Microsoft purchased a cyber security startup, Haxadite, for about $100mln. The information became available through Israel business news portal, Calcalist. Even though Microsoft itself have made no announcements yet, the news portal has a steady reputation and, hence, the information is very likely to be true.

 

Hexadite was founded in 2014 and was its main development targeted identification and rectification of hackers’ intervention. The technology is closely tied to existing systems of intrusion detection. However, it uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse consequences of intervention. The service receives notifications from different sources, which help it to manage and prioritise potential threats.

 

The last year, Hexadite received some positive attention and with it about $10 mln funding. The interested companies were Hewlett-Packard Ventures, Ten Eleven Ventures, and YL Ventures and other investors.

 

On the other hand, Microsoft has already bought a number of cloud services devised to fight cyber crime. In 2015 Bill Gate’s creation acquired Israel-based cyber security company Secure Islands, invested in another Israeli cyber security firm Team8. Additionally, it offered another $60mln for CLouyn, cloud monitoring startup.

 

Evidently, Microsoft focuses a lot of attention on cloud services and cyber security. A very sensible choice for a company that already offers a wide selection of cloud computing and enterprise solutions.

Creators Update distribution started on the 11th April, slightly over a month and a half ago. According to AdDuplex, a cross-promotion network for Windows Store apps, on the 22nd of May 2017, update number 1703 was detected on 18% of PCs running Windows 10. At the first glance, it may appear that it isn’t much. However, a month ago the number was 9,8%. That means that for the following 4 weeks the number doubled.

 

The majority still prefers Windows 10 version 1607, so-called Anniversary Update. Windows 10 version 1511 uses only 4,6% and original Windows 10, which is, by the way, is no longer supported, – 1,6%.

 

Yet, for somebody who’s not keeping up-to-date with news, it was difficult to miss the release of Creators Update. The message about the update is displayed in Windows Update window, which suggests you go to Microsoft’s website and manually download an upgrade assistant.

 

Why bother?

 

Now you can enjoy that crappy graphics app, Paint, in a whole new dimension – meet Paint 3D. But on a serious note, there are some pretty cool features too. Windows 10 enhances gaming experience: Game bar, GameDVR,  broadcasting, and Game Mode makes processing more productive and experience more pleasurable. Edge gets tabs, new extensions, bookstore and reading add-ons, and Cortana gets more updates. For people, who cares about own eyesight, finally, there is a Night Mode. And most importantly, a number of security features are there to protect you.

 

Microsoft announced the fifth generation of Surface Pro tablet computer during its event in Shanghai. The numerical part of the name, 5, was not presented in any promotional material. Quite likely, that Microsoft deliberately chose not to emphasise this fact, as the new device is in a nutshell just an improved version of Surface Pro 4. Nevertheless, during the conference, they mentioned that the number of improvements reaches 800. Yet, we remember how presenter of Windows 10 S spent a minute talking about a new desktop picture that was barely different from the predecessor. We hope that improvements were more significant than that. Let’s take a closer look.

 

The body of the device was left nearly unchanged even ports are all the same. Hinge became more flexible bending up to 165-degree angle, which brings Surface Pro to almost into a horizontal position. Microsoft called it Studio Mode, as Studio desktop pulls the same trick. The insides deserve more attention. Now Surface Pro equipped with the latest Intel processor, Kaby Lake that improves its productivity and reduces power consumption. Power consumption is a painful topic for Microsoft, as the previous model was infamous for it. 2017 model should last for 13.5 hours on a single charge. Configurations with m3 and i5 have no active cooling system making them silent. Nevertheless, noise level produced by a fan in the i7 model does not exceed 18 DB.

 

Surface Pro 2017 can easily compete MacBook Pro of last year, and the price tag is somewhat modest in comparison. It is never too late to sell your Mac and get a PC.

European Commission obliged Facebook to pay a €110 mln fine. Ther reason for this austere measure is Facebook’s misleading information during 2014 deal, as a result of which company purchased WhatsApp.

 

In its turn, European Commission called this fine and adequate restraining measure. A review of 2014 Facebook-WhatsApp deal revealed that social network giant claimed that it has no technical capabilities of merging users’ accounts on both platforms into one. However, personal data of WhatsApp users was manipulated this way. In 2016, WhatsApp offered its users to tie their mobile phone numbers to a Facebook account.

 

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information. And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook. The Commission must be able to take decisions about mergers’ effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts.”

 

In response,  Facebook wholeheartedly admits “unintended mistakes” in documentation. Yet, it does not impede Facebook’s plans of merging users’ data anyway.

What is Android O? Android O is a new mobile operating system that is being developed by Google. We have known that Android is coming to replace Android 7 Nougat. However, not many details were available until now.

 

On Google I/O 2017 event, the corporation unveiled many exciting developments and Android O was one of them. It was told that when Android O was conceived developers highlighted four areas of main focus. Those were running time on a single battery charge, security, speed, and stability.

 

Security and Stability

A new function Google Play Protect was introduced, or rather re-branded as it was around for a while. On a daily basis, Google scans 1 bln devices and about 50 bln apps assessing their safety and intercepting any detected malicious activity. Google Play Protect will automatically delete an app if a suspicious activity will be detected.

 

Speed.

The new OS will be twice as fast at the start. Additionally, performance apps will be improved without even any enhancements of the apps themselves. The changes are possible due to the reworked core of the system.

 

Running time.

Running time on a single charge was extended due to several modifications. One of them is a smart limitation of running services and apps. For example, GPS won’t be constantly running in the background anymore. Apps that require location services will use the last known location.