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Get ready to wave goodbye to support for Windows XP, IE6 and Office 2003

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 10:29 am

Come this time next year, support is going to end for Windows XP and a few other pieces of software from Microsoft. The other software joining it is Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, these programs will lose their extended support on April 8, 2014.

 

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Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 will end its support on the same day, but with newer Service Packs, it will continue to be supported. The big issue here is that roughly 38% of people on the Internet are still using Windows XP. Not all of these users will jump over to a new OS in the next year, so we should see a large portion of the Internet continue to get slapped with malware.

 

I think we'll see Microsoft crumble under pressure and extend the support for Windows XP, unless they were to suddenly have surge of old consumers upgrading to new PCs or operating systems, which is doubtful with the way Windows 8 is performing.

Google Fiber rollout has cost $100 million so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 9:35 am

Google's rollout of their gigabit broadband Internet service, Google Fiber, has cost the Mountain View-based company around $100 million so far. We've now got Carlos Kirjner and Ram Parameswaran of Bernstein Research estimating that the gigabit Internet rollout has cost Google $94 million total so far.

 

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The estimate that Google have spent $42 million in Kansas and $52 million in Missouri. The analysts have the idea that the Austin rollout will cost around the same amount as the Kansas City, but they have remained skeptical on a nationwide build out. They added:

 

We remain skeptical that Google will find a scalable and economically feasible model to extend its build out to a large portion of the US, as costs would be substantial, regulatory and competitive barriers material, and in the end the effort would have limited impact on the global trajectory of the business.

The number of teenagers who text when driving have doubled since 2010

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 8:30 am

The number of teenagers texting whilst driving has doubled since 2010, with every two out of five teenagers texting while driving. The information has come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

 

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The agency found there are more than 600,000 drivers use their cell phone when driving, where around half, or 48.6% of all drivers in the US have admitted to answering a phone call, and one in four admitting to placing a call. There are laws in place within some states in the US for distracted driving or using a mobile device when driving - with 39 states enacting the law. These laws have not been completely effective in preventing accidents.

 

Around 6% of drivers have claimed they were involved in a crash, and 7% in near-crash situations within the past year. 2% of which admitted to using a mobile phone and 3% specifically sending or reading a tex message.

Antitrust allegations against Google in the EU popup, Android takes the stand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 7:33 am

Google have enjoyed their fair share of antitrust accusations in Europe, but now the New York Times is reporting that new anti-competitive allegations have been levied against Android. This new complaint was filed by Fairsearch, whose members include people from Microsoft and Nokia among other companies.

 

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The group are claiming that Google are using Android as a way to push consumers into using Google's apps instead competitors' software. Fairsearch are pushing the fact that Google forces OEMs who use Android to place apps like YouTube and Gmail into hot places on the desktop. This is just the beginning of yet another antitrust lawsuit, so we should see Google respond shortly.

Sony to roll out DualShock 3 controller support to Xperia phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 6:27 am

Sony are poised to add system level support for their DualShock 3 controllers to their Xperia-branded smartphones. A user would be able to wirelessly connect their controllers without root or hugely complicated setup procedures, using just a USB OTG cable for the initial setup.

 

 

All you would need to do is plug the controller into your Xperia device's USB port, turn it on, enter the device settings and then just enable the controller. Once there's some talk between the device and the PC, you'll need to unplug the controller and then you'll have the ability to use it through Bluetooth.

 

At the moment there's no news on whether this will jump across to non-Xperia-branded smartphones, but I'm sure it'll just be time for now. Games that support a controller are obviously the way to go, but this isn't a big problem.

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Want to see a live action Street Fighter series, fund its Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 4:38 am

If you're a fan of Street Fighter and have a spare dollars to see a web series of it made, you might want to open your wallet to a Kickstarter page on it. Joey Ansah, is behind it, where he is the director, writer and creative guru behind Street Fighter: Legacy and along with Christopher Howard, they need $950,000 to get a prequel series they're calling Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist off the ground.

 

 

Street Fighter: Legacy was produced and released on YouTube around three years ago, mostly as a proof of concept to show that a live action version of Street Fighter would look great, if it were done right. The video saw eight million views, with a 98.7% approval rating.

 

Ansah has said that Assassin's Fist has been in development for around three years, with the team purchasing the option from Capcom last year with plans to fund the film through independent investment. If the Kickstarter isn't successful, the team could lose the funding they've already received, pushing production back into 2014.

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Google Babel for Gmail screenshots leaked out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 3:46 am

Images have popped up onto the Internet of the purported Google Babel for Gmail, with Techradar getting their hands on a bunch of screen captures of the web interface for the upcoming Google unified messaging application, Babel.

 

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It looks like a rehash of Google Chat for Gmail, with a better looking interface for the sign-in, as well as new features within the program itself. It looks like we could expect some photo sharing abilities with Babel, a mandatory Google+ login, and a feature to start a Google+ hangout directly from the chat.

 

This could be a total fake right now, so don't put much faith into this right now.

Tumblr for Android gets updated, overhauled interface included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 2:33 am

If you're a Tumblr fan, and an Android user, you'll be glad to know there's an updated app available on the Google Play Store. The latest app overhauls the user interface, with the scrolling lists and static squares now a thing of the past.

 

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The user interface is now gorgeous, and deserves your eyeballs' attention. Not only has Tumblr for Android received a fresh dab of paint, but there are some very slick animations, too. Pull to refresh is here, as well as tap a button to post and you'll see things bouncing and popping around, making the Tumblr for Android experience a better looking experience.

 

Grab Tumblr for Android from the Google Play Store, here.

Navy successfully destroys drone with laser weapon set to debut in 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Drones | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:27 am

The Navy has successfully completed a test of its upcoming laser weapon system that is set to debut in 2014. The laser system successfully shot down a drone. We have embedded video of the test below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

Previous experiences with laser technology haven't been so successful. Part of the issue is that high-power lasers are large, require massive amounts energy, and large amounts of cooling. There have been some experimental laser weapon systems mounted in airplanes and on ships.

 

All I can think about is how cool lasers are. Pew, pew! Pew, pew!

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California court rules it's illegal to check maps while driving

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:07 am

A California court has ruled that it's illegal for drivers to check mapping applications on a smartphone while driving. This does not preclude drivers from using navigation systems that are built in to a car. This ruling comes after a driver argued he was using a phone for directions rather than texting or talking.

 

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According to vehicle code 23123, drivers are not allowed to use a smartphone while driving. The ruling states:

 

This case requires us to determine whether using a wireless phone solely for its map application function while driving violates Vehicle Codesection 23123. We hold that it does.

 

Our review of the statute's plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.

 

Drivers are still able to use in car navigation systems. Drivers are also able to use voice controlled systems, so this means iPhone users can use Siri to get directions.

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