Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Forget Windows 8....... please!!

After spending the past two years in damage control mode over Windows 8, Microsoft will officially begin a new era for its OS on Tuesday, when it’s expected to unveil a preview of Windows’ next major version during an event focused on enterprise customers.

After the success of Windows 7, Microsoft misread the market with Windows 8 and botched the product’s user interface, leaving a trail of many unhappy customers, especially in the consumer market.

Among businesses, Microsoft encountered much resistance to upgrade, as many CIOs clung to the very stable Windows 7, and took a pass on Windows 8 and its subsequent revisions, afraid that the UI, optimized for touch-screen tablets, would confuse their users, lead them to revolt and affect productivity.

So it’s not a surprise that the first look of the next generation of the OS—referred to unofficially as Windows Threshold and Windows 9—will be directed specifically at businesses.

Monday, September 29, 2014

iOS 8.0.2

Apple is again in big trouble.

After a successful iPhone 6 launch, the company on Sept. 24 released an update to iOS 8 that was supposed to address issues its users were having. Instead, the update, iOS 8.0.1, left them without Apple's Touch ID fingerprint recognition feature and cellular support and forced Apple to pull its update before it affected too many users. It was a black mark on the company's otherwise superb last week, and it angered far more people than might be expected.

Those who don't live in the iOS world or didn't have a chance to download the update might be wondering what all the outcry is about. After all, for those folks, nothing changed, but for those who were affected by the update, everything is different. Fortunately for Apple, it was able to quickly get out a fix, iOS 8.0.2, but still the issues with 8.0.1 has brought up questions related to trust in Apple.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gmail and Google+

People signing up for Google's Gmail service are no longer required to create an account for the search giant's social network as well.

Since 2012, part of the process of joining Gmail meant also signing up for Google+, but now, new users can opt out of the requirement by hitting a "no thanks" button.

"We updated the signup experience in early September," a Google spokesperson told CNET. "Users can now create a public profile during signup, or later, if and when they share public content for the first time (like a restaurant review, YouTube video or Google+ post)."

Google has made a number of moves around its products and their integration with Google+ in the past few months. The company has extended features beyond the walls of the social network. Hangouts, Google's videoconferencing service, in July was added to the company's suite of enterprise software. The company will also reportedly break out popular photo features of Google+ to become a standalone brand.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

iPhone 6 Sales

Bigger screens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren't convincing many fandroids to switch over to iOS — at least not yet.

Data from 5,703 shoppers on the weekend of Sept. 12-14 from Slice Intelligence found 85% had previously bought an iPhone. About two thirds were upgrading from either an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 5S:

Those percentages may change. Opening weekend is likely to draw more repeat customers than casual users on other platforms, who might be waiting for the initial product reviews from the press and fans. Apple has also reached out to Android fans with this site designed to help such customers as they move data from their old phones to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Apple Pulls the iOS 8.0.1 "Upgrade"

After its decision to pull iOS 8.0.1 yesterday, Apple is now advising users to roll back to version 8.0 of the operating system.

Apple is planning to take a second crack at updating the newly-released iOS 8, which it yanked yesterday after widespread reports of it affecting cell service, mostly in newer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, as well causing problems with its fingerprint reader, Touch ID.

The bug appeared not to have been specific to a country or particular network, affecting iPhone 6 devices running on networks in the US, the UK and Australia.

Apple has now posted an advisory on the issue, telling affected users to pretty much follow the steps in the unofficial fix for iOS 8.0.1 that ZDNet outlined on Wednesday, shortly after users reported problems with the update.

"We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1," Apple's advisory states.
"We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it's ready in the next few days," it added.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

iOS 8.0.1 Bugs

Less than a week following the release of iOS 8, Apple has released the first update to the platform.

However, for some it brings more problems than it solves.

Hundreds on Twitter say they are unable to get a cellular signal following the update, with their iPhones stuck in searching for service mode, or getting the "No signal" message.

Others are seeing problems with the Touch ID fingerprint reader after applying the 8.0.1 update.

Several iPads that have been tested however seem to have survived the update unscathed.
For now, upgrading to iOS 8.0.1 is not advised, no matter what device you are running.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

KNeoWORLD Arcade

KNeoWORLD has announced its new Android and iOS App, KNeoWORLD Arcade.  Developed by leading game designers and an expert team of educators and scientists, KNeoWORLD Arcade sports a colorful and intuitive interface and is designed to exercise the brain in stimulating short workouts. The Arcade mode is comprised of 70 games on the web and 30 on your favorite mobile device and was specifically designed to help sharpen memory, verbal reasoning, arithmetic, concentration, spatial awareness, and problem solving skills. It is super easy to play but challenging to master and appropriate for a range of ages.

As you give your brain a work out, you will earn KNeoBADGES and achievements that help you assess your learning progress and steer your focus to games that will advance you towards a desired outcome.

"It's been a long journey, from the initial launch announcement to today's exciting news, but we've been hard at work crafting each level and mini game with forethought, care and precision," said Marti Miernik, COO of KNeoWORLD Inc. "We have created an immersive and enjoyable experience for fans of puzzles and brain teasers. You deserve the best, and now it's time to reward you with some brain scratching fun."

Australian, publicly-traded, parent company, Entellect Limited, with a series of funding partners, has raised over $6 million in funding to localize and further build out KNeoWORLD by increasing its mobile games library, extending its reach into the education market and expanding the application to new languages. In coming weeks the game will launch in Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin, with other languages to follow soon. Upcoming game updates will encompass a series of new games as well as imports of time proven fan-favorites from the web platform. Schools and PTAs across the country are currently testing the KNeoWORLD platform and over 500,000 kids worldwide are playing the game.

In addition, KNeoWORLD Inc. will soon launch the KNeoWORLD Story, an adventure game that will go hand in hand with KNeoWORLD Arcade. KNeoWORLD Story encourages exploration and curiosity, while helping the gamer discover the world. You will adventure through clever quests, fun activities and mini games that build knowledge about science, match, art, history, linguistics, social intelligence, creative thinking and more.

"I can't wait to showcase the KNeoWORLD Story to the public," Ms. Miernik continued. "It packs everything what I love about gaming: adventure, puzzles, brain games. It is like LumosityTM, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth GraderTM and You Don't Know JackTM rolled into one with an added benefit of comics, great characters and a spectacular world to discover. You can't go wrong with KNeoWORLD."

Whether you want to boost your brain power, focus at work, or do better at school and standardized tests, or just to stay sharp, KNeoWORLD Arcade will get you there, in a fun and entertaining way.

Download the KNeoWORLD Arcade now for only $4.99.
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