For Sale – HP 17″ i5-7200u laptop

hi guys. I have a hp 17-x101na laptop for sale, virtually unmarked condition. about 5 months old, silver coloured, with box/ psu. came with 8gb memory but I upgraded it to 16gb, and I purchased the hp recovery disc set for added security, I hate recovery partitions on a hard drive
specs are below. priced at £425 excl.del may take desktop MB/CPU/Memory in part-ex

Hp Notebook Laptop 17-x101na ( 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U, 2.5GHz

  • 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Display : 17.3 inch screen. High definition display, Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels.
  • Multi-card media card reader. Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible. 2 USB 2.0 ports. 1 USB 3.0 port. 1 Ethernet port. 1 HDMI port.Bluetooth. Wi-Fi enabled.
  • Multimedia features: HD webcam. Built-in mic. DTS sound system.

P:S no pictures at the moment but will get some up as soon as I can

Price and currency: £425
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: B/T cash on collection
Location: manchester
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Microsoft’s Seeing AI app now available in Australia, Ireland and UK

Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which helps people who are blind and partially sighted by narrating the world around them, is now available for free download to people in Australia, Ireland and the UK via the Apple iOS store.

Seeing AI is designed to help people who are blind or have visual impairments use artificial intelligence to recognize objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes them.

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The app is now available for iOS devices in the Australia, Ireland and the UK, after being released in the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore earlier this year.

You can read more about Seeing AI via Microsoft News Centre Australia or Microsoft News Centre UK.

Announcing General Availability of Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs)

Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) are generally available for customers worldwide, effective today. Azure RIs enable you to reserve Virtual Machines on a one- or three-year term, and provide up to 72% cost savings versus pay-as-you-go prices.

Azure RIs give you price predictability and help improve your budgeting and forecasting. Azure RIs also provide unprecedented flexibility should your business needs change. We’ve made it easy to exchange your RIs and make changes such as region or VM family, and unlike other cloud providers, you can cancel Azure RIs at any time and get a refund.


Azure is the most cost-effective cloud for Windows Server workloads

If you are a Windows Server customer with Software Assurance, you can combine Azure RIs with Azure Hybrid Benefits and save up to 82% compared to pay-as-you-go prices, and up to 67%* compared to AWS RIs for Windows VMs. In addition, with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, customers with Software Assurance will be able to save even more.

With Azure RIs and Azure Hybrid Benefit, Azure is the most cost-effective public cloud to run your Windows Server workloads!

Azure offers better than per-second billing and free cost management tools

Azure bills you per-second rounded down to the last minute, saving you money and simplifying your bill. For example, a VM that runs for 345 seconds is billed at 300 seconds. And, Azure offers you built-in, easy-to-use controls to schedule VM auto-shutdown. This means that you can save money by shutting down VMs when you don’t need them. Examples include Dev/Test environments, Big Data analysis, and other batch operations.

Additionally, with free Azure Cost Management, you can further optimize your cloud resources, manage departmental budgets, and allocate costs.  Today, you can already right-size virtual machines based on real-time usage reports. You’ll soon be able to visualize the cost benefits of purchasing RIs compared to pay-as-you-go and understand the utilization of your existing RIs and other instances over time, as shown in the screenshot below:


The combination of these capabilities, our price-match commitment, and product innovations like Burstable VMs and Archival Storage, means that Azure offers the best deal for moving to and innovating in the cloud.

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*Based on comparing 3-year Azure D8_v3 RI prices with Azure Hybrid Benefit in US West 2 to AWS m4.2xlarge 3-year Standard RIs in US West (Oregon). Actual savings may vary based on region, instance type, usage or software license costs.

Microsoft using AI to empower people living with disabilities | ZDNet


Panel discussion with Microsoft’s James Kavanagh, Azure engineering lead; Dave Heiner, strategic policy advisor; Steve Clayton, chief storyteller; and Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer.

Image: Mark Nolan/Getty Images for Microsoft

“Accessibility by design” is an important concept for Microsoft, and one that underpins many of its artificial intelligence-powered products, including Seeing AI.

Announced on Wednesday among a series of other AI tools, Seeing AI is a free mobile application designed to support people with visual impairments by narrating the world around them. The app — which is an ongoing research project bringing together deep learning and Microsoft Cognitive Services — can read documents, making sense of structural elements such as headings, paragraphs, and lists, as well as identify a product using its barcode.

It can additionally recognise and describe images in other apps, and even pinpoint people’s faces and provide a description of their appearance, though camera quality and lighting might influence its description.

At the Microsoft Future of Artificial Intelligence event in Sydney, Kenny Johar Singh, a Melbourne-based cloud solutions architect at Microsoft, demonstrated Seeing AI, which he uses to help navigate the physical world.

Although he lost 75 percent of his vision due to a degenerative retinal condition, technology has been an “empowering force” that compelled him to pursue a career in the industry, Singh said.

Where before Singh was reliant on his wife to bridge the information gap between him and the physical world, by using Seeing AI he is able to be more independent.

In front of guests, Singh used the app to scan a product, which the app correctly identified as Bounce’s coconut lemon-flavoured natural energy ball.

“What it’s actually done for me is that, now that it has detected the ball, I have the calorie calibration — proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and so forth. So I know what I’m picking and using which basically means that I can be totally independent now and my wife absolutely loves it because she doesn’t need to be dragged into stuff like this,” he told guests at the Microsoft Summit.

Singh also pointed his phone’s camera at Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer, and the Seeing AI app described Lay-Flurrie as a “54-year-old woman with brown hair wearing glasses looking happy”. The last three descriptive pieces of information were accurate, though it was off-the-mark about her age.

“People who are blind are not the best at taking pictures, and we often get a lot of edge cases coming through with those pictures. Pictures that aren’t in the middle bracket of the high quality pictures that you can use to … adapt your algorithms and get some machine learning. They are in a lot of ways sometimes dirty pictures, but the overall quality of cognitive services will increase exponentially because you’re including this data sample,” Lay-Flurrie told guests at the Microsoft Summit.

Microsoft’s accessibility features are being used by the Australian National University’s law lecturer Cameron Roles, who said in a statement, “Now is definitely, in my view, the most exciting time in history to be blind.”

One of triplets, Roles, who is also a director with Vision Australia, was born three months early and the oxygen that saved his life left him blind. Of particular use to him are the latest accessibility features in platforms such as Office 365 and Windows 10.

For example, Microsoft has recently integrated its alternative text engine into the core of Windows 10, which Lay-Flurrie said was a “serious step”. This means visually impaired users that use third-party screen readers or Microsoft’s own Narrator, which reads text aloud and describes events, will be able to get a description of the contents in an image, rather than simply knowing there’s an image on screen.

The company also recently introduced Eye Control, a built-in eye-tracking feature for Windows 10, enabling people living with motor neurone disease (MND) and other mobility impairments to navigate their computers. The feature currently only works with Swedish eye-tracking vendor Tobii’s Eye Tracker 4C, though Microsoft is working to add support for other similar devices.

Within Eye Control is a capability called “shape writing”, aimed at speeding up typing by allowing the user to look at the first and last letters of a word and “simply glancing at letters in between”. Microsoft said in August that a “hint of the word predicted will appear on the last key of the word”, and if the prediction is incorrect, the user can select other predicted alternatives.

The company has additionally introduced colour-blindness filters in Windows 10, a condition that Lay-Flurrie said is more common than people think, affecting one in nine people.

Lay-Flurrie, who has a hearing impairment, said that while we need to consider the potential implications of AI in areas such as privacy and security, we should also look at the positives. She said there are 1 billion people living with disabilities globally, and AI can empower these people both in their day-to-day lives and in workplace environments.

“I also look at my daughter, who has autism, she’s 10. With autism, you don’t always understand social cues and social language, and facial expressions are not obvious to her what they mean. She often misinterprets what we’re saying … So I love the potential and the power and beginning to see a wave of innovation in the area of cognitive and mental health where you’re understanding those social cues, you’re using that visual stimulus to give examples, you’re helping to prompt what would be the next step to your learning through real life as opposed to sitting there … some of the therapeutic applications [require you] to sit there and watch YouTube videos,” she said.

“I think there’s real-time applications that can change the lives and include in the same way you do in the workplace with PowerPoint Designer and position people as the geniuses that they are … And you need to be able to perform at the same level as anyone else. Cognitive services and some of these beautiful engines could give us that capability.”

Lay-Flurrie also said people with disabilities can lead or contribute significantly to innovation.

“People with disabilities have a unique lens on the world that could really give a massive input of innovation here and accelerate our path with AI,” she said at the Microsoft Summit.

Microsoft’s chief storyteller Steve Clayton communicated a similar sentiment at the event, saying innovations designed by and for people living with disabilities can prove to be useful more broadly.

“When I started to learn about inclusivity in design, the dropped kerb was originally invented for people who are in wheelchairs. It turns out that the dropped kerb on a sidewalk is also incredibly useful if you’re carrying groceries or if you’re on a skateboard. There are these serendipitous moments I think we’ve found where we said, ‘Hey, we’re going to create a piece of technology that is for people with visual impairment or other disabilities’ that actually turned out to be incredibly useful for the rest of the world,” he said.

Microsoft has been able to integrate AI into its products, while offering new AI-powered products, because of advances in computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language understanding.

The company has developed technologies that can recognise speech with an error rate of 5.1 percent and identify images with an error rate of 3.5 percent.

Microsoft is also currently leading a competition run by Stanford University that uses information from Wikipedia to test how well AI systems can answer questions about text passages. The competition is expected to generate results that can be applied in areas such as Bing search and chatbot responses.

“This means that using AI’s deep learning, computers can recognise words in a conversation on par with a person, deliver relevant answers to very specific questions, and provide real-time translation,” the company said in an announcement on Thursday.

“It also means that computers on a factory floor can distinguish between a fabricated part and a human arm, or that an autonomous vehicle can tell the difference between a bouncing ball and a toddler skipping across a street.”

In Australia, the University of Canberra has developed the Lucy and Bruce chatbots to streamline support services for students and employees using Microsoft Bot Framework and Microsoft Cognitive Services Language Understanding Intelligent Service.

Once launched, Lucy will connect to the university’s Dynamics 365 platform, allowing students to raise tickets when Lucy can’t find the answer. The university is also exploring possibilities to use Bruce to allow IT service tickets to be logged by staff.

Australian Securities Exchange-listed packaging manufacturer Pact Group has also worked with Microsoft using its Cognitive Services Computer Vision for facial and objection recognition to boost workplace safety.

Pact’s Workroom Kiosk Demo can recognise individual employees in a workshop environment, detecting if they are wearing appropriate safety gear and monitoring their behaviour based on an understanding of the tasks individual employees are authorised to perform. Team leaders are automatically alerted if there are potential issues, and an on-site trial of the system will be launched soon.

Microsoft has also announced advancements to Translator, with expanded use of neural networks to improve both text and speech translations in all of Translator’s supported products.

For people learning Chinese, the company will “soon” release a new mobile application from Microsoft Research Asia that can act as an always available, AI-based language learning assistant.

The company has additionally announced Visual Studio Tools for AI for AI developers and data scientists, which it said combines Visual Studio’s capabilities such as debugging and rich editing, with the support of deep learning frameworks such as Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, Google Tensorflow, and Caffe. Visual Studio Tools for AI leverages existing code support for Python, C/C++/C#, and supplies additional support for Cognitive Toolkit BrainScript, Microsoft said.

AI capabilities for Azure IoT Edge — which enable developers to build and test container-based modules using C, Java, .NET, Node.js and Python, and simplify the deployment and management of workloads and machine learning models at the edge — are also now generally available, the company said.

“AI is about amplifying human ingenuity through intelligent technology that will reason with, understand, and interact with people and, together with people, help us solve some of society’s most fundamental challenges,” Clayton said in a statement.

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Microsoft to integrate Visual Studio with AI services

Another piece of Microsoft’s ‘Open Mind Studio’ falls into place: A new extension enabling developers to use AI services from inside Visual Studio.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Live Share to improve developer collaboration

Microsoft plans to debut a new developer collaboration service in early 2018 that could make it easier for developers to work in tandem even when located remotely.

Microsoft gets data-fabulous at NYC event

Microsoft announces Azure Databricks service, new Cosmos DB features, enterprise AI capabilities and more at its annual Connect(); event in New York

Microsoft streamlines big data analytics with new Azure services (TechRepublic)

New database offerings and services in Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform were unveiled today at Microsoft’s Connect(); 2017 conference, alongside GitHub’s adoption of GVFS.

Microsoft reveals Azure IoT Edge: Putting AI at the furthest reaches of your network (TechRepublic)

Redmond revealed a variety of new services to help firms take advantage of AI, ranging from new analytics tools to easier ways to incorporate machine learning into software.

Using Azure and AI to Explore the JFK Files

This post is by Corom Thompson, Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft.

On November 22nd, 1963, the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. He was shot by a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald while driving through the streets of Dallas in his motorcade. The assassination has been the subject of so much controversy that, 25 years ago, an act of Congress mandated that all documents related to the assassination be released this year. The first batch of released files has more than 6,000 documents totaling 34,000 pages, and the last drop of files contains at least twice as many documents. 

We’re all curious to know what’s inside them, but it would take decades to read through these. We approached this problem of gaining insights by using Azure Search and Cognitive Services to extract knowledge from this deluge of documents, using a continuous process that ingests raw documents, enriching them into structured information that enables you to explore the underlying data.

Today, at the Microsoft Connect(); 2017 event, we created the demo web site* shown in Figure 1 below – this is a web application that uses the AzSearch.js library and designed to give you interesting insights into this vast trove of information.

Figure 1 – JFK Files web application for exploring the released files

On the left you can see that the documents are broken down by the entities that were extracted from them. Already we know these documents are related to JFK, the CIA, and the FBI. Leveraging several Cognitive Services, including optical character recognition (OCR), Computer Vision, and custom entity linking, we were able to annotate all the documents to create a searchable tag index.

We were also able to create a visual map of these linked entities to demonstrate the relationships between the different tags and data. Below, in Figure 2, is the visualization of what happened when we searched this index for “Oswald”.

Figure 2 – Visualization of the entity linked mapping of tags for the search term “Oswald”

Through further investigation and linking, we were able to even identify that the entity linking Cognitive Service annotated this term with a connection to Wikipedia, and we quickly realized that the Nosenko who was identified in the documents was actually a KGB defector interrogated by the CIA, and these are audio tapes of the actual interrogation. It would have taken years to figure out these connections, but we were instead able to do this in minutes thanks to the power of Azure Search and Cognitive Services.

Another fun fact we learned is that the government was actually using SQL Server and a secured architecture to manage these documents in 1997, as seen in the architecture diagram in Figure 3 below.

Figure 3 – Architecture diagram from 1997 indicating SQL Server was used to manage these documents

We have created an architecture diagram of our own to demonstrate how this new AI-powered approach is orchestrating the data and pulling insights from it – see Figure 4 below.

This is the updated architecture we used to apply the latest and greatest Azure-powered developer tools to create these insightful web apps. Figure 4 displays this architecture using the same style from 54 years ago.

Figure 4 – Updated architecture of Azure Search and Cognitive Services

We’ll be making this code available soon, along with tutorials of how we built the solution – stay tuned for more updates and links on this blog.

Meanwhile, you can navigate through the online version of our application* and draw your own insights!


* Try typing a keyword into the Search bar up at the top of the demo site, to get started, e.g. “Oswald”.

Take your first step towards the Imagine Cup with the Big Idea Challenge

Take your first step towards the Imagine Cup with the Big Idea Challenge

The 2018 Imagine Cup season is underway, and we are thrilled to announce the Big Idea Challenge! Pitch your world changing Imagine Cup idea and your team could win $3,000 USD, and technical resources to take your idea to the next level!

  • $3,000 USD – 1st Place prize
  • $2,000 USD – 2nd Place prize
  • $1,000 USD – 3rd Place prize
  • Judge feedback on project submission – Top 10 teams
  • $600 in Azure credits – Top 50 teams

Student developers around the world are asked every year to pitch their projects to investors, partners, customers, publishers, and even potential teammates. It’s how you share your vision, how you persuade people that you don’t just have the right idea, you’re also the right team to make it happen. Every winning pitch has a solid project plan to back it up. Want to win the Imagine Cup and get your project funded? Judges will want to know the why and the how you plan to bring your project to market.

How can you get a head start on the Imagine Cup? Create a three-minute pitch video as well as a project plan document and let us know what your Imagine Cup idea is all about. Your entry will be reviewed by a team of judges who will score it on a number of different criteria as described in the Official Rules. We’ve got plenty of resources to get you started: Take a look at winning Imagine Cup pitches as well as how to build your project plan, both should help you feel confident in taking that first step!

Start your journey today by registering for the 2018 Imagine Cup and submitting your solution to the Big Idea challenge from your account page by January 31st, 2018; winners will be announced in February. Don’t wait; 50 teams will win, and your Big Idea could take home $3,000 USD!

Pablo Veramendi
Imagine Cup Competition Manager

Support for Open AI Ecosystem Grows as Amazon Web Services Joins ONNX AI Format – Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

It’s been an exciting few months! In September we introduced the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format we created with Facebook to increase interoperability and reduce friction for developing and deploying AI. In October a number of companies that share our goals announced their support for ONNX.

Today Microsoft and Facebook are excited to share Amazon Web Services (AWS) is contributing ONNX support for Apache MXNet and joining the ONNX initiative. Amazon recognizes the benefits of the ONNX open ecosystem to enable developers working on deep learning to move between tools easily, choosing ones that are best suited for the task at hand. It’s great to have another major framework support ONNX: Caffe2, PyTorch, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and now MXNet.

At Microsoft we believe bringing AI advances to all developers, on any platform, using any language, with an open AI ecosystem, will help ensure AI is more accessible and valuable to all. With ONNX and the rest of our Azure AI services, infrastructure and tools such as Azure Machine Learning and the recently announced Visual Studio Tools for AI, developers and data scientists will be able to deliver new and exciting AI innovations faster.

We invite others in the community to visit to learn more and participate in the ONNX effort. You can also get ONNX updates on Facebook and @onnxai on Twitter.

For Sale – iMac 27″ Retina 5K Late 2014 as NEW!!! – REDUCED!!!

Hi guys, cause I am not using it since ages, basically I have used it just for a couple of months and now it’s sitting on the desk only, I am selling my iMAC.

It is basically as NEW, all accessories, all boxes everything is in conditions as NEW.

Specs are on the pictures attached.
I am also open to trade with MacBook Pro

I can accept also for the item to be exchanged in person, in that case you will have to come to my place :)

Please ask any questions, I’ll be happy to answer.

Happy buying!!!

Price and currency: £999
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Training Haiti’s radiologists: St. Louis doctor takes her teaching global

From Missouri to Haiti
Radiology is often crucial in identifying and diagnosing injuries or diseases efficiently and accurately. Medical imaging techniques, such as x-ray, ultrasound and computed tomography (CT), have advanced alongside technology. Dr. Jennifer Nicholas has a long history of working to improve diagnostic imaging capacity and radiology training around the world, having traveled to Nicaragua, Kenya and Haiti to improve training for radiology residents and, ultimately, the outcomes for patients.
In September of 2016, she joined Washington University School of Medicine as an assistant professor and pediatric radiologist who practices at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital. As part of Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Jennifer is helping to develop a global outreach program, part of which involves providing radiology training in Haiti to residents at Hôpital de l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (HUEH), the state hospital in Port-au-Prince. One of the first stops on that journey, however, was at a mall in Missouri to explore device and technology solutions that would enable her to deploy a tablet-based curriculum, which utilized tools like PowerPoint for presentations and OneNote to serve as a dynamic professional toolbox.
A Particular Request
Upon meeting her in the Saint Louis Galleria, Jo Otey, business sales specialist at Microsoft Store, showed Jennifer how Surface Pro 4 and Office 365 would provide her with a way to seamlessly facilitate the tablet-based radiology curriculum in Haiti.
Jennifer’s goal was to create a flipped classroom environment in Haiti. Educators use a flipped classroom to break free from the traditional paradigm of educational lectures in a classroom. In this case, Jennifer’s flipped classroom needed to extend across geographic, cultural, and linguistic boundaries so the residents could complete their assigned reading, interpret cases, and create preliminary reports in advance of their virtual conference with Jennifer where the cases were reviewed, and the lectures given.
In September, Jo traveled to Haiti with Jennifer at her request to lay the groundwork for the flipped classroom at HUEH and help train the radiology residents on the technology. While the idea of flipped learning is not new, Jennifer’s program would take the concept to a new level. Radiology residents would be required to read course materials pre-loaded on the Surface Pro 4, interpret cases, and create preliminary reports in advance of a virtual conference and lecture where the case studies are reviewed.
The Flipped Classroom
Once Jennifer and Jo opened the possibilities of Business essentials to implement the curriculum, she discovered how transitioning to Microsoft 365 Business gave her the ability to manage devices remotely and securely and deploy new apps to the residents. Jennifer also had the ability to restrict usage of the devices until the residents completed the curriculum for the course. In addition to Microsoft 365 Business, Jo and Jennifer discovered solutions major challenges such as file sharing for the curriculum, facilitation, and communication limitations (language barriers and productivity tools). SharePoint allows her a means of monitoring the curriculum, usage, and progress of the radiology residents.

Since September, the residents have been preparing for the formal launch of the curriculum and Jennifer has noticed a major shift in the computer literacy of the radiology residents, due in part to the decision to use Surface Pro 4 with Windows and Office. The residents have been quick to take advantage of features like Skype for Business to interact with their colleagues within and outside of the Haiti. Microsoft Translator has helped bridge the language gap. Program participants can translate English coursework and reading into their native French to better understand the information, then translate to English to communicate curriculum-based questions to faculty. With OneNote, the residents create a virtual residency toolbox, and Jennifer will be able to use Forms to facilitate quizzes and surveys. Jennifer can then easily deploy apps and curriculum either in Haiti or the United States via a simple Microsoft 365 Business dashboard.
“The current infrastructure of the radiology department at HUEH is traditional x-ray film and paper printouts of relevant ultrasound images with hand-written reports,” says Jennifer. “During their careers, this group of radiologists will lead the transition to digital imaging in Haiti.  In addition to the radiology content the residents are learning through this curriculum, the computer skills they are strengthening with the use of the Surface Pro 4 and Windows will be invaluable as they negotiate new technology in the future.”
Currently, the radiology residency in Haiti includes 13 residents across the three-year program, but the curriculum also includes eight recent graduates of the program who are newly-minted practicing radiologists in Haiti. More than 20 Surface Pro4 were distributed to the radiologists-in-training. The resident doctors are responding positively to the program and are excited about the technology.
Unfortunately, the unexpected arrival of Hurricane Irma as the new devices were being implemented forced Jennifer and team to have to evacuate two days early. Still, the program is under way and Jennifer looks forward to the expansion of future global health programs in other parts of the world where there are radiology residents who are eager to learn, but their access to the latest educational resources is limited.
“I look forward to evaluating the curriculum in 2018,” says Jennifer. “I will be tracking how the residents are using the devices and the educational resources loaded on them. I will also evaluate how the residents’ levels of confidence in interpreting radiology studies have improved. During my last trip to Haiti, I was approached by doctors from other specialties who have heard about the curriculum and are interested in how they might be able to implement similar programs with their residents.”
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17040 for PC

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17040 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and for those who opted in to Skip Ahead.
NOTE: The block for AMD PCs is no longer in effect as of this flight. 
What’s new in Build 17040
Settings Improvements
Adjust the brightness of SDR content on your HDR display: Starting with Build 17040, Windows now lets you adjust how bright SDR content appears when running in HDR mode on the desktop. On an HDR capable system, you will see a slider in the “HDR and advanced color settings” page under Settings > System > Display. This is one of the improvements to HDR image quality that we have planned based on feedback from Insiders.

New Cursor, pointer, and touch feedback section in Ease of Access Settings: Continuing our recent efforts to reorganize this section in Settings, you’ll notice that “change cursor thickness”, “Change pointer size and color”, and “Change touch feedback” have been moved to this new place.
Touch keyboard Improvements
Shape-writing with wide touch keyboard: With the Fall Creators Update we introduced shape-writing input for one-handed keyboard. We’ve heard your feedback, and with today’s build we’re happy to announce that it’s now also available when using the wide keyboard!

As a reminder, shape-writing is currently available for the following languages: Catalan (Catalan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (India), English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Norwegian, Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), and Vietnamese (Vietnam).
Handwriting panel Improvements
Improved Insertion Gesture: Based on your feedback about gesture recognition, we’ve updated the insertion gesture (to add space between words or letters) to now be a small caret (see below gif for a demo of what it looks like, along with a cameo of our joining gesture).

A New Commit Gesture: We’ve added a new gesture so you can automatically commit your text and clear out the text in the handwriting panel. This gesture looks like a 90 degree angle bracketing the end of your text – see gif below for an example of how it works.

Improved button layout for Chinese (Simplified) Handwriting: If you use Chinese (Simplified), you’ll now see a layout similar to the one announced for other languages with Build 17035. The buttons in the handwriting panel are collapsed by default – tap the button with the ellipsis to expand them.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
We’ve added settings that let you view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off. Find these settings in Settings > Privacy > Activity history.
We fixed an issue where network profiles might change from Private to Public after upgrading to the previous build.
We fixed an issue resulting in checkboxes being missing from certain win32 apps.
We fixed a typo in the Windows Defender Security Center’s Controlled Folder Settings.
We fixed an issue resulting not being able to fully remove Windows.old in the last two flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in Narrator not saying anything when the candidate bar for hardware keyboard prediction opened. We also fixed an issue where Narrator wasn’t reading the word candidate when the focus moved into candidate bar.
We fixed an issue where the “Working on updates” screen was black with a small theme colored box instead of entirely theme colored.
We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a green screen on the previous flight with the error BAD_POOL_CALLER.
We fixed an issue resulting in UWP app sometimes leaving drop shadow leftovers after closing the window.
We fixed an issue where inactive window scrolling wouldn’t work if Excel 2016 was in focus.
We fixed an issue resulting in a noticeable flicker when using hotkeys or a precision touchpad to switch between virtual desktops.
We fixed an issue where the XAML Reveal light wouldn’t follow your mouse until the first mouse click – instead showing the entire element lit. This issue was visible in Settings and other XAML based UI in the last few builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in changes to Feedback Frequency in Feedback & Diagnostics Settings not persisting after leaving the page and returning.
We fixed an issue where Start wouldn’t open if you pressed the Windows key when the system menu from elevated Command Prompt or Task Manager window was open.
We fixed a rare issue where if you had certain streaming-capable apps on your PC before upgrading you might end up seeing a black screen with only a cursor for some time after logging in.
We fixed an issue from recent flights where the “Add” button in the PIN section of Sign-in Option Settings didn’t work for local accounts.
We’ve updated the icon for Collections in Cortana.
We’ve updated the touch keyboard so that the margin between each key is visual only. This change will be noticeable if you accidentally overshoot the key press by just a tiny bit – before it might seem as if key presses were being dropped in this scenario.
Based on your feedback, the feature to restore applications that have registered for application restart after you reboot or shutdown (through power options available on the Start Menu and various other locations) has been set to only occur for users that have enabled “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting my device after an update or restart” in the Privacy section under Sign-in Options Settings.
Known issues
If you are experiencing broken functionality in Mail, Cortana, Narrator or missing some features like Windows Media Player, please see this Feedback Hub post:
Popular Tencent games like League of Legends and NBA2k Online may cause 64-bit PCs to bugcheck (GSOD).
VPNs which use custom pop-up windows during connection attempts may fail to connect with error 720.
Due to a bug that was introduced on this build, you may not receive all of your notifications from Cortana. Reminders are unaffected by this bug, but you may not receive other Cortana notifications that you are expecting. We are working to resolve this issue and will release the fix in an upcoming flight.
The Properties dialog for This PC in File Explorer isn’t working and can’t be invoked from the context menu.
Insiders with certain third party antiviruses and OneDrive Files on Demand enabled may see an error citing “OneDrive cannot connect to Windows”.
ADDED: [DEVELOPERS] Deploying an x86 app to a x64 PC remotely result in “FileNotFound” deployment failures if the target PC is running Build 17040. Deploying an x64 app to a x64 PC remotely or a x86 app to a x86 PC will work fine.
Insider Preview Apps Survey
Windows Insiders running the latest Insider Preview builds have also been able to try out early versions of Windows apps like Mail and Calendar, Skype, Photos and People. In an effort to improve this experience, we’re asking Insiders to complete a quick survey. The survey only takes 1-3 minutes to complete. As with all our surveys, the feedback you provide will not be will not be shared outside of Microsoft or associated with any personal information unless you choose to provide your Microsoft account email (MSA). Feedback from this survey will help us enhance the app preview experience with more timely app updates, more informative news announcements and other benefits.
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