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Windows Server Update Services makes Windows 8.1 Update 1 unavailable to businesses, temporarily

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Apr 2014 21:51

Windows Server Update Services makes Windows 8.1 Update 1 unavailable to businesses, temporarily According to Microsoft, if you are a business trying to update Windows via the Windows Server Update Services, you will temporarily be unable to do so due to a new bug.

The bug was preventing business users from seeing future updates when using the service, so Microsoft deciding to rollback the update for the time being.

Says the software giant of the issue: "There is a known issue which causes some PCs updated with the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) to stop scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2) servers which are configured to use SSL and have not enabled TLS 1.2."

Of course, you can still get the update manually, through the Windows Update Catalog or via standard MDSN. Naturally, Microsoft does not recommend getting the update until it is patched.

If you still want the update, you can avoid the bug by disabling HTTPS on WSUS and then re-enabling it once the patch is finally released.

Source:
WSUS Product Team Blog




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Google announces new Chromebook promos for businesses following death of Windows XP

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Apr 2014 20:04

Google announces new Chromebook promos for businesses following death of Windows XP Following the death of Windows XP, Google has announced a number of promotions for enterprise customers that could be willing to move to Chrome OS.

Says Google in their post: "Today marks the end of an era for computing, as Windows XP meets its maker. I remember when XP was released in 2001--it seemed like a revolution that introduced computers to a whole new generation. But fast forward 13 years and we live in a very different world--one in which we expect the latest and greatest software, and the ability to access our stuff from anywhere. Even Microsoft admits: it's time for a change."

From now until June 30th, if you buy a Chromebook for Business you will get $100 off each managed device for your company. The biggest downside risk for businesses is the fact that many employees need access to desktop apps.

Taking that into account, Google is offering $200 off Chromebooks for Business if you purchase them with VMware Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Additionally, you can get 25% off Citrix XenApp Platinum Edition, which includes AppDNA software for accelerating Windows XP migration.

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Chinese regulators approve Microsoft acquisition of Nokia device and services division

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Apr 2014 23:14

Chinese regulators approve Microsoft acquisition of Nokia device and services division Last year, Microsoft announced it would be acquiring Nokia's device and services division for $7.2 billion as long as significant regulatory hurdles across continents were leaped.

Today, one of those major hurdles has been jumped as regulators in China have approved the deal.

"Nokia and Microsoft have now received regulatory approvals from the People's Republic of China, the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous other jurisdictions. Nokia and Microsoft continue to expect the transaction to close during April 2014, as communicated in our press release from March 24, 2014," said the Ministry of Commerce.

Microsoft had originally planned for the deal to close in the Q1, but it will miss that original deadline by a few weeks.The U.S. DOJ approved the deal back in December.

Additionally, Microsoft will license and use Nokia's mapping services. Microsoft is making a large, bold investment in the future of Windows Phone, expanding their partnership with Nokia from early 2011 that saw the start of the Lumia brand of smartphones. Microsoft is looking to "accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing."




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Israel sees a new cyberattack by pro-Palestinian 'Anonymous' hacktivists

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Apr 2014 22:18

Israel sees a new cyberattack by pro-Palestinian 'Anonymous' hacktivists The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has launched another attack on the Israeli government, a year after their first such attack.

Under the group name AnonymousOpIsrael, a number of Israeli government websites were attacked, including sites for the Israeli Education Ministry, the Postal Service and the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The group, which is pro-Palestine, also posted threatening messages on YouTube demanding that our "brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover and DNS terminate the Israeli cyberspace by any means necessary."

AnonymousOpIsrael says the attack was retaliation for alleged "crimes against humanity" by Israel against the Palestinian people.

Last year's attack took down and defaced websites, and the hackers also released credit card numbers and info.

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Report: Comcast wants to launch its own wireless mobile phone service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Apr 2014 19:52

Report: Comcast wants to launch its own wireless mobile phone service According to a new report, Comcast is actively considering launching its own wireless mobile phone service, one that would have to compete with massive players like Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T.

The service would need to used leased cellular network capacity and Wi-Fi and the service would likely be bundled with the cable provider's TV, Internet and legacy landline phone services. Such a package could certainly be attractive, especially if the prices are discounted for adding more to the bundle.

For now, any plans are in the concept stage, but it could come to fruition in the near future thanks to a deal Comcast struck with Verizon in 2011. Comcast has the right to buy access on Verizon's CDMA networks, and that could certainly provide solid network access when traffic cannot be handled on Comcast's Wi-Fi networks.

These major plans will complement their recent proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, the U.S.' second-largest cable company, for $45 billion.

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Peter Molyneux: Kinect for Xbox One is an 'unnecessary add-on'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Apr 2014 19:16

Peter Molyneux: Kinect for Xbox One is an 'unnecessary add-on' Outspoken British video game programmer Peter Molyneux has made some interesting comments about the Xbox One, which has been struggling against rival Sony's PlayStation 4.

Always known for his bold (and sometimes controversial) statements, Molyneux says that he wishes "Kinect wasn't a requirement as it feels like an unnecessary add-on" for the Xbox One. The Kinect motion control system is one Microsoft's highly touted features for gaming and gamers overwhelmingly approve.

"Maybe it's because we're in England, and it doesn't really use the TV stuff, but it feels more and more like a joke. My son and I sit there saying random things at it, and it doesn't work," added the designer when asked his thoughts on Kinect.

In the UK, the Kinect has certainly had its issues. Being able to control your TV is not possible due to poor upscaling and framerate problems.

Molyneux previously worked for Microsoft, as a producer for Lionhead Studios (acquired in 2006) and then later as the Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe.

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Samsung sees profits fall again as demand for devices, components stagnates

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Apr 2014 18:42

Samsung sees profits fall again as demand for devices, components stagnates Despite being wildly profitable, Samsung has seen its income fall for the second straight quarter.

Operating profit fell to 8.4 trillion won (~$8 billion USD) for the quarter ended March 31st, down from its then record 8.8 trillion for the same period in 2013.

Demand has stagnated for the company's components and devices businesses, causing Samsung to move further into the mid-range tier for smartphones and tablets.

Overall sales were 53 trillion won ($50.3 billion) for the quarter, lower than the 54 trillion won expected.

The company's most profitable division was also its biggest, the mobile unit, with an estimated 5.9 trillion won in profit. This was down from 6.7 trillion won in the Q3 2013, which was a record.

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The U.S. model of the Oppo Find 7a goes up for pre-order with free gifts, quickly sells out

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Apr 2014 22:48

The U.S. model of the Oppo Find 7a goes up for pre-order with free gifts, quickly sells out Oppo made the Find 7a superphone available for pre-order today, and it quickly sold out but there appears to be some back in stock as of writing.

In addition to the great spec sheet, Oppo is also including a free blue Easy-Cover (similar to Samsung flip covers), an extra 2,800mAh battery and a 32GB microSD card (valued together at $80).

The Find 7a has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a 2800mAh battery. The device has Gorilla Glass 3, a microSD slot (expandable up to 128GB), LTE, MaxxAudio plus Dirac HD audio enhancement and VOOC rapid charging promising "zero to 75 percent" in just 30 minutes.

At launch, the device runs on Android 4.3 (with Oppo's Color OS 1.2 user interface) and has 13MP Sony CMOS sensors that can take 50MP shots thanks to Oppo's image signal processor dubbed Pure Image 2.0. The device takes 10 quick shots, picks the best four, and combines them into a 50MP shot (8,160 x 6,120).

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HTC posts another quarterly loss, turnaround hopes turn to M8

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Apr 2014 22:19

HTC posts another quarterly loss, turnaround hopes turn to M8 HTC has posted another quarterly loss, its second in three quarters after nearly five years of profitability.

The company's loss was NT$1.88 billion ($62 million) as sales slowed down before the launch of the flagship One (M8), a thorough upgrade from last year's smartphone of the same name.

Released on March 25th, the M8 is the centerpiece of the company's turnaround efforts, which will also include more low and mid-range range phones that can appeal to larger groups of consumers.

Chief Financial Officer Chang Chialin added that revenue fell to NT$33.1 billion ($1.1 billion) from NT$42.8 billion year over year, below expectations and forecasts.

"The company expects to see positive trajectory of its revenue in April from March and forecasts quarter-on-quarter revenue growth in the second quarter," HTC said, based on sales of the M8 and the new Desire 816.

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Confirmed: Google paid $1.15 billion for Waze

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Apr 2014 21:33

Confirmed: Google paid $1.15 billion for Waze Waze, the social mapping application acquired by Google last year, sold for $1.15 billion says the company's CEO.

The Israeli startup sold for $1.15 billion says CEO Noam Bardin. Previous reports had said Facebook was also a likely suitor, and that there had been a bidding war.

Most interestingly, Bardin admitted that the founders of the company diluted their stakes in the company during funding rounds with investors. The venture capitalists and other investors took over real control of the company, and over time forced them to make some costly mistakes.

Reads the post: "There has been some speculation that we sold due to investor pressure. That was never a factor in selling! The point is that since we owned so little of the company at that point, we felt that we were "working" for our board and not ourselves and so decided we would rather work for Larry Page than our investors."

The full post is an excellent and interesting look into the startup world, and I recommend it: A Unicorn in Israel




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Twitter purchases Android lockscreen app Cover

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Apr 2014 21:10

Twitter purchases Android lockscreen app Cover Twitter has confirmed its acquisition of Cover, a lockscreen app for Android devices that lets users customize what applications and shortcuts they want to see when the phone is locked.

Cover founders Todd Jackson, Gordon Luk and Edward Ho says the app will remain live in the Google Play Store, but that could change. "If that changes down the road, we'll provide another update here," reads the blog post.

While it is unclear what Twitter will do with Cover, or what the companies are working on, the deal will certainly help Twitter to integrate better with Android. "Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android," reads the post. "They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter -- more useful and more contextual -- and together we're going to make that happen. We'll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we're thrilled to create something even better at Twitter."

Twitter, which is primarily a mobile-based service, makes most of its ad revenue from its mobile users and having Twitter prominently in the lockscreen is a good way to make sure users don't forget about the service. Cover was moderately popular, with over 300,000 users.

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Windows Phone exec confirms version 8.1 developer preview is coming next week

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Apr 2014 20:29

Windows Phone exec confirms version 8.1 developer preview is coming next week Windows Phone's Joe Belfiore has confirmed that Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview will be available next week, during the "first part of April."

All registered developers (or anyone who has registered at App Studio) will have access, but it will be notably missing some Nokia features like Cyan bits and hardware drivers for Miracast.

Among the new features not previously known, Local Scout will be available in Maps, Bing Vision is available via the native camera app, and QRcode reading is its own separate application.

Cortana, the voice-activated assistant, will also have Bing Music built-in.

The full software update will be available over the summer.

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Upload Xbox One gamplay footage to YouTube directly

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Apr 2014 13:47

Upload Xbox One gamplay footage to YouTube directly Starting from tomorrow, Xbox One gamers will be able to share gameplay footage directly to their YouTube channel.

Microsoft has confirmed that the YouTube app on Xbox One will get an update that integrates the Game DVR and Upload apps with YouTube, simplifying the process of capturing and sharing your clips now on the world's video portal.

You will be able to use Game DVR to catch gameplay moments and then edit them in Upload studio, and then by just clicking a button inside the YouTube app you can send it straight to your YouTube channel.

The YouTube app update also adds the ability to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, add YouTube videos to your Pins, earn Media Achievements and add YouTube channels to OneGuide.

The update will start rolling out tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8.




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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 810, 808 chips for next-gen smartphones

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Apr 2014 12:33

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 810, 808 chips for next-gen smartphones Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 810 and Snapsragon 808 chips that will power next-generation smartphones from 2015.

The chipmaker says the 810 and 808 are its most powerful chips yet, with vast improvements for video, imaging, graphics and connectivity. Both 64-bit chips implement Cat 6 LTE Advanced on-chip, designed with 20nm fabrication technology which delivers more performance at comparatively low power consumption.

The Snapdragon 810 is definitely the one to covet of the two. Here is a run down of what it boasts.

Snapdragon 810

  • 20nm technology
  • Four Cortex A57 cores for intensive, power hungry tasks
  • Four Cortex A53 cores for non-intensive tasks
  • Supports 4K Displays (external via HDMI 1.4)
  • 14-bit dual Image Signal Processors, 1.2GP/s throughput, image sensors up to 55MP
  • High-speed LPDDR4 memory
  • New Adreno 430 Graphics Processing Unit
  • Adreno 430 is 30 percent faster than Adreno 420, 100 percent faster for GPGPU operations.
  • Adreno 430 reduces power consumption by up to 20 percent
  • Integrated CAT-6 LTE Advanced on-chip
  • Supports VIVE 2-stream 802.11ac with MU-MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, NFC and Qualcomm IZat location core
Snapdragon 808
  • 20nm technology
  • Two Cortext A57 cores for intensive, power hungry tasks
  • Four Cortex A53 cores for non-intensive tasks
  • Supports 2K Displays, WQXGA (2560x1600), (External 4k via HDMI1.4)
  • LPDDR3 memory
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • Adreno 418 GPU provides 20 percent faster graphics performance than predecessor Adreno 330
  • Integrated CAT-6 LTE Advanced on-chip
The Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 won't be deployed in products until 2015 at earliest, as the 64-bit Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 were only announced in February and will only be deployed in the forthcoming holiday season.

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HBO Go crashes after Game of Thrones premiere

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Apr 2014 11:50

HBO Go crashes after Game of Thrones premiere As the fourth season of Game of Thrones kicked off on Sunday night, HBO Go crashed and burned under the demand from HBO subscribers.

HBO is perfectly entitled to guard its blockbusters close to its chest while web streaming services fight over content licensing and make their own programming, but if it insists on limiting Game of Throne's web availability to its own HBO Go service, at the very least make sure it can handle the demand.

After the premiere of the fourth season of Games of Thrones aired last night, the demand to see it through HBO Go hit the roof, then blew the roof off altogether. HBO Go acknowledged the trouble it was having in a tweet.




It then went on to remind fans that Game of Thrones will be available on HBO On Demand with some cable providers, and that it will air again on HBO at 11PM EST. After a few hours, it announced that service was restored.

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