Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: Antivirus Software, Cheap Tablets, Chromebook, Google Translate, Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows Tablet, Windows XP, Windows XP Update | Comments Off
Microsoft is a little over a month away from killing off its überpopular Windows XP operating system – April 8, 2014 – However, it seems that punters aren’t entirely in agreement with the tech-giants death yell.
February’s trends for XP and Windows 8 were unwelcome news at Microsoft, but perhaps not unexpected. In the past weeks the company has been reduced to asking customers for help in shrinking XP’s still-strong presence and has reportedly severely slashed the price of Windows 8 licenses to makers of low-priced devices in an effort to boost sales.
Much to the chagrin of Microsoft, for the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 both defied the maker’s wishes, XP, which Microsoft just wants to go away, gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February.
Windows XP increased its share by .3 of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 29.5 percent of all personal – desktop and notebook – computers globally. In January, XP had gained a quarter of a point. The fact that the well-aged operating system accounts for a third of all Windows based PCs also has to have Microsoft tearing out strands of hair. Killing off the OS is likely to upset once loyal Microsoft devotees, but is anything likely to halt the funeral? Not a hope in hell according to Microsoft :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 23rd, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Apple, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple Computer Inc, Apple Hack, Apple Security Flaw, Apple Security Vulnerability, Macintosh Computer | Comments Off
Apple says it is about to issue a software update “very soon” to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial data and other sensitive information from Mac computers and mobile devices.
The consumer electronics giant confirmed findings that a major security flaw in it’s mobile devices – iPhones and iPads – also appears in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.
Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller says “We’re aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon.”
Apple released a fix on Friday afternoon for the mobile devices running iOS, most devices will update automatically. \However, when the fix went live, experts dissected it finding the same fundamental issues in the operating system for Apple’s Macintosh machines.
Apple is apparently racing to push out the fix before intelligence agencies and crooks get to write programs to take advantage of the flaw. Many analysts are questioning the accidental nature of the flaw :: Read the full article »»»»
New technology often means a bit of a fumble when it comes to manners, remember the intro of the mobile phone – geez your old – where is it ok to use your phone, dealing with loud talkers and most recently sexting, the rules governing mobile phones have evolved very very slowly.
It’s taken more than 2 decades to come to terms with an accepted set of social do’s and don’t for the meek mobile. So what’s the etiquette for using Google Glass in public?
The do’s and don’ts for new technologies aren’t always clear, indeed many are still arguing over using mobiles in restaurants.
So the everwise behemoth that is Google, has stepped up, providing some basic tips on using it’s latest, greatest device :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: BLOGGING!, Social Media, UPDATED! | Tags: Business News, IPO, social network site, Twitter, Twitter Share Price | 1 Comment »
Twitter has suffered a massive loss in its first published financial results since the social networks highly anticipated US stock market debut last year, and though the company might not have been surprised, punters took a different view, with shares dropping almost 25 percent in value.
Twitter told shareholders it lost $US511 million/$AU573 million in the last three months of last year, that’s despite a doubling of revenue from 12 months ago to a better-than-expected $US243 million/$AU273 Million.
Financials aren’t the only woes the micro-blog are suffering, Twitter seems to be testing a new heavier design and it’s users haven’t been receptive of the changes. The new layout is reported to include a look described by many as a cross between Facebook and Google plus. Format changes in the past – including their most recent small change – have upset a bunch of users :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Android Open Source Project, AOSP, Blackberry, DeepMind, Google, Google Android, Google Quantum AI Lab, Lenovo, Microsoft Windows Phone, Motorola, Motorola Mobility | Comments Off
We all thought Google’s 2013 was mammoth, celebrating it’s 13th year of existence the search behemoth ended the year with a purchase – $US3.2 billion for Nest – It began the year by releasing it’s Nexus Tablet range and in between took ownership of the smartphone market, hinted at Glass, dragged it’s stock price over the $US1000 barrier, sold 50 billion apps via Play and stayed well-ontop of search.
That so doesn’t sound impressive enough! Search by Google was astounding in 2013, A billion monthly unique searches, Microsoft’s Bing – the 2nd place getter – managed 290 million a month. Point is, it was good to be Google in 2013, gloating won’t slow the giant, 2014 is likely to be a GREAT year for Google :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 24th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: IBM, Lenovo, Technoid Computer News | Tags: BladeCenter, Flex System Server, IBM, iDataPlex Servers, Lenovo, NeXtScale, System x, x86 Flex System | 1 Comment »
Chinese PC maker Lenovo has agreed to buy IBM’s low-end server business for $US2.3 billion in what is set to be China’s biggest technology deal.
The long-awaited acquisition comes nearly a decade after Lenovo bought IBM’s loss-making ThinkPad business for $1.75 billion.
The sale of the low-end server operation, which still needs US government approval, will allow IBM to focus on its decade-long shift to more profitable software and services.
IBM said earlier this month that it would spend more than $1.2 billion to build up to 15 data centres on five continents, in an effort to expand its cloud services and reach new clients and markets.
Lenovo’s acquisition will lift its market share in the server area from 2 per cent to 14 per cent :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, Chromecast, Google, Matt Rogers, Mobile Device, Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nest Labs, Nexus mobile devices, smartphone, Tony Fadell | 2 Comments »
The behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.
This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of Google Glass some time this year.
Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full article »»»»