YouTube is known as much for its community content as it is for the paid content it wants to introduce. Community content can be anything from the cute cat playing piano video to an action packed music video featuring your favourite movie and video game clips, the latter of which don’t last long online sadly. The reason the video wouldn’t last long is due to the automated copyright system flagging even the smallest piece of content, ending up with videos being taken down for any reason provided. This is set to change with YouTube creating a team to deal with these takedown mistakes.
User created content is the backbone of YouTube and when people are finding their videos being removed, even though they have a genuine right to publish them, they would more likely to leave for one of YouTube’s rival services. The new team will have the purpose of “minimizing mistakes”, with the hopes that with fewer mistakes more content will be left on the site without any legal issues regarding their content.
Alongside the new team, there will also be some new initiatives rolled out in the coming months designed to “strengthen communications between creators and YouTube support”. Including increased transparency for the status of monetization claims, the features you’ll see coming seem to be focused on supporting and developing YouTube content creators as much as the service itself.
I don’t know why nobody has come up with this idea earlier, or maybe they have and just realised how stupid it was. And while it is kinda stupid, it’s also quite impressive and funny at the same time. So what is? Well, someone actually went along to use just the Back-Up camera in their Toyota Prius to make a feature film. At least, that is what it appears like, but I don’t think that it is entirely true.
The Mommy Sketch Comedy group of Los Angeles, CA released a new YouTube video that appears to be a behind the scenes of the first feature film shot entirely on Prius backup camera. I do however think that the video is all we get in this regards, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t funny to watch. It might even give someone the idea to do just that for real. After all, we have seen films created entirely with iPhone’s and other similar gadgets, so why not a Prius Back-Up camera.
The Mommy Sketch group consists of Andrew Heder as a writer, director and improviser and Ryan Kelly as a writer, director, editor, and improviser. Other than this sparse info, the group doesn’t provide much information on themselves. The do have more videos around, but they aren’t that many yet. The group appears to be relatively new with the YouTube channel just about a half-year-old.
The 6 minute behind the scenes video will teach you how to frame your shots from the backseat, how to deal with a crew member suffering from a donut-induced coma, and how to avoid running your cast over. All relevant skills to have, at least in this case. I won’t spoil more of it before you watch it except to say, I hope you don’t have a fear of directors wearing scarfs.
Mark Zuckerberg is not really ingratiating himself with his neighbours within the local but admittedly expensive community that is Liberty Hill in San Francisco. The extensive construction and the accompanied noise and disruption has not been a favourite with the fellow residents and now a parking dispute has again caused friction between the Facebook founder and his neighbours.
The aforementioned parking dispute involves Mark Zuckerberg’s security team “permanently’ and illegally occupying desirable parking spots in the area with two silver SUVs”. Below is an image to illustrate the alleged problem that has annoyed the fellow residents, as you can see, these vehicles are stationed next to the social network founder’s house.
It has annoyed the community to such an extent that it has distributed a letter to residents urging them to “complain to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) about the vehicles and also contact Zuckerberg’s residential security manager, Tim Wenzel” Below is an image of the letter that was obtained.
In response, a spokesperson for Mark Zuckerberg states “The security team’s cars are parked in accordance with local parking laws. The team strives to be sensitive to neighbour’s concerns and regrets any inconvenience.”
Disputes, in this case, can be perceived as rather silly with the potential to escalate out of all proportion, I think this has evolved from allegations in 2014 of persistent and noisy construction work followed by further allegations involving an apparent restraining order which had reportedly been filed by Mr Zuckerberg’s security team against a 62-year-old local man, leaving him temporary homeless in 2015. I do think there is also a perception that “rich” individuals do not respect the social etiquette within the community, but rather zoom in and develop an area without any consideration for residents.
It will be interesting to see if there are any further reports of alienation between both parties in the future.
We sadly live in a world where everyone can sue everyone for almost anything. This happens a lot and sometimes the lawsuits have more claim than other times. The latest one is one that is hard to place and I think it will end up as a tough call in the courtroom. Warner Bros, CBS, Fox, Chock Lorre, and Turner Broadcasting are among the targets in a new lawsuit against The Big Bang Theory and more specific, the Soft Kittie usage.
The original author of the nursery rhyme isn’t around anymore, but the authors children Ellen and Margaret are suing pretty much anyone involved with the show over the use of the nursery rhyme. The plaintiffs seek damages and profits as well as their attorney fees covered as part of the lawsuit where they say that they never been asked for permission and no royalties have been paid for the use of the by-now famous Soft Kitty rhyme.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the lyrical rights clearly belonged to author and copyright owner Edith Newlin, and that the accused “never contacted or made any attempt to contact Edith Newlin or her successors to seek permission to use the Soft Kitty Lyrics, and Plaintiffs never granted any permission … to do so.”
So far everything seems pretty straight forward, the accused are guilty. But it is rarely that straightforward and especially not when we’re dealing with laws and rights.
Warner Bros bought the rights to use the song from Willis Music back in 2007, which pretty much clears them. Originally the lyrics ran in a Willis compilation called Songs for the Nursery School back in 1937, but that was only on a loan basis and Willis did not obtain any rights besides for that usage. So they technically didn’t have the rights to sell at all. The song, or rhyme, has been used in at least eight episodes of the show, with only slight tweaks, the lawsuit states.
If it was just about a few royalties, then I’m sure that Warner Bros could end the whole thing very quickly, but there’s more trouble. The Soft Kitty song has become somewhat legend and that has been exploited in promotions, advertising, and fan articles. That part makes the whole deal a lot more tricky. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, if we get a verdict at all or if they two parties find an outside agreement.
Eager to take a trip to space within your lifetime? So long as you’ve got the money for it, the Virgin Galactic team are still working hard to bring commercial space flight to the (well-paying) masses and after the tragic accident in 2014 which killed one pilot and hospitalised another, the team appear to be making progress working on the latest version of SpaceShipTwo; their revolutionary new space plane.
“I think we are in a much better place than we might have expected in the period immediately after the accident, and that’s because our team came together, our customers stuck with us, and honestly we believe that the vehicle itself is sound.” Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides said in an interview.
The new plane is set to be revealed in February 2016, with test flights set to begin shortly afterwards. This is interesting, given that Branson has been criticised in the past for being too aggressive with the planning of Virgin Galactic, perhaps even rushing things. However, with enough money and a big enough team, the gamble is starting to pay off and with people 700 already having tickets booked for many of the first flights, it’s going to be interesting to see just how long it is before the first paying customers take off.
There’s clearly still a lot of work to do, and prices are obviously going to be expensive for the flights, but would you take a trip with Virgin Galactic if you could? Let us know in the comments section below.
Planning on joining one or maybe building one yourself? Knowing what it takes to make remote teams work is an invaluable asset. From the Clarity blog, Zapier.com and Fast Company, here are some ways you and everyone else on your team could keep in touch throughout the workday:
Offering cloud-based video solutions, Blue Jeans has a presence in many international markets, such as UK and Australia. The service is easily available and convenient to use. Because it’s cloud-based, you won’t have to worry about hardware upgrades or hiring IT guys. This will run on any smart phone device. You and your mates won’t have trouble figuring this one out.
It’s free. So if you and your team want to save up on costs, this is the way to go. Do video calls, voice or text chat with everyone without putting a dent on your company’s pockets. Group call feature lets you have up to 9 people in one call. Better features come with the subscription, like forwarding calls or calling phone directly. But if basic communication is what you had in mind, this one is gold.
Need an easy way to organize everything? Hand out tasks? Inform your team of a new project? This remains one of the best ones out there. It looks like an online version of a project board, making it easy for everyone on the team what their assignments are for the day. And yes, like many of the great collaboration tools out there, it’s free.
Connecting with this one is easy. All you have to do is sign up for a Gmail account and you basically get one. Like Skype, video calling allows for as many as 9 people in one call. However, if your team’s a bit bigger, you may want to look elsewhere. This one’s also free which is a major plus point for small teams that just need an easy way to stay connected.
Share and manage files with ease. Keep records and collaborate on projects. Manage the daily task distribution. You can do all these with Huddle. The first 14 days are free. After that, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription.
Create projects, assign tasks, join threads and more. Staying in touch is easy with Basecamp’s features. Every person, project and file is accessible. However, only the first 45 days of the service is free. The next ones will set you back at least $20.
This is one of the best file sharing tools out there. You can organize your docs, spreadsheets, pdfs, epubs and more. Send or receive files without any trouble. The best thing about it is that you and your team can read and edit files in real time. Need to send out a proposal? You won’t have to keep 99 drafts of a single document on your desktop. Google Docs keeps a revision history so reviewing previous versions is easy. Best of all, it’s free.
Need a virtual office? This one works great. A Slack group chat room can accommodate the entire team. Make sure to explore the channels. However, too many of you in one channel could get too noisy. No worries though if that happens. Simply sectioning off rooms will solve the problem.
Create projects and send assignments to your team. The ticket history is on there as well so it’s easy to track where the projects are or if one fell through the cracks. Make sure everyone has a steady internet connection though. Also, too many people in one project could slow down Asana. The free version already works great but if you want to explore more options or want to add more of your team, going with the paid version is a great idea.
The thing about GoToMeeting is that it’s basic. If you want fashionable, hip and cool, you won’t find it here. But if you and your team of 10 need to do a video call, this one packs solid audio and video quality. If you want to video call 2-3 people, Skype works great. But if you’re 10, this option is better.
Working remote often means you work with people on different time zones. That means people work late at night or early in the morning. With f.lux, you won’t have to worry about constantly adjusting your screen—and wasting minutes every day just to get the right tint back for nighttime or early morning work settings. The app adjusts the tint so your eyes can work without the glare.
These are simply some of the apps and tools you and your team can use to work, stay connected and improve collaboration. You don’t need to use them all. Just make sure to explore your options to find which ones your team will go for.
Seasonic Electronics Company was founded 40 years ago and prides itself on research and development with the aim of providing consumers with cutting edge technology. This is the case with the Platinum 1200 power supply which has assisted in the achievement of a new world record in conjunction with Dancop.
For those not familiar, Dancop is a German overclocking pro team who have achieved a new World Record within CPU and GPU benchmarks as well as finishing first place within numerous other benchmark categories at the global rankings. These are overseen by HWBOT who are an organization that monitors professional competitive overclocking results.
So what makes this Power Supply exceptional? The Platinum 1200 version boasts among other features Dual Copper Bars which carry a higher current which is much more effective than the traditional copper strips. A No Negative Voltage Tolerance which implements an even stricter voltage regulation which entirely eliminates negative deviations, this is with the aim of keeping voltage 80% tighter than Intel specifications and 66 % tighter than top reviewers recommend. The icing on the cake is in the form of Seasonic’s 7 year warranty which provides the piece of mind to consumers.
Seasonic has also been awarded the European Hardware Awards for 2015, this prestigious award was for their Platinum Power Supply series.
Lionhead Studios made a bold choice when it comes to their new Fable Legends in more than one way, but it could very well be a strategy that will pay off big time for the company as well as the franchise in itself. The new game, unlike the previous installments in the Fable series, is a multiplayer oriented team-based game where you can play alone or with your friends with or against the AI. Fable Legends is also one of the first games to be built on Microsoft’s DX12 engine that should give the players some spectacular graphics and performance – hopefully.
Fable Legends will launch on both Xbox One and Windows 10 and the limitation here is of course due to DX12, this is the only place that you’ll find that API. Xbox One gamers have already been able to join the beta games and now PC players will be able to do the same. The Windows 10 beta is scheduled to launch this month and you can still sign up for an invite.
Fable Legends won’t just run on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, it can be played cross-platform on both systems with the same account and everything the way it was. Start on your PC and move on over to the Xbox in the living room later on – or the other way around, you can do it as you want. That could be a great win for the game besides being a completely free to play game. You can purchase cosmetics, but not overpowered winning attributes. The developers stress that you can unlock anything with gameplay alone and that is good news.
The full game is scheduled to be released later this year and until then we can enjoy the new trailer released during Gamescom 2015. It looks like an amazing game, especially with the focus on team play and cross-platform play, but also with the DX12 graphics and overall concept. I think Lionhead Studios has a winner here.
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Overclockers UK is well-known for the online shop full of great hardware and gaming systems, but they aren’t content with just supplying all the gaming components, they want to part of it. Not surprising when you have a company basically made up of gamers and for gamers, those who want the best and most out of it.
They have now formed their own professional League of Legends team in order to take on the online gaming community. Team Overclockers UK is sponsored by Cougar and will be competing in the Challenger Series and various tournaments with the aim to qualify for LCS, the biggest eSport league in the world. Being heavily involved in eSports, streaming and gaming internally with members of the staff, a professional eSports team was the next natural step.
The Overclockers UK team consists of the following people:
Marek “Libik” Kręgiel (Team Captain)
Kuba “Kubon” Turewicz
Wojciech “Tabasko” Kruza
Rafal “TakeFun” Górniak
Pawel “Celaver” Koprianiuk
Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł (coach)
The next match is on June the 30th against Team Dignitas and the reverse match will be played the next day, on Wednesday the first of July. The next team they’re up against will be Denial eSports on the 7th and 8th of July.
Virtual reality technology hasn’t even hit the market yet, but that won’t stop the Oculus Rift team from developing new technology it seems. Word is that the Facebook-owned company is now looking into a way to capture and display your facial expressions in real-time.
Oculus already provides a way for users to interact with a completely different reality, but this new technology may skyrocket the realism even further by adding a key feature to making the virtual environment more lifelike.
In other words, picture two avatars inside a virtual world, each with the ability to interact and express their emotions through facial expressions. It’s as cool as it is scary, isn’t it? This may even fully immerse you in the virtual world and make you forget you are actually there.
The Oculus team is working with a team of researchers from the University of California in order to develop this new technology. They apparently came up with two designs, one involving a foam padding that covers the forehead. The latter was able to capture brow and some eye muscle movement.
The second design is a bit weird, involving a short adjustable boom attached to the headset. Both designs are able to capture data and send it to be analyzed by the software, which in turn transforms it into facial expressions. Though the technology is currently used only for research purposes, it could in theory be modified to a consumer ready device. The question is, will users be interested in taking their facial expressions to the virtual world?
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If you’re someone who’s like me and is tired of spending money buying countless whiteboards for your projects, Deekit might be for you.
Deekit is an online tool designed for just about everyone from developers and engineers to students and freelance designers. The concept focuses almost exclusively on simplicity to allow you to work with your team on a virtual whiteboard and sketch out your ideas. It’s incredibly efficient with basic functions like drawing, image embedding, and text input, but it goes a bit further than that with pre-designed templates customized for business models, roadmaps, and brainstorming. For people like myself who love to stay up to date, it even has an activity log that shows what changes your team members have made.
The possibilities are limitless in what you can do with this sort of design technology and I think it’ll be a great help to my own design team considering how often we’re uploading images on our forums. The browser-based application was recently released into open Beta and you can try it out easily by going over to their website right here, so if you’re working in a team-based environment this tool could be quite useful for your everyday workflow. All you’ll need is a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account and you’re ready to get started!
Do you think you could benefit from software like this? Know of similar software that others could use? Share in the comments below!
Ken Thain, Bioware’s Cinematic Director, has tweeted a production image of the upcoming Mass Effect title. The tweet states that the team is getting their “motions on at TheCaptureLab in Vancouver. A very cool scene for the next #MassEffect.”
The image shows two actors in motion capture suits getting the animations ready for the game. An image of the game can be seen, though faintly, on the left side of the image. Though the image is not so great and does not reveal a whole lot about the title, it does seem to be a start for Bioware revealing some more content and information about the next Mass Effect.
Bioware’s latest Mass Effect title should be revealed at E3 in June, where the developer is expected to reveal some gameplay footage. Until then, producer Michael Gamble states in his tweet that the title is reaching another milestone soon.
“The ‘Mass Effect’ team is finishing another milestone soon? It’s almost like we are building a real game or something.”
While Gamble seems pleased with the end of the milestone, it still does not reveal what the milestone is exactly. Also, the producer has requested that a race selection should be added for the next iteration in the Mass Effect saga, since its universe was created to be so vast and features a variety of races.
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DICE has recently revealed that the latest DLC for Battlefield 4, Final Stand, has an exploit intentionally left in the game by the development team. The company explained that they inserted the exploit in order to catch cheaters and proceed in banning them from the game.
“With Final Stand, we had that change in there, and there were a significant amount of players hit with the ban hammer, because they were using that cheat we knew about”. – DICE
It looks like DICE is experimenting with their own anti-cheat system in order to catch cheaters, having this be a test run for what’s to come. Though it revealed it to be very effective, “there are cheats out there that we don’t know about — we can’t find them all”. Battlefield 4 currently has two anti-cheat systems, PunkBuster and Fairfight. Despite the heavy anti-cheat protection, cheaters still manage to hide in the game.
DICE is said to also have a dedicated staff team members looking into the Battlelog, hoping to catch more cheaters and ban them in the near future.
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Team are one of the coolest memory manufacturers out there, so I was pleased to see them on show at Target Open Day 2014. They brought along a few of their latest memory modules to the show, including their new DDR3 memory which comes in a choice of high and low profile designs.
A wide range of memory products were on offer, quite a lot of flash drives and OTG flash drives too; although I did spot a rather cool one that allowed you to slot a microSD card into the USB header.
Mobile recharging devices are an essential part of owning a modern smartphone, Team had their stylish PePPY on display which offers up 10,000mAh of power.
The Dark L3 120GB SSD was on show and on the complete other end of the scale, red and yellow referee cards that are also 8GB flash drives.
Unfortunately no new DDR4 modules on display, but having only recently announced their new hardware, it could still be a few weeks before we see those in the wild.
A project found on Indiegogo, the crowd-funding website for startup projects, states that malaria can be found and cured in Bangka, an island in Indonesia, using an iPhone-based malaria diagnostics kit.
The researchers believe that if the disease can be found and treated in time, it could lead to its complete eradication from the island. They even believe that, if the project proves to be a success, it can be rolled out on a large-scale in Africa as well.
“We want to prove that we can have a significant effect on malaria case management throughout one of these regions. The first study of this kind will take place on Bangka Island in Indonesia. With this study, we have set ourselves the goal of eradicating malaria from the entirety of Bangka Island during malaria high season.” the team of researchers state.
The kit itself is called IanXen RAPID and consists of a iPhone, a portable microscope attached to it, blood slides and lancet pen.
The process seems simple enough too. A blood drop is placed on the slide, having it be examined through the microscope by an app. The results are then said to be given out in a matter of seconds.
The team of researchers believe that this method could be a great solution for a much wider deployment by enabling diagnosis to be carried out with a fully portable kit and at a much lower cost than conventional equipment.
On Indiegogo, the project asks for small donation fee of just £5 / $8.50, stating that it will help fund the project and can even get your name mentioned on the project’s Twitter feed. Also, people feeling generous can even opt for one of the higher donation levels available on the website.
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Fuel cells have been the topic of discussion for many researchers in the past, working on theoretical inventions and all sorts of contraptions to figure out how to change the common battery and prolong the power output in order to keep mobile devices running for extended periods of time. Up until now, there have been only a handful of successful solutions, such as the sugar-powered battery, having most of them fail the practical tests.
Now it seems that fuel cell company, Intelligent Energy, has teaming up with ‘a major international electronics company’ to add fuel cell technology to the company’s mobile devices. Intelligent Energy is said to have revealed that it purchased patents for mobile fuel cell technology from Eveready, in association with the major electronics company in question which allegedly could not be identified in any finding.
“Intelligent Energy revealed upon floating that it bought a bundle of patents in tandem with a major ‘international electronics company’. It has kept the identity of its partner a closely guarded secret. But a source, who has knowledge of the partnership, confirmed that Apple is the big name working with the Loughborough-based firm.”
Though the partner company is not yet confirmed, the Daily Mail apparently received word from its sources, which points to Apple as being the secret company. This makes sense, since more and more mobile manufacturers out there are gaining ground on improved battery performance technology for their devices, the kind that is currently a threat to the ‘everlasting’ Apple devices. A partnership between the two companies might bring Apple a boost in battery life for both the MacBooks and iPhones/iPads, while also patenting (as always) the integrated technology for their own franchise.
Other links that point to Apple as being the mystery partner company is the fact that Intelligent Energy already has ties with Apple, having hired former Apple executive Joe O’Sullivan as its Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Other facts that strengthen the rumor can be found in Apple’s patents filed in 2010 and 2011, having the company describing the use of fuel cell technology in portable computing devices, as well as having its own corporate headquarters and data center from Maiden, North Carolina, running on large-scale fuel cells.
First of all, a ‘bio-bot’ is a machine which uses synthetic 3D-printed material with biological muscle tissue. Having stated the latter, researchers from the University of Illinois have apparently developed the so-called bio-bots in question, taking us one step further into the future of technological advancements.
Some might wonder how the bio-bots work and what is so special about them. The answer lies in the muscle fibers, having them spiked with electricity in order to contract. The muscles are attached to flexible 3D-printed skeleton frameworks, resulting in bending the skeleton when the muscles contract and reverting back to its original state when they relax. This in the end produces movement, combining biological and synthetic material to achieve such an action, thus the name ‘bio-bot’.
It is said that researchers have been working on similar projects since 2012. At that time, a walking bio-bot prototype used rat heart cells in order to provide motion. However, the researchers found out that the rat cells were not responding well to the induced electricity and couldn’t control when they fired. However, it appears that the ‘new version’ has solved this problem.
“Skeletal muscles cells are very attractive because you can pace them using external signals,” head researcher Rashid Bashir said. “We want to have different options that could be used by engineers to design these things.”
The group of researchers from Illinois sees bio-bots potentially useful for surgical aids and drug delivery vehicles. The group also emphasized that, having their own neurons, they could even recognize and respond to light and chemical stimuli. The group has apparently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a good place to get more details about the bio-bots in question.
Microsoft plans on providing new and more efficient ways for security professionals to effectively and swiftly respond to potential threats. This is why the company has just launched the closed preview of a platform named Interflow, designed with cybersecurity in mind.
The platform is said to have been announced in a Microsoft blog post, having stated that it is a product of collaboration with the Microsoft Active Protections Platform. Interflow is designed to “take industry specifications to create an automated feed of machine-readable threat information that can be shared across industries and groups”. Also, Microsoft has stated that users decide which information or feeds are shared with the communities and even which community is required to be established.
Up until now, Microsoft has been testing the platform internally having its own security teams assessing the threats. However, Microsoft states that the platform is available to other companies as well who desire to test and even participate in improving it. The company has also stated that it plans on making Interflow available to all MAPP groups in the future.
In terms of specifications, Microsoft said that Interflow supports a number of open specifications, such as STIX (Structured Threat Information eXpression), TAXII (Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information), as well as CybOX (Cyber Observable eXpression). Given the latter, the platform should integrate with existing systems and avoid potential data locking.
Given that threats and cyber attacks are increasing in number, security is becoming every company’s main priority and being able to respond to cyber attacks at the same time they occur is the best solution in order to have a greater chance of successfully protecting the company network and systems.
Apple, Samsung and other manufacturers to have announced their production of smartwatches may have yet another strong competitor coming at a rapid pace. According to Forbes, Microsoft is attempting to make its way into the wearable market with its own smartwatch gadget and rumours are that it will not be exclusive for Windows-powered handsets.
Microsoft is allegedly attempting to make its smartwatch compatible with both iPhone and Android devices alongside its own Windows Phone operating system. The gadget is said to come with a rich sensor combination,including heart rate monitoring.
The team behind some of its concept is rumoured to be the Microsoft Xbox Kinect division, which makes sense given the gadget’s required functions. Also, compared to other manufacturers, Microsoft plans to implement a continuous heart rate monitor, giving constant feedback on the gathered information.
The smartwatch is said to have a battery life of two days, which is not too bad given the fact that Samsung’s Gear Fit has a similar battery life as well. In terms of design, the smartwatch is rumoured to have the same aspect as the Galaxy Fit and feature a full-color touchscreen, having its size estimated to be around half a stick of gum.
More details about the smartwatch are unclear at the moment, but this bald move might have a big impact for Microsoft, having yet another product which could work on rival platforms.
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