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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • Apple iWork, iCloud now available to everyone

    Anyone with an Apple ID can now access productivity tools like Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iCloud, regardless of their device. This cross-pollination of productivity apps is becoming ever so prevalent ever since cloud services such like Google Drive and Office Online, which are accessible regardless of the user’s operating system, became more and more widespread. Last year Microsoft’s Office suite — specifically Word, Powerpoint and Excel — became the most downloaded apps after they were introduced to iTunes with very cheap price tags. This move essentially enabled Microsoft to “hijack” Apple’s users. Last time checked, Google Drive is saw over 190...

  • Overall app usage grew by 76% in 2014

    In 2014, according to Flurry Analytics, overall app usage grew by 76%. Flurry defines app usage as a user opening an app and recording what the company call a session. The company obtained the data by tracking four millions sessions every minute, 2.079-trillion sessions in 2014. On 31 December, with users being busy, sharing, looking for rides, messaging, chatting, the company tracked 8.5-million sessions. Shopping, Utilities & Productivity, and Messaging experienced triple-digit growth. That’s not surprising, given that mobile devices have become increasingly important for shopping, working, and communication. Working has also begun to see smartphones move in that direction,...

  • Microsoft adds Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox, Windows Phone stores

    Microsoft users can now buy and download apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music at the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox Games, Video, and Music stores using Bitcoin. As reported by CoinDesk, computer giant is now accepting popular cryptocurrency as payment option for its online platforms’ gift cards. The Redmond-based giant joins the ranks of other US major tech companies such as Dell, Dish Network, Expedia, and Overstock. Locally, one of South Africa’s largest ecommerce players — along with 30 000 or so other online merchants — also accept this digital currency as payment option. Perhaps this move would help...

  • Windows Phone, Windows 8.x updates show Microsoft confident in platform

    Forget any suggestions of retrenchments and screw anyone who thinks forking to Android would be a good idea. That seems to be the message coming from Microsoft, following the announcement of a series of updates to Windows Phone and Windows 8.x. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company underlined how much Windows Phone in particular has grown over the past year, before explaining how the Windows platform will evolve over the coming months. On the hardware side, said Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, the Redmond-based tech giant will be adding support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 series chipsets, with...

  • Act 3: In which Microsoft builds the consumer company its users deserve

    Somewhere in a rainy Seattle, Microsoft insiders are pondering a long-overdue decision: who its new leader should be. As the company heads into its third act in terms of leadership and management structures, it must reflect on the direction the play must take. For the tech giant, 2013 could easily be erased and the world wouldn’t care. It had big plans that have not quite panned out the way the company needed it to. Windows 8 didn’t gain the traction that was expected and the much-talked-about foray into the world of tablets with the updated Surface left a lot to...

  • Computer makers (and Microsoft) are in much bigger trouble than they (and we) realise

    Having had the (mis)fortune of helping someone shop for a new laptop this holiday, I’m not surprised that worldwide sales have cratered. Laptops (and desktops) are still sold by their “specs”. You’ll find yourself in a ridiculously poorly stocked store staffed by salespeople who can rattle off Ghz numbers and hard drive sizes like they’re reciting the alphabet. And the average consumer is petrified by this experience. Give them the choice, and they’ll keep an ancient PC running Windows XP because they don’t want to learn something new. Or endure the experience of actually buying a new PC. They’ll end up...

  • Building an app? Relax, there’s only a 99.9% chance it won’t make a profit

    We’d like you think about something for a moment. When was the last time you picked up your phone and scrolled through the app store in search of a hidden gem? Chances are, you haven’t done it in quite a while. And why would you? Both Apple’s Appstore and the Google Play Store have over a million apps (even Windows Phone has over 200 000 apps), so discovering great apps the old-fashioned way would mean suffering through a whole load of duds. It’s obviously a lot easier to let your social connections, recommendation engines and the tech press...

  • Beast mode: Asus unveils world’s first quad-mode, Dual-OS laptop [CES2014]

    After some 4K TV announcements by LG, Panasonic and Sharp at International CES today, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih jolted us awake with his usual energetic flair, revealing Asus’s 2014 lineup which includes new phones, a gamer-oriented monitor and the craziest four-in-one laptop-tablet we’ve ever seen. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Love Windows 7? You’ll still be able to buy PCs with it on until November 2014

    If you’re one of those people afraid to upgrade to Windows 8, but are in desperate need of a new machine then you’re in luck: you’ll still be able get one with Windows 7 pre-loaded until November 2014. Microsoft’s product lifecycle does however mean that you can no longer buy it as a boxed piece of software. If you do opt to buy a Windows 7 device before then though, it’s worth bearing a couple of things in mind. First, you’ll be working on an OS that’s about to stop being supported (sort of). According to Microsoft’s Windows...

  • Global device market on the up thanks to cheaper tablets, smartphones

    The global tech giants will be pleased to hear this. We’re still buying devices in their billions, with little sign of a slowdown in sight. There’s one big exception to that rule though: we’re buying less PCs than ever. In fact, reports tech research house Gartner, worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32-billion units in 2013, a 4.5% increase from 2012. The vast majority of that growth however comes from tablets and smartphones, especially among those at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Tablet shipments alone are expected to grow...

  • 7 reasons why Microsoft’s tablet announcement shows that it’s cool again

    You’ve got to hand it to whoever handles Microsoft’s marketing, they sure know how to drum up hype. The tech press hadn’t been this excited for an announcement since, well, the last Apple launch. Wait, does that mean we actually expect Microsoft to be cool again? Totally. In fact, we think its big tablet reveal shows that the Redmond-based giant is getting its groove back and (dare we say it?) becoming cool. Here’s why. 1. Venue A photography and film studio in Hollywood set up to look like a fashion show? How much further could Microsoft get from the staid...

  • Early Facebook app developer claims hidden agendas killed his app

    A social music service is among the updates being rolled out by Facebook in the wake of its f8 developers’ conference. This audio service does, however, have a predecessor and its developer claims the project was killed for reasons very different to the ones reported on at the time. Former Motorola exec and entrepreneur Numair Faraz dropped a nuclear bomb in a blog post about his experiences as an early Facebook platform developer. Faraz launched “Audio” on Facebook shortly after the developer platform was released. On 30 July 2007 Facebook removed “Audio” from their platform for...

  • Sayonara IE7… or is it?

    At the beginning of the month, Google announced that it was phasing out support for older web browsers like Internet Explorer 7(IE7) for any of the Google Apps suite — Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and others. It is not a particularly bold move, since IE7 is only used by about 10 to 15 percent of the global market, and that number has been decreasing steadily by the month. That said, developers are breathing a huge sigh of relief that somebody with some clout has finally stepped up to the mark and announced that IE7’s days are over, this...

  • 33% of Facebook posting is mobile

    Some stats have been published, by researchers and the company themselves, about mobile usage of Facebook. But to content creators, one of the most important uses of the social network is when users create posts, sometimes posting original content, often sharing articles and media found elsewhere on the web. I was unable to find much data about how much of this activity occurs via mobile devices, so I decided to research my own. I used a random sample set of more than 70,000 Facebook public posts (those from users with open privacy settings). The data includes status updates, videos, links...

  • Nokia chooses Windows Phone 7 OS for smartphones

    In a dramatic break from the past, Nokia and Microsoft have banded together in the fast-growing smartphone marke to offer Windows Phone 7 as the ‘primary smartphone plaftorm’. With the rise of Google’s Android, Nokia is desperately attempting to regain its position as the leading player in the sector. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race,” said Nokia’s...