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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

SmartAboutThings why u no love me timothy? (113 comments)

it seems that moderator timothy likes to modify my submission links all the time. sigh...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SmartAboutThings Re:from the submitter (172 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..."

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SmartAboutThings Re:from the submitter (172 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...

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

SmartAboutThings from the submitter (172 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.

about 1 month 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 10 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 :|

1 year,30 days
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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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Jolla Crowdfunds its First Tablet

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  2 days ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Jolla is another rising star in the tech world, having recently expanded its smartphone sales into more countries across the world, with India included. Jolla’s Sailfish OS is considered by many as a direct successor to Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo and the N9 mobile phone, but only its software is based on the open-sourced components of MeeGo. And now it seems that the company is ready to start the production of their very first tablet .

The Jolla Tablet features a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1563. The device is powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel processor, comes with a 32GB of storage, has 2GB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. Judging by its size, we can see that this is another take on the iPad Mini and even on the ‘sister’ company Nokia. While there aren’t too many Sailfish-specific apps available, just like the phone, Jolla’s tablet will be compatible with Android apps."
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Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet with Intel Processor and iPad Looks

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  3 days ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Nokia has sold its phone division to Microsoft and won't be able to make Nokia-branded devices until sometime in 2016. But it seems that the hardware giant won't die just like that. Welcome the Nokia N1 tablet, a surprise launch by the company. The device has and iPad-like design but runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. There's also a 64-bit Intel processor on the inside and a Nokia Z launcher."
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Russia Could Restrict Access to iCloud and Apple Services

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about two weeks ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Starting with January 1, 2015, Russia could demand that cloud data storage that originates from Russia stays in Russia. So, this means that companies will be required to have localized cloud servers on the territory of Russia. This obviously concerns Apple, who at the moment does not have servers based on Russia’s territory.

Thus, Russia could block iPhone and iPad access to iCloud and Apple services starting 1 January, since the storage of the data is overseas. However, this could be a temporary measure, until Apple complies with the law, but it’s not quite sure how long will that take.

This new report (in Russian) comes shortly after it was disclosed that Steve Jobs’ memorial in Russia was taken down after Apple’s Tim Cook openly acknowledged that he is gay. However, there are many voices in Russia who say that such a law won’t be passed, but we’ll just have to wait and see."
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LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel is World's Narrowest, Almost Non-Existent

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about three weeks ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "LG Display has announced that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world’s narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. It's even thinner than a credit card, making the screen give you the impression that it 'overflows'. This has been made possible thanks to the Neo Edge technology that uses an adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and completely seal the total area and edges of the panel’s circuit board and backlight unit."
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about three weeks ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third largest smartphone maker."
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Microsoft Works on Software for ARM-Based Servers

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about three weeks ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "According to some reports from the industry, Microsoft is working on a version of its software for server computers that run on chips based on ARM Holdings’s technology. Windows Server now runs on Intel hardware, but it seems that Redmond wants to diversify its strategy. An ARM-based version of Windows Server could help challenge Intel’s dominance and make a place for ARM in the server market, not only in mobile chips."
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Microsoft now Makes Money from Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about a month ago

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year’s $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition.

But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn’t yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year’s Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn’t that impressive, but it’s a good start."
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Microsoft is Getting Ready to Launch its own Smarwatch

SmartAboutThings SmartAboutThings writes  |  about a month 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  |  about a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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