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  • Amazon and Microsoft just scored a huge $100 million cloud deal that can't be making IBM too happy

    08/31/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Julie Bort
    Amazon and Microsoft are quickly becoming the king and queen of cloud computing. Here's another case in point: the two of them just won a huge contract with the FAA, led by IT consultant CSC. This contract will consolidate the FCC's data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure. CSC says the contract is worth $108 million out of the gate, and because its a long-term contract, could be worth as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years. The FAA isn't getting rid of its data centers altogether to run...
  • Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month and 75 M devices say so

    08/31/2015 11:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    FIRST POST BUSINESS ^ | 08/31/2015 | Arti Singh
    Less than a month after rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared that its new operating system had already been installed on 75 million devices. And, interestingly nearly 1.5 million of those systems are running Windows 10 Enterprise. The company, however, didn't disclose the scale and size of enterprise customers, but said "some of them are rolling out hundreds of machines in some very large pilots." Also, it's not clear how many Indian organisations have deployed Windows 10 Enterprise edition. According to analysts, firms here will adopt 'wait-and-watch' strategy. "Many Indian organisations have recently moved from XP to Windows 7...
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoftís digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Googleís popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistantís functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • You know the stock market is in trouble when Apple's Tim Cook is emailing Jim Cramer

    08/24/2015 6:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Verge ^ | 08/24/2015 | By Ben Popper
    Stock markets around the world have been†posting big losses for the last few days. The route was especially rough this morning, with the DOW Jones at one point falling 1,000 points in less than an hour. At the heart of the current slide is an issue which could impact many tech companies:†economic weakness in China. Two weeks ago China's government made an aggressive move to†devalue its currency. This followed several weeks of tumult in the Chinese stock market, during which the government had also interceded with force. Taken together, investors saw a Chinese market where growth was flagging. That...
  • Paul Allen Launches 'Vulcan Aerospace' to Boost Private Space Travel

    04/16/2015 9:41:05 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 5 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 | Mike Wall
    Billionaire Paul Allen has formed a new company to help make spaceflight more affordable and efficient. Vulcan Aerospace, which was unveiled Monday (April 13), will spearhead the space projects of Vulcan, Inc., a company Allen and his sister Jody formed in 1986. "Vulcan Aerospace is the company within Vulcan that plans and executes projects to shift how the world conceptualizes space travel through cost reduction and on‚Äźdemand access," Vulcan Aerospace president Chuck Beames and his colleague Kyu Hwang wrote in a paper describing the company that was presented at the 31 st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this week. "Vulcan...
  • New photos reveal mammoth structure of Paul Allenís six-engine Stratolaunch

    02/25/2015 2:25:40 PM PST · by ckilmer · 35 replies ^ | Feb 24, 2015, 12:26pm PST | Steve Wilhelm
    New photos reveal mammoth structure of Paul Allen‚Äôs six-engine Stratolaunch Feb 24, 2015, 12:26pm PST Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 4:03pm PST ¬† View Photos KGET image One of the Stratolaunch's twin carbon composite hulls, nearly done. ¬† Steve Wilhelm Paul Allen's giant satellite launch plane, called Stratolaunch, has been kept mostly under wraps since the project began ‚Äď or at least as much under wraps as you can keep something with a 380-foot wingspan.But now, new images from a California television station have revealed some interesting details about the aircraft.Stratolaunch is Allen's bid to compete in launching satellites into...
  • Stratolaunch plane could make space tourism affordable

    12/14/2011 11:40:54 AM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 12/14/11 | Donna Blankinship and Seth Borenstein
    The tycoons of cyberspace are looking to bankroll America's resurgence in outer space, reviving "Star Trek" dreams that first interested them in science. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made the latest step Tuesday, unveiling plans for a new commercial spaceship that, instead of blasting off a launch pad, would be carried high into the atmosphere by the widest plane ever built before it fires its rockets. He joins Silicon Valley powerhouses Elon Musk of PayPal and Jeff Bezos of Inc. in a new private space race that attempts to fill the gap left when the U.S. government ended the space...
  • Microsoft Co-Founder To Build Giant Plane To Launch People, Cargo Into Space

    12/13/2011 3:46:04 PM PST · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 13 Dec 2011
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan are building the worldís biggest plane to help launch cargo and astronauts into space, in the latest of several ventures fueled by technology tycoons clamoring to write Americaís next chapter in spaceflight. Their plans, unveiled Tuesday, call for a twin-fuselage aircraft with wings longer than a football field to carry a rocket high into the atmosphere and drop it, avoiding the need for a launch pad and the expense of additional rocket fuel. Allen, who teamed up with Rutan in 2004 to send the first privately financed, manned spacecraft into space,...
  • SpaceShipOne soars toward $10 million X Prize as first private, manned rocket into space

    10/04/2004 8:07:36 AM PDT · by VoteHarryBrowne2000 · 47 replies · 1,171+ views ^ | 10/4/2004 |
    (Mojave, Calif.-AP, Oct 4, 2004 Updated 10:54 AM) _ A stubby rocket plane was slung from the belly of a carrier plane toward space Monday in the final leg of a trip toward the edge of the Earth's atmosphere and a $10 million prize. A new pilot and potential astronaut, Brian Binnie, was chosen to fly the second flight into space in six days for SpaceShipOne, the rocket plane funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. The carrier plane took off from a desert runway and the plane was released in midair and fired its rocket to continue on its...
  • Mac user installs Windows 10 and he canít stop raving about it

    08/20/2015 1:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Brad Reed
    One obvious reason that Windows 8 was such a disaster for Microsoft was that a lot of longtime Windows users absolutely hated it. To express their frustrations with Windows 8, many of these users either switched back to Windows 7 or changed computing platforms all together by switching to Macs. One such person was Vivek Wadhwa, the director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, who fled Windows 8 in terror for Apple before giving Microsoft another shot with Windows 10. Writing in The Washington Post, Wadhwa explains that he recently installed Windows 10 onto his...
  • Windows 10's usage share ascent routs Windows 7's ascension six years ago

    08/19/2015 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    MIS Asia ^ | 08/19/2015 | Gregg Keizer (Computerworld (US)
    Microsoft's Windows 10 has easily surpassed the global usage share ascension of Windows 7 six years ago, putting it on track to become the company's most successful OS introduction ever. Windows 10's usage share neared 6.6 percent on Sunday, data from analytics vendor StatCounter showed. That was a 23 percent increase over what the OS logged the Sunday prior, continuing the unbroken stretch of double-digit-or-more, week-over-week increases since Windows 10's July 29 debut. The operating system's usage share increase has comfortably exceeded that of its closest rival, Windows 7, during the latter's first 18 days of availability in the fall...
  • Windows 10 reportedly reaches 53 million downloads [Three weeks after launch]

    08/17/2015 10:00:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    WinBeta ^ | 08/17/2015 | BY SEAN MICHAEL
    We reported over the weekend that Windows 10 is running on over 50 million devices. A new report from Neowin backs up our initial statistic and clarifies that Windows 10 has reached 53 million installs according to their sources. Additionally, StatCounter states that number of devices running Windows 10 constitutes 4.95% of the operating system market.Windows 10 is a free upgrade to many users and is easy to upgrade to from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The instillation is rolling out in waves so its download numbers will likely continue to rise. Additionally, it will take some time for enterprises...
  • China to start build of 4th generation nuclear reactor-- maybe w/help from Gate's Terrapower

    08/16/2015 8:30:52 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 11 replies ^ | August 16, 2015
    August 16, 2015 China will start construction of a 600 MWe fourth generation nuclear reactor and it could be Terrapower traveling wave reactor china, energy, future, microsoft, nuclear, science, technology Facebook Twitter linkedin google Reddit Construction of the Xipu fast neutron reactor nuclear power demonstrative project in east China's Fujian province is designed to start at the end of 2017, China Business News quoted Xu Mi, an academician with Chinese Academy of Engineering, as saying. The demonstrative nuclear power project, designed with 600,000kw (600 MWe) installed capacity, will be a fourth generation reactor designs. The Shanghai newspaper speculated that this...
  • People canít dump Windows 8 fast enough as Windows 10 adoption surges

    08/14/2015 6:33:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    BGR ^ | 08/14/2015 | By Brad Reed
    So it looks like the Windows 10 launch was a big success if early adoption numbers are to be believed.¬†The Register drops some data from StatCounter showing that Windows 10 already accounts for over 3.5% of desktop operating systems, up from just under 1.4% the week before. More interestingly,¬†The Register¬†says, ‚Äúthe biggest loser looks to be Windows 8.1, which dipped from 16.45 per cent share to 14.93 per cent,‚ÄĚ while ‚ÄúWindows 7 went from 54.41per cent to 53.8 per cent and Windows 8 dropped from 3.6 percent to 3.46 percent.‚ÄĚ Of course, Windows 10 has some key advantages going...
  • Even when told not to, Windows 10 just canít stop talking to Microsoft (link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 8:54:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    Ars Technica ó LINK ONLY | August 12, 2015 | by Peter Bright
    It's no wonder that privacy activists are up in arms. Read more at Ars Technica ó Link only due to copyright restrictions on FreeRepublic: LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Even when told not to, Windows 10 just canít stop talking to Microsoft
  • Microsoft's rollout of Windows 10 gets B+ grade

    08/13/2015 2:00:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Computer World ^ | 08/13/2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft has done a good job rolling out Windows 10 in the first two weeks, analysts said today, and the general vibe for Windows 8's replacement has been positive, even though glitches have dampened some enthusiasm. "If I had to give Microsoft a letter grade, it would be a B or a B+," said Steve Kleynhans of Gartner. "It's not an A because it hasn't gone perfectly. They've stubbed their toe over privacy issues, for example." Microsoft began serving up the free Windows 10 upgrade late on July 28, giving participants in the firm's Insider preview program first shot at...
  • Windows 10 Is Spyware

    08/13/2015 11:29:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    New American Magazine ^ | 13 August 2015 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    If you are currently a Microsoft user running either Windows 7 or 8, you are eligible for a free upgrade to the "new and improved" Windows 10. But before you upgrade, be aware that it's free as in price, not as in liberty. Many of the new features and settings of Windows 10 have been deemed spyware by computer security experts. It's one thing to have programs and applications spying on you. It's another thing altogether to have your operating system designed to do it. When Microsoft announced the "free" upgrade, many were left wondering why the Redmond giant would...
  • For Techies: Microsoft unveils Windows 10 for Internet of Things devices

    08/11/2015 8:07:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Times of India ^ | 08/11/2015
    Microsoft has introduced its Windows 10 IoT Core, a light version of the Windows 10 operating system for the Internet of Things. According to The Next Web, 10 IoT Core will run the Raspberry Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max and can work on devices regardless of whether they have a display. It is a light version of the Windows 10, so there is no Windowed interface or desktop experience. So instead developers must create a universal app that functions as the interface for the user's device. Windows 10 IoT Core have been significantly upgraded since its first preview release in...
  • Windows 10 Forced Updates Causing Endless Crash Loops

    08/10/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/10/2015 | Gordon Kelly
    I think we can now all agree: Microsoft Microsoftís hardline policy on Windows 10ís forced updates is silly. Very silly. Since launching nine days ago Windows Update has sent out an unstable graphics driver which switched off monitors, a buggy security patch which corrupted Windows Explorer and there are now a number of reports that a third update is causing Window 10 machines to crash over and over againÖThe patch in question is KB3081424 (ironically enough a roll-up of bug fixes) and during its update process affected users find it fails and†triggers the message: ďWe couldnít complete the updates, undoing...
  • Windows 10 appears to be mainly spyware - I'm uninstalling Windows 10 and going back to Windows 7

    08/08/2015 8:29:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 92 replies
    August 8, 2015 | Vanity
    Last weekend I loaded Windows 10 on an old laptop I rarely use. I immediately noticed several privacy issues with new open windows (pun intended) for spying on what I do, where I go and what I say online. After reading some to the reviews and discussions I think it's time to revert back to Windows 7 ASAP. Thanks, but no thanks Microsoft! The police state is doing a fine job without any additional help from you and me. I haven't turned the laptop on since I loaded Windows 10, but the next time I do, it will be for...
  • One Week Later: Windows 10 Was Installed More than 25 Million Times Since Launch

    08/07/2015 2:21:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 08/07/2015
    Windows 10 was officially launched on July 29 and since then, Microsoft has released it for millions of users across the world who are eligible for the free upgrade to the new operating system. While Microsoft hasn't provided any new statistics on how well adoption of Windows 10 is going, there are new reports out there claiming that the operating system has already been installed more than 25 million times. Keep in mind that Microsoft hasn't yet confirmed these figures, but they are very likely to be accurate given the fact that after only 24 hours, Windows 10 was running...
  • Update (Windows 7 and 8 are now being updated to get Telemetry, same tracking as Windows 10)

    08/07/2015 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    About the Diagnostics Tracking service Helping the overall application experience The diagnostics tracking service collects diagnostics about functional issues on Windows systems that participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). CEIP reports do not contain contact information, such as your name, address, or telephone number. This means CEIP will not ask you to participate in surveys or to read junk email, and you will not be contacted in any other way. For any released product with an option to participate in CEIP, you can select to start or stop participating at any time. Most programs make CEIP options available...
  • Windows 10 Starts Charging For Missing Features

    08/06/2015 6:37:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 5, 2015 | by Gordon Kelly
    Windows 10 splits opinions and it has split mine. I think Microsoft Microsoft nailed the core OS, but the policies around it are controlling and overly invasive. In short: great software, shame about the rules. And hereís another perfect exampleÖNow Windows 10 has launched, Microsoft is starting to fill in the blanks regarding features removed from Windows 7 and Windows 8 and it doesnít make for pleasant reading. Why? Because behind this free upgrade are the first signs of where Microsoft will start charging users in future and it begins at the very bottom:
  • Windows 10 bugs emerge

    08/06/2015 12:16:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/06/2015 | By Brooke Crothers
    Windows 10 is a potentially great upgrade Ė thatís not quite great yet.The new Microsoft operating system is an essential redesign. That alone makes it worth the upgrade, as I wrote last week. This week, however, Iím offering a reality check.After a week of constant use, Iíve found it to be buggy compared to Windows 8.1. While not surprising for a new operating system, the point is that some less-adventurous consumers may want to wait to upgrade. Windows 10 users have been documenting their challenges with the new Microsoft OS using the hashtag #Windows10Fail.I wonít go into the entire litany...
  • Windows 10's usage share continues climb [Global usage share quintupled since its July 29 launch]

    08/06/2015 12:11:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Computer World ^ | 08/06/2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft's Windows 10's global usage share has quintupled since its July 29 launch, according to new data. Usage share, a measure of how active Windows 10 users have been on the Internet, stood at 3.2% at the end of Wednesday, data from analytics vendor StatCounter showed. That was a five-fold increase over the 0.6% logged by Windows 10 a week before, the first day Microsoft started serving the upgrade to members of its Insiders testing program. Wednesday's 3.2% was Windows 10's highest post-launch point so far, edging out the 3% milestone reached on Sunday, Aug. 2. In the following days,...
  • You can get Microsoft's PowerPoint killer today

    08/05/2015 9:23:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/05/2015 | MATT WEINBERGER
    Microsoft would never say that Sway, its new presentation app that you can download starting today, is going to kill its much-maligned cash cow PowerPoint. So I will: Microsoft Sway is a PowerPoint killer. Today, Sway goes into general availability, meaning that users of Office 365 in business and education can get it. Plus, Microsoft is releasing the official Sway app for Windows 10, alongside an update to all versions of the tool. And it's still free for consumers. Technically, you've been able to get Sway since last October when a preview version came out. At the time, Business Insider...
  • If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

    08/04/2015 7:33:57 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 33 replies
    The Register ^ | 3 Aug 2015 at 19:52 | Chris Williams
    Here's a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft's new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again. ... There's a handy guide here to the settings you need to look out for during the install and afterwards.
  • Microsoft to unlock old Gears of War games via new remake

    08/03/2015 4:35:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    PC World ^ | Mark Hachman
    Xbox and developer The Coalition said Monday they will ďunlockĒ the first four games in the Gears of War franchise for those who buy the $39.99 Gears of War:Ultimate Edition game or the related Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle for the Xbox One. All users will have to do to receive the gamesóthe original Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgmentówill be to play the Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live sometime between Aug. 25 and Dec. 31, 2015, on Xbox Live. In addition, Microsoft said the four original Gears games...

    08/03/2015 1:15:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 08/03/2015 | JARED NEWMAN
    Microsoft is boasting that people installed Windows 10 over 14 million times in the new operating system's first 24 hours. It's a big number, but it doesnít mean all that much. As PC sales slow, Microsoftís sole goal for Windows is no longer selling software licenses. It also wants to pedal Internet services. So any discussion of Windows 10ís performance is incomplete if it only looks at user numbers. Thatís especially true given that Microsoft is now giving away free Windows 10 upgrades to consumers running Windows 7 or higher, thereby abandoning the quick bucks that come from early...
  • Planned Parenthoodís top 7 donors gave staggering $324 million in four years

    08/03/2015 10:10:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/3/15 | Alatheia Larsen
    July 31, 2015 (NewsBusters) -- In response to a series of incriminating under-cover videos from The Center for Medical Progress about the major abortion provider, organizations have been cutting ties -- or denying ties -- to Planned Parenthood. But where nonprofits are concerned, tax records keep the story straight. Between 2010 and 2013, no fewer than 966 individual organizations donated to Planned Parenthood. Of those, 31 gave more than $1 million each during those four years, totaling $374,199,059. The seven highest donors made up $324.8 million of that. These largest Planned Parenthood donors include Warren Buffett, George Soros, Bill Gates, and others....
  • Getting error code -54 in iTunes on Windows 10? Here's your fix

    08/02/2015 8:44:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    iMore ^ | Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 9:29 am EDT | BY JARED DIPANE
    If you are having trouble syncing your iPhone, iPod, or iPad after the Windows 10 update, don't worry. With just a few clicks you will be back up and running, and able to sync your device with your computer again. It appears as though the Windows 10 update is marking the iTunes folder as Read Only, meaning that your computer won't allow it to sync with the device you have plugged in. So, how do you fix this -54 error? Simple. Open Windows ExplorerHead to the Music folderRight click on your iTunes folderGo to PropertiesUncheck the Read Only option...
  • The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

    08/02/2015 2:06:44 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 51 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden!
    From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
  • Windows 10 Ė Be VERY Careful!

    08/02/2015 6:28:49 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 45 replies
    armstrong economics ^ | August 2, 2015 | Martin Armstrong
    Once again, Microsoft screwed the world with its Windows 10 feature called Wi-Fi Sense. This nasty feature has serious legal implications for it will automatically connect your personal Wi-Fi network to anyone in your e-mail list using HotMail, Skype, or Outlook, and even Facebook, making those friends questionable. If any such person comes within range of your home Wi-Fi, they could secretly access your system from hundreds of yards away. The real problem with this is rather sinister. The government would no longer need a search warrant for your surrendered privacy; good luck finding a judge who will uphold the...
  • Are you aware of this with Win10?

    08/02/2015 6:36:00 PM PDT · by WVKayaker · 57 replies
    HAVE YOU UPDATED TO WINDOWS 10 AND HAVE A DATA CAP ON YOU INTERNET PLAN THEN YOU MUST READ THIS Windows 10 is using yourbandwidth to offer updates to others Windows 10 uses an individualís internet connection to share updates with others across the internet. Microsoft calls the feature Windows Update Delivery Optimisation and says it is designed to help users get updates faster. It is enabled by default in Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education have the feature enabled, but only for the local network. This is the same way that torrents work: A...
  • Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do Ė hereís how to opt out

    08/02/2015 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    BGR ^ | 07/31//15 | Zach Epstein
    Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoftís previous-generation platform in one fell swoop. But thereís something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.
  • Dear Apple: Please be nice to Microsoft

    08/02/2015 6:05:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/02/2015 | MATT WEINBERGER
    It's been a few days since Microsoft Windows 10 launched and so far I'm loving it ó and that's coming from someone who's been using a Macbook for the last 10 years. There's just one thing missing. Well, two, technically. I really miss my Apple and Google apps. There are lots of perks to buying into the Apple ecosystem. With a Mac and an iPhone, you get all kinds of computing superpowers. There's Handoff, an Apple feature which lets you shunt websites and draft emails from the phone to the desktop. There's Apple's Airdrop, which lets you send files (mostly...
  • Windows 10 review: The first 24 hours

    08/01/2015 2:27:53 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 85 replies
    BGR ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jacob Siegel
    When I first upgraded to Windows 7 back in 2009, I was shocked. Microsoft had somehow recovered from the mediocrity of Windows Vista and built an operating system that felt like the natural progression from Windows XP. It was clean, it ran better and most importantly, it didnít try to fix what wasnít broken. Then Windows 8 happened. I was smart/fortunate enough to avoid Windows 8 altogether, but as a fan of new technology, I couldnít help but feel a little left out. I wanted the latest and greatest, and now, nearly three years later, it has arrived in the...
  • Windows 10 gets 14 million installation on first day [Response "overwhelmingly positive."]

    07/31/2015 10:43:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Some 14 million people installed the Windows 10 operating system in the first 24 hours following its release, Microsoft said, calling the response "overwhelmingly positive." The company said its new operating system aimed at computers, mobile devices and other gadgets got off to a strong start toward its goal of reaching one billion devices. "We're humbled and grateful to see the response to Windows 10," corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post late Thursday. "We have seen unprecedented demand for Windows 10, with reviews and customer feedback overwhelmingly positive around the globe." The stakes are high for...
  • Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    07/30/2015 1:48:23 PM PDT · by steve86 · 41 replies
    TNW News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mic Wright
    ... Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and youíre also turning on a whole host of data sharing: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your...
  • A fresh Start: Microsoft's Windows 10 wins plaudits from early users

    07/29/2015 9:33:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 07/29/2015 | By Lehar Maan
    Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface. The launch was seen critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an ambitious redesign that confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout. The new OS, launched on Wednesday, will be available as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler said Windows 10 fixes most of...
  • Microsoft launches Windows 10 worldwide tonight with an eye on mobile market

    07/29/2015 9:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 07/29/2015
    Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday. Windows 10, which comes almost three years after the launch of the company's last operating system, will be available in 190 countries as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The 'free' strategy is a calculated gamble, designed to put Windows on as many devices as possible. The company would then make up for any lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet, or cloud. The new operating system is designed to work across laptops, desktop...
  • Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today

    07/28/2015 11:52:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 125 replies ^ | July 28, 2015 | Terry Myerson
    When we first unveiled Windows 10 in September, we outlined our plans for a new era of Windows. We wanted to create a Windows that empowered people and organizations to do great things. Our vision was one platform, one store, and one experience that extends across the broadest range of devices from the smallest screens to the largest screens to no screens at all. For Microsoft, Windows 10 begins to deliver on our vision for more personal computing. In this world experiences are mobile, moving with you seamlessly and easily across your devices. Interacting with technology is as natural as...
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes XP in market share as Windows 10 launch approaches, Windows 7 still leads

    07/28/2015 9:22:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Tech Spot ^ | 07/02/2015 | By Stephen Libbey
    On the verge of Windows 10's release, its predecessor has quietly moved into the #2 spot for market share among operating systems. Windows 8.1 has now overtaken Windows XP, the one time king of all operating systems, but it's something of a hollow victory as Windows 7 still leads by a wide margin. According to Netmarketshare, as of June 2015, Windows 8.1's usage has increased to 13.12% among all operating systems, while XP sits at 11.98% and Windows 7 still accounts for a dominant 60.98% share. These three OS' also represent the only three with double digit market share. The...
  • Windows 10 can turn Microsoft into a success again, but it needs to get these 4 things right

    07/28/2015 9:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    BT ^ | 07/28/2015
    The global launch of Windows 10 is a pivotal moment for Microsoft as a consumer business, because in recent years Windows has started to matter a lot less.The rise of mobile devices has hit the PC market hard ‚Äď and no more so than Microsoft, which has around 1.5 billion Windows customers, making it the market leader in that arena. (Snappa) This, combined with Apple‚Äôs OS X and Mac computer line-up regularly bucking the trend and actually increasing sales, has left Microsoft and Windows adrift in the technology world, with Google‚Äôs Chrome and Android dominating.(Snappa) But a hint of change...
  • Windows 10: Fact vs. fiction [A Guide for those asking: Should I upgrade?]

    07/27/2015 8:52:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Info World ^ | 07/27/2015 | By Woody Leonhard
    Itís a few days before Windows 10 is officially slated to drop, and still, confusion abounds. Worse, many fallacies regarding Microsoftís plans around upgrades and support for Win10 remain in circulation, despite efforts to dispel them.Here at InfoWorld, we've been tracking Windows 10ís progress very closely, reporting the evolving technical details with each successive build in our popular ďWhere Windows 10 stands right nowĒ report. Weíve also kept a close eye on the details beyond the bits, reporting on the common misconceptions around Windows 10 licensing, upgrade paths, and updates. If you havenít already read that article, you may want...
  • Windows 10 Automatic Updates Start Causing Problems

    07/26/2015 7:55:23 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 142 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2015 | Gordon Kelly
    Last week Microsoft MSFT confirmed every Windows 10 update will mandatory and installed automatically. This was met with a hostile reception from Forbes readers with over 100 comments on my news article voicing their concern. And now some of those fears have been realisedÖ With just four days left before launch, Windows 10ís policy of automatic updates has run into its first major problem and it is causing many PCs to stop working correctly.
  • Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation [Isaiah 24]

    07/25/2015 3:26:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 69 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2010 | Philip Jonkers
    Bill Gates discusses vaccinations a tool for depopulation
  • A bold plan for Pope Francis, Bill Gates to save the world [Isaiah 24]

    07/25/2015 3:03:50 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 6/26/2014 | Paul B. Farrell
    Yes, Pope Francis may call Bill Gates, get Gates to bring together his friends, the 67 billionaires who are as rich as half the world, the poorest 3.5 billion. Or Gates may make the call. Doesnít matter who puts the ball in action. Pope Francis needs help in his mission to save the global economy from the rapidly accelerating triple threat of climate change, hunger and inequality. Fortunately Gates has a track record here: Back in 2009 he called billionaires Buffett, Rockefeller, Soros, Bloomberg, Turner, Oprah and other philanthropists to a secret meeting in the Manhattan home of Sir Paul...
  • How Microsoft's Windows 10 is like Coca-Cola Classic

    07/24/2015 7:57:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/24/2015 | BY PATRICK SEITZ
    The most anticipated feature of Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10, set for release on Wednesday, isn't some new application. It's the return of the traditional Start screen, which Microsoft ditched in August 2012, with Windows 8. For that reason, Windows 10 is a lot like Coca-Cola Classic. Let me explain. When the Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) announced in April 1985 that New Coke would replace the original formula of its flagship soft drink, consumers protested. Some even hoarded cases of the original flavor beverage. New Coke is now seen as a cautionary tale about tampering with a well-established and successful brand. In October...
  • Meet the 41 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood

    07/22/2015 1:21:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies ^ | July 21, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    In the wake of two videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, Republicans in Congress are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood is stripped of its federal funding. However, itís not only the government that fills Planned Parenthoodís coffers. According to 2nd Vote, a website and app that tracks the flow of money from consumers to political causes, more than 25 percent of Planned Parenthoodís $1.3-billion annual revenue comes from private donations, which includes corporate contributions. 2nd Vote researched the corporations and organizations to find which supported Planned Parenthood and found that more...