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Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 January 2015 13:54
Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be investing in Cyanogen, Inc., the Android ROM builder. The report says that Microsoft would be a "minority investor" in a $70 million round of financing that values Cyanogen in the "high hundreds of millions." Cyanogen takes the Android source code and modifies it, adding more features and porting it to other devices. It has also started supplying Android builds directly to OEMs (like the OnePlus One), which ship the software on devices instead of stock Android. Last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google." It wants to replace the Google Play ecosystem with apps of its own, the same way that Amazon uses the Android Open Source Project for its Kindle Fire products but adds its own app and content stores. Google pushes a lot of requirements on Android OEMs. If they want the Google Play Store, it also forces them to take all other Google products and services. There is also an "anti-fragmentation clause," which forbids OEMs from selling Android devices without Google Play. Cyanogen's Android distributions wouldn't have any such limitations, but then neither would a self-made AOSP build. A Microsoft investment in the company would be the latest in Redmond's ironic ties to Android. Microsoft is thought to make more from Android patent licensing fees than it does from Windows Phone, and through its purchase of Nokia, the company even briefly sold Android-based handsets. Now, according to the Journal, Microsoft will become an investor in a company that sells an Android distribution...For more you can turn your attention to windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Safeti is a personal safety device PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:01
Safeti is a personal safety device
I have a friend that was followed while walking home late one night. Luckily, she was aware of her surroundings and managed to duck into a parking lot to ditch the would-be assailant. She then called a friend to pick her up and made it home unharmed. If she didn’t have her mobile phone with her, the story may have played out different. The Safeti is a personal safety device that could help people in her situation. It’s designed to trigger a customizable alert that is automatically sent to emergency contacts and which includes your GPS location. It doesn’t require smartphone connectivity. You can pre-order the Safeti via IndieGoGo for $89, which is a crowdfunding service similar to Kickstarter. Early birds can order one for $10 to $15 off. The Safeti is expected in August of 2015. When the user clicks and holds the button on the Safeti , it is designed to automatically send a message to the people in a designated safety circle with a text message and a link to the person’s current location. In a real emergency, the user will be able to click the button three times to notify a personal safety concierge. This person will talk you through the situation, giving you advice on where the nearest open convenience store or brightly lit street is. If you don’t answer your phone when the personal concierge calls, the police will be contacted. The Safeti is designed to connect with nearby cell towers to provide police with a person’s location, even without a cell phone. The device will come with four free calls from a personal safety concierge. Additional calls will require a small fee that is not determined at this time...Please visit windows8newsinfo forum for more.
 
Spartan Browser Could Be Named PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:12

Spartan Browser Could Be Named

The Spartan browser, or more accurately understood as 'Project Spartan' is a next-generation web browser for Windows 10. Its main features include being a Store app for dynamic updates, using the older IE11 rendering engine for legacy websites, Cortana integration, and the ability to annotate right on the web page for document sharing. However, Spartan is not the final name, just the internal codename that Microsoft is currently using for the project. The question is, what will Microsoft call the browser upon its final release? A new report suggests a few names are being kicked around and we have the list. The information comes from a person who participated in an online survey from a company acting on behalf of Microsoft. Although 'Spartan' was not named specifically, it was referred to in the description including "Writing on webpages", "A built-in digital assistant" and the fact that it is a browser from Microsoft launching later this year. No doubt that the survey is referring to Project Spartan. This list would create possible combinations such as 'IE Evex' or 'Microsoft Elixa' or 'Internet Explorer Edge'. Those possible combinations are interesting because, if accurate, it demonstrates that Microsoft is considering dropping IE or Internet Explorer from the new name. That is something that has been brought up before due the heavy baggage associated with the browser...For the possible names visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows RT tablets won’t run Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015 13:54

windows rt

Microsoft unveiled its plans for a free copy of Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users yesterday, but it looks like Windows RT is being left out in the cold. In a statement provided to The Verge, Microsoft confirms the Surface Pro 3 and "entire Surface Pro lineup" will get the update to Windows 10, but Windows RT won't get the full OS. "We are working on an update for Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come," says a Microsoft spokesperson. This means tablets like the Surface RT and Surface 2 won't get Windows 10. The software giant refuses to discuss details of the mysterious update, but it could involve rolling out some of the built-in Windows 10 universal apps to Windows RT. A similar situation occurred with Windows Phone 8, leaving Windows Phone 7 with no direct upgrade path. Microsoft supplied a Windows Phone 7.8 update to provide some functionality, but most of the new features were only available on Windows Phone 8 devices. We predicted this situation in our preview of Windows 10, and the disappointing news is only balanced by the fact that not many consumers own Windows RT devices. Microsoft was left alone as the single hardware maker using Windows RT in late 2013 after Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung all bailed on the ARM-based operating system...Read the rest on our forum.

 

 
New Windows 10 Build After January 21 Event PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:37

New Windows 10 Build After January 21 Event

Microsoft is all set to discuss plans for their two of their upcoming operating systems tomorrow. A fresh new Windows 10 build is also expected to be released in the coming days. Previous reports claim that while the company will demo a new Technical Preview version at the gathering tomorrow, it will only be released for Windows Insiders towards the end of this month. Late January, according to hearsay. However, Gabriel Aul, the head of the Windows Insider program recently said in a tweet that Microsoft plans to release a new build shortly after the event. Meaning, the late January timetable was just that — not a finalized timeframe. It has been over a month since we’ve had an official release. Sure, Windows 10 build 9901 leaked sometimes in the middle of December, but it apparently has a bug that does not allow updates to be installed over it. So essentially, only those running build 9879 and 9888 will be eligible to deploy this new version. Which according to most reports is set to be called the January Technical Preview, or JTP for short. Redmond apparently wants to release a new build every month, so subsequent releases could potentially be labeled as February Technical Preview and March Technical Preview. That is, until we get to the Consumer Preview phase, sometimes towards the end of April...As Windows 10 is set to take center stage tomorrow stay with us here at windows8newsinfo forum for the latest from Redmond.

 

 
Windows 10 for small tablets PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 06:31

Windows 10 for small tablets

Microsoft may be using the Windows 10 name for its upcoming software for smartphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, and even the Xbox One. But not all versions of Windows 10 are created equal. For instance if you run Windows 10 on a tablet with an 8 inch or larger screen you’ll be able to run both touch-friendly, tablet-style apps and also classic desktop Windows apps. But on smaller tablets or smartphones there will be no desktop mode. There are some exceptions: if you’ve already purchased a 7 inch Windows tablet like the HP Stream 7 or Toshiba Encore Mini, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 while retaining the ability to run desktop apps. But if you buy a new device that ships with Windows 10 and you want access to the desktop, you’ll want to opt for a model with an 8 inch or larger screen. Interestingly, Microsoft seems to be suggesting that the deciding factor for which devices run Windows 10 and which run Windows 10 for Mobile is screen size, and not the processor architecture. That means Windows 10 for Mobile will likely run on smartphones with ARM-based processors and also on 7 inch tablets with ARM or Intel chips (and possibly on smartphones with Intel chips as well, although it’s not clear if any company is working on Windows Phones with Intel processors). One of the main things that sets today’s Windows 8.1 tablets apart from tablets running Android or iOS is support for full desktop-style applications. Sure, it can be difficult to view and interact with apps on an 8 inch screen when they were designed for laptop or desktop-sized displays. But it’s nice to have the option… especially if you want to connect an external display to your tablet and treat it like a portable desktop PC...You can find more on our forum.

 

 
Known Issues In Windows 10 Technical Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 January 2015 16:15

windows 10 JTP Known Issues

As you all know, Microsoft today released the Windows Technical Preview January Build 9926. This Build 9926 is now available for download for Windows Insiders. Microsoft is pushing Build 9926 out widely, fighting simultaneously to both “Fast” and “Slow” rings simultaneously as well as available on ISOs. Here is a list of a few issues with Build 9926. As with the last builds, Microsoft may release updates to fix some of the most prevalent issues and others may be fixed in subsequent builds. After installing this build, you may see a boot selection menu each time you reboot your PC. This is because a bug where a second boot option is persisted to uninstall the Windows 10 Technical Preview and roll back to the previous OS installed. When you get to this screen, if you do nothing it will automatically boot to the Windows 10 Technical Preview within 30 seconds by default or you can choose it on your own. Don’t worry, this behavior is only temporary. Xbox Live enabled games that require sign-in will not launch correctly. If you see the below dialog box the game requires Xbox Live sign-in. A fix for this will be distributed via WU shortly after the release of Build 9926. Battery icon shows on lock screen of PCs without batteries. In Cortana, reminders can’t be edited and more complex reminders might not get created...We will keep adding to this as more become available ay windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows 10 is free for lifetime of device PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:17

Windows 10 is free for lifetime of device

Microsoft announced earlier today that Windows 10 would be free for all Windows 7 users and Windows 8.1 users within the first year of Windows 10's launch. This is excellent news, as it means there's no excuse for users running the older operating systems to upgrade. However, it appears there is some confusion as to whether users who upgraded will need to pay after that year. Gabe Aul on Twitter has confirmed that those who update to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will receive Windows 10 for the lifetime of their device, meaning you don't need to pay yearly or monthly fee after that first year is up. So yes, everyone can relax and look forward to updating to Windows 10 when it launches later this year. Now, that doesn't mean new customers won't have to pay for Windows 10. Right now, it only looks like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get a free pass to Windows 10. New customers coming from other operating systems may have to pay for a license, or perhaps Microsoft is planning a subscription based module for Windows 10? Windows 10 will run on all device form factors, including PC, tablet, phone, Xbox and big screen displays. The company earlier today unveiled a number of new OS features, including Spartan, Cortana, and more, which will be available to Windows Insiders over the next few months...More encouraging news on this upcoming OS can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows 8.1 OEM Pricing Revealed PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 05:15

Windows 8.1

But thanks to a document published on Microsoft's OEM Partner Center site, we do know how much it is charging PC makers for Windows 8.1 on Intel-based tablets. (And why Microsoft describes its under nine-inch screen pricing as "zero dollars" instead of free.) Microsoft announced last year that it would make Windows 8.1 available for "zero dollars" to its OEMs for devices with screen sizes of under nine inches. Microsoft also made available a new Windows 8.1 version to its partners known as "Windows 8.1 with Bing" that was designed for devices with screen sizes of nine inches or more. The Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU requires OEMs to set Bing search as the default (though users can still change the default once they buy machines with it included). It also requires OEMs to use MSN as the default setting on the home page or any browser, again, with users being able to change that default if they so desire. Microsoft officials didn't disclose the price of the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU, and some assumed it was free. Others of us believed it was "low cost." The latter is actually the case. According to Microsoft OEM pricing information -- a screen capture of which is embedded above in this post -- Windows 8.1 with Bing is listed at $10 per copy for Intel-based tablets under nine inches in screen size. But after a "configuration discount," of $10, OEMs get that SKU for those tablets for free...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for more.

 

 
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