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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.


Spartan Is Actually Internet Explorer 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 January 2015 06:18

Spartan Is Actually Internet Explorer 12

Well, that’s a shock, is it not? Microsoft is apparently not yet ready to give up on the IE name, and according to one analyst, the codename Spartan is actually just that. A codename for version 12 of Internet Explorer. We’ve all heard that Redmond is currently working on a new browser that will be bundled with Windows 10, and this new solution is believed to represent a completely new beginning for Microsoft in a market where some users still have negative perception with the IE brand. Anyway, Rob Enderle, the principle analyst at Enderle Group thinks that Spartan will not be used as a name for the final product — the Internet Explorer moniker is here to stay for the foreseeable future. He is, however, sure that Microsoft will unveil this new solution at the upcoming January 21 event in Redmond next week. Internal sources have hinted that the software titan has at least juggled with the idea of changing the name of its web browser, and if this is to happen, then Spartan is the perfect point to just do it...With January rapidly approaching windows8newsinfo forum will posting all breaking news we can find to keep you updated on this exciting new browser.


Microsoft’s Spartan Browser PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 05:44

New details surrounding Microsoft’s Spartan browser have surfaced on the internet indicating that the new browser may set new standards in internet browsing. Microsoft Corporation’s upcoming internet browser, dubbed "Spartan" has started to gain attention as more details about the browser’s features have begun to surface on the internet. Spartan will be one of the major elements of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system and is set to adopt a variety of enhanced features that are currently not present in competing browsers such as Google Inc.’s Chrome. According to a report by the  Verge, people close to the matter have said that the Spartan web browser will be heavily linked to Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. Moreover, current features that work with Bing in Internet Explorer will start using the Cortana interface in Spartan. Microsoft has already revealed that Cortana will form an integral part of the Windows 10 operating system. Cortana will allow users to search the web directly and access information such as flight details, hotel bookings directly from the new tab interface being touted for Spartan. A separate feature of Spartan allows the grouping of tabs in order avoid the general untidiness associated with numerous tabs in the browser. The tabs can be grouped together according to a user’s preferences, for instance users can have one group for work related tabs while the others grouped under leisure...For more visit our forum.


Intel Reveals Tiny ‘Curie’ Computer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 January 2015 14:21

Intel Reveals Tiny ‘Curie’ Computer

Intel has stepped up their push into the wearable sector, providing what seems to be a challenge to mobile chip sector giant Qualcomm, with the announcement of a new chip, named Curie, which adds computational functionality to the smallest of devices with minimal power usage. Curie is also incredibly small – the size of a button – and according to Intel the device is capable of transforming seemingly everyday items into gadgets capable of doing computations, even those as small and mundane as jewelry, luggage, accessories and other small items carried around by people every day. The tiny Curie chip even has a small real time operating system on board, which, along with accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth LTE radio and a six axis sensor, make the device one of the smallest ‘computers’, if you will, that has ever been made. The main focus of Intel’s Curie chip is to provide a hardware platform for developers of small devices with big ideas. The framework is there with the hardware, and according to Intel all developers need to do is adapt the chip and the software required to make their tiny wearable do whatever they want. A development kit for Curie is thus under production, with Intel being able to provide the real time operating system and the development tools for a Curie device with reference wearable applications called Intel IQ Software Kits...Follow this development as it grows at windows8newsinfo forum.


How to Select a Battery Backup PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 05:38

Battery Backup for Your Computer

A cheap power strip might protect equipment from power surges, but it does nothing to help when the power goes out and your system comes to a halting crash. Read on as we show you how to buy the right battery backup device for your needs. Sudden loss of power and power surges are  two of the principle causes of damage to computers and other sensitive electronics. Even cheap power strips will do a decent enough job protecting against the power surges, but they offer no protection against drops in line voltage, brownouts, blackouts, and other power supply issues. In order to protect your computer against power supply interruptions you need a battery backup, appropriately named an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS). UPS units provide a buffer against power supply interruptions ranging from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the unit. A simple way to think about the utility of a UPS unit is to think about working on a notebook computer. You’re at home, your laptop is plugged into an appropriate surge protection strip, and you’re busily finishing up some reports for work. A summer storm knocks the power out. Although the lights go out, your work on the notebook computer is uninterrupted because the notebook switched over to battery power seamlessly when the flow of electricity from the power cord vanished...For complete details on choosing a battery backup visit windows8newsinfo forum.


Obama’s proposed hacking law PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:01

Obama’s proposed hacking law

Next week, Obama is expected to unveil an update to the US’ CFAA law against hacking in a State of the Union address, hot on the tail of Sony’s massive hacking attack that unfolded in late 2014. A draft version of the new law has been published on the White House website and gives us a look into a scary future in which clicking a single link could make you complicit in committing a hacking crime. A letter accompanying the proposal dated January 13 introduces the new law to Congress for discussion. Remember when Sony wanted to sue Twitter (and individual users) who posted screenshots or links to its stolen data? According to Errata Security, these new laws could pin you as a “racketeer” who willingly participated in hacking if you were one of those users (or if you clicked one of those links); punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Didn’t click a link? There’s plenty of other ways you could be in legal trouble; Errata points out that something as trivial as being in an IRC channel where others are discussing a hack or having an online conversation with a “hacker” could make you a member of a “criminal enterprise” which would allow the FBI to confiscate all your electronics. The above piece of legislation also could cover data like email address and password dumps that might be found on services like Pastebin...Get the details by visiting windows8newsinfo forum.


New Features Coming In ‘Spartan’ Web Browser PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 January 2015 14:28


In the past couple of days, we are starting to receive more information about the new web browser codenamed ‘Spartan’ Microsoft is building for Windows 10. Today, the Verge reported some new features that will be part of the Spartan web browser. Some of them are not yet available on any other web browser in the market. Find the summary of features that will be included in Spartan. Remember the Courier tablet video? An user can annotate a webpage or clip a webpage by marking it with stylus and share it with others. Spartan will include the same level of inking support that allows users to annotate a web page with a stylus and send the notes and annotations to a friend or colleague. Notes will be stored in user’s OneDrive and can be access from anywhere. As annotations are shared, multiple users can doodle on a web page and share edits and annotations between groups. Yes, previous reports on Spartan browser were correct. It will have Cortana integration. Since Cortana will surface information on flights, hotel bookings, package tracking, and other data, when a user tried to search something related to it, Cortana will directly provide the answer.  Example: If you use Cortana to track a particular flight and start to search for “American Airlines” in the browser address bar, it will automatically display tracked flights and allow Spartan users to view the status of the flight directly...Have the need for more on Spartan and Windows 10, visit windows8newsinfo forum.


CES 2015: Kodak IM5 smartphone PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:40

CES 2015: Kodak IM5 smartphone

Kodak and Bullitt Group has unveiled the new smartphone we first heard about in December. The Kodak IM5 is built by Bullit, but sold under the Kodak brand name and as you might expect, there’s an emphasis on photography. What you might not expect is the emphasis on software designed for older users who may be somewhat tech-savvy, but also wouldn’t say no to larger icons and graphics and easy access to support (from friends or family members). But that’s what the Kodak IM5 has to offer. It’ll launch initially in Europe in early 2015, where’s it’s expected to sell for around $249. The phone has a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a micro SD card slot. It has a 13MP rear camera with flash and auto-focus and a 5MP front-facing camera. What really makes the phone unusual though, is the software. It’ll ship with Android 4.4 Kit-Kat, but an Android 5.0 update is planned. There’s a custom user interface with enormous app icons on the home screen, and Kodak and Bullitt have developed some camera-centric features designed to make it easier to quickly snap and share photos. For instance, after taking a picture, a menu pops up asking if you want to save or delete that shot and you can edit or share photos if you choose to save them. The last photo you’ve taken is also automatically shown on your lock screen, and there’s a gallery button on the lock screen that lets you jump right into your camera roll without first unlocking the device...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for more on this and CES 2015.


Microsoft Launching A New Windows 10 Build PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 05:48

New Windows 10 Build

January promises to be a really busy month for Microsoft, buoyed no doubt by the special Windows 10 event that is on track to be held in just a few weeks’ time. And not only can we expect answers to a lot of questions regarding the upcoming OS, along with a glimpse into what’s cooking for a lot of other Microsoft solutions like Windows Phone 10 as well as a bit of a gaming, we can also look forward to a new preview version of the operating system. Gabriel Aul, the head of the Windows Insider program, generously confirmed this in a tweet, although he stopped shy of providing any further specifics. Well, apart from the usual and obligatory mention that we should brace for plenty of fixes. Just as a refresher, this new build of Windows 10 will only be available to those of you that are running build 9879, as Redmond made clear several times already. Obviously, some people are happily enjoying two newer versions that leaked recently. We’re talking about build 9888 and 9901 that come with a bunch of improvements. But this new official new version that (hopefully) will be made available later this month is sure to offer a much more refined and streamlined experience once it arrives...Follow this and all future releases up to and including Windows 10 General Availability later this fall at windows8newsinfo forum.



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