What is Flashlight in Windows 10 Insider Preview?

Let's figure out, what Windows 10 Insider Preview Flashlight brings to us
31 July 2018   306

Microsoft announced the addition of the latest build of Windows 10 Insider Preview Flashlight, which allows the user to return to the real world without removing the VR-headset. With the help of a video camera connected to the controller, a picture of what is happening around is broadcast to the screen with some delay.

To see a picture of the real world, you can use the Start menu, voice command, or keyboard shortcut.

In addition to Flashlight, in the assembly of Windows 10 Insider Preview there are other interesting features:

  • extended "emotional" language Emoji 11;
  • Improved game panel;
  • timeliness of system updates.

The company also fixed a number of problems with the previous version.

In April 2018, Microsoft introduced another development that allows you to connect the virtual and real worlds - a flexible pad Project Zanzibar. With the help of the new gadget, you can register touch, read objects, detect hand movements in the air, and transfer electrical energy to other devices.

Cloudflare to Develop IPFS Gateway

According to the developers, new gateway will allow to create P2P based websites
20 September 2018   216

Cloudflare told about the IPFS gateway, which will allow creating sites based on P2P network. The company said that access to content will be done without having to install special software on the devices.

As a technology feature, Cloudflare experts note decentralization. Using a standard network scheme with servers involves physical storage of data in one place. Hacking the server or damage to communications as a result of an emergency (for example, a natural disaster) will lead to inaccessibility of information or its loss. The same is threatened with information if the server owner has decided to refuse it.

Cloudflare Network
Cloudflare Network

The IPFS gateway combines computers, on each of which some information is stored, to the worldwide network. Therefore, the inaccessibility of one computer does not mean that the content can not be viewed or downloaded. Therefore, the key differences are two:

  1. With IPFS, anyone can freely post information instead of storing it on remote servers and paying for their services.
  2. Requests for access to data are carried out using cryptographic hashing, rather than by IP address. The query data is converted to a series of letters and numbers, by which the system finds the required files. For example, the query for any information will not like "get information that is located at IP address", but the kind "get information with hash sum QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy". This hash sum is part of the desired file and is on several computers.

The system automatically determines the authenticity of the file. If we take as an example a query with a hash sum QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy, then when receiving the information it should remain the same. If the hash value differs, then the file has been changed. In other words, the hash-sum can be represented as a unique fingerprint:

IPFS Security
IPFS Security

Supporters of decentralization are also in a number of other companies. Mozilla employees believe that consumers should not be tied to a particular product, brand or platform. In early August 2018, developers published a version of the IoT gateway Things Gateway 0.5. In it, they realized the possibility of loading third-party icons and an interface for complex devices.