Monday, 26 May 2014

China has banned the use of windows 8 in government computers

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China and Google have never really gotten along, and now it looks like the country is adding Microsoft to its list of unfriendly tech giants. An official notice released from the Chinese government last week bans the Redmond company’s Windows 8 OS from being installed on any new government computers. The reason? Microsoft’s decision to pull support for Windows XP earlier this year.

Windows XP still runs on approximately 70 percent of all computers in China, and the news that Microsoft’s popular OS is no longer secure poses a serious threat to the country. The government clearly isn’t willing to risk the same thing happening with Windows 8 down the road, and will instead develop its own Linux-based OS for use on government computers. Considering the tense situation between China and the U.S. in regards to spying allegations, however, China may just be worried the machines will gain unwanted access to its government systems.

China’s decision is definitely bit pre-mature, especially after Microsoft promised to update its security products for Windows XP through July 2015. The Chinese government likely could have cut a deal similar to the U.S. IRS, which will pay millions of dollars for continued Windows XP support from Microsoft as it makes to transition to a newer OS. The announcement is also a huge blow to Microsoft, which once dominated the desktop OS market but is steadily losing ground to Apple’s OS X and even Google’s Chrome seems an advantage to microsoft.

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Android Security bug specially for Nokia X owners.

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A security researcher has found that by creating an app that exploits a simple loophole in Android, he could get a device to take photos with its camera and upload them to a remote server without user permissions.

Former Google employee, Szymon Sidor has found a loophole in Android that allows malicious apps to take control of your smartphone cameras and upload the images to an unknown server without you knowing it.

Sidor, who now works as a security researcher stated on his Snacks For Your Mind blog, that he had observed numerous apps on Google Play that were capable of taking photos secretly. Google requires an on-screen preview for apps to take photos, but Google does not have a minimum size requirement for the preview. Since your phone has millions of pixels, you will never spot the one that is showing the preview as it can be as small as 1 pixel. Google can close this by mandating that on-screen previews cover a certain percentage of the screen. The app was also able to capture other details from the device, such as battery level and even the user's current location.

Sidor recreated the loophole in a video which you can check out below. He ends his post with a simple request to Android’s security team: “Please put more effort into ensuring users’ privacy.”

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Bored of your new lockscreen?here is an app to refresh it.

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Seems like we have got a new app to change your lockscreen.the app is made by famous developer Matt ‘RogueCode’ is the look of app.

Grab this app and change the look of your widows phone.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

First Impression with Surface Pro 3 by Microsoft

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Some of the changes includes .. Battery life of up to nine hours, performance has increased, weight is down and viewing angles have increased.

Thanks to wpcentral for the video demostration of the same.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Here are the dates and availability of the Surface Pro 3

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As u all must have got the info of the Surface ..

We’ve shared the various Surface Pro 3 configurations that will be available.
  • Intel Core i3 /   64 GB / 4GB of RAM       $799
  • Intel Core i5 / 128 GB / 4GB of RAM       $999
  • Intel Core i5 / 256 GB / 8GB of RAM       $1299
  • Intel Core i7 / 256 GB / 8GB of RAM       $1549
  • Intel Core i7 / 512 GB / 8GB of RAM       $1949
This is a nice spread, those that want a Surface Pro 3 can find the model that fits their budget and needs. The rest of the specs are all identical between the various configurations. Check out the full spec list for the Surface Pro 3 if you want to see what else you get.

Now, how do you actually get it? By giving Microsoft your money and you do that by going to the Microsoft Store tonight at midnight (EST). Well, technically you can pre-order the Surface Pro 3 staring tonight at 12:01 am Eastern Time at in most launch market. Tomorrow, on May 21, you can pre-order at retail Microsoft Stores and Best Buy in the Unites States.

The Surface Pro 3 will be available for purchase in store and through authorized resellers beginning June 20th in the United States and Canada. By the end of August, 26 additional markets will pick up the Surface Pro 3. Those additional markets are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
We wish we could give you the specific date for your country that you’ll be able to get the Surface Pro 3, but we just don’t know yet. We’ll of course let you all know when the Surface Pro 3 begins to expand availability.

On the Microsoft Store website, the listing for the Surface Pro 3 shows the shipping dates for a few of the configurations. Only the Core i5 models will ship on June 20, the Core i3 and Core i7 models don’t ship until August 31. Keep that in mind before splurging on that 512GB/i7 model.
You can also check out the pricing and listings for a few of the Surface Pro 3 accessories on the Microsoft Store website. Here’s what’s coming and how much they’ll cost for your Surface Pro 3:
  • Surface Pro Type Cover - $129.99
  • Additional Surface Pen - $49.99
  • Additional 36W Power Supply - $79.99
  • Additional Pen Loop - $4.99
  • Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 - $199.99
  • Surface Ethernet Adapter $39.99
 So what more u want for now?
via : wpcentral
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Sunday, 11 May 2014

So Microsoft is offering $25 movie credit + 9games with every purchase of Lumia

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Microsoft is offering an exciting deal with purchase of a new Nokia Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 or Lumia Icon Windows Phone between now and June 30. With the purchase of any of the aforementioned devices, the company will toss in $65 of free media, including 9 games the company says are valued at $40, and a $25 gift card that can be used with Xbox Video.

If you recently bought a Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 or Lumia Icon, take the included Microsoft gift card, which should have come with your purchase, and enter the code into Nokia’s “App Social” Windows Phone application. From there, you should be able to download all 9 games for free, including Asphalt 7 and Assasin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicle. We’ll leave the other seven as a surprise for you. (Truthfully, Nokia didn’t told us what the others are, but they’re free, and that’s part of the fun, right?)

The offer is good for anyone who picks up one of the three qualifying phones in 39 countries, so it’s open to plenty of people. Considering the Lumia Icon is only offered in the U.S., however, we hope the offer is also extended to the very similar Lumia 930, too. 

via : Technobuffalo
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Leaked Pics reveal that google is planning a completely new look for Gmail

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A couple of newly leaked images seem to indicate that Gmail is about to receive a major overhaul.

Two new images have appeared showing a drastically redesigned Gmail interface for the desktop. Everything appears to be a bit more colorful with a prominent blue bar running across the top. On the left side of the interface you’ll find a fly-in menu system, while on the right there there is a collapsible Hangouts and new activities bubble. This is also apparently where you’ll find access to tools such as your Drafts.

Mail itself seems to have a clearer delineation as to what days your emails came in so you see what it newest a bit easier. It also appears that you will be able to pin emails to the top of your inbox for easy reference, which will make finding those airline confirmations a lot easier while on the go.

Overall this appears to be a pretty drastic reimagining of the popular Gmail service, and there is no guarantee that it will ever roll out to the public. We believe it will, however, as it matches up with some similar leaks that have been circulating for the mobile interface.

Considering how important email is to the professional lives of many, an overhaul of this magnitude could be quite a shock to some peoples lives, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one is accepted should it ever come to fruition. With Google I/O happening next month, our guess is you won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Surf Technobuffalo for more pics
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