The Gartner Group has studied the tea leaves at the bottom of its tea cup and come up with some predictions on the future of wearable devices.
The market research company predicts that by 2017, a third of so-called “smart wearables” will be practically invisible. more»
Software aging lothario Microsoft is mulling if it is worthwhile moving to a younger sexier subscription-based model.
At the recent Credit Suisse Technology Conference last week, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner was speaking to investors about the fact that Microsoft is interested in exploring new monetisation methods for its Windows line of products. more»
Expect a slew of critical updates to Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft software this week.
The company last week warned that much of its software needed patches to be safe and sound. Many will need you to restart your machine or machines. more»
NHS Trusts are insisting on keeping Windows XP machines despite concerns that they are about as secure as a celeb’s naked picture on the iCloud and have cost £5.5 million from Microsoft to support.
According to Citrix, the mobile workspace company, which filed a freedom of information act request to get its data, all the of 35 NHS Trusts are still using Windows XP and that just five are using desktop virtualisation technology to handle migration away from it. more»
A report said Microsoft is cutting the licence cost on Windows 8.1 in a bid to offer notebooks costing $250 or less.
Digitimes Research said manufacturers will be offered Windows 8.1 with Bing with a tentative release date of February next year. more»
A Taiwanese supplier has received strong order for Intel based Android “white box” tablets.
So says Digitimes, which quotes an insider at Insyde Software as spilling the beans. Insyde has investment from Intel inside.
He or she said Intel will ship 40 million tablet processors this year, according to the report. more»
Software giant Microsoft said it has introduced a beta version of its new MSN.
The company said it’s designed for a world where the cloud and mobile are the name of the game. It has content from major worldwide media and comes with productivity tools. more»
Data from StatCounter Global Stats showed that Windows XP s still the world’s second most popular operating system.
That’s despite the fact that earlier this year Microsoft pulled the plug on XP, apart from on embedded devices.
StatCounter said that Windows 8.1 now has more volume than Windows 8.0 – representing 7.5 percent of OS share. more»
A hole in Android, Windows, and iOS makes Gmail a doddle to hack to steal personal information.
Researchers at the California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have identified a weakness they believe to exist across Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could allow malicious apps to obtain personal information. more»
Three different patches from this week’s Black Tuesday crop are causing Blue Screens of Da’ath, causing some users to plunge into the abyss.
MS14-045/KB 2984615 kernel-mode driver patches, KB2976897 and KB2982791, have been implicated in triggering Blue Screen Stop 0×50 messages since users starting updating their systems this week. more»
Software giant Microsoft has been hinting that it will make changes in Windows 9 which should satisfy those who are using Windows 7 and will not upgrade.
While Windows 8 has been a disaster for Microsoft because it forced desktop users to conform to a tablet format and download Apps which did not function as well as their desktop version. more»
While Western Europe and the USA are showing signs of saturation for tablet sales, it looks like some regions are continuing to boom.
A report from IDC said that PC tablets grew 111 percent year on year in the last quarter of 2013 in the Middle East and African (MEA) markets. more»
Despite phenomenal growth in sales during 2013, it seems that the tablet market will slow down during this year.
That’s according to market research company IDC that said the total tablet market – including stand alone units and 2-in-1 devices – will grow by 19.4 percent this year, down from 51.6 percent in 2013. more»
A report from ABI Research said that of the 22.5 million notebook shipments in 2013, the ultra portable segment held 12.3 percent of the market.
Selling prices worldwide averaged between $940 to $1,540 but the higher end represented the majority of the ultra portables sold. more»
Taiwanese PC maker Acer said that it lost $274 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
That includes a chunk of money set aside to pay for depreciated stock as well as a provision of money to lay off seven percent of its staff worldwide. more»