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Google's new Android ads: 'Be Together. Not the Same'

Google is just days away from revealing its bigger-than-life Nexus 6 smartphone, as well as the NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9, but the big star of the show is going to be Android L, or Android 5.0.

 

 

 

The company plastered ads between the awesome premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC, showing some Droid-looking characters in various scenarios. Google has used an interesting tagline for the new ads: "Be Together. Not the Same". We should hopefully hear about the new Nexus devices, as well as the new version of Android sometime this week.

 

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Windows 10 preview has been downloaded over one million times so far

The Windows 10 Technical Preview has been available for a few weeks now, with Microsoft having over one million registrants passing through the doors of its Windows Insider Program to download the preview build of its upcoming OS.

 

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We don't know how many of those one million users actually installed Windows 10, but the company has said that it has had over 200,000 pieces of feedback through Windows 10's native feedback application.

Microsoft learning from Windows 8 mistakes, hopes to win users over

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admits the company dropped the ball with Windows 8, but has listened to complaints and hopes to win over trust with the Windows 10 operating system. The company took both consumer UI and IT components into consideration with Windows 10 development, and Nadella said he currently feels "very good" about progress.

 

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Here is what Nadella recently said: "Let's face it, we got some things wrong in Windows 8. Windows 10 is a very important step for us. It's the first step in a whole new generation of Windows... computing is much more ubiquitous. It will run not just on tablets and PCs but 200+ billion sensors. So we want to make sure that we architect Windows 10 at its core, so it can run across a lot of things."

 

This is a drastic turnaround from Microsoft's stance on promoting Windows 8, with users unfamiliar with the format - and having different branding and UI for smartphones, tablets, and desktop versions of the OS.

Samsung to replace TouchWiz with Iconic UX, just in time for Android L

One of the biggest downsides of Samsung smartphones and tablets is TouchWiz, its own UI that is splashed on top of Android. But, according to the latest rumors, the South Korean giant is looking at replacing TouchWiz with Iconic UX.

 

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The news comes from a patent that Samsung filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office back in March, which was for a conceptual user interface that it called Iconic UX. Screenshots of this purported UI are now surfacing thanks to @evleaks, is-he-retired-or-not leaker. On the surface, Iconic UX doesn't look too different from TouchWiz, but there are a bunch of internal changes that will make using Samsung devices mcuh better.

 

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Iconic UX looks to make using Samsung devices in vertical ways, that we simply don't do now, as well as better widgets, and a new tile-shaped menu. The UI itself looks much cleaner, and should be far more user friendly on bigger screens, something that Samsung is famous for. This is perfect timing for news of Iconic UX, considering Android 5.0/L is just about to be released by Google this week with the Nexus 6 smartphone, and Nexus 9 tablet.

Microsoft officially unveils Windows 10, pushing into the future

Microsoft today unveiled its Windows 10 operating system, a push into the future to try and help desktop and PC users forget about the Windows 8/8.1 debacle. During an invite-only event in San Francisco, the company showed off Windows 10, which mixes live tiles with the familiar UI of Windows 7, including a Start menu and taskbar. The "Metro" start screen and the regular Start Menu of older versions of Windows have been blended together, to provide a more cohesive user experience.

 

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Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will open up a Windows 10 technical preview for PCs and laptops, with additional device support expected in the near future. The company hopes to make a transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 much more comfortable than the headaches that followed many users as they tried to embrace the touch-centric Windows 8/8.1. Additional details about the OS will be unveiled in early 2015.

 

Microsoft chose to skip the Windows 9 name and help usher in the idea that its OS needs to be robust and compatible with a wider variety of different products: "Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices - from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide," the company boasted. "Some of these devices have 4 inch screens - some have 80 inch screens - and some don't have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture - and some devices can switch input types."

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Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 users will receive free Windows 9 upgrade

Microsoft Indonesia has reportedly confirmed that the upcoming Microsoft Windows 9 operating system will be a free upgrade for current Windows 8 and 8.1 users. The company is expected to host an event on September 30 to detail Windows 9, where pricing and release information should be revealed.

 

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Although Windows 8/8.1 provides significant security updates and a "modernized" interface, many users refused to upgrade to the touch-centric OS. Microsoft has accelerated its operating system road map to meet changing consumer and business user demands, and Windows 9 should help gauge where the company stands.

 

It's also worth noting that as users become familiar with major software updates, such as Apple iOS or OS X and Google Android, for example, the updates are available for free. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft to prove it has listened to users and is prepared to make changes for the future.

Microsoft France President confirms Windows 9 unveiling next week

Microsoft is expected to announce Windows 9 during a September 30 press event, which was unexpectedly confirmed by Microsoft France President Alain Crozier during a recent speech to employees. A "Windows Technical Preview" should become available shortly after the event, with numerous leaked images and details about the not-so-secret OS already available.

 

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During the recent chat with employees, Crozier used the phrase "Windows 9" instead of the code word "Threshold" when discussing the upcoming OS.

 

Microsoft has an accelerated operating system roadmap, especially as users were unimpressed with Windows 8/8.1 - an operating system that was supposed to highlight touch capability - but instead left many users frustrated.

Windows 9 will support of up to 8K displays, with better DPI scaling

One of the big issues with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, is high resolution support, and DPI scaling. Well, it looks like Microsoft is listening to feedback, with Windows 9 reportedly supporting up to 8K displays, and improved DPI scaling.

 

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PCportal has gotten its hands-on a build of Windows 9, with the image above showing off the new sizes for the Windows Explorer icon in Windows 9, with the image below showing the scaling for classic apps that can use the higher DPI. Higher resolution monitors are becoming the norm now, with 4K getting cheaper with every display released, and 5K even being teased.

 

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Android L will feature out-of-the-box encryption

Right as iOS 8 is hitting iPhones and iPads across the world, Google is teasing that the next version of Android will feature out-of-the-box encryption, when they talked with The Washington Post recently.

 

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We don't know how the encryption will work exactly, whether it will be offered as full-disk encryption, but Google did say that nobody can access the encrypted device unless they know its four-digit pin. Google spokeswoman, Niki Christoff, told The Washington Post that the keys and passcodes are not stored online, or anywhere on your Android-powered device.

 

Better yet, once Android L starts hitting devices, you won't need to find where to enable it - it'll just be enabled. Google have reportedly been working on this encryption goodness for months now, something we should hopefully see soon when Android L launches, which I'm sure we'll see with a brand new Nexus smartphone in the near future.

Microsoft will announce Windows 9 on September 30 in San Francisco

We know Windows 9 is coming, but it looks like Microsoft is going to unveil its next desktop operating system on September 30, at a "Windows event" in San Francisco.

 

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Microsoft has started emailing out its invites, with Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson to lead the talks about the future of Windows. The event itself will also cover enterprise and power users, with a "Windows Technical Preview" expected to be unveiled shortly after, or hopefully even at the event itself.

 

We already know that Windows 9 will feature a new, new Start menu, virtual desktops, and a Notification Center. I'm sure we'll see some surprises in Windows 9, something we'll find out much more on in just a few days time.

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