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Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile come April 25th

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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It may have come as a bit of a surprise to some when Microsoft acquired Nokia towards the end of last year. However, people soon got used to the idea. The question on everyone’s mind though, was whether or not Nokia would change their name and undergo a re-brand.

Well, today it has been confirmed that the company formerly known as Nokia, will now set sail under a new name.

According to a leaked memo between Nokia and Microsoft, the company will officially re-brand as Microsoft Mobile.  (more…)

Microsoft’s All-in-One Media Keyboard

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Can you believe that Microsoft has been making their own keyboards for 20 years this week? Now they have a new wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad, the All-in-One Media Keyboard, targeted at living room users, smart TVs, Xbox One, and tablets.

According to Microsoft, the All-in-One Media Keyboard will work with Windows 8.1, 8, and 7; Windows RT; Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.9; and Android 4.03, 4.12, and 4.2. It goes on sale this month for about US$40, which is not that bad considering its functionality. (more…)

Top smartphone manufacturers sign anti-phone theft pledge

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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The crackdown on smartphone theft has jumped another level after some of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, as well as cellular carriers, signed a new pledge to combat this ever increasing problem.

The new pledge stipulates that companies who have signed, now pledge to help make it harder for thieves to steal smartphones by means of ‘kill switch’ applications.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Huawei have all agreed to build their smartphones in a way in which it would be difficult for a thief to do anything with a smartphone once the so-called ‘kill switch’ has been engaged.

The idea is that the companies will make it possible for every smartphone user to remotely block and wipe their phones, should it be stolen. This will then in turn speed up the process of blocking your phone and rendering the device ‘unusable’ to the criminal. (more…)

Office 365 Personal now available for $7 p/m

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Microsoft has announced that their leaner version of the subscription based Office 365 is now available for $7 per month or $70 per year.

The new package lets you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Mac or Windows computer and one tablet. There is also the possibility of mobile access. This comes in the form of Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. (more…)

This is where Windows XP’s famous wallpaper comes from

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, No Comments

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Most of us will recognize the Windows XP default background wallpaper in a heartbeat. Considering that Windows XP was one of Microsoft’s best selling operating systems, that iconic wallpaper has gotten a lot of screen time all across the world.

The wallpaper is actually entitled “Bliss” – a name that very accurately describes the photo, lush green valley, blue skies et al.

Contrary to popular belief, the photo is not a fake and is, in actual fact, a real photograph. What’s even more amazing is that the photo has not been edited or Photoshopped in anyway. It’s the real deal. (more…)

Microsoft’s Les Miserables parody by team OneNote

Published by on Apr 11th, 2014, No Comments

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What can we say, we’re a sucker for these kinds of random techy geeky fun. Microsoft’s OneNote engineering team have a message to share with you – this time around not through a monotonous media release.

The team have parodied a famous piece from the hit Broadway and Box Office musical, Les Miserables. Take a look in the video below, we definitely think its noteworthy: (more…)

Windows XP support officially dead, but 25% of PCs still run it

Published by on Apr 9th, 2014, 1 Comment

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How long until an operating system ages beyond all hope? Well, according to Microsoft, it is 12 years. That is how long Windows XP has been around, and support for the grandpa of the Microsoft shed has officially been retired. That’s right, the age of XP is officially over, folks.

That means no more security updates and no more customer service calls. The only people who will still be getting support (and at great extra costs) are governments and large corporations. It will offer critical patches and support, but nothing more. (more…)

Microsoft announces Skype TX – studio quality for broadcasters

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Off all the things Microsoft has announced lately, this is the only one that completely caught us off guard. The company from Redmond unveiled Skype TX, a new version of its VoIP service geared toward broadcasters.

The technology used was developed by an acquired company – Cat and Mouse – and offers higher-quality audio and video output for media professionals. (more…)

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