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‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google

Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , | Comments Off on ‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google

'The Future of Internet Freedom' According to GoogleTwo Google executives have penned an article for the New York Times “The Future of Interent Freedom”

In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – detail the the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.

Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.

The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP ...Much to Microsoft's ChagrinMicrosoft 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

UPDATED! 16 March, 2014: Microsoft has upped the ante in its lame attempt to lure users away from it’s almost defunct OS, offering a $50 carrot for users who buy a new Windows 8.1 device :: Read the full article »»»»


Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking

Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BLOGGING!, Social Media, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it’s Peaking

Twitter Fights Off the Thought That it's PeakingTwitter 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 »»»»


…it’s on again! Apple vs Samsung

Posted: December 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Apple vs Samsung, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on …it’s on again! Apple vs Samsung

Apple vs SamsungThe on again, off again brawl between the two most popular brands of smartphone – and tablets – is on again!

Apple has asked a federal judge to bar US sales of Samsung smartphones and tablet computers in the blockbuster patent case involving the two electronics giants.

In a court filing in California, Apple said the smartphones and tablets were found to have violated patents in a jury trial held last year.

Apple renewed its bid for a permanent injunction on sales of a number of Samsung products after an appeals court decision last month cleared the way for a new hearing on the matter.

In the latest filing dated Thursday, Apple’s attorneys wrote that the court “previously concluded that Samsung’s sale of infringing products has irreparably harmed Apple.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

TAKEN CONTROL! Google AndroidThe uncool kid on the block, Google’s Android, now controls more than 80% of the global smartphone market, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone also experiencing explosive growth according to new numbers.

The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.

The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.

The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more :: Read the full article »»»»


NSA Wreaks Havoc! Hacking Report Highlights

Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NSA Wreaks Havoc! Hacking Report Highlights

PRISMIn a pickle once again, the US National Security Agency – NSA – has apparently hacked into communications links used by the planets largest techs, Google and Yahoo. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden the tech-behemoths security was breached in transit between data-centres.

It seems the more this pot gets stirred, the more sludge surfaces, weak restrictions on the NSA’s overseas activities are apparently used to exploit major US companies’ data to a much greater extent than previously thought, The Washington Post reported. It however remains unclear how the NSA accessed the links.

Like other major tech-behemoths, Yahoo and Google constantly send data over shared and exclusive international fibre-optic telecommunication lines. The newly disclosed NSA program, operated with the UK’s spy agency GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters –  jointly amassing 181 MILLION individual records, in just one 30-day splurge, according to the Post.

The head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, said: “To my knowledge, this never happened.” Wink Wink Nudge Nudge :: Read the full article »»»»


Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps DownBeleaguered smartphone maker Blackberry has abandoned it’s plans to find a buyer, instead the company says its chief executive will stand down after nearly two years in what has to be the toughest job in the techsphere.

Former software executive John Chen will serve as interim chief executive of the Canada-based firm, replacing Thorsten Heins. Blackberry has also announced plans to try and raise more than $US1 billion in fresh financing.

The announcement sparked a 16 percent plummet in Blackberry’s share price, raising fears the struggling smartphone maker is running out of options.

After a two-month review of strategic options and talks with potential buyers including Facebook and Lenovo, Blackberry says it will now completely abandon a sale :: Read the full article »»»»