Microsoft Puts Improved Windows 10 Privacy Settings Front And Center

first_imgStay on target Ever since Windows 10 launched, there have been concerns about Microsoft “spying” and users not having enough control over their privacy. Microsoft is about to address those concerns in a very big way.They’re introducing some very meaningful changes. When the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives later this year, privacy settings will be easier to find — and it’ll also be much easier to understand what happens when you change those settings.That’s the new panel you see at the top of this post. Under each of the five headings, there’s a description of what impact your current setting will have. The wording is a bit loaded, which is fair enough — Microsoft wants the user to share things like error reports, battery usage stats, and speech. That data makes it easier for them to improve their software.Turn the settings on, and Microsoft will tell you just how helpful you’re being and how much better your choices will make your Windows 10 experience. Turn them off, and they’ll bluntly point out all the downsides.Sharing that data ought to be your choice, however, and it very clearly is in the Creators Update. Turn everything off, and the only information that you’ll be transmitting back to MSHQ is basic bits when Windows errors occur.Here’s perhaps the most welcome bit of news for privacy-minded folks from their blog post: “Regardless of your data collection choices, we will not use the contents of your email, chat, files, or pictures to target ads to you.”Microsoft is also giving you more control over your privacy across all their apps and services. The new web-based privacy dashboard they just unveiled is a one-stop shop where you can manage things like browsing, search and location history, Cortana data, and advertising preferences.Sure, they’re playing catch-up with Google on this one, but the important thing is that Microsoft is moving in the right direction. The Windows Start Menu Will Soon Run in Its Own ProcessWindows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC last_img read more

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Seagates 2TB Game Drive for PlayStation 4 Stores 50 Games for 90

first_img The PlayStation 4’s firmware update 4.50 added the ability to play games from an external hard drive. The Xbox One had this feature since day one so it was great that PS4 finally caught up. Seagate has a number of external hard drives for Xbox One, and now that PS4 supports external drives, the company is releasing one for Sony’s console.The Game Drive for PS4 is a 2TB external hard drive that has been “built and tested” for PlayStation 4 systems. This includes the original PS4, the slim PS4, and of course, the PlayStation 4 Pro. 2TB of space will allow users to store over 50 games that they can play directly off the hard drive. Playing titles off the hard drive won’t be any different than playing them directly from the system. As you would expect, setting everything up is quick and easy and shouldn’t take more than three minutes. This process is PlayStation-approved and will not void the console’s warranty or the primary PlayStation user’s network account.One neat thing about the Game Drive is that you can take it anywhere since it’s — you know — external. Users will be able to play on a friend’s console by plugging in the Game Drive and signing in using their PlayStation Network account. They can then return home and pick up where they left off. Since the drive is USB-powered, there is no need for a power adapter. The drive’s black with blue aluminum enclosure will keep one’s precious peripheral protected.If you don’t want to bother opening up your PS4 to swap out hard drives then the Seagate Game Drive for PS4 is definitely something you should consider buying. It will be available this month at select Seagate resellers for $89.99. For more information, make sure to head over to the official Seagate website. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Samsungs Graphene Ball Battery Promises Higher Capacity Faster Charging

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdThe Battery in This Phone is Five Times Bigger Than Yours Stay on targetcenter_img Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) developed a next-gen battery technology they call a “graphene ball.”A sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, graphene is the basic structural element of other forms of carbon, including graphite and charcoal.The much-talked-about allotrope has gained attention among battery manufacturers, excited about its top-notch physical and chemical stability: Graphene is 100 times more effective than copper in conducting electricity, and boasts electron mobility 140 times faster than silicon—making it “an ideal material” for fast charging, according to Samsung.It also blows standard lithium-ion batteries out of the water.Which is good news for mobile device and electric vehicles owners (i.e. basically everyone).For more than 25 years, most household electronics have run on lithium-ion batteries. But, as most people know, the technology requires at least an hour to recharge fully, and has little room for improvement.Many believe its successor will come in the form of graphene, a material with high strength and conductivity to batteries. In this case, a ball of it.Samsung claims its orb (described as a “3D popcorn-like structure”) requires only 12 minutes to juice up, and can maintain a stable 60℃ temperature—key for electric vehicles (and Galaxy Note handsets).“Our research enables mass synthesis of multifunctional composite material graphene at an affordable price,” project leader Son In-hyuk said in a statement. “At the same time, we were able to considerably enhance the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries in an environment where the markets for mobile devices and electric vehicles [are] growing rapidly.”Results of SAIT’s study—conducted in collaboration with Samsung SDI and a team from Seoul National University’s School of Chemical and Biological Engineering—were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.The Institute has also filed two applications for the “graphene ball” technology patent in the US and Korea.“Our commitment is to continuously explore and develop secondary battery technology in light of these trends,” Son said.last_img read more

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Get Instant Access to Hundreds of Top Games for One Low Price

first_imgWant your products featured in the Geek.com Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Utomik Gaming Personal Plan – $49.99See Deal Stay on target Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Heads up, gamers. Get a three-year subscription to Utomik and access their growing library of over 785 titles for just $49.99 — a savings of 86% off retail. It’s the new and totally hassle-free way to instantly connect with your favorite PC games for the lowest price.Video games are a great source of entertainment. What’s lacking is their delivery model. To this point, you’d purchase a game for way too much money, tediously download and install it on your PC, and pray that you don’t run into compatibility issues. How is that relaxing? It isn’t at all, which is why the folks at Utomik created a new way to access games that would address these concerns.Utomik is like the Netflix of video games. Subscribers enjoy full access to their entire library which features popular titles from companies like Disney, Epic, and Curve. Simply select a title and play almost right away. You won’t have to wait for long downloads or installations and, as long as you have a PC running at least Windows 7 with a stable internet connection, you won’t experience any compatibility issues either.When you consider the cost of one game at retail, a service like this makes a lot of sense. Reduce stress and save money with a three year subscription to Utomik, normally $360, now just $49.99 with this special offer. Also available are six month and one-year plans for $19.99 and $34.99, respectively.last_img read more

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