Leap Motion Release Date

Leap’s motion control sensor to launch in May for $80

By on February 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM.

Leap’s motion control sensor to launch in May for $80

San Francisco-based startup Leap Motion has finally announced availability of its small motion control sensor. The company revealed on Wednesday that it will ship its $80 motion tracking device to customers who placed preorders during the week of May 13th, and it will arrive at Best Buy (BBY) stores in the U.S. on May 19th. The Leap controller was supposed to debut ahead of the holidays last year. BGR had a chance to test Leap’s motion control sensor last July and we were impressed. We called the technology “a total game-changer” and said it was “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while.” The Leap Motion sensor is compatible with desktops and laptops running Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8.

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Nokia CEO Elop Interview

Nokia CEO again hints company is eying Windows tablets

By on February 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM.

Nokia CEO again hints company is eying Windows tablets

Just because the Surface has largely flopped so far, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bright future for Windows tablets. Nokia (NOK) CEO Stephen Elop has told the Australian Financial Review that his company plans to move beyond selling smartphones and start developing different form factors such as tablets in the coming years. While this isn’t the first time Elop has hinted that a Windows-based tablet is in the works, he did suggest that plans for a Nokia tablet are more advanced now that the company has had time to observe how consumers have reacted to Microsoft’s initial Surface offering. More →

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Microsoft Stock Analysis

Over the past decade, Microsoft’s stock has usually tanked after new Windows launches

By on January 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM.

Over the past decade, Microsoft’s stock has usually tanked after new Windows launches

Microsoft (MSFT) was once the king of the computing world. When the company released a new operating system its stock would typically flourish in the years following the launch. Times have changed, however, and it isn’t the 1990s anymore. A graph that put together by Thomas Reuters paints a troubling picture for the once-dominant software giant. A year after the release of Windows 3.0, Windows 95 and Windows 98, shares of Microsoft were up 45.4%, 27.9% and 79.5%, respectively. But then Bill Gates handed over leadership of the company to current CEO Steve Ballmer in January of 2000 and Microsoft hasn’t been the same since. More →

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New IMac Boot Camp Fix

Quick fix for Boot Camp brings Windows 8 to new iMac computers

By on January 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM.

Quick fix for Boot Camp brings Windows 8 to new iMac computers

Early adopters of Apple’s (AAPL) new iMac computers who chose the 3TB Fusion Drive model have been unable to use Boot Camp Assistant. The program, which allows OS X users to install a Windows partition on their computers, is limited to drives of up to 2.2TB. Apple has hinted that the software may be updated in the future to support larger drives, however no set time frame has been given. Despite the set back, it has been discovered that it is still possible to create a working Boot Camp partition on new iMacs. More →

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Microsoft Windows Blue Rumor

New alleged details of Microsoft’s Windows 8 successor emerge

By on December 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

New alleged details of Microsoft’s Windows 8 successor emerge

Microsoft (MSFT) is rumored to be switching to an annual release for its operating system starting with “Windows Blue” in mid-2013. According to a PCBeta forum user who goes by the pseudonym “maxy” and has been unofficially identified as a Microsoft official, “Windows Blue” or “Windows 9 Dev” as some call it, will get customization options in the form of Windows Phone 8′s resizable app tiles. Microsoft will also reportedly still keep the legacy “desktop view” around, but remove the gloss on elements including the taskbar, “flattening” it to mesh better with the Metro UI. Maxy also says a new kernel (6.3) will be used, which should give the entire OS more polish. It’s still too early to deem whether the rumor is legitimate or not, but refining Windows 8 with small nips and tucks while overhauling the underlying framework does sound highly plausible.

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Windows Blue Rumor

Microsoft reportedly preps ‘Windows Blue’ update for 2013 in shift to annual OS updates

By on November 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM.

Microsoft reportedly preps ‘Windows Blue’ update for 2013 in shift to annual OS updates

In yet another move that shows it wants to be more like Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) will reportedly move towards yearly Windows release according to sources from The Verge and ZDNet. Microsoft’s next Windows update codenamed “Windows Blue” will supposedly launch in mid-2013 and will “include UI changes and alterations to the entire platform.” Where things get interesting is pricing, with The Verge’s report suggesting Windows Blue will be released at “a low cost or even free to ensure users upgrade.” Of course, there will reportedly be a caveat: a genuine copy of Windows will be required to in order to upgrade from Windows 8.

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Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky Leaving

Windows Head Steven Sinofsky set to leave Microsoft

By on November 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM.

Windows Head Steven Sinofsky set to leave Microsoft

Microsoft (MSFT) announced on Monday evening that Steven Sinofsky, president of its Windows and Windows Live division, will be leaving the company. The executive’s departure comes only weeks after Microsoft launched its Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet. The decision to leave the company is said to be mutual, however AllThingsD reported that Sinofsky left due to growing tensions with other Microsoft executives. Sinofsky took control of the Windows unit after the launch of Windows Vista and led development on Windows 7 and Windows 8, both of which received praise from consumers. Julie Larson-Green will now head the Windows hardware and software division, while Tami Reller, the company’s chief financial officer and chief marketing officer, will be responsible for the business end of Windows. All changes are effective immediately and Microsoft’s press release follows below. More →

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Mobile Market Share 2012 Android

Android projected to top Windows for OS dominance by 2016

By on October 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM.

Android projected to top Windows for OS dominance by 2016

Traditional PC shipments are set to decline in 2012 for the first time in over a decade while sales of mobile computing devices such as smartphones and tablets continue to increase and cannibalize PC sales. Even so, there are expected to be 1.5 billion devices running Windows by the end of the year, compared to 608 million using Android. The latest numbers from Gartner Research paint an interesting picture, however, suggesting that Google’s (GOOG) operating system will soon be on more computing devices than Microsoft’s (MSFT) according to Reuters. At the end of 2016, the total number of computers, smartphones and tablets running Android is estimated to reach 2.3 billion units, compared to 2.28 billion Windows devices. While Microsoft’s operating system has dominated the market for the last two decades, the company has struggled recently in the growing mobile space.

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Apple’s newly acquired fingerprint technology exposes Windows passwords

By on October 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM.

Apple’s newly acquired fingerprint technology exposes Windows passwords

Apple Security Hole Fingerprint Reading

Fingerprint-reading software that comes pre-installed on laptops sold by Dell (DELL), Sony (SNE) and at least 14 other manufacturers has been independently confirmed to contain serious vulnerabilities. It has been discovered that hackers with physical control of select PCs can potentially access Windows account passwords. The vulnerability is found within multiple versions of fingerprint-reading software in the UPEK Protector Suite, which is marketed as a secure means of logging into Windows computers.  More →

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European regulators set to file antitrust suit against Microsoft

By on September 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM.

European regulators set to file antitrust suit against Microsoft

Microsoft Antitrust Lawsuit Europe

Regulators in Europe are reportedly set to file an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft (MSFT) related to the company’s failure to comply with a three-year-old ruling ordering it to offer users a choice of Web browsers on Windows PCs. An investigation into Microsoft’s breach of the order was opened this past July, and the company had previously acknowledged the violation last year. “The next step is to open a formal proceeding into the company’s breach of an agreement. We are working on this,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Thursday. “It should not be a long investigation because the company itself explicitly recognized its breach of the agreement.” Reuters reports that if the Redmond, Washington-based company is found guilty, it could face a fine of up to 10% of its global turnover. According to the report, Microsoft has already been fined more than $1.3 billion by European regulators over the past 10 years. More →

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Study says malware attacks are on the rise, mobile threats becoming more serious

By on September 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM.

Study says malware attacks are on the rise, mobile threats becoming more serious

Malware Attacks Increase Mobile

We are losing the war against cybercriminals, according to security firm McAfee. The company revealed in its quarterly “Threats Report” stating that the frequency of malware attacks is now growing at the fastest pace in four years. McAfee researchers found more than 8 million new kinds of malware in the second quarter, a 23% increase from the first quarter, and claim there are now more than 90 million unique strands of malware in circulation, CNNMoney reported. While traditional Windows PCs are still the most targeted by cybercriminals, attacks targeting OS X computers and mobile devices are on the rise. More →

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OS X global market share passes Windows Vista

By on September 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM.

OS X global market share passes Windows Vista

Windows OS X Market Share August 2012

According to the latest monthly totals from web metrics firm Net Applications, global usage of Apple’s (AAPL) Mac OS X platform overtook that of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Vista in the month of August. The Cupertino-based company’s operating system accounted for 7.13% of worldwide usage while Vista fell to 6.15%. The latest version of OS X, known as Mountain Lion, has seen extremely fast adoption and already has a worldwide usage share of 1.34%. In the same month, Windows 7 finally surpassed Windows XP to become the most popular operating system in the world. The firm also found that Apple’s iPad and iPhone accounted for 3.37% and 2.42% of Web traffic respectively, while the Android operating system made up only 1.71% of traffic. More →

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New Java 7 exploit can be used to compromise Windows, Mac OS X or Linux computers

By on August 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM.

New Java 7 exploit can be used to compromise Windows, Mac OS X or Linux computers

Java 7 Security Exploit

A vulnerability in the latest Java 7 runtime has been discovered that can be exploited and used for malicious attacks, Computer World reported. While all the reported exploits thus far have targeted Windows PCs, according to Errata Security CTO David Maynor, both Mac and Linux computers are just as vulnerable to attacks. “This exploit works on OS X if you are running the 1.7 JRE [Java Runtime Environment],” said Maynor, who was able to exploit the vulnerability in both Firefox 14 and Safari 6 on OS X 10.8. The exploit is considered “super dangerous” and could compromise a computer simply by browsing a malicious or hacked website.Computer World suggests that users disable Java until Oracle (ORCL) releases a patch to address the problem. More →

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