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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Usage Off To An Impressive Start

August 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Usage Off To An Impressive Start

Microsoft’s Windows 10 got off to a roaring start in its first few days, with early usage share handily surpassing that of the firm’s last free upgrade, Windows 8.1, data from a Web analytics vendor showed. Worldwide, Windows 10′s usage share — a measure of how active users of the OS were on the Internet, not the number of users or PCs running the operating system — doubled from 0.3% to 0.6% on the official launch day of July 29, according to Irish metrics company StatCounter. By... 

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Mozilla Complains Publicly About Windows 10 Default Browser Setting

August 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Mozilla Complains Publicly About Windows 10 Default Browser Setting

Mozilla has gone public with its complaint about Windows 10 resetting the default browser, calling it “disturbing” and demanding that it “undo its aggressive move to override user choice.” Microsoft defended the practice of making its Edge browser the default in Windows 10, but left open the possibility of a future change. “As with all aspects of the product, we have designed Windows 10 as a service; if we learn from user experience that there are ways to make improvements,... 

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Is Samsung Starting To Focus On Tizen?

August 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Samsung Starting To Focus On Tizen?

Samsung might be gearing up to push its home grown operating system which sounds like a sneeze. Tizen was launched in 2012 and appears to be slower than an asthmatic ant with a heavy load of shopping at starting off. The Samsung Z1 Tizen-powered smartphone has also sold over 1 million units which is not bad but it seems that Samsung has bigger plans for Tizen. The Linux-based operating system also powers smartwatches, cars, TVs, and refrigerators, among other devices and it might be part of Samsung’s... 

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T-Mobile Profits Rise

August 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Profits Rise

T-Mobile US has had a good quarter with a 14 per cent jump in revenue to $8.2 billion and net income of $361 million. It It all seems to back CEO John Legere’s aggressive Uncarrier marketing campaign. For those who came in late his adverts say things like: “While the carriers continue to use gimmicks to confuse consumers, T-Mobile continues to listen to customers and respond with moves that blow them away.” To be far though US carriers are famous for being such bastards that even... 

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ARM Buys Sansa Security

August 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Buys Sansa Security

ARM has acquired Sansa Security to bolster protection against cyber threats in its Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. Sansa is an Israel-based company that provides hardware security intellectual property (IP) and software for system-on-chip components that end up in around 150 million devices every year. The technology makes it easier for manufacturers to build secure products by offering a complete hardware subsystem that adds additional isolation of security operations from the main application... 

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German Carmakers Team Up To Buy Nokia’s HERE

August 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
German Carmakers Team Up To Buy Nokia’s HERE

German auto makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) to acquire Nokia’s maps business, beating out high-tech rivals for location services seen as key to the future of self-driving cars. Germany’s three premium carmakers joined forces and will hold equal stakes in the business, known as HERE, clubbing together to keep the assets from falling into the hands of Internet rivals in Silicon Valley or China. The deal has an enterprise value of 2.8 billion... 

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Facebooks Wants Drones In The Sky By Year End

August 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebooks Wants Drones In The Sky By Year End

At 140 feet, it has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but doesn’t transport passengers — and it’s much lighter too, weighing in at no more than 1,000 pounds. And within the next couple months, Facebook hopes to get its drone off the ground on an inaugural test flight. Named Aquila, the aircraft is the product of more than a year’s work at the social networking giant. Its function is not to drop retail items from the clouds like Amazon’s drones, but to provide Internet access... 

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University Of Connecticut Hit By Chinese Hackers

August 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
University Of Connecticut Hit By Chinese Hackers

The social security numbers and credit card information of up to 6,000 University of Connecticut students, faculty and others may have been stolen by cyberhackers from China, the university said on Friday. Officials detected a potential breach of the School of Engineering’s network in March and an investigation uncovered that hackers may have gained access to it as early as September, 2013, spokesman Tom Breen said. He said 6,000 students, faculty, alumni and research partners of the school... 

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Is Google Glass 2 Coming By December?

August 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Google Glass 2 Coming By December?

A recent rumor suggests that Google is planning to release its new version of Google Glass by the end of the year. According to 9 to 5 Google It appears that Glass II has already been distributed to the company’s Glass at Work enterprise partners. The new model can fold up like a traditional pair of glasses and is more rugged for outdoor use. It still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user’s vision, rather than displaying an image in the centre of one’s view like... 

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Did Microsoft Intentionally Delay The Surface Pro 4?

August 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Did Microsoft Intentionally Delay The Surface Pro 4?

The dark satanic rumor mill has suggested a good reason Microsoft delayed the launch of its flagship tablet-laptop, Surface Pro 4. The latest rumors suggest that Microsoft was waiting to jack the latest Intel Skylake processor under its bonnet. Redmond seemingly wants the new Surface Pro to be state of the art and be a tablet which is useful. Skylake will give it better battery life and performance with current industry standards like Bluetooth 4.1, Cat6 LTE, WiDi 6.0, and A4WP wireless charging... 

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Oracle’s New Processor Goes For The Cheap

August 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle’s New Processor Goes For The Cheap

Oracle is looking to expand the market for its Sparc-based servers with a new, low-cost processor which it curiously called Sonoma. The company isn’t saying yet when the chip will be in the shops but the spec shows that could become a new rival for Intel’s Xeon chips and make Oracle’s servers more competitive. Sonoma is named after a place where they make cheap terrible Californian wine  and Oracle aims the chip at Sparc-based servers at “significantly lower price points”... 

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Yahoo Acquires Fashion Website Polyvore

August 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Acquires Fashion Website Polyvore

Yahoo Inc announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its ‘Mavens’ growth strategy. The company has been focusing on four areas — mobile, video, native advertising and social — which it calls Mavens, to drive user engagement and ad sales as it battles intense competition from Google Inc and Facebook... 

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Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

Yahoo unveiled a mobile messaging app that combines texting with live one-on-one video. The app, named Livetext, is video calling with a twist: there’s no audio. To communicate, users type texts and emojis that are overlaid onto the screen during the call. The app’s format might sound restricting, but Yahoo says Livetext will help users to communicate more freely. The lack of audio, the company says, removes inhibitions that people might feel when they otherwise receive video calls in... 

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Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

Lukewarm demand for its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and higher marketing costs led Samsung Electronics to another quarter of declining sales and profits in the April to June period. In the key smartphone market, an area led by Samsung until recently, the popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets and the rise of lower-cost phones from Chinese vendors squeezed Samsung at both the high and low end of the market. The company said Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales were lower than expected. It... 

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Is Wafer Output Headed Down?

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Wafer Output Headed Down?

United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to post an up to 5 per cent decrease in wafer shipments for the third quarter of 2015. The outfit’s capacity rate will fall below 90 per cent for the first time after being flat out for ages. UMC CEO Po-Wen Yen said the third quarter, would suffer from the inventory correction problems that were first noticed in the first quarter. Current weakness in overall demand, partly due to the uncertainties in economic outlook, will prolong the inventory adjustment... 

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