Windows 10 Anniversary Update roadmap suggests July 2016 release

Last month, before Microsoft announced the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 (codename Redstone), we revealed that this big update would be made available in July.

Spotted in a recent document regarding the Universal Windows Platform and Xbox, Microsoft references Windows 10 “Version 1607,” which follows the same versioning scheme as the last two Windows 10 releases, version 1511 and version 1507. This versioning means Microsoft is planning to launch Redstone 1 (Anniversary Update) in July rather than June, which would have been version 1606 instead.

If you take a look at the Windows 10 features roadmap site, Microsoft mentions “July 2016” when referring to new features arriving to Cortana:

Cortana is also the best digital assistant at reminders, letting you set them in more ways including by pen, and [coming in July 2016] pulling reminder-relevant info from emails so you have the details at hand. And you can instantly capture your ideas by voice just by telling Cortana to take a note

It is often that release dates slip and slide up until the very last minute, so it isn’t all that surprising to see the update launching a month later than scheduled. Originally it was supposed to be June, now it appears to be July. Either way, it will be worth the wait, considering Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings several cool new features to the operating system.

[Source:- Winbeta]

 

New Mac mini 2016 release date, specs & feature rumours: Mac mini update due soon

Apple has given nothing away about the new Mac mini yet, but based on past experience and the existing specs of other Macs, it is easy to surmise what to expect from the new Mac mini. We are also pretty sure that the Mac mini will be updated soon as it wasn’t touched at all in 2015. We’ve got all of the new Mac mini rumours and speculation for you right here, so read on for possible specs, features and release date.

If you’re still not certain which Mac is right for you, visit our Mac Buying Guide.

Mac mini 2016 release date: When is the new Mac mini coming out?

Apple last updated the Mac mini on 16 October 2014 after a two year wait, but Mac mini fans are now waiting for the next iteration of the smallest and cheapest Mac, hopefully coming this year. We had expected Apple to announce a new Mac mini in the autumn of 2015, possibly alongside the new iMac with 4K Retina display, or at the same time as the El Capitan launch, but those opportunities have been and gone.

We’re getting impatient, not least because Apple has added new processors to its laptops and desktops, and new Skylake processors have launched since then so even those updated Macs are outdated.

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We had hoped that Apple’s 21 March event would see the launch of the new Mac mini, but Apple chose not to launch new Macs at all then. Instead, we saw the unveiling of the iPhone SE, the iPad Pro with 9.7in screen and new Apple Watch straps.

The next expected Apple event isn’t until June at WWDC 2016, but Apple could choose to sneak out an unexpected Mac mini before then without hosting a special event to do so. We’ll keep you updated with all of the Mac mini release date rumours right here.

Also read: Mac mini vs MacBook Air

Mac mini 2016 price: How much will the new Mac mini cost?

There are currently three models of the Mac mini available, depending on your budget and your specification needs. The cheapest model currently costs £399, the middle model is £569, and the priciest model is £799.

These prices ware significant because they marked a reduction of £100 compared to its price before the Mac mini came out, previously the cheapest Mac mini was £499, for example. Of course, you’ll need to factor in the price of a monitor, keyboard and mouse with the Mac mini, though.

However, we don’t anticipate Apple reducing the price further with the new model when it launches, so you can expect similar pricing, but hopefully better specs.

What is the Mac mini?

It’s understandable that you might not be aware the the Mac mini even exists – sometimes it looks like even Apple isn’t aware of its presence (if the long gap before the 2014 model was launched is anything to go by).

The Mac mini is Apple’s smallest desktop Mac and also its cheapest Mac, at £399. It’s a full-blown OS X desktop that fits into a self-contained chassis no bigger than a set-top box. An inexpensive living room Mac that lacks the power of even some MacBooks and comes with no keyboard, mouse or display, but one that works perfectly as the centre of your digital home – not least because it comes with HDMI sockets making plugging it into a modern TV a doddle.

There used to be a Mac mini with OS X server available for £849 but Apple removed that option from the line up in October 2014.

 
Don’t forget: when you buy a Mac mini you also need a screen, mouse, and keyboard…

New Mac mini 2016 specs and features: Processor & RAM

It seems likely that Apple had been waiting for Intel to ship the new Skylake chips before launching the new Mac mini, although it is still possible that Apple will opt for the Broadwell chips instead, which would still represent a power boost over the current Haswell processors.

Right now, the entry-level Mac mini features just 4GB RAM as standard, which we think should be ramped up to 8GB in the new entry-level model.

The other big change we hope to see in the new Mac mini is more flash drive options. Currently the 2.8GHz model comes with a Fusion Drive, or you can add 256GB flash storage to that model, or the 2.8GHz model.

While the 500GB hard drive in the current entry level model (and the 1TB hard drive as standard in the £569 model) might appear attractive to some flash, memory is so much faster that we believe it is well worth the compromise of storing additional files on an external hard drive.

However, it seems unlikely that Apple would do away with the hard drive storage option all together as many workgroups choose the Mac mini as a server and will need the extra capacity and lower prices that HD storage makes possible.

New Mac mini 2016 rumours: Design

It’s possible that the Mac mini will get a new design. We’re not expecting a major visual or build redesign, but it is certainly possible that it could get thinner and smaller, especially since it no longer has to accommodate a CD drive.

Right now the dimensions are 3.6cm high, 19.7cm wide, and it weighs 1.22kg. How about a Mac mini that has similar dimensions to an Apple TV (9.8cm wide, 2.3cm high, 0.27kg).

There was some speculation that the reason for the long delay prior to the Mac mini update in 2014 was that Apple was looking at redesiging the Mac mini along the lines of the Mac Pro.

This was probably intended as an April Fool’s Day prank, but we like this render of a flat Mac mini, as seen on Apple User.

Even better, how about a Mac mini that was also an Apple TV! Adding Apple TV functionality to a Mac mini would be a great way of getting the Mac mini into people’s living rooms as a home entertainment device.

 

[Source:- Macworld]

Cisco boosts SDN range with ACI update

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Cisco claims that customers can take a further step towards network automation as it launched a new release of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software to its software defined networking range.

Despite massive demand there are only 5% of networks being automated, according to Cisco’s own customer feedback. In response it has moved to simplify the task by making it easier to address all the various autonomous segments of any complicated network infrastructure.

The new software revision of ACI makes it capable of microsegmentation of both physical (i.e. bare metal) applications and virtualized applications, which are separated from the hardware by virtual operating systems such as VMware VDS and Microsoft Hyper-V. By extending ACI across multi-site environments it will enable cloud operators and network managers to devise policy-driven automation of multiple data centres.

In addition, Cisco claimed it has paved the way for integration with Docker containers through its contributions to open source. This, it said, means customers can get a consistent policy model and have more options to choose from when using the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).

ACI now supports automated service insertion for any third party service running between layers four and seven on the network stack, it said. More support will be put behind cloud automation tools like VMware vRealize Automation and OpenStack, including open standards-based Opflex support with Open vSwitch (OVS).

The ACI ecosystem now makes the automation of entire application suites possible, including Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS) and there are now over 5000 Nexus 9000 ACI-ready customers using Cisco’s open platform it said.

“Customers tell me that only five to ten percent of their networks are automated today,” said Soni Jiandani, SVP at Cisco. Though they are eager to adopt comprehensive automation for their networks and network services through a single pane of management, they haven’t managed it yet. However, since several ACI customers have achieved full this could be the next step, said Jiandani.

 

[Source:- BCN]

Wildstar’s Destination Arcterra update goes live

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Wildstar has received its first major content dump since going free-to-play in September last year. Destination Arcterra invites you to explore a frigid continent in following the tale of Drusera and the Entity. Along with its telegraphing, dodge-rolling combat system, Wildstar’s story was a joy, so more of that, please.

There’s also a new dungeon below the wastes, unlocked for one faction every 24 hours based on who reaps the most keys from bosses roaming the zone. Andy has a neat summary for you, but if you’d like the unadulterated, nitty-gritty patch notes, they’re over on the WildStar forums.

We were promised a Steam release for Wildstar in the first half of 2016, which I figured would accompany the release of Arcterra. A cursory search on the Steam Store says otherwise, but I’d be surprised if it’s still far off—launching on Steam could do a lot for a game whose developer recently suffered yet more layoffs.

 

[Source:- PCgamer]

Windows 10’s big Anniversary Update puts Ink to screen

Windows 10's big Anniversary Update puts Ink to screen

As part of the big Anniversary (formally known as Redstone) Update for Windows 10, Microsoft has branded a new Windows 10 feature called Ink, putting further emphasis into pen and stylus usage.

The new feature levels up the interaction of any hand writing users put to the screen. For example, users can make a reminder to call their mom tomorrow, and Windows 10 will intelligently recognize you’ve written a date and transform it into object you can tap and setup a reminder through Cortana.

Alternatively, users will be able to drop a dot on a map to mark it as a point of interest. In another new use case, users will be able to strike out a sentence by simply drawing a line through it. You’ll even be able hold a stencil against the screen and drawing along its edges.

Microsoft wants ink to be as intuitive and natural as using real paper. As such Ink is also being given its own work space built into the lock screen, so you don’t have to unlock the device to start sketching and taking notes.

Beyond Ink, Microsoft promised more Universal Windows apps including Starbucks, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger will come to the Windows 10 store soon.

Coratana also becomes more conversational though the Anniversary Update to the point of imitating the 1960s Batman theme. Beyond fun and games, Cortana is also more helpful with managing your work schedule by automatically adding your flight itinerary or automatically sending over a Powerpoint document to your coworker before a big meeting.

When setting up a lunch appointment, the Windows 10 digital assistant will also intelligently offering choices for booking a tablet, take out options and other things to do.

Of course the Anniversary Update isn’t just limited to the Windows 10 operating system.Xbox One will be getting Windows 10 apps and a developer mode as part of Redstone.

Microsoft also announced the enhancements will also come the Hololens, but the software company didn’t highlight what these would include.

While on stage, Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson boasted are now more than 270 million Windows 10 devices worldwide. According to Microsoft, and the platform is being adopted 145 faster than Windows 7 and 4 times faster Windows 8.

The Anniversary Update should come to all Windows 10 users in late summer.

 

[Source:- Techrader]

Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile gets a new tile and more in latest update

For those of you who have been accessing Instagram with 6tag, it might be time to start looking towards the official Windows 10 Instagram app. The app has received a new update recently, improving general stability and repairing a few features that weren’t working as intended. The update also replaced the black-and-white tile with a much better looking blue one, which is an extremely welcome change, considering just how awful the last tile looked.

The Windows Store page for the Instagram app isn’t showing us a proper change log, nor is it giving us a version number, but we’ve gone through the app to find some of the changes that are readily apparent. Here’s what we managed to pick out:

  • Tile redesign
  • General stability improvements
  • App startup significantly sped up
  • Faster video playback
  • The “shake to report issue” feature now works as intended.
  • You can now update photos from your gallery

If you discover any more improvements to the app, feel free to list them off in the comments section so we all know how Instagram is being tweaked.

 

[Source:- Winbeta]

Internet address gatekeeper OKs plan to break from US (Update)

The online address system managed by ICANN is currently overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administrati

The online address system managed by ICANN is currently overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce

The gatekeeper of Internet addresses on Thursday approved a plan to break from US oversight, shifting those symbolic functions to the broader global online community.

The plan, which now heads to the US government for approval, aims to maintain Internet governance under a “multi-stakeholder” model which avoids control of the online ecosystem by any single governmental body.

The proposal crafted over the course of two years with input from businesses, academia, governments and others was endorsed at a board meeting in Morocco of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

“The mood here is a mixture of exultation and exhaustion,” ICANN board chairman Stephen Crocker told AFP on the eve of the vote.

Work began on the transition plan in March of 2014, and it will be sent to the US government where it will be the focus of an internal review process expected to last about three months.

The ICANN board unanimously approved resolutions detailing the transition plan and directing that it be sent to the US government for approval.

The proposal “meets the needs of the Internet and its users,” said Alissa Cooper, who chaired one of the groups that put the plan together.

The meeting was marked by a series of standing ovations as those involved with the process were thanked.

Won’t change the Internet

The plan will not affect how users interact online, but will turn over the technical supervision of the online address system to ICANN itself, with a system of checks and balances so no single entity can exert control over the Internet, according to officials involved in the process.

The online address system managed by ICANN is currently overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the US Department of Commerce.

Officials say the supervision is symbolic and dates back to the creation of the Internet. Yet ICANN officials maintain the new governance model will instill confidence around the world in the Internet’s independence.

“This plan enjoys the broadest possible support from this very diverse community and I’m confident it will meet NTIA’s criteria,” said Thomas Rickert of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability.

If the US government approves the plan, then a contract between ICANN and the US government will expire on September 30 as is planned.

“Ultimately, this process is about stewardship of the critical functions of one of the most extraordinary human innovations,” said Internet Society chief executive Kathryn Brown.

“It was right to entrust this important role to the Internet community.”

Crocker did not expect internet users to notice any change, given that ICANN would continue to perform its job under a new accountability regime.

Awaiting US approval

While the US government considers the transition plan, ICANN will begin rewriting its bylaws to comport with the new structure of accountability.

“Those processes will proceed in parallel,” Crocker said.

“There will be work to be carried out, then at the end of September and the end of our contract, we will operate without the involvement of the US government.”

ICANN funding will continue to come from contracts with domain name registrars and registries.

Outgoing ICANN chief Fadi Chehade has described the organization as a “traffic cop” that ensures the Internet address system functions, and the US government’s role as been merely to ensure that correct procedures are followed.

“People have aggrandized the role of the US government in what we do,” he told AFP in an interview earlier this year.

“But, the change is actually minimal.”

Chehade said that without US oversight, ICANN would be managing the technical functions of the Internet under the supervision of a board designed to maintain diverse representation.

“We have a very solid process that ensures this is not a capturable board,” which can be hijacked by governments or other institutions, he said.

Some US lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic about the plan, fearful that it could allow authoritarian regimes to impose more controls on the Internet.

Last year, Republican Senator John Thune warned at a hearing that a privatized ICANN could become “accountable to no one.”

[Source:- Phys.org]

Internet address gatekeeper OKs plan to break from US (Update)

The online address system managed by ICANN is currently overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administrati

The online address system managed by ICANN is currently overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce

The gatekeeper of Internet addresses on Thursday approved a plan to break from US oversight, shifting those symbolic functions to the broader global online community.

The plan, which now heads to the US government for approval, aims to maintain Internet governance under a “multi-stakeholder” model which avoids control of the online ecosystem by any single governmental body.

The proposal crafted over the course of two years with input from businesses, academia, governments and others was endorsed at a board meeting in Morocco of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

“The mood here is a mixture of exultation and exhaustion,” ICANN board chairman Stephen Crocker told AFP on the eve of the vote.

Work began on the transition plan in March of 2014, and it will be sent to the US government where it will be the focus of an internal review process expected to last about three months.

The ICANN board unanimously approved resolutions detailing the transition plan and directing that it be sent to the US government for approval.

The proposal “meets the needs of the Internet and its users,” said Alissa Cooper, who chaired one of the groups that put the plan together.

The meeting was marked by a series of standing ovations as those involved with the process were thanked.

Won’t change the Internet

The plan will not affect how users interact online, but will turn over the technical supervision of the online address system to ICANN itself, with a system of checks and balances so no single entity can exert control over the Internet, according to officials involved in the process.

The online address system managed by ICANN is currently overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the US Department of Commerce.

Officials say the supervision is symbolic and dates back to the creation of the Internet. Yet ICANN officials maintain the new governance model will instill confidence around the world in the Internet’s independence.

“This plan enjoys the broadest possible support from this very diverse community and I’m confident it will meet NTIA’s criteria,” said Thomas Rickert of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability.

If the US government approves the plan, then a contract between ICANN and the US government will expire on September 30 as is planned.

“Ultimately, this process is about stewardship of the critical functions of one of the most extraordinary human innovations,” said Internet Society chief executive Kathryn Brown.

“It was right to entrust this important role to the Internet community.”

Crocker did not expect internet users to notice any change, given that ICANN would continue to perform its job under a new accountability regime.

Awaiting US approval

While the US government considers the transition plan, ICANN will begin rewriting its bylaws to comport with the new structure of accountability.

“Those processes will proceed in parallel,” Crocker said.

“There will be work to be carried out, then at the end of September and the end of our contract, we will operate without the involvement of the US government.”

ICANN funding will continue to come from contracts with domain name registrars and registries.

Outgoing ICANN chief Fadi Chehade has described the organization as a “traffic cop” that ensures the Internet address system functions, and the US government’s role as been merely to ensure that correct procedures are followed.

“People have aggrandized the role of the US government in what we do,” he told AFP in an interview earlier this year.

“But, the change is actually minimal.”

Chehade said that without US oversight, ICANN would be managing the technical functions of the Internet under the supervision of a board designed to maintain diverse representation.

“We have a very solid process that ensures this is not a capturable board,” which can be hijacked by governments or other institutions, he said.

Some US lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic about the plan, fearful that it could allow authoritarian regimes to impose more controls on the Internet.

Last year, Republican Senator John Thune warned at a hearing that a privatized ICANN could become “accountable to no one.”
[Source:- Phys.org]

Fallout Shelter Adds New Rooms in Latest Update

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Publisher and developer Bethesda’s latest update for its free-to-play mobile game Fallout Shelter introduces several new rooms, optimization fixes, and much more.

It’s no secret that Fallout Shelter is one of the most popular tap-screen games of all time, especially considering the fact that Bethesda’s creative director Todd Howard recently revealed that it’s the most played game in the post-apocalyptic franchise. With that in mind, the studio decided the best course of action to celebrate the feat would be to reward its legions of fans in the title’s forthcoming Update 1.4 with the biggest batch of materials Fallout Shelter has received yet.

Upon the availability of Fallout Shelter‘s soon-to-be-released patch, fans will be able to take part in building their own items in new weapon and armor rooms — much like with Fallout 4‘s optional crafting system — customizing the appearance of Wasteland settlers with an actual barbershop, providing fresh duds for Vault Dwellers, and more. Fans can find the full rundown of what Bethesda plans to include in Update 1.4 in the bulleted list below.

  • Turn worthless junk into useful items! Introducing… crafting!
  • New Rooms! Build the new Weapon and Armor crafting rooms and use them to create your own items in game!
  • Lunchboxes now contain a bonus 5th card: Junk! Trust us – it’s more useful than it sounds. Lucky wasteland explorers may also find junk on their adventures.
  • Take the Overseer role to the next level. Build the new Barbershop and customize the look of any Dweller.
  • Keep up with the latest fashions! Find new Outfits and Weapons straight from Fallout 4in lunchboxes, or craft them yourself!
  • Because four-legged companions bring overwhelming happiness, we’ve added new Dogs and Cats, and are introducing… Parrots! Plus, new Pet bonuses!
  • Time of day is now properly reflected. Because authentic Vault simulation is our #1 goal!

Fallout Shelter‘s Update 1.4 will be the developers’ first major contribution to the game with fresh content in 2016, as Bethesda’s last big offering came with its addition of Dogmeat and cats as petsback in December of last year. However, the studio didn’t provide an exact date as to when the new materials will be available, for it said that Update 1.4 is coming “later this week”.

Considering the massive success of Fallout Shelter, Bethesda has proclaimed interest in making even more mobile games down the line, which is great news for fans of the company’s products. With the studio supplying the free-to-play title with plenty of fun additions and content drops since its release in the middle of June last year, there’s no reason for fans to not be excited at the prospect of other Bethesda franchises making their way to mobile devices.

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Plus, since Fallout Shelter earned $5.1 million in its first two weeks on Apple products, the studio would easily add buku bucks to its bottom line if it ported the Elder Scrolls series in some way onto Android and iOS platforms.

Even though Fallout Shelter hasn’t received Update 1.4 yet, Bethesda went on to say that it would be issuing “many more” improvements in the long run, which is a good sign we’ll see more holiday-themed add-ons in the future. As it happens, the construction and management simulation game celebrated its fair share of festivals in the past, from having Settlers spruce up the Vault withHalloween decorations to decking the halls with Christmas ornaments.

Nevertheless, in regards to the ingenuity of all that Bethesda has cooked up thus far for the game, it wouldn’t be surprising for the studio to have something much more fulfilling in mind than such cosmetic offerings as holiday-related content.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]