Windows Server will add the Linux subsystem, join the Insider program

(credit: Microsoft) SEATTLE—When Microsoft first introduced the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) at last year's Build developer conference , it said that it was doing so to make developers who were familiar with the Linux command line feel comfortable on Windows . The immediate and inevitable question was "Well, what about Windows Server?" Development is one thing, but what if organizations wanted to occasionally deploy their Linux software on Windows? Although Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 share many components, the Server operating system hasn't thus far included WSL, consistent with the "developer only" rationale. But that's going to change: at Build this week, Microsoft announced that WSL will be included in Server later this year. Microsoft still isn't positioning this as a way of running Linux server in production on Windows; rather, the company says the addition will be useful for administrative tasks. With WSL, Windows can run scripts written for Linux. But we're hard-pressed to see things stopping there; it seems inevitable that at some point, Windows will offer the ability to run Linux server software as one of its features. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Tons of Hackers Are Hanging Out in Old Soviet Cyberspace

The Internet is a huge place. Some parts of it are awesome, but others are...less so. And falling squarely in that latter category is the ancient .su domain, once the cyberhome of the Soviet Union . It's not exactly well maintained, or well policed, which is why more and more online criminals are using it as a hideout. Read more...        

Watch SpaceX Launch a Re-Used Rocket into Space for the First Time Ever

Later this evening, SpaceX will attempt a historic feat when it launches a reused Falcon 9 rocket into orbital space. It’s an achievement Elon Musk and his team have been working toward since the company was founded in 2002, and tonight, it will hopefully— finally —come full circle. Literally. Read more...

T-Mobile’s Next Perk Could Mean Unlimited Netflix

According to reliable leaker @evleaks , the big announcement at T-Mobile’s Un-carrier X event on Nov. 10 could be unlimited video streaming that doesn’t cut into your monthly data. This means Netflix and chill could go mobile. Read more...

Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS looks like an Android re-do

When we last looked at Google's Fuchsia operating system , it was very modest. While it was designed for everything from Internet of Things devices to PCs, there wasn't even a graphical interface to show. Well, things have... evolved. Ars Technica has revisited Fuchsia several months later, and it now touts an interface (nicknamed Armadillo) that makes it clear this isn't just some after-hours experiment. It's only a set of placeholders at the moment, but it gives you a good idea as to what to expect. The home screen is a large, vertically scrolling list of cards for "stories, " or collections of apps and OS components that work together to complete a given task. There's also a Google Now -style section that has "suggestion" cards for tasks -- use them and you'll either add to an existing story or create a new one. The prototype UI also includes a simple split-screen interface, and scales up to tablet size. Fuchsia isn't based on Linux, like Android or Chrome OS, but it still uses open source code that would let anyone tinker with the inner workings. Apps, meanwhile, are built using Google's Flutter kit, which lets developers write both Android and iOS apps. Things are clearly coming along. But there's one overriding question: just what role will Fuchsia have? Google's Travis Geiselbrecht stresses that this "isn't a toy thing, " but there's no public strategy. Ars speculates that Google is treating this as a sort of Android re-do: what if the company could design a platform while dumping all the technology it no longer needs or wants, such as Linux or any traces of Java ? The use of Flutter would let you run Android apps until there's broader software support. It might take years before Fuchsia is ready for public use, assuming that's the ultimate plan, but there could be a day where Android is no longer the center of Google's computing universe. Source: Ars Technica

Feeling the buzz: where do phantom phone vibrations come from?

That feeling of having your butt grabbed by a ghost isn't an isolated stigma. Everyone is getting ghost-fondled. Read the rest

Don’t look now, but 3DS emulation is becoming a thing

Given enough time and attention from the development community, it's practically inevitable that any video game console can and will be emulatable on a general-use computer. Hardware makers, always wary of the piracy implications of such a development, may hope that doesn't happen until many years after that console ceases to be commercially viable. Unfortunately for Nintendo, that seems unlikely in the case of the 3DS. The Citra emulation project has been in the works for at least a year , but developers reached a breakthrough last December when they managed to load Ocarina of Time 3D for the first time. That title has now been shown running at nearly full speed on Citra with the help of an OpenGL renderer (though some visual artifacts still exist). Since then, compatibility work has continued on a seemingly game-by-game basis.  Virtual Console titles were shown off in February, and just this week team members posted evidence of Animal Crossing New Leaf , Super Monkey Ball 3D , and even the system's home menu  running through emulation. There are a few homebrew demos available as well, including emulators for other systems running inside of the 3DS emulator and the kind of Minecraft port that's seemingly required for all emulation projects these days. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

 Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by both Microsoft and many of its OEM partners, so this brings in-house one of the technologies… Read More

AMD unveils R9 Fury X, Fury, and Nano graphics cards

25 more images in gallery There's not one, not two, but three brand new high-end graphics cards on the way from AMD. As rumoured, AMD is dropping the numerical branding and is instead grouping its top cards under the "Fury" banner. All are based on its new Fiji chip, which is a tweaked version of the company's long-standing GCN architecture, and—as expected—all will come equipped with 4GB of stacked, on-package high bandwidth memory (HBM). The flagship is the $649 R9 Fury X, which launches on June 24. At that price, it is pitched directly against Nvidia's GTX 980 Ti . It features 4096 stream processors—a huge jump over the 2816 stream processors found in the R9 290X—"up to" 1050MHz core clock, 256 texture units, 64 ROPs, HBM memory with 512 GB/s of bandwidth, a 67.2 GP/s pixel fill rate, and a six-phase VRM (voltage regulator module), which AMD claims is ideal for overclocking the card. We don't yet have UK pricing, but it'll probably be around £550. Despite using two 8-pin power connectors, the Fury X's power consumption isn't as high as some feared: the TDP is 275W, just a tad higher than the R9 290X's, although it's worth bearing in mind that in real-world usage, the R9 290X was much closer to 300W. The Fury X supports up to 375W of power for overclocking. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

This Synthetic Bone Implant Could Replace Painful Marrow Transplants

Thanks to advances in medicine, bone marrow transplants are no longer the last resorts they one were. Every year, thousands of marrow transplants are performed, a common treatment for ailments from bone marrow disease to leukemia. But because they first require a patient undergo radiation to kill off any existing bone… Read more...