Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 4. As it did with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 4, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. We've also kept the list of all the preview builds that led up to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2), which are below the builds of Redstone 4.Note: If you're looking for information about updates being rolled out to all Windows 10 users, not previews for Microsoft Insiders, see "Windows 10: A guide to the updates."Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17101Release date: February 14, 2018The big news … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
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For decades, Apple tried to push into the enterprise market through the data center back door. In the 1990s, it rolled out its Apple Network Server, which quickly failed. In the early 2000s, it introduced its Xserve line – a data center server that lasted in various iterations through 2011, but never gained traction.More recently, it has pinned its hopes on partnerships with leading software and service providers, hoping to capture more of the seemingly elusive, but lucrative, enterprise market.In truth, Apple has already won.To be certain, Microsoft still dominates the workplace desktop and laptop space. But Apple – which tomorrow will unveil new iPhones – recognizes who it is and who it isn't. As Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War, "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.""Consumer technologies are becoming the leading platforms in the enterprise market, bringing additional capabilities to enterprise apps … [Read more...] about Apple in the enterprise? It’s already there
Android and iOS represent the lion's share of the mobile operating system market, and while there's inherent risk with the use of any mobile device in the enterprise, Android presents a much bigger target for malware attacks and, in turn, corporate security issues.With the massive growth of Android-powered devices in businesses over the past couple of years, companies need a strategy to minimize any risk the platform may pose, according to industry research firm J. Gold Associates."The point is because Android is basically open source, anyone can look at what's in Android. You can't do that with iOS," said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. "If you're LG, for example, and you put out a phone with modification to the OS, and you didn't do a good job with it, there's a potential vulnerability. And, in this day and age, someone will find it."Even if a developer makes a small modification to an app running on Android, it can create a security hole, Gold said."Even if you … [Read more...] about Android vs iOS security: Which is better?
Review By Daniel Eran Dilger Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 10:54 pm PT (01:54 am ET) Apple's iPhone X introduces the next decade of iOS. It pairs an advanced, full-face display with a strikingly beautiful glass and steel design. It invents new multitouch alternatives to the Home button and introduces an advanced TrueDepth 3D camera system, fast Face ID authentication and futuristic augmented reality effects from Portrait Lighting selfies to Animoji, further expanding its role in defining affordable luxury in mobile devices.iPhone X boldly diverges from a solid, ten year design iPhone X fundamentally changes many aspects of what has been the most incredibly popular and lucrative franchise in consumer technology. That could be seen as a wildly risky move: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" But in the fast-moving world of technology innovators, the prime directive is to "move fast and break things" to deliver something even better. Apple prefers to think of its new phone as finally … [Read more...] about iPhone X review: Apple’s Face ID vision for the future of iOS
MobileMe and iWork.com, and groups together functionality previously included in the iTunes, iBooks, and App Stores. It also does setup, backup, and restore, and a host of other things. Unlike MobileMe, Apple has carefully avoided calling iCloud a sync service. Instead, they say it wirelessly stores your content on the server and then pushes it back down to all your devices. This probably better frames the relationship between cloud and devices. There's no single master copy of "truth" on the server, but coequal copies on every device, and on iCloud.com (which Apple notes is ad free. Zing). And just like with iOS, there's no end-user exposed file system. Your data no longer exists in folders like it did on iDisk. It exists in apps. Storage capacity Everyone gets 5GB of iCloud storage for free, and iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases aren't counted against that, nor are Photo Stream images. Mail, documents, accounts, settings, app data, Camera Roll, etc. do count, however. In case … [Read more...] about iOS 5 review
At Build 2017, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, Microsoft was busy announcing a bunch of new, forward-thinking developments including new updates to Windows 10 and their cloud computing platform. Perhaps the most exciting underlying theme was that Microsoft wants to make better software that works really well between devices, and they did not only mean working well between Windows PCs, but between all your devices, iOS and Android included.Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, envisions a future in which people own on average six devices. He knows that not all of these devices will be Windows based, but he wants to make sure that users of Microsoft services can have the best experience across them all, no matter what device or OS they choose to use.Turning to the present, we are hearing rumors that there may be a ‘Surface Phone’ in the works. As of October 2017, Microsoft decided to stop feature development for Windows 10 Mobile, so it would make sense that the device … [Read more...] about Do we already know what a Surface Phone would look like?
Well, guys, 2015 was yet another great year for smartphones. Maybe we didn't see the first-ever bajillion-core processor, but we got to see the first in years super-shiny Samsung flagship, the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display of the iPhone 6s, and a 4K display adorning the front of a smartphone – the Xperia Z5 Premium.But what are smartphones, if they are not filled to the brim with great innovative content from the App Store and Play Store? Well, hypothetically, they could still be pretty useful tools, but let's not get literal here. This past year, we saw quite a bit of cool, interesting, or just plain well-working apps get released. And while Google and Apple both did their own selection of best 2015 apps on the Play Store and App Store, we thought we'd go ahead and comb through our own favorite downloads for the past 12 months.We tried being concise, but hey – apps are aplenty! So, in no particular order, let's check them all out!Apps available on both iOS and … [Read more...] about PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best apps of the year
Windows 10 continues to evolve, with Microsoft moving to a biannual update schedule that already saw the Creators Update released in April 2017. Now, the company is pushing the Fall Creators Update to the Windows 10 masses, bringing a relatively minor update that nevertheless offers a slew of large and small improvements to Microsoft’s most important operating system.The update won’t arrive for everyone all at once. Microsoft is carefully staging the major Windows 10 updates lately, sending them to known good configurations first and then rolling them out slowly to other machines. If you want to install the update immediately, then you can download the Update Assistant app and use it to get all of the new features and functionality.Speaking of features and functionality, Microsoft made some bold announcements at its Build 2017 event. Much of that hasn’t actually arrived with Fall Creators Update, including the new Timeline feature for allowing users to go back to … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Fall Creators Update puts a spit polish on the world’s best OS
Looking for a challenge? Here’s one: Take a giant established automaker – say, Ford – and map out a future that transitions the company from over 100 years of fossil-fuel dependence and moves it to full electrification.And… go.While hybrid and electric vehicles are quickly gaining in popularity, concerns about range, recharging times, standardizations, and energy politics still have the power to take the spark out of the EV industry’s step.It would appear that not even Big Oil can put the electric toothpaste back in the tube at this point.Digital Trends recently talked with Mike Tinskey, Ford’s Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, while we drove around green-car crazy Portland, Oregon, in one of Ford’s big new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids. The full-size sedan was in town during an alt-powered car exhibit on Portland State University’s Electric Avenue. Ford is touring it and a few other of its hybrid and … [Read more...] about Ford’s Director of Vehicle Electrification talks plugin politics and the EV future
A new open source project, PredictionIO, is building the MySQL of prediction.The young company recently released version 0.7.3 of its open source machine learning server. Unlike typical prediction algorithms and open source libraries, PredictionIO is based on the concept of making machine learning available to software developers.PredictionIO cofounder and CEO Simon Chan sees a gaping hole in open source tools to connect database programmers and software developers. The new project's goal is to make it easier and more reliable for devs to use their database content to create predictive features.Typically, developing functionality like personalization, recommendations and content discovery are very time-consuming. Chan is determined to make those processes simpler and faster with PredictionIO.Chan assembled a team of developers and entrepreneurs with a background in computer engineering at Google, the University of California Berkeley and elsewhere. He is tapping the open source … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PredictionIO’s Simon Chan on Machine Learning by Devs for Devs