Vu sur le web > Microsoft’s HoloLens and Surface creators are the company’s secret weapon

Microsoft has been pivoting from a Windows PC-centric strategy for years. Consequently, it gained industry respect for its category-defining Surface hardware and innovative mixed reality wearable computer HoloLens.

Computing has evolved from a desktop-centric experience to a « transient » computing phenomenon where users’ digital activity moves seamlessly with their context. That shifting context can be via the morphing forms of a 2-in-1 or the cloud-based facilitation of digital identities across devices. It can also be via the forward-looking mixed – augmented (AR) and virtual (VR) – reality platform that can mimic desktop and mobile computing as well as introduces imaginative holographic computing scenarios.

The introduction of smartphones, mobile broadband, app ecosystems, Chrome OS and Google’s web-based productivity tools have put the once-dominant personal computing giant, Microsoft, on the defensive. Furthermore, Apple’s aptitude for superior hardware and software synergy highlighted shortcomings in how Microsoft’s OS and hardware worked together. Furthermore, since Microsoft missed smartphones, the « nexus » device that changed personal computing, it also missed (to some degree) technologies, like digital assistants, app ecosystems and more birthed by smartphones and which fuel modern « transient » computing.

To change its present fortunes Microsoft used Surface to solidify its PC foundations by modernizing the PC across various form factors. To secure its future, it embraced mixed reality and HoloLens, by reimagining computing in a form broad enough to encompass desktop and mobile scenarios while also being capable of new and imaginative uses. Cloud is the thread tying it all together. Thus, Surface creator Panos Panay, Hololens creator Alex Kipman and CEO and cloud champion Satya Nadella may be Microsoft’s « secret weapons. »

Panos Panay brings hardware to the surface

Microsoft isn’t new to hardware. However, outside of certain peripherals and Xbox, many of Microsoft’s hardware efforts failed. Window phone tops the list of devices most missed by enthusiasts. Consequently, Microsoft, a software company, was rarely seen as standard-setter for hardware. Conversely, Apple (which has seen its share of failed products) is known for its luxury pricing and hardware and software synergy.

In a mobile computing age where Windows is less central to computing, Microsoft needed to invigorate the PC market with high-end aspirational hardware that competed with Macs and MacBooks. This was no small task. The Surface team, led by Panos Panay was tasked with creating a device that would optimally showcase hardware and Windows synergy for OEM partners to emulate. The « tablet that could replace your laptop » with its removable keyboard and pen was born.

The first two iterations flopped resulting in a billion dollar loss. Panay persisted through failure and stressed during Surface Pro 3’s presentation that collaboration with the OneNote team helped build the seamless synergy between OneNote, Surface Pro, and Surface Pen. This success highlights not only Panay’s drive but also the importance of collaboration between Microsoft’s divisions to make its hardware and software shine. Surface Pro successfully inspired OEM’s to create a range of 2-in-1s that, for years, remained a growing PC segment while others declined.

Surface which includes Surface Laptop, Studio, Pro, Go, Dial and Surface Headphones is now an industry-respected brand that Microsoft has positioned to birth new form factors in the years to come. Panay has emerged as a favorite among Microsoft enthusiasts for his accomplishments, passion and presentation style.

Alex Kipman mixes reality

Kipman is a visionary who envisions computing as immersive where users aren’t confined to a screen. This notion is manifest in his early claim to fame, Microsoft Kinect. Though Kinect didn’t become what he and Microsoft hoped, Kipman’s vision for computing’s future remains undeterred.

HoloLens, Kipman’s tetherless, wearable computer, which was intended for gaming, helped push him onto Microsoft’s broader stage after Nadella realized mixed reality’s broader computing applications. Nadella aggressively set Microsoft’s computing future (not unlike rivals Facebook, Apple, and Google) toward AR computing. Kipman notoriously claimed, « smartphones are already dead, and people just don’t know it, » referencing a « screenless » future.

As context for his bold claim, Kipman says to be visionary, you have to « shoot to be ten times better than anything else out there » and « by definition when shooting for ten times better people shouldn’t understand you. » He suggests the response « you’re crazy » after sharing an idea is preferable to a more mundane « that’s a good idea. » Consequently, Kipman asserts, a person trying to communicate a visionary idea has to be good at telling stories. This is why he is increasingly at the forefront of Microsoft’s mixed reality and HoloLens narrative. He’s telling pieces of an ambitious story over time, supported with periodic technological advances in hopes that spoon-feeding consistent tidbits of the whole will ultimately be easier for the less visionary to digest.

Hololens 2, (technically version 3 since version 2 was scrapped in 2017 to position a 2019, rather than 2020 debut of versions 3’s tech) is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress 2019.

Panay and Kipman, Microsoft’s secret weapons

Panos Panay arguably made PCs relevant again for a company that relies heavily on Windows PC. Surface inspired creativity among hardware partners while the Windows team evolved the OS for context-conformity, inking, functioning as a hub for iOS and Android and more. Surface supports Microsoft’s present and opened the door to innovative future form factors that Panay is expected to debut to drive Microsoft into the future.

HoloLens and mixed reality are achieving some success in the enterprise, education, government, and private sector. Still, it’s expensive, and use cases, developer and general infrastructure are still too immature for a broad market launch. If mixed reality’s story becomes the future, Kipman and Microsoft envision, Microsoft’s years of investment, and first-mover position put the company at the forefront of that shift. And Kipman, the man some may have called crazy, will be there telling the story.

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February 18, 2019 at 06:05PM

Vu sur le web > Scientists use CRISPR to make stem cells invisible to immune system

Scientists at the University of California San Francisco have developed a new method to minimize the likelihood that a person’s body will reject stem cells during a transplant. Using the CRISPR gene editing tools, the scientists managed to create stem cells that are effectively invisible to the body’s immune system.

Because transplanted stem cells are viewed by the human body as an unknown and potentially dangerous foreign organism, the immune system often kicks into high gear when the cells are detected. That can lead to transplant rejection. While there are some drugs that help to suppress the immune system’s response, it also leaves the patient exposed to other diseases that can complicate matters. The modified stem cells created at UCSF present a potential solution to this problem by simply not setting off the immune system’s alarms in the first place.

The discovery at UCSF marks the first time engineered cells have managed to survive inside their recipients without any sort of immune response. The process is done by using the powerful and occasionally controversial CRISPR technology to delete two genes, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and II, that would typically signal to the immune system that a cell is foreign. The scientists then added CD47, a cell protein that essentially tells the immune system not to destroy a cell.

The technique was tested on mice and proved to be a success, suggesting the process could also work on humans. While there have been risks associated with using CRISPR modified cells in humans the past, the new process could significantly lower the risks associated with stem cells and other transplants. That would open up new possibilities for procedures that save, extend and improve people’s lives.

Source: University of California San Francisco

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February 18, 2019 at 05:06PM

Vu sur le web > Orange prépare un PC dans le cloud

La société Blade avait ouvert la voie avec Shadow. Mais tandis que Shadow propose de fournir à la demande des machines très puissantes à destination des gamers, le PC Cloud d’Orange veut être plus généraliste.

Concrètement, c’est la clé TV 2 4K d’Orange qui permettra d’accéder à un ordinateur tournant sur le cloud d’Orange. Cette clé TV 2 se connecte à un téléviseur via son port HDMI et à un point d’accès WiFi. Le téléviseur jouera donc le rôle de l’écran de l’ordinateur. Il suffira alors d’y ajouter, via une connexion Bluetooth, un clavier réel ou même virtuel (un smartphone par exemple). Après quoi on a accès à un PC complet ‘virtuel’, avec les applications Windows qu’on a l’habitude d’utiliser sur son ordinateur, indique l’opérateur. Un ordinateur à la demande dont on a pas besoin d’attendre qu’il démarre, pas besoin de fermer une session, de le mettre à jour ou de gérer les antivirus.

Bien sûr plus de crashes de disque dur à craindre et donc plus de crainte de perte de données. Avec une puissance machine et une capacité de stockage pouvant à priori croître à la demande.

Orange devrait proposer une formule d’abonnement aux professionnels dès ce printemps. Le service pourra être proposé au grand public plus tard au cours de cette année. Orange n’a toutefois pour le moment pas communiqué sur les configurations serveurs, et donc pas sur la puissance qui sera ainsi disponible chez l’utilisateur.

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February 18, 2019 at 04:17PM

Vu sur le web > Des chercheurs ont créé un matériau ultraléger et résistant aux températures extrêmes

aérogel céramique © Science

Des scientifiques sont parvenus à mettre au point un nouveau type d’aérogel de céramique. Ce matériau présente plusieurs atouts : il est très léger et résiste à des conditions thermiques extrêmes, ainsi qu’à de brutales variations de température. Il pourrait ainsi être largement utilisé comme isolant, en particulier pour des véhicules spatiaux.

L’étude a été menée par des chercheurs de l’université de Californie à Los Angeles (UCLA), mais a également impliqué huit autres universités des États-Unis, de Chine et d’Arabie Saoudite.

Les limites de l’état de l’art



sont maintenant connus depuis des dizaines d’années. Il s’agit d’une sorte de gel dont le liquide est remplacé par du gaz. Composés à plus de 99 % d’air, ils sont par essence


, mais présentent toutefois une grande robustesse. Ils peuvent être fabriqués à partir de plusieurs matériaux, notamment des céramiques, qui offrent alors des propriétés isolantes intéressantes, ainsi qu’une résistance au feu et à la corrosion.

C’est pourquoi les aérogels de céramique sont employés, depuis les années 1990, sur de nombreux équipements destinés à voyager dans l’espace. Mais s’ils permettent effectivement d’isoler les engins spatiaux, les matériaux actuels présentent deux inconvénients majeurs : leur fragilité et leur tendance à se rompre, après avoir été exposés à de grandes variations de température. Ce qui est pour le moins handicapant dans l’espace.

Un aérogel de céramique perfectionné

Afin de dépasser ces limites, les chercheurs ont conçu un

nouvel aérogel de céramique

, constitué de fines couches de nitrure de bore. Sa composition atomique unique et sa structure microscopique confèrent au nouveau matériau

des propriétés remarquables

: légèreté, élasticité et résistance à de très hautes et très basses températures, ainsi qu’à des changements brutaux et répétés.

Ces nouvelles caractéristiques viennent notamment de la faculté de l’aérogel de se contracter lorsqu’il est chauffé ou comprimé. À l’inverse, les matériaux habituels ont plutôt tendance à se dilater dans de pareilles conditions et à se contracter dans un environnement très froid. Et ces transformations, lorsqu’elles sont répétées, peuvent entraîner l’affaiblissement des propriétés de l’aérogel, voire sa dislocation.

Au contraire, le nouveau matériau mis au point par les scientifiques a prouvé une résistance inédite. Il a ainsi enduré des pics de température allant de -198 à 900 °C. De même, après avoir été exposé pendant une semaine à 1 400 °C, il n’a perdu

que 1 %

de ses capacités de résistance.

L’aérogel pourrait ainsi être utilisé sur des

engins spatiaux modernes

, pour améliorer leur robustesse. Et pourquoi pas dans la

prochaine mission de la NASA sur la Lune


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February 18, 2019 at 04:41PM

Vu sur le web > Orange va aussi lancer son PC dans le cloud et concurrencer Shadow

Shadow de Blade a ouvert la voie au cloud computing. L’opérateur Orange s’y intéresse également, et prépare une solution clef en main fonctionnant directement avec sa clef HDMI.

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Quelques années auparavant, le cloud computing — qui décrit le fait d’utiliser un PC à distance par internet sans jamais avoir de machine physique chez soi — n’était qu’un doux rêve. Depuis peu pourtant, les solutions se multiplient.

En France, on ne présente désormais plus la société Blade, ni son service Shadow qui a convaincu de nombreux joueurs pour sa configuration performante permettant de jouer sur n’importe quel appareil. Les concurrents se multiplient sur le secteur, également localement : comme il l’a présenté à 01net, l’opérateur Orange ne va pas tarder à se lancer sur ce marché.

Orange prépare son propre PC dans le cloud

La « clef TV » de l’opérateur permet pour le moment de retrouver ses services TV n’importe où. Dès le printemps, une nouvelle solution sera déployée en priorité pour les professionnels avant d’atteindre les particuliers : la possibilité d’accéder à un PC complet dans le cloud d’Orange.

Nous n’avons pas encore le détail des configurations serveur de l’opérateur, et donc de la puissance allouée à chaque session, mais le principe est similaire à Shadow : en quelques clics, vous pouvez vous connecter facilement à une interface Windows 10 complète.

Orange offre la possibilité de naviguer sur l’interface PC à partir de son smartphone et d’une application dédiée, mais mieux vaudra tout de même faire appel au bon vieux combo clavier/souris pour une meilleure expérience.

Déclaration d’intention

Pour le moment, il ne s’agit que d’une déclaration d’intention et une preuve qu’Orange dispose de la technologie nécessaire pour mettre en place une telle solution. Ceci étant, l’offre reste à créer : nous savons seulement pour le moment qu’il s’agira d’une formule par abonnement.

Pourtant, l’intérêt véritable du cloud computing ne peut être établi que par deux points importants et manquants ici : la latence du service, liée par ailleurs à la qualité de connexion demandée en amont, ainsi que la puissance brute de l’ordinateur. Sans quoi, il n’est pas possible d’établir si certains usages (le jeu, le montage audiovidéo, la retouche photo) sont possibles sur ces configurations.

Nous avons contacté Orange pour avoir de plus amples informations, et mettrons à jour cet article en cas de réponse.


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February 18, 2019 at 11:10AM

Vu sur le web > Apple Said to Release 31.6-Inch 6K Display With Mini LED-Like Backlight Design in 2019

Apple will release a 31.6-inch 6K display with a Mini LED-like backlight design in 2019, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who detailed his expectations for Apple’s 2019 roadmap in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

Apple left the display market back in 2016 with the discontinuation of the outdated Thunderbolt Display. Apple did, however, say they were working on a new screen alongside the new Mac Pro. Apple’s Phil Schiller said in 2017:

With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.

As part of doing a new Mac Pro — it is, by definition, a modular system — we will be doing a pro display as well. Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that. We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.

Kuo describes the new monitor as a "6k3k" display.

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February 18, 2019 at 02:53AM

Vu sur le web > Twitter has been storing your ‘deleted’ DMs for years

Twitter lets users delete direct messages from their own side of the conversation (the recipient will still get to keep a copy, unless they also choose to delete it). But it turns out, those deleted messages aren’t really getting removed at all, according to a report from security researcher Karan Saini, via TechCrunch.

It turns out that despite showing that the message was deleted, Twitter still stores all those DMs dating back years. Folks can access this simply by downloading the archived data on their account from Twitter. Saini confirms that even messages sent to and from deleted or suspended accounts are still accessible.

Now, this isn’t the most concerning of bugs — the data appears to only be available to the user that sent or received the message, but the fact that Twitter isn’t deleting the messages when it says that it is, isn’t a great look for the company. Twitter is at least aware of the issue, commenting to TechCrunch that it was “looking into this further to ensure we have considered the entire scope of the issue,” but that’s no guarantee that anything will change.

If nothing else, though, it’s a good reminder that on the internet, nothing is ever really gone — even if a company says that it’s been deleted.

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February 15, 2019 at 10:47PM

Vu sur le web > Yet more evidence points to Apple developing a foldable iPhone

Foldable iPhone vs. Galaxy F

There’s no question that Samsung is the first company that comes to mind when talking about foldable phones, and that’s because the Korean company has been teasing this new form factor for several years. An increasing number of reports said some three years ago that Samsung was getting ready to launch a foldable phone, but Samsung kept delaying it. The handset is finally hitting stores in 2019, but Samsung will have plenty of competition from several major Chinese smartphone makers, including Huawei and Xiaomi.

Apple, meanwhile, has been working on its own foldable devices for quite a while, although, as with any other Apple project, the foldable iPhone is very secret. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of evidence to support the idea that Apple is interested in foldable devices, and we just got even more proof that such a handset may be in the making.

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February 15, 2019 at 09:27PM

Vu sur le web > Twitter saves deleted direct messages for years, says security researcher

A new report from TechCrunch today reveals that Twitter holds on to deleted direct messages for years, in some cases even for accounts that have been suspended or deactivated.

Security researcher Karan Saini discovered DMs on Twitter in an archived file that had previously been deleted. Twitter even retained messages from accounts that were deactivated or suspended.

Further, Saini previously found another bug that allowed him to access deleted Twitter DMs last year, but was just reported recently. That bug involved an API that has now been deprecated.

Saini told TC that he had “concerns” about how long Twitter was storing deleted data. The publication also confirmed Saini’s findings as they found messages that had been deleted when requesting the data that Twitter keeps. That’s despite Twitter stating that an account and its data will be deleted after a 30-day grace period once a user has deactivated their account.

But, in our tests, we could recover direct messages from years ago — including old messages that had since been lost to suspended or deleted accounts. By downloading your account’s data, it’s possible to download all of the data Twitter stores on you.

In related news, Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, yesterday said that the platform might offer a “clarify” feature instead of an outright edit option that the community has been wanting for a long time.

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February 15, 2019 at 09:30PM

Vu sur le web > IT: CHAPTER 2 is Reportedly Almost 3-Hours Long

Well, it looks like Warner Bros. has had some test screenings for IT: Chapter 2 and someone on social media posted a bit of information, but nothing that the studio will have to kill him over.

In a recent tweet, it was reported that the movie is almost three hours long. It was also said that the movie isn’t as good as the first one. You can read that Tweet below.

I’m sure the film is still in the editing process, but regardless, at almost three-hours long right now, the movie is still going to end up being a long one! Which is fine! I’m up for three hours worth of scares! With how long Stephen King’s book is, there’s a lot of story to cover!

The cast of the film includes James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben, James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanley Uris, and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike. The younger versions of these character are played by Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jack Dylan Grazer.

The sequel is set 27 years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise The Clown when they were kids. As they’ve grown up, they’ve forgotten about what had happened. When bad things start to happen in Derry again and kids begin to go missing, Mike Hanlon, who stayed behind in Derry to keep watch over the town, calls up his old friends and reminds them of the promise they made to come back and stop it if it ever came back.

It was previously revealed that Chapter 2 will include more of the interdimensional turtle, which was teased in the first film a few times. It will also have a much darker tone to it, and it has been said that Mike Hanlon’s character will be drastically changed, as he will be a junkie. You can read more about that here.

The sequel will also most likely explore Pennywise the Clown a little more. We’ve heard that the sequel may include elements from Pennywise’s history in Derry such as the story behind The Black Spot and there was a deleted scene from the first film that was revealed that included Pennywise eating a baby. That could be included in the sequel as well if they really do plan on giving us a history of the monster. Bill Skarsgard hopes that it will explore the twisted mind of Pennywise.

The writer of the film, Gary Dauberman, also previously teased a heartbreaking ending for the movie.

IT: Chapter 2 will hit theaters on September 6th, 2019.

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February 15, 2019 at 05:07PM