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Microsoft Working on a Project To Give Users More Data Control

There is a page for Bali where early testers can enter a code to access the project and people without a code can request one, the report added

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a project that will give its users more control over their personal data.

According to a report in ZDNet, the project, codenamed “Bali” and currently in the testing phase, would give users the ability to control data collected about them.

“The ‘personal data bank’ project is a Microsoft Research incubation effort and seems to be in private testing at this stage,” said the report on Thursady.

The test feature was spotted by a Twitter user that goes by the name “Longhorn” who described “Bali” as “a project that can delete all your connection and account information (inverse privacy project)”.

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“Inverse Privacy” was the subject of a paper authored in 2014 by Yuri Gurevich, Efim Hudis and Jeannette Wing, who all worked for Microsoft Research at that time, claimed the report.

Microsoft is yet to comment on the report.

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There is a page for Bali where early testers can enter a code to access the project and people without a code can request one, the report added.

The “About” page describes the project as a “new personal data bank which puts users in control of all data collected about them… The bank will enable users to store all data (raw and inferred) generated by them. It will allow the user to visualize, manage, control, share and monetize the data”. (IANS)

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Microsoft to Launch Foldable Surface in 2020 that Would Run Android Apps and iCloud in Windows 10

The device would be powered by the new version of Windows 10, named Windows Core OS or WCOS, also known as Windows Lite, geared for a dual-display user interface

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Microsoft is planning to launch in 2020 a foldable surface that would run Android apps and iCloud in Windows 10, according to media reports.

According to Jeff Lin, Associate Director, Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit, the foldable surface is expected to have two 9-inch screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio, Forbes reported on Sunday.

The device would be powered by the new version of Windows 10, named Windows Core OS or WCOS, also known as Windows Lite, geared for a dual-display user interface.

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The device would be powered by the new version of Windows 10, named Windows Core OS or WCOS, also known as Windows Lite, geared for a dual-display user interface. Wikimedia Commons

Although it is not yet confirmed when Microsoft will make the announcement about the device, it will have a 10nm Intel Lakefield processor, with an always-on connectivity function for LTE or 5G.

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Earlier in 2019, Lenovo showcased what it described as the “World’s First Foldable PC”, expected to launch this year. The device can be folded in half like a book and looks like a big tablet when opened up. (IANS)