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Microsoft releases free XP migration tool PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:34
With less than a month to go before Windows XP officially comes out of support, Microsoft announced couple of announcements regarding end of life support Windows XP. First, they are offering free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month that will help Windows XP users migrate their data to new PCs running latest OS. Also, from March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.  Regarding free tool: to help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Expressf or Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
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Sales of Windows 7 computers to end in October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:46
Sales of computers pre-installed with Windows 7 are to end in October this year. Microsoft’s lifecycle fact sheet was recently updated to state that computers pre-installed with the Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate versions of the operating system would be halted on October 31st 2014. Windows 7 Professional is yet to have a similar end of pre-installed sales date announced. The end of mainstream support for the OS, which was released in 2009, was previously announced to be January 15th 2015, with extended support to stop almost exactly five years later, on January 14th 2020. The update to information surrounding precedes the end of extended support for Windows XP on April 8th of this year. Many observers have predicted Windows 7 to become the new torch-bearer for enterprise systems, rather than the more recently-released Windows 8, but with support for Windows 8
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Skype for Windows 8 v2.6 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 18:58
Stay in touch with your contacts from a Windows 8 Skype app. Skype has become one of the most widely used messaging tools in existence, and the move to a touch sensitive Windows 8 app is one that has gone incredibly well. If you’re using a Windows RT device the app can sit running in the background without draining the battery so you’re ready to exchange messages with your Skype, Messenger and Outlook.com contacts whenever you need. The touch screen interface makes it very quick and easy to browse through program options and access settings. The interface is large and clear so that contacts can be easily loaded with a quick tap and you can also use and on-screen dialler to call regular phone numbers if you have Skype credit. Typing using the onscreen keyboard is not perfect, but it still works pretty well, but this is an app that has been designed with audio and video calls in mind. A particularly great feature of the Windows 8 version of the app is the option to snap the window to the side of the screen, this enables you to get on with other work and use other apps.
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Mario Kart re-imagined PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:08
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Do you ever have one of those moments where you think of an idea or come up with a plan and it is an eye-opening, life-changing moment? You sit down with a friend, think it through, iron out all the wrinkles and decide the best course to making it a reality…and them someone else goes ahead and does it before you get a chance. Staff writer Jamie and myself spent a good hour talking about the possibilities of a real life Mario Kart game, complete with bonuses, track alterations and the relevant costumes of course and then we hear that Pennzoil and Nintendo have teamed up and provided a four player, live action Mario Kart for the clientele of SXSW, the annual tech and music conference in Texas. According to Austin360, players can collect power-ups that affect their own and other players’ karts. The power-ups are displayed on a giant screen that displays the feed from four GoPro cameras that are attached to the karts themselves. So, if a player picks up a green shell they can fire it at another kart which will cause that player to slow down...We have some of the new images posted on our forum.
 
Windows Phone 9 could launch on smartphone this year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 19:38
As in past we have seen the Windows 8 released on smartphone and now new report recons the upcoming highly anticipated operating system Window 9 likely to launch on smartphone before hitting you computers. So far it looks like Windows Phone 9 could be a massive overhaul, so it’s not surprising that it’s taken over a year. Before 9 however it looks like we’re going to get Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft looks set to announce 8.1 at its Build conference in April 2014, while further leaks highlight that Windows Phone 8.5 may also be on the cards. Initial rumors suggested that the Windows Phone 9 release date would be sometime in 2014, with reports claiming it would arrive just in time for Christmas, Other reports reckon Microsoft will kill off Windows Phone 8 by September 2014, giving an indication that while it didn’t make it out the gates in 2013, version 9 could well be on its way very soon. That seems more likely and not only because it wouldn’t require time travel to be true. The most recent release date rumors come from Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who posted to Twitter that Windows Phone 9 will launch in the second half of the year.
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Windows 8.1 for Business in a Month of Blog Posts PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 March 2014 04:46
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One big issue with Windows 8, and particularly Windows 8.1 and the forthcoming Update 1, is that Microsoft's latest, more modern OS is not for business consumption. Clearly, when Windows 8 first released that was definitely the case. Some may argue the point, particularly folks from MSFT, but it’s a clear fact that Microsoft intended Windows 8 to be a touchscreen OS to help compete with the likes of Google and Apple. I stated recently that Microsoft ignored desktop users with the Windows 8 launch, even though those users are the reason Windows enjoys a large market share. If you ask anyone in business they'll agree. But since Windows 8.1 brought the ability for users to choose to boot to the desktop instead of the Metro interface, and now that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will release with better options for desktop users, the value of Windows 8 for business is changing. To be up front I've used Windows 8 on my desktop since the beginning and never had any problems with it...Follow this on our forum.
 
Twitter wanting to sue US Government over data orders PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 March 2014 04:19
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Twitter claims that the present situation permitting tech companies to reveal a few of the data orders underwraps by the US intelligence services isn’t sufficient, and it may sue to obtain the right to be more transparent. We think the government’s restriction on our speech not only unfairly impacts our users’ privacy, but also violates our First Amendment right to free expression and open discussion of government affairs,” wrote Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s global legal policy manager, in a post on Thursday. “We believe there are far less restrictive ways to permit discussion in this area while also respecting national security concerns,” Kessel added. “Therefore, we have pressed the U.S. Department of Justice to allow greater transparency, and proposed future disclosures concerning national security requests that would be more meaningful to Twitter’s users. We are also considering legal options we may have to seek to defend our First Amendment rights.”...We have more posted at windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Intel’s fastest connector lights up data transfers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:01
U.S. Conec has started shipping MXC cables to distributors. After more than a decade of research, Intel’s new connector that uses light as a speedy way to shuffle data between computers is finally ready to replace slower copper cables. The MXC optical cables will be first implemented at the rack level and use light and lasers to move data between servers, storage, networking and other computing resources. The cables will transfer data at speeds of up to 1.6Tbps (bits per second), outpacing the throughput on copper cables used for networking in data centres. The cables are based on Intel’s silicon photonics technology, which combines optical networking with silicon components. Component company U.S. Conec is now shipping MXC parts, paving the way for distributors to sell cables to server makers and data centre companies. Corning, Tyco Electronics and Molex will sell MXC cables. MXC makes the “connector wars non-existent,” said Mario Paniccia, Intel fellow and general manager of silicon photonics operations.
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Surface 2 With LTE PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:32

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Well played, Microsoft. The company has had to go through a number of supply issues with the original Surface RT and Surface Pro launches, but it sounds like they have learned the trick now. There is word that the company has started shipping Surface 2 with LTE tablets to Microsoft Store locations. The tablet was first promised back in September 2013, with company officials hoping for a launch in the first few months of this year. And although a recent FCC filing revealed the details, the abovementioned report states that the units are now arrive in the company’s official retail locations across the United States. Apparently, they even have photos to prove that the tablets have arrived — though they are not posted owing to (what they call) their sensitive nature. Anyway, if you have been holding out for such a Surface device, there is not much new information to go with this particular report. We do know that AT&T will offer wireless support for Surface 2 LTE, but a price tag or concrete release date has not been mentioned...Follow the upcoming launch of Surface 2 LTE at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Google plans Android for wearables PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 19:41
Google is branching out in the wearable technology market, with the release of a software development kit. It would allow developers to create wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers using the Android operating system. According to a BBC report, Google’s senior vice-president of Android, Chrome and apps said: “We want to develop a set of common protocols by which they can work together.” The kit would be available in two weeks’ time, Sundar Pichai added. “Google is taking wearables seriously and it wants everyone else to,” said John Delaney, vice-president of mobility research at analyst firm IDC. Android is already the most used operating system on smartphones and more than 1.1 billion devices running Android are expected to ship this year, according to the research firm Gartner. read alot more tech related news on our Forum and/ or news on Google on our special Giants in Tech > Google Board
 
Android 4.4 KitKat Crawls to 2.5 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 08:40
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Android 4.4 KitKat was announced five months ago, back in October of 2013, but it’s still installed on just a fraction of all Android devices. The latest figures from Google reveal that just 2.5 percent of all Android devices, including tablets, smartphones and anything in-between with access to Google Play, run Android 4.4 KitKat. Meanwhile, Android 4.x.x Jelly Bean still runs on a majority of Android powered products. Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean has a 35.3 percent install base, while Android 4.2.x has a 17.1 percent install base and Android 4.3 is installed on 9.6 percent of all devices. Android 4.0.3 and Android 4.0.4 are collectively installed on 15.2 percent of all devices running Google’s mobile operating system, while a hilariously small 0.1 percent still operate on Honeycomb. Gingerbread has a 19 percent install base, and 1.2 percent of all devices run Froyo. Oddly, the Jelly Bean installation figures, collectively, have increased since the last report in February...For more visit our forum.
 
Outernet Wants To Broadcast the Internet From Space PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 March 2014 04:36
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The next time you stare up at the night sky, those little glinting white specs you see might not be what you think. In an effort to make the Internet more accessible to humans worldwide, a group of mad scientist entrepreneurs want to launch hundreds of companion cube-like satellites into space. Called Cubesats, those little satellites would then beam the Internet from orbit to Earth down below, free of charge. But there’s a catch. As utopian as a blanket of free Internet might seem, the project, which is being called Outernet, doesn’t actually provide complete access to the Web. Instead, the constellation of nano satellites will transmit a selection of “high-quality” sites down to people around the world, kind of like receiving a TV broadcast. The goal is to provide news and educational information to folks who wouldn’t normally have access to such content. Specific sites haven’t yet been knighted for the Outernet service, but the plan is to actually crowdsource which sites should make the cut...Follow this and other developments on our forum.
 
Windows XP: A Security Warning Screen Comes to Security Essentials 4.5 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 21:19
Microsoft has spent the last year relying on partners, bloggers, and columnists to warn the public about the scheduled obituary for Windows XP. Windows XP loses all support on April 8, 2014, meaning after that date no further security updates will be released making Windows XP the most unsecure OS on the planet. But, only recently (in the last month) has Microsoft taken increased interest in making sure customers are aware of the situation. We saw just recently that on March 8, Microsoft will release a pop-up warning to existing Windows XP users through Windows Update. On the second Tuesday of March, Windows XP users who decide to go ahead and install the month's updates will start to see a dialog box every 8th day of every month until they upgrade, unless the user dismisses the notification for good by checking a checkbox.
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