mobile

Fri
09
Nov
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Microsoft Office Coming to iOS, Android: Report

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing its Office software to the Android and Apple mobile platforms. The reported plan would involve offering a free viewing app for users, and light editing tools for subscribers. At the moment, Office ... functionality on mobile devices varies widely. Handsets running Windows Phone have a limited range of viewing and editing tools, while Microsoft's Surface tablet comes with Office pre-installed. Now, a combination of leaked screenshots and a press release from Microsoft's subsidiary in the Czech Republic make it clear that Office is coming to devices ... (view more)

Fri
21
Sep
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Microsoft: Whack Your Cellphone to Stop Ringing

Microsoft is in the process of pursuing a new patent that would stop mobile phone rings with a simple "whack". The new technology could save users from embarrassing searches through pockets and purses in order to find and press the 'decline' or 'end ... call' button. The Microsoft patent application is filed under the name "Controlling Audio of a Device." According to the patent description, it covers "a method comprising, in a mobile communications device, receiving information indicative of acceleration of the mobile communications device, determining correlation between the information ... (view more)

Wed
06
Jun
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Facebook Stock Down 32%; Site Dead by 2020?

Two weeks ago, social networking site Facebook made headline news by taking its stock public . Immediately afterwards, analysts began debating whether the stock was a winner or a loser. Now, one analyst says people should stay away from Facebook ... stock; in fact, he has gone so far as to suggest that the entire Facebook enterprise could disappear by the year 2020. According to Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson, Facebook's difficulties in making the transition into the mobile market will prove to be its undoing. In Facebook's place will arise entirely new companies that will succeed by more ... (view more)

Thu
01
Mar
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Now Available to Public

Microsoft has finally unveiled the first publicly available edition of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system (OS). While this version of the new OS is far from complete, it does give users a solid idea of what Microsoft has done to update its ... flagship product for use with mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones. "It's an even better Windows than Windows 7," Microsoft Windows director Steven Sinofsky said at a recent demonstration of the new OS, which took place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. "It's incredibly fast and fluid to just navigate this UI (user interface ... (view more)

Fri
02
Dec
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Android, Apple iOS Dominate Mobile Market: Report

Google's Android platform continues to be a powerhouse in the highly competitive smartphone market, despite a recent study that reported malware attacks are up nearly 500 per cent . Industry analysts Nielson recently released its third quarter ... statistics for smartphone usage among United States-based mobile subscribers. Researchers found that Android once against ranked as the most popular mobile operating system (OS), with devices using this platform accounting for approximately 42.8 per cent of the total smartphone market. More specifically, Android phones made by HTC accounted for 15 per ... (view more)

Tue
29
Nov
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Google Android Malware Up 472% Since July: Report

Usually the term 'malware' is synonymous with PC infections that result in frustratingly sluggish computer performance. But now, the same term may be associated with mobile devices just as much as PCs, as the number of mobile malware infections ... skyrocket. According to a new report from Juniper Networks, the number of Google Android applications laced with malware has jumped a staggering 472 per cent since July, 2011. Android users now face a constantly growing wave of threats that isn't likely to abate any time soon. (Source: tomsguide.com ) "Tens of Thousands" of Malcious Apps ... (view more)

Thu
10
Nov
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Internet Explorer: Usage Dips to All Time Low

Just 7 years ago (2004), Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) peaked at 95% of the browser market share. Today, that usage has dropped below 50%. According to NetApplications, which offers a monthly tracking of browser market shares, Internet Explorer ... (IE) has lost more than eight percent of the browser market in the last year. In fact, it slipped by more than 1.75 points just in the last month, and by six points in the last six months. In a Nutshell: The Decline of Internet Explorer Before the turn of the 21st century, Internet Explorer was the leading browser by far. It earned that position ... (view more)

Wed
25
May
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Microsoft: IE9 SmartScreen Measures Malware Probability

According to a new report from Microsoft, 1 in every 14 PC programs found on the web are laced with malware . The statistics come courtesy of the Redmond-based firm's Internet Explorer SmartScreen filter, which is designed to figure out a program's ... reputation before proceeding with a download. The SmartScreen filter first appeared in Internet Explorer 7 and continues to be developed with Internet Explorer 9. The latest edition of SmartScreen now checks the reputation of downloads. (Source: betanews.com ) "Using reputation helps protect users from newly released malware programs -- pretending ... (view more)

Tue
15
Mar
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Smartphone Users Prefer Android, Study Shows

Recently, well-known analysts The Nielson Company asked nearly 15,000 Americans which mobile operating system they were currently using. Although several leading platforms scored very well, Google's Android narrowly took first place. The Nielson ... Company polled 14,701 Americans, asking each participant (who was also a postpaid mobile subscriber) what mobile OS was running on their primary smartphones. The race was a close one: 29 per cent reported using an Android-based device, 27 per cent said they use an (Apple) iOS phone, and another 27 per cent said they own a RIM (Reasearch in Motion) ... (view more)

Mon
20
Dec
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Windows Phone 7 Launch Weak by Comparison: Report

New figures suggest that sales of Windows Phone 7 handsets have effectively flat-lined at a statistically insignificant level. It's led one research firm to suggest Microsoft will have to find a completely different way to make money from the mobile ... market. There have been several indications that sales of handsets running the new system, launched in Europe in October and North America last month, have been disappointing. Statistics from the Windows Phone 7 launch include an estimate that just 40,000 people bought a Windows Phone 7 device on its launch day (the respective figure for iPhones ... (view more)

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