Microsoft dials back Windows 10 upgrades to twice a year

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has scaled back its Windows 10 release schedule to two feature upgrades annually, not the three per year it once said was its plan.

The Redmond, Wash. company has hinted since November that it would cut back on the number of Windows 10 upgrades. That's when it began to refer to the schedule as "two to three times per year," rather than the solid three-times-a-year pace it had talked up before Windows 10's official release.

​Spotify's 2015 revenue surges beyond $2 billion, but still no profit

From CNET: Spotify's pioneering streaming-music business, now emulated by the likes of Google and Apple, pulled in revenue of 1.95 billion euros ($2.18 billion) in 2015, a healthy 81 percent over the $1.21 billion the Swedish company garnered the year before.

But according to the figures, released in a regulatory filing and published by the Wall Street Journal and Music Business Worldwide, the company remains unprofitable. Its loss widened from about $181 million to $193 million.

Google and Oracle's Android copyright fight is up to a jury now

From PC World: Oracle and Google’s fierce court fight over the code inside Android went to a jury on Monday after closing arguments that sharply differed on the most basic issues.

The federal jury in San Francisco is now deciding whether Google’s use of copyrighted Java code constitutes fair use, an exemption that would free the company from having to pay Oracle damages.

At issue is "declaring code" that's part of 37 Java APIs Google used. Google says it simply used selected parts of Java to create something new in the form of Android.

Chromebooks beat Mac notebooks 1.4-to-1 in U.S.

From InfoWorld: More personal computers powered by Google's Chrome OS shipped in the U.S. during the first quarter than those running Apple's OS X in the same period, IDC confirmed Friday.

"Chrome PCs overall, including Chrome desktop units like the Chromebox, out-shipped all Apple personal computers, desktop plus notebook, in the U.S. for Q1," said Jay Chou, one of several IDC analysts who track device shipments, in an email reply to questions.

A recently patched Flash Player exploit is being used in widespread attacks

From PC World: It took hackers less than two weeks to integrate a recently patched Flash Player exploit into widely used Web-based attack tools that are being used to infect computers with malware.

The vulnerability, known as CVE-2016-4117, was discovered earlier this month by security researchers FireEye. It was exploited in targeted attacks through malicious Flash content embedded in Microsoft Office documents.

When the targeted exploit was discovered, the vulnerability was unpatched, which prompted a security alert from Adobe Systems and a patch two days later.

Apple may order more iPhone 7 handsets than previously expected

From CNET: Apple may be counting on healthy sales for this year's iPhone despite the gloom and doom predicted by many analysts.

The company has reportedly asked its suppliers to manufacture 72 to 78 million new iPhones by year's end, Barron's Asia reported Monday, quoting from Taiwan's Economic Daily Times.

If true, that would be a big bump from the 65 million anticipated by Wall Street analysts and the highest level of iPhone production over the past two years.

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CRYORIG C7 Review (Page 1 of 4)

After my last exam in my undergraduate degree, I decided it would be a good idea to celebrate. Along with another friend who had finished her last exam, and some other friends, we went to a small bubble tea cafe. As we were all hungry, we decided to order some wings in addition to bubble tea. When I saw the price however, I almost had second thoughts about ordering them. With an average price of about 62 cents per wing Canadian, or about five cents US nowadays, I was a bit confused at why they would charge so much for so little. To give some background, the last time I went for wings, we ended up ordering one hundred wings split among eight people. They were practically two-bite wings, and were only 35 cents each. Thus to think such these same wings would be charged at a little less than two times the cost, I was rather surprised. We ended up ordering 32 wings among the four of us, thinking we could order more if we wanted. It was not until we received our order was I glad we stuck to the amount we ordered. While I was expecting bite-size wings, we received plates of relatively massive wings. Thankfully I had some hungry hippos friends, so finishing it was not too bad. As for myself, I learned a commonly taught lesson, and that is to not judge a book by its cover. While we may have preconceived expectations of certain things, sometimes it takes actually seeing, or eating in this case, before making any such judgement. When we received today's review unit of the CRYORIG C7, I had to heed my own advice in reviewing this product. Boasting a small footprint but better performance than a stock cooler, the bar is not exactly set high. But will its performance make me more amazed than even I would have expected? Let us read on to find out!

GAMDIAS Hermes 7 Color Review

I have often been surprised at all the different subreddits out there, which practically covers any subject you can think of. One of them I feel is fairly universal would be the oddly satisfying pictures, or GIFs one. There is just something oddly satisfying of some strange science experiment, or two seemingly random objects, fitting perfectly together. There are also some other really random oddly satisfying GIFs, such as something falling in slow motion and either completely shattering on the floor, or flattening only to bounce straight back up. We do encounter these oddly satisfying feelings every day, and here in Calgary, Alberta, close to the Rocky Mountains is no different. The mountains give us a multitude of activities to do, but many of them require you to wear some sort of uncomfortable boot. Recently, I went hiking with a couple of friends for the entire day. I wore some big hiking boots, which were appropriate for the activity. By the end of the day, I was ready to take them off, and that was a really oddly satisfying experience. It is like the feeling you get after skiing the entire day, and taking off those big and heavy ski boots. I think in any category, there will be different things that provide oddly satisfying experiences. In the computer world, one such experience would be with mechanical keyboards, when for a while I do not use Blue-type switches, and then return to them. I find it really is oddly satisfying to hear the nice click when a Blue-type switch bottoms out. To see if I can reproduce this experience, I took in GAMDIAS' Hermes 7 Color mechanical keyboard for our review today. Using TTC Blue switches, how will they compare to the usual and well-known Cherry MX switches? Read on to find out!

Google's Android N strengthens security core

From InfoWorld: Google continues to hone Android's security capabilities, with features in the Android N upgrade due this fall prefaced by the Android for Work security apparatus and other security updates in last year's Android Marshmallow release.

Speaking at the Google I/O developer conference on Thursday, Adrian Ludwig, head of the Android security team at Google, noted three key security features planned for Android N, the new Android version expected to debut this fall: file-based encryption, Mediaserver hardening, and automatic updates.


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