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REVEALED: This is what secretive billion-dollar startup Magic Leap has been working on

Magic Leap, the $4.5 billion startup backed by Google building technology that “augments” human vision with digital imagery, is scrambling to finish a working prototype before an important board meeting next week.

Here is the first public photo of a working prototype of Magic Leap’s portable augmented reality device, which was given to Business Insider by a source.

ML_BIwatermarkWe attempted to authenticate this information with Magic Leap but the company declined to comment by time of publication. 

This early prototype was described to Business Insider as “PEQ0.” PEQ is a term that Magic Leap uses to describe its current prototype. The photo is what the device looked like as of early January, and the source said there have been improvements to the prototype since then.

The board will see a carefully planned demo of the “PEQ” by CEO Rony Abovitz next week, using equipment that looks more finished, with belt packs instead of a backpack, the person said.

Abovitz explained a bit about the development process for the prototype in an email sent to employees. The email was in response to a December report published by the Information that called into question whether Magic Leap’s technology could be sufficiently miniaturized and commercialized to fulfill the company’s promises.

Abovitz wrote in the December memo (bolded portion his own): 

“I used a PEQ0b (our 3rd mini-production run) about a week ago. We still have more cycles to go (PEQ1-PEQ5), but it was awesome. In 2014 (just over 2 years ago) we were still in a little warehouse-strip mall thingy and just rolling into the DCOTA, and just turning on the first WDx series (WD1, WD2, WD3, etc.). We now have a working factory and PEQ systems in hand.

We only have one response that matters.

Ignore all of this. Focus on what we are doing, and we ship a great product. That will speak loudly and reverberate for many years.” 

As Business Insider previously reported, the board meeting next week is seen as a milestone in the product’s development, and a chance to prove that Magic Leap can shrink its technology to fit inside the smaller form factor that will be released to the public.

But the prototype is a long way from being a market-ready product or from being truly portable — the person’s left hand in the photo is holding a large battery pack, for example.

Magic Leap has raised $1.39 billion dollars in venture capital, valuing the company at $4.5 billion, from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Google, JPMorgan, Fidelity and Alibaba.

Editing and additional reporting by Steven Tweedie.

Know anything about Magic Leap? Email the author at kleswing@businessinsider.com 

SEE ALSO: Engineers at $4 billion Magic Leap are ‘scrambling’ ahead of a big board meeting next week

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As promised, Oracle just filed its appeal in its massive case against Google (ORCL, GOOG, GOOGL)

Larry Ellison and Safra Catz

If you thought the loss Oracle suffered in May in its ongoing lawsuit against Google over Android was the end, think again.

As promised, Oracle is appealing the case, and filed its appeal today.

The two tech giants have been battling it out for years in two separate court cases over whether Google must pay Oracle billions of dollars for bits of code copied from Java (a programming language Oracle owns) and used in Android (the language Google controls).

At issue were bits of code called application programming interfaces (APIs), the technology that allows different computer programs to talk to each other.

While there’s been back and forth over the years, with one side winning or losing various stages of the fight, the upshot is, Google has yet to be found liable for paying Oracle for Java, much less the massive, multi-billion dollar fine Oracle dreams of.

Chilling effect

In May, the two companies were in court arguing over what amount, if anything, Google owes after an earlier trial found that Google did in fact copy some of the Java code.

Google argued that the copying fell within the “fair use” provision of copyright law, meaning Google was free to use it. A jury of 10 unanimously agreed with Google. Oracle vowed to appeal and here we are.

In the appeal filing, seen by Business Insider, Oracle argues that the jury in May didn’t get to hear all of the facts it wanted to share. Those facts included all the ways it believes Android harms Java, including how Android might one day usurp Java’s role in its primary domain, as a language used to create apps and Web apps for PCs. 

Oracle’s lawyers argue in the appeal filing:

“Google started trial knowing a fact it kept secret from everyone else: It was days away from announcing that ‘the full functionality of Android would soon be working on desktops and laptops, not just on smartphones and tablets.’”  

Many in the tech industry have been watching this case closely. Critics argue that a big fine for Oracle could have a chilling effect on some of the ways that software developers freely use and share code today.

Google is not commenting on the appeal, although it did send Business Insider its original statement when it won the jury case in May.

“[The] verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”

SEE ALSO: Google won its lawsuit against Oracle

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Here's how slowly Twitter has grown compared to Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (TWTR)

While President Trump has helped make Twitter a regular part of the national conversation, the business behind the microblogging service is not looking up. That feeling was only reinforced by the meager revenues the company reported on Thursday.

Things look especially slow when you compare the platform to rival social media apps. As this chart from Statista shows, after gaining hundreds of millions of users in its first few years, Twitter has only added 31 million monthly active users over the past two years. Facebook’s suite of behemoths have easily surpassed that over the same time frame, while Snapchat has outpaced it as well (though it has slowed recently, too).

Now, Twitter serves a much narrower niche than Facebook, so the fact that it can’t keep up makes sense. But even with that in mind, the company appears to be in a prolonged rut.

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ICYMI – Your weekly TL;DR

What a week!

In addition to the Windows Developer Day – Creators Update that took over our feeds on Wednesday, we also released a new Insider Preview, Docs.Microsoft.com, and the Project Rome Android SDK. That’s not even all! Take a look below to see a few of the many updates from this past week.

Catch up on Windows Developer Day

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 for PC

Here’s what’s new in this Build:

  • The new Compact Overlay window
  • Dynamic Lock
  • New Share icon
  • Windows Game Bar improved full-screen support
  • Fixes and updates

Open Source UWP Controls from Telerik

We are pleased to announce that one of Microsoft’s top partners, Telerik, (now a part of Progress) has released their UI for UWP suite of offerings as an Open Source project under Apache license through the .NET foundation. This makes 20+ high-quality controls, including premier Line of Business (LOB) controls like ChartsGrid and DataForm available immediately for free and open source for UWP development.

The New & Improved Microsoft Docs

Docs.Microsoft.com is the one place for Microsoft’s technical documentation.  As part of this release, we’ve also included the docs for the UWP APIsMicrosoft Edge, and Cortana.

The New Project Rome Android SDK

Project Rome is a platform for creating experiences that transcend a single device and driving up user engagement – empowering a developer to create human-centric scenarios that move with the user and blur the lines between their devices regardless of form factor or platform.

SQLite Databases in UWP Apps

Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393), SQLite has also shipped as part of the Windows SDK. This means that when you are building your Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that runs across the different Windows device form factors, you can take advantage of the SDK version of SQLite for local data storage. This comes with some advantages…

Download Visual Studio to get started.

The Windows team would love to hear your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming using our Windows Developer UserVoice site. If you have a direct bug, please use the Windows Feedback tool built directly into Windows 10.

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Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.3

The UWP Community Toolkit continues to grow at a rapid speed thanks to the ideas and contributions from the community. Over the last period, over 82 percent of the contributions came from the developer community (59 contributors). Thank you!

Today, we are happy to announce the largest update to the toolkit since the launch a few months ago!

You can get started following these steps, or preview the latest features by installing the UWP Community Toolkit Sample App from the Windows Store.

As a reminder, the toolkit can be used in any app (across PC, Xbox One, Mobile, HoloLens and Surface Hub devices) targeting Windows 10 November Update (10.0.10586) or above. The few features that rely on newer OS updates are clearly marked in the documentation and in the Sample App.

Here’s just a summary of what’s new in Version 1.3:

  1. Controls. Several new controls were added in this release, including some very popular requests from the community:

    • WrapPanel. Positions child elements in sequential position from left to right or top to bottom, breaking content to the next line.
    • TextboxMask and TextBoxRegex (attached properties). Allows setting common or custom masks (like telephone numbers) for input.
    • SurfaceDialTextboxHelper (attached property). Extends any Textbox control to be controlled directly from a Surface Dial.
    • MarkdownTextBlock. Embeds and renders in real-time markdown syntax.
    • TileControl. Enables repeatable tile content.
    • ScrollHeader. Builds upon FadeHeader and enables Quick Return, Sticky and Fade behaviors.
    • Expander. Provides an extendable container to show/hide any content by clicking the header.
    • AdvancedCollectionView: Builds upon CollectionView and easily sorts and filters collections before displaying them.
    • Loading control. Shows an animation with some content when the user should wait in some tasks of the app.
  2. Services
    • OneDrive service. Roam user files through the new OneDrive service with a simplified API model (similar to StorageFolder). The new service makes it easy to authenticate OneDrive users and more in the same consistent way you have come to expect from the toolkit services.
    • Microsoft Translator Service. Translate text in 60 languages supported by Microsoft Translator Services. The free tier supports up to 2 million requests per month.
    • We’ve added support for geographical metadata to tweets.
  3. Animations
    • Light. Add light effects to your page or controls to draw user attention.
    • Reorder grid animations (attached property). Add smooth animations when resizing a grid view.
    • ParallaxService. Allows to create a parallax effect for items contained within an element that scrolls like a ScrollViewer or ListView.
  4. Notifications
    • New toast features. Allows group toasts notifications (only available on Creator Update).
  5. Accessibility. With the support of the community, we started the journey to add accessibility capabilities to all the controls in the toolkit. You can track progress here.
  6. Sample App
    • The Sample App now has embedded documentation (using the new Markdown control).
    • The Sample App provide pointers to a few external OSS resources, for example, the newly released Windows SDK for Google Analytics.
    • It is now available for preview on Xbox One.
  7. UserVoice
    • The community can now submit and vote for new features on UserVoice.

If you are interested in contributing, please join us on Github!

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Intel researches tech to prepare for a future beyond today's PCs

Intel realizes there will be a post-Moore’s Law era and is already investing in technologies to drive computing beyond today’s PCs and servers.

The chipmaker is “investing heavily” in quantum and neuromorphic computing, said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, during a question-and-answer session at the company’s investor day on Thursday.

“We are investing in those edge type things that are way out there,” Krzanich said.

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Microsoft unveils a bonanza of security capabilities

Companies concerned about cybersecurity have a fleet of new Microsoft tools coming their way. The company announced a host of new security capabilities Friday morning as part of the run-up to the massive RSA security conference next week in San Francisco.

On the Windows front, the company announced that it’s adding the ability to use on-premises Active Directory with Windows Hello, its system for allowing biometric-based logins with Windows 10. Microsoft also launched new tools to help organizations get more use out of mobile device management products by giving them tools to migrate group policy settings to cloud-managed devices.

What’s more, Microsoft has launched a new tool that’s designed to help customers configure the Surface hardware under their administration, doing things like disabling the tablets’ cameras. 

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Recent WordPress vulnerability used to deface 1.5 million pages

Up to 20 attackers or groups of attackers are defacing WordPress websites that haven’t yet applied a recent patch for a critical vulnerability.

The vulnerability, located in the platform’s REST API, allows unauthenticated attackers to modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site. The flaw was fixed in WordPress 4.7.2, released on Jan. 26, but the WordPress team did not publicly disclose the vulnerability’s existence until a week later, to allow enough time for a large number of users to deploy the update.

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Spheroids now available for Windows 10 and Xbox One

Spheroids now available for Windows 10 and Xbox One

When we started development of Spheroids, we wanted to do something inspired by the mechanics of a classic game that was popular in the arcades in Spain when we were young: Pang! (aka Buster Bros). It was a simple skill-based game that had you bursting balls over different stages around the world. We thought it was great and that it could be used as inspiration to evolve it and mix it with other genres to create something new and original.

The first thing we thought could improve upon were larger environments. After all, why should you be confined to a small screen? It might have been a constraint back in 1989, but now we could push the platforming and puzzle elements hinted at in Pang! to new levels in Spheroids.

Following up on that concept, we thought it’d be good to include the plane-switching mechanic. We thought having different situations could help develop interesting puzzles which meant we could open the game up to new gameplay mechanics and situations, adding more variety and different challenges.

Thus we had three pillars to base Spheroids upon: combat from Pang, classic platforming, and puzzle elements. We played with some basic elements for puzzles and platforming, like buttons, doors, moving platforms. That turned into “Combat Zones” so that, sometimes, when you enter a zone walls would appear to bring about the Pang!-like parts.

But we wanted to improve the platforming part of the game. That lead to the creation of the hook and grapple, which turned into hook shooting and jumping. Then we thought we needed just one more mechanic to complete our set of gadgets: inverting gravity. That’s how the gravity boots were born. With that, it was time to think of enemies.

Read more over at Xbox Wire!

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Windows 10 and Surface stomp on security threats with new enterprise innovations

Next week is one of the most important weeks of the year for us in security at Microsoft as we join the leading thinkers in cybersecurity at the RSA conference in San Francisco.

At Microsoft, we are tirelessly focused on creating innovation that helps our customers protect, detect and respond to the constantly evolving and ever changing cyber threat landscape. Our goal is to create a holistic, agile security platform, powered by the cloud, that better secures our customers – and Microsoft’s – infrastructure around the world.

With RSA so clearly on my mind, I am pleased to share six new security announcements that we will discuss in detail next week.

  1. NSA adds Windows 10 and Surface to list for classified use
  2. Enhanced security capabilities with Surface Enterprise Management Mode
  3. Extending device management in Windows 10
  4. New enhancements to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  5. The quest for No More Passwords with Windows Hello
  6. Turbo-charging your deployments with Windows Analytics

This is a big list and the culmination of a lot of work, so let’s look in detail at each of these in turn.

NSA adds Windows 10 and Surface to list for classified use

Our customers are the most security-conscious in the world and demonstrating our commitment to meeting their needs is incredibly important to us. Today, I’m excited to share that both Windows 10 and Surface devices including Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC) list. The CSfC program listing demonstrates Windows 10, as well as Surface devices (the only Windows 10 devices currently on the list), when used in a layered solution, can meet the highest security requirements for use in classified environments.

Enhanced security capabilities with Surface Enterprise Management Mode

Many of our Surface customers in heavily-regulated industries have told us they value the many layers of security built into Windows 10, but also need to deploy additional protections at the hardware layer, such as being able to disable the camera or turn off the microphone to use a device within classified areas or on the manufacturing floor.  Today, I’m excited to announce we’ve added a layer of hardware security functionality called Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM) and it can be deployed on any Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and Surface Studio.

SEMM allows an organization to take ownership, modify, lock down, and otherwise control hardware configuration, security, and OS behaviors within the device firmware. Hardware configuration rules can be applied to Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, Ethernet, time of day, application access and certificates that can be included in initial deployments or dynamically pushed via the cloud.

SEMM is easy to use and allows IT managers to deploy their Surface devices in custom configurations to help protect against evolving attacks. SEMM also requires both physical possession of the device and unique certificate signatures to make any changes, helping to prevent modifications in the event of device loss or theft and providing additional security authentication beyond simply trusting local administrator or BIOS passwords. Customers in the intelligence, financial services and healthcare industries are already using SEMM now. Here’s an example of how it works:

Extending device management in Windows 10

We’re bringing many of the security settings and configurations found in the Security Baseline Policies, previously only available through Group Policy, to MDM solutions with the Creators Update.  Also, to help analyze and report on the Group Policy settings configured within your organization and list those supported by MDM, we’ve shipped the MDM Migration Analytics Tool (MMAT) allowing simple symmetric policy configuration for your Windows 10 MDM managed devices.

New enhancements to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP)

Since its release with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) continues to prove its value in detecting high-profile security cases such as zero-day attacks, ransomware and other advanced attacks as published by our research team. With the Creators Update, we are enabling customers to add customized detection rules and providing the ability to perform ‘time travel’ detections running every new detection added across six months of historical data. This helps customers uncover past unnoticed attacks. These insights and more, available through WDATP, have contributed to the incredible growth in active WDATP customers and pilots – now protecting nearly 1.5 million devices in just over six months.

We’ve heard feedback that in addition to integration of Office ATP and WDATP insights, customers want to view malware reports and other security events in a single place. Therefore, we are now integrating security events and alerts from across the Windows security stack, starting with Windows Defender Antivirus. As we look forward into the roadmap, we’re planning to introduce WDATP support for additional platforms starting with Windows Server.

We are also pleased to share that through continued investments in our Windows Defender Antivirus offering, our test results continue to be among the top of security industry leaders.  AV-TEST, a recognized independent malware protection testing firm noted in their Nov-Dec/2016 Product Review and Certification Report that our antivirus for enterprises, System Center Endpoint Protection, received high marks with 100% on zero day, web and email based threat testing and 98.6% on malware and prevalent malware testing.

The quest for No More Passwords with Windows Hello

Windows Hello is designed to eliminate the use of passwords, which remains one of the biggest security risks our customers face today. By using Azure Active Directory and hybrid environments with Azure Active Directory Connect, many of our customers have been able to use Windows Hello in their environments through the cloud. Now with the Creators Update, all organizations, particularly those in public sector, with on premise Active Directory-only environments will be able to use Windows Hello.

We are also adding Dynamic Lock to Windows Hello to automatically lock a device when the customer is no longer within proximity. Using Bluetooth signals, proximity will be based on distance between a customer’s mobile phone and the Windows 10 device and can be defined in Settings or though policy. Dynamic Lock can provide an additional layer of protection to help prevent unauthorized access to an unlocked, unattended device.

Through our co-engineering work with Intel as part of Project EVO, Windows Hello will be integrated within Intel’s Authenticate technology. This integration enables Windows Hello to take full advantage of Authenticate’s hardware-based authentication factors to help protect them from even the most advanced attacks. Together with Intel, we expect to deliver Windows devices with this integration capability by the end of 2017.

Turbo-charging your deployments with Windows Analytics

To help customers gain deep insights into the operational efficiency, health, and security of their Windows 10 devices, we have expanded our a suite of cloud-powered Windows Analytics solutions.  In addition to upgrade and compatibility readiness, Windows Analytics will now include Update Compliance – free insights available in public preview starting today that provide a holistic view of Windows 10 update compliance for both monthly quality updates and new feature updates. This free resource will help organizations monitor deployment progress, identify issues and provide insights about their fully-patched, secure Windows 10 device environment.

Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever and these new additions, along with our focus on simplifying modern IT and enabling amazing experiences and devices powered by Windows 10, continue to drive deployments with customers like the US Department of Defense, Australian Department of Human Services, Kimberly-Clark, Hendrick Motorsports, Crystal Group and Aiken County Public School District, and many others.

For those attending RSA, please come and visit us at the Microsoft booth to get hands on with WDATP, sign up for a free trial and learn more about these security announcements.

Rob

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