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Twitter's hot Periscope arrives on Android

May 26, 2015 - 7:30 PM - by Reverend
After weeks of speculation and anticipation, Twitter is launching its wildly popular Periscope live-streaming app for Android users.

The microblogging service announced Tuesday its broadcasting app, which lets users stream and edit live video, will be available on the Google Play store. Periscope's debut on Android devices comes less than three months after its launch and less than a month after after rival Meerkat appeared on Android.

Periscope has been a huge success for Twitter since its debut on iOS hot on the heels of Meerkat. The social network said Periscope had more than 1 million users within its first 10 days. Periscope's app for Android will comparable features to its iOS counterpart, including allowing users to tweet a link to their broadcasts and have optional location sharing.

The app also will give Android users more specific control over notifications, including when a follower goes lives, shares a broadcast or is followed by someone else. Also, if an Android user leaves a broadcast to answer a text message, they will get a notification inviting them back to the broadcast they were watching.

"It will be unmistakably Periscope with a look and feel that is Android-specific," said Sara Haider, Twitter's lead engineer for Android.

Live video is quickly becoming an important elements for social networks as more people are broadcasting their personal lives -- from celebrating at parties to demonstrating at protests -- on the Internet. There are also potential revenue opportunities as marketers look to how they can make money and advertise with individualized video feeds.

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Microsoft's Cortana Coming to iOS, Android

May 26, 2015 - 7:26 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft today announced that its Cortana digital assistant will be available on iOS and Android when Windows 10 launches later this year.

Windows 10 Bug ArtIt will work "as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC," Redmond said in a blog post. "The 'Phone Companion' app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you'll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go."

"The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone," wrote Joe Belfiore, corporate VP of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group. "You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you're at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder. You'll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you're on so you don't miss anything."

Changes to Cortana's Notebook—where you set up your interests, calendar, and daily routine—will sync across all devices, Belfiore said.

Due to iOS and Android restrictions, Windows Phone users will get more Cortana functionality, like toggling settings, opening apps, turning on hands-free access by saying "Hey Cortana."

Overall, the Phone Companion app links your phone—whether that's an iPhone or Android device—to your Windows 10 PC. Click Phone Companion on your desktop, select the type of phone you have, and activity will be available on the PC and your mobile device.

That includes storing music and photos taken on your phone to OneDrive, accessing notes written via OneNote on your PC from your phone, or working on Office docs.

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Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

May 20, 2015 - 8:54 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft today released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

Build 10122 followed its predecessor by three weeks, three times longer than the interval between build 10074 and its precursor, but shorter than the average of 29 days since last fall when it began seeding previews to the public. Two months ago, Microsoft vowed to pick up the pace of Windows 10 updates: Since then it has delivered one every 16 days on average.

Gabriel Aul, the engineering general manager for Microsoft's operating system group, spelled out the improvements in build 10122, but before he launched into that list, he called out a big bug.

"If you're using an AMD GPU [graphics processor unit] you're likely to run into frequent crashes in Microsoft Edge (still branded as 'Project Spartan' in this build)," Aul wrote on a company blog. "We're working with our partners at AMD on new drivers which should prevent the issue and will update this post once they're released."

Edge is the brand new browser that will be the default on Windows 10 devices. AMD is best known for its Radeon graphics cards and chipsets.

In the meantime, users can avoid the problem by switching to the Windows 10 "slow" ring -- the slower of two release tracks -- to, as Aul said, "sit this one out," meaning build 100122.

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Tweets now appear in Google search results

May 19, 2015 - 9:26 PM - by Reverend
Performing a search on Google now also displays relevant tweets from Twitter. The integration will widely distribute Twitter content beyond its own site and is also aimed at adding a new real-time element to Google search results.

The changes, previously announced earlier this year, take effect starting Tuesday for Google’s search app on iOS and Android as well as the mobile Web, for U.S. users searching in English. A desktop version is coming shortly, Twitter said in a blog post. The feature will roll out to more countries in the coming months.

Google has provided links to tweets in its search results for some time. But the new integration will display actual tweets, including photos contained in them. Searchers can also click on the tweets to view them within Twitter.

Twitter symbols like the # hashtag and @ sign are needed for some searches to display tweets, but not all. A Google search for “#MadMen,” for instance, prominently displayed a series of tweets related to the popular TV show, which searchers can scroll through horizontally. But a search for “Mad Men” without the hashtag did not display the tweets.

A search for “Taylor Swift,” without a hashtag, produced tweets.

The integration comes as Twitter tries to get its content seen by more people in an effort to increase the number of its users. The company’s syndication efforts also include placing tweets from advertisers in other mobile apps like Flipboard.

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FrostWire 6.1.1

May 19, 2015 - 9:17 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.1.1

FrostWire homepage
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Windows 10 for phones not coming until later this year

May 17, 2015 - 7:59 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has released a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, and disclosed that the shipping code will not be delivered at the same time as Windows 10 for the PC. Instead, it is set to arrive sometime later in the year.

Announced this week, the new build adds support for further Lumia handsets and the beta of the new-look Windows Store, enabling testers to download software such as the Universal Office apps.

Writing on the Windows blog, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider programme, Gabe Aul, broke the news that the phone version of Windows 10 will not arrive at the same as the PC version, which is expected by the end of July.

"Because we're treating Windows more like a service, this allows us to release Windows 10 on different devices and customers at different times. For phones, Windows 10 will arrive later this year - both on new devices and upgrades for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices," he said.

Build 10080 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones has been released to testers on the Windows Insider programme who have opted for the ‘fast ring', which delivers the latest updates that may not be as stable as ‘slow ring' updates delivered on a less frequent basis.

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Blizzard tackles World of Warcraft 'cheats'

May 17, 2015 - 7:57 PM - by Reverend
Thousands of World of Warcraft accounts have been shut down by Blizzard as it moves to stop people using "bots" to play the game

Blizzard announced it had banned a "large number" of accounts in a message posted to the game's online forums.

The accounts had been discovered using programs, called "bots", that automate gameplay, said Blizzard.

This violated the game's terms of use and gave bot users an unfair advantage, it added.

"Cheating of any form will not be tolerated," said the message.

Blizzard did not reveal how many accounts had been shut down. However, a widely-shared screengrab of a conversation between a player and a customer service rep suggested that about 100,000 accounts had been closed.

The ban will be in force for six months, said Blizzard.

The action is likely to hit many people who play World of Warcraft simply to get in-game gold that they can later sell to other players. These players often use bots to automate the repetitive steps needed to complete quests or other actions that generate gold.

However, gaming news site Kotaku said the large number of banned accounts was likely to have caught more casual players who use third-party programs to automate the work characters in the game must do to refine raw materials or produce desirable crafted items.

This, it said, probably explained the short duration of the ban. In the past, Blizzard had permanently banned people it had caught using bots and other helper programs.

A WoW community manager seemed to confirm this conclusion in a tweet sent hours after the bans were enforced saying "botting" involved the automation of any action, not just movement.

"If a program is pressing keys for you, you've violated the ToU [terms of use]," he said.

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It's official: Windows 10 will not be free for pirates

May 17, 2015 - 7:55 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft executives said Friday that the company will not offer Windows 10 for free to those without legitimate licenses to Microsoft’s software, as the company had previously seemed to say.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of operating systems for Microsoft, wrote Friday that the company will provide “very attractive” offers to those who wish to upgrade from what he called a Windows operating system in a “non-Genuine state” to Windows 10. But, he said, it will not be free.

“While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state,” Myerson wrote. “In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state.”

If Windows thinks that the software isn’t genuine, it will create a “watermark” on the machine, notifying customers that they’re running an illegitimate copy of the software. If that happens, a customer will either need to upgrade or return the machine—assuming they just bought it—to the manufacturer itself.

“Non-Genuine Windows has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions,” Myserson added. “Non-Genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner.”

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