Microsoft has hit a home run with the Windows File History backup tool. Hardware Secrets delves into the good and the idiosyncrasies of using the tool to make file backups. The tool checks often to see how files in the monitored folders have changed and saves copies of them based on the intervals that you set. The author of the article was able to retrieve a copy of a document after deleting an important paragraph. The instructions in the article are really straight forward and even have a graphical layout for those that aren't computer savvy in your family. Time to grab an external hard drive and save your most precious memories!
You will notice that only folders can be backup up using the File History. That is by choice. File History does not back up your program files or apps. It only backs up files that change often.
File History takes snapshots of versions of your files and stores them on your backup drive. Backups of changed files are made at the interval of your choosing. This creates a library of past versions that are recoverable. This can be extremely valuable.
I recently accidentally deleted an important paragraph from a document that I was working on. When I realized my mistake, I recovered the missing paragraph from one of the versions that was saved in my File History.
PSVR has come a long ways as they are closing in on one million units sold. That has invigorated Sony to get their Aim controller out to the public on May 16th for the shooter game Farpoint. VR devices such as a trackable gun device greatly add to the immersion while playing games. Sony was forward thinking about their less dexterous users by giving the option of using one analog stick control or two. So if you are susceptible to motion sickness then you don't have to concentrate on using but one analog stick. Of course if you're more advanced then there is a dual analog input option available. Very smart thinking!
Farpoint is already promising on its own, but having such a tool available will do wonders for players as they move more naturally and don’t have to adjust to a different style of locomotion such as teleportation. Better yet, the accessory presents an option for other developers that are working on shooters and/or simply would like to add a more fluid mode of locomotion to their existing games as well. Gamestop has a bundle including Farpoint and the controller listed for $79.99 but this could possibly be placeholder as this listing doesn’t have the correct release date. We’ll update with more information in the future.
The agency is currently deciding whether it is feasible to add human crew to Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which involves the most powerful rocket in the world for a moon mission. The maiden voyage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft hosting guinea pigs will be decided by early springtime, but EM-2’s 2021 launch is almost certain to be manned.
During the first mission of SLS and Orion, NASA plans to send the spacecraft into a distant lunar retrograde orbit, which will require additional propulsion moves, a flyby of the moon and return trajectory burns. The mission is planned as a challenging trajectory to test maneuvers and the environment of space expected on future missions to deep space. If the agency decides to put crew on the first flight, the mission profile for Exploration Mission-2 would likely replace it, which is an approximately eight-day mission with a multi-translunar injection with a free return trajectory.
You would probably be less likely to give someone the finger if you knew they were rushing to the hospital in an emergency, right? That’s the thinking behind this idea for projecting other drivers’ information using an augmented reality smartphone app. I wonder if there be a virtual sign you can display when you accidentally sideswipe someone because you were too busy reading something off of your windshield? Thanks to Kyle for this one.
Chao Wang and his colleagues at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed an augmented reality app designed to reduce road rage by improving communication between drivers. "In the US every year, 1500 people are injured or killed as a result of aggressive driving," says Wang. His prototype "social car" project puts a transparent screen in front of the driver on a section of windscreen that displays projected information from a smartphone, augmenting the driver’s view without blocking it. The app flashes up information about other drivers using the system when the phone’s camera spots their cars. A special periscope lens attachment allows the camera to see cars in front of the driver while it is lying flat to project images onto the screen.
Google Docs is huge and Microsoft Office is even bigger, so it will be interesting to see if Amazon can make any kind of dent in the world of office productivity software. To start, the company is improving its email-calendar and file storage-collaboration apps to lure in corporate customers. Amazon’s Chime app could also serve as a Skype or Hangouts alternative.
…sources in the know have said that Amazon’s plans are still in their infancy, but the first steps will include improving AWS’s existing WorkMail and WorkDocs applications. These apps, which offer calendar and file storage functionality, have yet to catch on with customers, and in their current form pale in comparison to what’s available from Microsoft and Google. It’s also unclear how Amazon will flesh out its suite, either with its own word processing and spreadsheet tools, to the tune of Microsoft’s Word and Excel, or if they will take a different route thanks to a recent update to their AppStream service.
Another staunch opponent of the right-to-repair bills that are hitting Nebraska, New York, and other states is the video game industry. Companies that include Sony and Microsoft have more than once demonstrated an ineptitude for producing stable consoles, so it may be concerning that they are not only subjecting owners to technical difficulties but making it more difficult than necessary to repair them. Needless to say, this is all about easy profits.
…both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 have "signature failures" that affected huge numbers of devices: The "Yellow Line of Death" and the "Red Ring of Death," respectively. Sony charged $200 for a refurbished device. Microsoft replaced many Red Ring of Death Xbox 360 devices free of charge, which is laudable. However, the actual fix for the problem was both cheap and easily done by independent companies or even consumers. What was a massive ordeal for customers and the company could have potentially been much easier if independent repair had been supported.
A thin plastic sheet may soon provide some relief from the intense summer sun. The film, made from transparent plastic embedded with tiny glass spheres, absorbs almost no visible light, yet pulls in heat from any surface it touches. Already, the new material, when combined with a mirrorlike silver film, has been shown to cool whatever it sits on by as much as 10°C. And because it can be made cheaply at high volumes, it could be used to passively cool buildings and electronics such as solar cells, which work more efficiently at lower temperatures.
Samsung has just unveiled a bunch of new tablets at Mobile World Congress. I don’t think the Tab S3 is anything to get excited about, since it is rather similar to the last model (aside from HDR and nicer speakers). The Book 10 and 12, however, are pretty sweet because they run full Windows. The latter, aside from the beefier hardware, is definitely going on my list because of its AMOLED screen.
Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy TabPro S, a Windows 10 tablet that borrowed and improved upon many of the ideas put forth by Microsoft’s Surface line. Now it’s launching two new tablets that feature even more improvements on the productivity tablet idea. The new Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12 both run Windows 10 and come with styli and keyboard cases. They both have slim, aluminum designs and will be available in both Wi-Fi and LTE models. The Book 10 has a 10.6-inch, 1920 x 1280 pixel LCD display and an Intel Core m3 processor, while the higher-end Book 12 is equipped with a 12-inch Super AMOLED HDR display and Intel’s fanless Core i5 processor.
Thanks to a Target screw-up, it has been revealed that the Shadow of Mordor successor will be called Middle-earth: Shadow of War. While a PC version has not been officially listed yet, you can be sure that it is in development alongside the pleb versions. Am I the only one who practically maxed out his character before getting anywhere in the main quest?
"Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses, and dominate Mordor from within," it reads. "Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth." PS4 and Xbox One versions are both listed. The original Shadow of Mordor was also available on PC, though the absence of a PC version on Target's website doesn't preclude it from also being in development. A release date is stated as August 22. That might prove to be true, but early release dates on retailers' websites don't always pan out.
Who you gonna call? Nobody, since ghosts don’t exist. University of Manchester particle physicist and media personality, Brian Cox, is claiming that if ghosts were real, they would have some sort of signature that proves their existence, like a specific particle. Being that the Large Hadron Collider is the crème de la crème of particle detection and has found no such thing, it may be safe to leave the lights off after all.
Astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was also a guest on the show, clarified by saying, "If I understand what you just declared, you just asserted that CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, disproved the existence of ghosts." Cox said yes. If ghosts were real, he posits, they would have a certain frequency or particle associated with them, corresponding with the human or body, with which it was once attached. If that was the case, we would be able to detect them. After all this time and with all our advanced instruments, we haven’t picked up anything close.
Nokia has just resurrected their iconic handset, and it looks like they did a pretty decent job of modernizing the phone. As you would expect, the screen has been updated with a revolutionary feature called color, and it even plays the classic game Snake. Owners can expect 22 hours of talk time on the device, but those who expected another Android device to add to their collection are sure to be disappointed.
If you need a long-lasting phone for emergencies, or a device that’s tough and safe enough for a child to use – without having to worry about them going crazy with app store downloads or in-game purchases – then the new Nokia 3310 could have a lot of appeal. Of course, those of us who remember the pre-smartphone days with some degree of wistful pleasure might be interested too. Nokia says the new 3310 is expected to retail at just €49 worldwide, SIM-free and unlocked. That works out to about $52, though final pricing and release date are yet to be confirmed.
Sony has managed to sell 915,000 PSVR headsets since its debut in October. According to global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House, those kinds of numbers were totally unexpected and the product can already be considered a raging success. He notes that availability of the headset will improve in April, but I have seen plenty of them around...
The headset, PlayStation VR, has been scarce in many stores, especially in Japan, since it went on sale in October. In an interview at his Silicon Valley office on Friday, Mr. House revealed PlayStation VR’s sales for the first time, saying consumers had purchased 915,000 of the headsets as of Feb. 19, roughly four months after it went on sale. Sony’s internal goal was to sell one million of the headsets in its first six months, by mid-April. The company will almost certainly surpass that forecast. "You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished," said Mr. House, describing the scene in Japan, one of the largest games markets.
Valve recently brought SteamVR on Linux into public beta, but Phoronix didn’t have the best experience with it. Their early impressions suggest that Linux gamers are bound to run into driver, performance, tracking, and numerous other issues. But while the technical kinks should be patched up in time, there is still that problem of Linux’s comparatively tiny catalog of VR-supported games—the author notes that there are a grand total of three VR-only titles. Thanks to Kyle for this one.
The initial setup was certainly a headache and letdown with the problems encountered and knowing I am not the only one running into shared IPC compositor errors and other struggles. That certainly made it feel much more like an alpha than beta and cannot imagine a Windows gamer being willing to go through such strides. Even with being a dedicated Linux user for about the past decade and a half, I was frustrated and embarrassed by these initial SteamVR Linux woes being encountered on Linux in 2017.
This is a great happening for mobile VR enthusiasts and PPI nuts, but not so much for those who simply want a phone that doesn’t drop dead at the end of the day. Qualcomm thinks that it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing phones with 8K screens. It seems like we will never get a flagship phone with truly great battery life, as a cutting-edge display will always be there to negate any improvements made toward power usage.
"We’ll see 6K, 8K and beyond" from future smartphone resolutions, envisions Tim Leland, Qualcomm’s vice president of product management. "It’s going to keep going." That's an incredible leap in a world where most flagship Android Nougat phones have 2K screens and the iPhone 7 Plus is half of even that resolution, sporting a rather meager 1080p display. "It’s going to levels I wouldn’t have believed a few years ago," he admitted. "These are all steps toward not even photo realism, but optical nerve realism. "It won’t be just in terms of pixels per inch, it’ll also be the width of the color gamut, color accuracy and the brightness of the display."
Talk about a pipe dream. While it would be awesome to have charging hardware embedded into roads, what would be the infrastructure costs for that kind of project? Nevertheless, Honda has gone ahead and designed a system that "enables dynamic charging with a charging power of 180 kW (DC 600 V, 300 A) while driving at a vehicle speed of 155 km/h (96 mph)."
Honda wants to give "unlimited range" to electric vehicles with a new dynamic charging technology at high speeds. Honda doesn’t currently produce any all-electric vehicles, but it is reportedly going to offer battery-powered and PHEV versions of the Clarity, which was first developed to be a fuel cell hydrogen car. While the dynamic charging technology isn’t likely to be implemented in those vehicles, Honda plans to demonstrate it at WCX 17 SAE World Congress Experience next month. Dynamic charging requires charging hardware to be embedded into or over the road. It would basically create invisible train tracks for EVs to use and potentially drive continuously by wirelessly charging.
Companies such as Nokia and Samsung have only reached 10Gbps and 7.5Gbps downlink speeds in their current 5G network tests, but the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is taking things to the extreme by dictating that download speeds for a single 5G cell should reach 20Gbps. Real-world data rate, however, should see download speeds of 100Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps.
The total download capacity for a single 5G cell must be at least 20Gbps, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has decided. In contrast, the peak data rate for current LTE cells is about 1Gbps. The incoming 5G standard must also support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer, and the standard will require carriers to have at least 100MHz of free spectrum, scaling up to 1GHz where feasible. These requirements come from the ITU's draft report on the technical requirements for IMT-2020 (aka 5G) radio interfaces, which was published Thursday. The document is technically just a draft at this point, but that's underselling its significance: it will likely be approved and finalized in November this year, at which point work begins in earnest on building 5G tech.
Digital Foundry has discovered that Nintendo Switch developers may have more to work with in the system’s portable mode. It was believed that the console’s GPU would run at 307.2MHz undocked, but a 25% increase to 384MHz can be achieved through some sort of boost mode. I would love to see how much this affects the Switch’s battery life, which is already nothing to brag about.
…we wonder whether Zelda uses the new mobile GPU clock mode - it closes the gap a little between handheld and docked GPU performance and combined with only a small leap in memory bandwidth, this may explain why the title renders at 720p on the go, but only 900p when docked. Beyond that, we also wonder whether using the 384MHz mode may come with compromises elsewhere in the system - perhaps by disabling WiFi (PS Vita also had multiple performance modes and one of them did turn off WiFi in order to repurpose the power budget). This is speculation of course, and as always, time will tell.
BlackBerry is back to remind everyone that they’re still alive with another Android device, the KeyOne, which comes with a hardware keyboard. If you liked the company’s last effort, the BB Priv, this will be right up your alley. The device was unveiled just hours ago at Mobile World Congress, but the whining has already begun: it offers mid-range hardware, such as the Snapdragon 625, yet costs $549.
…the real story is clearly the physical keyboard that sits below the screen. Like the one seen on BlackBerry’s last hurrah as an independent hardware manufacturer, 2015’s expensive and temperamental Priv, it’s touch-sensitive and does a ton of neat tricks. You can use it to scroll without touching the screen; you can assign each key a shortcut, like "I for Instagram" app speed-dial; you can just start typing to start searching Google. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the space bar.
The Patch Tuesday delay is probably biting Microsoft in the arse yet again. This time, Google has revealed browser bugs that affect both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of IE and Edge: an attacker may execute malicious code. The good news is that none of you actually use these browsers, right…
Google has now gone public with a security vulnerability in both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Going under the description of "Type confusion in HandleColumnBreakOnColumnSpanningElement", the bug has the potential to allow an attacker to execute malicious code. The vulnerability has been assigned the code CVE-2017-0037, and details of the flaw have been published under the terms of Google's Project Zero. Microsoft was notified about the problem 90 days ago, and as the company failed to patch it Google has made the problem public.
A newly released FAA report reveals that drone sightings are up: there were 1,274 reports of drones near airports versus just 874 for the same period in 2015. But while there is increased panic of drones colliding with planes, it’s the birds and hanging obstructions that continue to create the majority of problems. Apparently, there hasn’t been a single verified instance of a drone hitting an aircraft.
…while the FAA has received several reports from pilots that drones may have hit their aircraft, the administration was unable to verify any such claim. "Every investigation has found the reported collisions were either birds, impact with other items such as wires and posts, or structural failure not related to colliding with an unmanned aircraft," the FAA said in a statement. The report is noteworthy given the fear many people have of drones crashing into planes and causing major catastrophes. Last April, for example, a British Airways pilot claimed a drone hit his plane during his landing at London's Heathrow Airport. While the drone incident led to stories in major news outlets like the BBC and the Guardian, a follow-up British government investigation found that the pilot had misidentified the object.
This year’s first solar eclipse is happening tomorrow. It won’t be a total eclipse because the Moon will only be covering the Sun’s center, but that does mean a cool ring-of-fire effect. You are out of luck if you want to see it in person and don’t live in South America or Africa, but there should be plenty of photos and webcasts to gawk at during and after the event.
The moon will appear to block varying amounts of the sun depending on where you are located within the eclipse visibility zone. For those who are properly positioned along a narrow path some 8,500 miles (13,700 kilometers) long and averaging roughly 45 miles (72 km) wide, the dark disk of the moon will briefly be surrounded by a dazzling "ring of fire" as the lunar disk passes squarely in front of the sun. Skywatchers positioned outside this path can still enjoy a partial solar eclipse. This spectacle will be visible to more than half a billion people living across the lower two-thirds of South America as well as the western and southern portions of Africa, as well as the sparse population in about half of Antarctica.
While we still don’t know the exact day the roll-out will begin, Microsoft is currently finalizing their big update for an April release. Those of you who are scared of large-scale changes should probably double check your Windows Update settings and active hours to make sure there are no surprises. I have made a habit of updating my system images before installing any update just for peace of mind.
Microsoft stated that the update will be released in "early 2017" but we didn’t know when exactly the update will arrive. Until now, anyway. Per my sources, Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 10 Creators Update this April. The update will have a version number of 1703. Even though the version number indicates a March 2017 release, we are told the update will be released in April 2017. Like the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft will gradually roll out the Creators Update to ensure the best experience for Windows 10 users, but users will be able to manually upgrade to the Creators Update if they want to.
I still can’t believe Shenmue 3 is coming out. While that is still on the cooker and won’t debut until the holidays, PC fans may be able to re-experience the original games soon. If I’m not mistaken, the sequel was released for both the Dreamcast and the Xbox, but the original only came out for the former.
A trusted source close to Atlus USA, today revealed to me that Shenmue HD Remaster will be released this year. Both games, Episodes 1 & 2, may be released together rather than separately. They are presumably being geared up for launch to precede Shenmue 3, which could possibly slip into 2018. This will come as no surprise. Last year Sega hinted strongly that a Shenmue HD remaster was on the cards and then towards the end of last year, Sega registered the domain ShenmueHD.com.
It seems that Steam VR’s Lighthouse tracking technology is becoming a popular off-the-shelf solution for duties that traditionally require more intricate, expensive, or timely setups. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards was able to frame a VFX shot just by moving around a tablet computer that was paired with a Vive controller. Thanks to cageymaru for this one.
…last year’s Star Wars: Rogue One, used existing virtual reality technology – specifically the HTC Vive and Steam VR – to allow the film’s director to compose visual effects shots for the movie. Whatever you may have thought of the most recent arrival to the Star Wars movie universe, Rogue One had some undeniably impressive visual effects. Those effects have since been nominated for 2 2017 Academy Awards and, thanks to a recent episode of BBC Click, it’s also been revealed that virtual reality technology played a significant role in the direction of them.
The FCC may be making it easier for your data to fall into the wrong hands or used for financial gain. The previous chairman approved a rule that made it mandatory for a provider to ask for permission before collecting data on your browsing habits, app usage, and location or financial information, but the new guy is rolling that back. Pai insists that the decision is being made for the purpose of consistency, as the rule was specific to broadband providers and not every other player in the digital economy.
The data security rule requires ISPs and phone companies to take "reasonable" steps to protect customers' information—such as Social Security numbers, financial and health information, and Web browsing data—from theft and data breaches. "Chairman Pai is seeking to act on a request to stay this rule before it takes effect on March 2," an FCC spokesperson said in a statement to Ars. The rule would be blocked even if a majority of commissioners supported keeping them in place, because the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau can make the decision on its own.
Since everyone is calling the nominations rubbish, I’ll just go ahead and ask what your GOTY was for 2016. I haven’t really put much game time into Overwatch so I won’t comment on it, but I can say that Uncharted 4’s wins for Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Technical Achievement, and Outstanding Achievement in Animation are probably on the money—although the game ended with a whimper rather than a bang.
Blizzard led the way at last night's 20th annual DICE Awards, taking a total of four trophies including Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, Action Game of the Year, and the big one, Game of the Year, for Overwatch. Other big winners on the night included Naughty Dog and Sony, who also pulled in four awards for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Playdead, which claimed three awards for Inside, and Bethesda Game Studios executive producer and game director Todd Howard, who became the 22nd member of the AIAS Hall of Fame for his work on The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
The fruit company has put on their pro-consumer hat. Until now, you were pretty much out of luck for authorized warranty repairs if your iPhone had its screen fixed by someone other than Apple in the past, but that is no longer the case. There seems to be a number of caveats, though: issues cannot be display-related in any way, and service will be declined if failure involves a third-party aluminum enclosure, logic board, battery, Lightning connector, headphone jack, volume buttons, mute switch, sleep/wake button, and certain microphones.
iPhones that have undergone any third-party screen repair now qualify for warranty coverage, as long as the issue being fixed does not relate to the display itself, according to an internal memo distributed by Apple today. MacRumors confirmed the memo's authenticity with multiple sources. Previously, an iPhone with a third-party display was not eligible for any authorized repairs under warranty. When a customer with an iPhone that has a third-party display seeks a repair for a non-display issue, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers have been advised to inspect the device for any fraud or tampering, and then swap out the device or replace the broken part based on Apple's in-warranty pricing.
How would adamantium stand up to a hydraulic press if the material were real? We find out in this neat promo for the upcoming Wolverine movie. Someone needs to give Magneto a call.
Arguably the most famous aspect of the Wolverine character is his Adamantium skeleton, which makes him even more indestructible than his healing factor. Viewers have frequently debated amongst themselves just how strong the metal can be, and now a brand-new video looks to answer that question once and for all. Continuing the theme of releasing tie-in internet content, 20th Century Fox teamed up with the popular YouTube Channel Hydraulic Press Channel to answer the age-old question: What happens when you crush Adamantium claws with a hydraulic press? Be warned, the language in the video is NSFW – keeping in line with Logan‘s R-rated sensibilities.