Microsoft Brings Android OS Development for Surface Duo In-house With Movial Acquisition

Microsoft is forming a team internally under the Microsoft Devices division that will handle the development of the Android OS for Surface Duo going forward. Windows Central:According to my sources, up until now, Microsoft had contracted the OS work out to third-party vendors such as Movial, who had the expertise required to bring Android to life on Surface Duo. Movial is a software, services, and design engineering company that was working closely with Microsoft on Surface Duo during its prototype and development stages. Microsoft has now acquired the local operations of Movial in Romania, Taiwan, and the USA, and is bringing on-board all the Movial employees that were working on the Surface Duo as full-time employees at Microsoft.

Microsoft is not acquiring Movial as a whole. Movial will continue to operate as a standalone company, with employees at its headquarters in Finland remaining at Movial. SeeNews reports that Movial’s Iasi office will become Microsoft Romania’s fourth research and development center, as it on-boards 60 employees from Movial in that location.

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Microsoft Will Axe Control Panel From Windows 10

Microsoft seems to be getting a kick out seeing users struggle to find Windows 10 features these days. After moving the Fresh Start feature in the latest version, 2004, and reducing the number of days Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users can manually delay updates, the company is now experimenting with moving key Control Panel features, including System information, to Settings, Windows Latest blog spotted. From a report:It’s a change that some long-time Windows users might not take to easily. If you’re like me and have been using the Control Panel for decades, getting accustomed to this feature will be as arduous as unlearning a bad habit. To be fair, it’s a bit redundant to have information on your system’s specs located in three different places, not to mention all three don’t show the exact same information. Currently, Windows 10 users can access hardware information about their PC in several places, but the main ways are: Control Panel > System and Security > System, and Settings > System > About, or by typing ‘system information’ into the search bar.

System and About show nearly the same info, what processor you have and how much RAM you have installed, for instance, except About will show you what version of Windows you have. System Information shows more detailed information about your PC, including your motherboard, GPU, and other hardware. Microsoft is trying to centralize this information, and moving forward, it seems likely that Control Panel will be killed off entirely.

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ed:Tech Startups arena — too crowded

There are almost all kind of ed:Tech startups in the market. From K12 to Competitive Exams of all kinds and all levels have already saturated the market in all ways.

NextGen ed:Tech startups like White Hat Jr has made some uniqueness in the market.

Now the next leap would be by the genre of startups which enable a person get an employment.

US Online Grocery Sales Hit Record $7.2 Billion In June

Despite the slow reopening of the U.S. economy over the past several weeks, online grocery shopping is continuing to reach ever-higher numbers as Americans seem to be in no rush to return to the store. According to new research released today by Brick Meets Click and Mercatus, U.S. online grocery sales hit a record $7.2 billion in June, up 9% over May, as 45.6 million households turned to online grocery pickup and delivery services for a larger portion of their grocery needs. This figure is higher than the $4 billion seen in March 2020, when the U.S. first went under coronavirus lockdowns. Since then, online grocery sales have been growing quickly — jumping to $5.3 billion in April, then $6.6 billion in May, as more consumers shifted their shopping to online services, grocery included. The customer base for online grocery also grew from 39.5 million monthly actives in March to now 45.6 million as of June, the report found. Remarkably, only 16.1 million customers were using online grocery as of August 2019, totaling then just $1.2 million in sales.

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The next 5 years

These 3+ months of lockdown has motivated me and after a lot of reading here and there given insights into all kinds of directions. These directions are entrepreneurial and technocratic and highly scholarly as well.

I have some more time to establish some stuff as the yardstick for the rest of my life. Will be spending this time high on high passionately for zeroing down on those 2 paradigms for the next 5 years.

All Cool… All Well….

Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search, analyst argues

According to Sacconaghi, Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo for around $1 billion as a way to put more pressure on Google and capture the advertising revenue that comes from the search industry. As reported by Street Insider, acquiring DuckDuckGo could serve as a “stalking horse” to pressure Google:

Read More: 9to5Mac.com

The Future of Xbox Isn’t Just a Console

With the Xbox Series X on the horizon, Microsoft’s head of videogame hardware sees a future where consoles may no longer be front and center.

MICROSOFT AND SONY will launch the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 later this year. While their hardware improvements are hard to argue with, they’re arriving in an unprecedented era of media consumption: Netflix on iPhones, Kindle on tablets, Spotify on PC, all three interchangeable on each piece of hardware. As videogames follow that same path, the primacy of the specced-out console itself seems increasingly in doubt.

Read More: Wired.com

After MS-DOS, Microsoft Now Open Sources GW-Basic

Microsoft released on GitHub the original 8088 assembly language sources for its interpreter for GW-BASIC 1.0, a dialect of the Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) programming language released in 1983 and bundled with MS-DOS operating systems on IBM PC compatibles. After re-open-sourcing MS-DOS, Microsoft proceeds with releasing GW-BASIC under an MIT license due to numerous requests.

Read More: InfoQ.com

How to Program Hardware with MicroPython: A Beginner’s Guide

MicroPython is a compact implementation of the Python 3 programming language designed to work with microcontrollers. Initially announced back in 2013 as part of a Kickstarter project created by Damien George, MicroPython eventually became one of the preferred firmware options for microcontroller programmers and enthusiasts alike. Damien ended up created his own line of hardware that comes equipped with MicroPython right off the bat. However, the firmware can also be installed on a wide range of other boards.

Read More: ElectronicDesign.com