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Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros. to store Superman on new glass storage

Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros. to store Superman on new glass storage

Microsoft has created a proof of concept for storing data on glass. The software maker has teamed up with Warner Bros. to store an entire copy of the original 1978 Superman movie on glass that’s the size of a coaster (75 x 75 x 2 mm). Microsoft Research is at the heart of this new glass storage, and it’s part of a big investment from Microsoft to develop storage tech built for the future of its Azure platform. “We built this entire system that’s essentially a new cold storage system,” revealed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella onstage at the company’s Ignite conference today. Microsoft is using...

November 5, 2019
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Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash as it surges in popularity

Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash as it surges in popularity

The pressure mounts as Zoom risks becoming a victim of its own success. Zoom has exploded in popularity as people turn to video calling software amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The moment of huge growth has seen Zoom rocket to the top of iOS and Android app stores as people gather around it for yoga classes, school lessons, and virtual nights out. Even the UK government has been holding daily cabinet meetings over Zoom. With all this extra attention, Zoom is now facing a huge privacy and security backlash as security experts, privacy advocates, lawmakers, and even the FBI warn that...

April 1, 2020
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Microsoft Edge is getting a performance mode to improve RAM, CPU, and battery usage

Microsoft Edge is getting a performance mode to improve RAM, CPU, and battery usage

Filed under:This performance mode is currently in testingMicrosoft is testing out a new performance mode for its Edge browser. The new mode is available to some testers using the Microsoft Edge Canary version of the browser, and others can enable it manually with a flag. “Performance mode helps you optimize speed, responsiveness, memory, CPU and battery usage,” . “Performance improvements might vary depending on your individual specifications and browser habits.”It’s not clear exactly how the performance mode changes Edge, but it does affect the Sleeping Tabs feature. If you enable...

Apr 19
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Slack now lets you DM anyone

Slack now lets you DM anyone

Filed under:You can now message anyone using SlackSlack is starting to roll out a new feature that lets anyone using the service DM each other. , Slack Connect DMs will let Slack users privately message employees outside of their company. It’s designed for companies working with partners or clients, but you could even use it to message friends at other companies.This new DM feature builds on Slack’s work with Connect, which started appearing last year. Slack Connect is primarily designed to let businesses collaborate together through shared channels, and cross-organizational DMs is the next...

Mar 24
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Valve releases Steam Link app for macOS

Valve releases Steam Link app for macOS

Filed under:A lightweight Steam Link app is now available for MacsValve is launching a dedicated Steam Link app for macOS this week. The app allows Steam users to stream games from a PC to devices with the Steam Link app installed. While the Steam macOS app has offered streaming already, that this lightweight Steam Link app is just 30MB in size compared to the full Steam app, which requires 1GB of storage space.Steam Link will be useful on Macs, particularly as it’s rare to see big AAA games debut on macOS. Mac users typically have to dual boot Windows, use virtualization apps, or Steam...

Mar 23
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Microsoft to start reopening headquarters on March 29th, with hybrid workplace focus

Microsoft to start reopening headquarters on March 29th, with hybrid workplace focus

Filed under:Microsoft is letting some employees back into the officeMicrosoft is planning to start reopening its Redmond and Seattle, Washington-based headquarters later this month. The software giant originally started more than a year ago, just as the coronavirus pandemic began, and the company’s main US offices have remained closed for months as a result. This will start to change on March 29th, with a limited reopening of Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond and Seattle.“Currently, Microsoft work sites in 21 countries have been able to accommodate additional workers in our facilities –...

Mar 22
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Microsoft Teams is still recovering after an outage Monday afternoon

Microsoft Teams is still recovering after an outage Monday afternoon

Filed under:Microsoft’s communications app was experiencing issues worldwideMicrosoft Teams is still recovering after an outage Monday afternoon. Microsoft says it’s attempting to bring the service back online after “a recent change to an authentication system” took some Microsoft 365 services down.While a roll back to the change has taken longer than Microsoft expected, it’s now complete and Teams, Azure, and other Microsoft 365 services should be coming back online. However, in , the company said it is “taking steps to resolve some isolated residual impact for services that are still...

Mar 15
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Sony announces new PS5 VR controllers with adaptive triggers

Sony announces new PS5 VR controllers with adaptive triggers

Filed under:Sony continues to tease its VR plans for PS5Sony is revealing its new VR controllers for the PS5 today. The orb-shaped controllers look more like typical VR controllers than existing PlayStation Move motion controllers, and they also include the same adaptive trigger technology found on the DualSense PS5 controller. Each controller has tensions in the triggers, and Sony is aiming to use this tech in future VR games.The controllers also have haptic feedback, and finger touch detection that will let them detect fingers without having to press areas where you rest your thumb,...

Mar 18
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Nvidia’s new beta driver unlocks RTX 3060 Ethereum cryptocurrency mining

Nvidia’s new beta driver unlocks RTX 3060 Ethereum cryptocurrency mining

Filed under:Nvidia probably didn’t mean to do thisNvidia implemented a special system to reduce the hash rate of Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 graphics card last month. It was supposed to , but multiple reports now claim cryptominers have bypassed the protection.Japanese site that Nvidia’s protections can be bypassed without needing to modify a driver or BIOS. PC Watch’s report and revealed that Nvidia’s latest is automatically unlocking performance for most RTX 3060 owners. Andreas Schilling, an editor at Hardwareluxx, has also .A variety of RTX 3060 cards seem to be working with...

Mar 15
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Microsoft shuts down Cortana on iOS and Android

Microsoft shuts down Cortana on iOS and Android

Filed under:Cortana is on a farewell tourMicrosoft has shut down its Cortana app for iOS and Android. It’s the latest in a series of moves to end support for Cortana across multiple devices, including Microsoft’s own Surface Headphones. The Cortana app for iOS and Android is no longer supported, and Microsoft has removed it from both the App Store and Google’s Play Store.“As we announced in July, we will soon be ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS, as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant,” reads a spotted by . “As of March 31, 2021, the Cortana...

Apr 1
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