Windows 10 developers: Microsoft’s Project Reunion just gained this new tool

Microsoft has released Modern Resource Technology (MRT) Core, an open-source project that supports the company’s efforts behind Project Reunion to resolve conflicts between Win32 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. 

In May at its Build 2020 conference, Microsoft revealed Project Reunion as part of its plan to reverse errors it created with its ‘Universal Apps/One Windows platform’ from Windows 8 as the company fretted over the arrival of Apple’s iPad and gave the world its doomed Metro user interface for touchscreens. 

In May Microsoft also released WinUI 3, a modern and native UI framework for Windows 10. WinUI 3.0 is Microsoft’s next-generation user interface platform for Windows and Windows 10X, its OS for foldable PCs like the delayed Surface Neo.  

SEE: Cheat sheet: Windows 10 PowerToys (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Windows 8 was meant to bridge Win32 app development with a new OS that could run modern apps and could

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Coronavirus “infodemic” is hindering scientists

As if the fight against fake information wasn’t enough to worry about, there are increasingly worried calls from scientists for better ways to deal with a veritable tidal wave of legitimate coronavirus research. The phenomenon, termed an “infodemic” by the World Health Organization, has made it difficult for researchers to fully digest rapidly evolving discoveries, rendering some ongoing research obsolete even before it’s through peer review.

The crush of research over the past months is the particular result of the urgency among researchers to publish results that might be helpful to clinicians, but the difficulty of collating and accessing a growing body of scientific literature is nothing new. Now there’s a call for new techniques, from centralized databases to AI/ML technologies, to help scientists keep abreast of and incorporate findings from new research into ongoing work.

In an opinion article in the journal Patterns, Carnegie Mellon University‘s Ganesh

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Big questions to be answered over TikTok and WeChat reprieve

Following a dramatic weekend, social media platforms TikTok and WeChat have for the time being avoided an outright ban in the US, with TikTok clinching a last-minute partnership deal with Oracle, while in San Francisco a judge halted the Trump administration’s ban on WeChat, citing the First Amendment of the US Constitution. However, big questions still remain.

Both apps are owned by Chinese companies – ByteDance in TikTok’s case and Tencent in WeChat’s – and have found themselves caught in the firing line in the US’s escalating trade war with China, with president Trump having branded them both a threat to that country’s national security.

On Friday 18 September, the US Commerce Department issued orders that would have effectively banned both apps as of Sunday 20 September – with clauses preventing TikTok and WeChat from being downloaded from Apple or Google app stores, and forbidding others from doing

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ByteDance asserts it will maintain majority ownership and control over TikTok Global and will not transfer source code or technology to Oracle and Walmart (Financial Times)

Financial Times:

ByteDance asserts it will maintain majority ownership and control over TikTok Global and will not transfer source code or technology to Oracle and Walmart  —  Chinese company contradicts assertions of Donald Trump, Oracle and Walmart  —  ByteDance said on Monday that it would maintain majority ownership … … Read More

Microsoft Teams and OneNote bring these new features for remote learning

Now that Microsoft has started rolling out its new 7×7 grid view for Teams as well as virtual breakout rooms, the company is releasing new features that aim to improve ’emotional connection’ for students and teachers.

The latest Teams tools include ‘praise badges’ from the Praise app, which Microsoft suggests teachers can use to “recognize student social skills, grow emotional vocabulary, and give valuable recognition to the daily wins”. 

The badges will be available to over 230,000 education institutions that use Teams for remote and mixed learning. 

The default badges are available now in chats and class team channels, with more social-emotional learning (SEL) badges coming this month. 

Default badges include achiever, awesome, coach, courage, creative, inclusive, kind heart, leadership, optimism, problem solver, team player, and thank you. 

The SEL-focused ones include communication, critical thinking, curiosity and empathy, goal pursuit, motivation and so on. Users also have the option to

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GitHub to replace ‘master’ with ‘main’ starting next month

Starting next month, all new source code repositories created on GitHub will be named “main” instead of “master” as part of the company’s effort to remove unnecessary references to slavery and replace them with more inclusive terms.

GitHub repositories are where users and companies store and synchronize their source code projects.

By default, GitHub uses the term “master” for the primary version of a source code repository. Developers make copies of the “master” on their computers into which they add their own code, and then merge the changes back into the “master” repo.

“On October 1, 2020, any new repositories you create will use main as the default branch, instead of master,” the company said.

Existing repositories that have “master” set as the default branch will be left as is.

“For existing repositories, renaming the default branch today causes a

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