Assorted Technology News

New Windows 10 features announced

You know what? I started to like Microsoft lately! They have created a solid operating system, and they keep adding new features to it for free. It’s comforting to know that once you’ve bought a Windows 10 license, you’ll get to keep it and use it forever – actually, until your Windows-based device dies.

And now Microsoft is preparing a new, feature-packed O.S. upgrade. First of all, it’s an update that will help boost security through an improved Windows Defender service. Truth be told, I don’t use Microsoft’s security application on too many devices, because there are better antivirus solutions out there. Still, it’s a lightweight app, so it won’t slow down the computers that have a weaker CPU or a smaller amount of RAM. I’m really curious to see what AV Comparatives will have to say about the new Windows Defender. If they’ll put it to one of their serious tests, that is.

 

Nintendo Switch will hit the market soon

Do you like Wii U’s portable console? Neither do I! In fact, I only use it as a game controller when I play games that won’t work with the good old, standard controllers. Nintendo wants to try its luck once again, though, hoping that this time it’ll sell more consoles.

Nintendo Switch comes with two controllers, a Joy-Con Grip, wrist straps, a dock, a HDMI cable and an AC adapter. It’s got a multitouch screen and a kickstand, and promises to keep you entertained for up to 6 hours.

The controllers include the HD Rumble technology, offering haptic feedback – the ability to “feel” clayish or rocky surfaces, for example. The console will launch with a small set of games, even though I’ll admit that the titles are among the best: Mario Kart Deluxe 8, The Legend of Zelda, and so on.

One more thing, and a strange one – but in a positive way! The console will not be locked, so you’ll be able to purchase and play games anywhere in the world. Still, I’m not sure if this will be enough to sell – basically – a tablet with two joysticks attached to it. We’ll see what happens and report back for sure!

 

Drones demonstrate advanced swarm behavior

China Lake, California has recently been the scene for the world’s largest micro drone swarm. A number of 103 Perdix drones were released in the air, with the goal of demonstrating advanced swarm behaviors – taking decisions, for example.

The project started in 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, the drones have been significantly improved, being able to function well even at very low temperatures. In addition to this, their flying speeds have been increased.

When a drone is launched, it can locate others and join them, becoming a unit in the swarm. The Perdix drones are powered by standard AA batteries and weigh just a bit over 0.6 pounds.

The swarms can communicate, cooperate and coordinate; they can be used for low altitude surveillance and various military purposes. Other possible scenarios include commercial usage and entertainment.