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
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In March, Bing claimed one in five of US-based desktop searches, according to comScore. The numbers vary depending on the source; StatCounter reports only 12 percent for Bing’s desktop market share. What’s consistent, however, is the trend. Bing is becoming more relevant.What’s more, the Bing algorithm powers Yahoo!, which has significantly increased its desktop market share. Together, they rack up over one in three US desktop searches by comScore’s measurement. That’s a significant chunk of search. Is Google starting to falter?Over the past year, Bing’s US deskop search share grew by over 10 percentYou’d expect the growth to originate from a change in browser market share. Purchases of desktop devices are stagnating in favor of tablets and other mobile devices. You could suspect that less tech savvy and enterprise users, who stick with a desktop computer and Internet Explorer as their default browser, are … [Read more...] about Can Microsoft outsmart Google in search?
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
Even the most vociferous Apple haters can surely admit that Apple -- judged upon the evidence of its record-breaking quarterly profit of US$18 billion, the most of any public held company ever -- is not only firing on all cylinders but also creating products that consumers around the world are willing to pay a premium for.Apple sold an astounding 74.5 million iPhones last quarter. It sold 5.5 million Macs -- a number that is on the rise, while other PCs have fallen. Plus, the company sold 21.4 million iPads -- a product that's basically just a refinement of its previous-generation iPad.The question is why? The sheer scope of Apple's success is mind-boggling. Certainly there are many reasons Apple's products are selling, and many reasons Apple is able to build and ship products with enviable profit margins.An Apple fan can argue that Apple's products boast build qualities that are second-to-none and that they are the "best overall" product in most every category. However, that's not … [Read more...] about OPINION Think Different: Apple’s 10 Biggest, Riskiest Bets
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
Open source is driving an ever-expanding market. The notion of community-driven development is a growing disruption to proprietary software controlled by commercial vendors, and the free open source software concept has become a major disruption in industry and technology.Open source is so pervasive that people tend to focus on big news items while overlooking how it's the glue of modern communication and enterprise business models."Some essential open source projects are used everywhere but rarely get much of the glamour treatment," said Markus Rex, CEO of ownCloud."Open source has reached a popularity of prevalence. It is dominant," he told LinuxInsider.As 2015 grinds to an end, LinuxInsider invited industry insiders to discuss the top open source developments that will push the concept in new directions. Following are the top 10 trends they identified.The biggest development in open source in 2015 was the trend of long-standing closed source companies starting to release their … [Read more...] about Top 10 Open Source Developments of 2015