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Microsoft will support up to 8K resolutions with Windows 10

All the way back in September last year, before we knew that Microsoft was calling its next-gen OS Windows 10, we reported that we'd see support for up to 8K displays. Well, fast forward to 2015, and it's confirmed: Windows 10 will have support for 7680x4320, or 8K.

 

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The confirmation came from a slide that was used during Microsoft's WinHEC trade show in Shenzhen, China, last week. While 8K is far away for most consumers, Japan is ahead of the curve with NHK testing 8K broadcasts already, and will be blasting 8K out for the 2020 Olympics, too, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

 

8K displays will most likely arrive thanks to the advances of VR headsets, which will require higher and higher pixels to be crammed into the HMD. But with Microsoft fully supporting 8K, we should see the 8K desktop become a reality sooner, rather than later.

 

We already have TV makers behind the SuperMHL connector which supports 8K, and then the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has shown the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a standard, which will see 8K support in laptops, mobile devices, and PCs.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 release for the summer

Microsoft has announced that it will be unleashing Windows 10 into 190 countries and in 111 languages this summer, with the news coming directly from the Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, Terry Myerson.

 

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We don't have an official date just yet, but with summer running through June 21 and September 22, it's not too far away now. Up until now, we've had various Technical Previews released, and found out that DirectX 12 would be exclusive to Windows 10, and deliver some hopefully impressive technologies and additional performance to PC gamers.

Windows 10 now features BitTorrent-like updates

It looks like Windows 10 will be shifting the way Windows Updates are pushed out to users, with The Verge noticing that the latest leaked version of Microsoft's new operating system is letting you get updates through peer-to-peer means.

 

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A peer-to-peer network for Windows Updates is a strange beast, but it'll make the update process faster, as well as saving data if you're on a multi-PC household like most are these days. This means you can download the updates onto a single PC and then update the others over your network, peer-to-peer style.

 

We don't know if this feature will make it into the final version of Windows 10, so let's all hope Microsoft doesn't cut it out from here.

Android 5.1 announced, includes cross-platform HD Voice support

Google has announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, the latest update to its mobile OS, which comes with some improvements and new features. We have the usual stability improvements and performance-enhancing code supplements, but the new features might have you happy.

 

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Android 5.1 now includes multi-SIM support, and cross-platform HD Voice support - depending on the network, of course. Google has also provided Device Protection, where Android will keep your smartphone safe from intruders, even if they perform a factory reset on your smartphone after they've stolen it. This new feature binds your Android 5.1-powered device to your Google account, unless you choose otherwise.

 

The latest version of Lollipop has an updated Quick Settings menu, giving you more granular control over things like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi network switching. The latest Android 5.1 update should be rolling out to Nexus 6 owners soon enough.

Apple installs Watch ad, or permanent icon to the iPhone in iOS update

Apple's media event has now finished, where we were introduced to a new 12-inch MacBook Air that is thinner and faster than ever, as well as a much more detailed and price run-down of Apple's first wearable, Watch.

 

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With the newly released iOS 8.2, Apple has forced an Apple Watch application to your homescreen. The app itself doesn't do anything, as Watch doesn't launch until April 24, but this isn't just a forced app. This is an advertisement, forced onto all iPhone users, for Apple's largest launch since the iPhone.

 

You can't delete it, you can't remote it, it's an app that will stay on your homescreen for the foreseeable future.

Windows 10 will have support for USB 3.1 Type-C soon

It looks like Microsoft will soon announce officialy support for USB 3.1 Type-C for Windows 10, with both the standard and USB Dual Role to be supported. The company will be hosting its WinHec conference next month, with the official website teasing the new USB connectivity scenarios in Windows 10 to be discussed.

 

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The page says: "Windows 10 introduces support for USB Dual Role and Type-C, which will enable new wired connectivity scenarios such a phone interacting with USB peripherals, or laptops connecting to an external display using the USB Type-C connector. This session will go into detail on how Windows supports these technologies and what you need to do to enable them. Topics include: Overview of the new use cases introduced with USB Dual Role and Type-C, What scenarios are and aren't supported for Dual Role devices, Using Alternate Modes (e.g. DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or MHL) over Type-C, Support for Power Delivery, enabling devices to provide/consume up to 100W over USB, Hardware and software architecture changes for Dual Role and Type-C, and Building a Windows system with Dual Role and/or Type-C support. Intended Audience: OEMs, ODMs, IDHs, IHVs, Peripheral Manufacturers, Driver Developers".

 

USB 3.1 will be delivering a huge increase in transfer speeds, right up to 10Gbps, up from the current ceiling of 5Gbps that USB 3.0 provides. Thunderbolt is still faster, but the adoption of USB 3.1 should hopefully be much higher.

Android dominates iOS with 81.5% of global smartphone OS market

Apple may be the largest company in the world, but when it comes to the global smartphone OS market share, Google completely owns it with Android according to the latest report from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

 

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With Google pushing out over 1.1 billion smartphones in 2014, a number that is up 32% from the 802.2 million Android devices shipped in 2013, Google is simply not stopping. Its mobile OS dominance was already there in 2013 with 78.7% of the global smartphone OS market share, but Google is out for more in 2014 with a huge 81.5%.

 

IDC has noted that Samsung is the top OEM of Android-powered devices, shipping more units than the five vendors under it. The report says: "At the same time, Samsung's total volumes for the year remained essentially flat while Asian vendors including Huawei, Lenovo (including Motorola), LG Electronics, Xiaomi, and ZTE fueled the most growth for Google's platform".

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IDC: Android, iOS capture 96.3% of smartphone OS market

Google Android and Apple iOS accounted for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments in 2014, as both platforms work their way towards total domination. Android leads with 81.5 percent, greatly ahead of iOS (14.8 percent), Microsoft Windows Phone (2.7 percent), and BlackBerry (0.4 percent) - with Android continuing to dominate.

 

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"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager of the Mobile Phone team at IDC. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices - particularly for Android - drove volumes higher."

 

Android topped the one billion unit mark in 2014, with Samsung still dominating the market - but faces pressure from Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, and LG Electronics.

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The two most vulnerable operating systems both belong to Apple

When people think of a vulnerable operating system, the first thing that comes to mind is, well, Windows. But, according to a new report from GFI, that's not the case. The most vulnerable operating system in the world is actually Apple's MacOS X, followed by Apple's iOS.

 

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GFI's report sees Apple taking the top two spots when it comes to OS vulnerabilities, with OS X having 147 vulnerabilities, and iOS with 127. Third position goes to Linux Kernel with 119 vulnerabilities, and Windows Server 2008 in fourth position with 38. Windows 7 funnily enough, comes in at fifth place with just 38 vulnerabilities, and comparing this to the huge 147 holes found in MacOS X, this should wake people up.

 

Over the course of 2014, there were 7038 new security vulnerabilities, up from the 4794 found in 2013. Out of those 7038 vulnerabilities, just 24% of them were deemed 'high risk'. GDI's Christian Florian explains: "2014 was a tough year for Linux users from a security point of view, coupled with the fact that some of the most important security issues of the year were reported for applications that usually run on Linux systems. Heartbleed, for example, is a critical security vulnerability detected in OpenSSL while Shellshock is a vulnerability that affects GNU Bash".

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones

Microsoft has had its Windows 10 Technical Preview out for the PC now for a while, but it looks like it's time for the smartphone world to see the release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

 

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Select Lumia-branded handsets can have the Windows 10 Technical Preview installed, with the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830 smartphones be the only ones capable of having it installed. The flagship Windows Phone-based handsets in the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930 are not capable of having the Technical Preview installed, which is a shame. This latter two smartphones reportedly can't handle Windows 10 because of the very tight OS partitions.

 

So if you've got one of the aforementioned Lumia handsets, you can download the Windows 10 Technical Preview from the Windows Insider Program page after signing up for an account.

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