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Microsoft ditching the Nokia name on smartphones

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:12 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.

New Nokia Lumia smartphones will instead by known as Microsoft Lumia, the company said.

Nokia's non-mobile division, which is not owned by Microsoft, will continue to use the name.

The mobile operation was bought by Microsoft in April in a deal worth $7.2bn (£4.6bn).

Since then, Microsoft has quietly shifted away from the Nokia brand.

A post on Nokia France's Facebook page confirmed the branding shift. The renaming will roll out globally in due course, Microsoft has said.

The announcement comes despite Microsoft agreeing to a 10-year deal to use the Nokia name on mobile products.

BBC News
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Pidgin 2.10.10

Oct 22, 2014 - 5:16 PM - by Reverend
Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr.

Pidgin can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AIM, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.


Pidgin 2.10.10

Pidgin homepage
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Audi claims self-drive car speed record after German test

Oct 21, 2014 - 10:16 PM - by Reverend
The German car giant says its RS7 vehicle topped 149mph (240km/h) while driving uncrewed round the Hockenheim racing circuit, south of Frankfurt.

The car took just over two minutes to complete a lap of the Grand Prix track.

Sunday's stunt was organised to highlight the firm's efforts to bring "piloted driving" to road vehicles. But one expert cautioned that several hurdles still needed to be overcome.

Audi - a division of Volkswagen - also put a human behind the wheel of the vehicle for a comparison lap. He took five seconds longer to complete the circuit.

A member of the car company's research team explained that it believed the innovation could ultimately be used by the public.

"I know accident-free driving will remain a vision. But at least we can reduce the number of accidents in the future," said Dr Horst Glaser.

"Piloted driving defuses situations like, for example, being in a traffic jam. Whenever the driver is distracted and inattentive the car could take over.

"Additionally the driver has a chance to relax. That means they are on full alert as soon as their attention is required again."

BBC News
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November Xbox One Update Adds Custom Backgrounds, Twitter

Oct 21, 2014 - 10:13 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft on Monday started rolling out its latest Xbox One system update, bringing a slew of new personalization, TV, and SmartGlass features.

The update is rolling out now for all Xbox One preview program members, and will launch for everyone next month. One of the most requested features coming this month is the ability to customize your background with some of your favorite achievements and game clips, Microsoft's Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, wrote in a post on Xbox Wire.

"The No. 1 fan-requested feature is making its initial debut for preview members," he wrote. "For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background. You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road."

You can also now share your location, bio, and up to six game clips or achievements on your profile, and browse other players' profiles from the SmartGlass app on your phone. When you find a sweet game clip, you can now easily share it with your followers on Twitter.

The console also now integrates Twitter with live TV, letting you see what people are saying about shows in real time. There's also a new tab in OneGuide showing the most watched TV shows, updated by the minute, so you can quickly see which shows are popular. The MiniGuide has also been updated to include your favorite TV channels in a combined "Recents and Favorites" area that can be activated by saying "Xbox Select — MiniGuide" while watching TV.

PC Magazine
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New Windows 10 Technical Preview build includes notifications among 7,000 new changes

Oct 21, 2014 - 10:11 PM - by Reverend
Windows 10 Technical Preview is a work in progress, and Microsoft began sending Build 9860 to enthusiasts and developers on Tuesday. The new code's estimated 7,000 changes include a much-anticipated notifications function, as part of a new Action Center.

Users who've already downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview may check for new preview builds as part of the “Update and Recovery” option. The download totals between 2GB and 2.74GB, depending on CPU architecture and language, Microsoft said.

After installing, your PC will reboot and begin the provisioning process again, asking you for your Microsoft account. In other words, don’t have anything stored on that PC or partition that you’re not prepared to lose.

“Sometimes they’ll be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer gaps, but they will always be chock full of changes and improvements, as well as some bugs and things that are not quite done,” Gabriel Aul, the engineering general manager for the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, wrote of the new builds. “As we’ve said, we’re sharing stuff early and moving quickly to do so. In fact, the build that we’re rolling out today is something that we ourselves only got a little over a week ago!”

Of the 7,000 or so changes to the code between the older 9481 build and the new version, some of them are in response to suggestions made by users as part of the Windows Insider Program.

The most important addition is notifications, which had been rumored to be an eventual part of Windows 10. In Windows 10, notifications will be part of the Action Center, Aul said, which will be accessible from an icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar, next to the date and time.

“You’ll see notifications from the system and apps—from new emails and invites to IMs, Facebook posts and more—all in one place, so you don’t miss a thing,” Aul wrote. Quick actions and a cleaner user... [Read More]
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Mozilla Firefox Hello Is Open Browser-Based Skype Rival

Oct 20, 2014 - 10:12 PM - by Reverend
Mozilla is testing out a feature that will let Firefox users have voice and video conversations with other web users, without the need to download proprietary software or even for the recipient to be using the same browser.

Firefox Hello uses Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) and is built directly into Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox Hello 1Users don’t even have to sign-in to use the service, something which Mozilla says differentiates Hello from other communications services like Skype that require people to surrender their personal information.

The feature is being rolled out to Firefox Beta users over the next few weeks, with chats initiated by clicking the ‘chat bubble’ inside the customisation menu. Recipients don’t even have to be using Firefox, so long as they are using a WebRTC browser like Chrome or Opera.

Mozilla is working with Telefonica on Firefox Hello, which uses the Spanish operator’s OpenTok communications platform. The partnership extends the two organisations’ existing relationship, which has centred around the open source Firefox OS mobile operating system.

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Apple iTunes 12.0.1 (

Oct 17, 2014 - 11:29 PM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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iTunes homepage
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Apple Reveals Ultra-Slim iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3

Oct 16, 2014 - 7:12 PM - by Reverend
Apple today revealed the iPad Air 2, which it said is the thinnest tablet on the market, and the iPad mini 3.

The new iPads will come in silver, gray, and a new gold color. Pricing begins at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air 2 and $399 for the iPad mini 3. Like the new iPhones, Apple is doing away with the 32GB version, so you can get a 64GB for $100 more and a 128GB version for $200 more.

Pre-orders begin Oct. 17 and they will start shipping by the end of next week. Apple will continue selling the iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air, both of which will get a $100 price cut. The original iPad mini, meanwhile, will sell for $249, down from $299.

Among the updates on Apple's new iPads is Touch ID, the fingerprint scanner currently available on newer iPhones like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The updated tablets will also support the Apple Pay mobile payment system, though only within apps, not in stores. Apple Pay is set to roll out on Monday, Oct. 20 with iOS 8.1.

The iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick. "Can you even see it?" Tim Cook quipped as he turned the iPad Air 2 to the side.

You could stack two iPad Air 2 devices on top of one another and still be thinner than the original iPad, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, during an event at the company's Cupertino headquarters.

Apple slimmed down the tablet by eliminating a micro-thin layer of air usually found between the LCD, touch layer, and glass on the tablet, Schiller said.

The iPad Air 2 also reduced internal reflection, which makes graphics and text look like they are just sitting right on top of the screen, Schiller said. Notably, the new tablet includes an anti-reflective coating for multi-touch surfaces, which reduces reflection by 56 percent.

Inside the new iPad is an A8X chip, a version of the A8 chip found in the new... [Read More]
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