Microsoft adds ‘news and interests’ feature to Windows 10 taskbar in latest Insider test release


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Microsoft is starting to test a potential new Windows 10 feature called “News and Interests” in the Windows 10 Insider Dev Channel. The feed of news, weather and other information can be personalized and, more importantly, completely turned off for those not interested in having this kind of widget accessible directly from their taskbars.

Today’s Windows 10 Dev Channel build, No. 21286, is from the RS_Prerelease ring. That means this feature is on the list of things that might (or might not) show up in some future Windows 10 feature release. I’d guess it’ll be in Windows 10 21H2, due this fall, if it makes it past testing.

The news and interests feature is similar to the news feed that Microsoft also highlights as part of its Launcher app and Bing search pages. Microsoft’s decision to make it a taskbar add-on is attributable to the “stay in

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Red Hat OpenShift supports both Windows and Linux containers

Containers are largely a Linux technology. But Microsoft, besides supporting Linux containers on Windows 10 and Azure, also has its own Windows-based containers. So it is that many Microsoft-oriented companies run both Linux and Windows containers. After all, these days, there are more Linux virtual machines (VM)s and containers running on Linux on Azure than there are Windows Server VMs. But managing Linux and Windows containers with one interface is not such an easy trick.  So, I expect Red Hat to find many customers for its latest OpenShift Kubernetes feature: The ability to run and manage both Linux and Windows containers from one program.

To pull off this trick, Red Hat OpenShift 4.6 uses the Windows Machine Config Operator (WMCO). This is a certified OpenShift operator based on the Kubernetes Operator Framework, which is jointly supported by both Red Hat and Microsoft. 

Also: Best Linux Foundation classes

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Trump bans Chinese payment apps

US president has signed an executive order banning the use of eight Chinese payment apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay.

As Donald Trump is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House, he signed his latest order – set to become law in 45 days – which cites the Chinese apps as a threat to US national security.

The executive order said: “The US must take aggressive action against those who develop or control Chinese-connected software applications to protect our national security.”

It said that by accessing personal devices such as smartphones, “Chinese-connected software applications can access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information”.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said the ban goes against fair competition.

The executive order could be quashed in the coming days when president elect Joe Biden takes office.

In August, Trump signed two executive orders banning Chinese

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