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Microsoft working on 'small touch devices' running Windows
[Microsoft has all but confirmed long-standing rumors that it is working on a 7- or 8-inch Windows-powered tablet.] Read [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57580358-75/microsoft-working-on-small-touch-devices-running-windows/]here[/url]. I like 7 inch tablets. And Windows 7" tablets would be great.:)
Google will brick Google Glasses if owners resell or loan them out
[Terms of service warn users that their $1,500 high-tech specs will be deactivated if they try to resell or loan them to another person.] Read [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57580159-93/google-will-brick-google-glasses-if-owners-resell-or-loan-them-out/]here[/url]. Thought as some are developers here in the Community, they should know about this important point of terms of service , if they were the lucky recipients of the Explorer Edition.:)
Tweet, sweet music: Twitter app recommends tunes based on your messages and which artists you follow
[Twitter has released a music service to recommend music to users. The service works with Apple's iTunes and online services Spotify and Rdio to let people listen to music it thinks they will like. It analyses tweets to find out which songs users most frequently talk about, and also lets users see what music artists themselves are listening to.] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2311080/Musical-tweets-Twitter-reveals-music-service-recommend-new-bands.html]here[/url].
Apple no longer the world's most valuable public company
[list] [*]Share price fall blamed on rumours that production is being reduced [*]Apple lost position as the world's most valuable company to Exxon Mobil [*]Shares fell below $400 for the first time since December 2011 [*]Apple's market share has peaked and profit margins will fall as competition forces them to lower their prices claim analysts[/list]Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2311009/Apple-loses-worlds-valuable-company-crown-shares-slump-400-time-16-months.html]here[/url].
Amazon accused of misleading shoppers with bogus savings claims
[list] [*]Amazon, Argos and Currys advertised massive savings on appliances [*]But they are accused of inflating RRPs to make them look like bargains [*]Canon camera said to be £130 cheaper than usual but it was actually £30[/list]Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311082/Amazon-accused-misleading-shoppers-bogus-savings-claims-exaggerated-300.html]here[/url].
TalkTalk fined £750,000 for making 9,000 silent calls to potential customers in less than two months
[list] [*]TalkTalk breached the maximum number silent calls four times in 2011 [*]Ofcom said silent and abandoned calls can cause 'annoyance and distress' [*]Two call centres identified as the source of the problem with abandoned calls[/list] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2310991/TalkTalk-fined-750-000-making-9-000-silent-calls-potential-customers-months.html]here[/url].
Microsoft's Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop
Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start Button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year.[url=http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-windows-8-plan-blue-bring-back-the-start-button-boot-to-desktop-7000014075/]Full article[/url]. I thought it could be of interest of those Community members who use Win 8 :D
The monster machines mining Bitcoins in cyberspace that could make techies a small fortune
[The competitive world of Bitcoin collecting has spawned a wave of supercomputers techies hope will make them a small fortune - even if they cost tens of thousands of dollars to power. Specially developed Bitcoin 'mining' computers are either homemade or can be purchased from one of the growing number of online stores dedicated to cashing in on the supply side of the cult currency trend.] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309673/Techies-building-powerful-computers-Bitcoins-new-digital-currency-make-millions.html]here[/url]. I think all this fuss about Bitcoin is rubbish.
When is a big screen TOO big? Samsung unveils the aptly named Mega-phone with 6.3inch screen
[It is the biggest smartphone on sale, with a giant 6.3inch screen. Samsung's new Mega Galaxy handset look more like a tablet than a phone - and has already been slammed as 'just too big'. Samsung hopes the big design will appeal to commuters and others who regularly watch films on their gadgets.] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309980/Now-really-mega-phone-Samsung-unveils-giant-handset-6-3inch-screen.html]here[/url]. The screen size could be really useful. But I absolutely don't like phablets. I'd rather prefer a tablet and a phone.
What happens in an internet hour: New research reveals how we REALLY spend our time online
[Researchers have revealed what people really do online - and say a quarter of their time is spent on social networking sites. The study analysed the anonymous behaviour of 25 million internet users worldwide - and found social networking, entertainment and shopping were the most popular pastimes.] Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309884/What-happens-internet-minute-New-researcher-reveals-REALLY-spend-online-time.html]here[/url]. Very interesting.
CNET review : Nokia Lumia 520 - One of the best budget phones around
When Nokia first unveiled its [url=http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/nokia-lumia-520-review-50010925/]Nokia Lumia 520[/url] this past February, the Windows Phone proved that Nokia could achieve new lows. That's only when it comes to price, though, not features. As CNET UK discovered while [url=http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/nokia-lumia-520-review-50010925/]fully reviewing the Lumia 520[/url], Nokia has managed to create a very inexpensive handset that will sell in the U.K. for about 100 pounds at full retail price. In U.S. currency, that translates to just under $200 without a contract. Read here [url=http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57579109-85/nokia-lumia-520-review-one-of-the-best-budget-phones-around/]http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57579109-85/nokia-lumia-520-review-one-of-the-best-budget-phones-around/ [/url] and full review here [url=http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/nokia-lumia-520-review-50010925/]http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/nokia-lumia-52
Could the next iPhone roll up to fit in your pocket?
[list] [*]Samsung and Apple both believed to be experimenting with 'flexible glass' [*]Projects expected to produce screen that can be rolled or folded up when not in use[/list]It could be the next big revolution in electronics - gadgets you can simply fold up to put in your pocket. Read here [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309270/Will-iPhone-fold-Manufacturers-set-reveal-bendable-gadgets.html]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309270/Will-iPhone-fold-Manufacturers-set-reveal-bendable-gadgets.html[/url]
Facebook Home and HTC First Review: A Nice Place to Visit, but Not Quite Home
Read here [url=http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-home-htc-review-facebook-takes-face-phone/story?id=18916810#.UWwySUprEe0]http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-home-htc-review-facebook-takes-face-phone/story?id=18916810#.UWwySUprEe0[/url]
Microsoft planning a smart watch of its own
Microsoft is working on designs for a touch-enabled watch device, executives at suppliers said, potentially joining rivals like Apple in working on a new class of computing products. Read [url=http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/04/15/microsoft-planning-smart-watch-its-own/]here[/url] and [url=http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2013/04/microsoft-working-on-smartwatch-too-says-report/]here[/url].
Chris Hadfield Tweet - pictures of the Earth taken from ISS space ship
I have been invited by a friend of mine to follow [url=https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield]Chris Hadfield's Tweet on Twitter[/url]. The man is Canadian Astronaut, currently living in space aboard ISS as Commander of Expedition 35. As many of you know, I am not a big fan of social sites (in fact I hate Facebook but I am quite uncertain about Twitter) but my friend told me that I have to see the tweet because there are amazing pictures of the Earth taken from the ISS daily. I have to admit they are really astonishing and even if I am not going to set up a Twitter account I will surely bookmark this site for my daily visit. Enjoy!
Google : Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager
]Not many of us like thinking about death — especially our own. But making plans for what happens after you’re gone is really important for the people you leave behind. So today, we’re launching a new feature that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account.] Read [url=http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2013/04/plan-your-digital-afterlife-with.html]here[/url]. I like it. Very useful and interesting. :)
Cnet Review: The gorgeous HTC One is a winner
[As HTC's new flagship smartphone, the HTC One is packed to the rafters with top-notch components and technologies including some of the latest processing gear from Qualcomm. In addition to being state of the art, the successor to 2012's [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/htc-one-x-at/4505-6452_7-35477659.html]HTC One X[/url] is lovingly crafted from [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57569709-94/htc-one-aims-to-make-good-first-impression-with-all-metal-body/]premium metals[/url], leaving no doubt that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has put a considerable amount of blood, sweat, and tears into this handset.] Read here [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/htc-one/]http://reviews.cnet.com/htc-one/[/url] [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/2770iF3751A493C915759.png[/img]
The Swiss Army gaming tablet
[Take a Windows 8 tablet. Add Nvidia graphics. Mix in a snap-on controller. Toss in a TV-friendly dock. Suddenly, what was a gaming PC in theory can become a console; step back, and a tablet becomes a gaming handheld. This is the promise that the Razer Edge provides: a [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/]Surface[/url] for the gaming set, if you will. It's a novel idea that no one else has made tangible yet, and the Razer Edge stands alone in that regard.] Read here [url=http://www.cnet.com/laptops/razer-edge-pro-core/4505-3121_7-35561052.html]http://www.cnet.com/laptops/razer-edge-pro-core/4505-3121_7-35561052.html[/url] [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/2768i0BF07DB8AB969650.png[/img]
Facebook wants to know MORE about you...
An interesting article on CNN-Money yesterday is making Facebook look more like Big Brother than every. "For the first time, Facebook ads will target specific users based on their past buying history -- even if the purchases happened offline. Facebook unveiled the new feature for advertisers, called "Partner Categories" on Wednesday." [url=http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/10/technology/social/facebook-offline-ad-target/index.html]Full Article[/url] I think I will go back to making most of my purchases with plain old cash. (Oh, and yes, I generally refuse to give my ID, name, phone number, or any other personal information when making purchases: I keep the receipts in case I need to make a return.)
365 Days Remaining Until XP End Of Support. The Countdown Begins
[b]Posted on: Apr 08, 2013 [/b] [url=http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/default.aspx]Windows Springboard Series Blog[/url] Today marks the start of the 1-year countdown of when we stop supporting Windows XP. Many of you saw the post this morning on the [url=http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/04/08/a-year-from-now-support-for-windows-xp-ends-now-what.aspx]Windows For Your Business[/url]blog. Over the past few months I have gotten a lot of questions on what that means exactly. Here are some answers to help explain what end of support is and what you need to do to move to a modern OS like Windows 7 or Windows 8. [b]Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014. Why?[/b] In 2002, Microsoft introduced its [url=http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&x=12amp;y=13#tab1]Support Lifecycle policy[/url] based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. Per this policy, Microsoft B
Long-distance 3D laser camera unveiled by Edinburgh team
[b]9 April 2013 Last updated at 07:43 ET BBC[/b] A camera able to create 3D images up to one kilometre (0.62 miles) away has been developed by a team in Edinburgh. Physicists at Heriot-Watt University developed a technique which uses lasers to scan almost any object. With extra research, the camera's range could extend to 10km (6.2 miles), the team said. It will primarily be used to scan objects such as vehicles - but is unable to detect human skin. The reason is that skin does not reflect the laser in the same way as most other objects - meaning for those wishing to evade the camera's gaze, stripping naked is an option. Beyond capturing images of objects, the technology could also be used to keep track of the movement of rocks, or foliage growth. [b][url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22079704]Full Article[/url][/b] [b] [/b] More spying Great if your a mannequin. :D [b] [/b] [b][i]TH[/i] [/b]
Microsoft accuses Google of pushing services to Android
[b] 9 April 2013 Last updated at 07:08 ET BBC News [/b] [b] [/b] Microsoft has accused rival Google of pushing Android handset makers to use its applications such as YouTube and Maps. Along with Oracle, Nokia and 14 other tech firms, Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission. The group, known as FairSearch, argues that Google is abusing its dominance of the mobile market. In response to the filing, Google said: "We continue to work co-operatively with the European Commission." [b]Trojan Horse[/b] [b] [/b] "We are asking the commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market," said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel for FairSearch. "Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google's Android operating system," he added. Android is now the dominant mobile operating system, accounting for 70% of
How secure is Android? Until the first frost.
[b]Android Phones Release Confidential Contents When Frozen[/b] Android is the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, but it’s also the least secure: Most security firms agree that Google’s little green robot is the most popular place for new malware. While Android is exceedingly susceptible because its code is famously open source, a team of German researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the operating system, which essentially bypasses Google’s data scrambling encryption system introduced in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to reveal the phone’s hidden data. Engineers at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, released a report on Thursday that explains how freezing an Android phone can help law enforcement or forensic workers expose a scrambled Android phone’s contact lists, photos, browsing histories and more. [url=http://www.ibtimes.com/android-phones-release-confidential-contents-when-frozen-1115287]Full article[/url]
Programs Opening Randomly
Well, yesterday I went to our computer office to put down some stuff. The home-screen was visible, so I saw the wallpaper. I couldn't notice if any windows were open, but anyways, I returned to the computer a few minutes later and lots of windows were open. Nobody was on it. I remember iTunes was the current task, and I looked down at the desk and heard music. iTunes started playing a song by itself.... I can't remember if I clicked another song, but another one started playing. I eventually closed iTunes and Firefox windows started opening. I typed Ctrl + Alt + Del and went to the tab 'Users' and all I could see was the Owner (us). So I started closing out a bunch of other programs and went to YouTube to see a video on how to see who's hacking your computer... I opened up CMD during the video, and when I went back to type, all the text was gone. I didn't see the program being opened during the video and I didn't see text being erased either. At this time, I already was doing a scan
Next Xbox 'always' on? #dealwithit
*Update: A short while after this Tweet caused quite a stir, [url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2013/04/11/microsoft-creative-director-adam-orth-reminds-us-all-of-the-perils-of-twitter/]Mr. Orth joined the ranks[/url] of former Microsoft employees.* If you've been following all the different rumors going around about Microsoft's next Xbox, you'll know that the two most-talked about ones are the possible elimination of used games and the NextBox will require an active internet connection. About two months ago, [url=https://community.webroot.com/t5/Techie/No-more-used-games-Wrong-Answer-says-GameStop/td-p/25564#.UV8Qijdn2Jo]I posted [/url]the latest on these rumors, the first of which was quickly bashed by Gamestop, saying that demand for Microsoft's next console would significantly diminish if the tech-giant does decide to pull the plug on used games (still nothing concrete at this point). But what about the second, 'always connected' rumor? According to an
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