Yesterday, Microsoft announced a bomb: Developers should soon be able to add full native Win32 games to the Microsoft Store. Since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has announced the universal Windows platform apps as the future, but with this latest strategy change, there is little foreseeable future for UWP.
For those of you who keep track, this is just the latest in a series of strokes on UWP. When Microsoft decided to migrate Edge to Chromium, that decision meant converting its browser from UWP to a native Win32 app. Joe Belfiore of Microsoft told The Verge at the time that UWP missed the maturity of win32 and therefore miss important features such as the support of multiple monitors.
Earlier, Microsoft had discontinued the development of the UWP version of its Office apps for a relatively straightforward application. It was not necessary. You can not find a Windows device that can no longer run Win32 apps. After all, Surface RT is already dead and Windows Phone is also fresh in the grave.
Ultimately, UWP has a major problem: it only runs on Windows 1
Microsoft claims that UWP is alive and well, and as long as the technically sound platform continues to be supported. However, as we have seen with Windows Phone, support from the company is not enough. Developers must also do something with it. [The Verge]
In other news:
- Target has released a recall for its brand-name "Hey Dey" 3-foot lightning cable: Target needs you to bring back your "Hey Dey" lightning cable. Apparently, they suffer from minor problems such as electric shock and fire. The company said it sold 90,000 units. So if you buy Target brand lightning cables, you should check if you are affected. [MacRumors]
- Nreal wants to sell you $ 499 worth of AR goggles: The new Nreal AR goggles look like cheap plastic sunglasses, but they're even worse. In some ways, this is an improvement over large headsets that are required for other AR goggles. The company has cut the price by using your phone for the eyewear brain instead of using a computer unit like Magic Leap or Hololens. We hope the AR looks better than the hardware. [Variety]
- Microsoft wants everyone to know, be updated, or get worried: We previously reported a critical Remote Desktop Protocol vulnerability. The problem was so bad that Microsoft took the unusual step of publishing a patch for Windows XP in addition to 7, 8, and 10. Now the company reminds everyone to take the update, as it sees signs that there is an exploit to the problem. [ZDNet]
- Gigabyte combines Corsair with an incredibly fast SSD: Gigabyte announced a new AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD that Corsair should not surpass. The drive can achieve a read speed of up to 5,000 MB / s and a write speed of 4,400 MB / s, which is considerably faster than the fastest NVMe SSD from Samsung. The downside is that you need a new AMD motherboard that supports PCI-E 4.0. Intel still plays catch up and only supports the 3.0 standard. [Engadget]
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may drop the headphone jack and physical buttons: Relying on unnamed sources, the Android Police state that it has a high level of confidence that the next Samsung grade is not Owns headphone jack. Or physical buttons. Instead of a volume rocker or power switch, the phone has capacitive and pressure sensitive areas. Of course, the only source that can verify this is Samsung, and they do not yet say what is what. [Android Police]
- Facebook is working on voice-driven products: Portal was just the beginning. Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is working on several voice-driven products, but did not disclose any details beyond that. In addition, the social network wants to bypass Google and Alexa and release a new language assistant. Digital Trends points out that the language assistant from Facebook, which is already installed on so many devices, could be a real competitor. We let Cortana cry over this train of thought in a corner. [Digital Trends]
- Lego Publishes Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Set: It is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and there is no better way to perpetuate the event than to anchor it in Legoblocks. The Building Block Company has set June 1 as the release date and price tag for $ 100. The set contains 1087 pieces, including astronauts and lander. However, this does not seem to involve moonstones that you can inevitably step on, making you regret all your life choices. [GeekWire]
- Apple increases the number of wireless app downloads to 200 MB: To limit your data limit, Apple limits the number of wireless downloads to a specific size. Until recently it was 150 MB, now the company has raised the cap to 200 MB. This is a blessing for app developers trying to keep their apps under the size limit for fear they will not be spontaneously bought. It is also very helpful for anyone with unlimited data plan because they do not care how big the app is. [9to5Mac]
Our brain does great things that we take for granted. An example is the vote of several votes in favor of a preferred speaker. If you go to a noisy restaurant, as long as the background noise is not overly loud, you can ignore what people around you say and willingly listen to your spouse, children, and so on. However,
hearing aids can not do this. The devices can provide generalized predictable background noise, such as sound. As traffic, exclude, but the focus on one voice over another remains difficult to achieve. If you've ever tried to use a language assistant like Alexa while another person is talking, you've seen that limitation in action. Probably the language assistant did not understand you, and that's because he could not say which words were important and which ones to discard.
Currently we have the closest option directional microphones, which turn off the sound behind your head in favor of audio in front of you. I can say from my own experience that this helps, but it also means that you have to turn your head to the person you want to hear. In a restaurant where people may be sitting next to you and across from you, this leads to significant head swings.
However, a group of scientists has come up with a possible solution: scan your brainwaves. When working with epilepsy patients with electrodes already implanted directly into their brains, the researchers found that brainwaves tend to reflect the sound patterns of the active speaker.
The researchers believe that they can use this information to train a hearing aid to focus on a "tuned sound pattern" by monitoring brainwaves. The most difficult thing right now is the accurate measurement of brain waves. As a rule, electrodes are implanted. This is a big challenge for hearing aids. The next step is finding a non-invasive method. [Gizmodo]