@mspoweruserSpeaking to VentureBeat, Microsoft ''s Andrew Shuman, the successor to Javier Soltero and Corporate Vice President for Cortana, confirmed that Cortana for iOS and Android would be withdrawn from all international markets except USA. Microsoft has previously announced that the app will no longer be supported in only 8 countries, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, and the U.K.
In recent weeks, Facebook 's Portal unit has rolled out a number of new devices and features. Facebook 's video chat device is coming to the workplace, and Portal TV for watching video with friends during video calls is due out next month.
Activision Blizzard announced today Call of Duty: Mobile has surpassed 35 million downloads less than a week after its launch.The mobile version of Activision Blizzard s hit shooter franchise launched on October 1 for Android and iOS. According to Activision Blizzard, it achieved this milestone faster than any other first or third person shooter on Android or iOS. On Wednesday, mobile industry analyst Sensor Tower reported that Call of Duty: Mobile was at 20 million installs.
PlayStation Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden is leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment. The publisher announced the executive;s departure in a tweet on Monday evening. Here;s the official statement from SIE: "It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn "
Heart disease is a silent and often costly killer. About 610,000 people die of it in the U.S. each year, putting it at the top of the leading causes of death for women and men. And the total combined annual cost in the U.S. arising from heart disease is roughly $200 billion, owing to health care services, medications, and lost productivity.Since 2013, a trio of entrepreneurs Connor Landgraf, Jason Bellet, and Tyler Crouch has been attempting to turn the tide with heart disease monitoring software, AI, and heart sound and electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors. Their work catalyzed the founding of Berkeley, California based Eko Health, which partnered with the Mayo Clinic on algorithms that screen patients for the presence of weak heart pumps. Separately, Eko is collaborating with Northwestern Medicine and Sutter Health to improve valvular heart disease screening and connect cardiologists with remote rural patients.
HTC and Bitcoin.com have teamed up on HTC;s flagship Exodus 1 smartphone to drive cryptocurrency trading and usage.The relationship is mutually beneficial. HTC hopes to differentiate its smartphone by making it simple for people to use the device for cryptocurrency trading. And HTC could drive more traffic to Bitcoin.com, adding to the more than 4 million people who use its cryptocurrency wallet for transactions.
Regardless of whatever other augmented reality hardware solutions Apple might have been working on, the company;s immediate path forward appears to be iPhone dependent AR glasses with a handheld controller, rather than a standalone platform. That;s the biggest surprise developers Steve Troughton Smith and Guilherme Rambo have discovered in newly released versions of iOS 13 and XCode 11, which now show clear evidence of a stereo augmented reality feature called StarBoard a necessary software prelude to the release of compatible hardware.As of now, StarBoard looks similar to iOS 's CarPlay feature, which uses an iPhone to generate the graphics for a car 's external touch display. Unlike CarPlay, which outputs a single image for the 2D dashboard display, StarBoard appears to be focused on outputting two images for a 3D stereoscopic headset, which would be paired with a new touch based controller for AR navigation. Code suggests that your hand will grasp something akin to a Siri Remote or Oculus Go controller, combining a touch surface and motion controls with a trigger and a Home button.
Anyone familiar with Apple;s history of aggressive self promotion knew that titling yesterday;s event ;By Innovation Only; was either a declaration that something really big was about to be unveiled or the ultimate act of hubris for a company that has already had a rough year. Choosing the word ;innovation; implied bigger steps forward than what was previously obvious, and as the event began Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled down on the theme, promising viewers a ;huge morning; with ;some truly big announcements.;What followed was anything but huge. Apple began with underwhelming demos of new subscription services that appeared to justify their atypically low prices, followed by an uninspired update to the basic iPad, the smallest Apple Watch hardware upgrade thus far, and new iPhones that were "S " caliber in everything but name. Particularly ugly cameras and modestly longer battery life will be remembered as the biggest iPhone advancements of the event. Despite the theme and Cook 's excitement, big innovations were actually so few and far between that many viewers left the broadcast asking, "Is that it? "
Control is one of the best games of the year. It;s an excellent action adventure with Metroidvania like exploration from Alan Wake developer Remedy. And now the studio has revealed its content roadmap for Control today, which has plans for updates through the middle of 2020. The studio is even teasing a potential crossover between Control and Alan Wake.In its roadmap, Remedy highlights four major update points. This fall, Control is getting a photo mode. In December, the studio is adding a game mode called Expeditions. Then starting in early 2020, Remedy is going to begin releasing expansions. That starts with The Foundation in the early part of next year. Expansion 2, called AWE, follows that in mid 2020.
(Reuters) A federal judge on Monday ordered Facebook to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users; private data, calling the social media company;s views on privacy ;so wrong.;While dismissing some claims, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said users could try to hold Facebook liable under various federal and state laws for letting app developers and business partners harvest their personal data without their consent on a "widespread " basis.
The investment comes to $200 million collectively, according to Uber, which expects Uber Freight HQ will serve as one of its Freight business; primary engineering hubs. In a press release, Uber said the commitment builds on its collaboration with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) to bolster corporate diversity and its ongoing Chicago investments, which it claims have funneled over $1 billion into the local economy (through driver earnings) over the last three years.Uber says it will start onboarding roughly 2,000 new employees in 2020 and that it will work with CCWP to develop a process for identifying potential candidates through the latter 's system.
For $12 per month $9 monthly if prepaid annually Viveport Infinity users get access to hundreds of VR apps and games that can be used across multiple PC VR headsets, including HTC;s own Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The company says it;s now offering ;much more top rated VR games and apps; to users, thanks to greater developer engagement.While some have called Viveport Infinity the Netflix of VR, HTC is marketing the service as an opportunity for new VR users to "discover their favorite VR games, apps and videos, " potentially making purchases of content sampled in the library. Infinity adds new apps and games each month to keep its catalog interesting, while also offering Viveport Video content, frequent coupons, and free app giveaways to members.
Facebook is phasing out the Messenger discover tab, a tool it launched two years ago to help users find new bots and businesses.The discover tab, which was first announced at Facebook 's F8 developer conference in April 2017, was designed to help extend Messenger 's utility beyond a simple messaging app, with categories such as sports, news, shopping, finance, education, and more. However, with Facebook ramping up its push to evolve and refocus Messenger, it seems that it 's now looking to simplify and declutter the app.
Bug bounty programs are a great complement to existing internal security programs. They help motivate individuals and hacker groups to not only find flaws but disclose them properly, instead of using them maliciously or selling them to parties that will. Rewarding security researchers with bounties costs peanuts compared to paying for a serious security snafu. Today;s updates come after Google increased rewards for hacking Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Play last month.GPSRP has paid out over $265,000 in bounties so far. Adding more popular apps makes them eligible for rewards even if their developers don 't have their own vulnerability disclosure or bug bounty program. In these scenarios, the security researcher discloses identified vulnerabilities to Google, which in turn passes them on to the affected app developer. As a result, security researchers can help hundreds of organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities in their apps. If the developers already have their own programs, researchers can collect rewards from them and from Google.
Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis. Microsoft has released seven major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, October 2018 Update, and May 2019 Update.
"Microsoft Azure and JClarity engineers will be working together to make Azure a better platform for our Java customers and internal teams, improving the experience ... of the platform for Java developers and end users, " said Montgomery. "At Microsoft, we strongly believe that we can do more for our customers by working alongside the Java community ... The JClarity team, formed by Java champions and data scientists with proven expertise in data driven Java Virtual Machine (JVM) optimizations, will help teams at Microsoft to leverage advancements in the Java platform. "
Video viewing is on an upswing, thanks in large part to the relative ubiquity of speedy, affordable internet connectivity. By 2021, a million minutes (17,000 hours) of video content will cross worldwide networks every second, according to Cisco. And it;s estimated that video streams accounted for 75% of all traffic in 2017, a share anticipated to rise to 82% by 2022.In an effort to develop tech suited to delivering tens of thousands of petabytes of video each month, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently investigated a system that leverages video player state data and file characteristics to optimize congestion control. (In this context, "fairness " refers to how similar the viewing experience is for different users.) They report that their end to end protocol Minerva substantially cuts down on both buffering and pixelation without requiring changes to underlying infrastructure.
An Apple spokesperson suggests that the feature was originally ;introduced; last year, and is being displayed now because Apple recently expanded its authorized service network to 1,800 providers across the United States by adding every Best Buy store to the list. As such, four fifths of Apple customers are now within 20 minutes of an authorized service provider, enabling the company to assert that the vast majority of U.S. iPhone users can and should seek authorized repairs when their batteries degrade or fail.For iFixit and other independent repair shops, however, the issue isn 't just the loss of business, but the broad brush Apple is using to paint "unauthorized " battery repairs as potentially unsafe and the way it 's being portrayed as an established practice, when it was only recently turned on. According to Apple 's statement:
The news went public today at the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas (via TechCrunch), where lead Apple security developer Ivan Krsti disclosed key updates to the bug bounty program. Apple will now pay $1 million for a deadly serious exploit a zero click attack that enables complete, persistent control of an iPhone;s kernel with nothing more than knowledge of the device;s phone number up from a peak of $200,000 before. Less serious exploits will qualify for smaller amounts.For the company, the risk of low payments has been that security researchers will instead hand their findings off to private organizations, such as Grayshift and Cellebrite, that will subsequently exploit Apple 's devices for profit. To further incentivize proactive reporting, Apple is also offering a 50% bonus to researchers who report pre release vulnerabilities before general release, and next year will provide select "vetted and trusted " researchers with pre jailbroken iPhones that may have vulnerabilities at the secure shell level.