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Rebranding Internet Explorer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2014 07:06

Rebranding Internet Explorer

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a bit of a brand identity issue on its hands. Because of decisions made many, many years ago, Internet Explorer 6 has left a sour taste in the mouths of developers and consumers. Even some of the older iterations like IE7 and 8 are still loathed by consumers but later iterations like IE10 and 11 have fared much better in terms of providing a positive web browsing experience. During an AMA that took place today on Reddit, the team was asked if they had ever considered rebranding the browser to escape the negative perception left behind by earlier versions of the browser. While Microsoft, at first, joked about renaming, they did say that they actually considered it. In fact, they revealed that there was a "particularly long email thread" talking about the change but the final decision was to keep the name in place. Internet Explorer, for better or worse, has tons of consumer brand equity and that is not easy to achieve...As you know there is always more on our forum.


August Patches to Avoid PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 August 2014 06:39
August Patches to Avoid
The early bird catches the bugs, apparently. It's rare when Microsoft's monthly patching cycle goes off without problems. This month is no exception. For those that shoulder the responsibility to jump straight in to freshly released Updates from Microsoft and test, I tip my hat and offer thanks. We all do. Right off the bat, we saw an issue surface with an Office 2013 update that stopped Outlook 2013 from reading Archive folders. Not being able to read Archive folders is one thing. The application still functions, except for the one area. However, there are a few released updates that are causing more serious problems and can bring computers to their knees. Late yesterday, reports starting rolling in that KB2976897, KB2982791, and KB2970228 are causing blue screens stop errors (error 0x050) on Windows 7 64bit systems. KB2976897 and KB2982791 are both kernel-mode driver updates which would make sense for those affected by blue screens after installation...Follow all the news good and bad about Windows Updates at windows8newsinfo forum.


White Xbox One PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:17

White Xbox One

As rumored before, Microsoft has finally announced the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle, which is accompanied by a shiny new white Xbox One console and controller. The bundle is set to launch on October 28th for $399/£349.99/€399.99. Customers interested in the bundle can pre-order it starting today. The bundle includes a digital copy of Sunset Overdrive, as well as special Day One edition in-game items.  "Insomniac’s Ted Price unveiled the Xbox One Special Edition “Sunset Overdrive” Bundle, featuring a sleek white console and wireless controller, a digital copy of the game, and special Day One edition in-game items – all for $399/£349.99/€399.99 ERP1 starting Oct. 28, available for pre-order today," Microsoft says. In case you can't recall, it's the same console which Microsoft gave to its employees last year. Apart from the color, and a new game, there's nothing different about the console...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for more on this upcoming launch.


Facebook Messenger app PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 August 2014 08:22

Facebook Messenger app

Facebook has been slowly pushing its users to download Facebook Messenger, a new mobile app designed to make it easier for you to talk with your Facebook friends. Instead of having to open the Facebook app users simply click on Messenger, type what they want to say and hit send. Some people were annoyed at having to download yet another app but for the most part, they did it with no questions asked. That was until Huffington Post reported on Messenger's Android Terms of Service (which most people probably don't read) and said that the app requests a ton of personal information including the ability to send text messages and make phone calls without your knowledge. "Facebook's Messenger App requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and, even more startling, direct control over your mobile device," the Huffington Post's Sam Fiorella wrote. While this may be startling, Facebook claims it needs the information for very specific reasons....There is more posted at windows8newsinfo forum.


World’s Top Surveillance Spyware Hacked PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 August 2014 05:34

World’s Top Surveillance Spyware Hacked

One of the world’s most notorious surveillance software maker Gamma International’s FinFisher spyware has been hacked resulting in a 40GB file torrent on the interwebs. Gamma International UK Ltd is a British surveillance solutions maker that is world renowned for selling software to governments globally and helping them monitoring citizens. By exploiting the security lapses in anti-virus programs, FinFisher suite is designed to spy on a computer or mobile device without the user ever knowing about it. Earlier last year, University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab published an important report revealing that FinFisher had its command and control servers installed in around 36 countries! After getting much opposition by netizens and activists after Citizen Lab report, this hacked data further reveals information about this elusive cyber weapon used by governments to spy on their citizens. Hacker announced on Reddit and Twitter about hacking this British-German company that exclusively sells surveillance tools to governments...Further details are posted on windows8newsinfo forum.



Samsung Galaxy Alpha PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:53

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung has just officially announced its Galaxy Alpha smartphone. This device has been rumored for quite some time, but is now official. This is Samsung’s big iPhone killer and it’s dressed to impress with a brand new design featuring a metal frame, compact body, and solid finish. Check out Samsung’s official video and the Alpha’s specifications below. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720, an Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz   Quad 1.3GHz) processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 1,860mAh battery, 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera. The 12-megapixel rear camera is capable of capturing up to UHD (3,840 x 2,160) quality video. Unfortunately, the Alpha does not have a MicroSD card slot, so you’ll be limited to the 32GB of storage available. At just 6.7mm thick, Samsung says this is one of “the slimmest Galaxy devices ever.” Much like the Galaxy S5, the Alpha features Ultra-Power Saving Mode, S Health, Finger Print Scanner, Private Mode and is also compatible with the Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2...Learn more on our forum.


EA Access will be Permanent PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:12

EA Access will be Permanent

Games available in the beta include FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2, but EA chief operating officer Peter Moore says more major titles are on the way. "The Vault will get its share of triple-A titles," Moore told CVG. "We haven't made any announcements to that extent about exactly when, where and how, but the Vault will be substantial." Moore suggested that EA must carefully consider what it adds to the vault, whilst confirming that the publisher has pledged to not remove games from it. "New game additions will be determined by franchise and timing," he said. "We have to make decisions along that way, so there's no template, like 30 days after a game ships it goes into the Vault. EA Access subscribers can also save ten per cent on digital content purchases, and receive early access to select games, beginning with FIFA 15, Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition later this year. While EA Access is available on Microsoft's latest console...For more turn to our forum.


Run Android on your PC PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 August 2014 07:57

Run Android on your PC

These days you can find a growing number of Android tablets that feature Intel processors. But what if you want to install Android on your existing notebook, tablet, or desktop PC which has an Intel or AMD processor? There are a few different ways to do it… but one of the best is to use Android-x86. It’s a modified version of Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code designed to run on devices with AMD or Intel chips and the team has just released the first stable build based on Android 4.4 KitKat. You can install it on a PC much the same way you would install Ubuntu or another Linux-based operating system… and you can also try it without installing anything by using the LiveCD. You can visit the Android-x86 download site to find the latest version of the software, which is Android-x86 4.4-r1 at the moment. Along with the move to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version also includes support for HD and full HD video playback in apps thanks to ffmpeg and stagefright plugins...Turn to our forum to learn more and to download.


Solar-powered security cam PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 August 2014 05:28

Solar-powered security cam

Surveillance cameras are often times an unfortunate necessity in today's society. The problem with most cameras, however, is that they need a constant power source. This requirement alone often dictates where you can and can't install a camera and is something that many crooks are well aware of. A new product called the GeckoEye looks to shatter conventional boundaries by employing solar power to keep the camera charged without restrictive wires.  This gives you the freedom to mount a security camera virtually anywhere around your home or even on the dash of your car. Each GeckoEye camera communicates back to a base station via Wi-Fi which in turn links up with your in-home wireless network. The base station can support up to three cameras and although it does require power from traditional means, its high-capacity battery can run for up to 240 hours on a single charge. Footage is encoded within the base station before being transmitted to the cloud for storage...Learn more and watch a short video clip on our forum.



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