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Windows goes free for phones PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:53
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If you love it, set it free… and Microsoft is hoping that by setting Windows free it can encourage people (and device makers) to love its operating system. Starting April 2nd, 2014 Microsoft is offering Windows for free to smartphone and tablet makers designing products with 9 inch or smaller screens. Sure, Google’s Android operating system is also free — but this move means that it now costs the same price (nothing) for a device maker to load Windows Phone, Windows RT, or Windows 8.1 software on a phone or tablet as it costs to load Android. It’s already easy to find a Windows 8.1 tablet for $250 or less. Now that Microsoft is dropping the license fee for small tablet makers, don’t be surprised if prices fall even lower. There are still more third-party apps available for Android, and Google’s open source operating system is easier for device makers to customize. But price may no longer be a differentiating factor...Stay up-to-date on this breakthrough at windows8newsinfo forum
 
Windows 8.1 Update 1 available at Technet PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:47

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Despite Microsoft sticking a long pitchfork into its TechNet subscriber customers in July 2013 and then twisting and twisting until said pitchfork could produce no more pain, the company has released the Windows 8.1 Update 1 download to TechNet today. At Build today, Microsoft announced to the developer crowd that Windows 8.1 Update 1 would be made available today through MSDN, but never a single mention was made about TechNet subscribers also getting the special surprise. But, there it is. If you have forgotten by now (not many have), Microsoft lobbed an ICBM straight through the heart of IT Pros last year by announcing to end a very popular, 15 year program. Sales were of TechNet subscriptions were discontinued in August 2013. So between July and the end of August, there was a brief time when customers were given the chance to either purchase a new subscription or renew an existing one. Many took advantage of it, and those are the ones burning the download wires this afternoon...Follow today's launch on our forum.

 

 
Marvell Technology Fined PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:33

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A US court has ruled that US chip maker Marvell Technology Group will have to make a payment of US $1.5 billion to the Carnegie Mellon University for infringing two of its hard disc patents. The University had been seeking double that amount, but the judge, while imposing a fine large enough to act as a deterrent, decided against the much higher amount as it was felt that the company could be bankrupted. Judge Nora Barry Fischer write that "This award is sufficient to penalise Marvell for its egregious behaviour and to deter future infringement activities," The high damages were due to he finding that Marvell Technology had deliberately infringed the patents in question rather than doing so by accident. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) contended -- and the jury agreed -- that Marvell infringed CMU patents relating to fundamental technology for increasing the accuracy with which hard disk drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks...We have more posted on our forum.

 

 
Copyright Law to Allow Digital Copying PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 02:59
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Fifteen years after the first MP3 players went on sale in the UK, it will soon be legal to copy music you've bought on to them from a CD you own. Updates to the UK's copyright laws mean that from June, "ripping" CDs and putting them on to portable players like Apple's iPod will no longer be against the strict letter of the law. But it doesn't appear to allow people to create digital backups of DVDs - unless they can show that the copyright protection being used on them is "too restrictive" in a complaint to the secretary of state, a position presently held by Maria Miller. "The law [on exceptions] is changing in a number of small but important ways, to make our copyright system better suited to the digital age," the UK's Intellectual Property Office says in a new advisory. "These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs. Under the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, it is not in fact legal to transform a piece of copyrighted content from one storage form to another"...To learn more visit our forum.
 
Windows Phone 8.1 in manufacturers’ hands PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 March 2014 07:07
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Earlier in the week we reported that the development of the Windows Phone 8.1 core had finished. There were some minor bugs by the secondary team that still needed to be ironed out, but in essence, the OS is completely wrapped. What wasn’t clear was when the OS would be dropped to OEM partners to be put on devices. We assumed that it would be after some of those minor tweaks had been ironed out, but as it turns out it was March 26. In other words, the final build of Windows Phone 8.1 is now in Microsoft partners’ hands, being tested and prepped for devices. That leads us to some other questions, like scheduling. Through various sources we’ve been able to verify that starting Wednesday, April 23rd, new phones running Windows Phone 8.1 will be available. It’s not clear which phones those are, but presumably the Lumia 630, Lumia 930 and Samsung ATIV SE (for Verizon) are top contenders. We’re also supposing that this is for US markets although it’s not known at this time...Read more at windows8newsinfo forum.
 
How to Hide Email Addresses PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 03:23

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When sending email to multiple recipients (some of whom are unknown to each other), it’s recommended not to display everyone’s email address. Some people might get quite upset with you for advertising their email address to people they don’t know. Generally, when you send email to multiple recipients, you enter their email addresses in the Cc (Carbon Copy) field, where their addresses are visible to everyone receiving the email. This is acceptable if all the people already know each other and may even have the email addresses. However, if some of the people you’re including in the Cc field do not know each other, it’s not a good idea to use the Cc field and advertise everyone’s email address to everyone else. This is where the Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy) field comes in. Putting an email address in the Bcc field basically instructs the mail server to take off the address label before delivering the message so anyone receiving the email message cannot see who else received it...We have detailed instructions posted at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Epic Games sold Gears of War to Microsoft PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 29 March 2014 05:59
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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has explained why the studio sold the Gears of War franchise, what some believed was the company's crown jewel, to Microsoft. In a new interview, Sweeney simply stated that though the company adores the franchise, it has other plans in mind. "We've gone through a long process of figuring out the games we're going to build at Epic worldwide in the future and we concluded that we weren't going to be building any more Gears of War," Sweeney told Polygon. "As much as we love the game, we're heading in a new direction." "The core Gears values are really tied to being big event-based, single-player console games with awesome cover mechanics and other things that really didn't translate into the future approach we were taking with online games, and competitive and cooperative multiplayer," he added. "Because we weren't planning on building any more Gears games we were just going to let that sit on the shelf for a decade or more, in case it had any future value to us."  Complete reading on our forum..Complete reading on our forum.
 
Star Wars: Assault Team PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:49

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As Han Solo might say, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news first. It has recently been reported that Disney is shifting focus from developing mobile apps and instead wants to create AAA games, going forward. The good news is that the company has created some of the best mobile apps in recent memory, and Star Wars: Assault Team is another gem in this gold chest. Collectable card games are not everyone’s cup of tea, but the developers behind this free game have worked their magic, creating a polished affair, complete with fully rendered 3D environments, authentic production, special effects, sounds, music, and writing. Not to mention some really neat gameplay. While some of the earlier missions are almost a breeze, things get rather complicated in later levels, demanding the player to think their moves through. The story missions are fun because you feel like you are playing a RPG instead of an actual card game, but battling with players is also a righto experience...For more and download links visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Private Email Addresses on LinkedIn Exposed PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:21

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The private email addresses of LinkedIn website users can be exposed using a simple web browser plug in it has been confirmed. A free plug-in for the Chrome web browser, known as Sell Hack has a way of extracting the email address of any LinkedIn user account, even ones that are not connected to the person using the browser hack. LinkedIn said it was taking legal action over the plug-in. However, Sell Hack says that the information it displays is freely available, and they are simply making it easier to extract the information. On its website it said: "We just do the heavy lifting and complicated computing to save you time, We aren't doing anything malicious to LinkedIn." As the browser plug-in should only be able to manipulate the information within the webpage being displayed, it would seem that the email addresses are somehow easily accessible to everyone, should they know how to look for them. LinkedIn said that its legal team have delivered Sell Hack "a cease-and-desist letter as a result of several violations,"..Turn to wndows8newsinfo forum for the full story.

 

 
The Goat Simulator PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 02:47
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First of all, a big thanks to Anton Westbergh for handing us the Review Copy of Goat Simulator. Goat Simulator is an Indie game developed by Coffee Stain Studios to instant, critical acclaim. The game’s humble origins were from a Game Jam and it was only after the Internet’s enthusiastic demand that it turned into an IP. When we heard of this game, a few weeks back, we knew we had to get our hands on it. Normally, what happens in the case of a super-hyped game, is that the Gaming Studio shamelessly paints it as the Next Big Thing and the critics shoot it down. However just as everything about Goat Simulator is one-of-a-kind, it has the exact opposite approach, because the Dev’s don’t take it seriously but we think it’s nothing short of epic. I will try to cover everything that can be done in this game. I spent the better part of an entire day hunting down easter eggs and cool stuff to do and I am still pretty sure I missed out alot. You start in an enclosed area with a completely unknowing human watching...For the full review visit windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Razer CEO Confirms Project Christine Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 03:28

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Project Christine is a revolutionary new concept design that will change the way users view PCs. It will allow any user to build and customize his or her PC in any configuration without any prior technical knowledge. Razer has been having difficulty convincing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to support its modular PC concept. However, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has stated that the company is still working on Project Christine. Maximum PC inquired whether or not Project Christine was dead and received a response from Tan who said, “Project Christine is a work in progress – which is why we called it a concept project in the first place. We do believe that for Project Christine to be a success, it will require global OEMs to come together to push innovation in the PC forward instead of obsessing over short term profits. Like the many other projects within Razer, we take a long term view on innovation and Project Christine is definitely still in the works.” We have more and images posted on our forum.

 

 
U.S. Judge Gives the Thumbs Up In Class Action E-Book Lawsuit Against Apple PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 01:30

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A federal judge in New York granted class certification on Friday to a group of consumers who sued Apple Inc for conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices in violation of antitrust law. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the plaintiffs had "more than met their burden" to allow them to sue as a group. She rejected Apple's contentions that the claims were too different from each other, or that some plaintiffs were not harmed because some e-book prices fell. "This is a paradigmatic antitrust class action," wrote Cote, who has scheduled a trial later this year to determine damages, which could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. In July 2013, Cote found the technology company liable for colluding with the publishers after a separate non-jury trial in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Cote found that Apple took part in a price-fixing conspiracy to fight online retailer Amazon.com Inc's dominance in the e-book market. Thirty-three states and U.S. territories have separately sued on behalf of their consumers...Learn more on our forum.

 

 
Russian officials dump iPads PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 March 2014 05:29

Russian officials dump iPads

Poetic Justice comes in many forms and in this case Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday. Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover "took place not so long ago." He said the ministers' new Samsungs were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information." "Some of the information at government meetings is confidential in nature and these devices fully meet these demands and have gone through the strictest system of certification." Nikiforov denied that Russia was clamping down on US technology in response to Western sanctions imposed over its takeover of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. "This obviously orientates Russian clients, primarily state ones, to be very choosy about their partners in IT...You can find out more on our forum.

 

 
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