A planned Windows 8 update to address complaints and confusion with Microsoft’s new operating system will be made available for free this year, the company said Tuesday.
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Microsoft's update of its Windows 8 operating system, code-named Windows Blue, will be available later this year, supporting a variety of form factors and display sizes, and providing more options for both businesses and consumers.
When you’re spreading like wildfire, why douse the flames to make a few bucks? Facebook’s willingness to wait on advertising helped its site and mobile apps grow massive, and now it’s applying the same strategy to Instagram. Wall Street is clamoring for Facebook to earn back the $ 700+ million it spent buying the photo app, but Mark Zuckerberg refuses to trade tomorrow’s dollars for today’s dimes.
A year ago today, we noted that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky called for the abolition of the Transportation Security Administration. It’s now nearly 12 years since the hijacked-plane terror attacks of 2001; the TSA was created barely two months later, and has been (with various rules, procedures, and equipment, all of it controversial for reasons of privacy, safety, and efficacy) a major presence ever since at American commercial airports. “The American people shouldn’t be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane,” wrote Paul last year, and in June of 2012, he followed up by introducing two bills on the topic; the first calling for a “bill of rights” for air travelers, the other for privatizing airport screening practices. Neither bill went far. Should they have? Libertarian-leaning Paul did not succeed in knocking back the TSA, never mind privatizing its functions (currently funded at nearly $ 8 billion annually), though some of the things called for in his bill of rights are manifest now at least in muted form. (Very young passengers, as well as elderly passengers, face less stringent security requirements, for instance, and TSA has ended its prohibition of certain items aboard planes.) Whether you’re from the U.S. or not, what practical changes would you like to see implemented? What shouldn’t be on the bill of rights for airplane passengers?
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If the adorable patterns on the Animal Crossing special edition 3DS XL didn’t tug at your heart (and wallet) strings, perhaps this English rose will. Set to arrive in the UK on May 31st, there’s no software tie-in to mark the occasion, just the vivid hues of an entirely pink handheld. For the international purveyors of all things kawaii, there’s still a pearl-finish pink and white 3DS XL listed on Amazon. Regardless of the shade, both options should pair really well with your vast collection of Hello Kitty
Source: Edge Online
Mozilla Makes Leadership Changes: CEO Gary Kovacs To Step Down Later This Year, Mitchell Baker Becomes Executive Chair
Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind Firefox, Firefox OS and other online tools, today announced that its CEO Gary Kovacs, who joined Mozilla in 2010, will step down “later this year.” The organization has already started a search for his replacement. Kovacs will remain a member of Mozilla’s board of directors. Previous to becoming Mozilla’s CEO, Kovacs was the senior vice president of markets, solutions and products at Sybase (through its acquisition by SAP), the general manager and vice president of mobile and devices at Adobe and the vice president of product Marketing at Macromedia. More Leadership Changes At Mozilla In addition, Mozilla is making some changes to its leadership team. Mitchell Baker, for example, will become the Executive Chair “as she returns to a deeper involvement in Mozilla’s daily activities.” He focus will be on “ensuring that organizations and individual contributors have the tools they need to make meaningful contributions to unlock the potential of the Web.” Jay Sullivan, who was previously Mozilla’s senior vice president of products, will now become its COO and Harvey Anderson has been appointed senior vice president for business and legal affairs, while Li Gong has been appointed senior vice president for mobile devices, in addition to his current role as the organization’s president of its operations in Asia. Brendan Eich will remain Mozilla’s CTO and senior vice president of engineering. These changes, Mozilla says, come as it is building up its “pivot to mobile.” As Mitchell Baker, who herself was Mozilla’s CEO from 2004 to 2008, notes in a blog post today, Kovacs joined Mozilla “to make a dramatic pivot — to move Mozilla from the desktop browser world into the mobile ecosystem.” She also noted that he has “reinvigorated our focus on working with commercial partners, a trait that was central in Mozilla’s early life but less so during the Firefox desktop era.” Kovacs himself notes in today’s announcement that “the past two and a half years have been pivotal in the evolution and rapid growth of Mozilla. I am very proud of our accomplishments as a team. In our mission to empower the next two billion Web users, we’ve made great advances in desktop and mobile and in our ability to lead at the pace of the market. With this solid foundation and a strong team in place, this is the right time for me to announce the transition plan and a
Dell will release Windows tablets later this year that could potentially include devices with screen sizes larger than 10 inches.
Nebula has launched its long awaited Nebula One, a hyped but often delayed integrated system that Co-Founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp calls a “cloud computer” that takes mainframes and time sharing into the future with the cloud. Nebula launched at OSCON in 2011 with the goal of building systems that Kemp said would last “for generations to come.” It is now nearly two years later and Kemp says Nebula is officially here. Nebula One is built on what Kemp says is the company’s “Cloud Controller,” a hardware appliance that turns server racks into a scalable on-premise system that combines compute, storage and networking into one machine. It runs “Cosmos,” Nebula’s distributed enterprise cloud operating system, which configures servers that plug into the Nebula hardware. The technology is built for self-service and supports APIs for OpenStack and Amazon Web Services. It plugs into IBM, Dell or HP servers. Nebula, under Kemp’s direction, also has a flare for the dramatic: Nebula has some deep challenges ahead for it. The market is deeply competitive. There are orchestration providers such as Ubuntu JuJu. Mirantis helps companies integrate OpenStack. Startups such as Piston Cloud and Cloudscaling have developed their own cloud operating systems. But the mightiest competitors are companies such as IBM, EMC and Oracle that all are marketing this new generation of integrated systems. Kemp says a differentiator is its capability to abstract the complexity of what it takes to launch OpenStack. That will be Nebula’s best advantage. And now that is actually ready to ship then we will see how much traction this new cloud system actually gets.
A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack of unprecedented scale that targeted an international spam-fighting organization last week ended up causing problems for Internet users around the world, experts say.
A new partnership between mobile game publisher Playdek and Wizards of the Coast, famed creator of Magic: The Gathering and other tabletop games will bring Dungeons & Dragons to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch later this year. Playdek will be developing officially sanctioned and licensed titles that bring various Wizards of the Coast tabletop experiences to iOS devices, with the first such efforts slated to go live sometime in 2013.
By early 2014, passengers may be able to use certain electronic devices in airplane mode during takeoff and landing, according to a New York Times report. The publication’s industry sources say that the Federal Aviation Administration may announce more lenient electronics policies later this year, allowing passengers to use “reading devices” during takeoff and landing — while it’s not clear which gadgets would qualify, cellphones would remain on the ban list. The FAA commissioned an industry group to study the issue of in-flight electronics use — the team, which includes representatives from Amazon, Boeing, the CEA, FCC, and others, will announce the results of its study by July 31st.
The issue has support from key lawmakers as well. Senator Claire McCaskill is calling the FAA out on its authorization of pilots to use iPads in the cockpit and flight attendants to use devices of their own, while restricting passengers from reading books on e-readers — “A flying copy of ‘War and Peace’ is more dangerous than a Kindle,” she told the Times. And we’d have to agree. Until the FAA announces a policy revision, we all have no choice but to reluctantly comply with the ban, but with devices like Google Glass on the horizon, updated restrictions could not come too soon.
Source: The New York Times
JetBlue first announced that it would be bringing in-flight WiFi to its fleet of aircrafts back in 2011, but we have yet to see anything from the airline at this point, although they announced back in September that free in-flight WiFi would be available soon. The project is still making progress, though, as the company
We’ve heard a lot about a possible Amazon smartphone last year, and rumors have been all over the place as far as what to expect and when to expect it. However, the latest rumor is that the supposed Amazon smartphone is delayed yet again and won’t see a reveal until later this year. The phone
We first heard about the YotaPhone back in December, and to say the least, we were pretty intrigued by its unique design. The company has finally announced that they have found a manufacturer in Singapore and are now planning to officially launch the phone sometime during the second half of this year. While the folks
The year of 3D printers? It’s sure looking like it from where we’re sitting. There are more companies at CES 2013 promoting consumer versions of the technology than ever before. Of course, MakerBot’s not going to sit idly by and watch this all go down. The Brooklyn-based company is set to show off its Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer — the dual-extruding “big brother” to its recently released second-gen printer — at a press conference tomorrow. Hopefully pricing and available will be arriving on with it.
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On November 30, we reported that an official ASUS Nexus 7 docking station has appeared on the ASUS Japan website with a handful of information and not much else. Originally it was rumored that the dock would be available in early December, eventually with December 30 being marked as the shipping date. That day came
There’s some potentially bad news for Nokia users who were willing to dabble in untamed firmware releases via the company’s online repository. Navifirm, which has inadvertently offered several early glimpses of updates for Nokia hardware, will shutter open access to its firmware repository at the end of the month. Starting in February, the system will require a “Nokia Online” login for access to both application and device software downloads. The brief announcement doesn’t detail whether this would involve a standard Nokia account or something else, but it might mean fewer previews — and a slightly longer wait for subsequent (and official) Lumia updates.
Even back in 1982, the astonishing emergence of a large black weather balloon from beneath the field during the annual Harvard-Yale football game was enough to have police officers drawing their guns.
CDMA-based Cricket has announced its first LTE smartphones, launching the Optimus Regard this week, while that rather popular Samsung Galaxy S III will shake hands with the carrier’s new 4G network on November 23rd. The Optimus Regard features a 1.2GHz processor, Android 4.0, 3.5-inch screen and 5-megapixel camera, with that humble spec sheet setting you back $ 250. Meanwhile, a few weeks later, Samsung’s flagship will land priced at $ 550 off-contract. Cricket is offering both devices on its new Double Data plan that offers (for now, at least) double the monthly data allowance of its 3G plans. The $ 50 plan nets your 2GB of data, while $ 60 gets 5GB and $ 70 will offer 10GB of data. If you’re mildly tempted by either the Galaxy S III or the humbler (cheaper) Optimus can read up on the full offering at the sources below.
The iPhone 5 hasn’t yet reached within China’s borders, but it’s rumored that the phone is about to. China Telecom, the country’s third-largest wireless carrier, is said to be getting the iPhone 5 later this year. China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu said that the phone will start shipping to customers either later this month or
Back in August, we learned that the offices of Nintendo Power will be going dark at the end of the year. Today we’re finding out that Nintendo Power won’t be the only gaming magazine to cease production in 2012, as Game Informer reports that PlayStation: The Official Magazine will be joining it. PlayStation: The Official
This coming Monday will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which was the sequel to the ground-breaking and completely-revolutionizing Grand Theft Auto III. To celebrate Vice City‘s 10th anniversary, Rockstar Games will be releasing the game to iOS and Android later this fall. On top of new GTA
If you haven’t already bookmarked our liveblog (you should get right on that), Apple‘s revealed that it will resume broadcasting its events –starting today. Appearing alongside a new events channel on Apple TV, we get a brief mention of today’s conference in San Jose. But until it kicks off at 10AM PT, you can kill some time by watching Apple’s back-catalog of events, which are ready to view on the new channel.
Intel on Tuesday said it was on track to launch the next-generation Itanium processor later this year, brushing away any speculation that the processor would reach its end of life in the near future.
Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.
Well, this is quite interesting: soon you’ll be able to use Steam for more than just playing games. Valve announced today that it will begin offering non-game software titles through Steam starting in September, so before long you’ll be able to access your other software from within Steam as well. Valve’s announcement was pretty vague,
Less than a month ago we heard the news of Sony having delayed the release of its Nasne system due to quality control issues, but that all looks to be sorted out now. The Japanese electronics giant’s said the NAS media streamer will finally be ready to hit Japanese shelves on August 30th for the previously known price of 16,980 yen (about $ 215) — which, as you know, offers 500GB of storage for all your entertainment content. There’s still a few weeks until the eventual launch date, so that should be plenty of time to gather up some cash and be among the first to call one of these your own.
The final middle piece of LG’s L-style puzzle, the 4-inch Optimus L5, is pegged to arrive in the UK, Germany and France in the next two weeks. The sub-10mm phone packs the same design elements seen in the rest of the L-style series, meaning it’ll also look uncannily similar to both the incoming Optimus Vu and Prada Phone 3.0. Aside from Android 4.0, the mid-ranger doesn’t house that many surprises underneath those designer lines. Ho-hum specifications include a single core 800MHz processor, 4GB of (microSD-expandable) internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera. Once it’s toured Western Europe, the device has plans to see the Middle East, Asia, Central and South America, although LG isn’t saying whether the Optimus L5 has plans for a visit to North America.
Certainly it’s no great shocker that Amazon’s got plans for a new e-reader and tablet later this year. Nor should anyone be particularly surprised at the prospect of a front-lit reader from the retail giant set to compete directly with the latest Nook offering. Reuters, however, claims to have some insight into both, courtesy of an anonymous source. Apparently the aforementioned reader is set for a July launch, arriving in the customary Wifi and 3G varieties. The tablet, meanwhile, is set for a release “closer to the holiday season,” according to the source. Amazon, E Ink and the like naturally refused to comment on the matter.
While earnings calls are rarely the veritable dial-in party, sometimes they do toss up a juicy gambit or disappointing revelation. While NVIDIA was dishing out projections for Q1 2013, it pretty much quashed any hopes of seeing an in-house LTE Tegra chip in 2012. While we were assured that Tegra 3 LTE phones would come this year — based on those partnerships announced back in February — it was also stated that the thoroughbred Tegra LTE chip wouldn’t be a reality until 2013. So, this pretty much ties in with what we had heard, but this time, from the horse’s mouth.
The long-suppressed Conficker botnet is still actively infecting millions of new machines, giving Windows enterprise users a two-and-a-half-year headache.
Bethesda Studios today announced that the Xbox 360 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be receiving an update enabling Kinect support. The update will be available for free later this month. Bethesda say that they’ve added 200 voice commands into the game, including support for dragon shouts. Instead of scrolling through an endless
Apple plans to launch a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet later this year according to an unnamed official at Samsung.
Space will always have room for another galaxy, and your pocket should equally have room for this little piece of Android 2.3 TouchWizadry. The Galaxy Pocket has just been announced in London and will arrive in the UK “later this year,” bearing a 2.8-inch screen with a 240 x 320 (QVGA) resolution, an 800MHz processor, 3GB of expandable storage. That’s an even smaller display than last year’s crop of budget Androids, so hopefully this one will be priced accordingly. Full spec table and PR after the break.
February 24, 2011 was a day that will live in infamy for the team here at Viewpoints. That was the day of the Google Panda update. Up until that point we had enjoyed four years of consistent traffic growth to Viewpoints.com. We managed to double traffic each year and had just reached 2.7 million unique users. We had heard that Google was planning to update its algorithm to penalize content and link farms and were excited about the bump we might get as a result. Turns out we were in for a bit of a surprise.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet that will enter production during the third quarter this year at the earliest.
New submitter jjslash writes “The hard disk drive supply chain was hit hard late last year when a series of floods struck Thailand. The Asian country accounts for about a quarter of the world’s hard drive production, but thousands of factories had to close shop for weeks as facilities were under water, in what is considered the world’s fourth costliest natural disaster according to World Bank estimates. That’s on top of the human cost of over 800 lives. TechSpot has monitored a number of mobile and desktop HDDs to get a better overview of how the situation has developed in the last three months.”
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Is Windows 8 coming as soon as this fall? One can’t help but think that Intel is gung-ho about Windows 8 for a reason.
Callin’ Oates. Heard of it? If not, you’ve gotta get yourself some more meme-hungry friends. Built (partly as a gag) to satisfy a Twilio employee’s new-hire requirements, it’s an on-demand Hall & Oates hotline that has managed to pull mentions everywhere from Time to NPR . Call the number, pick a song, hear Hall & Oates music.
600,000 calls later, the developer behind the project is releasing the service’s code and a quick tutorial on how to put it all together yourself. Think of the possibilities! Bob Dialin’! Rung D.M.C! The Rolling Tones!
You know you’re going to miss the Hubble Space Telescope once ceases operation and they let it simply burn up in orbit. But don’t cry, dry your eye, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced plans to put its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, in orbit in 2018. The telescope, which will be 100 times more sensitive than the Hubble, faced being cut completely by a Congressional subcommittee earlier this year as a result of budget constraints given its $ 8.8 billion price tag. After much Capital Hill grilling over the project being billions over budget, NASA has moved is scheduled launch — initially set for 2013 — to October of 2018. Although not the best news, it’ll still get up there and you can hug your Hubble plushie tightly tonight knowing distant worlds will be that much closer.