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40 million Windows 8 licenses sold within a month

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Microsoft Corp has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the month since the launch, according to one of the new co-heads of the Windows unit,setting a faster pace than Windows 7 three years ago.
The sales number represents a solid but unspectacular startfor the touch-friendly operating system designed to combat Apple Inc’s and Google Inc’s domination of mobile computing, which has shunted aside PCs in favor of iPads and smartphones.

Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of the Windows business, did not give a precise comparison, but sales of 40 million licensesfor Windows 8, launched on October 26, appear to be ahead of Windows 7, which sold just over 60 million units in the first 10 weeks on sale at the end of 2009.
Reller did not break down the Windows 8 license sales between relatively cheap upgrades and purchases of new machines running the newsoftware, but suggested muchof the growth was coming fromupgrades.
“Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7,” said Reller, speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Upgrading to Windows 8 costs $40, compared to $70for the full software package or hundreds of dollars for a new PC.
The latest figure does not mean that 40 million users have adopted Windows 8. Many of the sales are to PC manufacturers, who in turn sell a large number of machines to companies, very few of which are using Windows 8 yet.
According to tech research firm StatCounter, about 1 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion or so personal computers making a total of around 15 million are actually running Windows 8.
Reller did not disclose sales ofMicrosoft’s new Surface tablet,its first-ever own-brand PC, designed to challenge the iPadhead on.
The first Surface, based on a chip designed by ARM HoldingsPlc, does not run old versionsof Microsoft programs. A slightly bigger version based on an Intel Corp chip that will run the full Windows 8 Pro operating system and be fully compatible with the Office suiteof applications will be available in January, Reller said.
The investor conference was the first public appearance forReller since she was named asone of two executives to run the Windows unit after president Steven Sinofsky unexpectedly left two weeks ago. Julie Larson-Green headsthe engineering side of Windows.
Reller said the Windows unit had survived Sinofsky’s surprise departure.
“The team holistically is in great, great shape. And the product is in great shape,” she said, responding to a question from a Credit Suisse analyst. “I think transitions are always somewhat of a challenge, but I think that timing-wise it is a reasonable time, and the team is busy.”
Earlier in the day, Microsoft said it had sold more than 750,000 Xbox game consoles in the United States last week,including the day after Thanksgiving, one of the country’s biggest shopping days.
That is down from 960,000 sales in the same week a yearago, in line with reduced computer game spending across the board this year, as gamers hold off on purchases in the tight economy and move toward free online games.
Editor’s Punch: Wow! 40 Mn downloads for Windows 8! Great leap forward by Microsoft. Microsoft’s domination in pc world continues! 😆

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Indian teenagers spend 86% time on Facebook daily: McAfee

Posted on November 23, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , |

Indian teens spend 86 per cent of their time daily on Facebook followed by 54 per cent on Twitter, a survey by McAfee today said.

“On a daily basis, the surveyed Indian teens spend86 per cent of their time on Facebook followed by 54 per cent time on Twitter,” McAfee’s ‘Secret Lives of Teens’ survey said.
It added that 97 per cent of teens have access to social network , while there is a growing digital divide between teens and their parents. The survey showed that 70 per cent of the teens responded that they should not reveal their address on the interest, but 40 per cent did it anyway. On the other hand, 21 per cent parents polled by McAfee believed that the teenagers would do so.
“This divide is attributed to the fact that Indian teens are growing up as digital natives,with increasingly active onlinelives but lack of parental assistance,” the survey said.
The research commissioned by McAfee was carried out in seven cities — Mumbai, Delhi,Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai comprising a sample size of 757 teenagers and 750 parents.
“Close to half of surveyed teens (45 per cent) are now using their smartphones for internet access. On an average, they open an account at the age of 13,” it said.
The survey said there is an evident discrepancy between parental perception and actual reality regarding the online activities of the teenagers.
“…while parental concerns prevail, teens do end up sharing more dangerous information online, contrary to their parents belief,” the survey said.
It added 89 per cent teens believe social network is safewhereas parents are less believing at 71 per cent.
20 per cent of the surveyed teens revealed they access porn/nudity online willingly several times a day, while 32per cent parents think teens willingly access it only a few times a year.
“It’s very challenging for parents to educate their technology savvy children. We hope this study provides Indian parents with some key insights and learning’s on how to protect their children online,” McAfee Consumer Marketing Director (APAC) Melanie Duca told reporters here.
The survey said 38 per cent teens have witnessed cruel behaviour online, whereas only 16 per cent parents are aware of this. 87 per cent of this behaviour has been noticed on Facebook, 31 per cent on Twitter and 23 per cent on email by teens. McAfee also revealed 70% of the polled parents completely trust their teens to tell them everything they do online, while 58% polled teens strongly believe that they know how to hide their online activities from their parents.
Editor’s Punch: If Indian teenagers had spent 5% daily for nation development then Scenario would be different. 😦

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Jolla Launches Sailfish OS: A preview

Posted on November 22, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

The new age operating system will be compatible with devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions and even automobile systems.

Independent Finnish software developer Jolla has showcased a new mobile operating system called Sailfish that claims to provide better multitasking than existing smartphones. While unveiling the software development kit, the company said that the operating system features effortless multitasking, allowing users toswitch between running applications directly on the home screen, ending a call or pausing a song without having to enter the application.
It is aimed to be used on a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, smart televisions andeven automobiles. According to a website, its multi-tasking menu works similarly to Windows Phone, showing the cards of each running application. However, instead of entering the app, users are able to press and hold the app tile, displaying options available for that particular title. “Sailfish has been developed to remove the elements that often take up some of your smartphone’sscreen real-estate. Instead ofdisplaying the battery life and signal indicators, Jolla has moved them to the lockscreen, allowing you to maximise what is shown on your display,” said a report of The Next Web.
“Instead of using the pull down to refresh content or show notifications, Jolla’s OS allows users to display menu items that help share photos or videos to social networks with the push of a button,” the report further added. Sailfish is a Linux-based mobile operating system and is built on top of the Mer operating system core, which is the revival of the MeeGo operating system project of Nokia, Intel, and Linux Foundation.
Sailfish includes a proprietary user interface that is built entirely by the company itself and unlike Android, Sailfish operating system will be governed by licensing terms, which means that companies will have to take the OS from the company for their devices, just like Microsoft Windows Phone operating system.
Editor’s Punch: ‘Sailfish’ 🙂 looks alike then symbian,android,wp 😆 I guess the creator of this OS had a fish market and used to sail everyday 😀

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Samsung Galaxy S IV to have full-HD display, 13-megapixel camera: Rumour

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

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As the end of the year approaches, the rumour mill about the next Galaxy S device from Samsung seems to be going into overdrive.
While the Samsung Galaxy S III was unveiled in May this year,there’s plenty of buzz that its successor may be unveiled a bit earlier next year. With twobig events at the start of the year, expect to hear more about the Samsung Galaxy S IV either at CES in Las Vegas in January, or (more likely) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013.

The first bit of rumour comes from Korean site Asiae and it says that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will have a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920*1080 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 441PPI. That report is in line with earlier rumours which suggested that Samsung and LG are working on smartphones with full-HD display which may be releasedin first-half of 2013. It would make sense for Samsung’s next flagship device to be its first smartphones with full-HD display .
According to another report , the Galaxy S IV will feature a 13-megapixel camera, a significant upgrade over the Galaxy S III’s 8-megapixel rear shooter.
In addition to the above, there’s more buzz about the Galaxy S IV featuring a 2 GHz quad-core Exynos processor and an 8-core GPU.
Editor’s Punch: Hope this rumour turns out reality and we’l have an awesome phone again 😀

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Global mobile data traffic doubled in year: Stats

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

mobile data usage

The amount of data used by mobile devices doubled over the past year, boosted by growth in video streaming services, according to a study released on Wednesday by Swedish telecom group Ericsson.
Data traffic doubled in the third quarter of this year on an annual basis, and rose 16 percent from the previous quarter, it said.

The trend is set to continue, with the amount of information transferred over mobile networks doubling every year for the next six years, driven in large part by users accessing more video content.
Computers and tablets currently dominate mobile traffic, but the high growth in smartphone subscriptions means data consumption will be split equally between the two in 2018.
“Smartphone traffic is growingfaster due to the high growth in subscriptions,” the report said.
Around 40 percent of all phones sold in the third quarter of this year were smartphones.
Mobile devices have turned social media into an activity that consumers engage in througout the day, Ericsson noted.
“It has begun to influence and merge with other behaviors, such as watching TV and other video content,” it said.
“The two activities are instead done in parallel or even merged into a new kind of behavior.”
The study also highlighted that using free game apps that are financed by advertising often leads to significantly higher data consumption for the user thanthe paid-for, premium versions of the software.
Global mobile penetration reached 91 percent in the third quarter this year. The total number of mobile subscriptions is expected to reach 6.6 billion this year and 9.3 billion in 2018, the report said.
Editor’s Punch: I’m posting this from my mobile itself 😆

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