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Microsoft will soon reveal their next generation of Windows at an upcoming press event later this month. Here is what we know so far about Microsoft's new version of Windows. The upcoming press event is scheduled for June 24th and coincides with a public webcast of the live Windows reveal at 11 AM EST. Way back in 2015, Microsoft's developer evangelist Jerry Nixon stated that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows: "Right now we're releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we're all still working on Windows 10." - Jerry Nixon. However, as pointed out by Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley and highlighted by Rich Woods on Twitter, Microsoft has never publicly said in plain words that Windows 10 is the last version of the Windows operating system. Only one developer evangelist only gave the statement. However, the Microsoft PR team never denied it. In fact, Microsoft is slowly dropping hints that suggest Windows 11 is around the corner. For example, the company recently uploaded 11 minutes long relaxing music video on YouTube, which shows off sunlight passing through the Windows logo to form the number '11' on the surface. At the moment, we don't know what the company has in store for us and whether the update is going to be called "Windows 11", but it's safe to assume that it will be based on the long-rumored Windows Sun Valley design, which was recently confirmed in a Microsoft documentation. It's also possible that Microsoft will drop the numbers and start using geographic location names like Sun Valley for Windows updates. Windows 11 update will improve the legacy apps and features of the operating system. On the surface, we're expecting Windows to appear more modern with consistent design language, at least for first-party apps. For example, Microsoft will update file Explorer with dark mode support for the popup menus (properties tab, etc.). However, it appears that the company will not replace File Explorer with a modern version. Instead, the plan is to service the existing Explorer and update it with new icons, rounded corners, and dark mode. Microsoft is using WinUI, modern controls, styles to improve the overall experience. WinUI is not a replacement for Fluent Design, and it is supposed to enhance the overall experience by enabling support for the same UI elements everywhere (legacy and modern). Windows Sun Valley update is built on top of the Fluent Design, which means Fluent Design is not going away. Windows Sun Valley will update File Explorer with new icons, rounded corners, and dark mode improvements. As you can see in the below GIF, Microsoft is spacing out the items, columns, and rows in File Explorer. These changes will help users with touchscreen, and they can easily interact with files without switching to tablet mode. Microsoft is adding a new option to the Settings app that will allow you to turn off the content-adaptive brightness control (CABC) feature. For those unaware, the CABC feature is used by OEMs like Dell and Lenovo to improve battery performance on PCs, but it comes at the cost of image quality. In depth reading can be found on OUR FORUM.

Despite a poor reputation for privacy, Google’s Chrome browser continues to dominate. The web browser has around 65 percent market share and two billion people are regularly using it. Its closest competitor, Apple’s Safari, lags far behind with under 20 percent market share. That’s a lot of power, even before you consider Chrome’s data collection practices. Is Google too big and powerful, and do you need to ditch Chrome for good? Privacy experts say yes. Chrome is tightly integrated with Google’s data gathering infrastructure, including services such as Google search and Gmail – and its market dominance gives it the power to help set new standards across the web. Chrome is one of Google’s most powerful data-gathering tools. Google is currently under fire from privacy campaigners including rival browser makers and regulators for changes in Chrome that will spell the end of third-party cookies, the trackers that follow you as you browse. Although there are no solid plans for Europe yet, Google is planning to replace cookies with its own ‘privacy preserving’ tracking tech called FLoC, which critics say will give the firm even more power at the expense of its competitors due to the sheer scale of Chrome’s user base. Chrome’s hefty data collection practices are another reason to ditch the browser. According to Apple’s iOS privacy labels, Google’s Chrome app can collect data including your location, search and browsing history, user identifiers, and product interaction data for “personalization” purposes. Google says this gives you the ability to enable features such as the option to save your bookmarks and passwords to your Google Account. But unlike rivals Safari, Microsoft’s Edge, and Firefox, Chrome links this data to devices and individuals. Although Chrome legitimately needs to handle browsing data, it can siphon off a large amount of information about your activities and transmit it to Google, says Rowenna Fielding, founder, and director of privacy consultancy Miss IG Geek. “If you’re using Chrome to browse the internet, even in private mode, Google is watching everything you do online, all the time. This allows Google to build up a detailed and sophisticated picture about your personality, interests, vulnerabilities, and triggers.” When you sync your Google accounts to Chrome, the data slurping doesn’t stop there. Information from other Google-owned products including its email service Gmail and Google search can be combined to form a scarily accurate picture. Chrome data can be added to your geolocation history from Google Maps, the metadata from your Gmail usage, your social graph – who you interact with, both on and offline – the apps you use on your Android phone, and the products you buy with Google Pay. “That creates a very clear picture of who you are and how you live your life,” Fielding says. As well as gathering information about your online and offline purchases, data from Google Pay can be used “in the same way as data from other Google services,” says Fielding. “This is not just what you buy, but also your location, device contacts and information, and the links those details provide so you can be identified and profiled across multiple datasets.” Visit OUR FORUM to learn more.

This morning in a live stream, Huawei officially kicked off the launch of Harmony OS, its in-house operating system and (among other things) its replacement for Android. The company announced a new watch, a new tablet, and a new phone powered by HarmonyOS. The company also said it would be updating a massive list of 100 different Huawei Android phone models to Harmony OS over the next year. With today's announcement, Huawei looks like it has two completely different operating systems that it calls "HarmonyOS." First is the IoT and smartwatch version of HarmonyOS, which is based on Huawei's LiteOS and is open source. The second version of Harmony OS is for phones and tablets and is a fork of Android and uses the Linux kernel (Huawei is very reluctant to admit this). Having what seems like two totally different operating systems share the same brand name leads to a lot of confusion, and you can make a lot of claims about the IoT version of HarmonyOS that don't apply to the phone version. For instance, TechCrunch spoke to Huawei and reported "Huawei denied speculations that HarmonyOS is a derivative of Android and said no single line of code is identical to that of Android. A spokesperson for Huawei declined to say whether the operating system is based on Linux, the kernel that powers Android." This statement is true of the IoT version but untrue of the phone version. Meanwhile, the company said the complete opposite thing to the German site ComputerBase, which quotes Huawei's software president as saying "To make sure our existing users can still enjoy the experiences that they are familiar with in our phones and tablets, Huawei uses the open source code from AOSP in HarmonyOS on the condition of complying with open source license rules and fulfilling related responsibilities and obligations." In the wake of the US export ban on Huawei, the company is currently struggling to be independent from the US supply chain. China has plenty of hardware-component manufacturers that Huawei can rely on, but China doesn't do huge amounts of software development. So software is the company's biggest problem. HarmonyOS is supposed to be the answer to that problem, so Huawei wants to sell the OS as an in-house creation that allows it to break free of US influence. Huawei doesn't seem to like it when you point out that Harmony OS for phones is heavily based on Android. We tried the OS in the official emulator a few months ago though, and there was no question that we were looking at an Android fork. HarmonyOS was identical to what Huawei ships on its Android phones, save for a few changes to the "about" screen that swapped out the words "Android" and "EMUI" (Huawei's Android skin) for "HarmonyOS." Huawei even missed a few spots where the OS still said "Android." The OS ran Android apps and supported every Android feature with an implementation that was identical to Android. It used the Linux kernel and listed the version on the "About" screen. Development used the "Android Debug Bridge," Huawei's SDK listed 27 different Android libraries in the third-party software list, and it compiled Android apps with a different file extension. It was Android with no discernible differences. In today's show, HarmonyOS (for phones) got a light reskinning and looks slightly different from the emulator. The main new feature was a new quick settings panel that shows the company isn't afraid to copy both big mobile OSes: the design is ripped straight from iOS's Control Center, while the new functionality—showing multiple media players and a sound output picker—is an Android 11 feature. The HarmonyOS emulator we looked at was based on Android 10, but this media quick settings feature suggests this version of Harmony has been upgraded to Android 11 and Huawei is just cribbing more of the codebase. HarmonyOS also has a feature called "Super Device," which just seems to be a networking feature along the lines of Google Cast, AirPlay, or Bluetooth. When all the devices in your house run Harmony OS, Huawei says you'll be able to use some pedestrian-sounding networking features like pairing a drone to a smartphone for remote control, using a tablet stylus on your PC, or connecting wireless earbuds to your phone. The company showed a plugin for Huawei Windows PCs that would let you quickly transfer files to a phone. Huawei imagined some wild smart home integration like tapping a phone against a toaster oven to look up recipes. There was also a HarmonyOS-power refrigerator. Visit OUR FORUM to learn more.

Microsoft will reveal what the “next generation” of Windows will look like on June 24 but it isn't Windows 11So many people are looking for the new version of windows11, but the thing they don't know, is there any thing called windows 11, in this article we will discover the reality about the next Microsoft OS. Will there be windows 11 any time soon ? The question that every windows user is looking for "when is Windows 11 Release Date", As we know the latest version of windws had been released in 2015. And ever since then we haven't heard much about an upcoming version of microsoft windows.

There is Nothing called Microsoft Windows 11
According to Jerry Nixon, Microsoft developer evangelist said in a conference "Right now we're releasing windows 10, and because 10 is the last version of windows, we are all still working on windows 10", and that was 5 years ago. Steve Kleynhans (a research vice-presedent at analyst), Said "There will be no windows 11" , He also said that Microsoft avoided to use the name "Windows 9" and instead used Windows 10 as signification of a break with a past of successive version of windows (7/8/8.1). "Every three years Microsoft had to create a new OS" and also had to spend a big amount of money on advertising and marketing to convince people to upgrade to the last version of windows, but with the new strategy of the company none of that is going to happen, that strategy will really help developers to focus on their programs and not just changing the plan every 3 or 4 years to keep up with the new version of the OS.

There are no upcoming plans for a new Windows 11!

China criticizes US for being ‘world’s number one secret stealer’ after reports of NSA spying on allied leaders. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a stern rebuke of US intelligence practices after Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel demanded answers about reports that Washington used Danish intelligence to monitor its allied leaders. Speaking on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin claimed that the US is the world’s number one secret stealer and gladly snoops on its allies using a broad spectrum of techniques. The recent media reports of the US’ monitoring of its European allies is just the tip of the iceberg of Washington’s huge global secrecy network, Wang stated, adding the international community needs to hold the Americans to account. Wang claimed that the so-called ‘clean network’, a platform proposed by the Trump administration meant to safeguard against aggressive intrusions by malign actors, is just a ruse to consolidate the US monopoly on technology. The spokesman said that while the US has undertaken covert operations, eavesdropping on the world, including its allies, it has also unreasonably suppressed other nations and commercial entities on the grounds of so-called national security. This “fully exposes the hypocrisy of the US,” he stated. On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Washington to present an explanation for reports that the US had eavesdropped on its allies with the aid of Denmark. “This is not acceptable amongst allies,” Macron told a news conference, adding, “there is no room for suspicion between us.” The US’ National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly used the Danish Defense Intelligence Service to spy on senior officials France, Germany, Norway and Sweden from 2012 to 2014. The claims were made by the Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio following an internal investigation by the Danish Defence Intelligence Service.
Source: rt.com

If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt-out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance. On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection. By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not. The Amazon webpage linked above says Sidewalk "is currently only available in the US." Amazon has published a white paper detailing the technical underpinnings and service terms that it says will protect the privacy and security of this bold undertaking. To be fair, the paper is fairly comprehensive, and so far no one has pointed out specific flaws that undermine the encryption or other safeguards being put in place. But there are enough theoretical risks to give users pause. Wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have a history of being insecure. Remember WEP, the encryption scheme that protected Wi-Fi traffic from being monitored by nearby parties? It was widely used for four years before researchers exposed flaws that made decrypting data relatively easy for attackers. WPA, the technology that replaced WEP, is much more robust, but it also has a checkered history. Bluetooth has had its share of similar vulnerabilities over the years, too, either in the Bluetooth standard or in the way it’s implemented in various products. If industry-standard wireless technologies have such a poor track record, why are we to believe a proprietary wireless scheme will have one that’s any better? Next, consider the wealth of intimate details Amazon devices are privy to. They see who knocks on our doors, and in some homes, they peer into our living rooms. They hear the conversations we’re having with friends and family. They control locks and other security systems in our home. Extending the reach of all this encrypted data to the sidewalk and living rooms of neighbors requires a level of confidence that’s not warranted for a technology that’s never seen widespread testing. Last, let’s not forget who’s providing this new way for everyone to share and share-alike. As independent privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani puts it: “In addition to capturing everyone’s shopping habits (from amazon.com) and their internet activity (as AWS is one of the most dominant web hosting services)... now they are also effectively becoming a global ISP with a flick of a switch, all without even having to lay a single foot of fiber.” Amazon’s decision to make Sidewalk an opt-out service rather than an opt-in one is also telling. The company knows the only chance of the service gaining critical mass is to turn it on by default, so that’s what it’s doing. Learn more at OUR FORUM.