Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 8 “Service Pack” – Before Its Launch

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Is a service pack still a service pack when it’s called by another name? For Windows 8, it might be. In a highly unusual move, Microsoft is now offering a “Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update” via Windows Update, that rolls up changes and improvements Microsoft has made to Windows 8 and makes them available to users even before the official launch of the new operating system.Normally, of course, service packs wait at least a few weeks or months following the release of an operating system, and they’re a major event. Windows XP had three; Vista has two, and Microsoft has released just one for Windows 7, to date. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division at Microsoft, explained that the period of time between the release of a new operating system to manufacturing, and the time it is released to retail, had been used to match PCs with the new software components, drivers and companion software they needed to properly function. In some cases, that meant fundamental changes to Windows, too. But early purchasers might not get access to those chanes and updates. “We would often create dozens of changes for each [manufacturer] for these new PCs,” Sinofsky wrote in a blog post. “Those changes would be deployed during manufacturing of those PCs and thus would be invisible to customers. While those changes could potentially apply to a broader range of PCs, we did not have in place the testing and certification to broadly distribute these updates. As a result, customers would have to wait until the first service pack to see these enhancements. We know many folks would spend time working to uncover these… enhancements in a desire to have the most up to date Windows.”Now, however, Microsoft has managed to improve its processes so that its manufacturing partners aren’t the only ones seeing the benefits. “By developing better test automation and test coverage tools we are happy to say that Windows 8 will be totally up to date for all customers starting at General Availability,” Sinofsky wrote.What Do You Get?Microsoft said that the “General Availability Cumulative Update” would include four major elements:Increased power efficiency to extend battery lifePerformance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screenImproved audio and video playback in many scenariosImproved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8To apply it, perform the following steps:Open the Charms bar by swiping in from the right edge of a touch screen. (If you use a mouse, move the mouse to the upper- or lower-right corner of the display.)Click “Search,” and type in “Windows Update.”Click “Settings,” and install the optional updates. Is This A Good Thing?On the surface (so to speak), Microsoft’s “mini service pack” appears to be a good thing: Yes, there are major revisions that Microsoft needs to make with Windows 8, but the performance improvements would roll out anyway, over time. The early adopters can simply take advantage of them before Windows 8 rolls out. And who doesn’t like a free upgrade? Still, users posting comments to Sinofksy’s post have identified other problems, such as slowdowns after applying the patch, probably due to nagging driver issues. A more serious one is that which Microsoft has identified itself: that when you turn a Windows feature – such as Remote Access – on or off, the computer may require a restart. So far, there doesn’t seem to be many people, if any, who have encountered this problem. If you do, let us know in the comments below.More Work Needed?Otherwise, some users say that Microsoft still has more work to do.“Yeah, fix your apps!” “Marcus” wrote. “Photos and Mail STILL crash every time during loading after the updates. Thankfully the real apps, aka desktop apps, don’t have issues running.”Microsoft is addressing some of those requests, quietly rolling out updates to its core SkyDrive, Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging apps, as well as Photos, Maps, Bing, Finance and News. Microsoft recommends that Windows 8 users keep an eye on the Store tile, which will indicatewhen updates are available. users can then open it and click the updates link in the top right corner to see the list and install the desired updates.Notable changes will include, according to Microsoft,  a conversation view of your inbox in Mail, plus complete IMAP account support; indoor venue maps in Maps, plus integration with its Travel app; and a SmartDJ feature for its Music app. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… markhachmanlast_img read more

Kei Nishikori to miss rest of season with wrist injury

first_imgJapan’s Kei Nishikori will miss the rest of the 2017 season after tearing a tendon in his right wrist, his manager said on Wednesday.The 27-year-old world number nine becomes the latest of a clutch of high-ranked players to take time out from the sport due to injury.Fourth-ranked Stan Wawrinka and number five Novak Djokovic have in recent weeks called a halt to their seasons to recover from knee and elbow injuries respectively.Nishikori was scheduled to play at this week’s Cincinnati Masters, a warm-up event for the U.S. Open, but withdrew when he felt a sharp pain in his wrist during practice on Sunday.”Kei hit a serve and heard a ‘pop’ in his wrist,” his manager said in a statement. “It has become clear that Kei has a tear in one of the tendons in the right wrist.”At this stage, we have elected not to do surgery and Kei is in a cast. After the swelling comes down in the next weeks, we will evaluate next steps. Kei will withdraw from all the 2017 tournaments and work hard to be ready for next year.”The Japanese reached his only grand slam final at the U.S. Open in 2014, losing to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.Injury worries have also forced four other top-ten players – Cilic (adductor), Roger Federer (back), Andy Murray (hip) and Milos Raonic (wrist) – to miss Cincinnati.last_img read more

Temporary vice-captain to be chosen for England ahead of Ashes Test

first_imgA temporary vice-captain for the England team will be appointed before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, confirmed captain Joe Root.Ben Stokes, the Test vice-captain, is missing the Ashes tour.The Test is slated to be held at the Gabba from November 23, following wild street brawl incident in Bristol last month which allegedly inflicted bodily harm on a man.Alastair Cook, Root’s predecessor as captain and Stuart Broad, England’s T20 captain for brief time, are believed to be the frontrunners of the deputy captain role.Captain Root said the appointment of vice-captain will be done before the Gabba series after discussions with the team management.”Over next few days, myself and the management will have a chat and it will be sorted by the First Test,” Root was quoted, as saying by the Independent over vice-captaincy.”I don’t think it makes a massive difference to me on the field. I have some senior players around me who have been fantastic throughout the summer,” the right-handed batsman added.England, however, have suffered two injury blows prior to their first warm-up match, ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, with paceman Steven Finn and all-rounder Moeen Ali all set to undergo scans.Despite the setback, Root has asked his team to be ruthless right from the start of this Ashes tour.”We want to be as ruthless as we can and start the tour as we mean to go on,” he said.As of August 2015, England holds the Ashes, having won three of the five Tests in the 2015 Ashes series.advertisementAustralia and England have won 32 series each and five series have been drawn.last_img read more

SiriusXM Canada now available on Apple TV

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, announced today that SiriusXM’s 200+ channels of world class audio entertainment are now available on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation) via the SiriusXM app. SiriusXM on Apple TV gives subscribers another convenient way to access its extensive lineup of programming, which features Howard Stern, commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, entertainment, comedy, and more, inside their home. With SiriusXM on Apple TV, SiriusXM All Access and streaming subscribers can access exclusive music and entertainment, including Howard Stern’s two exclusive channels, commercial-free music from multiple genres, an extensive schedule of live games and events from professional and college sports, plus news from respected national outlets, exclusive talk and entertainment, a broad range of comedy, and sports talk from some of the biggest names in broadcasting; as well as dozens of exclusive online-only channels that span music, talk, comedy and news.SiriusXM showcases exclusive artist branded music channels from The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Pitbull and many more. Its expertly curated channels play music from multiple decades and genres that span rock, pop, country, electronic dance, jazz and more. Subscribers with Apple TV can also access concept-based channels curated by SiriusXM’s acclaimed programming team, such as The Coffee House, SiriusXM Chill, Road Trip Radio, Yacht Rock Radio, and The Covers Channel.SiriusXM content available on Apple TV mirrors what is available to subscribers with their streaming subscription. For more info on what channels are available on various SiriusXM subscriptions, go to SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies eight years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Twitter Advertisement With the SiriusXM app on AppleTV, SiriusXM trial or paid subscribers with streaming access may:Customize music and comedy channels with MySXM for a personalized experience.Choose from a large library of archived programming on SiriusXM On Demand.Experience a user interface optimized for Apple TV.Set and select favorites for easy access to preferred channels and shows.Resume shows from SiriusXM On Demand from where they left off when listening previously on the SiriusXM app on Apple TV or other devices.View currently-playing content on the integrated screen saverLearn more at Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Jakartas 99story Pertamina tower makes energy key design principle

first_img Explore further © 2013 More information: … … -harness-wind-power/ Resembling the petals of a flower, the tapered peak is to leverage wind energy. The crown reveals a wind funnel that will harness winds at the upper floors to generate energy. Then, there is the “Energy Ribbon,” a solar-paneled roof walkway throughout the campus. This covered walkway is to provide both sun and rain protection with energy generated through photovoltaics along the surface of the roof. The need for artificial lighting in the office interiors will be lessened with support from exterior sun shades.The building will include a 2,000-seat auditorium for lectures and performances and a mosque. SOM calls it “a city within a city, blending together living, working and playing while serving as a model of sustainability, efficiency, and collaborative workplace design.”The energy-harnessing theme is clear. SOM said the development will reduce water demand and target zero discharge while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent by the year 2020 and generating 25 percent energy from renewable resources by 2020.According to the Jakarta Post, local companies will also participate in the project as consultants, and also to work on the project’s central energy generator. As a state-owned company, Pertamina said its mission is “to carry out integrated business core in oil, gas, renewable and new energy based on strong commercial principles both inside and outside the country.” ( —A 99-story skyscraper created for the Indonesian state-owned energy company, Pertamina, which is scheduled for completion in 2020, will carry the distinction of becoming Jakarta’s tallest landmark, rising over 500 meters high above Jakarta, and will accommodate some 20,000 workers. However, “tall” is not the key distinguishing factor in the works; the renderings of the sky-piercing building have been released by the architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); the design shows how the Pertamina Energy Tower is to be, in the words of SOM, “the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver.” The building is designed to harness wind energy. Updating building energy codes: How much can your state save? Citation: Jakarta’s 99-story Pertamina tower makes energy key design principle (2013, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Escobar meme lands Kolkata police in hot water

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata police has landed in hot water after posting on its Facebook page a meme of Colombia footballer Andres Escobar’s infamous own goal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US which cost him his life days later. The post was an awareness campaign for June 26 — the International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking — by exploiting the frenzy that the ongoing edition of the World Cup in Russia has generated. The photo showed Escobar rolling the ball into his own net in the 34th minute of the Colombia-USA group league game past the wrong-footed goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba. Beside the photo was another image of a person — whose midriff and a hand are only visible — injecting a drug. The meme came with the slogan in a medley of English and Bengali “Same Side goal bhuleo noi” (Never ever score a same side goal). Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Escobar’s slip had proved crucial as Colombia succumbed to the pressure and eventually lost the match 1-2. Romania then went on to defeat the US, which pushed Colombia out of the World Cup. Ten days after his blunder, Escobar went out with friends for the first time since his return from the USA despite being advised against it. After a fallout with a few anti-socials, he was fired upon six times with a .38 calibre pistol. Eye-witnesses said the assailants shouted “goal” after each shot, apparently alluding to Escobar’s same side strike. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Although Kolkata Police refused to comment, the Facebook post got flooded with comments condemning it as many said it was in bad taste. “I understand there is a World Cup going on and police want to cash in. But there are better means to spread awareness. This is in bad taste as someone lost his life because of the incident,” an active social media user said not being wanting to be named. Days earlier, Kolkata Police had posted a similar post on Argentine star Lionel Messi’s penalty miss against Iceland in the World Cup, urging two and four wheelers not to break traffic rules as “every penalty is not missed.” Messi fans lambasted the post while those who support his old adversary, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, shared it tongue firmly in cheek.last_img read more