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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday March 30th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Microsoft had several interesting announcements at this year’s BUILD conference keynote. Here’s the summary|
This summer we’ll get the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 for free if you already have Windows 10. (you may have heard it called Redstone) Windows 10 is currently installed on more than 270 million devices. It’s also coming to Xbox One and bringing universal Windows apps with it. And every Xbox One will be able to be used a s a development kit for Universal Windows apps.
On the developer-specific end, Canonical has worked with Microsoft to integrate Ubuntu userspace into Windows 10, including the ability to use the Bash command line. Mark Shuttleworth described it as a reverse Wine that transalates Windows syscalls into Linux syscalls in real time. Microsoft also announced the Desktop App Converter that turns Win32/.Net apps into Windows Universal apps.
|t||The Cortana Collection launched in the Windows app store today to show off how many apps work with the digital assistant. In the Anniversary Update Cortana will make more proactive suggestions based on what it knows about you from emails texts and your calendar. Things like ordering lunch, arranging a car ride or sending receipts to an expense account. Cortana can also use more general time-related words like last night and tomorrow. Cortana will soon be available from the lock screen and is coming to the Xbox too.||http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/30/microsoft-launches-cortana-collection-in-windows-store-unveils-proactive-features-coming-to-digital-assistant/|
The cornerstone of the keynote was the Microsoft Bot Framework. This tool in preview lets developers build their own chatbots into apps. You can browse from a directory of premade bots or use the SDK on GitHub to get started. Skype will get chatbots built in for desktop, iOS and Android and its own Skype Bot platform. Examples included booking a hotel room and arranging delivery of cupcakes. AND lastly The Hololens development kits started shipping today.
|t||Just in time for its big BUILD bot announcements Tay, the chatbot appeared on Twitter late Tuesday mostly saying, “you are too fast, please take a rest.” Microsoft said "As part of testing, she was inadvertently activated on Twitter for a brief period of time."||http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/03/microsoft-accidentally-revives-nazi-ai-chatbot-tay-then-kills-it-again/|
Royal Dutch Airlines aka KLM announced it will send flight confirmation, boarding passes, flight status and receive questions through Facebook Messenger. Passengers can take advantage of the service when they book tickets through KLM.com and agree to receive information through Messenger. Roll out starts today with the feature globally avaible in the coming days and weeks.
|t||Google engineer Benson Leung says on Google+ that Amazon has banned USB-C cables not in compliance with the USB Implementers Forum standards. Leung previously fried a Chromebook Pixel 2015 when trying out cheap USB-C cables bought on Amazon.||http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/30/amazon-bans-crappy-usb-type-c-cables/|
Motherboard reports on a CNBC blog post called “Apple and the construction of secure passwords.” The idea was to teach users about constructing secure passwords. The execution was awful. It asked users to type in their passwords to test how secure they were. The form had no encryption the passwords were sent in clear text to a Google doc and shared with all advertisers on the page. CNBC has since taken the post down.
|t||PC World reports the US ACLU has identified 64 cases where the US Department of Justice has requested cooperation from Apple or Google under the All Writs Order to unlock mobile devices. 7 of the 9 cases involving Google asked for a password reset. 30 of the cases are from 2015 or later. This is in addition to 12 cases identified by Apple’s lawyer Marc Zwillinger in February.||http://www.pcworld.com/article/3049714/us-has-asked-apple-google-to-help-unlock-devices-in-more-than-70-cases.html#tk.rss_news|
Foxconn Technology Group has agreed to purchase a controlling stake in Sharp for 389 billion yen (US$3.5 billion). That’s 100 billion yen less than an agreement that was almost reached a month ago before Sharp divulged full details on liabilities. Foxconn will buy 66% of Sharp for 88 yen a share. A clause will still let Foxconn buy just Sharp’s display business if the deal falls apart before October 5th. Foxconn is positioning itself to sell products to consumers.
|t||Biztechafrica reports a team of 10 Software engineering students led by Joseph Kitamirike at Makerere University in Uganda have developed a device to start a car with a fingerprint. The device is called Kuanza Gari, Swahili for ‘Start a car.’ The system has a GSM code system to allow starting the car by SMS as a backup. The students are patenting the system and expect it to sell between $250-$300.||http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/students-unveil-fingerprint-car-starting-module/11201/|
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|Microsoft answers Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney's fears on Windows 10 openness | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi||http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/30/microsoft-answers-epic-games-ceo-tim-sweeneys-concerns-on-windows-10-openness/|
|Epic's Tim Sweeney: Here's how to keep Windows an open platform | GamesBeat | Games | by Tim Sweeney||http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/10/epics-tim-sweeney-heres-how-to-keep-windows-an-open-platform/|
|Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it | Technology | The Guardian||http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/04/microsoft-monopolise-pc-games-development-epic-games-gears-of-war|
|Your Xbox One will turn into a devkit this summer with a Windows 10 update | GamesBeat | Games | by Jeff Grubb||http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/30/your-xbox-one-will-turn-into-a-devkit-this-summer-with-a-windows-10-update/|
|Microsoft unveils Desktop App Converter, a developer tool for bringing existing Win32 apps to the Windows Store | VentureBeat | Dev | by Emil Protalinski||http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/30/microsoft-unveils-desktop-app-converter-a-developer-tool-for-bringing-existing-win32-apps-to-the-windows-store/|
|The Windows Store gears up for all-out war with Steam | PCWorld||http://www.pcworld.com/article/3049669/software-games/the-windows-store-gears-up-for-all-out-war-with-steam.html|
|Windows Universal Apps|
- On March 4 Epic’s Tim Sweeney called out Microsoft as taking the first step towards locking down the PC ecosystem. (Guardian)
- Phil Spencer head of Xbox responded “UWP is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, and can be supported by any store.”
- Kevin Gallo corporate VP Windows emphasized sideloading and sais, ““The Universal Windows Platform is a fully open ecosystem, available to every developer, that can be supported by any store. “
|At Win10 launch to open up to all UWP apps, had to turn on Developer mode in |
- Start → Settings → Update & Security → For Developers, turn on “Developer Mode”
- November 2015 made ‘sideload’ default. Which means the apps don’t have to be from the Windows store but have to be signed by MS with MS DRM
- Not necessary for security since certificate authorities already exist
|March 10 VentureBeat|
Sweeney’s default setting recommendations:
1. support installation from any source
2. Support digital signing from non-Microsoft sources like CAs
3. Allow 3rd-party stores to install, update and uninstall UWP apps
4. No restriction on net connectivity for 3rd-party apps or on commerce outside MS store.
5. Stop calling non-MS Store installation “sideloading”
|Today at BUILD|
- Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Windows and Devices at Microsoft, said “This is an open platform. It is an open ecosystem of hardware and software development partners. It has been for over 30 years. Nothing changes with the Universal Windows Platform.” And he said, “There has been no better time to be a Windows developer.”
- Nadella made reference to Windows open for everyone
- Desktop App Converter takes Win32 apps and games and converts them to Windows 10 apps for the Windows app store. There is still a submission process, which Gallo hasn’t yet detailed.
- Annoucned conversion toll for converting Win32 apps to UWP
|Pick of the day:|
|Gadgetchaser in Manassas writes: Regarding managing extensions in Chrome, I'd like to recommend SimpleExtManager in the Chrome Web Store. I've been using it for probably about 9 months and it's indispensable for configuring and customizing Chrome depending on my task or workstation. It allows you to turn on and off your extensions at will without going into Chrome Settings. It also manages Chrome apps in the same way. The best part is the Groups function. You can create Groups of extensions that you can activate/deactivate as a batch. So, I have a Group I use at work (which has different limitations on what I can do on the Internet), a group for security, a group for research, a group for communication. You can activate extensions one at a time or by the group or by both. You can backup and import your groups via a simple backup file in the options. It is invaluable to me for managing extensions. It also doesn't make me feel too guilty about trying new extensions knowing that I can turn them on and off at will. Especially when performance is an issue.||https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/simpleextmanager/kniehgiejgnnpgojkdhhjbgbllnfkfdk|
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|You had an interesting discussion yesterday about free to play mobile games. That 0.23% number got a lot of attention. First let's remember that is what percent of players generate just half the revenue. The other half of the revenue is generated by more players.|
2.3% of players spend real money in these games.
That still sounds very low but let's put that in perspective. 60% of players try the game once and never play it again. 90% stop playing within the first 30 days. There are some players who play for a long time and never pay but they are less than 10%.
Having only 2% of the game downloads generate revenue isn't that different than premium games that have free demos. 10 years ago I was making downloadable demos for my premium games and the industry standard was for 2% of the trial downloads to convert to sales.
When players can download another free trial in an instant at takes a lot to convince them this game is worth spending real money on. That was true of premium games 10 years ago and still true for free to play games today.
James C. Smith
(Mobile game developer from Irvine)
|Andy wrote regarding Nik being described as a collection of plugins: "While it's definitely best as that it is possible to open some parts of the collection individually from their .exe file. C:\Program Files\Google\Nik Collection\Color Efex Pro 4.exe |
I tested them all and Analog Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, HDR Efex Pro 2, and Silver Efex Pro 2 are able to open image files and apply their filters.
Dfine 2, Sharpener Pro 3, and Viveza 2 do not seem to have a way to open a file when they are not used as a plugin.
I use them as plugins but the ones I use most are the ones that can be opened individually, so I still reckon it's worth the free download even if you don't want to use it with GIMP.
Cheers from steamy Singapore.
|BigJim wrote with a link to a story from American Shipper that Amazon is opening a fulfillment center in Edgerton , Kansas.|
He thought this was significant for three reasons.
1.) They can free up the majority of space in their other distribution centers and Kansas is s good central location. with access to a rail hub.
2.) Transit time to Kansas is about the same from east coast or LA giving flexibility.
3. Labor is cheaper than on the coasts.
BigJim says “I cannot state this enough, Amazon is a company that is making a ton of good moves building up their infrastructure right now.”
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