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Lenovo folds its mobile division into Motorola

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 21:53

Lenovo folds its mobile division into Motorola A year after acquiring Motorola Mobility, Lenovo has folded their own struggling smartphone division into its now more famous brand.

Motorola will now take over smartphone development and manufacturing in an effort to cut costs.

The news comes via Lenovo mobile business head Chen Xudong, who said the combined company will take the "best talent" from both Motorola and Lenovo.

Earlier this year, Lenovo laid off 3200 staff to help streamline the business, but it was not enough as its Motorola division continues to lose money.

Chen also noted that Motorola will run Lenovo's smartwatch development, as well, although non-Apple Watch smartwatches have generally struggled mightily to gain any traction.

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Apple confirms new iPhone event for September 9th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 21:12

Apple confirms new iPhone event for September 9th Apple has confirmed that its upcoming iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PST at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The tech giant is expected to unveil the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are not likely to be major upgrades from last year's blockbuster devices.

What we do know so far is that the smartphones will add animated wallpapers, 4K video support, a 12MP rear camera, and flash for the front-facing camera, meaning night-time selfies will be a possibility.

There is also the chance that Apple will make the iPhones with force-touch, the feature released on recent Macs. Force-touch senses the strength of the press on the display, allowing for much more options.

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Windows 10 now installed on 75 million PCs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 21:58

Windows 10 now installed on 75 million PCs Microsoft has boasted today that Windows 10 is now installed on 75 million computers, in just one month of availability.

By comparison, it took six months to get 100 million Windows 8 licenses out there, although it is not an apples-to-apples comparison given that Windows 8 was not free.

Additionally, the company says "90,000 unique PC or tablet models" have upgraded to Windows 10, the Windows 10 store "has seen 6x more app downloads per device than Windows 8" and 122 years of gameplay have already been streamed to Win10 PCs from the Xbox One.

It seems Microsoft is well on its way to "1 billion connected Windows 10 devices" as they've proclaimed.

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States begin experimenting with 'cloud taxes' on services like Netflix and Spotify

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 21:02

States begin experimenting with 'cloud taxes' on services like Netflix and Spotify As the world has moved away from physical media, states are now looking to make up the lost revenue in the form of "cloud taxes" on your favorite streaming services.

Chicago is currently experimenting with such a 'cloud tax' on cloud computing and streaming music and video sites, and Tennessee and Idaho have already been testing such taxes for some time.

The move is unsurprising. Annual sales of physical movie discs (DVD, Blu-ray) are down to $10 billion from a high of $20.2 billion in 2006, and recorded media (CDs) are down from a high of $13.2 billion in 2000 to just $1.9 billion last year.

"Seems to me like this might be kind of grudgingly... accepted by a Netflix," Yahoo Finance's Michael Santoli predicted. "I think it reminds me a little bit of when you look at your cable bill and see all the various taxes that are applied there."

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Ashley Madison employees came to work and heard AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' from their PCs after hack

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 20:03

Ashley Madison employees came to work and heard AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' from their PCs after hack It appears that large-scale corporate cyber attacks may have a theme song.

According to the Toronto police, Ashley Madison employees came to work on July 12th and were met with their PCs blasting AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" and their monitors stuck on a 'threatening message' that private data belonging to million of users was soon to be released.

As we all know, earlier this month the attackers released the names, email addresses and more of nearly 50 million cheaters and would-be cheaters as well as emails and financials for the company and employees.

In 2012, it was reported that an Iranian scientist had heard Thunderstruck from his PC following a cyber attack, so is it possible that hackers have a theme song?

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Office 2016 for Windows expected to launch September 22nd

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 19:45

Office 2016 for Windows expected to launch September 22nd According to a new report, Microsoft will launch Office 2016 for Windows on September 22nd, a couple of months after it launched for Mac.

There aren't expected to be any changes between versions, and the Windows app will launch with the new "colorful" theme known to mobile users and it will be touch-optimized, of course.

Additionally, Microsoft has improved search, attachments and email performance within Outlook 2016 and Word 2016 will get real-time co-authoring just like its web app counterparts.

Microsoft has not confirmed the date, but with developers testing the final release candidate as we speak, it is a good guess if anything.

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YouTube Gaming is here and ready to take on Twitch

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 19:21

YouTube Gaming is here and ready to take on Twitch Earlier this year, Google announced that it was preparing to take on game streaming service Twitch and that time has now come.

YouTube Gaming is now available for iOS, Android and desktop and has been well received.

The move has been well forecasted. Google was rumored to have tried to acquire Twitch last year but they were eventually outbid by Amazon. As Google has been known to do, they then set out on building their own version.

YouTube Gaming, just like Twitch, allows gamers to broadcast gameplay live to viewers and will also have exclusive content and interviews. Additionally, there will be 25,000 different landing pages for specific popular games.

For now, the service is just in the U.S. and UK but should expand.

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Rovio to cut 37 percent of workforce

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 9:50

Rovio to cut 37 percent of workforce Finland's casual mobile game hitmaker Rovio has forecasted yet another large drop in earnings this year, and will cut 37 percent of its workforce.

The company has forecasted flat sales and another drop in profits for 2015. Last year, revenue for the gaming company fell 9 percent to 158 million euros and profit fell 73 percent to 10 million euros.

Rovio recently released Angry Birds 2, which has been popular, but it is clear that the game will not make up for lost revenues in the years following 2009's original Angry Birds. The company is also launching an Angry Birds 3D movie next year which it hopes will lead to more licensing deals.

"Fundamental changes are needed to ensure Rovio succeeds in its global ambitions to be the leading entertainment company with mobile games at its heart," Rovio CEO Pekka Rantala said in a statement in regards to the layoffs.

Rovio already laid off 110 workers last year.

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'Facebook Spam King' pleads guilty and now faces three years in prison

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Aug 2015 23:27

'Facebook Spam King' pleads guilty and now faces three years in prison Sanford Wallace, infamously known as the "Facebook Spam King," has plead guilty to fraud and criminal contempt and will now face up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Wallace admitted to using nearly 500,000 Facebook accounts to send over 27 million unsolicited messages to users of the social network.

According to the FBI, Wallace violated a court order that banned him from using Facebook multiple times, even as far back as 2009. The spammer started his business back in the 1990s through fax machines, and later moved to email before taking his talents to social media.

Wallace also used Myspace for spamming and peddled spyware in the 2000s.

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Netflix teams up with Softbank to launch in Japan

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Aug 2015 23:13

Netflix teams up with Softbank to launch in Japan Netflix has announced today that it has partnered with giant mobile carrier Softbank to launch their video streaming service in Japan.

The service will launch on September 2nd and will be offered in three tiers. The cheapest (basic) costs $5.40 (¥650) and is great for an individual while the next tier up is $7.85 (¥950) and allows for two streaming HD devices while $12 (¥1,450) gets you HD access on up to four devices.

In addition, the two companies will also produce original content just like Netflix does in other nations.

Japan has 36 million households with broadband and has been seen as a logical next step for Netflix as it expands around the globe.

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5.7-inch Huawei Nexus shows up in leaked pics

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Aug 2015 22:46

5.7-inch Huawei Nexus shows up in leaked pics Thanks to China's iNexus site, we appear to have a leaked image of the upcoming Huawei Nexus smartphone.

Reportedly, Google will launch two Nexus phones this year, a 5.2-inch model from LG and a larger 5.7-inch model from Huawei.

Strangely, the device appears to have a camera module that juts out, but otherwise does not look all too different from previous Nexus devices.

Thanks to the images, we can see their is a USB Type-C port, dual LED flash and stereo speakers but little else is known. A final screenshot purports that the prototype of the device is running a Snapdragon 810 with 3GB RAM and at least 64GB of internal storage.

We will know more in the coming weeks and months.

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Cortana for Android now available in public beta

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Aug 2015 22:14

Cortana for Android now available in public beta Microsoft has announced today that their digital personal assistant software Cortana is now available in public beta for Android owners.

"If you are currently a Windows 10 user, you already know the benefits of Cortana. The Cortana app on Android is the companion to your Windows 10 PC, extending Cortana's functionality across any device you carry, everywhere you go," adds Microsoft.

Just like on the desktop edition, you can set reminders, search the Web, track your important tasks and other important info (like flights) all accessed by voice.

In addition, Microsoft has updated Cortana to be accessed through the home button (in case you didn't want to use Google Now).

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Nintendo in talks with Hollywood for movie collaborations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Aug 2015 21:37

Nintendo in talks with Hollywood for movie collaborations Nintendo has confirmed that they are looking to Hollywood for potential collaborations in the future.

The last film Nintendo used its IP for was 1993's disastrous Super Mario Bros., and Nintendo has understandably guarded its popular characters since then, sticking strictly to video games. Over the past few years, however, Nintendo characters have begun slipping into feature films, most recently in the Adam Sandler comedy 'Pixels' but the "cameos" have been few and far between.

"For Nintendo IP, a more active approach will be taken in areas outside the video game business, including visual content production and character merchandising,"
the company said during its recent quarterly earnings report.

Even more importantly is the fact that Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto and his Software Planning and Development (SPD) division will oversee the ongoing relationship with Hollywood.

"As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company, we're starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that--and we'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future," said Miyamoto in June.

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Survey: 48 percent of Apple Music users have already stopped using it

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Aug 2015 0:04

Survey: 48 percent of Apple Music users have already stopped using it According to a new survey, 48 percent of consumers who have tried using Apple Music have already stopped using it.

The survey comes via MusicWatch, and suggests that Apple's streaming service has already fizzled, like many of the company's non-iPhone devices and services have in the past.

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month for unlimited streaming and exclusive content, and Apple boasted of 11 million users a few weeks ago. Important to note is that all users are on a free trial so it is unclear whether Apple will steal any users away from established rivals like Spotify.

For its part, Apple says "Among those who signed up for the trial, 79 percent are using it on a weekly basis."

Source:
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Opera browser celebrates 20 years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Aug 2015 22:28

Opera browser celebrates 20 years Popular browser maker Opera has celebrated 20 years on the market with a brief history of the browser that is now used by 350 million people across desktops and mobile devices.

Pictured is Opera from 1995, back when it was called MultiTorg Opera and it was available on a floppy disc for a charge.

Reads the post: "[Opera]It all started in Norway in the minds of two computer engineers, Jon and Geir. They started to develop browsing software as a project for Telenor. Before long, they founded their own company, Opera Software, and continued working on the browser, which would soon be called Opera. From the beginning, Opera's vision was to bring the best internet experience to any device, regardless of network conditions or location. With that in mind, the Opera Mini browser was born in 2005 and quickly became one of the world's most popular mobile browsers, as it enabled users of even the most basic mobile phones to access the web."

By 2006, the company says it had reached 1 million users for Opera Mini and in 2008 that number had ballooned to 11 million. Today that number is 269 million.

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