AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT now available

Not everyone can afford the top of the line graphics card, and that’s fine. If you are a PC gamer on a budget, there are plenty of options these days that will allow you to play the latest and greatest games, albeit with the resolution and other settings turned down a bit. For instance 4K is all the rage these days, but if you are OK with 1080p gaming, you can actually get by with some affordable gear. Today, AMD shows some major respect for the 1080p gamers of the world with the all-new Radeon RX 5500 XT. While not the… [Continue Reading]


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Kodi facing a Windows development crisis

Earlier in the week, Team Kodi rolled out an update for Kodi 18 Leia, and also a major new version of the upcoming Kodi 19 Matrix, which included a switch to Python3. At the time, the developers warned that the addition of Python3 was a “breaking change” for the popular home theater software, and would stop lots of add-ons from working. The switch to the new version of Python means a lot of work to get things functional again, and “this has brought the lack of experience of (or even interest in) developing on the Windows platforms in the team… [Continue Reading]


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Microsoft will honor Californian privacy laws across the entire US

Microsoft has announced that it plans to honor the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) across the whole of the United States, not just in California. In Europe, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has done a lot to protect people’s privacy, and some companies have opted to voluntarily apply similar policies in the US. Microsoft, however, is the first major US company to say it will expand CCPA outside of its home state, bringing greater privacy protection to people across America. See also: Microsoft listens to feedback and removes Downloads folder from Disk Cleanup Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is better than… [Continue Reading]


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Microsoft launches two new open source projects for developers — OAM and Dapr

Continuing its embracing of open source, Microsoft has today announced two new open source projects. The first is Open Application Model (OAM), a new standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms The second project is Dapr (Distributed Application Runtime), designed to make it easier to build microservice applications. Microsoft says that both OAM and Dapr “help developers remove barriers when building applications for cloud and edge”. See also: Microsoft enables Tamper Protection by default in Windows 10 Microsoft turns to AI to clean out bad language from Xbox Live chats How to avoid Microsoft’s problematic Windows… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/10/16/microsoft-open-source-oam-dapr/

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Windows 10 KB4512941 causes high CPU usage by Cortana

Following the release of KB4512941 for Windows 10 version 1903, users have noticed a huge leap in CPU usage by Cortana. After installing the cumulative update, the Cortana process SearchUI.exe is making much higher use of the CPU for many people. The problem can arise on systems where Bing Search has been disabled, and a series of workarounds have been suggested while Microsoft works on addressing the problem. See also: Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18970 with cloud recovery feature and redesigned tablet experience Microsoft faces another European investigation over Windows 10 privacy concerns Got Bluetooth problems in Windows… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/09/02/windows-10-kb4512941-high-cpu-usage-cortana/

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Amazon Dash buttons get chucked on the scrap heap this month

The much-maligned Dash button from Amazon is being killed off for good. Having previously announced that they were being discontinued, Amazon has announced that as of the end of this month, it will no longer be possible to place orders via a physical Dash button. This does not mean that the Dash ordering service is ceasing completely — it will continue to exist in the form of virtual Dash button that can be accessed from a range of devices. In fact, it is the success of virtual Dash buttons that negates the need for physical buttons, prompting Amazon to discontinue… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/08/02/amazon-dash-button-ends/

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IBM officially acquires Red Hat for $34 billion — Linux distros are unaffected

IBM has closed its acquisition of Red Hat following the statement of intent back in October. Following the $34 billion deal, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM — and will be reported as part of IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive Software segment. For IBM, the deal means fully embracing open source as it looks to accelerate its business model within the enterprise. For Red Hat, it means expanding its client base and working with a big player in the enterprise cloud business. Red Hat CTO Chris Wright says: “We are coming together to build upon a firm… [Continue Reading]


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Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18917 with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2)

Windows Insiders are currently testing builds from the 20H1 branch due out a year from now. The latest new flight, Build 18917, introduces download throttling and Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, as well as a whole host of other improvements. SEE ALSO: Free up over 17GB of storage space by cleaning up after the Windows 10 May 2019 Update How to use emoji to name files and folders on Windows 10 How to download any version of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (and Office) How to rollback and uninstall the Windows 10 May 2019 Update In response to… [Continue Reading]


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Linux kernel RDS flaw affects Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE

If you’re not in the habit of keeping up to date with the latest version of the Linux kernel, now might be a good time to think about doing so. Systems based on versions of the kernel older than 5.0.8 suffer from a severe flaw in the implementation of RDS over TCP. Left unpatched, the flaw could enable an attacker to compromise a system. The National Vulnerability Database entry says: “There is a race condition leading to a use-after-free, related to net namespace cleanup”. Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE are all affected by the flaw, and security advisories have… [Continue Reading]


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