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