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Tim Cook reveals surprise behind the scenes look at ‘Little America’


In a Tweet on Saturday Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a new behind the scenes look at the making of “Little America.”

Apple TV+ Little America' is now streaming

Apple TV+ Little America’ is now streaming

The new series debuted on Apple TV+ on January 16, and features stories inspired by true events in an anthology format.

Little America is written and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg, Kumasi Nanjiani, and Emily V. Gordon. The video depicts the executive producers discussing the show and how it came about.

“We wanted these to be human stories,” says Nanjiani. “These are not stories with any kind of agenda.”

The series was created to represent real stories of immigration to America. “As much as we can, directors are from the same countries of origin as the actors in the episode,” Eisenberg said.

AppleInsider reviewed Little America and considered it a decent show with room to grow. Told in eight separate vignettes, this anthology series examines different people’s immigration experience through time.

Apple TV+ is $5 per month and can be found across all Apple devices, third party set top boxes, and some smart TVs.

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Apple TV+ announces biographical docuseries ‘Dear…’ featuring Oprah, Stevie Wonder, more


Apple on Friday announced “Dear,” a new documentary series produced by R.J. Cutler that takes a deeper look into the lives of iconic figures like Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, journalist Gloria Steinem, gymnast Aly Raisman and more.

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According to a brief overview of the series, “Dear” draws inspiration from the company’s “Dear Apple” advertisements that feature customers reading written testimonials about Apple products.

Like “Dear Apple” letters, which typically focus on life-changing events like Apple Watch discovering a heart condition or iPhone automatically calling emergency services after a car crash, the upcoming show uses letters to paint a picture of “internationally recognized leaders.” Along with Winfrey, Wonder, Steinem and Raisman, the 10-episode series will profiles Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, model and activist Yara Shahidi, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Big Bird.

Cutler, an Emmy and Peabody Award winner, will executive produce the project for Apple. The documentarian gained notoriety for Anna Wintour profile “The September Issue” and most recently worked on the “Untitled Billie Eilish Documentary,” which is expected to debut as an Apple TV+ exclusive later this year.

Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Cha and Lyle Gamm are also listed as executive producers, with Matador Content and Cutler Productions producing.

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How Azure AI is creating a more accessible world

At Microsoft, we are inspired by how artificial intelligence is transforming organizations of all sizes, empowering them to reimagine what’s possible. AI has immense potential to unlock solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges.

One challenge is that according to the World Health Association, globally, only 1 in 10 people with a disability have access to assistive technologies and products. We believe that AI solutions can have a profound impact on this community. To meet this need, we aim to democratize AI to make it easier for every developer to build accessibility into their apps and services, across language, speech, and vision.

In view of the upcoming Bett Show in London, we’re shining a light on how Immersive Reader enhances reading comprehension for people regardless of their age or ability, and we’re excited to share how Azure AI is broadly enabling developers to build accessible applications that empower everyone.

Empowering readers of all abilities

Immersive Reader is an Azure Cognitive Service that helps users of any age and reading ability with features like reading aloud, translating languages, and focusing attention through highlighting and other design elements. Millions of educators and students already use Immersive Reader to overcome reading and language barriers.

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, New York, brings together an incredible diversity of students with different backgrounds and learning styles. The teachers at The Young Women’s Leadership School support many types of learners, including students who struggle with text comprehension due to learning differences, or language learners who may not understand the primary language of the classroom. The school wanted to empower all students, regardless of their background or learning styles, to grow their confidence and love for reading and writing.

A teacher and student looking at a computer together

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Teachers at The Young Women’s Leadership School turned to Immersive Reader and an Azure AI partner, Buncee, as they looked for ways to create a more inclusive and engaging classroom. Buncee enables students and teachers to create and share interactive multimedia projects. With the integration of Immersive Reader, students who are dyslexic can benefit from features that help focus attention in their Buncee presentations, while those who are just learning the English language can have content translated to them in their native language.

Like Buncee, companies including Canvas, Wakelet, ThingLink, and Nearpod are also making content more accessible with Immersive Reader integration. To see the entire list of partners, visit our Immersive Reader Partners page. Discover how you can start embedding Immersive Reader into your apps today. To learn more about how Immersive Reader and other accessibility tools are fostering inclusive classrooms, visit our EDU blog.

Breaking communication barriers

Azure AI is also making conversations, lectures, and meetings more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. By enabling conversations to be transcribed and translated in real-time, individuals can follow and fully engage with presentations.

The Balavidyalaya School in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India teaches speech and language skills to young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The school recently held an international conference with hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, and parents. With live captioning and translation powered by Azure AI, attendees were able to follow conversations in their native languages, while the presentations were given in English.

Learn how you can easily integrate multi-language support into your own apps with Speech Translation, and see the technology in action with Translator, with support for more than 60 languages, today.

Engaging learners in new ways

We recently announced the Custom Neural Voice capability of Text to Speech, which enables customers to build a unique voice, starting from just a few minutes of training audio.

The Beijing Hongdandan Visually Impaired Service Center leads the way in applying this technology to empower users in incredible ways. Hongdandan produces educational audiobooks featuring the voice of Lina, China’s first blind broadcaster, using Custom Neural Voice. While creating audiobooks can be a time-consuming process, Custom Neural Voice allows Lina to produce high-quality audiobooks at scale, enabling Hongdandan to support over 105 schools for the blind in China like never before.

“We were amazed by how quickly Azure AI could reproduce Lina’s voice in such a natural-sounding way with her speech data, enabling us to create educational audiobooks much more quickly. We were also highly impressed by Microsoft’s commitment to protecting Lina’s voice and identity.”—Xin Zeng, Executive Director at Hongdandan

Learn how you can give your apps a new voice with Text to Speech.

Making the world visible for everyone

According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, more than 250 million people are blind or have low vision across the globe. Last month, in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Seeing AI, a free iOS app that describes nearby people, text, and objects, expanded support to five new languages. The additional language support for Spanish, Japanese, German, French, and Dutch makes it possible for millions of blind or low vision individuals to read documents, engage with people around them, hear descriptions of their surroundings in their native language, and much more. All of this is made possible with Azure AI.

Try Seeing AI today or extend vision capabilities to your own apps using Computer Vision and Custom Vision.

Get involved

We are humbled and inspired by what individuals and organizations are accomplishing today with Azure AI technologies. We can’t wait to see how you will continue to build on these technologies to unlock new possibilities and design more accessible experiences. Get started today with a free trial.

Check out our AI for Accessibility program to learn more about how companies are harnessing the power of AI to amplify capabilities for the millions of people around the world with a disability.

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Fedora CoreOS out of preview

The Fedora CoreOS team is pleased to announce that Fedora CoreOS is now available for general use. Here are some more details about this exciting delivery.

Fedora CoreOS is a new Fedora Edition built specifically for running containerized workloads securely and at scale. It’s the successor to both Fedora Atomic Host and CoreOS Container Linux and is part of our effort to explore new ways of assembling and updating an OS. Fedora CoreOS combines the provisioning tools and automatic update model of Container Linux with the packaging technology, OCI support, and SELinux security of Atomic Host.  For more on the Fedora CoreOS philosophy, goals, and design, see the announcement of the preview release.

Some highlights of the current Fedora CoreOS release:

  • Automatic updates, with staged deployments and phased rollouts
  • Built from Fedora 31, featuring:
    • Linux 5.4
    • systemd 243
    • Ignition 2.1
  • OCI and Docker Container support via Podman 1.7 and Moby 18.09
  • cgroups v1 enabled by default for broader compatibility; cgroups v2 available via configuration

Fedora CoreOS is available on a variety of platforms:

  • Bare metal, QEMU, OpenStack, and VMware
  • Images available in all public AWS regions
  • Downloadable cloud images for Alibaba, AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Can run live from RAM via ISO and PXE (netboot) images

Fedora CoreOS is under active development.  Planned future enhancements include:

  • Addition of the next release stream for extended testing of upcoming Fedora releases.
  • Support for additional cloud and virtualization platforms, and processor architectures other than x86_64.
  • Closer integration with Kubernetes distributions, including OKD.
  • Aggregate statistics collection.
  • Additional documentation.

Where do I get it?

To try out the new release, head over to the download page to get OS images or cloud image IDs.  Then use the quick start guide to get a machine running quickly.

How do I get involved?

It’s easy!  You can report bugs and missing features to the issue tracker. You can also discuss Fedora CoreOS in Fedora Discourse, the development mailing list, in #fedora-coreos on Freenode, or at our weekly IRC meetings.

Are there stability guarantees?

In general, the Fedora Project does not make any guarantees around stability.  While Fedora CoreOS strives for a high level of stability, this can be challenging to achieve in the rapidly evolving Linux and container ecosystems.  We’ve found that the incremental, exploratory, forward-looking development required for Fedora CoreOS — which is also a cornerstone of the Fedora Project as a whole — is difficult to reconcile with the iron-clad stability guarantee that ideally exists when automatically updating systems.

We’ll continue to do our best not to break existing systems over time, and to give users the tools to manage the impact of any regressions.  Nevertheless, automatic updates may produce regressions or breaking changes for some use cases. You should make your own decisions about where and how to run Fedora CoreOS based on your risk tolerance, operational needs, and experience with the OS.  We will continue to announce any major planned or unplanned breakage to the coreos-status mailing list, along with recommended mitigations.

How do I migrate from CoreOS Container Linux?

Container Linux machines cannot be migrated in place to Fedora CoreOS.  We recommend writing a new Fedora CoreOS Config to provision Fedora CoreOS machines.  Fedora CoreOS Configs are similar to Container Linux Configs, and must be passed through the Fedora CoreOS Config Transpiler to produce an Ignition config for provisioning a Fedora CoreOS machine.

Whether you’re currently provisioning your Container Linux machines using a Container Linux Config, handwritten Ignition config, or cloud-config, you’ll need to adjust your configs for differences between Container Linux and Fedora CoreOS.  For example, on Fedora CoreOS network configuration is performed with NetworkManager key files instead of systemd-networkd, and time synchronization is performed by chrony rather than systemd-timesyncd.  Initial migration documentation will be available soon and a skeleton list of differences between the two OSes is available in this issue.

CoreOS Container Linux will be maintained for a few more months, and then will be declared end-of-life.  We’ll announce the exact end-of-life date later this month.

How do I migrate from Fedora Atomic Host?

Fedora Atomic Host has already reached end-of-life, and you should migrate to Fedora CoreOS as soon as possible.  We do not recommend in-place migration of Atomic Host machines to Fedora CoreOS. Instead, we recommend writing a Fedora CoreOS Config and using it to provision new Fedora CoreOS machines.  As with CoreOS Container Linux, you’ll need to adjust your existing cloud-configs for differences between Fedora Atomic Host and Fedora CoreOS.

Welcome to Fedora CoreOS.  Deploy it, launch your apps, and let us know what you think!

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Google parent company Alphabet hits $1 trillion market cap


Alphabet, parent company of Google, Verily, Waymo and other firms, became the fourth U.S. company to reach a $1 trillion market capitalization on Thursday, just over a month after former Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the reins.

Sundar Pichai

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Shares of Alphabet hit $1,450.16 at the bell, with intra-day trading up as much as 0.8%, granting the tech giant a market cap of almost exactly $1 trillion.

Alphabet is the fourth U.S. company — and fourth tech sector stock — to hit the milestone after Apple first breached the $1 trillion threshold in August 2018. Amazon followed suit a month later, while Microsoft achieved the lofty valuation in April 2019.

Currently, Apple and Microsoft sit above the $1 trillion mark, while Amazon has since fallen below that line.

Alphabet derives most of its revenue from Google, which acts as an umbrella company for the firm’s bread-and-butter advertising and search income, as well as gains from Android and YouTube. It is fitting, then, that the conglomerate reached today’s high-water mark with former Google CEO Pichai at the helm.

According to CNBC, market analysts are bullish on Pichai, who was minted Alphabet CEO in December after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin formally announced to step down from their respective corporate positions. Page was serving as Alphabet’s CEO at the time.

Alphabet’s efforts in the cloud are also beginning to pay off, with the company doubling its revenue run rate from $1 billion to $2 billion per quarter between February 2018 and July 2019, the report said. While not a segment leader, the firm is investing heavily in the space and expects similar revenue growth in 2020.

The company is due to report fourth quarter 2019 earnings on Feb. 3.

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Meet the 2020 Imagine Cup finalists from our Europe, Middle East and Africa region

For young developers with a vision for improving our world with technology, the Imagine Cup is the place to be. Students are challenged to form teams of one to three people and leverage innovative tech, like AI, to develop a project proposal and business idea to make a difference. We are consistently inspired by solutions students create to tackle social good issues, and the collaborative and innovative core of the competition is continuing with the selection of our 2020 Europe, Middle East, and Africa Regional Finalists.

These 10 teams will be traveling to Amsterdam, the Netherlands in March to compete for over USD20,000 total in prizing, Azure credits, plus the top two will win spots to advance to the 2020 Imagine Cup World Championship! During their Regional Final journey, teams will also have the chance to participate in an Entrepreneurship Day from the U.S. Department of Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) to refine their business pitches, receive mentorship from Microsoft experts, and experience cutting-edge technical innovation at Microsoft Ignite the Tour.

Introducing our EMEA finalist teams heading to Amsterdam!


Allez, Ukraine

Allez: Allez support personal development through sports experience. The team’s aim isn’t just to maximize the performance of an athlete, but to help coaches to growth individuals who are mentally ready to fight obstacles.


ALOIS, Sweden

ALOIS: ALOIS aims to revolutionize the treatment of depression worldwide and to free more people from their negative thought patterns. ALOIS is a social bot, which determines the user’s emotional state and finds the actual causes of the depression.


Casie, Switzerland

Casie: The team’s project is aimed at using facial keypoints as a parameter to track the sequence of emotions displayed by user and using an LSTM RNN in order to infer problems with learning.


The Knights, Kenya

WEEDING BOT: Weeding bot is an automated robot that maneuvers between crop rows as it weeds interrow and intra row weeds using artificial intelligence and a camera as a sensor, equipped with a robotic arm coupled with a gripper and plough-like weeding tool.


meCare, Russia 

meCare: The team are developing a solution for primary screening of malignant skin lesions at home.


Monica, Poland

Monica: Monica is a visual assistant for blind people that is integrated into smart glasses and responds to users requests via voice commands.


RedWalls, Tunisia

I-Remember: I-Remember is a two part mobile application designed for the well being of the both the Alzheimer’s patient and their caregivers.


Vhysio, United Kingdom

Vhysio: Vhysio is a machine learning web app utilising tensorflow.js, a cutting edge browser based Machine Learning library, to enable accessible physiotherapy for the Visually Impaired – talking through exercises by responding to users’ postures in real-time.


Team Wild Eye, Kenya

WildEye_KE: Wild Eye_KE seeks to bring technology to the wild to monitor & track animal activities & notify authorities in case animals stray away from the wildlife protected areas (WPAs), reducing poaching & human interaction with wild animals away from WPAs.


Team to be announced, Pakistan

The results of the 2020 Pakistan National Final have not yet been announced.

Congratulations to all finalists! Check out our recently announced Asia Regional Finalists to learn about more innovative projects in this year’s competition and get inspired. Stay tuned for the announcement of our last group of finalist teams from the Americas next month and follow the competition journey on Instagram and Twitter as students head to their in-person regional events to compete!

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Microsoft announces it will be carbon negative by 2030

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 16, 2020 — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint. By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

At an event at its Redmond campus, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa announced the company’s new goals and a detailed plan to become carbon negative.

“While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That’s why today we are announcing an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.”

The Official Microsoft Blog has more information about the company’s bold goal and detailed plan to remove its carbon footprint:

The company announced an aggressive program to cut carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for our direct emissions and for our entire supply and value chain. This includes driving down our own direct emissions and emissions related to the energy we use to near zero by the middle of this decade. It also announced a new initiative to use Microsoft technology to help our suppliers and customers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints and a new $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. Beginning next year, the company will also make carbon reduction an explicit aspect of our procurement processes for our supply chain. A new annual Environmental Sustainability Report will detail Microsoft’s carbon impact and reduction journey. And lastly, the company will use its voice and advocacy to support public policy that will accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.

More information can be found at the Microsoft microsite:

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information, press only:

Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications, (425) 638-7777,

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Upcoming Price and Tax Changes in Pakistan, Thailand, and Singapore

When taxes or foreign exchange rates change, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store. In the next few days, prices of apps on the App Store and in-app purchases (excluding auto-renewable subscriptions) will change in the following countries.

  • Thailand: Prices will decrease due to changes in foreign exchange rates.
  • Pakistan: Prices will increase due to changes in foreign exchange rates.

Additionally, on January 1, 2020, a 7% goods and services tax (GST) was introduced in Singapore. Developers based in Singapore who provide their GST number in App Store Connect will not have their proceeds affected. Otherwise, proceeds will be adjusted accordingly. Prices on the App Store won’t change based on the introduction of this tax.

Once these changes go into effect, the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps will be updated. You can change the price of your apps and in-app purchases (including auto-renewable subscriptions) at any time in App Store Connect. For subscriptions, you have the option to preserve prices for existing subscribers.

View the updated price tier charts now

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PC gamers: Catch up on new laptops, monitors and more announced at CES 2020

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicked off 2020 with a look at what’s in store for a variety of players this year, with exciting innovations for PC gaming and Microsoft’s device partners announcing some of the best upcoming hardware and software in the industry.

From the thinnest
and lightest gaming laptops yet, to immersive monitors giving players a deeper,
more robust experience, in addition to new gaming desktops and graphics cards, there’s
plenty for PC gamers to be excited for in the year ahead.

To catch you
up on all the news from last week, we’ve wrapped up all the CES 2020
announcements from Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and iBuyPower below.


introduced new Predator monitors offering gamers a more immersive and
expansive view of their play.

Predator X32
  • The Predator CG552K features a huge
    55-inch 4K OLED panel that’s Adaptive Sync and HDMI VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
    compatible, making it ideal for hardcore PC and console gamers wanting a higher
    vantage point. The 37.5-inch monitor increases gaming immersion with a
    2300R curved UWQHD+ panel and Vesa DisplayHDR 400 certification that makes
    colors pop.
  • The 32-inch Predator X32 gaming
    monitor reproduces brilliant visuals with Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate, Vesa Display
    HDR 1400 certification and 89.5% Rec. 2020, perfect for gamers who also create
    their own videos.


released new Strix gaming desktops, the Zephyrus G14 laptop and TUF laptops presenting device options for every
type of gamer.

ROG Strix GA35
  • Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) debuted a
    handful of new Strix models: Strix
     and GT35 gaming
    desktops to get players tournament-ready for competitive esports. They’re
    engineered to sustain smooth gameplay under serious pressure and offer the
    flexibility to do everything from producing top-quality streams to developing
    games. In addition to those new gaming devices, Asus ROG also announced
    new Strix GA15 and GT15 gaming
    desktops that focus on gaming fundamentals for competitive esports players on a
    budget. Lean and lightweight, these leverage powerful, latest generation
    processors to capably handle hardcore gaming, streaming and multitasking. These
    use the latest 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs and upcoming 10th Generation Intel
    Core processors.
Zephyrus G14
  • The Zephyrus G14 brings premium innovations to a wider audience with
    an ultra-slim form factor at just 17.9mm thin and 1.6kg, all without
    compromising performance. The Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook features RTX
    graphics for high frame rates when playing popular games, and also lets gamers
    choose between high refresh or high resolution for their display; the choice of
    120Hz refresh rate or WQHD resolution panels allows users to optimize for
    gaming or creating content. G14 has an optional AniMe Matrix display that
    deepens personalization, enabling users to show custom graphics, animations and
    other effects across more than a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid.
TUF Gaming A15 and F15
  • The 15-inch TUF Gaming
    A15 and F15
    , along
    with their 17-inch A17 and F17 siblings,
    deliver an unprecedented experience for the price. Key to the experience is
    potent processing power, thanks to a choice between 4th Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile
    CPUs and upcoming 10th Gen Intel Core processors. Nvidia Turing-based GPUs up
    to the GeForce RTX 2060 feed frames into fast displays that refresh at up to
    144Hz and use AMD FreeSync technology to ensure smoother, tear-free gaming
    across a wide range of titles.


Dell announced
the new Alienware gaming monitor and a redesigned Dell G5 15 SE laptop with new features and enhanced

Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor
  • Built
    for speed with a 99% sRGB color coverage, the new Alienware
    25 Gaming Monitor 
    fast IPS technology that offers rich colors, a 240Hz refresh rate and a 1
    millisecond response time, all in native FHD resolution. It also has AMD Radeon
    FreeSync and is G-Sync compatible.
Dell G5 15 SE (Special Edition)
  • The
    newly redesigned Dell
    G5 15 SE (Special Edition)

    is the first Dell G Series laptop to feature 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series
    Mobile Processors (up to 8 cores and 16 threads) paired with the latest AMD
    Radeon RX 5000M Series graphics. The two chips work seamlessly together using
    AMD SmartShift technology to optimize performance by automatically shifting
    power as needed between the Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics, giving gamers
    precisely what they want at each moment of play.


released a number of new performance monitors and laptops, giving gamers a variety of devices
to choose how they want to enhance their battle experience.

Lenovo Q27h Monitor
  • With
    the new premium Lenovo
    Q27h Monitor
    users can seamlessly switch between entertainment and their latest
    creative project. Its 27-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) provides IPS high-resolution
    ​and 350 nits of brightness. The four-sided near-edgeless bezel brings a
    noticeably wider viewing experience when playing the hottest gaming titles in
    your spare time with super-fast 4ms response time, and a smooth 75Hz refresh
    rate to reduce motion blur in the game.
Lenovo Legion Y740S
  • The Lenovo Legion
    is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest gaming
    laptop yet with up to eight hours of battery life. It’s got up to 10th Gen
    Intel Core i9 processors (coming soon) reaching more than 5 GHz and Q-Control,
    with which users can shift gears with a simple press of their Fn+Q keys. Jump
    into Performance Mode for higher frame rates, down-shift into Quiet Mode for
    better battery life to watch a movie or stay the course in Balance Mode for
    day-to-day usage. Made with long-term gaming usage in mind, enjoy the new
    tactile feel of the Lenovo Legion keyboards, featuring quick response time with
    100% anti-ghosting, improved ergonomic key size and responsive switches
    designed for smoother typing and gameplay.
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor
  • Stay focused on the game with the
    new Lenovo Legion Y25-25
    Gaming Monitor 
    with a 24.5-inch,
    Full HD IPS panel display built into the near-edgeless chassis. Crank up refresh
    rates all the way to 240Hz—more FPS means that more data flows between the GPU
    and monitor, helping to eliminate tearing in most multiplayer games. It comes
    with anti-glare panel and up to 400 nits of brightness and is
    TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort Certified to reduce eye strain. Curved
    monitors make gaming more immersive and comfortable, as the
    curve simulates a more natural viewing experience for your eyes, neck and
    head—allowing the gamer to see all the action at once.
Lenovo G32qc Gaming Monitor
  • The new 31.5-inch Lenovo G32qc Gaming Monitor has near-edgeless bezel QHD (2560 x 1440) screen resolution for clear visuals and superior picture quality. Catch every player movement with its wide viewing angle, high-screen brightness and excellent contrast ratio.
Lenovo G27c Gaming Monitor
  • Or, choose the heavy-duty yet compact 27-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display on the Lenovo G27c Gaming Monitor — both monitors have a curvature of 1500R for complete game immersion. The latter is engineered to deliver virtually tear-free and stutter-free gameplay and is capable of an amazingly high refresh rate of up to 165Hz, helping to rid gaming distractions such as choppy images, streaks and motion blur.


showed off an expansion of its Element Case line and next gen Revolt Series.

  • For a different take on the traditional
    PC layout, the Element Dual features a binary chamber design. With
    the PSU mounted vertically on the bottom right side of the case and hidden
    behind the motherboard tray, users will be left with an open aesthetic on the
    left side and substantial space for maximum component compatibility. The Element
    case is pre-built systems is designed with an integrated front
    panel distribution plate for easier bends and less complicated routing.
  • The Revolt GT3 will take on a new aesthetic compared to the
    asymmetrical design of its predecessors, housing small form factor systems and
    providing support for ITX motherboards and SFX power supplies up to 750W.
    Systems constructed in it will be mounted to and suspended inside an outer
    frame by flexible rubber supports designed to add both cushion from shock and
    vibration damping.

These are just some of the new products that are bringing
powerful experiences to Windows 10 gamers in 2020. Check back on Xbox Wire or the
Windows Experience
to keep up with the latest PC gaming
product releases and news.

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What’s New in Edu: Closing the broadband gap, improving teacher training and boosting accessibility in the classroom

With the start of the new year, we’re excited to head to London for the annual Bett UK education technology show where we’ll preview a number of new products and updates coming for the 2020-2021 school year. We’ll bring you along to Bett too, from the booth every day of Bett live from London in: “What’s new in Edu: Live from Bett”.

Join Leslie Fisher, and see for the very first time, new devices, tools and training resources coming soon to ensure you and your students have your best year yet!

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Closing the broadband gap with new devices that connect to cellular service and Community Learning Centers

One of the biggest challenges in global education is a lack of access to the internet. Students who lack broadband access at home or school are deprived of the information they need to complete their assignments and keep up with their peers, creating educational inequality and disadvantages that can impact them throughout their lives. In the U.S., the FCC estimates 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires broadband access, yet broadband is not available to nearly 25 million people, 19 million of whom live in rural areas. Even among those who do have a connection, our data shows that nearly 163 million Americans are not using the internet at broadband speeds.

We’ve been investing in solving this multi-faceted problem for years with programs like the Airband Initiative, which aims to expand broadband access to underserved rural areas around the world. Today, we’re continuing to build on this commitment to connect every student to the internet by introducing two new Connected PCs, built and priced especially for education – the JP.IK Turn T101 and Positivo Wise N1212S.

These new devices, which will ship this summer, are our most affordable Connected PCs yet, with all the capabilities of Windows and Office and can be used anywhere there is cellular service. These devices will save schools thousands of dollars in server infrastructure and startup time and help the more than 1.15 billion students in rural and emerging markets around the world connect to the internet for the first time or dramatically improve their current connection. The JP.IK Turn T101 starts at just $299 USD and the Wise N1212S will start at $575 USD, both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c with twice the battery life and 25 percent better performance than competing platforms, and like our other Windows PCs boasting the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, they will have blazing-fast cellular connectivity.

We’re also proud to collaborate with T-Mobile to kick off a pilot next month that offers select districts in rural and underserved areas in the U.S. a chance to test the newest Connected PCs. T-Mobile shares our vision to empower students and provide connectivity and educational equality through their EmpowerED™ 2.0 program – and will provide the pilot schools with SIM cards and free 4G LTE coverage plans to get their new PCs up and running. For the rest of the world, we’re excited to partner with Vodafone to provide education-specific cellular connectivity plans to customers using the newest Connected PCs in Vodafone and Vodacom markets in Europe and Africa. Through the Connected Education program, Vodafone endeavors to digitalize school infrastructure and accelerate adoption of fast, secure internet access to schools and students around the world. Together, we’re excited to learn how these new devices and alliances could reshape the education landscape and reduce the broadband gap.

These new devices mark a big milestone in bringing equitable educational opportunities to students around the world, but it’s just the beginning. We’re also thrilled to partner with JP.IK to bring their Community Learning Centers – solar-powered, pop-up schools – to more than 130 underserved areas around the world, giving students a truly connected digital learning experience.

Our most affordable Windows 10 devices get even better

No matter your needs or your location in the world, we have the perfect Windows 10 device for you and your students, starting at $219 USD. Today, we’re excited to announce that our portfolio is getting even better. Together with our partners at Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, JP.IK and Positivo we’re enhancing 14 of our most affordable Windows 10 devices so you get even more bang for your buck, including:

  • NEW! Faster performance. Seven of our new devices include the newest Intel processor, which will give you 46 percent more system performance than before. Students can have multiple web browser tabs open while working on documents and collaborating with classmates without missing a beat.
  • NEW! Safekeeping for pens. One of the biggest complaints we hear from educators is that – while they love the benefits of having students write directly on their device screens – pens get lost frequently. But great news! In addition to a number of devices that include ways to tether pens, the newest Acer TravelMate Spin B3 and Lenovo 300e also have a pen “garage” built into the device so it’s less likely to wander off.  
  • NEW! Introducing indicator lights to show student progress. Teachers, have you ever wished you could look at the classroom from your desk or podium and see which students are good to go on their devices? Now you can! Five of our newest devices will include a built-in LED indicator light on the back of the device that can be used to indicate whether a device is charged and connected to the internet. Simply look for the light!

Check out these and our other great Windows 10 devices on our Windows Device Finder today!


Three Free New Tools to Make Teacher Training More Effective

Preparing students for the jobs of the future starts with training and retaining great educators today. Our new research – Staff of 2030: Future Ready Teaching – indicates only 38 percent of teachers believe their current training has equipped them to use digital technology for instruction, which is critical to their success as well as their students. As new Gen Z teachers are entering the workforce, it’s more important than ever for schools to offer a variety of training tools and build powerful professional development communities that help them thrive throughout the school year. We’ve got some great new (and totally free!) tools to help, including our new and improved Microsoft Educator Center with hundreds of great training resources available in more languages than ever before.

  • NEW! Conduct training and engage everyone in the audience using PowerPoint Live Presentations. Using PowerPoint for Web, which is part of Office 365 Education, you will soon be able to train teachers and engage every participant with the new live presentations feature. Schools can present slides and using a QR code or short link, viewers can join and follow along with live subtitles in more than 60 languages on their personal device, making it easy to present to a large group of teachers, students or parents who speak different languages. The feature also includes live reactions and a survey for participants that generates an email to the presenter with the aggregated audience feedback and corresponding recommendations, offering insights to improve future presentations and trainings.

  • NEW! Use Microsoft Stream to create training videos on web and mobile, including transcription in eight languages. Microsoft Stream, included in Office 365 Education, empowers organizations to teach and learn with video easily and securely. Now available to the Stream mobile app, video creation with the new Flipgrid camera integration makes it fun for anyone to personalize and share content in seconds. Stream will also soon support browser-based screen recording and editing, giving teachers and students new ways to create learning and training materials by recording and sharing screens, applications, or device camera feeds. Automatic captions and searchable transcripts now support eight languages, which allow learners to find information quickly. And to help improve learner focus, videos on Stream will soon support a voice enhance capability that removes background noise from videos recorded in classrooms and other noisy environments.
  • NEW! Unlock your students’ potential with Microsoft Teams Class Insights. Teaching is a team sport that requires students, teachers and parents to work together. That’s why we introduced capabilities like Class Insights in Microsoft Teams, to equip educators with more data on student performance and activity. We also made it possible for you to collaborate in safe and focused environments with Private Channels and added the Parent and Guardian Emails that summarize a student’s weekly progress and the week ahead. All these Teams improvements are designed to strengthen collaboration and engagement at your school.

And last, but certainly not least, we’re proud to be rolling out:

Free, built-in accessibility features in OneNote and Microsoft Edge to help every classroom be more inclusive

  • NEW! The new Microsoft Edge – secure, accessible and compatible with all your favorite websites and extensions! The web browser is the most used app in the classroom, so it’s crucial it has the built-in flexibility and accessibility to support every educator and learner. Now available for IT to download and deploy, the new Microsoft Edge web browser is designed to support inclusive classrooms with built-in tools allowing students to change text size, reading text aloud and even inking on PDFs right in the browser. Plus, we made Microsoft Edge even easier for users. Microsoft Edge is now powered by the same technology as Google Chrome to provide better compatibility for websites and extensions, allowing you to experience the web without using multiple browsers. You can even customize your web experience to access Office documents quickly when opening a new tab. Students and teachers working on shared computers can also sign into one or more profiles for quick access to their favorites, passwords, and more. Finally, the new Microsoft Edge browser has Microsoft security features and is simple to manage, with tools that make it easy for IT administrators to deploy and set district- or school-wide policies, as well as features to help protect students from phishing attempts and tracking.
  • NEW! OneNote Live Captions to help students’ focus, comprehension and retention. Recent studies have shown that students who use closed captions and interactive transcripts can maintain their focus and retain information better. You can already use captions and transcripts in many of our products like PowerPoint, Teams, Stream and Flipgrid, and now you can use captions inside OneNote as well! This month, we are rolling out a private preview of OneNote that allows students to connect OneNote to a Microsoft Translator session via a Join Code and receive the captions and translation stream. This allows captions from the educator speaking to flow directly into OneNote for reading, while still allowing the student to take notes. In addition, the student can pause the captions, highlight portions, and then have the entire transcription saved as a page into OneNote, features that will benefit all learners but especially those who may be hard of hearing or speak multiple languages.

And that’s just the beginning! Tune in throughout next week as we join education technology expert, Leslie Fisher in London to walk you through how to make this news you can use in the upcoming school year!