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Microsoft’s two-screen Andromeda may arrive in 2019 with Productivity Mode

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Given this driver provides no other clues, we can only guess what this productivity mode will provide. It likely defines a laptop-style mode that shoves a virtual keyboard onto one screen and the desktop environment onto the second screen. Other modes will be provided as well, but this is the first time we’ve seen a mode actually labeled.

Recent reports regarding the state of Andromeda indicated that Microsoft put the project on hold indefinitely. The components in Windows 10 needed to run the device were reportedly removed from the upcoming “Redstone 5” feature update slated to arrive later this year. The device supposedly didn’t have a target audience or an ecosystem to support its unique form factor, so executives halted the project.

But sources close to the project indicate that it isn’t dead in the water, but merely pulled back to the drawing board for a significant overhaul. In its current state, there was nothing compelling about Andromeda that would push the device off store shelves, it wouldn’t transform the mobile market or push the Surface brand into new, innovative, compelling territory.

That said, sources indicate Microsoft may release Andromeda toward the end of 2019. That is an interesting release window, as products based on Intel’s 10nm processors are expected to arrive during the 2019 holiday season as well. That may be part of the equation; Microsoft wants to use Intel’s 10nm chips, but mass production won’t happen until then.

Then again, Microsoft could go with an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon chip as seen in always-connected PCs. But the company’s latest Surface-branded products solely rely on Intel-based processors, such as the new $400 Surface Go with the Pentium 4415Y. Keeping the Surface brand on Intel-based processors across the board just makes sense.

Andromeda will supposedly be a two-screen device you can cram into your pocket. It will provide five distinct modes: Laptop, tent, tablet, full, and closed, the latter of which closes the screen together to put Andromeda in sleep mode. Full mode would see the screens touching back-to-back in a smartphone-like form factor. Laptop mode will likely be renamed with the Productivity Mode label as discovered in the Windows 10 driver.

A recently uncovered patent possibly points to three-way calling on the Andromeda device. Illustrations show an individual holding a pocket-sized two-screen device, with each screen featuring an embedded camera. While the standing individual holds the device with the backs of the two screens touching (full mode), he’s chatting in a video call on one screen while a second, sitting individual chats via the second screen.

Given Microsoft has not officially acknowledged Andromeda, everything here is speculation and rumor. But signs indicate there is still life in Andromeda after all, but will it disrupt the mobile market?

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Gunman killed a Police officer and two others in Chicago hospital

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The State Police has expressed dismay on the death of a police officer, a doctor and a new graduated pharmacist who were killed by a gunman.



adding that the shooter lost his life after an exchange of gunfire but still not clear weather he shoot himself nor the police officer shot him.

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The gunman was seen arguing with doctor Tamara O’Neal, who had been his ex-fiance before shooting her and turning his gun to others.

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The director of hospital’s emergency department, Dr Patrick Conner has condemned the attack and paid tribute to all the victims.

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He praised the courage and brave effort of the officer who lost his life in an exchange of fire with the gunman, stating that he died a hero by running into the danger to save others.

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Instagram makes move to begin removal of fake likes and followers

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People will do anything in their power to work less and still earn money. this is why casinos, the lottery and crypto-mining are so popular. It’s also the reason behind a lot of people hoping to make it in the social media “influencer” space going to extremes by manufacturing likes and followers in the hope they can convince companies to give them free stuff to advertise on their platform.



This is a phenomenon which Instagram is currently dealing with as the site is seen as a growing platform for influencers and brands to market products given its young and impressionable user base. In fact, there is even a current trend reported in The New York Times called “nanoinfluencers” which is even seeing people with as few as 10000 followers approaching companies for free products in exchange for advertising them to their followers. All this means though is that people hungry for the extra income and swag are turning to “fake” likes and followers through apps which will automatically like and follow everything you post, thereby artificially boosting the popularity of our posts.  Something, which even if it’s just a few, is not fair to the rest who are legitimately trying to build up their network.

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However, according to the latest report, Instagram has developed a way to counter this issue by using machine learning tools to help identify which accounts use these services and automatically remove the likes, follows, and comments that come with it. Like with Twitter’s crackdown on bots, the hope is this will remove much of the fraudulent activity that takes place on the platform and protect companies who want to promote their products from illegitimate claims.

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 It’s definitely something which needs to be done and hopefully clean up the social media platform from those trying to “game the system”. While Instagram has long removed fake accounts from their platform, this will be the first time they are narrowing in on fake likes and followers and it will be interesting to see exactly how widespread the problem is by seeing how much it changes existing nanoinfluencers on the site.Personally, I’m still amazed that all it takes is 1000 followers for companies to take an interest in you. Now all I need to do is find a thousand friends who actually want to follow me. How hard can that be?

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