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Windows Phone isn’t dead, but it needs a new reason to live – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After four years of uphill battles, Windows Phone appears to be reaching its peak. IDC recently estimated that Windows Phone shipments fell to 7.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014—down from 8.2 million a year earlier—even as Android and iPhone shipments increased. As a result, Windows Phone’s Q2 2014 market share dropped from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent year-over-year. The news has led some pundits to declare that Windows…

HP Stream revealed: Microsoft’s Chromebook killer is a Chromebook clone – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Microsoft drove out Linux as the platform of choice during the netbook craze, and now the Windows maker is hoping it can do the same to the latest PC upstart, the Chromebook. Back in July, Microsoft announced its intention in this regard by showing off the Hewlett-Packard Stream, an upcoming $199 laptop designed to take on the Chromebook. Slightly more expensive laptops around $249 are also due in the coming…

Microsoft Bringing Reddit To Xbox One With ‘ReddX’ – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Browsing the gaming sections of Reddit this past year will likely lead you to the impression that the hivemind community doesn’t take too kindly to Microsoft Microsoft or the Xbox One, but that’s changed at least for today as Microsoft has reached out to them directly with a new app. It’s called “ReddX,” and though the name sounds rather risqué, it’s an app developed by Microsoft which aims to bring…

Windows Phone isn’t dead, but it needs a new reason to live – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After four years of uphill battles, Windows Phone appears to be reaching its peak. IDC recently estimated that Windows Phone shipments fell to 7.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014—down from 8.2 million a year earlier—even as Android and iPhone shipments increased. As a result, Windows Phone’s Q2 2014 market share dropped from 3.4 percent to 2.5 percent year-over-year. The news has led some pundits to declare that Windows…

AMD announces Radeon R7 SSD product line, made by enthusiast … – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AMD said Tuesday that it will sell three 2.5-inch SSDs manufactured by enthusiast house OCZ, allowing AMD to offer high-speed storage alongside microprocessors and graphics chips. AMD will sell the three SSDs—sized at 120, 240, and 480 gigabytes, respectively—as Radeon R7 SSDs, tying them to its Radeon family of GPUs. OCZ, which was recently acquired by Toshiba, will actually make the drives, together with its own flash chips and controllers. …

Chip Kelly: Eagles would listen to offers for Mark Sanchez – CBSSports.com

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mark Sanchez could be yours if you blow away Chip Kelly with an offer. (USATSI) More NFL: Photos | Videos & GIFs | Training Camp updates | Manziel watch If there was a preseason MVP award, Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez would probably be in the running. Through two games, Sanchez has completed 18 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers include an 11-of-12 performance in a…

Rumor: Schematic suggests NFC chip in ‘iPhone 6,’ RAM remains unknown [u] – Apple Insider

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014, 05:32 am PT (08:32 am ET) By AppleInsider Staff While incorrect claims came on Monday from a document showing alleged details on a NAND flash chip for Apple’s next iPhone, another questionable schematic from the same source suggests the “iPhone 6″ may include a near-field communications chip [updated]. Chinese repair firm “GeekBar” shared a picture of the schematic on Monday via the social media site Weibo….

New MacBook Pro and Air release date in 2015, not this fall – ChristianToday

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The new version of MacBook Pro and Air are reportedly set to be released next year, not this year. It was previously reported that the new MacBooks will arrive later this year in the fall but the delay is supposed to be due to the release of Intel’s new Broadwell chips. According to reports, the first batch of the Core “M” chips will be shipped only by…

Rumor: Schematic suggests NFC chip in ‘iPhone 6,’ RAM remains unknown [u] – Apple Insider

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014, 05:32 am PT (08:32 am ET) By AppleInsider Staff While incorrect claims came on Monday from a document showing alleged details on a NAND flash chip for Apple’s next iPhone, another questionable schematic from the same source suggests the “iPhone 6″ may include a near-field communications chip [updated]. Chinese repair firm “GeekBar” shared a picture of the schematic on Monday via the social media site Weibo….

Microsoft’s first Chromebook killer is a $200 HP laptop – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Microsoft announced that it would be working with its partners to release ultra-low-cost Windows laptops just over a month ago, and now thanks to a leak from MobileGeeks, it looks like HP will release one of the first of these ultra-low-cost computers. The HP Stream 14 is a 14-inch, Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to sell for a paltry $199. The Stream 14 has an AMD processor, 1366 x 768…

Lack of Cell Phone Reimbursement Creates Class Action Liability for CA … – Forbes

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

By Remy Kessler and Ian A. Wright On August 12, 2014, the California court of appeal issued a sweeping decision that may spark a new wave of class action lawsuits against California employers.  In Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., the appellate court determined that employers must reimburse employees for work-related phone calls made on personal cell phones or face liability—potentially on a class-wide basis.  Under California Labor Code section…

Surface Pro 3 vs Macbook Air 2014: Specs, features comparison – ChristianToday

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

In the three new advertisements released by Microsoft, the company has evidently compared its Surface Pro 3 directly against Apple’s MacBook Air. Boasting of the tablet’s various features and capacities, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 clearly campaigned its capability to actually replace one of Apple’s most talked about product, the MacBook Air. Hence, these ads definitely made fans question whether Microsoft’s tablet can indeed replace Apple’s laptop. According…

iMac 2014 review: for £899 Apple is offering a slick introduction to the world … – The Independent

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Even so, the newest iMac has caused perplexed responses because it’s the cheapest computer Apple has produced in years. It’s only £899, so it can’t be any good, can it? Since this iMac is aimed at newcomers to Apple, many users will come from Windows. Windows 8 hasn’t had a rapturous reception so Apple has doubtless spotted a moment to pounce. After all, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have…

Banks, Retailers Speed Up Drive to Add Chips to Credit, Debit Cards – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

GLEN ALLEN, Va.—Morgan Montgomery inserted a credit card into a device, pulled it out and tried to pay for her groceries. But the transaction failed because she didn’t realize the card was supposed to stay in the machine while she signed for the purchase. “I don’t like letting go of it,” she said of the card. “I’m worried about leaving it behind.” Ms. Montgomery, a 30-year-old business owner from Richmond,…

Rumor: Schematic suggests NFC chip in ‘iPhone 6,’ RAM remains unknown [u] – Apple Insider

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014, 05:32 am PT (08:32 am ET) By AppleInsider Staff While incorrect claims came on Monday from a document showing alleged details on a NAND flash chip for Apple’s next iPhone, another questionable schematic from the same source suggests the “iPhone 6″ may include a near-field communications chip [updated]. Chinese repair firm “GeekBar” shared a picture of the schematic on Monday via the social media site Weibo….

Microsoft offers custom Windows OS to all first generation Intel Galileo owners – PCWorld

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Microsoft is encouraging more hardware hackers to develop Windows-based smart devices and appliances with expanded availability of a preview OS to all owners of Intel’s Galileo board. The software company has provided a pared-down, proof-of-concept version of Windows designed to work with the Galileo board, which is targeted do-it-yourself enthusiasts who experiment with electronics. The OS previously worked only on a few Galileo boards sent by Microsoft to select developers….

How to connect a laptop to TV with HDMI and more: watch movies and video … – PC Advisor

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Connecting your laptop to your TV is actually very easy: all you need is the right cable, lead or streaming hardware and you’ll be watching content from your laptop on your television in no time. We’ll take you through how to connect your laptop to a TV. See all Laptop tips and tutorials. You don’t have to spend a small fortune to get all the features of the latest smart…

HP’s $200 Stream Windows Laptop to Fight Chromebooks – Laptop Mag (blog)

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

If you’re looking for a great Windows notebook for the cost of a Chromebook, HP may have something for you soon. The company has been working on a $200 14-inch Windows 8.1 laptop called the Stream, and it looks almost ready for launch.  While the Stream was previously mentioned at a Microsoft partner conference earlier this year, the device has not yet been officially announced. But Mobile Geeks spotted some…

Internet Explorer running slow? Dialog boxes could be at fault – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

If you’ve noticed Internet Explorer running slowly lately—or just halting altogether—here’s one possible cause: dialog boxes. On Friday, the same day that Microsoft recommended users download the latest updates for Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft issued a hotfix for Internet Explorer. According to a support article issued Friday, “web applications that implement consecutive modal dialog boxes may cause Internet Explorer to become slow and unresponsive over time.” Microsoft issued the hotfix…

Children and Digital Privacy – New York Times

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Introduction The video “David after the dentist” became a viral sensation after his father posted it on YouTube. YouTube It seems like a young viral star is born every minute, but sometimes in between the admiring online comments, the conversation turns to digital privacy and sharing. Most young parents seem to be doing it, but that hasn’t stopped debate about the drawbacks of posting images of children online. Is sharing…