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Cloud service providers fight back, challenge NSA PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:51
For U.S. cloud computing companies that have long been fighting to defend the privacy protections involving data stored in their servers or passing over their networks, the ongoing revelations about the extent of the NSA's surveillance activities could carry a huge price tag. For years, in markets such as Western Europe, cloud providers like Google and Microsoft have been trying to beat back concerns voiced by would-be customers -- and stoked by competitors and governments -- that the Patriot Act and other laws render data stored with American firms readily accessible to the U.S. government. But the protectionist policies that some countries were pursuing -- restricting cross-border data flows or requiring local hosting, for instance -- had been a nuisance, but they didn't seem pervasive enough to challenge U.S. hegemony in the cloud sector. The equation began to change dramatically last June, when media outlets first began reporting
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Windows 8.1 update pledges to make life better for keyboard and mouse users PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:48
Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1 that promises to improve the operating system for users who opt for keyboard and mouse navigation as opposed to a touchscreen. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's vice president of operating systems, said the Windows 8.1 update will arrive this spring. The latest version of the OS will include a new mouse interface, with right-click offering Start and the option to close applications. The task bar is also said to allow for easier application launching and switching, and the Start screen will get new search, power, and settings icons. "We could see where things were going great, and we could see where could improve things," Belfiore said during a press conference at Mobile World Congress on Sunday, reported by GameSpot sister site CNET. But Belfiore added that none of these new features signify Microsoft trying to move away from the controversial touch-based focus of Windows 8.
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Nokia X, X+ and XL announced PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:07
If you thought that Nokia was all about Windows Phone, think again. The Finnish company has just entered the Android market, revealing a new family of phones called Nokia X at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A trio of phones – Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL – make up the new range that runs an Android-based operating system which looks like a mash-up of Android, Windows Phone and Symbian. Nokia is of course owned by Microsoft and has been focusing mostly on Windows Phone over the past couple of years, but its CEO Stephen Elop has insisted that the new Android phones will still benefit Microsoft, through introducing new users to services such as OneDrive and Office. Those used to Android won’t look at a Nokia X phone and immediately recognize what’s on screen. The new X phones run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and not KitKat as was rumored, and the software is skinned with a custom look which doesn’t resemble Android in any way that we’ve seen before. The home screen consists of Windows Phone-like tiles for apps and there’s just one capacitive button below the screen for the ‘back’ function...Learn more on our forum.
 
MWC 2014: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo revealed PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 16:42
Samsung has decided that even though the first Galaxy Gear launched just a few months ago, it's time for a new version - and on top of that, a cut down option as well. Update: Samsung has removed the 'Galaxy' part of the new smartwatches' moniker, presumably as it's running Tizen rather than Android. At least it's made our headlines look a little cleaner. They've arrived in the shape of the Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo - and come with some nifty technology that actually looks like it might give them a chance of being more impressive at launch. Let's start with the differences though - and design aside (as you can see in the picture above) there's not a lot of change between the Neo and standard versions. The Neo basically is shorn of the 2MP camera which (still) adorns the main version of Samsung's smartwatch, and is a little larger in dimensions but lower in weight (Gear 2 : 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g, Gear 2 Neo : 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g).
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Microsoft details spring update for Windows 8.1 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 13:03
A new update to Windows 8.1 will be released within weeks and will bring a number of tweaks made to the user interface for mouse and keyboard users as well as the underlying core. That's what Microsoft's VP of Operating System, Joe Belfiore, announced during a special event held ahead of the official launch of Mobile World Congress on Monday. Windows 8.1 was only launched a few months ago but it seems that Microsoft has been fast-tracking a set of features based on user feedback. The updat will be available for x86 (Windows 8.1) and ARM platforms (Windows RT). These include a discoverable search, power, settings buttons on the start screen, title bars at the top of full screen apps, a new mouse user interface for right click (start) and close (apps), easy app launching and switching va the taskbar. This confirms what a number of leaks have revealed over the past few weeks. Best Windows OS ever? Belfiore confirmed that form factors other than the traditional five (smartphone, tablet, convertible, AIO/ desktop, TV and gaming) are being evaluated by Microsoft and that there will be an
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MWC 2014: 5 Hot Gadgets PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 21:07
MWC, the premier mobile trade show, will once again show plenty of smartphone goodies for hardware freaks to get excited about. The pace of smartphone innovation continues to march forward, though some might say it's moving much slower than before. In the race to be on top, phone makers trot out devices with improved specs every few months and hope it will be enough to satisfy smartphone-starved consumers. That's not enough anymore. People want more than feature creep if they're going to invest hundreds of dollars -- and up to two years -- with a device. Mobile World Congress 2014 officially gets underway Feb. 24 in Barcelona. The show is the epicenter for all things related to mobility, networks, and smartphones. The annual mobile extravaganza has been the coming-out party for some of the most exciting and important phones ever made. Consider the Samsung Galaxy S, introduced at MWC in 2010. Little did Samsung know that the S would spawn generations of industry-leading hardware and help push it to become the number one smartphone maker in the world. read the whole story or visit our special MWC Board
 
Windows 8 Devices Get Cheap PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 16:40
Microsoft will reportedly cut Windows license fees to encourage production of sub-$250 Windows 8 devices, including non-touch PCs. If anything has encouraged Windows 8 device sales, it's been lower prices. So Microsoft and its partners might be about to sell a lot of new PCs and tablets: Microsoft is slashing the cost of Windows 8.1 licenses for OEMs by 70%, according to a Bloomberg report published Friday evening. Citing people familiar with the company's plans, the article states manufacturers will pay only $15 to license the OS -- but only for devices that will retail for less than $250. The program reportedly aims to combat Chromebooks, which have eaten into Windows sales at the low end of the market. In response to an inquiry about the report, a Microsoft spokesperson told InformationWeek, "We have nothing to share." Friday's report isn't the first indication that Microsoft is modifying license costs in order to stimulate Windows 8 adoption. Last March, The Wall Street Journal and the Taiwanese tech website DigiTimes independently reported
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Microsoft Gives Hint That Windows 9 Will Launch Soon After Windows 8.1 Update 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 20:58
Microsoft this weekend confirmed that Windows 8.1 Update 1 would be released this spring, but it also said something that could be an indication that Windows 9 might be indeed launched very soon. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore told the journalists who attended the company’s conference at MWC 2014 that Redmond is planning to “to continue to refine and improve Windows to deliver a productive and delightful experience for all users on all devices.” Moreover, he added that “you’ll see us continue on a more rapid release cadence where we deliver ongoing value to all your Windows devices.” According to previous reports, Windows 9 is expected to launch in early 2015, approximately one year after the debut of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Windows 9 will, of course, bring lots of improvements for Microsoft’s modern platform, including a Start Menu and options to launch Metro apps in their own windows on the desktop. No confirmed details are available at this point, but Microsoft is expected to break the news on Windows 9 at the BUILD 2014 developer conference in April this year. Source: softpedia
 
MWC 2014: WhatsApp is worth more than $19 billion says Mark Zuckerberg PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 21:10
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at MWC 2014 making the case for connecting everyone in the world to the internet, and he also dropped a revealing line about his company's pricey new purchase. Jaws dropped when news broke last week that Facebook spent $19 billion (about £11.29b, AU$20b) on mobile messaging service WhatsApp, but Zuckerberg may have under paid. "I think by itself, it's is worth more than $19 billion," he said of WhatsApp. "In reality, there are very few services that reach one billion people. It could be the one service that reaches one billion and doesn't become valuable. If we can do a good job at helping WhatsApp to grow, then I think it's quite a good bet." By Facebook's count, WhatsApp is on its way to connect one billion people. It's not there yet, but Zuckerberg seems 19-billion-dollars confident that Co-Founder Jan Koum and Co. can deliver. The Internet.org equation Zuckerberg spent most of his time on the keynote stage talking about Internet.org,
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MWC 2014: RealPlayer Cloud private video-sharing now available around the world. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 16:36
RealPlayer Cloud just went global, with the software for moving, watching and sharing videos now available around the world. With apps on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8, Kindle Fire, Roku and Chromecast, RealPlayer Cloud describes itself as the "Dropbox for video" while ignoring the fact that Dropbox is already pretty much Dropbox for video. Details, details Anyway, RealPlayer Cloud basically lets you upload a video to your private online locker in a one-click process, then gives you a link to share with people who can then view the video whether they have a RealPlayer Cloud account or not. The good thing about RealPlayer Cloud is that it doesn't matter what device you or your contacts are on, because SurePlay tech automatically formats videos to fit the device type, size of screen, available bandwidth and storage space of whatever you're using. Each account comes with 2GB of free storage - you can subscribe for more space (prices start at $4.99/month) or you can refer friends to get an extra 1GB of space for everyone you sign up.read all on MWC 2014 here
 
The Google Smartwatch Is Real PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 07:14
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Google’s long-rumored smartwatch is real, and still “officially” expected to begin shipping in mid to late March. However, many members of the smartwatch team inside Google believe that date will either be pushed back to June, or the watch will end up shipping incomplete with a smaller feature set than originally intended. As it stands now, the timeline for the watch’s release is far from being set in stone. The smartwatch prototypes are currently on lockdown in a Google building, under high security, and they’re not able to be taken out for fear that news will leak. According to people familiar with the matter, an early prototype of the watch had a Pebble Steel-like metal band, square face, and a colorful digital display featuring a gradient background where colors gently fade from one to the next. It also seemed to have a more masculine vibe, also like the Pebble Steel. But we’re hearing now that Google has settled on shipping a watch with a plastic band instead for the initial release. The band was one of many concepts the company was exploring. Like the previous prototype, the watch has a full-color display, with an LCD background that basically looks “like a cheap smartphone,” we’re told, which is capable of displaying a full-color image...Find out more on our forum.
 
Is Google Glass Obsolete? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 19:43
Google Glass costs too much and lacks killer apps -- and new technologies will soon make the original version seem wimpy. That's not bad news for Google. Google Glass might be one of the most ballyhooed inventions to hit the consumer electronics space, but it still seems to be a solution looking for a home, or perhaps just an almost-ready product. I suspect that was Google's intent. Rather than making a full-blown commitment and big roll-out, Google eased Glass into the market with limited access and a high price. That's unusual in the consumer electronics space, but I think, to its credit, Google played it right. As CES 2014 has just demonstrated, there are plenty of ideas for wearables around but a shortage of killer applications. That's always the way with bleeding-edge technology. To succeed, electronic glasses need more than Glass is able to deliver.
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Aero Glass 1.2 For Windows 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 February 2014 16:30
Experience native look of Aero Glass interface on Windows 8.x This utility returns the complete glass effect into windows frames.
    * Apply glass look to windows borders
    * Blur the content behind the borders to improve UI experience
    * Change amount of transparency in Control panels directly
    * Change inactive windows borders color
    * Skin windows borders (add glow, shadows etc.) without changing Windows theme
    * Fully native including MSStyle themes and DWM API compatibility * Low resources usage - Glass look Your windows will be rendered with transparent borders. This look allows you to see what is behind the border. The key element is the blurring of content behind the glass borders to prevent it from being too clear and disturbing. The result is very smart window border! read all by visiting our  Windows 8.1 Utilities section or direct to the story
 
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