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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SmartAboutThings Re:from the submitter (125 comments)

I have had around 50 on front page... :( I didn't get this : "If you're going to quote me with "Charliemopps writes" then it should be cut&paste. If you're altering it, Slashdot needs a different statement like "Submitted by..." etc..."

4 hours ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SmartAboutThings Re:from the submitter (125 comments)

Thanks for taking the time to reply. It's really annoying to compose an original submission, be ahead of everybody else and now getting anything to your website. Especially when you've been with Slashdot for 4+ years...

4 hours ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SmartAboutThings from the submitter (125 comments)

Can somebody explain why the links I have included have been modified? Not fair from /. to remove links and direct the traffic to already big outlets. Slashdot is also about diversity and supporting smaller publications, from what I remember.

4 hours ago
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

SmartAboutThings Re:Microsoft access his hotmail account? (197 comments)

I submitted the piece. Yes, even that surprised me. I was expecting to hear the FBI "opened" the conversations for them, but it seems that have a "special team" for that

about 7 months ago
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Pinterest Reveals Its First Transparency Report

SmartAboutThings Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (23 comments)

there are many one-person blogs with quite a reputation. but it's not a 1 person blog, by the way.

about 7 months ago
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Pinterest Reveals Its First Transparency Report

SmartAboutThings Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (23 comments)

speaking of reputable, I regularly submit stories to Slashdot, so I don't see why you're fretting

about 7 months ago
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Pinterest Reveals Its First Transparency Report

SmartAboutThings Re:Seriously? "Wind8Apps"? (23 comments)

It's my website, why don't you like its name? it feeds my family :D

about 7 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

SmartAboutThings Re:Not At MWC 2014 (153 comments)

FTFA:

Unfortunately, we might not see the phone at MWC 2014, as our source indicates that the launch has been pushed further to accommodate other launches (psst⦠Galaxy S5).

So I guess whomever wrote the summary didn't read all the way to the bottom of the 2nd link.

No, just that when I submitted it, we didn't have that information at our disposal

about 9 months ago
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Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

SmartAboutThings I submitted this (148 comments)

unbelievable, I submitted this yesterday :|

about a year ago
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Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

SmartAboutThings Shortest evah (258 comments)

the shortest story ever on /.

about a year ago
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Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

SmartAboutThings 1 mil per day?! (267 comments)

1 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Anyhow, enought with the screaming, as of now it has 50% of its first day's goal, but I guess it has to do with all the news that have been going around

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

SmartAboutThings keeping the link juice to /. (442 comments)

I love it how you guys linkback to your own articles when there have been so many similar submissions, and even more interesting that just disappeared

about a year ago
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Microsoft Brings "Lab of Things" to HomeOS Project, Looks to Connect Devices in

SmartAboutThings Re:title doesn't show (4 comments)

Interesting. Anything that MS is going to develop for the future will now be labelled as "spy tool" :D

about a year ago
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Microsoft Brings "Lab of Things" to HomeOS Project, Looks to Connect Devices in

SmartAboutThings title doesn't show (4 comments)

"devices in your home" title isn't showing entirely :(

about a year ago
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Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Has 1 Million Datacenters, Only Second to Google

SmartAboutThings UPDATE (1 comments)

sorry, I made a mistake in the title, it should've been ""Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Has 1 million Servers in their Datacenters, Only Second to Google"

about a year ago
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Microsoft Releases First Updates to Fix Early Bugs in Windows 8.1

SmartAboutThings Error (1 comments)

Have submitted earlier a story without being logged in. Sorry for the duplicat, was completely unintentional

about a year ago
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Should You Have Phone Insurance?

SmartAboutThings naaah (2 comments)

Putting aside money is smarter :D

about a year and a half ago
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Spooky: How NSA's Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life

SmartAboutThings Re:Aurora suspect. (211 comments)

Or ... they don't give a damn?

more than 2 years ago

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Microsoft is Getting Ready to Launch its own Smarwatch

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  11 hours ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "The smartwatch market is still in its nascent form, but with Apple releasing its AppleWatch in early 2015, things are going to change. And Microsoft wants to make sure it's not late to the party, as it has been so many times in the past.

That's why it plans on releasing its own smartwatch , which would be the first new category under CEO Nadella. The device could get launched with two specific features that could make it stand apart from other similar devices — much better battery life and cross-platform support for iOS and Android users. A release before this year's holiday season is on the cards, with no details on the pricing nor availability."
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2011 iPad 2 is the Most Popular Model as New iPads Get Ready for Release

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  4 days ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Today is the day when Apple is said to announce its new iPad line, and while many fans of the company from all over the world are looking forward to the launch, it seems that most of consumers don't really care that much. After 3 and a half years since its launch, the iPad 2 is still the most popular model in the world. This shows that iPad owners aren't keen on making the jump to newer versions and they don't perceive them as must-have."
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Microsoft Kickstarts Windows Insider Program

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about three weeks ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft wants to make sure that it doesn't screw up with the next operating system as it has done with Windows 8. That's why the company has opened the Windows Insider Program for early testers of the upcoming Windows 10 version. Those who will sign up will l get all the latest Windows preview builds as soon as they’re available.

Microsoft will provide members of the program with an app to give feedback, so that Microsoft could know if the system works as intended or it still needs to be tweaked."
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Microsoft's Asimov System to Monitor Users' Machines in Real-time

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about three weeks ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft will monitor users in the new Windows 9 Operating System in order to determine how the new OS is used, thus decide what tweaks and changes are need to be made. During Windows 8 testing, Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage had dropped, but it seems that the tools they were using at the time weren’t as evolved as the new ‘Asimov’ monitor.

The new system is codenamed ‘Asimov’ and will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users’ machines. Rest assured, the data is going to be obscured and aggregated, but intelligible enough to allow Microsoft to get detailed insights into user interactions with the OS.

Mary Jo Foley says that the system was originally built by the Xbox Team and now is being used by the Windows team. Users who will download the technical preview of Windows 9, which is said to get unveiled today, will become ‘power users’ who will utilize the platform in unique scenarios. This will help Microsoft identify any odd bugs ahead of the final release."
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Asus Ripping off Nokia's Design with a New Product Launch at IFA 2014

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about a month and a half ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "At the ongoing IFA 2014 conference in Berlin, Asus has announced the Asus MeMo Pad 7, yet another Android tablet to join the growing number of those already available. However, what makes this product launch special is the fact that it looks to have almost the same design lines as the Nokia Lumia polycarbonate products. The resemblance has been spotted by Gigjets publication who compares the tablet with the a Lumia product. Is a scandal on the cards?"
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Apple Products Reportedly Banned from Chinese Government Purchases

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 2 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "China has continued its equivocal relationship with US technology companies. The country has now prohibited the purchase of Apple hardware products from its government agencies citing security reasons. The ban will affect all the central and local agencies in China. People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the government is now not allowed to purchase ten Apple products including different variants of iPads and MacBook laptop. Several devices have been omitted from a government procurement list distributed by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance."
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Russia to Replace US-made Microchips Intel and AMD with their Own Baikal Chips

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 4 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "According to a recent report coming from the press agency ITAR-TASS, Russia wants to replace US-made computer chips from Intel and AMD with local-made processors. The news comes after four years ago, Vladimir Putin said he wants all of the government’s computers to be replaced with Linux. And now it seems that Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry is making a step forward in this direction, looking to replace US microchips Intel and AMD with the domestically-produced micro processor Baikal
."
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Mozilla is Working on a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 3 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Mozilla took the world by surprised when it announced that it was developing a Firefox operating system that would be used for mobile phones, especially in developing markets. Now, there are already a few devices out there, but it seems that this isn’t the last step for the company whose name is still associated with the famous web browsers. According to a recent report from GigaOM, Mozilla is currently working on a secretive project which has the purpose of developing a Chromecast-like media streaming stick powered by Firefox-OS."
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Samsung Announces its First Ever Tizen Smartphone

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "After a lot of flip-flops, Samsung has finally announced its first ever Tizen smartphone the Samsung Z. This marks Samsung’s official move to depend lesser on Android for its growth. The Korean giant had already moved its Galaxy Gear series of smartwatches to Tizen OS, so the launch of Samsung Z should send clear signals to the people at Mountain View. Other than running the Tizen OS, the Samsung Z will feature a 4.8-inch 720p (HD), Super AMOLED display with a quad-core, 2.3GHz CPU (from Intel we presume) with 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, LTE, an 8-megapixel camera, a heartrate sensor and fingerprint scanner. It comes with 2600 mAh of battery, and features a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. It’ll fully support 2D and 3D graphics"
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Steve Ballmer in Talks to Buy NBA Los Angeles Clippers

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "According to some rumors circulating in the online environment, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has reportedly met billionaire former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Sunday and they discussed about selling the club. Previously, it was reported that Donald Sterling had surrendered control of the Los Angeles Clippers to his wife. The rumored deal has been estimated at about $2billion, and the club’s value has is said to be around $600 million; and if it does get through, there are chances that Ballmer might want to move the club to Seattle. If Ballmer does end up buying the Clippers, this would make him the second former Microsoft top executive to own an NBA team, after Paul Allen, the owner of the Portland Trailblazers."
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Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 with Bing for Cheaper Devices

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "As it was previously talked about, Windows 8.1 with Bing has just become real, and we're going to see the very first Windows devices running it at the upcoming Computex conference from Taipei. Albeit details are scarce at the moment, what we know is that Microsoft is going to offer it to OEMs for a cheaper price and the single difference is that it will come with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. However, customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu. Also, the new Windows edition will be only be available preloaded on devices, which means it won't be made available for separate purchase."
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Microsoft Launches Surface Pro 3

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "On its special event in New York, Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 3 when most of us were expecting the Surface Mini. The Surface Pro 3 is pretty impressive, being only 9.1 mm thin, weighing 800 grams and coming with a bigger size of 12inch. According to Microsoft, this is the thinnest Intel core product ever made and it packs the i7 processor, as well. And to prove that it's also pretty durable, the tablet-laptop was dropped on the floor ."
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OwnFone Releases World's First 3D Printed Braille Phone

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "OwnFone is a London-based company which has launched theworld’s first 3D printed Braille phone in order to help those visually challenged to become more independent by being able to use mobile services. The ndevice has been constructed using 3D printing on both front and back of the handset with added personalised buttons. Albeit this isn't the first device of its kind, it's the first one to go officially on sale, along with a patent pending technology. It is currently available only in the UK for £60 , but a Kickstarter campaign will soon be launched to sell the OwnFone internationally."
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You Can Now Text 911 in the US in Case of Emergency

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "After it was long rumored and discussed about, the ability to text 911 in case of emergency is slowly rolling out in the United States to subscribers of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. For the time being, the service is available in areas of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. According to the FCC, the service will gradually roll out to more areas and by the end of this year, virtually anyone with a cellphone and enough service will be able to make use of it. Which means that all carriers will support it."
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Microsoft Working on Cloud 'Windows 365', Based on Subscription Model

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "It’s not the first time we’re hearing about Microsoft working on a cloud-based Windows version, but it’s the first time when we’re seeing a name – Windows 365, thanks to a well known-leaker. The “365 moniker clearly hints that the upcoming cloud Windows version will be based on a subscription system, probably similar to the one available in the cloud productivity suite for Office products. And we know how much Nadella loves the mobile and the cloud, so it’s no wonder that Microsoft is getting ready to unveiling this product. Most likely, the subscription model would allow the installation of Windows on multiple devices, with a yearly or monthly fee. And we’re curious to see whether it will be Windows 8 as we know it, or a slightly modified version."
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Microsoft Outlines Plans for First US Microsoft Innovation Center

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "It might be weird for some, but at the moment, there isn’t a single Microsoft Innovation Center in the United States, but is soon bound to change as Microsoft officials say they plan to open the first one in downtown Miami. As of now, Microsoft has 115 innovation centers across the world, with most of them being locate in Eastern Europe, India and Brazil. These act as partnerships between local government organizations, universities, industry organization, software or hardware vendors and Microsoft with the purpose of growing local software economies. At the moment, there are none in the United States, but Microsoft will be opening in the near future in downtown Miami at a tech incubator and accelerator called Venture Hive and a second center is said to open in Houston, as well."
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Is Microsoft Really Building a Smartwatch?

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 5 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft has been a little too late to the tablet party, even if it actually was the first company to introduce a tablet. And we can’t say that it fares quite well in smartphones, either. But according to a patent filing which has been made public recently, Redmond is getting closer to the actual release of its own smartwatch. Google, Samsung, Sony, Pebble and others are already important players in the market of smarwatches and wearables and if Apple joins the crowd, as well, then Microsoft could be late to the party once more. The alleged device could run on a modified version of the recently announced "Windows on Devices" software and it could bear the "Surface" brand name. What's your take on this?"
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Nokia Officially Ends up in Microsoft's Deep Pockets

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 6 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "It was quite a surprise when we heard back in September, last year, that Microsoft was going to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services unit for just $5 billion. And today, more than eight months after the announcement, the company whose name was once synonymous with “mobile phone”, gets officially acquired by the Microsoft behemoth. Just as a reminder, $7.2 billion is the price that Microsoft paid for the acquisition. The merger will have a big impact on Nokia’s employees, as Microsoft will transder approximately 25,000 workers from around the world. The company also mentioned that Nokia’s factory from Masan, South Korea, and the factory in Chennai, India, will stay with Nokia."
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WhatsApp Hits Half a Billion Users

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 6 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "It was quite a shock for many when Facebook announced that they would acquire messaging service WhatsApp for a staggering amount of $19 billion. At the time, Zuckerberg was quite confident that WhatsApp could reach to one billion users, and it seems that they're now half way there, as WhatsApp announced it has now more than 500 million users across the entire world. WhatsApp has seen fast growth in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia. Also, more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos are being shared on a daily basis."
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World's First Windows 8.1 Smart Touch TV

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about 6 months ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "The Apek Maxpad is touted as the world's first Windows 8.1 powered smart touch TV, available in 39, 50 and 63.5-inch screens with full-HD multi-touch screens and powered by AMD A10 APU based PCs. The processor runs at 3.8GHz and packs Radeon HD7660 graphics. As for the RAM, the spec sheet says it comes with a 8GB DRDR3 model, expandable up to 64. It’s quite a power, house, as we can see. But it's definitely not cheap, being available in the following prices $5,400, $9,000 and $12,000. Still, we must agree that a Blue Screen of Death would look terrific on such a big screen, heh?"

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