Last week Samsung released the fourth Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ which squashed a few bugs and bumped up the Android security patch level on the two smartphones to January 1, 2020. Now the Korean phone maker has released one more beta build for the S9 pair with bug fixes, and it appears that a stable build will be rolled out soon.
The builds for the S9 and S9+, sporting version numbers G960FXXU7ZSLC and G965FXXU7ZSLC, respectively, weigh around 140MB in size and are currently seeding in India and the UK. But the rollout should expand to other regions soon.
If you are enrolled in the beta program, you can download the latest Android 10 beta on your S9/S9+ by heading to the Settings > Software update menu.
Microsoft Teams to soon support end-to-end encryption – The News Minute
Microsoft also announced features like Power Point Live, a new Presenter Mode at Ignite 2021
Microsoft Teams will soon support end-to-end encryption for one-to-one calls to address customers’ security and compliance requirements. Thereby, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations, the company announced on Tuesday. IT admins will have full discretion over who can use the end-to-end encrypted calls in the organisation.
The feature will be available to commercial customers in preview form in the first half of this year, the company said during its virtual event, Ignite 2021.
They also announced a new Presenter mode that helps presenters customise how their video feed and content appear to the audience. “Our first mode, Standout, shows the speaker’s video feed in front of the shared content. Next, Reporter will show content as a visual aid above the speaker’s shoulder, just like during a news segment,” the company said. “Third, Side-by-Side will show the presenter’s video feed alongside their content as they present. Presenter mode will be available soon.”
Microsoft also introduced several other features that will make it easier to collaborate across organisations.
“Now with Teams, you can easily organise and conduct interactive webinars for people inside and outside of your organisation with up to 1,000 attendees,” said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365.
If your webinar grows to over 1,000 attendees, Teams will seamlessly scale to accommodate a 10,000-person, view-only broadcast experience. “Plus, during this time of increased remote working, you can take advantage of even larger 20,000-person broadcasts through the end of this year,” Spataro added.
Presenters often share their desktops in virtual meetings, creating an inconsistent presentation experience and limiting the ability of the audience to interact. To address this, the company announced PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams, which will enable presenters to deliver more engaging presentations.
Presenters will now be able to lead meetings with notes, slides, meeting chat, and participants all in a single view. The tech giant also brought new gallery views to Microsoft Teams Rooms, including Together mode and large gallery, to make it easier to see everyone during the meeting.
HoloLens 2 demo reveals how mixed reality could take Pokémon Go to the next level – MobileSyrup
A new Pokémon Go proof-of-concept shown during Microsoft’s Ignite conference showcases how the companies are working together to bring the mobile game to mixed reality with the HoloLens 2.
Niantic’s demo shows off how the mixed reality wearable takes catching pocket monsters in Pokémon Go to another level by allowing players to actually walk around augmented reality (AR) Pocket Monsters in the real world while wearing the HoloLens 2.
That said, it’ll likely be some time before this experience makes its way into an actual HoloLens 2 game.
During the demo, John Hanke, the CEO and founder of Niantic, opens up an AR user interface to allow Pikachu out of a Poké Ball to feed the creature a berry. The brief clip then teases that battles can also take place in AR before it abruptly ends.
“While this demo is not intended for consumer use, it offers an early glimpse into the future evolutions in both software and hardware,” said Hanke. “We’ve only scratched the surface. We know the years ahead to be filled with important achievements which will serve as waypoints in AR’s journey to become a life-changing computing platform.”
It’s important to keep in mind that this is only a proof-of-concept video. If the experience ever does get a consumer release, it will likely be at least somewhat different from what’s featured in this clip.
Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa seeks artists for voyage around the Moon – Al Jazeera English
It is the sort of chance that comes along just once in a blue Moon: A Japanese billionaire is throwing open a private lunar expedition to eight people from around the world.
Yusaku Maezawa, an online fashion tycoon, was announced in 2018 as the first man to book a spot on board the lunar spaceship being developed by SpaceX.
Maezawa, who paid an undisclosed sum for the trip expected to launch in 2023 at the earliest, originally said he planned to invite six to eight artists to join him on the voyage around the Moon.
But on Wednesday, in a video posted on his Twitter account, he revealed a broader application process.
“I’m inviting you to join me on this mission. Eight of you from all around the world,” he said.
“I have bought all the seats, so it will be a private ride,” he added.
Maezawa, 45, said his initial plan of inviting artists had “evolved” because he came to believe that “every single person who is doing something creative could be called an artist.”
The Japanese entrepreneur said applicants would need to fulfil just two criteria: being ready to “push the envelope” creatively, and being willing to help other crew members do the same.
In all, he said approximately 10 to 12 people will be on board the spaceship, which is expected to loop around the Moon before returning to Earth.
The application timeline for spots on the trip calls for would-be space travellers to pre-register by March 14, with initial screening carried out by March 21.
No deadlines are given for the next stages – an “assignment” and an online interview – but final interviews and medical checkups are currently scheduled for late May 2021, according to Maezawa’s website.
Maezawa and his band of astronauts will become the first lunar voyagers since the last US Apollo mission in 1972 – if SpaceX can pull the trip off.
Last month, a prototype of its Starship crashed in a fireball as it tried to land upright after a test flight, the second such accident, after the last prototype of the Starship met a similar fate in December.
But the company hopes the reusable, 394-foot (120-metre) rocket system will one day carry crew and cargo to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
“I’m highly confident that we will have reached orbit many times with Starship before 2023 and that it will be safe enough for human transport by 2023. It’s looking very promising,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in Maezawa’s video posted on Wednesday.
The mission will be the first private space flight beyond Earth’s orbit, Musk said.
Because it will not land on the Moon, but loop behind it, “we expect people will go further than any human has ever gone from planet Earth,” he added.
Maezawa, known for his eccentric comments and extravagant lifestyle, including a penchant for pricey art, was last year valued at about $1.9bn, making him one of Japan’s richest people.
He made his fortune as founder of the online fashion store Zozo, which he sold to Yahoo! Japan in 2019.
Maezawa has previously made headlines with an online advertisement for a girlfriend to join him on his SpaceX flight – only to abruptly cancel the hunt, despite attracting nearly 30,000 applicants.
US space agency NASA is intending to land astronauts on the Moon, including the first woman, in 2024.
One of the goals of its Artemis III voyage is to bring back a total of 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of lunar samples – more than the average 64 kilograms brought back by Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972.
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