Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the Windows 10X operating system, which will work with the new dual-screen Surface Neo devices, expected to be available in late 2020. Windows 10 X is part of Microsoft's multiyear journey to change the architecture of Windows and make it more modular, as we've already seen with the HoloLens 2, Surface Hub and Xbox. The OS is specifically created for dual-screen devices, Microsoft executives said during an event in New York. The event also saw the launch of the Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone. More conventional new products included the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 tablets, Surface Earbuds and the SQ1 custom Arm chip. Read more: Microsoft Surface event 2019: All the new products announced More than 900 million devices now have Windows 10 installed, Microsoft announced last week, up from 700 million devices about a year ago. Previously codenamed Centaurus, the dual-screened Surface Neo devices were reportedly demoed … [Read more...] about Windows 10X OS will work with new dual-screen Surface Neo devices
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Nearly a decade ago, Microsoft launched its Windows Phone platform with the promise that its software would free users from their phones. The first big ad campaign showed people engrossed in their devices at clubs, restrooms, and even on a roller coaster, while frustrated bystanders asked, over and over: “Really?” Windows Phone would answer those frustrations, said Microsoft. It was “designed to get you in and out, and back to life” with the help of the company’s striking tile-based Metro user interface. Microsoft envisioned a world in which apps would talk to each other seamlessly and content flowed freely. Despite some great design principles, Windows Phone didn’t work out, but Microsoft never gave up on the idea of improving mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft is reviving some of these ambitions by bringing what it calls its Fluent Design system to its mobile Office apps, a simplified set of principles designed, just like Windows Phone, to speed … [Read more...] about Microsoft wants everyone to follow its lead with its new mobile design
York Yang is a hardcore millennial: He doesn’t wait for restaurants or mass transit — he orders on-demand meals and wheels. And when it comes to grocery checkouts, he takes matters into his own hands. Yang and three co-founders started Caper, a maker of automated shopping carts, to solve their generation’s distaste for waiting in line to pay at the supermarket. Sure, there’s Instacart or other delivery services, but when you want the instant gratification of a kombucha, those options are too slow, said Yang, the company’s CTO. Caper speeds things along. Its smart carts feature barcode scanners, three cameras for image recognition, scales and point-of-sale card readers. Shoppers can use them for self-checkout to bypass cashier lines. They pack into a shopping cart similar technology as that of Amazon Go self-service stores. “The technology enables shoppers to scan directly on the shopping cart and pay directly on the shopping cart so they don’t … [Read more...] about Retail Therapy: Smart Carts Roll Out to Assist Shoppers and Avoid Checkouts
Advertisement Have you noticed that more and more laptops are shipping with touchscreen displays? Big-name manufacturers like Lenovo, HP, Acer, and Asus have all released their own touch-friendly devices. Some of these are what’s known as a “two-in-one laptop”.These can be used as a normal laptop. But they also have a hinge which allows the user to stow the keyboard and trackpad behind the display, in order to turn it into a tablet computer. Really though, the term “two-in-one” is a bit of a misnomer, as there’s an entire range of modes between “laptop” and “tablet” they can take.If you fold the keyboard back, but leave the display upright at a 45 degree angle, you’ve got display mode. There’s also tent mode, which is exactly what it sounds like.Last November, I bought one (an Acer Aspire R14), and I immediately fell in love with it, and how it works. Read on, and I’ll tell you why, and the five reasons your … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons to Buy a 2-in-1 Windows 10 Laptop
By David GrimmDec. 5, 2019 , 9:00 AM WINAMAC, INDIANA—It’s been a long road to retirement for Bush the monkey—and not just because he’s spent the past 15 hours in the back of a van motoring red-eye from New Jersey to Indiana. For nearly his entire life, the 23-year-old macaque lived in a lab at Princeton University. There, researchers conducted MRI scans on him to understand which parts of the brain perceive faces, and he spent much of his time in an indoor cage. In 2017, with Bush suffering from arthritis and nearing the end of his life span, the lab decided to send him to a sanctuary. “We had a very deep emotional relationship with Bush,” says Sabine Kastner, a Princeton neuroscientist who oversaw studies on the monkey. “We were all very sad the day he left, but we were happy for him.” The university took more than 2 years to find a sanctuary it felt could provide high-quality care for Bush and had space for him. Finally, on 1 October, … [Read more...] about Should aging lab monkeys be retired to sanctuaries?