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Microsoft unveils Windows 10

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MICROSOFT has offered its first glimpse of its Windows 10 software that it hopes delivers a winning formula for powering tablets and smartphones, along with laptops and desktop computers.

The US software colossus focused on its core business market while unveiling an “early technical preview” of next-generation Windows software slated for release next year.

Microsoft executives said the naming decision to skip right from Windows 8 to Windows 10 was intended to reflect that the new software will be a big leap and not a small step.

While pulling back the curtain on an early technical build of Windows 10, Microsoft heralded the operating system as a blend of what was best in the previous two generations.

“This is what Windows 8 should have been,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley said after attending the unveiling event in San Francisco.

“Now, they have the most advanced platform to deal with a BYOD (bring your own device) world.”

An “Insider Program” for developers who want to dabble with Windows 10 and provide feedback will kick off tomorrow.

“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Microsoft operating systems group executive vice president Terry Myerson.

“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers.”

Pressure has been on Microsoft to win over companies that have shunned the current version of Windows, which was radically overhauled to adapt to the booming popularity of computing devices with touch screen controls.

While Windows 8 was tuned into personal lifestyles rich with smartphones or tablets, it was not a hit at companies where people still work using traditional computers with keyboards and mice.

More than a year after its release in late 2012, the number of businesses using Windows 8 were vastly outnumbered by those using Windows 7 and even using the earlier Windows XP, according to market trackers.

The operating system is crafted to automatically adapt to whichever device someone is using, from Xbox consoles and desktop computes to tablets or “tiny gadgets,” according to Microsoft.

“Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise data centres worldwide,” the US software firm promised.

Microsoft also said the coming version of Windows will provide developers a converged platform that will allow them to write a single application that can run across the array of devices powered by the software.

Windows 10 will also boast enhanced security, including separating and securing data in ways more resistant to breach or theft.

A beloved “start menu” missed by users will make a comeback, providing ‘quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most,” according to Microsoft.

Windows 10 is also designed to make it easier to work using multiple files or applications simultaneously.

The software can also segregate personal and work activities on mobile devices, allowing companies to wipe their information as needed but leave anything else untouched.

Windows 10 is also the first platform to aggressively handle biometrics “up through eyeball recognition,” according to Enderle.

“I had a list of things Microsoft needed to do, and they ticked off everything,” Enderle said of how Windows 10 is shaping up.

“It looks like they really hit on all the elements.”

Microsoft even improved a command prompt, addressing a long-running lament of Windows users stretching back for generations of the software.

Microsoft’s Windows remains the dominant platform for traditional PCs but has been overtaken in the fast-growing mobile segments of tablets and smartphones by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

 
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Posted by on 01/10/2014 in --Google News--

 

Who invent the Email ?

V.A.Shiva.2012.jpgShiva Ayyadurai,

As you’re reading this post on Facebook, you must be aware that to log into Facebook you need an email account. But have you ever wondered about the origins of email?

Email is  32 years old. But how many of us know that VA Shiva Ayyadurai, an Indian-American scientist invented Email when he was just 14 years old.

Ayyadurai was born to a Tamil Family in Bombay. At the age of seven, he left with his family to live in the US. In 1978, aged 14, he developed a full-scale emulation of the interoffice mail system which he called “E-mail”. It replicated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments, Address Book, etc. These features are now familiar parts of every email system.

Studying at Livingston High School in New Jersey, Ayyadurai began his work on the email system for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He closely observed that the desktop of each secretary, in addition to the typewriter, had an Inbox, Outbox, Drafts, Carbon Copy Paper, Folders, Address Book, Paper Clips (for attachments), etc., which they used each day to create and process incoming and outgoing mail.

Then he conceived an electronic version of this system. He created a computer program of over 50,000 lines of code, which electronically replicated all the features of the interoffice mail system.

On August 30, 1982, the US government officially recognized Ayyadurai as the inventor of email by awarding him the first US Copyright for Email for his 1978 invention. Yet his name is nowhere in modern history of computer science. Whoever claims the invention, Ayyadurai will remain the father of E-mail. We hope he gets the name in history he deserves.

 
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Posted by on 22/09/2014 in --Google News--

 

Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with iOS, Android and Windows devices

Microsoft’s new cross-platform push isn’t a software-only thing.

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On September 16, Microsoft introduced a new Universal Mobile Keyboard that can work with iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Windows tablets that are 10mm or thinner.

The keyboard, which will be generally available in October for an estimated retail price of $79.95, can be paired with up to three devices running different operating systems. Users can switch between the devices using an operating system switch. Devices running Windows 8 and higher; Windows RT; Apple iOS v6 and higher; and Android 4 or higher are all supported.

The keyboard does not currently work with Windows Phone because Windows Phone doesn’t support the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) keyboard protocol at this time, Microsoft officials confirmed.

Microsoft is touting the Universal Mobile Keyboard’s support for each platform’s unique keys, such as the Windows Control key, iOS Command key and Android Home Button. The new keyboard also has a protective cover and built-in stand to hold users’ tablets or smart phones. The keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect to the various tablets and phones it supports.

The new keyboard is backed by a three-year limited warranty. It will be available via Microsoft’s brick-and-mortar and online stores as well as through various other retailers. It will be available first in the U.S. and Canada (sometime in October) and “coming to additional markets soon,” officials said.

Update: A few readers have noticed there’s no touch pad on this keyboard. I’ve heard from my contacts that this is due to the fact that Microsoft wanted to create a single keyboard that would work with iOS, Android and Windows. That meant they opted to build a keyboard that did not include support for gestures/inputs that were not enabled on all three platforms.

Microsoft also introduced on September 16 some other PC accessories, including a Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy version of the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, which works with Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows RT devices. It will be available in September for $69.95. There are also some new textured Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition mice for Windows XP (32-bit only), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows RT and Mac OS X devices. The new versions will be out this month and go for $29.95. A new Xbox One controller and cable for Windows is coming in November for $59.95.

 
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Posted by on 21/09/2014 in ZDNet

 

When it comes to smartphones, size matters

How big should a smartphone be?

Now is the opportunity when all the amateur comedians in the audience can throw out their punch lines.

All done? Good. The correct answer is, “That depends.” And increasingly, the market is responding, “Bigger than my last phone, please.”

You can actually follow the trends in smartphone size with a wonderful new online visualization tool called Mobile Device Size, which lets you see images of smartphones (old and new) proportionally sized next to one another. I put together this selection of flagship phones, old and new, from a variety of vendors. The resulting image makes a striking point about just how conservative Apple has become in its design decisions around the iPhone.

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Image credit: MobileDeviceSize.com

That image is almost impossible to decipher on the page here, so I encourage you to go and look at the original. (I’ll wait.) Meanwhile, we can continue the discussion using this slightly modified two-row version, which is easier to decode on this page.

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Image credit: MobileDeviceSize.com

At the far left on the top row are the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5S, which look puny compared to everything else in this lineup. The iPhone 6, which occupies the third slot on the same row, is just catching up in size to flagship phones like the Google Nexus 5 (from LG) and Nokia’s Lumia 930 (the international version of the Verizon-only Lumia Icon.

Top-of-the-line Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 are still bigger than average. And the iPhone 6 Plus, which is positively ginormous (a word I read over and over in tweets and reviews of this new device), is a mainstream phablet, tucked between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Lumia 1520

Only a year ago, Apple was bragging that the 4-inch Retina display on the iPhone 5S was “just right.”

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Today the only Apple customers who can get a device that small are bargain hunters willing to settle for last year’s model, with none of the new hardware features of the iPhone 6.

The lesson of the market is clear: The more time we spend staring at smartphones, the more we discover that bigger is better, at least to a point. There’s more room for data, and the bigger display is easier on the eyes.

The biggest complaint I hear about the new iPhones is from the most fervent iPhone fans, like Slate’s technology editor Will Oremus, who long ago learned to operate their phone in “one-hand mode.”

I’ll pause here once again for your easy punch lines. Go ahead, get it out of your system.

You’re done? Good.

This iPhone 5S television ad from 2013, starring Jeff Daniels, praises the iPhone 5S because you can use it with one thumb (“a dazzling display of common sense”). It was a whopping 4 inches, compared to the 3.5 inches of earlier models.

Apple has added a clever mode to the new 6-series iPhones to help make that mode of operation easier, but at some point the laws of physics take over and your thumb just won’t stretch far enough.

An entire generation of iPhone early adopters learned to take advantage of those small screens by cupping the device in one hand and using one thumb to do everything. It’s not unlike the early BlackBerry users who actually would develop carpal tunnel syndrome from their two-thumb typing skills.

Apple has clearly placed a very large stack of chips on the Bigger option, and you bet against them at your own peril. If you’re an expert at one-handed iPhone operation, it is a matter of two years, tops, before people start looking at you with the same bemused expression they give someone who whips out an old-school BlackBerry in 2014.

 
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Posted by on 21/09/2014 in ZDNet

 

Fastest Computer……

Google is building the world’s fastest computer

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Google partnered with researchers at UC Santa Barbara to develop quantum computing hardware.

Google is preparing to take computing to warp speed.

The internet search company announced a new partnership with researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara to develop “quantum computing” technology.

The science behind quantum computing is highly technical and still very theoretical. In simple terms, quantum computers make use of quantum bits, or qubits, to process information, as opposed to the binary system of ones and zeros used by traditional computer processors.

Scientists say qubits can behave like ones or zeros, or both. In theory, this should make quantum computers exponentially faster than digital computers that use a binary system to process information.

China is currently home to the world’s fastest computer, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, which is capable of nearly 55 quadrillion of calculations per second. A quantum computer could make that look like a snail.

Related: Apple is wholly unoriginal … and that’s okay

Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and UCSB say they will form a “quantum artificial intelligence team,” which will continue to lay the groundwork for quantum computing.

The search giant has already been working with scientists at D-Wave Systems on a quantum computer system. D-Wave is developing what some call the first commercially viable quantum computer, the “Vesuvius.” It is also working with NASA on a 1,000 qubit “Washington” processor.

Google has been branching out into emerging technologies, from self-driving cars andwearable devices to drones and satellites, as it looks for growth opportunities beyond its market-leading search business.

 
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Posted by on 04/09/2014 in --CNN Tech News--

 

What is the Cloud

Do you keep hearing about “the cloud” but aren’t sure what it is? Read on.

The cloud, simply, refers to software and services that run on the Internet instead of your computer. Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Netflix, Amazon Cloud Drive, Flickr, Google Drive, Microsoft Office 365, Yahoo Mail — those are all cloud services.

There are many advantages to using the cloud. Since the videos, photos, documents, games and other software that lives in the cloud are available on any device with an Internet connection, you can access your stuff from anywhere.

The cloud lets you watch half an episode of Breaking Bad on your TV at home and finish it on your smartphone while riding the train. You can play Candy Crush on your iPad and continue to the next level on your PC at work (not that you’d ever play Candy Crush at work). You can buy a song on iTunes and have it automatically sent to all your iGizmos.

In fact, you might be surprised how much of your stuff is in the cloud.

That’s because mobile apps and PC software are becoming inseparable from the cloud. For example, many services, including iCloud and Google+ Photos, automatically back up photos you take with your smartphone. (That can get you in trouble if, say, you take naked photos and delete them from your phone — there’ still a copy in the cloud.)

Related: How celebrities’ nude photos get leaked

There’s also a lot of personal information stored in the cloud that you didn’t create. Health care providers store your medical records in the cloud, insurance companies put your claims there, and friends post photos of you on Facebook. That’s a great convenience when you want to access the information — and a bit scary when you hand the keys to your personal data over to third parties.

Is it safe? Only as much as you trust the company — and your own passwords. Most cloud companies have excellent security records. But a recent bug in Apple’s (AAPL, Tech30)iCloud allowed hackers to guess celebrities’ passwords as many times as they wanted until they got it right, letting them access nude photos.

Related: When ‘delete’ doesn’t really mean delete

You can run from the cloud — but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to hide. Your job might require you to log onto cloud-based software. Microsoft’s next version of Windows is expected to run some features of its operating system in the cloud.

So where does it all live? Instead of housing information on your hard drive or your phone’s memory, your stuff is stored in massive data centers around the world.

Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Apple, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30)and Facebook (FB, Tech30) are among the biggest data center operators for consumer cloud services. There are 320 million iCloud users. Facebook users have uploaded more than 400 billion photos and add an average 350 million a day. Amazon’s cloud services operate in 190 countries around the world.

That’s a lot of data.

These companies’ massive server farms are so vast and so power-hungry that they are responsible for more than 2% of the United States’ electricity usage, according to researchers at Villanova University. If the global cloud computing industry was a single country, it would be the fifth-largest in the world in terms of energy consumption, according to Ed Turkel of Hewlett-Packard’s Hyperscale Business Unit.

But it’s not just consumers who use the cloud. Businesses are increasingly ditching their internal servers and software in favor of cloud-based ones.

Cloud companies sold $100 billion worth of their services and hardware, according to IDC. But the cloud still has a lot of room to grow: Companies are expected to spend $2.1 trillion on computers, servers, software and services, according to Gartner.

“The cloud” may be a nebulous term (get it?), but it’s an everyday part of our lives.

 

 
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Posted by on 04/09/2014 in --CNN Tech News--

 

Gmail smartphone app hacked by researchers

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US researchers say they have been able to hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate by exploiting a weakness in smartphone memory.

The researchers were able to gain access to a number of apps, including Gmail, by disguising malicious software as another downloaded app.

Gmail was among the easiest to access from the popular apps tested.

The hack was tested on an Android phone, but the researchers believe it could work on other operating systems.

A Google spokeswoman said the technology giant welcomed the research. “Third-party research is one of the ways Android is made stronger and more secure,” she said.

The research is being presented later at a cybersecurity conference in San Diego by academics from the universities of Michigan and California.

Other apps hacked included H&R Block, Newegg, WebMD, Chase Bank, Hotels.com and Amazon.

Passwords stolen

The Amazon app was the hardest to access, with a 48% success rate.

The hack involves accessing the shared memory of a user’s smartphone using malicious software disguised as an apparently harmless app, such as wallpaper.

This shared memory is used by all apps, and by analysing its use the researchers were able to tell when a user was logging into apps such as Gmail, giving them the opportunity to steal login details and passwords.

“The assumption has always been that these apps can’t interfere with each other easily,” said Zhiyun Qian, an assistant professor at the University of California and one of the researchers involved in the study.

“We show that assumption is not correct, and one app can in fact significantly impact another and result in harmful consequences for the user.”

In another example the researchers were able to take advantage of a feature of the Chase Bank app which allows customers to pay in cheques by taking pictures of them with their device’s camera.

The researchers were able to access the camera to steal the pictures as they were being taken, giving them access to personal information including signatures and bank details.

The tests were carried out on Android phones, but the researchers believe the attacks could be successful on other operating systems, including Windows and the iOS system developed by Apple.

 
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Posted by on 25/08/2014 in --BBC Tech News--