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Internet Explorer 10 is on its way and here to stay

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


After the long wait from Microsoft, the development team have released Internet Explorer 10 to users of Windows 7. Users of Windows 7 will get the update from the windows update service over the next few days.

This update has been on hold while the Windows 8 quick fixes and updates were rolling out during the launch phase.  With Internet Explorer being Microsoft’s preferred browser of choice for Windows 8 and Server 2012, preparing IE10 for Windows 7 was not such an easy task. Currently there are no plans for any updates for Windows Vista or indeed the dying Windows XP.

A statement from the Internet Explorer development team said: “With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers,”

Sources for Internet Explorer 10 have said that the new version is 20% faster for real websites in tests against the current top dog Google Chrome. As well as this, the new version also states compatibility with 30 new web standards that were not compatible in Internet Explorer 9. This pushes the standards forward providing improvements to hardware acceleration for many features.

To demonstrate the new features and improvements Microsoft decided to show off with a fully working game of Minesweeper that is based on HTML5 and other recent web standards.

No official date has been given for the start of the roll out via Windows Update, only that it will be in the next few weeks and all customers running Windows Seven and Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be able to receive the update.

Apple appointed responsible for childminding children playing on iOS devices

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


Apple are in the progress of paying out compensation to multiple iTunes account owners today due to a large iTunes bills.

Parents Credit cards have been nailed due to free games on Apple iPads and iPhones that allows you to download the game but then encourages you to buy goods in the games such as pods, ammo, vegetables and wood. A suit was filed with the District of California in April 2011 against Apple.

In the suit it cited that games had been designed to require the purchase of extras to allow you to proceed in the game quicker. Let’s face it no one likes to wait.

In the Settlement by apple proposed on Friday and waiting to be agreed on the 1st of March – Apple have approved that if people can prove that their children brought items though the games in a particular 45 day period then they will pay $5 in compensation and full refunds will be available if the requirements are covered.

The bill for the legal case has been stuck at apples door and they are having to pay it. Sums under $30 will be refunded to iTunes accounts not cash and a notification will be posted to all users that made a inapp purchase.

As we are all aware you require your AppleID and password to buy from iTunes but on iOS devices there is a period for 15 mins afterwards where you are not required to re-enter the password to purchase further items. Apple takes 30% of all sales though the app stores.

Since the suit was issued apple have started to put safe guards in and these are available but you do have to wonder what else is possible.

Is this a excuse for parents not being in control of there children or is this Apple being underhand and not letting people know before it to late.

Microsoft want you to pay more and get less with the new Office 2013 surprise

Posted on: February 21st, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


Microsoft have today pointed out to users and resellers that the new version of office 2013, will only be able to be used on one Computer and not transferred to another machine even if you uninstall it from the first.

Over the past few weeks there has been an outrage with the news that Microsoft have changed the terms of its new office suite. Cast as the new flagship office that integrates with office 365 it will now prevent users from upgrading their machine and using their still using the original office installation.

The paragraph that has caused the most outrage is the following from the terms and conditions:

“You may not transfer the software to another computer or user. You may transfer the software directly to a third party only as installed on the licensed computer, with the Certificate of Authenticity label and this agreement. Before the transfer, that party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software. You may not retain any copies.”

So in basic terms this means that if you wish to give your version of office away, you will have to give them your whole PC with the software installed.  Microsoft expect you to purchase a brand new version for every PC.  On top of this, Office 2013 is on average more expensive than Office 2010 was only a couple of months ago.

Is this Microsoft trying to defeat the license cheats or run a new get rich scheme – who knows?

All that is known is that the Redmond giant has put these terms in place and do not seem to be moving from them.

A Microsoft staffer did state that the “Office 2010 was chosen by a majority of customers worldwide” So who thinks that they read the fine print that stated these same rules with the PKC versions of office 2010 not being transferable.

Office terms and conditions make it very clear with the following:

We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement. Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer.

Is this not the same trick that rival computer firm Apple pulled when a popular film star wanted to leave his large iTunes collection to his family when he dies via his will.

At what point will customers start to fight back with open source versions of Office like Libre Office and Open Office.

Windows 8, The Final Word

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Windows 8 is heralded as the next operating system from Microsoft but with major changes to the user interface how will businesses take it.

First off, we need to look at the key difference in the operating system, as Microsoft look towards the future they see trends of people picking up tablet devices and mobile phones, not sitting at desktops and typing for hours. This has lead to the development of the new ‘Modern U.I.’ (Previously known as ‘Metro U.I.’), a radically different user interface than what our users know today. This ‘Modern U.I.’ replaces the Windows 7 Start menu with a full screen, bright and bold interface comprised of tiles rather than standard shortcut links. These tiles are able to show live information from sources such as weather and social media sites.

This unfortunately for businesses means that users have a large amount of scrolling to do to before they see that normal programs, Programs are arranged in an ad-hoc way rather than the standard alphabetical list users are used to. With customisation users can arrange the icons to display up to 24 tiles on the first screen, normally enough for most users. However in my experience, most users wont do this, Windows XP, Vista and 7 all had features available to “Pin to Start” since 2002 yet I still see a significant number of users relying on the ‘recently opened programs list’ and getting very confused when an application disappears.

As a side note, When looking at the New ‘Modern U.I.’ take a look back at Windows 3.1 Program manager (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_Manager) and let me know if you see anything familiar, Have we really moved forward?

Next we look at the ‘Modern U.I.’ Apps themselves, designed for a world of touch screen devices they seem to include larger bold interfaces, and few features the business workforce will find this slow and bulky from general workstations.

The one saving grace we have is the option to run these items in the normal Windows 7 style desktop environment, but it does mean just another couple of clicks every time we want to start a program. By default Windows 8 include no way to open internet explorer directly on the desktop, the user must first open the ‘modern U.I.’ App and then switch to the desktop mode using the spanner icon at the bottom of the screen.

As you may have noticed, the windows in the above preview do not have traditional close buttons and there is not task bar at the bottom of the screen to allow switching between apps, instead everything must be found by learning a series of gestures that are designed for a hand not a mouse and never seem to work first time you try them. To close a Modern UI app the user must grab an imaginary handle somewhere at the top of the windows and drag the app down to the bottom of the screen out the way. To switch between applications the user must move the mouse to the top left hand corner, until the task switching icon appears, once this has appeared the user needs to swipe the mouse down the side of the screen without moving too far from the edge. and if done correctly the user should see a task bar appear similar to below.

However you wont be able to switch directly into most programs, instead you must first load the desktop, then switch to the programs you want in the normal windows 7 methods by using the bottom task bar. These modification make the user experience feel like you are running two completely different operating systems, firstly the windows 7 that we are all familiar with, and secondly an operating system designed beautifully to work for touch screen tablets and phones but with no regard to the workforce who generally make up the largest proportion of an operating systems sales. While both interfaces work well for their purpose, Microsoft seems to have attempted to bolt the two together and have created something that totally fails to form a practical operating system for the corporate marketplace.

 

Facebook, The New Face of Gambling

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Facebook has now released its first ever Online Gambling App in its app centre and not surprisingly to anyone who watches evening TV, it’s a BINGO app.

For the first time UK users will be able to bet real cash to beat the odds and win big. Facebook would not confirm the percentage profits they plan to take from the transactions however standard practice would have them minting 30% of the revenue. Facebook have also confirmed they are hoping to release real money poker in 2013 and we can only assume a host of other Apps as it tries to muzzle in on a gambling market worth in excess of £275 billion a year.

Samsung Admits Software Upgrade Mistake

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by Matt No Comments


Samsung has admitted that the recent update to it’s Galaxy S3 was accidental – it was designed to remove the ability to search multiple places (web, apps, contacts etc) via a single interface. It was supposed to remove the feature only in the US, but it has done so on phones in the UK too.

This is in response to a court case initiated by Apple; they claim that the ‘all-in-one’ interface infringes a patent from Apple’s iOS system.

Samsung have stated that they will fix their mistake within the next few days.

Stuxnet Threat Eliminated

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Matt No Comments


The Stuxnet virus has been made redundant since Siemens – the developer of industrial software models, has officially updated it’s software to prevent Stuxnet from working.

Stuxnet was discovered in 2010, when industrial manufacturers in Iran were hit by a series of problems.

The problems were later identified as a virus, and whilst no-one knows exactly who created it security experts claim that only a sophisticated government would have the resources available to create such a powerful virus.

Whilst Iran claims that it’s nuclear programme has been affected by Stuxnet, spectators are thinking that this was the main purpose of the Stuxnet virus.

Illegal to Browse The Web?

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Matt No Comments


The European Supreme Court is looking into whether or not it is illegal to browse the web without paying royalties to the copyright holder.

This is due to the way a web-browser works – each time you view a webpage your computer downloads a copy of that page; this is so that it can load the webpages faster in future, and so that if your Internet goes offline then you won’t be affected as badly.

The UK government has refused to rule on the issue, stating that they would rather wait for the European courts to decide.

Come on Parliament, surely you can make your own mind up?

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