Microsoft kills patch notes, will no longer explain most Windows 10 updates When Microsoft debuted Windows 10, it began offering significantly less information about KB updates in any given package. Instead of getting a clickable link that provided more than a bare sentence of information, users have to manually search for KB articles based on the given name. While this isn't difficult, it's an example of how Redmond has made it a bit more difficult to know what the OS is doing or why it's doing it. ExtremeTech

Also: How to prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading updates & Windows 10's usage share growth flatlines

Even twins can't fool Windows 10's facial recognition Windows 10, released last month by Microsoft, replaces the hack­able password system with biometric recognition. You log in using your fingerprints, and with eye and face recognition. The new feature is called Windows Hello. If you have an iPhone or recent Samsung smartphone, you will know how convenient fingerprint recognition is, and it has proved consistent and reliable. The Australian

New data uncovers the surprising predictability of Android lock patterns The abundance of password leaks over the past decade has revealed some of the most commonly used – and consequently most vulnerable – passphrases, including "password", "p@$$w0rd", and "1234567". The large body of data has proven invaluable to whitehats and blackhats alike in identifying passwords that on their face may appear strong but can be cracked in a matter of seconds. Ars Technica

Unraveling the enigma of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, 20 years later Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in North America. The stilt-legged tabletop gaming console, which offered a unique red stereoscopic 3D display, attempted to ride a wave of popular interest in virtual reality. It was a risky, innovative gamble for Nintendo that didn't pay off, leaving many to wonder why it existed in the first place. According to some reports, the Virtual Boy sold roughly 770,000 units worldwide during its brief life span... Fast Company

IBM's 'rodent brain' chip could make our phones hyper-smart Dharmendra Modha walks me to the front of the room so I can see it up close. About the size of a bathroom medicine cabinet, it rests on a table against the wall, and thanks to the translucent plastic on the outside, I can see the computer chips and the circuit boards and the multi-colored lights on the inside. It looks like a prop from a '70s sci-fi movie, but Modha describes it differently. "You're looking at a small rodent," he says. Wired

Specifications of Intel Skylake-H mobile processors In less than two weeks, Intel is going to announce Skylake mobile processors, targeting both high performance notebooks and ultra-thin and light laptops. High-performance mobile market segment will be served by Skylake-H processors, that will come with increased boosted CPU and GPU frequencies at the expense of higher power consumption. CPU World

Model Cores/Treads Base Clock/Turbo L3 Cache IGP Clock TDP
i3-6100H 2 / 4 2.7 GHz 3 MB 350 / 900 MHz 35W
i5-G300HQ 4 / 4 2.3 / 3.2 GHz 6 MB 350 / 950 MHz 45W
i5-G440HQ 4 / 4 2.6 / 3.5 GHz 6 MB 350 / 950 MHz 45W
i7-6700HQ 4 / 8 2.6 / 3.5 GHz 6 MB 350 / 1050 MHz 45W
i7-6820HK 4 / 8 2.7 / 3.6 GHz 8 MB 350 / 1050 MHz 45W
i7-6820HQ 4 / 8 2.7 / 3.6 GHz 8 MB 350 / 1050 MHz 45W
i7-6920HQ 4 / 8 2.9 / 3.8 GHz 8 MB 350 / 1050 MHz 45W

Understanding Intel's Dynamic Power and Thermal Framework 8.1: Smarter throttling In mobile, thermal throttling is effectively a fact of life as modern, thin tablets and smartphones leave little room for implementing high-performance fans. We can use CMOS scaling to try and reduce the amount of power consumption, but in order to keep up with increasing performance demands it's important to also scale performance as well. AnandTech

Game design deep dive: Rocket jumping in Rocket League In our PlayStation 4 and PC game, Rocket League, players control cars capable of both double-jumping and boosting; most advanced players learn to manipulate our physics model and "fly" by skillfully combining the two abilities. While we developed this mechanic almost by accident while designing Rocket League's predecessor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, we love the way it adds depth to the game's skill curve and made sure to include it while building Rocket League. Gamasutra

35 innovators under 35 There's more than one way to read these stories. Sure, the subjects are inspiring and creative people. But these are not merely personality profiles. They also illustrate the most important emerging technologies of the moment. In biomedicine, for example, we feature several people who are figuring out in detail how the brain works and how we might stave off mental disorders. Others are unearthing knowledge about cancer that might open new avenues for treatment. MIT

This company could completely change how we interact with all our screens We live in a world of screens. And most Americans spend a lot of time with them – roughly 7.4 hours per day, by some estimates. And while screens help us work and stay in touch, they're not exactly...friendly. They're rigid. They're fragile. And they lack a certain warmth. That's what makes what Polyera, a Chicago-based firm, has to show off so truly different and interesting... The Washington Post

Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch in testing WBIE is still working on repairing the Windows edition of Batman: Arkham Knight, though it sounds as if the patch to fix things may not arrive this month as promised, as a new update on the situation says they "are now putting the first interim patch into testing," and that this will be released "in the next few weeks," provided all goes well (thanks PC Invasion). Blue's News

Don't be Apple There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected. TechCrunch

DirectX 12 tested: An early win for AMD and disappointment for Nvidia Windows 10 brings a slew of features to the table – the return of the Start menu, Cortana, the Xbox App – but the most interesting for gamers is obvious: DirectX 12 (DX12). The promise of a graphics API that allows console-like low-level access to the GPU and CPU, as well as improved performance for existing graphics cards, is tremendously exciting. Yet for all the Windows 10 information to trickle out in the three weeks since the OS launched, DX12 has remained the platform's most mysterious aspect. Ars Technica

A new Linux file-system aims for speed while having ZFS/Btrfs-like features Another year, another new file-system, or so it seems in the Linux world. The main goal for this new file-system is to "match ext4 and xfs on performance and reliability, but with the features of btrfs/zfs." Phoronix