Android 7.1.2 Nougat is official, public beta coming later today (Update 2: rolling out now)

Google has just officially announced Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and will begin rolling out the public beta build starting today!

Android 7.1.2 beta will roll out to Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C devices who are enrolled in the Android Beta Program starting today, while the company says the Nexus 6P will get the update “soon.”

Of course, you probably shouldn’t expect a ton of new features to come along with this new update. Android 7.1.2 will be an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, which will include a number of bug fixes, optimizations, and a small number of enhancements for carriers and users. That’s the only description Google gave for this new version of Android, so we’ll have to wait and see what specific changes it brings.

Google says if you’d like to test out this new version of Android ASAP, you should enroll in the Android Beta Program. And like always, if you have an eligible device that’s already enrolled, your device should receive the update in the next few days. If you haven’t enrolled yet, head to this website, opt-in your eligible Android phone or tablet, and that’s it. You’ll receive an OTA in just a few hours. And if you’d rather do things the old fashioned way, you can always download and flash the update manually.

The final, consumer-ready version of 7.1.2 will be released in just a few months for all the devices listed above.

 

[Source:- androidauthority]

 

USA Today to Experiment With Virtual Reality News Show

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The USA Today Network last week announced VRtually There, a virtual reality news program that will evolve alongside the nascent VR sector.

Set to launch this spring, VRtually There will take a network approach and will air an assortment of regularly scheduled programming, according to the Gannett-owned company.

It will lean on the network’s newsrooms, dotted across the U.S., to deliver original reporting for the VR platform, according to spokesperson Amber Allman.

“We will promote the show through our multiplatform USA Today Network, which is comprised of our national brand, USA Today, and 92 local news brands — all of our websites, mobile applications and newspapers — on a regular basis,” she told TechNewsWorld.

360-Degree View

It will deliver music news from a newsroom in Nashville, Tennessee; sports from Indianapolis and Detroit; outdoor living from Reno, Nevada, and Fort Collins, Colorado; tech coverage from Los Angeles and San Francisco; finance reports from Westchester, New York; consumer tips from Reviewed.com; and politics and government briefs from the nation’s capital.

The program will support 360-degree video on desktop displays, smartphones, tablets, mobile VR viewers and headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive.

“We will also feature a comprehensive tutorial for first-time users explaining VR — for our show and our other VR content — as well as how to use it,” Allman said. “Additionally, we intend to promote in other news platforms and at industry and consumer events.”

Adaptive Strategies

It’s not yet clear if VRtually There will allow users to make playlists of its content or if it will moderate the flow of content with autoplay.

“This is part of the adventure of storytelling in a new medium,” said Allman.

The traits that have been isolated as successful in online video experiences need to be challenged and reassessed for implantation in VR, she said.

“We will test and learn on an ongoing basis to determine if features like autoplay, the concept of a playlist, or even simpler ideas like a lower-thirds graphic make sense on a 360-degree canvas,” Allman said.

Survival or VR’s Second Mass Extinction

At risk with the launch of VRtually There is more than money for the USA Today Network. A poorly received user experience could impact negatively the adoption of VR, according to Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

Google’s Cardboard VR platform, the cheapest and most basic form of VR available, also could have a negative impact on the USA Today Network’s efforts and the industry at large.

“The most important contributing factor to the success of VR is creating as realistic an experience as possible,” Chiagouris told TechNewsWorld. “In the early stages, if an inexpensive means negatively impacts the user experience, that will do more harm than good to the adoption of VR.”

For the USA Today Network’s part, it seems to be confident that what it is building is compelling enough to see VR thrive instead of going the way of 3D TVs and VR’s archetype, which was push to the brink of extinction a couple of decades ago.

“We are creating an immersive news experience that is made for a medium that leverages the core pillars of empathy and simulating physical presence,” said Allman. “This is not a short-form Web series or a local TV news show, but something completely new.”

 

[Source:- Technewsworld]

Support For Windows Server 2003 Ends Today

Not long ago, Microsoft ended support for one of the most widely used operating systems in history, Windows XP. Now, Microsoft has ended support for a product that impacted the server world almost as much as Windows XP impacted the PC world, Windows Server 2003.

Windows Server 2003 was based off of Windows XP, sharing the hybrid kernel design and many other features. The significantly increased support and stability of the OS relative to older Windows-based operating systems made it extremely popular, and made setting up a server easier. As a result, the OS is still used today.

For those who are still using Windows Server 2003, just as it is with XP, if you don’t switch to another system, then you will become increasingly vulnerable to hacks and exploits.

The end of Windows Server 2003 is bad for some Windows XP users, too. After the end of support for Windows XP, it was possible to hack the registry of your system so that Microsoft’s servers would think you are using a version of Windows Server 2003. This would allow you to get updates for Windows Server 2003. Because the two operating systems were so compatible with each other, a great deal of the updates would work for Windows XP, and it basically extended your support for a few more years.

Because Server 2003 is also losing support, though, this trick won’t work anymore. On the bright side, for those still on Windows XP, Windows 10 will be out soon, and there are several easy upgrade paths to get it. Just buy Windows 7 or Windows 8, and you can upgrade for free when it comes out.

For those with a server, Windows Server 2016 is being beta tested right now and should be out next year (and it’s based off of Windows 10).

 

[Source:- Tomsitpro]