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Microsoft Update for Windows 10 Coming Soon

The tech giant released the last update for Windows 10 in April

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Microsoft has announced a refreshed “Windows 10 October 2018 Update” that will have new features and enhancements for over 700 million devices running Windows 10.

The announcement came at the ongoing IFA 2018 technology event in Berlin, Germany.

“With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time,” Roanne Sones, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft wrote in a blog post late on Friday.

Microsoft also announced the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 powered Lenovo “Yoga C630″ Windows on Snapdragon (WOS)” as part of its focus plan on connected PC experiences.

By pairing the functionality of Windows 10 with portable, lightweight devices, Microsoft intents to keep users connected and productive while on the go.

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“Devices like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS, as well as connected PCs from ASUS and HP that went on sale earlier this year, are ensuring that we have a robust and diverse portfolio of products to keep users connected and happy,” added Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.

Additionally, Lenovo’s “Yoga Book C930”, Dell’s “Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1”, Microsoft’s “Surface Go” and Acer’s “Predator Triton 900” have been launched alongside the updated Windows 10 version.

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“Whether it’s gaming, productivity or creativity that drives you, there’s truly a modern Windows 10 PC that will help you achieve more,” Chapple added.

The tech giant released the last update for Windows 10 in April. (IANS)

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Microsoft Asks Social Media Platforms to Act Fast on Terror

According to him, tech firms must also continue to improve upon newer, AI-based technologies that can detect whether brand-new content may contain violence

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Microsoft President Brad Smith has asked social media platforms to learn and act more in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch shootings that was livestreamed on Facebook.

In a blog post on Monday, Smith said words alone were not enough.

“Across the tech sector, we need to do more. Especially for those of us who operate social networks or digital communications tools or platforms that were used to amplify the violence, it’s clear that we need to learn from and take new action based on what happened in Christchurch,” he said.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder in connection with the attacks at the two mosques that killed 50 people, and he is expected to face further charges.

Smith said that across Microsoft, we have identified improvements we can make and are moving promptly to implement them.

“This includes the accelerated and broadened implementation of existing technology tools to identify and classify extremist violent content and changes for the process that enables our users to flag such content,” he posted.

Smith emphasised on developing an industry-wide approach that will be principled, comprehensive and effective.

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Over two years ago, four companies — YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft — came together to create the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT).

Among other things, the group’s members have created a shared hash database of terrorist content and developed photo and video matching and text-based machine learning techniques to identify and thwart the spread of violence on their platforms.

These technologies were used more than a million times in 24 hours to stop the distribution of the video from Christchurch, informed Smith.

“As (New Zealand) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted last week, gone are the days when tech companies can think of their platforms akin to a postal service without regard to the responsibilities embraced by other content publishers,” noted Smith.

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According to him, tech firms must also continue to improve upon newer, AI-based technologies that can detect whether brand-new content may contain violence.

“We should also pursue new steps beyond the posting of content. For example, we should explore browser-based solutions – building on ideas like safe search – to block the accessing of such content at the point when people attempt to view and download it,” he added. (IANS)