The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) in France has ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive data from Windows 10 users without their permission, including tracking their web browsing habits. Microsoft has 3 months to comply with the terms of the French Data Protection Act.
The Verge reports:
You can read their full article here: France orders Microsoft to stop tracking Windows 10 users
Read the announcement from CNIL here: Windows 10: CNIL publicly serves formal notice to Microsoft Corporation to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months
To celebrate 20 years of Tomb Raider, Square Enix are releasing a new edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider, which will feature a new chapter, a new co-op endurance mode, plus all previously released DLC. Check out the new content in this video (skip to 4:15 if you don't want to watch the 20th anniversary part):
Read more at Game Spot. The new edition will be out on 11th October 2016.
"At the end of June, AMD launched its first 14nm GPU, the RX 480. It offers solid 1080p and 1440p performance and occupies the £200 to £250 price range depending on the exact model and retailer. At the time, Nvidia had no current generation answer to the RX 480, having focussed thus far on the high-end with its first two Pascal GPUs, the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Today, that changes."
The Cambridge-based tech company ARM Holdings plc is in the process of being bought by SoftBank Group Corp. for £24.3 billion ($32 billion USD), which is reportedly the Japanese-based company's largest ever investment. In case you haven't heard of ARM, it is the company responsible for designing processors which are used within 95 per cent of all smart phones. They have also designed processors for TVs, tablets, cars, drones, cameras... not to mention their work with microcontrollers, which feature in a large variety of devices.
So what effect could this acquisition have? SoftBank seem to have made the most of the weak pound, but the UK government has said the acquisition is a sign of confidence in the UK economy following the decision to leave the EU. SoftBank is looking to grow the UK-based team at ARM by 50 per cent over the next five years, which is also encouraging.
Read more at the Wall Street Journal.
To learn more about ARM, check out this BBC article: What is ARM and why is it worth £24bn?
PC Review has been around in one form or another since 1999, and a lot has changed since then - we now have over sixty-six thousand members! However we've noticed a few problems with PC Review recently, and we really want to take action wherever we can to improve the site.
Over the past few years PCR has developed a core group of long-standing members who are very close. Whilst we feel that there is a good community spirit within that group, it can be a little off-putting to new members who are not part of the 'clique'. We've had a lot of feedback raised recently about this, and if would be great if we could get back to being the friendly, welcoming and helpful forum that we always used to be. It would be great to get more activity going too!
We've been having a think about how we can change things for the better, and here are some ideas that we've come up with...
The daily news has been a similar format for years now, and we feel that it's time for a shake up. Rather than sharing one hardware review each day, we thought it might be more interesting to make it more editorial and include more discursive topics. We could have regular round-ups of hardware reviews, but perhaps focus on reviews of budget/mid-range hardware (as suggested here a while back). Most of all we want the news to be interesting to you, so feel free to let us know what you want to see!
Current affairs in the off-topic forum
We tend to avoid topics relating to current affairs in the off-topic forum, and this is something that might be nice to change. Obviously we don't want to encourage arguments - what we had in mind was a more open discussion and debate. We would put rules in place so that things don't get out of hand (for example, personal attacks will never be tolerated) and we would keep a close eye on things. Is this something you would like to see? Are there any topics you wouldn't want to see discussed? (eg religion?)
Welcoming new members
When new members join, sometimes they don't get the warmest of welcomes. The main reason for that may be that we are often the target of spammers, and sometimes it is not clear to existing members whether a newbie is a spammer or not. Rest assured that we have systems in place to flag up spammers, and they will be removed from the forum, so if you see a member posting a new topic feel free to say hi whether or not you can help them out with their query.
It might be a good idea if we have more frequent short articles rather than infrequent hardware reviews. This could include editorial pieces, tutorials, and anything else that you might find interesting.
Now, over to you!
We would love to hear your honest thoughts and feedback here. Let us know what you think about our suggestions above and if you have any other suggestions or ideas please feel free to share them here. If there is anything you want to submit anonymously please send a message to either @Becky or me and we will share it here on your behalf. Once we've all had a good chat about it here, we will post another topic outlining the changes that will be made.