Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock for Mac now shipping for $299

  The docking station allows users to have instant access to 8 ports by connecting just one high-speed Lightning cable to their Mac. The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock includes:
  One Gigabit Ethernet port
  One Firewire 800 port
  One Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
  One 3.5 millimeter headphone output jack
  One 3.5 millimeter audio input jack
  Three USB 3.0 ports with max data transfer of 2.5Gbps
  Cable management channel
  The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock is compatible with all recent Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Belkin boasts that the high speed of Thunderbolt allows users to download a high-definition feature film in 30 seconds, or sync a year's worth of continuous music in 10 minutes.
  The Thunderbolt Express Dock was first announced by Belkin at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2012. At the time, the company said the accessory would become available last September, but that launch date was missed.
  Since the original unveiling, the hardware has been upgraded to include three USB 3.0 ports. The originally announced hardware featured USB 2.0 ports running at slower speeds.
  But the shipping accessory has also lost an HDMI out port, which was also initially planned to be included with the docking station.

Windows Phone consumers started out following

  Microsoft has produced an application in the Google Perform keep intended to get individuals to halt utilizing explained shop as well as the Android phones that connect to it. Only known as "Switch to Home windows Telephone," it scans your Android cell phone for your whole mounted applications after which you can will save the outcome using your Microsoft ID. Then, making use of a companion app on Home windows Cellphone by itself, it is possible to indicator in and see all the equivalent apps in Microsoft's personal retail outlet, tapping by to set up them every one-by-one. It doesn't exhibit current Android customers what those people matched applications are, however it might be valuable to current switchers.
  It is a clever strategy, finding folks around the issues that apps will not be obtainable on Windows Telephone, but the execution isn't really pretty there nonetheless. Scanning was comparatively brief and pain-free on Android ?a the applications claims it matched 87 p.c of my put in Android apps. On the other hand, as soon as I logged into your companion app on Windows Mobile phone (and experienced it crash several situations), I learned that a lot of the "matched" apps were not pretty specific. Alternatively of Mint, for example, Switch to Home windows Cellphone introduced me which has a website link to Pageonce. Even though Pageonce performs largely the identical functions as Mint, for lots of customers "close to your exact app" is just not shut sufficient. It will have already been nicer if many of those non-exact matches would existing various alternatives, but the Quixey-powered application didn't do that. People preferring a far more common system can test Mark/Space's desktop switcher app.

  In spite of Microsoft's finest endeavours, it nonetheless doesn't have each large title application that buyers on other platforms normally takes without any consideration ?a a lot to Nokia's chagrin ?a but the problem continues to be acquiring continually far better with the system. Even when it does not get rid of every one of the hassles connected to using the third-place smartphone OS, Microsoft's app ought to assist get new Windows Phone consumers started out following they switch.
  Microsoft released its new Skype Online video Messages attribute for iOS, Android, and Mac back in February, although the business did not make it obtainable to begin with for its very own Home windows system. Now, Microsoft is releasing a preview of Skype Video clip Messaging for Windows desktop buyers. The normal desktop application that runs on Windows seven and Home windows 8 will incorporate the new characteristic, permitting customers to trade brief online video messages (as much as a few minutes very long) with other Skype users.
  The function is still not available on Microsoft's Windows eight Skype app, although the corporation is promising for making this obtainable "shortly." Skype suggests it can be nonetheless testing the aspect, and with the minute you get 20 free of charge messages right before you might have to subscribe to Skype High quality for $4.ninety nine a month to carry on applying Video Messages.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Former Google CEO shares vision in tech treatise

  Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate.
  Until now, though, there hasn't been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google's brain trust.
  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who spent a decade as the company's CEO, shares his visions of digitally driven change and of a radically different future in "The New Digital Age," a book that goes on sale Tuesday.
  It's a technology treatise that Schmidt wrote with another ruminator, Jared Cohen, a former State Department adviser who now runs Google Ideas, the Internet company's version of a think tank.
  The book is an exercise in "brainstorming the future," as Schmidt put it in a recent post on Twitter — just one example of a cultural phenomenon that didn't exist a decade ago.
  The ability for anyone with an Internet-connected device to broadcast revelatory information and video is one of the reasons why Schmidt and Cohen wrote the book. The two met in Baghdad in 2009 and were both struck by how Iraqis were finding resourceful ways to use Internet services to improve their lives, despite war-zone conditions.
  They decided it was time to delve into how the Internet and mobile devices are empowering people, roiling autocratic governments and forcing long-established companies to make dramatic changes.
  The three years they spent researching the book took them around the world, including North Korea in January over the objections of the U.S. State Department. They interviewed an eclectic group that included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Mexican mogul Carlos Slim Helu, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the former prime ministers of Mongolia and Pakistan. They also drew on the insights of a long list of Google employees, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
  The resulting book is an exploration into the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as the lines blur between the physical world around us and the virtual realm of the Internet. Schmidt and Cohen also examine the loss of personal privacy as prominent companies such as Google and lesser-known data warehouses such as Acxiom compile digital dossiers about our electronic interactions on computers, smartphones and at check-out stands.
  "This will be the first generation of humans to have an indelible record," Schmidt and Cohen predict.
  To minimize the chances of youthful indiscretions stamping children with "digital scarlet letters" that they carry for years, online privacy education will become just as important — if not more so — than sex education, according to Schmidt and Cohen. They argue parents should consider having a "privacy talk" with their kids well before they become curious about sex.
  Not surprisingly, the book doesn't dwell on Google's own practices, including privacy lapses that have gotten the company in trouble with regulators around the world.
  Among other things, Google has exposed the contact lists of its email users while trying to build a now-defunct social network called Buzz. It scooped up people's passwords and other sensitive information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Last year, Google was caught circumventing privacy controls on Safari Web browsers, resulting in a record $22.5 million fine by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. European regulators have a broad investigation open.
  Google apologized for those incidents without acknowledging wrongdoing. Schmidt and Cohen suggest that is an inevitable part of digital life.
  "The possibility that one's personal content will be published and become known one day — either by mistake or through criminal interference — will always exist," they write.

I’m content to listen to that - but I’ll also be tickled

  Belief on Home windows eight could possibly be all over the map, but here’s one thing all of us ought to have the ability to concur on: the greater applications that acquire complete benefit of the Home windows eight interface, the higher condition the functioning program will probably be in. What it desires, and has not had, is actually a profusion of killer applications.
  At yesterday’s DEMO Cellular convention in San Francisco, I noticed one of the initial third-party Home windows 8 plans that obtained me energized: TouchMail. As its title signifies, it’s an e-mail shopper suitable for touch enter.
  Additional crucial, however, it’s an e-mail customer that appears like it was born to work properly on Home windows 8. For instance, as an alternative of the standard inbox, you get tiles which exhibit incoming messages and supply a longer-than standard snippet of textual content. (They are often color-coded, so you're able to location messages out of your manager or your spouse.) You'll be able to zoom out to view much more plus much more messages; in the event you go far more than enough, the tiles turn into icons symbolizing the messages’ senders, and you also can immediately slide back again to a distinct day, 7 days or thirty day period.
  TouchMail looks like it may be a super-efficient approach to blast via huge portions of mail; its creators say it’s designed for people who get at the very least a hundred messages daily. It is slightly premature to guage it, even though: the version that is continue to exist the Windows Store is usually a teaser rather thank a doing the job e-mail program. In actual fact, you can not utilize it for getting your very own mail but, only to look at some sample messages.
  At DEMO, TouchMail’s creators received questioned by a doubtful choose about why they selected to start on Home windows alternatively than other platforms. (I recognized his reasoning, but I was nevertheless startled - even 5 years back, I simply cannot consider any individual believing that Windows wasn’t the undoubtedly the obvious functioning program to launch a completely new solution on.) It seems they do plan to bring their creation to other gadgets, starting with all the a single I exploit most, the iPad.
  I’m content to listen to that - but I’ll also be tickled if TouchMail turns out very good enough that it helps provide a still-skeptical earth to the price of Home windows 8.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Wireless spectrum is the key to Dish's $25.5B bid for Sprint

  Why is satellite TV provider Dish Network prepared to take on an enormous amount of debt and a potential bidding war with Japanese company SoftBank for Sprint Nextel? It's all about the spectrum.
  Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen is known for being bold and taking risks. But no one in the wireless industry ever thought that he'd be gutsy enough to become the fifth national competitor in the wireless market.
  Indeed, it seems that Ergen, who co-founded Dish, has no plans to go it alone in wireless. His plan to team up with Sprint and fortify the position of the third biggest wireless operator in the U.S. makes perfect sense. The answer lies in the companies' complimentary spectrum holdings.
  On Monday, Dish submitted a merger proposal to Sprint Nextel that is valued at $25.5 billion. The bid puts Dish in direct competition with the deep-pocketed Softback from Japan, which announced in October that it planned to buy the carrier. While SoftBank may be in a better financial position to buy Sprint, Dish has a clear strategic need for a tie-up with Sprint, which could make a marriage between the two companies a match made in heaven.
  Complementary spectrum holdings
  Why would this be such a great match? The biggest reason is, from a spectrum perspective, the companies fit very nicely together.
  Over the years, Dish has amassed about 45 Mhz of wireless spectrum that in the 1980s had been set aside for satellite telephone use. In December, the Federal Communications Commission repurposed the spectrum, which under its previous classification was difficult to put to use, so that it could be be used to build a terrestrial wireless broadband network. Dish said it planned to build a next generation wireless broadband network using 4G LTE technology.
  It just so happens that the former satellite telephone spectrum that Dish bought sits right next door to spectrum that Sprint has long been using to provide its own cellular service. Sprint also wants to get into the 4G LTE market. The company has already begun a massive network upgrading to reconfigure and re-use some of its existing wireless assets to build its 4G LTE network.
  Combining Sprint's current spectrum holdings with the additional 45 Mhz of Dish's spectrum means that the companies could build a new wireless broadband network with very wide channels. Wider channels mean the companies would have more capacity to build the next generation wireless broadband network resulting in faster speeds for consumers and potentially more options for unlimited wireless use.
  Dish can't go it alone
  It's no secret that Dish has been looking for a partner in using its repurposed satellite spectrum. Dish bought the spectrum through a series of acquisitions on the cheap and went through a lengthy regulatory process to get the FCC to grant it permission to use the spectrum for a wireless broadband service. This instantly made the spectrum more valuable.
  Still, many experts in the wireless industry have been skeptical that Ergen really wanted to build a new network on his own. Not only would such a network be expensive for Dish to build, but they note that the amount of spectrum Dish owns is not really enough to build a robust network to compete against the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
  There have been rumors for several months that Dish wanted to sell its spectrum to AT&T, who a year and a half ago when the T-Mobile merger fell through, was desperate for more spectrum. There were also rumors that Dish may have been in talks to buy T-Mobile. And the company already put a bid out to buy spectrum from Clearwire, which is majority owned by Sprint.
  But for various reasons, these other deals don't seem as perfect a fit for Dish at this moment in time as the deal with Sprint. For instance, AT&T is in the process of buying several smaller wireless companies to fill out its portfolio of lower frequency 700MHz spectrum. AT&T is also in the midst of deploying its own repurposed WCS spectrum.
  As for T-Mobile, the company is in the process of trying to close a deal to acquire regional provider MetroPCS. What's more it seems that Dish's aim is to gain control of a wireless company, and it's unclear that T-Mobile's German parent company Deutsche Telekom would be willing to play along with those plans.
  Verizon is a potential fit. But again, Dish would likely have to sell its spectrum to Verizon. And Ergen may see more long-term value in keeping control of the spectrum so that wireless service can be integrated into its own satellite TV business.
  The deal with Clearwire, which Sprint owns a majority stake in, also presents obstacles for Dish. There are a series of contractual obligations that would have to be settled for this deal to be consummated. The many entanglements of this deal is likely why Dish has not moved forward with a formal offer for Clearwire.
  In the end this leaves, Sprint as the perfect candidate. Not only are there synergies between the spectrum holdings, but buying Sprint could allow a much cleaner and easier way for Dish to get the Clearwire spectrum. Sprint owns a majority stake in Clearwire, and the company has agreed to buy the rest of Clearwire. Clearwire has agreed to this deal. If Dish were to acquire Sprint, then the entire messiness of the Dish-Clearwire deal would go away.
  Ergen noted in a conference call to announce the bid, that with the Sprint and Clearwire spectrum, the companies would have twice as much spectrum as AT&T and Veirzon Wireless, the two biggest players in the wireless business.
  Potential regulatory issues
  The shear volume of spectrum could make it easier for Dish to deploy a range of services from mobile broadband to fixed wireless broadband to mobile television. But the fact that a "new" Dish could own so much spectrum, might catch the attention of regulators. In particular, the FCC may not like the idea of any one company controlling so much spectrum.
  The FCC currently has a loose spectrum screen in place which it uses to evaluate mergers between wireless license holders. The agency is in the process of evaluating this screen to see whether or not it should come up with a hard and fast spectrum cap. If the screen is turned into a cap, this could greatly affect the outcome of this merger.
  In the end, Dish must move quickly if it wants to get this deal done. The company doesn't have much time to do something with the spectrum the FCC reclassified in December. As part of the conditions for getting that spectrum greenlighted for wireless broadband use, Dish agreed to build a network that covers at least 40 percent of the population in areas covered by its spectrum with a wireless network within the next four years. And it must cover 70 percent of that population with wireless broadband service within seven years. If Dish fails to do this, it must pay penalties and fines to Sprint.
  Too much debt to handle?
  From Sprint's perspective the deal with Dish also makes sense. Getting access to the Dish spectrum will allow the company to build wider channels for its LTE network, expanding its capacity. And Sprint's customers and shareholders could also benefit in the long term from the business opportunities and efficiencies this deal might bring. For example, Dish's satellite TV business, which has more than 14 million subscribers, could tie in nicely with Sprint's wireless phone and broadband services. The companies could also consolidate call centers, back-office staff and equipment installers that could ultimately turn into savings for Sprint's business.
  But there is a major cost involved in such a merger. If Dish were to acquire Sprint, the combined company would take on about $36 billion in debt. Much of the revenue for the new company will come from the paid TV business of Dish, which analysts say is on the decline. There is also the $600 million breakup fee that Dish would have to pay to SoftBank, which has also put its bid in to buy Sprint. Most analysts would agree that SoftBank is in a better financial position to buy Sprint. But given Dish's strong strategic need for Sprint, it's difficult to say which company will ultimately win.
  Either way, Sprint, which has been dogged by a series of poor business decisions, is finally in a good position to negotiate.

The Maps app now involves visitors incident notifications

  Microsoft these days launched updates for five out of its 6 Bing Apps for Home windows 8. Using this update, the News, Finance, Sports activities, Travel and Maps applications - all of that are installed by default on Home windows eight programs - now all activity a variety of new functions and enhancements that, as Microsoft places it, “make it less difficult to customise and personalize them to most effective match your requires.” The company also introduced an update into the Bing Weather conditions Application, but this new edition is not really offered however.
  None of the updates will rock your world, but all of these are welcome additions, primarily for the reason that they frequently felt somewhat constrained inside their early iterations.
  Those people of you who will be continue to coming to grips together with the future demise of Google Reader, one example is, will value the truth that the Bing News application now supports RSS feeds and offline looking through. Moreover, the application now also attributes extra windows 7 professional product key customization possibilities to be able to “keep tabs on distinct tale types, subject areas, or information resources that make any difference to you.”
  The Maps app now involves visitors incident notifications and enhanced driving, transit and strolling directions. End users may now bookmark locations they pay a visit to often for their begin display screen.
  The Finance application now incorporates an updates look at listing and real-time U.S. inventory updates, plus the Sports app adds 29 new leagues. The Travel application now contains material from Lonely World and Frodor’s, likewise as Frommer’s, which the initial proprietors just purchased again from Google.
  The Weather conditions app also gained a couple of attention-grabbing new applications, such as the ability to receive weather conditions at ski resorts in 24 nations throughout the planet (just in time for the close of your ski time), too as better transferring climate maps.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Facebook Home arrives in Google Play store

  Facebook attempts to put people before apps with today's release of Facebook Home, a family of applications that recreates popular social-networking functions such as chat and News Feed and embeds them within the home screen experience on select Android devices. The software suite is now live in the Google Play store.
  Excluding the HTC First, which is optimized to run Facebook Home, the software package is currently compatible with six devices: the HTC One, One X, and One X+; and the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 2.
  To get Home working on these handsets, you'll need to also be running the most recent versions of Facebook's standard Android mobile application and Facebook Messenger for Android.
  Facebook Home is either just the right amount of Facebook or extreme bloatware, depending on your social-networking preferences.
  In my view, Facebook has done a marvelous job of transforming your home screen with Cover Feed, a visually arresting slideshow that pares down News Feed to just photos and "likes." The Home software, however, forces you to split your attention between Facebook and Google, and will likely never appeal to those who don't trust the social network with access to their smartphones.

When some customers take pleasure in the new form aspects

  Computer system profits are plummeting due to the fact individuals are confused and unhappy with Home windows eight, and there's no conclude in sight. So concludes an IDC report, which suggests the sinking profits will be the worst it truly is at any time found.
  The IDC report uncovered that around the globe Laptop shipments were being seventy six.3 million units in 2013's very first quarter, down thirteen.9% from the yr past, and in some cases even worse when compared to the seven.7% decline that IDC experienced forecast. The fall is the worst that IDC has ever noticed because it began tracking the Pc sector each and every quarter in 1995. It truly is also the fourth straight quarter that Personal computer sales have declined year-on-year.
  Which is only the start out on the terrible news for Microsoft. IDC concludes that that decline has long been fueled via the poor layout and failure of Windows eight, not simply because of the increasing attractiveness of tablets. Bob O'Donnell, IDC Plan Vice chairman office 2010 activation key, Purchasers and Shows experienced these severe words for Home windows eight and Microsoft:
  "At this issue, however, it appears apparent that the Windows 8 start don't just unsuccessful to provide a beneficial raise to the Computer current market, but seems to acquire slowed the industry. When some customers take pleasure in the new form aspects and contact capabilities of Home windows eight, the unconventional improvements to your UI, removing on the common Begin button, as well as the charges related with touch have created PCs a fewer attractive substitute to focused tablets and various aggressive gadgets. Microsoft will have to make some extremely hard choices shifting ahead if it hopes to aid reinvigorate the Computer system market."
  "While people today such as basic appear and feel of your tiles, they?ˉre also really perplexed and disappointed with the deficiency of get started menu and commit a lot of their time in (standard) desktop manner. So the base line is I feel they may have established a condition in which it?ˉs quite challenging for individuals and people which have a Computer system that actually works just good are indicating it?ˉs bewildering, it fees extra money and i don?ˉt actually have to have it."
  O'Donnell and other people at IDC feel that until Microsoft makes serious alterations to Home windows 8 to help make it much more common and consumer-friendly, items will only worsen. Jay Chou, senior analysis analyst on IDC?ˉs quarterly Pc tracking provider, claimed:
  "Although IDC experienced not expected Windows 8 to get a substantial driver to assist stem the tide of Personal computer quantity decrease, it now appears that with out a study course correction from Microsoft, the Personal computer market place is headed toward an even even worse contraction for 2013 than previously imagined."
  O'Donnell is true. Microsoft designed a large gamble in coming up with Windows eight as an operating process designed a lot more for tablets and touch than for regular PCs, as well as in providing it dueling and confusing interfaces. Microsoft hoped that familiarizing people today with all the touch interface would spur people today to get Home windows 8 and Home windows Rt tablets, but that has not took place. Now it appears that Home windows 8 is helping to significantly depress revenue of common PCs too.

Monday, 8 April 2013

HTC's Q1 profit sinks to record low

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC reported a major decline in its first quarter profit, after the company was forced to push back the launch of its newest flagship phone to April.
HTC on Monday said its net profit for the quarter reached NT$85 million (US$2.84 million), its lowest for the quarter according to online financial records stretching back to 2005. The weak earnings mark a considerable dive from past first quarters when the company's net profit consistently exceeded 1 billion Taiwanese dollars. Last year, for example, the net profit for the first quarter reached NT$4.47 billion.
HTC's revenue, at NT$ 42.8 billion, also came in under company projections of NT$50 billion to $60 billion.
Since late 2011, HTC has struggled to maintain earnings as it has faced heated competition from rivals such as Apple and Samsung. The company has sought to bounce back by promoting a new flagship smartphone brand, called the "One" series, while also increasing product marketing.
It's latest flagship phone, the HTC One, was expected to go on sale in March, just in time for this year's first quarter. But the company later postponed the global roll-out to April, with analysts pointing to a shortage in high-end components as the culprit for the delay.
The late release of HTC's newest flagship phone further puts pressure on the Taiwanese company when Samsung's newest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is slated to also arrive in April. Given Samsung's larger marketing budget and bigger name recognition, analysts expect the close release dates could take smartphone sales away from HTC.

The company is shift to chop its price ranges can possibly

  Market observers have painted a critically unfavorable picture with the Home windows 8 OS this week. It all started out with Dell casting out a predominantly negative outlook in its SEC submitting very last week. Noting which the marketplace for PCs has been cannibalized by windows key shop tablets and smartphones, between other elements, the Pc maker also manufactured an announcement regarding the uncertainties that goes with all the adoption in the Home windows 8 OS. The corporate even further mentioned there are adverse developments in tandem using a frequently weakening demand for PCs all over the world along with unfavorable margin charges for PCs.
  In its evaluation in the present market place problem, CNET pointed out that it is not a lot that Home windows 8 is unappealing about it can be the OS finds alone underneath pressure from other market place factors at perform. As Dell have noted, as an example, you can find a normal slowdown of Personal computer progress from the world sector arena, which brings us to a unpleasant actuality the desire for the OS, for that reason, will even select these kinds of a slowdown.
  In addition there are speculations regarding what could possibly be the reason driving Microsoft is the latest moves to provide buyers a drastic cost slash for a few merchandise on the Microsoft Retail outlet. The company is shift to chop its price ranges can possibly be a way to go items that happen to be fundamentally trapped, or it could be an indication revealing a subject of additional significant character. It ought to be observed during this regard that as per IDC is observation, gross sales for Windows eight Computer system has arrive at a stall. Which causes it to be very easy to recognize why Microsoft and its Computer companions have been pressured to cut down price ranges on laptops and hybrids.
  Over the other hand, an analysis by SemiAccurate boldly proclaimed that Microsoft is endeavours to offer selling price cuts on its merchandise is not going to be of any assist to avert a demise spiral. The organization, it claims, will not realize tablets within the 1st location, along with the consequent result that it can not consequently create a cell solution that could keep competitive. It additional notes that Microsoft has anti user-views in terms of computing, and phone calls Windows 8 as a different debacle. On top of that, it details out that Microsoft Floor is unreasonably priced in comparison with competition while in the current market, which both Windows RT and Floor RT have a very nil chance of surviving from the market that it promises the organization doesn't have a clear comprehension of.
  Inspite of all this damaging publicity, Microsoft is apparently not bugged down. It truly is claimed to generally be on its technique to developing with Windows eight.one, which the industry has but to view irrespective of whether it can fare much better or worse than its seemingly ill-fated Home windows eight predecessor.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Twitter Cards Adds Mobile App Deep-Linking, New Cards

  During an invite-only developer event Tuesday, Twitter Cards unveiled several updates, adding the ability to share even more information on Twitter within a single tweet.
  Currently used by over 10,000 developers, the update adds mobile app deep-linking in Cards, which allows users to tap a link on Twitter to view content directly within an app if they have it installed. If they don't have the app, however, they’ll be prompted to download it after clicking on the link.
  Twitter also added three new types of Cards: App, Product and Gallery.
  App Cards will show information about an app — specifically its name, icon, price and rating — directly from the App Store or Google Play.
  Product Cards will show an image and its description, along with two other fields that can be customized, such as price or rating information, depending on a particular developer’s needs.
  Gallery Cards will show an album or collection of photographs through a preview of the photo gallery.
  For developers, Twitter has revamped how Cards are created and delivered to make it easier to add new types of Cards in the future. If you’re a developer who has already integrated Cards, the old system will continue to work even though Twitter has debuted new Cards.
  Developers can start implementing the markup for Twitter Cards by visiting Twitter’s new documentation pages.
  A number of developers have already signed up to use Twitter’s new Cards, including big names such as Foursquare, Path, Angry Birds, Etsy, Flickr and SoundCloud.

Windows 8 with its blend of touch-enabled

  Five months just after its formal start, Windows eight now accounts for additional than three percent on the desktop running system marketplace, according to Website site visitors analytics organization Internet Programs.
  In March, Home windows 8 powered 3.17 % with the PCs on the internet, or 3.31 per cent if Home windows RT and Windows eight tablets also are taken under consideration. At this rate, Windows 8 is around three to four months far from eclipsing the unpopular Home windows Vista running method and several years far from catching around Home windows seven, if ever.
  Windows seven however potential customers the OS race with forty four.seventy three percent of your current market, as well as in a testament to its enduring acceptance, it truly attained market share very last month. By comparison, the OS accounted for forty four.55 percent with the PCs that ventured on the net in February.
  Microsoft promises that the fee of Home windows eight adoption closely matches that of Home windows 7, the company's most favored running technique.
  Home windows seven was a huge moneymaker to the software program big. Right after its launch, it helped raise revenues for various consecutive quarters, specifically after enterprises finally warmed towards the OS.As not long ago because the quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2012, Home windows seven dominated the company desktop industry. Through an earnings get in touch with, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein claimed, "Windows seven momentum while in the organization carries on and nowadays, over 60 per cent of business desktops globally are on Home windows 7."
  Home windows 8 also faces a obstacle from Microsoft's other venerable operating process: Home windows XP. The 11-year-old working procedure clung to 38.seventy three per cent in the OS marketplace in March, Internet Applications' facts displays. When arguably past its prime, XP exhibits minor indication of offering up its location during the OS hierarchy. From February to March, XP lose just 0.26 percentage points.
  Microsoft's latest OS not simply has got to contend from its previous, it's to take care of dwindling Computer gross sales plus the rising recognition of tablets this sort of as Apple?ˉs iPad and gadgets that run Google's Android mobile OS.

  From uninspiring components to sluggish business substitution cycles, a number of factors are main into the drop of your Laptop. Insert intense competitiveness from the pill makers, and Laptop makers encounter an uphill fight to gain more than shoppers and acquire enterprises to invest of their wares.
  Windows 8, with its blend of touch-enabled features and Windows 7's desktop computer software heritage, was meant to bridge the worlds of Computer and tablet computing. Early end users scoffed at Home windows 8, and in spite of some original buzz, income of Microsoft's Home windows 8- and RT-powered Surface tablets have already been underwhelming.
  Nonetheless, Microsoft is undeterred. In a very break from past program update tactics, the organization is readying its Home windows eight Blue enhance to get a release once this summer.
  Set to produce an overall look at Microsoft's impending Establish developer conference, Blue is re-energizing Home windows 8. Previously, the marketplace is anticipating the enhancements and optimizations which will accompany its start. When they prove compelling, enterprises may possibly finally begin to give up their wait-and-see mindset towards the OS and begin snapping up Home windows 8 PCs and tablets.