Windows 10’s PlayReady 3.0 mandates hardware DRM for 4K playback

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 doesn’t just implement DirectX 12 or combine the GUI styles of Windows 7 and Windows 8 — it also implements a new DRM system for video and audio content. The low-level details of how that system functions are still unknown, but one thing we do know is that the PlayReady 3.0 system is based on and requires hardware DRM. Microsoft is positioning this as a necessity for 4K content, which could have significant impact on which Windows 10 PCs can play protected streams and which cannot.

Microsoft has kept some aspects of this system semi-secret — the public talk given at WinHEC about hardware DRM protection in Windows 10 cuts off just after the topic comes up — but we found the unredacted slides from the same presentation online. They don’t tell us everything, but we can draw some conclusions from what’s been published to-date.

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Hardware DRM implementations in Windows 10

Microsoft PlayReady already controls content protection in Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. It’s designed to be portable and cross-platform, which means PlayReady 3.0, like the other components of the Windows 10 ecosystem, will be available on both phones and laptops / desktops.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 hits the Fast ring

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The latest build of Windows 10 has landed, and it’s got some pretty nice upgrades, particularly with regard to the Start menu and Taskbar. First and foremost is a new black system theme across the Start menu, Taskbar, and Action Center. The former two also have transparency, and a new AutoColor option lets it pull from your desktop wallpaper automatically. You can resize the Start menu, and the power button is now at the bottom left instead of the top right.

Tablet fans will appreciate the Taskbar and Notification area improvements; entering Tablet mode brings larger buttons with more spacing between items, and pinned and running apps are now invisible by default in order to streamline the interface. You can also boot directly into Tablet mode on systems with displays under 10 inches in size.

Build 10061 also provides another set of Mail and Calendar apps, this time with faster performance a three-pane email UI. You can also switch quickly between calendar modes, and similar to how a phone email app works, swipe left or right to do things like delete a message, move it, or flag it. When writing a message, you can also insert tables, add pictures, and use other formatting options. Finally, you can now create unlimited Virtual Desktops, and the Task View gets some usability improvements.

AMD leaks Microsoft’s plans for upcoming Windows 10 launch

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One last tidbit related to AMD’s last conference call that doesn’t have much to do with AMD itself, but sheds light on Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10. During the call, CEO Lisa Su was asked whether she could clarify how Q2 results were expected to play out with regards to both the semicustom and embedded business (Xbox One and PS4) against the more mainstream APU and GPU business. Su responded by saying that she expected the semicustom business to be up “modestly,” and that AMD would move some inventory in Q2 and begin ramping Carrizo in greater volume. She then went on to say:

Apple Watch features, materials leak ahead of announcement

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In a move that would leave the ghost of Steve Jobs grinding his teeth, the set of features and capabilities the Apple Watch will supposedly unveil on Monday has leaked, including information on the device’s materials and construction. Not all of these qualifies as a leak, certainly, but for Jobs, who prided himself on locking away even the existence of a product prior to launch, this kind of run-up would be anathema.

First up, there’s the Financial Times, which ran a long interview with Jony Ive. In it, Ive reportedly tells the FT that “the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold. And, in case you were wondering, Apple’s cold-forged steel is 40 percent more durable than regular steel”

This is… well, this is dubious, to say the least. The cold-rolled steel claim is believable; cold-rolling steel is used to produce a smooth surface, uniform thickness, and to reduce deformation under strain. But the claim that Apple’s gold has “closer molecules?” Ars Technica offers an explanation by way of a patent, filed by Apple last year, for a gold/ceramic hybrid characterized as 18k gold, but with two to four times the hardness of conventional 18k gold.

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Windows 10 : It may just be everything that Windows 8 should have been

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 event gave us a deeper look at the next generation of its operating system. At once panacea and prescience, it’s a remedy for Windows 8’s identity-crisis that also rethinks and reworks the Microsoft’s bold vision of creating a single, universal experience for all of our devices.

We still don’t have a release date for the Consumer Preview, but we’ll have a new build of the Technical Preview sometime in the next few weeks, and a build for Windows Phones coming in February. There was also some pretty good news for folks who are currently running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8 — upgrades to Windows 10 will be free for a year. There’s no word on pricing after that (or for folks still running Windows XP), but if Microsoft has its way, we will have all made the switch by then anyway.

Windows 10: Microsoft raises the stakes for mobile Windows

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In the two-plus-hour Microsoft press event revealing the details of Windows 10, none of us on the ET staff can recall hearing the words Android or iPhone, or any mention of how Windows would be improving its interoperability with them. Instead, Microsoft hammered away at how it will be providing Windows-based solutions for every screen in your world, and for some that you haven’t even thought about yet — like holograms and whiteboards. The unified Windows 10 architecture, compelling features, and cool demos make for a wonderful story — except for the really big problem that almost no one uses Windows on their smartphone, and very few do on their tablet.

The event felt like something of a throwback to the days of “Windows Everywhere” instead of Microsoft’s more recent positioning as a devices and services business. I’m sure Microsoft thinks it can follow a Windows-first mantra and still successfully incorporate Android and iOS users into its ecosystem, but that involves a lot of wishful thinking.

Microsoft: We’re like Apple, only bigger

Microsoft Windows 10 briefing live stream and blog

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Back in September, we first learned that Redmond is skipping Windows 9, and jumping right to 10. Today, the Windows team will take the stage at Microsoft’s headquarters, and give us a proper rundown of what Windows 10 is all about. Will we finally see something worth upgrading for? Is DirectX 12 going to matter? I’m not quite convinced yet, but we should hear some firm details about pricing and release dates at the very least. Check back here at 12pm EST (9am PST) for all of the latest details as they become available.

How to watch the Windows 10 event

Unless you are able to attend the event in person, in Seattle, the best way to watch the Windows 10 news will be a livestream. Microsoft will be streaming the event online so in addition to following our live blog (for the keen insights the stream will be missing!) you can watch everything as it unfolds.

The Pirate Bay and EZTV raided and shut down, but will they stay dead?

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As long as piracy sites, scenes, and groups have existed, they get raided, shut down, and contributors feel the inescapable wrath of the law. Most piracy sites, even private community darlings like Demonoid, come to an end. The world’s most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, has been able to avoid its own demise for quite a while, but has now been raided by Swedish police and shut down — and TPB wasn’t the only popular casualty.Torrent sites randomly go down for various reasons — attacks, legal issues, switching servers, or simple maintenance — but due to the nature of the service they provide, fans quickly become nervous when that service vanishes from the internet. The Pirate Bay — a (somehow) generally stable site — recently vanished from the internet, and it has been confirmed that it was the result of raid by law enforcement. Other popular torrent sites, like EZTV, were also hit by the raid.

Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?

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Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?

BUYING GUIDE The best HD and 4K TVs for every budget

Best TV 2014: what TV should you buy?
 

What types of TV are out there?

There are a lot of different screen types out there, all working in different ways to produce the same results. Each technology has its own unique strengths and weaknesses so here are some basics to consider:

LCD TV: CCFL
Until recently, all LCD TVs were backlit by always-on, CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) lamps. This ageing technology has been superseded by the superior LED method on more expensive sets, but is still standard on some cheaper models.

LED TV: Direct LED
These displays are backlit by an array of LEDs (light emitting diodes) directly behind the screen. This enables localised dimming – meaning immediately adjacent areas of brightness and darkness can be displayed more effectively – and greatly improves contrast. LED TVs are also more power efficient and capable of a wider colour gamut than CCFL sets.

LED TV: Edge LED
The LEDs of the backlight are mounted along the edges of the panel. This arrangement enables radically slender displays and offers superior contrast levels to CCFL, but can’t achieve the same picture quality as directly lit LED sets. However, they do come in far cheaper which is why most LED TVs out there now use this technology.

Big news for Windows fans: Default desktop is coming back!

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We hope you weren’t getting too antsy to have a first-party Start Menu back in Windows 8. It looks like big changes definitely won’t be coming until Windows 9 Threshold comes out in 2015, though you’ll be pleased to note that the Start Menu will replace the Start Screen as the default.

On some systems, anyway. According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, traditional desktop and laptop systems will revert to the “classic” interface after the update. It’s a logical move. The touch-first Metro interface has never been a great fit where a keyboard and mouse (or trackpad) are the input device of choice, despite Microsoft’s work to improve things. Even with greatly improved hotkeys and mouse controls in Winodws 8.1, the Metro interface still didn’t win over many non-touch users.