for instance test results, and also about the healthcare provider as an institution.
Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention.There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using.Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it’s introducing today might make it worth another look.At the beginning of April, Microsoft rolled a bunch of new Game Bar features into beta for Windows Insiders.Today, those features are all coming to the live version of Windows, giving players more control over their music and more social options within the Game Bar overlay.As a reminder, to open the Game Bar while you’re in-game, you simply need to hit Win + G – Game Bar works with most PC games, though Microsoft notes that there might be some compatibility issues with games using the Vulkan Graphics API.
Don't mind me, I'm just the thing you run your business onKubeCon Europe While customers gawped at the shiny bauble of Windows 10, Microsoft trotted out the 1903 version of its workhorse big brother, Windows Server.Helpfully occurring during the Linux Foundation's Barcelona bash, KubeCon, the release is all about containers, as well as hybrid technologies and a bit of analytics.Sadly for those playing the Microsoft drinking game, AI is nowhere to be found.While Azure and its cloudy compatriots get all the attention, there are vast fleets of thrumming silicon running Microsoft's Server OS, so administrators will greet the release with interest.Naturally, Microsoft is keen to highlight the arrival of functionality to allow Windows Server in a container on Kubernetes, something the company hopes will spur customers to at least begin the process of migrating their workloads, even if that may just be in the form of catapulting a monolithic lump of .NET code in the trendy Kubernetes world.
Microsoft is starting to improve its Xbox integration on PC with the launch of a new Xbox Game Bar for Windows 10 today.Originally unveiled for testers last month, the Game Bar is now a full overlay that’s similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience or Discord.Each section now has widgets that can let you adjust game volume and outputs or monitor your CPU, GPU, and RAM usage.Microsoft is also integrating Spotify into the Xbox Game Bar, allowing you to control song playback during games.There’s also an audio widget for The Xbox Game Bar can be activated by using winkey+G in Windows 10, and this new layout makes it far more glanceable if you wanted to toggle headset settings and then quickly get back to a game.Xbox friends list, messages, and even looking for group (LFG) widgets are also available, and you can display as many or as few of them as you want.
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Huawei’s smartphone woes continue, as carriers pull the Chinese company’s 5G handsets from their rollout amid concerns about future Android updates.The company, one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, found itself suddenly facing a future without access to key Android technology, after the Trump administration put Huawei on its trade blacklist.The fallout so far has generally been twofold.First, Huawei products have been cast into uncertainty, with a last-minute negotiation of ninety days Android security and OS updates insufficient to pacify concerned carriers and users that the devices won’t end up outside of Google’s privileged software circle.Microsoft quietly pulled Huawei’s MateBook laptops from its online store earlier this week, reflecting that the US government’s embargo on the company extends beyond just Google and Android.Most recently, Arm – which HiSilicon, Huawei’s chip design and manufacturing branch, buys technology from – has been forced to cut ties with the Chinese firm.
Mobile shopping could be set for a major security boost following a new partnership between Mastercard and Samsung.The card provider has announced it will be working with the smartphone giant to help develop and push out a new digital identity security system across mobile devices.This could finally spell an end to consumers needing to remember multiple passwords and login details, instead relying on biometric data or a single digital ID.“At Samsung, we believe consumers should be in complete control of the privacy and security of their personal identity and we’re excited to work with Mastercard to bring the first digital identity solution to Samsung smartphones,” said Yongje Kim, EVP and head of service business office at Samsung Electronics Mobile Division.Mastercard had previously announced a similar partnership with Microsoft, which it said would help facilitate speedier payment for online purchases through a similar digital ID service.The company says its new service will feature privacy by design, and be built around user-centric principles such as data ownership, confidentiality, consent and transparency, and will not collect any identity data.
Google may have killed Huawei’s ambitions to become the world’s top smartphone brand, but Microsoft is quietly following suit.The Windows maker has stopped selling Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop in its online store in the wake of the US government’s blacklisting of the Chinese firm.A listing for the laptop has vanished from the Microsoft Store, and searching for “Huawei” doesn’t return any results either.If Microsoft were to stop licensing its software to Huawei, it will be yet another huge setback for the company’s laptop business.Further, if the Seattle-based tech giant does block updates and support for Huawei laptops, it will also leave existing customers in a lurch.The move comes after President Trump signed an executive order giving the federal government the power to block US companies from buying foreign-made communication technology and services deemed a national security risk.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update is available this week and ready to download.After an extended month of testing, Microsoft is making its latest Windows 10 update available for anyone to install.The Windows 10 May 2019 Update includes a new light theme, a Windows Sandbox feature, and even kaomoji like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and quicker access to symbols.You can find our 10 favorite new Windows 10 May 2019 Update features right here.Like previous updates, Microsoft is rolling this one out in stages, and you might not see it instantly on your machine.If it’s not listed, there is another way to force your PC to get the latest update.
This morning, ARM announced that it was cutting ties with Huawei, in the interest of “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the U.S. government.” It’s a catastrophe for Huawei’s device business, cutting off an entire generation of microprocessors and coming on the heels of similar breaks from Google and Microsoft.Huawei is in deep, deep trouble, and we still don’t have a clear picture of why.Security experts have been warning about Huawei for more than a year, but it’s only in the last week that those warnings have escalated into an all-out trade blockade on the company’s US partners.There’s never been a full accounting of why the US government believes Huawei is such a threat, in large part because of national security interests, which means much of the evidence remains secret.But it’s worth tracing out exactly where the concerns are coming from and where they could go from here.As carriers raced to build out 5G networks, lawmakers rushed to keep Huawei hardware out of whatever was being built.
The world's largest annual video game industry trade show, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is almost here.And this year promises to bring another week of highly anticipated new game announcements from Microsoft, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Square Enix.This year's E3, with press conferences starting on June 8, comes at an unusual time for the industry.Game makers have signaled this will be a lull year, a time just before new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are expected to be released.But that doesn't mean there's guaranteed disappointment.Some of the games that will be announced during the show have spent years in development, creating visual spectacles in an effort to be the last must-have games before new consoles are released.
For years, the tech giant has been dogged by its relationship with the world's biggest country.In 2010, Google pulled out of the search market in China after co-founder Sergey Brin cited the government's "totalitarian" policies, including censorship of the web.Dragonfly, a censored search product for China, and an AI lab in Beijing have been particularly controversial.Microsoft removed Huawei's MateBook X Pro laptop from its online store, an apparent reaction to the ban.Google, too, reacted swiftly, saying that it would stop providing Huawei with customer support and that upcoming versions of Huawei's phones outside China would no longer get access to Google's Play Store app marketplace and its marquee slate of services, including YouTube and Gmail."They are walking more of a political tightrope than the other players are," said Bob O'Donnell, president of Technalysis Research.
Kubecon Europe The ongoing game of tit-for-tat feature updates among the Big Three cloud players continued this week, with Google confirming support for Windows Server Containers at Kubecon.Google joins Microsoft, which announced the container tech last week, and Amazon, which has had the thing lurking around as a developer preview since March.While Amazon's Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) started with Kubernetes 1.11, Google, having enjoyed a hosted Kubernetes environment pretty much since day one of the orchestration tech, held back until Kubernetes 1.14, when production-level support for Windows nodes put in an appearance.As for the thinking behind the wait, Aparna Sinha, director of product management for Kubernetes OSS and Kubernetes Engine, told The Register: "In 1.14, we think that it is ready for our users to try.Sinha also pointed out that it wasn't just Kubernetes that Google was waiting for.She went on to highlight the likes of Windows storage and networking that needed to be worked out, remarking that "the Windows operating system didn't initially support some, you know, some of these capabilities as far as Kubernetes Containers were concerned."
But according to a new report from Forrester Research on mobile banking apps, far too many banks offer frustrating apps that show little thought given to how consumers interact with their financial institutions — or at least how they should."Banks too often send customers to separate apps or web pages to view content."Menus disappear or compete with each other, names and icons have multiple meanings, or links take the customer out of the app without warning."Chase, for instance, marks its app icon on users' devices with a red number indicating how many messages are unread, but it is unclear where the messages are.Even worse, users tend to expect the "alerts" to be on critical matters — a potential fraud action or an especially large withdrawal — but they are often actually about mundane matters, such as flagging that the regular monthly statement has been mailed.Done improperly, they can anger and confuse customers and ultimately cause them to cut back on engagement.
The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is finally ready to download, and it's the first – and possibly only – major update for Microsoft's constantly-evolving Windows 10 operating system this year.The idea is to make it installable for the computers least likely to have any problems, and slowly increase the level of availability, while monitoring feedback from users and taking care that no major stumbling blocks are encountered.While it's frustraiting to have to wait, it's a good idea because it means any issues can be identified and fixed before millions of people install the software.Windows 10 May 2019 Update namePreviously known as the 'Windows 10 April 2019 Update', Microsoft revised that to 'May 2019', and officially it's referred to as 'Windows 10 version 1903' or by its codename Windows 19H1.Not only does it make the taskbar and Start Menu lighter, but new icons have been created that better suits the new Light theme.
By itself, an app or a website can only do so much.It’s when it works in conjunction with other services that it becomes truly powerful.IFTTT—for If This Then That—popularized hitching together multiple websites and services into event-driven workflows that most anyone could use.IFTTT isn’t the only game in town for hitching things together, though—especially if you’re a programmer.Here are five offerings—three hosted services and two open source projects—that provide IFTTT-like integrations for both stand-alone developers and developers working in enterprise settings.[ Microsoft .Net 5 unites the .Net Framework and .Net Core: Find out what the merger of .Net Standard and .Net Core means for developers.