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Windows 10 Tip: Update your tasks using ink – Windows Experience Blog

To help you keep track of tasks using whatever mode is most comfortable to you, you can now update your tasks using ink, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
With your digital pen and a touch enabled Windows device, simply add a task to your list using ink, and then strike out when complete. By signing in with your Microsoft Account, your tasks are then conveniently synced with the To-Do app across iOS, Android and Windows and the web.
Check it out in action:

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Lessons learned from the Facebook security breach

Facebook’s bad year just got worse.

The Facebook security breach that affected at least 50 million users could also cost the company up to $1.6 billion in fines under GDPR rules.

Attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As” — a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else, the company said in an online post. This allowed the attackers to steal Facebook access tokens that could be used to take over user accounts.

These tokens — the equivalent of digital keys — allow users to stay logged in to their accounts without having to re-enter their passwords each time they use the app, explained Jessica Ortega, product marketing associate and member of the SiteLock research team. With unauthorized access to these tokens, attackers could log in to unsuspecting user accounts without credentials, she said.

“If continuous access is a feature that users demand, then businesses must be proactive in scanning and testing their application features for vulnerabilities to identify and address bugs before cybercriminals do,” Ortega said.

Details about the extent of user data affected by the Facebook security breach are yet to emerge.

The access tokens that were compromised would typically be limited to particular aspects of data within a user’s account, such as location, age or photos, explained William Knowles, security consultant at MWR InfoSecurity — a company recently acquired by F-Secure.

“This approach follows the security best practice approach of only granting the least privileges required for a particular action,” Knowles said. “It may be the case that … only a limited amount of data was exposed from other user’s profiles; however, it could equally be the opposite, and users will be unable to determine the extent to which they were affected until confirmed by Facebook.”

What businesses can learn from the Facebook security breach

Attacks on large sites to steal user account data have become perpetual, according to Vijay Pullur, CEO at ThumbSignIn.

“It is clear the future of security is in relying on ‘true identity’ by marrying physical possession of a device and digital access,” Pullur said. “Even though vulnerabilities on these sites exist, the user gets notified of breaches immediately, or even better, their accounts cannot be accessed at all through the use of biometrics, which grant permissions on a device in [their] physical possession.”

Bryce Austin, CEO of TCE Strategy, said the Facebook security breach is a prime example of how sophisticated cybercriminals have become.

The developers of computer systems can write good code that will keep out low- and midlevel hackers, but a high-level hacker will approach your system from an angle that developers never imagined.
Bryce AustinCEO, TCE Strategy

Austin believes the trick to fighting cybercrime is to hire white-hat hackers to try to find vulnerabilities before a real cybercriminal does.

“The developers of computer systems can write good code that will keep out low- and midlevel hackers, but a high-level hacker will approach your system from an angle that developers never imagined,” Austin said.

With behavioral cybersecurity detection systems getting more sophisticated, companies need to assume that cybercriminals will find their way into their systems and be proactive about it, he said. For example, the next generation of antivirus programs does not look for viruses based on a signature in their code and instead look for abnormal behavior to stop breaches that are in progress, he added.

Knowles believes businesses can also benefit from bug bounty programs that can help companies reduce their online attack surface.

Facebook has been an active participant in the rising popularity of bug bounty programs, where security researchers are given permission to actively search out vulnerabilities on the Facebook website and receive financial compensation for findings that are reported under Facebook’s responsible disclosure policy, Knowles said.

However, he added that these programs “should also be paired with traditional security assurance activities, such as having gated validations or technical assessments, at different stages of the development lifecycle in order to minimize the likelihood of high-impact vulnerabilities making it onto production systems.”

For Sale – Gaming PC

Hello Everyone,

I have for sale my Gaming PC which I no longer have time to use unfortunately, The spec is as follows:

NZXT H440 White Case (Window is scratched slightly)
2x 4GB Avexir Core Blue Series LED RAM DDR3
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance Gold RAM DDR3
Asus Z97-K motherboard
Intel i5-4440 Processor
Corsair H100i Cpu AiO Cooler
Corsair AF140 White LED Fan
3x Corsair AF120 White LED Fans
Corsair RM750 Fully Modular PSU
1TB HDD with no OS

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Pictures will be posted tonight.

Price and currency: £600
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Windows 10 IoT delivers innovation and intelligence at the edge with the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Windows 10 IoT powers commercial-grade IoT solutions.
From the factory floors of prominent auto makers to advanced medical equipment in hospitals, Windows has a strong heritage of powering intelligent devices in industries across the globe, helping them transition to a smarter, more capable and more connected Internet of Things. The innovation roadmap for Windows 10 IoT takes another major step forward with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, bringing edge intelligence with machine learning, industrial strength security, diverse silicon options and new monetization models for distributors and resellers.
Commercialize your devices with long-term servicingIoT solutions can be challenging to manage over their extended lifecycles. This release of Windows 10 IoT simplifies this challenge by offering support through two servicing channels: the Semi-Annual Channel which provides new functionality with twice-per-year feature update releases and the Long-Term Servicing Channel which provides only security and quality updates with no new features over a 10-year period.
For Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, the LTSC servicing option is available with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 LTSC. For Windows 10 IoT Core, the LTSC servicing option is available with Windows 10 IoT Core Services. The long-term servicing model is ideal for commercial IoT devices, such as point-of-sale systems, ATMs and industrial equipment controllers, which typically require the highest levels of stability and security to perform a single important task and don’t need feature updates as frequently as other types of devices.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services is a new cloud service subscription that provides the essential services needed to commercialize a device on Windows 10 IoT Core. These include long-term OS support plus services to manage device updates and assess device health. With Windows 10 IoT Core Services, device manufacturers can lower their support costs and distributors can create business models that provide recurring long-term value for their customers.

10 years of OS support. Windows 10 IoT Core Services includes access to monthly updates from the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), providing 10 years of servicing for Windows 10 IoT Core. This enables device manufacturers to maintain security and reliability while minimizing changes to the base operating system that could impact device stability.
Control device updates. Using the new Device Update Center portal, device manufacturers can create, customize and control updates specific to each of their device models using the same content distribution network that’s used by millions of customers to manage Windows updates. These updates can apply to the operating system, device drivers and manufacturer-specific applications and files. With Device Update Center, device manufacturers have complete control over all updates that are made available to their devices.
Help secure your network and IoT devices. By leveraging hardware-level security, the Device Health Attestation service evaluates the trustworthiness of a device deployed in production and produces a report verifying that the device has not been compromised. This security report can be combined with a device management system such as Azure IoT Device Management to take corrective actions like reimaging a device, denying network access, or creating a service ticket.

Azure IoT Edge support and Windows Machine LearningWindows 10 IoT enables you to do more at the edge including machine learning, event processing, image recognition and other high-value artificial intelligence without developing it in-house. Seamless integration with Azure IoT Edge brings cloud intelligence and analytics securely to Windows 10 IoT devices at scale.

Move cloud workloads to the intelligent edge. Azure IoT Edge is a fully managed service that delivers cloud intelligence locally by deploying and running artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, Azure services and custom logic directly on Windows 10 IoT devices. Azure IoT Edge modules can be remotely deployed from Azure IoT Hub to an edge device running Windows 10 IoT Core or Enterprise.
Hardware-accelerated ML. Windows Machine Learning allows developers to use pretrained machine learning models in their applications. These models are typically trained in the cloud to be evaluated at the edge. Local evaluation on devices running Windows 10 IoT helps mitigate concerns of connectivity, bandwidth and data privacy. With Windows ML, developers can write machine learning models in the industry standard Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format and accelerate inferencing using the CPU or DirectX 12-capable GPU from any vendor, enabling lower cost hardware platforms from a variety of vendors.

NXP silicon supportCustomers are deploying IoT solutions into an increasingly varied set of environments, form factors and verticals, and they require a platform that offers an equally diverse set of silicon choices. To meet growing customer and partner demand for silicon diversity, Microsoft, in close collaboration with NXP, has added support for NXP i.MX 6, 7 and 8M series processors to Windows 10 IoT Core.

More hardware choices. The i.MX product portfolio is one of the most popular IoT processor families in the industry. Support for these processors enables Windows 10 IoT Core developers to create a broad variety of industrial-grade devices optimized for lower power and higher performance.
Create secure solutions. Windows 10 IoT Core uses the capability of NXP processors to enable trusted I/O which can ensure that malicious applications or rogue actors are unable to tamper with the physical control of a device, even if they infiltrate the operating system or application software.

Kiosk and assigned access improvementsDevices running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise can be built to serve a special purpose, such as a kiosk, digital sign, or an entertainment media tablet. Using assigned access, device manufacturers can customize the functionality exposed by kiosks and other fixed-function devices, providing a streamlined, intuitive user experience that is focused on specific tasks.

Enhanced status reporting. Kiosks and digital signs are often placed in public places where issues are widely seen by people. With built-in status reporting, device management systems are automatically made aware of problems and can issue corrective actions like restarting the device or dispatching a service technician.
Improved app management. Dedicated devices can be in diverse environments like airports, shopping malls and banks. Reducing deployment and management costs are key drivers of ROI. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise has improved features for managing multi-app kiosks, configuring the kiosk experience using a new wizard in the Settings app, and tailoring the Microsoft Edge browser experience for kiosk devices.
Exposing assigned access APIs. While device builders have great flexibility to configure assigned access using provisioning packages, the Settings app and mobile device management systems, some customers still need more. Using a new set of assigned access APIs, developers can now programmatically detect if their app is running in assigned access mode and then create a tailored kiosk experience accordingly.

More management optionsBuilding and deploying IoT devices are only the first steps in a journey toward realizing the benefits of a cloud-connected IoT solution. After devices are deployed in production, customers require a robust and scalable device management system. Windows 10 IoT meets this demand by providing turnkey support for both Azure IoT Device Management and Microsoft Intune.

Azure IoT Device Management support. Azure IoT Hub offers lightweight device management features and an extensibility model that enable device and cloud developers to build robust device management solutions. Integration with Azure IoT Device Management is now available for both Windows 10 IoT Core and Enterprise.
Intune support. Enterprises that use Microsoft Intune for device management can now manage Windows 10 IoT Core devices alongside their Windows 10 IoT Enterprise devices and other managed devices. This gives operators a consistent way to manage Windows 10 IoT devices using the same management interface and controls.

Servicing updates for Windows 10 IoT EnterpriseLast month, Microsoft announced we are changing our approach to provide even greater flexibility at no incremental cost for customers who need more time to test and deploy Windows 10 feature updates. While this communication focused on Windows 10 Enterprise and Education product versions, the changes announced also apply to Sem-Annual Channel (SAC) releases of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. Specifically:

All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC releases (versions 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803) will be supported for up to 30 months from their original release dates.
All future feature updates of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC releases with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for up to 30 months from their release dates.
All future feature updates of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC releases with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for up to 18 months from their release dates.

There are no changes to the 10-year Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) support policy for LTSC releases of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
Case studies with partnersMicrosoft has deep relationships with partners who have a wealth of experience building IoT solutions across a broad range of industries. With the help of the right partner, Windows 10 IoT powers rich IoT experiences, reduces cost and supports insights to move business forward.

XOGO is one of our digital signage partners seeking to disrupt the signage industry by catering to small businesses and organizations without an IT support staff and being the leader in low cost, turnkey solutions. They have a simple philosophy: digital signs should be affordable and easy to use. XOGO has cloud-connected players you can plug in and turn any screen into a digital sign in just minutes.
Rockwell Automation is bringing its vision for industrial IoT to life by building new forms of intelligence to transform the petroleum supply chain. “By creating a compute platform based on Windows 10 IoT and Azure, we can place an application on the edge where the customer is comfortable and then drop that application just as quickly into the cloud tomorrow if it becomes advantageous to do so,” says John Dyck, software business development director for Rockwell Automation.
Redback Technologies uses built-in intelligence supplied by Windows 10 IoT Core to power their compact Smart Hybrid System, a solar inverter that collects power from the sun and uses it to run all kinds of home appliances. By controlling how systems collect, store and use solar power, Windows 10 IoT Core helps optimize energy use to deliver savings for Redback Technologies customers and shorten their return on investment.
Johnson Controls chose Windows 10 IoT Core to power GLAS, their groundbreaking smart thermostat that integrates cloud services and remote management from mobile devices to control ambient temperature as well as monitor air quality. For the Johnson Controls engineering team, it made sense to use Windows 10 IoT Core for GLAS because they wanted to focus more on user experience and design, while gaining the peace of mind that Windows security and updates provide.

Get Started TodayWith powerful intelligent edge capabilities and innovation baked into Windows 10 IoT, our partners and customers now have more ways to easily and securely build IoT solutions with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. To learn more about the latest release and get started building IoT solutions using Windows 10 IoT, please visit us at windowsondevices.com.
Updated October 4, 2018 4:51 pm

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces Wi-Fi 6 as part of new naming system

Luke O’Neill and Michaela Goss

Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a naming system that identifies Wi-Fi generations by a numerical sequence that corresponds to advancements in Wi-Fi. The new naming approach aims to simplify Wi-Fi technology designations for users.

As part of the new system, Wi-Fi 6 was announced this week as the industry designation for products and networks that support the next generation of Wi-Fi, based on 802.11ax technology. The generational terminology may also be used to designate previous Wi-Fi generations, such as 802.11n or 802.11ac. The numerical sequence includes the following:

  • Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology;
  • Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology; and
  • Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology.

Product vendors can use the new generation names to identify the latest Wi-Fi technology a device supports. OS vendors can also use the numerical system to identify the generation of Wi-Fi connection between a device and network. Service providers can use the new names to identify the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network to their customers.

In a Wi-Fi Alliance statement, many vendors backed the new naming system. Vendors that voiced their support included Aerohive Networks, Aruba and Broadcom.

Aerohive introduces network and client analysis tools

Cloud networking provider Aerohive Networks introduced this week two machine learning analytics tools: Network 360 and Client 360. Both services use Aerohive’s microservices cloud architecture and native machine learning capabilities to collect, process and analyze large amounts of client and network data into simpler IT insights.

Network 360 provides a real-time and historical view of well-known key performance indicators (KPIs) for the network. The service tracks network health and performance using a time-slider that adjusts for day, week and month views of KPIs, including device health, Wi-Fi health and application health.

Aerohive is building out Network 360 via a continuous delivery development model throughout the rest of this year. When completed, it will be available in all of Aerohive’s deployment options: public cloud, private cloud and on premises.

Client 360, available now in all deployment options, monitors real-time and historical client performance. The service also uses a time-slider to adjust for the day, week and month for tracking client usage and health when the client was connected to the network.

Client 360 also offers session and aggregate views of client location and experience, including where the client sent and received the most data and where the client spent the most time when connected to the network. Client trail is also tracked as the client roams across the network with corresponding roaming and network services health. Through machine learning capabilities, the service can compare and measure individual client experiences against expected behavior.

network analytics
Aerohive’s Network 360 provides a view of key performance indicators.

Viavi unveils end-user network scoring feature

Viavi Solutions Inc., a provider of network performance monitoring tools, based in San Jose, Calif., has updated its Observer platform. The latest release, Observer 17.5, replaces detailed KPIs — provided to network engineers — with a single End-User Experience Score. The new feature is focused on end-user outcomes to assist with troubleshooting processes used by network teams.

end-user experience
Viavi’s Observer 17.5 has a user experience score feature.

The scoring system describes network and application performance from the end-user perspective as a single numeric value, along with problem descriptions and performance visualizations. Adaptive machine learning, running hundreds of data sets through an algorithm, creates the user score for any transaction. The tool helps network engineers investigate network issues and provide filtered wire-data evidence to IT teams, Viavi said in a statement.

According to Forrester Research, one-third of end-user complaints remain unsolved for more than a month or are never resolved.

The Observer platform has provided full-fidelity forensics for investigations with interfaces for 10 Gb and 40 Gb. The latest platform release now includes 100 Gb interface support.

For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

£560inc fully insured delivery

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

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13 devices that utilize the best of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Today we’re sharing 13 awesome Windows 10 PCs from our partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, MSi and Samsung that light up with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

There’s always so much to choose from with Windows 10 PCs – from a range of different form factors, to the best Windows features like Windows Hello, Windows Ink, Cortana and more. Take advantage of the new experiences and capabilities in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update like the Your Phone App that lets you snap a pic on your Android phone and see it on your PC, or design PowerPoint slides with a digital pen.
The features in this release provide modern solutions for on-the-go, ever-changing lifestyles. Helping you make the most of every second, minute, hour and day. Features that provide ways to help you pursue your passions, make better connections with those you care about, and give you back some time.
Here are a few of the great Windows 10 PCs that light up with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update:

Acer Swift 5
Acer Nitro 5
ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UX461
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP412
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Huawei Matebook X Pro
HP Spectre X360 13 and HP Spectre X360 15
Lenovo Yoga C630
Lenovo Yoga Book C930
MSi P65
Samsung Odyssey Z
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018)

The Acer Swift 5 provides the optimum size, shape and style, weighing in at only 2.14 pounds with a sleek magnesium-lithium cover and distinct charcoal blue color. Power through everyday tasks, watch videos or surf the web with Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and tackle things on your to-do list with your digital assistant Cortana. Utilize the power of Windows Hello with the integrated fingerprint reader for more secure logins on the Swift 5, available from Amazon.com starting at $929.99.

With powerful features at an affordable price, the Acer Nitro 5 is designed with casual gamers in mind. It’s powered with an AMD CPU and GPU, and keeps cool with Acer NitroSense. Game with intensity at every angle with a full IPS display and break the sound barrier with Acer’s TrueHarmony meets Dolby Audio Premium sound. Available today at BestBuy.com with Acer Elite Tech Support, starting at $719.99.

The ASUS Zenbook Flip 14 UX461 is a creative powerhouse with an 8th Generation Intel i7 quad-core processor and the ability to create on-the-go with its convertible design. A 360-degree ErgoLift hinge and touchscreen with ASUS Pen lets you design in tablet mode or laptop mode on its 14-inch FHD display. With up to 13 hours of battery life and weighing just 3.1 pounds, the Zenbook Flip 14 is ultra-portable to keep you productive all day long. Get yours today from Amazon.com starting at $849.99.

Enjoy expansive visuals on the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP412, which features ASUS NanoEdge Bezels, allowing a 14-inch Full HD display to fit into a typical 13-inch laptop. With an 0.8-inch aluminum profile that converts to a portable tablet or laptop seamlessly, the VivoBook Flip 14 transforms to the way you want to work. Get creative with the ASUS Pen and have more secure logins with one touch with Windows Hello. Available starting at $749.99 on Amazon.com.

Enjoy an expanded screen great for work or sharing with the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1. Experience new Windows features like Modern Standby that allows you to resume and login instantly and get work done faster with Intel’s latest 8th Generation i7 Core processor. Log in with one touch using the integrated fingerprint reader with Windows Hello technology, and ask Cortana a question from across the room with the far-field microphone. Available today starting at $1,099.99 from Dell.com.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is elegant at every angle, with a 360-degree hinge that allows you to work in four flexible positions: tablet, tent, laptop and stand modes with up to 8th Gen processors. Turn thoughts into actions with Windows Ink that allows you to capture notes, make edits and create content with the Dell Active Pen. Enjoy password-free sign-ins with Windows Hello using one touch or your face for recognition. Available today from Dell.com starting at $999.99.

Creativity comes in a powerful form with the HP Spectre X360. Create and play for up to 16 hours while doing 4K video editing, drawing or note-taking with Windows Ink, 3D rendering and more. Choose from the 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch models powered by Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core Processor and security options like HP’s privacy screen and one-touch logins with Windows Hello. Available today at HP.com, with the 13.3-inch model starting at $949.99.

The Huawei Matebook X Pro opens new horizons with its FullView design, a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio ideal for watching movies and videos in 4K. It’s powered for creativity with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and VR-ready graphics, with a full 10-point touchscreen with anti-fingerprint coating. With up to 15 hours per charge, the Matebook X Pro can get you through a full workday and beyond. Packed with great Windows features like Cortana and Windows Hello for more secure logins, you can get the Matebook X Pro today on Amazon.com starting at $1,199.99

Lean, light and crafted from premium aluminum, the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) 2-in-1 convertible offers smartphone-like integrated LTE Advanced Pro connectivity and up to 25+ hours of local video playback thanks to the power-efficient architecture of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform. Get creative with the optional Lenovo Pen and use the laptop as your canvas or notepad, with drawing and editing capabilities with Windows Ink. The Yoga C630 WOS starts at $849.99 in the U.S. and will be available from Lenovo.com and other retailers starting November 2018.

Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930 rewrites the rules of mobile productivity and creativity as the world’s thinnest and lightest dual-display laptop including a display built with E Ink. The versatile E Ink screen serves as a keyboard, notepad and eReader. It’s ultraportable at just 9.9mm at its thinnest when closed and has up to 10-hour battery life and a Precision Pen for easy sketching and inking on either screen. Starting at $999.99, the Yoga Book C930 will be available this from Lenovo.com and select retailers.

The MSI P65 is for the creator in all of us. Whether you’re a video editor, music producer or artist, the P65 keeps up with whatever you want to do. Multi-task with up to three external monitors with HDMI, mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 ports for the best 4K resolution output and a fingerprint reader for one-touch logins with Windows Hello. Create and play for up to nine hours with its 15-inch True Color 2.0 screen and the power of Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDID GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. Available from Adorama starting at $1,499.99

Samsung’s Notebook Odyssey Z lets you game anytime, anywhere, with Intel’s i7 Hexa-Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 graphics that allow for the best 4K performance and rendering in 3D. Its slim design is ready to game wherever you go and is packed with features like Windows 10’s refreshed Game Bar, native streaming capabilities through Mixer and support for Xbox Play Anywhere titles. Get $100 off now through Oct. 15 on Samsung.com.

Work hard and play hard with the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018). At just over two pounds, the Notebook 9 (2018) is a lightweight convertible with full 15-inch HDR-ready screen and built in far-field microphone. Windows Hello offers more secure logins with a fingerprint reader and Intel’s latest 8th Gen Core i7 Mobile Processor to power you through the day. Get $100 off Oct. 7-13 on Samsung.com.

Now is a great time to take advantage of everything the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has to offer with a new Windows 10 device! You can see even more options for a new Windows 10 device that best suits your needs with Windows Help Me Choose, an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that meets your needs. To check out even more great Windows 10 devices from our partners, and to discover what the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has to offer with free demos and workshops, visit your local Microsoft Store in-person or online. You can also visit this blog post to learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You can even get a free consultation from our expert Service Advisors to determine if your device is eligible for the update, or help set up and customize a new device.

Updated October 4, 2018 4:54 pm

Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm