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Android In The Car PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 May 2014 14:28

Android In The Car

In the initial announcement, NVIDIA's President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang called the automobile "the ultimate mobile computer," noting that "with onboard supercomputing chips, futuristic cars of our dreams will no longer be science fiction." Android in the Car (the name we'll use when discussing the project for now, for lack of an official name), in its current state anyway, doesn't look exactly like a science fiction fantasy, but it's clear that a lot of thought is being given to functionality that's actually helpful in the car, based around the kinds of things people do in their car, with Google's special Search sauce applied liberally. Basically, according to the information available to us, Android in the Car's basic interface will center around four distinct spaces - navigation, music, telephony, and search. We don't have a full explanation for every aspect of the interface, but we can confidently walk through calling and messaging flows, and we know how the music interface will likely look...For a deeper explanation turn to windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 

 
SSD middleware breakthroug PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 May 2014 14:42

SSD middleware breakthroug

Solid state drives are already one of the fastest storage solutions going around, but a new breakthrough in SSD middleware has the potential to make the drives even faster. Due to the inherent way NAND works, it's impossible to directly overwrite data stored in areas of memory, so when you write to the drive, it writes the data to a different area first before invalidating the old area. This causes drive fragmentation, which is currently solved through a process called "garbage collection" that rearranges data through a series of writes, slowing down the overall writing speed. A team from Japan's Chuo University have developed a new technology that partially solves this problem; a problem which has been present in SSD technology since the beginning. The solution is complex, relying on a "logical block address scrambler" to reduce the effects of fragmentation while simultaneously reducing the amount of copies needed during garbage collection. The new technology has a number of benefits that were observed during the team's testing. First and foremost, they managed to increase the write speed of an SSD by up to 300%, but they also saw a 60% reduction in power consumption, as well as a 55% decrease in write/erase cycles that should help prolong the lifespan of drives...For more turn your pointer to windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Watch Dogs Launch Trailer PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 May 2014 06:12

Watch Dogs Launch Trailer

It’s finally happening. After what seems like an entire geological era, I am writing about Watch_Dogs‘ launch trailer. Granted, the two years it has spent in the public eye is nothing compared to a handful of infamous “long time in coming”  games like Final Fantasy XIII, but this one just seems so much longer because of all the chatter and hype that has been surrounding it since day one. Seriously, how much has been said about this game over the two years? A huge announcement trailer making it the poster child for next-gen consoles, delays, constant rumors of cancellation, graphical controversies, two appearances at E3, competition with Grand Theft Auto V, and record breaking pre-orders for Ubisoft? We’ve seen so much Watch_Dogs over the last two years that I feel like I’ve already experienced the entire game. This launch trailer would be impressive if I hadn’t already seen most everything it shows. I was already convinced I would someday buy the game, but not right off the bat...We have that trailer posted at windows8newsinfof forum

 

 
IE8 Zero-day Flaw Identified PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:09

IE8 Zero-day Flaw Identified

A zero-day flaw identified in October 2013 has just been publicly announced. ZDI reportedly disclosed the vulnerability to Microsoft when it was first identified, but due to ZDI's 180 public notification policy, is releasing information about it today. According to the timeline, Microsoft confirmed reproduction of the flaw in February but failed to do anything about it. ZDI sent a warning to Microsoft several days ago about the pending public disclosure, but apparently the response wasn't in time. The vulnerability affects Internet Explorer 8 and contains the usual payload. The vulnerability allows local code to be executed by a remote attacker through a bug in CMarkup objects and can be activated through compromise web sites and by clicking on email attachments. And, as usual, removing admin rights from the logged on user can minimize the impact. Default configurations for Internet Explorer running on Windows Server and client versions should also mitigate the vulnerability through restricted mode...We have the full disclosure posted on our forum.

 

 

 
Surface Mini cancelled PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 05:11

Surface Mini cancelled

Rumors were running wild of a Surface Mini, expected to be unveiled today during Microsoft's "small" Surface press event in New York City. But it never happened. We got a 12-inch Surface Pro 3 instead. So what happened? Was there ever going to be a Surface Mini or was it all just a big fat rumor? Apparently, the Surface Mini was in development. But, the device offered nothing different enough to warrant a release. In fact, Microsoft felt that it wouldn't even be a hit when compared to alternatives like the Lenovo Miix 2 or Dell Venue 8 Pro. Microsoft's Nadella and Elop apparently decided to cancel the Mini - for now. "Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as early as today at an event in New York, two of the people said," a Bloomberg report stated...Continue reading on our forum.

 

 
Google to Buy Satellite Company PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 May 2014 06:17

Satellite Company

Google is reportedly on the verge of acquiring satellite startup Skybox Imaging, a company best known for capturing high resolution landscape pictures. Sources claim the deal is valued at roughly $1 billion, and is already in the advanced stages of negotiations. Google will seemingly use Skybox’s technology to bolster the company’s own Maps service, which is one of the most widely used mapping services available. TechCrunch says that although Google has its own source for satellite images, Skybox would provide more up-to-date data, thus providing a better experience for consumers. Google’s current imagery is for the most part current, though TechCrunch notes that some of it is years out of date; Google obviously wants to rectify that as swiftly as possible. Instead of Google putting in the effort, it can simply use its bottomless war chest of money to acquire a company that has already done the hard part. In addition to bolstering its Maps service...Learn more on our forum.

 

 

 
Office 365 Quick Reference Guide PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 May 2014 03:34

Office 365 Quick Reference Guide

Office 365 has been growing by leaps and bounds since it first came out as evidenced by it enjoying over 4 million subscribers as of the latest count from Microsoft. Each of those subscription plans allow the installs to be made on any combination of PC’s or Mac’s and include the licensing to use the subscription on up to five tablets for Office 365 Home and one for Office 365 Personal. The fact that the Office for iPad apps, which have been downloaded over 28 million times,  can be activated with an Office 365 subscription to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents probably helped push the increase in subscriptions so it is an area that Microsoft is focusing on to help new subscribers with the service. To that end Microsoft has released a new guide to help those subscribers learn their way around Office 365. The Getting Started: Office 365 Quick Reference Guide, which is available from the Microsoft Download Center...Learn more and follow the download link at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Thousands of Surface Minis have been produced PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:53

Thousands of Surface Minis have been produced

When the Surface mini was not announced at the Surface keynote, it was quite the shock for many avid Microsoft fans. The device, which has been rumored for well over a year, and almost completely detailed in an endless series of leaks, was expected by almost everyone to be announced - but alas, here we are, with no mini to purchase. So what happened? Well, it was canceled at the last minute and we have been able to find out a few more tidbits about the final hours leading up to the launch event for those who are trying to understand what exactly happened - and just what the future holds for the mini-tablet. Before we go through the current events, we need to take a step back to understand the processes that took place up until the device was supposed to be launched. The mini first made its presence known with leaks of what was believed to be an Xbox companion device or something similar. While that 'Xbox Surface' never materialized, likely because the positioning never truly made sense when you observe how Microsoft has used the Xbox brand and its current tablet marketing efforts...Complete details can be found at windows8newsinof forum.

 

 

 
Microsoft Officially Unveils Surface Pro 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 04:54

Microsoft Officially Unveils Surface Pro 3

All the rumors were true! Or you know, all the rumors pertaining to the launch of Surface Pro 3, or even display size increase to 12-inch. Microsoft have done just that. The company, as part of its press event in New York City today, has confirmed that it will be releasing the Surface Pro 3, which is the latest model of its high-end tablet that is powered by Windows 8.1. And the device gets some notable improvements in hardware. Making use of an Intel Core i7 processor inside, the slate now arrives with a 12-inch screen size. Redmond have confirmed that the Surface Pro 3 will also come in Core i3 and Core i5 varieties. Surface Pro 3 has a resolution of 2160 by 1440 pixels, which gives it a 3:2 aspect ratio. Despite this, the device is fairly lightweight, particularly for its size, at just 800 grams. Marketed as a tablet that can replace your laptop, Panos Panay, the general manger of Surface, placed this new model in the same category as the Apple MacBook Air...We have covered the unveiling of Surface Pro 3 at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
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