Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft Build 2015

Starting at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GST, Microsoft will be taking the stage for an expected two hours to talk about the future of Windows, Xbox, Windows Phone, HoloLens and more.

Yes folks, Build 2015 in San Francisco, California is getting ready to kickoff. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and others are all on hand to show us what they have been working on and what is to come in 2015 and 2016.

Project Spartan gets a new name

Microsoft has been talking about its Internet Explorer replacement for months, but current builds of Project Spartan on Windows 10 have been in a bit of a rough state, with much of its promised functionality missing. The same is true for builds on Windows phones.

The new browser is now officially dubbed Microsoft Edge. Edge is built as a universal Windows app, meaning it can work across devices. It also has Cortana built-in, which opens up the possibility of Cortana on iOS or Android if an Edge app becomes available on those platforms.

Belfiore also briefly showed off Continuum, a feature that will help apps identify which type of device you’re using and then modify the universal Windows app appropriately. He didn’t have hardware to show how it would look on a phone, but did show an on-screen simulation of how it works.

Visual Studio 2015 RC, Visual Studio Code and Application Insights previews

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The tech giant is announcing previews of a free cross-platform code editor called Visual Studio Code, as well as a new app-monitoring feature within Visual Studio Online called Application Insights.

The news, which is being unveiled at Microsoft’s Build conference, is directed toward the soul of Microsoft — developers, those people who produce applications for Microsoft devices and other platforms.

All of today’s Visual Studio announcements have a clear theme: allowing for cross-platform development. That points to a broad corporate acknowledgment that some consumers and businesses use devices that don’t run Windows.

The Visual Studio 2015 release candidate, which has a go-live license to enable companies to use the software in production, enables cross-platform app development through Apache Cordova, Xamarin, and C++. Of course, developers could also use it to make universal apps for devices that run Windows, Somasegar said.

The new Visual Studio Code software is available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. It packs code completion, Git integration, linting, and sophisticated debugging capability. And it works with a wide range of languages.

HoloLens Devices

HoloLens

Microsoft’s HoloLens has been in development for a few years, and Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said on stage at Build today that during that time, the hardware has improved by a couple of orders of magnitude due to advances in mobile processing, sensor and computer power and affordability.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens can work with DIY robot kits, for instance, letting you view an advanced 3D animation representation of a robot avatar overlaid on a more basic, real-world wires-and-steel hobbyist machine, as well as access the robot’s software interface control panel at the same time. You therefore have your hardware and software both manipulable in an immersive, integrated real-world environment.

Based on the demo, programmers working with robots will be able to easily program things like routes and path in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, instead of using the more complex and abstract console-based programming methods that are commonly employed today.

IN 3 Hours of None Stop Announcements at Build a Quick Updates
– Windows Phone 10 will Run Android Apps out of the Box
– Windows Phone 10 will Run iOS Apps be Recompiling Objective c in Visual Studio
– Goodbye ie and Welcome Microsoft Edge
– Windows 10 is running on build 10107
– The Super cool App Logic of Azure
– Microsoft Spotlight on LockScreen
– Cortana in Apps Super Cool Voice Commands “Cortana Call my Wife on Viber”
– Chrome Extensions Running on Edge
– Xbox Live on Windows
– Visual Studio on Mac
– Visual Studio on Lenix
– Web Apps to Apps Converters

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Joint Action Committee on CYBERCRIME Bill 2015

Cyber Crime Bill 2015[15 April 2015]
[PRESS RELEASE]

The Press Conference was addressed by Wahaj us Siraj, Convener, Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK), Farieha Aziz, Director, Bolo Bhi, Syed Ahmad, Spokesman, Pakistan Software Houses Association, Asif Luqman Qazi, Executive Director, Center for Discussions and Solutions (CDS), Khawaja Saad Saleem, Vice President ISPAK and others.
The Government of Pakistan has submitted the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 in Parliament, which is currently believed to be before the NA Standing Committee on IT. The proceedings of NA Standing Committee are being kept under secrecy, making it non-transparent and non-consultative. A copy of Bill has been obtained which is at http://bolobhi.org/whats-brewing-pakistans-proposed-cybercrime-law/

The draft Bill in its current form will seriously impact the Internet users, ICT industry, print and electronic media, academicians, researchers, the legal community and ordinary citizens particularly educated youth of Pakistan.

A few glaring highlights of the Bill that would seriously effect civil liberties are as follows:

  1. In Sections 17 and 18, political criticism and political expression in the form of analysis, commentary, blogs and cartoons, caricatures, memes, etc., has been criminalized.
  2. Obscene or immoral messages on Facebook, twitter, etc., have been made offenses as per Section 20, without defining obscenity or immorality, thus giving sweeping powers to investigating agencies to implicate anyone on these charges.
  3. As per Section 19, any person who tests system security will be an offender;
  4. Sending an email or message without the recipient’s permission will become an offence as per Section 21;
  5. As per Section 20, posting of photograph of any person on Facebook or Instagram without their permission is an offence.
  6. Section 31 gives the government/PTA unfettered powers to block access or remove speech not only on the Internet but transmitted through any device, limiting the media’s freedom and citizens’ right to expression;
  7. In Section 26, the definition of service providers – traditionally ISPs and telcos – has been expanded to now include any place that offers access to the Internet to the public, i.e., restaurants, malls, hotels, offices, airports, stations and the additional burden of retaining traffic data has been placed on them – and they can be punished for not doing so.

Fundamental principles of law, such as requiring intent, especially malicious intent to be established for conviction, have not been followed – in fact the requirement has been omitted from the modified version of this Bill. This is true even for offences such as Cyber Terrorism, which carries a penalty of fourteen years imprisonment. There is a grave danger of white-hat hackers, hobbyists, people who hack for academic purposes to identify security flaws in systems, or teenagers who for recreation (albeit wrongly) deface websites, could end up getting convicted as cyber terrorists.

Checks and balances on investigation agencies and officers have been removed. For example, requiring an investigation officer to obtain a warrant from court for search, seizure or arrest on the basis of a list of qualifications he/she was required to present before court, making clear reasons why the warrant should be issued, no longer exists. Similarly, other safeguards that were previously built in, such as protection against self-incrimination and an accused’s right to know the charges against him/her, have also been omitted.

The above provisions of the draft Bill in particular, and several others in general, violate fundamental rights of expression, freedom of media and due process as enshrined in the 1973 Constitution. In its current form, the draft Bill will not counter crime or terrorism; on the contrary it will lockdown the society, industry and the media; and will criminalize innocent citizens.

We, Pakistan Software House Association (PASHA), Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK), BoloBhi, Civil Society, Students and Professionals, therefore demand that
• the draft bill be made public;
• public and independent expert input be sought and incorporated before the Standing Committee finalizes its debate.

The alarm bells have been sounded. Time for you to do your bit. Don’t take this lightly!

Sign this e-petition asking legislators to make the bill public and seek public input here

Cyber Crime Bill 2015-2

Source : Joint Action Committee on CYBERCRIME Press Release.