Category: white papers

WINDOWS 10 GAME DEVELOPMENT FOR MOBILE

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Gaming on mobile machine has grown considerably. Integrated graphics from Intel have been comparatively weak for many years as their engineers ignored the problem for so long. Laptop vendors had to use discrete graphics for any kind of video performance. Then with Samsung R540 we noticed Intel has some rudimentary graphics. We also have the …

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WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1803 FEATURES DROPPED

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Microsoft has remove some of the features seen in earlier versions of Windows.  Windows. 10 version 1803 has removed some unneeded components. The phone companion has found a niche with the Windows Hello security to lock down laptops when a person leaves for lunch etc . The Groove app will now only play music on …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1803

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Windows 10 version 1803 has exhibited many issues with games on our machines. We test games with a clean install of 1803 to rule out any upgrade issues. Stutter and slow performance issues are known from Windows 10 version 1709 and while some fixes are present the issue remains. Best bet is to use in-game …

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WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1803

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Windows 10 version 1803 was released on April 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM PT. It is being delivered as a feature update for Windows 10. Installing the update is slow on hard disks and SSDs alike. This version will be called the “Windows 10 April 2018 Update“. Windows 10 version 1803 is code named Redstone 4.  …

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WINDOWS 10 BUILD 17134.1

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After the problems with releasing Windows 10 version 1803 to test and the higher than expected number of BSOD problems, microsoft has rolled KB4100375 into  build 17133.1 along with many other fixes. This brings Redstone 4 to version 17134.1 which is now being tested. This build is not watermarked suggesting it is a release candidate. …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4100375

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KB4100375 applies to Windows 10  version 1803  which bumps the version to 17133.73. This update requires a restart suggesting some core components are being replaced. Addresses a PDF security issue in Microsoft Edge. Addresses an issue that, in some instances, prevents Internet Explorer from identifying custom controls. Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, >Microsoft scripting engine, Windows kernel, Microsoft graphics component, Windows …

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HIGH EFFICIENCY IMAGE FORMAT

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One of the new features that will be added to the next version of Windows 10 is called the High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF, ISO/IEC 23008-12). It comes from the JPEG group. This  new standard uses some of the capabilities from the HEVC. The new  ISO Base Media File Format (ISO/IEC 14496-12) abandons the old …

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DIREXTX RAY TRACING

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Microsoft has announced a new API for DX12 with Windows 10 which allows developers to now use ray tracing to render images. It is a set of new HLSL shader types including ray-generation, closest-hit, any-hit, and miss shaders.  These specify what the DXR workload actually does computationally. When DispatchRays is called, the ray-generation shader runs.  Using the new TraceRayintrinsic function in …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4088776

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This update applies to Windows 10 version 1709. Addresses issue where Internet Explorer stops working when using F12-based developer tools. Addresses issue with printing XML documents with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Updates legacy Document Mode cell visibility in Internet Explorer. Addresses issue with pinch and zoom gestures on some machines while using Internet Explorer. Addresses an …

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FLIGHT SIM LABS

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Somebody sent us a note earlier about this company using some rather suspicious tools. Evidently the company is bundling a chrome password dump tool with their software for Flight Simulator etc. There is a file called test.exe which has been found to dump the passswords from Google Chrome. Evidently they were using this to attack …

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ASYNCHRONOUS GAME ENGINE DESIGN

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Game engines today need to be more threaded to take advantage of modern CPU architectures. GPU designs today also make sense to use threaded code as well. The std::future container is designed to provide a mechanism to return a shared value. When a thread is done it can update the shared data which is then …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4074588

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Windows 10 KB4074588 applies only to Windows 10 1709. Previous versions have to be updated to receive the latest update roll-ups. This update brings the Windows build to 16299.248. Fixes a security problem with children’s accounts and Microsoft Family on ARM devices Fixes serveral issues with Internet Explorer Fixes some problems with Edge Fixes issues where, in …

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NEW WINDOWS 10 SKUS

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Microsoft is moving to make Windows less costly for low end machines.The new Entry SKU is for machines with up to 4GB of memory which presently are low end. Tablets and basic laptops running Windows have to compete with Chromebooks and Android. We have mentioned this to Microsoft who has moved quickly to handle all …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4058258

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Windows 10 KB4058258 applies to Windows 10 1709. If you are using an earlier version of Windows 10 you will need to install that before installing this and other cumulative updates. This brings Windows 10 to build 16299.214. Addresses issue where users of Microsoft and Azure Active Directory accounts may see the password prompt repeatedly. Addresses a …

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BITLOCKER & KB4056892

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If you are using bitlocker you should disable it so you can redo the security after the mess of the CPU cache problem. Windows 10 version 1709 with KB4056892 installed will fix the CPU cache problems called Meltdown and Spectre. Once it is decrypted, then bitlocker can be turned on again with a new key. This …

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