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Study says people believe Windows 8 to be safer, not big enough deal to upgrade

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 1:26 pm

Here's a study I'm sure Microsoft will be extremely happy to see. It seems like people do believe that Microsoft has gotten better over the years at making Windows a safer operating system, something that people previously despised Microsoft for. Avast AntiVirus ran a survey of over 350,000 computer users who installed or re-licensed their software and found some really interesting results.




In the study, Avast found that Microsoft did a great job of promoting the new operating system as 56 percent of respondents new that Windows 8 would soon be released. Of the respondents, 65 percent were using Windows 7, 22 percent XP, and 8 percent on Vista. Curiously, 3 percent didn't know which they were using.


18 percent of respondents said that Windows has "definitely gotten safer over the years." 46 percent thought that it probably had and 30 percent weren't sure. 4 percent said probably not and 2 percent said definitely not. A combined 46 percent said either probably or definitely yes that Windows 8 would be safer than previous versions.


40 percent were not sure and 14 percent made up the probably and definitely no category. Even with all of this extra perceived safety, only 8 percent are likely to get a new computer sooner just so that they have Windows 8. 78 percent said probably not or definitely not, showing that people either perceive their current system as safe enough, or can't justify the purchase just for the extra security.

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Anonymous asks UK police to "join us" in emails

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:39 pm

Hacker collective group Anonymous have reportedly asked member of the British police force by email to "join us", and yes, it's serious. The group hacked into the UKPoliceOnline forum, stole email addresses of police officers, where they then emailed a manifesto which reads like a recruitment message:




We know that most of you are working-class people, like the majority of us, and that you too have mortgages, student loans, or your children do, and other debts as well. Don't defend the traitors against us, your fellow citizens. We offer you our hands in friendship. Join us.


Why Anonymous did this, we don't know, but it is definitely an interesting turn of events. Anonymous look to be acting toward the human side of these officers, after all, they're in debt just as much as the next person. We've seen what police and hired enforcements can do to Occupy Wall St and the various riots in the EU lately, maybe this is a step toward Anonymous and the police working together, maybe it's just a huge troll.

Halo 4 receives new gameplay launch trailer, Master Chief is in his element

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:37 am

I still remember the day Halo came out with the original Xbox, it was one of the most exciting days of my life. It was such a great game, and it has grown into an absolute money-maker for Microsoft now, with gamers all across the world anticipating the latest release, Halo 4.



Halo 4 has received a new gameplay launch trailer, showing off the Xbox 360's latest sure-fire hit's graphics, sci-fi elements, chronicling Master Chief's journey as he explores the mysterious Forerunner world of Requiem. Master Chief has his BFF, Cortana, who is a super version of Siri, really.


The trailer shows off just one minute and eleven seconds of footage, but gives you the last tease you require before you lock yourself down for days on end playing the latest entrance into the Halo universe.

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Android tablets chew up more of the tablet market share

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:29 am

According to Strategy Analytics' latest report, market share for Android-based tablets have risen considerably. The report states that Android-based tablets now consume 41% of the total tablet market share, or just under 25 million units.




This means that year-over-year, we're looking at double the tablets sold, with market share increasing by 12%. This growth comes at the expense of Apple's iOS platform, whose market share has dropped from 65% to 56% year-over-year.


A large number of these tablet sales were from retail giant and device maker Amazon, a main competitor of Google. What do you think of these numbers? It's good to see Google making some waves in the market, and Apple seeing a drop, as it will only [hopefully] push them to innovate more and stop being stagnant in the market.

32GB 3G-capable Nexus 7 price leaks, would cost $400

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 9:29 am

If a trip from one of MoDaCo's readers is right, we could be looking at some pre-order pricing and availability for the upcoming Nexus 7 32GB 3G model. Latvian online store '1a' has pre-order pricing for the 32GB 3G-capable slate from ASUS.




So this would confirm something, that the 3G-capable Nexus 7 comes in 32GB. On the site, the 16GB Nexus 7 is priced at around $320. The 32GB 3G model is priced at around $400 (when converted). The shipping date is currently slated for November 12.


Well, that's interesting, isn't it? We will probably get confirmation of this on Google's October 29 event, until then, sweet Android dreams, everyone.

RumorTT: Apple to launch Spotify-like service in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 8:26 am

I knew the iTunes era was over, but this quickly? Well, Apple is rumored to been in deep negotiations with major music labels where we would see them launch an ad-supported Internet radio service, like Spotify or Pandora.




Bloomberg reports that the talks could end by the middle of next month, and the service could launch as soon as the first quarter of 2013, said sources who wish to remain anonymous. Apple's new service would see quicker access to new songs, which would help them compete, quickly, against the likes of Pandora.


There are quite a few labels that are reportedly involved, including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, as well as Sony Corp's music division, where executives had said to have visited Apple's Cupertino-based HQ over the last couple of weeks. Apple hopes that listeners who are streaming the music would buy the tracks from the iTunes store thanks to its convenience. Automatically generated playlists would also let users listen to music that the system thinks they'll enjoy.

Tim Cook says that PC buyers are "better off buying an iPad"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 7:26 am

During Apple's conference call for their fiscal Q4 financial results, CEO Tim Cook really let loose in his assault against pretty much the entire PC industry. Cook gave his thoughts on Microsoft's Surface tablet, other threats in products from various companies, and even labeled the Surface a "compromised, confusing product", and compared it to a car that might be able to fly and float, but would not be able to "do all of those things very well".




Cook was asked about the possible cannibalizing iPad sales due to the recently unveiled iPad mini, but the CEO noted that Apple learnt a while ago to not worry about cannibalizing their own products. Cook instead suggested that the Cupertino-based company would rather cannibalize their own products rather than let a competitor do the same.


Cook then stated that with:


80 to 90 million PCs being sold each quarter ... those people would be much better off buying an iPad ... or a Mac.


Well, considering that PCs can run applications that iOS on the iPad could simply only ever dream of doing - he really can be confusing himself, I think.

SwiftKey introduce SwiftKey Flow, you won't even need to lift your finger when typing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 6:30 am

I have to admit, I absolutely love SwiftKey. It's one of the first apps I install on any new Android-based device I use, personally or for reviews. The developer behind the application has just announced something new, SwiftKey Flow.



SwiftKey Flow infuzes the power of SwiftKey's predictive algorithms, and puts a new spin on continuous input, offering real-time prediction as you begin to "flow" a word on the keys. Sounds amazing, eh? Check out the video above!


There are already apps like this out, such as Swype, but SwiftKey's prediction engine is very, very powerful. From the start of your finger touching the screen, SwiftKey Flow begins offering you predictions based on the movement of your finger - as soon as you let go of the screen, SwiftKey Flow will enter your word onto the screen. The application has been "engineered to simultaneously support both typing by 'tapping' on the keys (SwiftKey as you currently know and love it) and gliding across the keyboard".

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Hands-on with ASUS Windows 8 hardware including the dual-screen Taichi

By: Matthew Wu | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 5:38 am

ASUS Australia invited Aussie journalists to see and *touch* the new range of Windows 8 notebooks & tablets.


Vivian Hung, Regional head of ASUS Australia described the notion of "design thinking" for the new family of devices. Hung introduced the new VivoTab family, which was the "first ASUS Windows 8 tablet" before introducing Anson Zhang, the product manager for tablets in Australia.


Zhang provided some numbers from Telsyte Research about the forecast of tablets in Australia, "11 million Australians will have tablets by the year 2016" he informed the crowd shortly after asking how many people had tablets (about 90% of the attendees raised their hands). In other words, about one in every two people in Australia will have a tablet in 2-3 years; this isn't really surprising due to the influx of affordable tablet devices coming out.


Zhang introduced three new Windows 8 tablets from ASUS: VivoTab, VivoTab RT and VivoTab Smart.




The VivoTab (this is a unit & also the family name) is a 11.6" device preloaded with the full version of Windows 8 and is powered by an Intel Z2760 processor (Turbo boost up to 1.8Ghz). The 10" VivoTab RT as its name suggests, will have Windows RT preloaded (the only one from ASUS). Zhang spoke about its hardware specifications: 8.3mm thin, 525g light and will be utilizing the Tegra3 SoC from NVIDIA (ARM!).

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Chromebooks sold out at Best Buy, Amazon and Google Play stores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 26, 2012 5:30 am

Google's Chromebooks have reportedly sold out at all online retailers who sell the device, with Amazon and Best Buy now out of stock. Not only are the two big retailers out, but Google's own Play Store is out of stock, too.




There's no numbers on just how many were sold, which is unfortunate. The new Chromebook seems to have taken off considerably quicker than its predecessor, which is a great thing for Google. Previous Chromebooks were priced comparable to normal notebooks, even though they were less feature rich.


The new model sports a price tag of just $249, which could be the reason for them selling out, and that would make a hell of a lot of sense. The new Chromebook sports a dual-core A15-based Samsung Exynos Dual SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, the usual Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. The Chromebook features an 11.6-inch 1366x768-pixel display, is 0.8 inches thick, weighs less than 2.5 pounds and sports HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, an SD card slot, and a SIM card slot.

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