Windows 10 Will Make It Easy to Copy-Paste Between Your PC and Mobile

Microsoft’s big push under Satya Nadella has been to meet users wherever they are, putting its Windows smartphone plans on the back-burner and reaching out to Android and iOS users in a big way. The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is underlining this philosophy with features like Timeline and new Cortana capabilities that will make it easier for people to use their Android and iOS devices with Windows 10.

Continuing the theme is another new feature that Microsoft showcased for the first time during the keynote session on the second day of its Build developers conference in Seattle on Thursday. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the Clipboard too will become Cloud-aware, making it possible for you to, say, copy text on a Windows 10 device, and paste it on a Android smartphone.

Windows 10 Will Make It Easy to Copy-Paste Between Your PC and MobileMicrosoft will make this possible using easy to access controls in the SwiftKey keyboard for Android, an app that Microsoft acquired last year. Since Clipboard is a system-level feature in Windows, and SwiftKey works across pretty much all apps on your smartphone, users will be able to use this feature to exchange information between practically any two apps on their Windows 10 and mobile devices.

The Redmond-based company says the feature will work for more than just text – you will also be able to photos, including animated GIF images. The feature will be able as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Dell Launches Alienware and Inspiron Gaming Laptops in India

Dell on Wednesday at an event in New Delhi launched its latest gaming PCs and laptops in the country. The models launched were the Alienware 15 (starts Rs. 1,64,990), Alienware 17 (starts Rs. 2,14,990), Alienware Aurora Desktop (starts Rs. 1,79,990, Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming (starts Rs. 74,490), and the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (starts Rs. 82,490). The company says the new gaming range will be available at Dell Exclusive Stores in the country. Most of these machines were unveiled ahead of CES 2017.

The base model of the Alienware 15 ships with Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS anti-glare display, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 530, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and a 68Wh battery. It weighs 3.49kg, measures 389x305x25.4mm, and will be available in an Epic Silver chassis.

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On the other hand, the base model of the Alienware 17 ships with Windows 10 64-bit, a 17.3-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS anti-glare display, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 530, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD. It weighs 4.42kg, measures 424x332x29.9mm, and will be available in an Epic Silver chassis. Both Alienware laptops come with Tobii eye-tracking software.

The Alienware Aurora R6 Desktop’s base model ships with Windows 10 64-bit, an Intel Core i5-7400 processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD. It weighs 14.819kg, measures 212×360.5×472.54mm, and will be available in an Epic Silver chassis.

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming’s base model hasn’t been specified. It comes Windows 10 64-bit, up to a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) Truelife LED-backlit On-Cell touch display, a choice of Intel and AMD processors, up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. It sports a 74Whr 6-cell battery. It weighs up to 2.55kg, measures 265x383x25.3mm, and will be available in a Black colour variant.

Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next Week

India gets another variant of the PS4 Slim. According to several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360, Sony India will release the Glacier White PS4 Slim 500GB console. It will cost Rs. 27,990 and be available from next week. No games or PS Plus subscriptions will be a part of the offer. Something to keep in mind, if you were expecting freebies along with the purchase.

Expect the likes of Amazon India, Flipkart, and Games The Shop to have it listed today or by next week at the earliest. For the longest time, Sony India has stayed away from coloured consoles, bringing them in extremely late in the PS3’s lifecycle and ignoring coloured versions of the PS Vita altogether.

Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next WeekAnd while the PS4 has seen several colour options since its inception, this is the first time the company has decided to release the PS4 in a colour that isn’t black.

We can’t help but feel Sony has dropped the ball by not including any games along with the package. More so when Rs. 27,990 gets you a PS4 with two controllers or a PS4 with Horizon Zero Dawn. For Rs. 1,000 more, you get Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and three months of PS Plus along with a PS4.

Suffice to say, if you’re really hankering for a PS4 that stands out from the crowd, this could be an option. Confused as to which PS4 to buy? We have you covered with our comprehensive guide.

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims Study

Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking?

A research report has highlighted the importance of what is called an ‘authentication ceremony’ to help mitigate the risk.

Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) at Utah in the US found that most users of popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber are leaving themselves exposed to fraud or hacking because they are unaware of important security options like an ‘authentication ceremony’.

The ‘authentication ceremony’ is a security practice to ensure the members involved in a communication are authentic. It is done by identifying the message recipient before sending out any sensitive or confidential information.

But because most users are unaware of the ‘ceremony’ and its importance, “it is possible that a malicious third party or man-in-the-middle attacker can eavesdrop on their conversations”, said Elham Vaziripour, Computer Science student at BYU who led the study.

The researchers conducted a two-phase experiment in which they prompted participants to share a credit card number with another participant. Participants were warned about potential threats and encouraged to make sure their messages were confidential.

Only 14 percent of users in the first phase managed to successfully authenticate their recipient. Others opted for ad-hoc security measures like asking their partners for details about a shared experience.

In the second phase, after researchers emphasised the importance of ‘authentication ceremonies’, 79 percent of users were able to successfully authenticate the other party.

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims StudyHowever, the participants averaged 11 minutes to authenticate their partners.

“Once we told people about the authentication ceremonies, most people could do it. But it was not simple, people were frustrated and it took them too long,” noted Daniel Zappala, Professor, Computer Science, BYU.

Most people don’t invest the time and effort to understand and use these security measures because they don’t experience significant security problems. But there’s always a risk in online communications.

The researchers are now working to develop a mechanism that makes the ‘authentication ceremony’ quick and automatic.

“If we can perform the authentication ceremony behind the scenes for users automatically or effortlessly, we can address these problems without necessitating user education,” said Vaziripour.

DeepMind, Blizzard Make StarCraft II an AI Research Environment

StarCraft II is a complex video game that requires much strategic skill, and as it turns out, it can even help developers in training artificial intelligence to learn the skills used by humans while playing the game. After announcing the collaboration last year, Google’s subsidiary DeepMind, which is known for its work in the field of AI, has now released a set of tools along with Blizzard Entertainment that are expected accelerate AI research with help from the real-time strategy game.

The set of tools released by DeepMind include several elements from the game that can help in development of artificial intelligence. This includes a large dataset of replays from StarCraft II that has been taken from professional matches and a set of mini-games that can help in development of AI in one particular aspect among the numerous elements within the game, as pointed out in a report by The Verge.

Among the released tools, there is an API that allows AI agents to play the game with same contraints as humans and the data collected is then passed on to the researchers. This means that the AI is not able to see the entire map or move within the map with as much swiftness as an agent can actually do.

“This API also exposes a sandbox for the community to experiment with, using both learning based AI and scripted AI to build new tools that can benefit the StarCraft II and AI communities,” Blizzard Entertainment said in its post regarding the release.

DeepMind, Blizzard Make StarCraft II an AI Research EnvironmentIn its own blog post, DeepMind explains the reasons behind choosing StarCraft II as an AI research environment, “StarCraft and StarCraft II are among the biggest and most successful games of all time, with players competing in tournaments for more than 20 years. The original game is also already used by AI and ML researchers, who compete annually in the AIIDE bot competition. Part of StarCraft’s longevity is down to the rich, multi-layered gameplay, which also makes it an ideal environment for AI research.”

DeepMind says that one of the best learning policies for the AI agents is imitation learning. It says that the anonymised replays gathered from the StarCraft II will not only allow researchers to train supervised agents to play the game, but also open up other interesting areas of research such as sequence prediction and long-term memory.

“Our initial investigations show that our agents perform well on these mini-games. But when it comes to the full game, even strong baseline agents, such as A3C, cannot win a single game against even the easiest built-in AI,” DeepMind said in its blog post. It will be interesting to see how this collaboration will eventually help in the development of AI but it is bound be exciting and interesting.

US Judge Sets $30,000 Bail for UK Hacker Who Helped Stop WannaCry

A US judge in Las Vegas set a $30,000 bail on Friday for a well-known British cyber-security researcher accused of advertising and selling malicious code used to pilfer banking and credit card information.

Marcus Hutchins, 23, gained celebrity status within the hacker community in May when he was credited with neutralising the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

His attorney, Adrian Lobo, told reporters Hutchins would not be released on Friday because the clerk’s office for the court closed 30 minutes after his hearing concluded, leaving his defence team not enough time to post the bail.

Lobo told a local NBC affiliate that Hutchins would be released on Monday and that she expected him to be on a flight on Tuesday to Wisconsin, where a six-count indictment against him was filed in US District Court. He was receiving support from a “variety of sources” around the world to post his bail, she said.

Judge Nancy Koppe dismissed a federal prosecutor’s claim that Hutchins was a flight risk, though she did order him to surrender his passport. If released, Hutchins would be barred from computer use or Internet access.

US Judge Sets $30,000 Bail for UK Hacker Who Helped Stop WannaCryHutchins, also known online as MalwareTech, was indicted along with an unnamed co-defendant on July 12. The case remained under seal until Thursday, a day after his arrest in Las Vegas, where he and tens of thousands of others flocked for the annual Black Hat and Def Con security conventions.

Hutchins allegedly advertised, distributed and profited from malware code known as “Kronos” between July 2014 and 2015, according to the indictment. If downloaded from email attachments, Kronos left victims’ systems vulnerable to theft of banking and credit card credentials, which could have been used to siphon money from bank accounts.

He achieved overnight fame in May when he was credited with detecting a “kill switch” that effectively disabled the WannaCry worm, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May and caused disruptions at car factories, hospitals, shops and schools in more than 150 countries.

Hutchins was “doing well, considering what’s gone on,” Lobo, told reporters. She said Hutchins never expected to be in his current situation and that she did not know the identity of his co-defendant.

News of Hutchins’ arrest on Wednesday shocked other researchers, many of whom rallied to his defence and said they did not believe he had ever engaged in cyber crime.

Sennheiser CX 7.00BT In-Ear Wireless Headphones Launched at Rs. 11,990

German audio brand Sennheiser on Wednesday launched the CX 7.00BT in-ear wireless headphones, priced at Rs. 11,990.

According to Sennheiser, the CX 7.00BT model offers a minimalist, lightweight neckband design, good bass-driven sound, and leading-edge wireless technology. Users can connect up to two devices simultaneously (with the company providing the example of a phone and a PC) via Bluetooth (v4.1), with NFC used for quick pairing. Three-way calling is also supported, Sennheiser notes.

The Sennheiser CX 7.00BT ear-canal headphones come with 10-hour battery life and the 170mAh battery can be fully recharged via USB in 1.5 hours. It also supports USB audio via its supplied cable. The company is touting improved wireless sound quality thanks to Qualcomm’s apt-X technology.

Sennheiser CX 7.00BT In-Ear Wireless Headphones Launched at Rs. 11,990The CX 7.00BT in-ear wireless headphones offer a frequency response of 17Hz to 21kHz, and sport a omni directional microphone on the in-line remote with three-buttons. They ship with four earbud sizes in the box (XS, S, M, L) as well as a storage pouch.

“With growing increase for the wireless headphones since the past few years, these headphones are a perfect amalgamation of comfort and style. We are very thrilled to have launched these headphones for those people who are always on the go and require a take-anywhere, affordable headphones that offers incredible listening experience,” said Kapil Gulati, Director, Consumer Segment, Sennheiser India.

The Sennheiser CX7.00BT ear-canal headphones are listed on Sennheiser India’s e-store, however, aren’t yet available to buy.

Xiaomi Mi AI Speaker Launched With Voice Control, Rivalling Amazon Echo and Google Home

Apart from announcing the new MIUI 9 ROM and the Mi 5Xsmartphone, Xiaomi on Wednesday also announced its entry in the smart speaker race with the launch of the Mi AI Speaker. Xiaomi’s voice-controlled speaker will look to take on the likes of Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod in this category. Notably, the speaker is priced at just CNY 299 (roughly Rs. 2,800), and there’s no word yet on whether it will be available for international markets.

Xiaomi is known to create products covering literally every consumer product out there ranging from VR headsets and smartwatches to air purifiers and electric scooters, and it makes sense that it would come out with its own AI smart speaker to take on the likes of Amazon, Google, and Apple. The Mi AI Speaker is vertical, rectangular shaped speaker that features a six-microphone array for 360-degree audio sensing. The voice-controlled speaker also comes with advanced echo cancellation. On the top you get controls for music playback and a blue LED notification band around the edge.

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The Mi AI Speaker is probably not as advanced in its smart functionality right now as say Amazon Echo, but it does support a vast online content that includes music streaming, audio books, children’s stories and live radio, among other things. Additional add-ons and plugins for the Mi AI Speaker can be downloaded via a companion app.

The Chinese manufacturer also announced the latest MIUI 9 and the Mi 5X smartphone. The MIUI 9 boasts of new features and improvements including faster app load times, new design elements, shortcuts on lock screen, split screen feature, and smart functionality such as Smart Image, Smart Assistant and more. The Mi 5X is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,200) and highlights a dual rear camera setup, metal unibody design and will run on the latest MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat.

Micromax launches 43-inch LED TV exclusively with Paytm at Rs 31,299

Micromax has launched 43-inch Full HD LED Television with 178 degree wide viewing angle at Rs 31,299. The Micromax LED TV will be available exclusively on Paytm.

The Micromax 43-inch LED TV comes with DLED backlight panel and has a contrast ratio of 300000:1 with color control. The Micromax TV has an audio output of 20W(10W*2) and 5 band equaliser.

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“We aim at providing big screen Full HD LED experience to first time users and 140 million people still using old generation TV’s. With this launch, we offer our consumers an attractive option of viewing big screen that provides a better, sharper, smarter cinematic experience,” said Sunil Dutt Sharma, Business Head, Consumer Electronics, Micromax Informatics.

Micromax LED TV is available exclusively on Paytm at Rs 31,299.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Won’t Sell as Well as GTA V: Take-Two

Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date has been pushed back to 2018, but that hasn’t stopped rampant speculation on what to expect. The latest bout, now fuelled by comments of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two which imply that the Wild West open-world adventure could have a bigger online component than expected.

“Obviously we know what Rockstar tends to do. And Rockstar’s activities have been transformed by Grand Theft Auto Online,” Strauss Zelnick said to Games Industry.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Won’t Sell as Well as GTA V: Take-TwoThough fans of Red Dead Redemption would expect Take-Two to have it succeed as well as GTA does, that doesn’t seem to be the case. To put it into perspective, 2008’s GTA IV shipped 25 million units in five years with GTA V shipping 80 million. The first Red Dead Redemption sold 15 million. Zelnick was quick to set expectations around Red Dead Redemption 2.

“I don’t make assumptions like that,” Zelnick said. “What the team is doing is trying to make the best possible game they can, and if they succeed… Look, the reason, in my opinion, why GTA V has sold 80m units, and GTA Online had another record year 3-and-a-half years since its release, is because it stands alone in the generation. In every prior generation, there have been other titles that have clustered around GTA from a quality point-of-view. That’s clearly not the case now. If you are over 17 and you have a new generation console, you have GTA. Otherwise we wouldn’t have shipped 80m units. Can any other title achieve that? It seems unlikely. Do we have incredibly high hopes for Red Dead? We do. But we are not putting it in the context of GTA.”