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Microsoft declares 350M devices now on Windows 10
Microsoft today pegged the number of Windows 10 devices at 350 million, an increase of about 50 million since early May, the last time it publicized the new operating system's uptake. "We'd like to say a special thank you to each of you who have ...
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Tour de France To Use Thermal Cameras To Spot Cheats

An anonymous reader writes: At this year's Tour de France, thermal cameras and various other tools will be used to detect "mechanical doping." The image tests can be done anywhere and their locations will not be publicized, according to officials. NPR reports: "As far back as at least 2010, accusations have flown that elite cyclists were turning in superhuman performances with the help of motors that are hidden inside their bike's seat tube. Commercial versions of such devices can provide a steady power stream of around 200 watts -- the lower range of a pro cyclist's average output in a stage race. They can also be set to assist riders automatically if their pedaling cadence falls below a certain threshold. Tour de France officials explain how the detection system will work: 'Developed by the CEA (the French Atomic Energy Commission), the method consists of using a thermal imaging camera capable of detecting mechanical anomalies on the riders' bikes. The checks can be made in the race and on the side of the roads.'"

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YCombinator makes every SimCity player’s dream reality with new research initiative

alternative energy solar cell for the city Ever wanted to design a city from scratch? All those years tinkering with SimCity and Legos are going to finally start paying dividends for a lucky few. YCombinator is looking for urban mavericks to address everything from the creation of affordable housing to the design of public spaces in its new research undertaking. The buzz-word smart-city is rapidly becoming platitudinous but YC will… Read More


Microsoft’s Windows 10 forced update is so aggressive, it got sued big time

Microsoft's Windows 10 forced update is so aggressive, it got sued big time

With only a month left of Microsoft's offer to a upgrade users to Windows 10 for free, we can imagine what some of you are thinking: "Good. Maybe then, those annoying upgrade reminders will go away."

It's no secret that Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 hard, leading to some heat for making opting out of updating difficult and even reports of installing it without the user's explicit permission.

However, that aggressive expansion may be coming back to bite Microsoft, as the company just agreed to pay a California woman $10,000 (about £7,515, AU$13,554) over an unwanted installation of Windows 10.

Teri Goldstein, a realtor whose work computer was rendered practically useless from installing Windows 10, despite claiming she never authorized the upgrade, successfully won her lawsuit against Microsoft, requesting compensation for lost wages and a replacement for her computer.

Windows Ten-tative

"Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update," Goldstein told The Seattle Times, adding she hadn't even heard of Windows 10 in the first place.

We take it you know what Windows 10 is, but it's certainly not uncommon to hear stories of older computers auto-installing the shiny new OS out of the blue.

While it allows Windows owners to take advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade offer before it goes away in July - not to mention ensures more people are all on the same platform - installing the OS without their express permission/knowledge is an easy way to rub them the wrong away.

Will this open up the floodgates to more unwilling Windows 10 inductees filing suits? Might Microsoft ease up on the gas when pushing its software?

We won't know for sure, but we can imagine new strategies are being discussed right now in both Microsoft's marketing and legal departments.


Physicists Confirm a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, and It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

An anonymous reader writes from a report via ScienceAlert: Physicists have confirmed the existence of pear-shaped nuclei, which challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe. "We've found these nuclei literally point towards a direction in space. This relates to a direction in time, providing there's a well-defined direction in time and we will always travel from past to present," Marcus Scheck from the University of the West of Scotland told Kenneth MacDonald at BBC News. Until recently, it was generally accepted that nuclei of atoms could only be one of three shapes: spherical, discus, or rugby ball. The first discovery of a pear-shaped nucleus was back in 2013, when physicists at CERN discovered isotope Radium-224. Now, that find has been confirmed by a second study, which shows that the nucleus of the isotope Barium-144 is also asymmetrical and pear-shaped. In regard to time travel, Scheck says that this uneven distribution of mass and charge caused Barium-144's nucleus to "point" in a certain direction in spacetime, and this bias could explain why time seems to only want to go from past to present, and not backwards, even if the laws of physics don't care which way it goes.

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Tensions rise over LTE using Wi-Fi channels

The fight over LTE networks sharing channels with Wi-Fi appears to be heating up.

The Wi-Fi Alliance says that by September there will be a way to test whether an LTE device can get along with Wi-Fi. But Qualcomm, one of the biggest backers of LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed), is demanding those tests immediately.

The latest disagreement arose after a workshop held last Wednesday, the latest in a series aimed at crafting a test plan for coexistence between the two technologies. That test plan, which is designed for new products that use LTE in unlicensed bands, will be finished and verified by late September, WFA said.

That's at least a month later than some earlier forecasts. Test development has taken a long time because it's an unprecedented project and the tests still need to be validated, WFA marketing vice president Kevin Robinson said.

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