While Microsoft has been pretty tight-lipped so far about Windows 10X, an upcoming variation of its OS expected to debut with the Surface Neo, a leak this week appears to give us a closer look at how the company plans to customize the user experience for dual-screen devices.
A Twitter user known in part for previous Microsoft leaks, WalkingCat, spotted what seems to be some kind of internal document that somehow accidentally went live Friday with details about Windows 10X. It was pulled before we got our eyes on it, but reports have been trickling in from other outlets that were quicker on the draw.
Previously Microsoft hinted that its taskbar would be receiving a makeover for a uniquely dual-screen interface, and, per the Verge, this apparently incorporates “a series of ‘levers’” to customize its base model on “both clamshells and foldables”—which means Windows 10X will likely be available for more traditional laptops too. The notifications center will also reportedly feature additional configuration options.
Given that Microsoft’s marketing its 2020-planned Surface Neo and smaller Surface Duo as amalgamations of a laptop, phone, and tablet, these options will likely let users move between more traditional interfaces for these devices, hopefully letting them pick and choose their favorite elements to mash together into something new as well.
Microsoft has also suggested its Start Menu is up for similar tweaks, and it’ll purportedly be rebranded as the Launcher with Windows 10X. “Search is seamlessly integrated with web results, available apps, and specific files on your device. Recommended content is dynamically updated based on your most frequently and recently used apps, files, and websites,” the document explains according to the Verge.
Unlocking your device should also get a bit easier. According to an Engadget report, Microsoft is doing away with its lock “curtain” with this OS, instead having its Windows Hello facial recognition software trigger instantly when you wake your device.
Microsoft hasn’t commented publically on these leaks yet, so it’s still all technically speculation for now. The company did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for inquiry.
Defensive minds convening upon Georgia Tech for ‘summit’
In the search for improved schemes and tactics, Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins will bring together defensive coaches from several teams, including the Falcons, to present and trade ideas Wednesday at Tech.
The practice of bringing together coaching staffs from multiple schools to talk strategy is common in the offseason. Collins held a similar “summit,” as he called it, when he was at Temple.
“It’s really, really good, because you get to sit in a room with a bunch of other guys that have different takes on different things and you sit there (and say), ‘Here’s what we’re seeing in our league. Do y’all see it?’” Collins told the AJC. “’What’s some good things that you do with it?’ So it’s a good sharing of ideas, and it’s really good for the young coaches on the staff.”
Besides the Falcons, Collins said that defensive coaching staffs from Texas, South Carolina, Indiana, Georgia Southern, Navy, Central Michigan and Jacksonville State will attend. A notable name on the guest list among college coaches is new Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash. Before his three-plus seasons as Rutgers’ head coach, Ash was co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, where he helped the Buckeyes win the 2015 national championship and led a defense that finished second nationally in scoring defense the following season.
Collins said that defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker will give a presentation, and new Falcons defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi likely will present, as well. Lupoi came to the Falcons from the Cleveland Browns, where he held the same title, and before that was defensive coordinator at Alabama.
Tech can use ideas. While the Temple ranked among the top units in the American Athletic Conference in Collins’ two seasons with the Owls, the Jackets were among the weakest in the ACC last season.
“I think we’ve done a really good job playing some high-level defense over the years and kind of have a good reputation, and some really good programs are coming to share ideas with us,” Collins said. “I think it’s really good.”
Collins did not fail to mention that breakfast would be provided by a Waffle House food truck.
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White House readying new limits on tech exports to counter China
The White House is reportedly planning new limits on technology exports in an effort to counter China’s reverse-engineering of U.S. technology, though President Trump on Tuesday appeared to dispute a report that his administration was blocking aircraft engines going to China.
The Commerce Department is planning five regulations covering items like quantum computing and 3D printing technologies, Reuters reported Tuesday. The rules were mandated by a 2018 law meant to prevent the theft or loss of U.S. technology. Trade groups have been concerned that the White House would create tough regulations, but internal documents suggest the regulations will be limited in scope.
The administration is mulling blocking an export license for aircraft engine parts made by U.S. company General Electric intended for planes being built in China, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the discussion. China intends to use the engines in the creation of a new generation of passenger jets. Blocking the license could cripple the project.
Trump appeared to dispute the aircraft parts report in a Tweet on Tuesday, stating that he wanted China to buy the parts. “We don’t want to make it impossible to do business with us. That will only mean that orders will go to someplace else. As an example, I want China to buy our jet engines, the best in the World.”
In a follow-up tweet, he said, “I want to make it EASY to do business with the United States, not difficult. Everyone in my Administration is being so instructed, with no excuses.”
The White House referred questions on the reports to the Commerce Department, which had not responded as of press time.
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