"Software giant Microsoft is planning to kill off the control panel in future versions of Windows 10. Currently there are two ways to change system settings on Windows 10. There is the familiar 'Control Panel' and the touch-friendly 'Settings' app. This was seen as a major problem in Windows 8 and was slammed by those who felt it made things unnecessarily complicated. " Read More
"LG Electronics has seen its quarterly profit plunged 59 percent as losses from TVs offset gutted improvements to its smartphone business..."
"A club for school principals in Cheshire who have lost all sense of perspective have threatened to alert social services if children are found to be playing adult rated computer games."
"While have heard a lot about Valve's Steam Machines project we still have not seen an official release, it appears that the company will once again show the latest prototypes during Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015.
"It's that time of year again, American consumers are flocking to e-tail websites and brick-and-mortar retailers to take advantage of mind boggling Black Friday deals. This veritable homage to consumerism is slowly spreading beyond US borders, but the rest of the world is simply not there yet - the best deals are still to be had in the Land of the Free. So let's check out what Newegg has in store and what sorts of discounts are available to shoopers, including those hooked in bitcoin - we'll explain why.."
"More people now access their news via the Internet as by the traditional route of reading a printed newspaper. UK media regulator Ofcom said that in its News Consumption in the UK report that 41 per cent of the public accesses news via the web and mobile apps, compared to 40 per cent who read printed newspapers. To be fair newspaper publishers will take comfort from the fact that the percentage of print readers has remained stable over the past year but the proportion accessing news digitally has increased sharply from 32 per cent in the last 12 months." [Read More]
"Intel has been talking about RealSense for a while, and even launched a dedicated YouTube channel it. But what looked like an Xbox Kinect for desktops is slowly changing. Intel showed it off to the press and it looks like the RealSense 3D cameras will be able to sense basic human emotions like happiness, sadness, and even frustration and exhaustion, by analyzing the shape of lips, eyes, and cheeks."
"AMD is planning to bring its new Mantle API to Linux in the near future. Although Linux is not a big gaming platform at the moment, SteamOS could change all that starting next year. AMD’s Richard Huddy says the decision was prompted by requests from developers who would like to see Mantle on Linux. However, he stopped short of specifying a launch date. Huddy confirmed that AMD plans to dedicate resources to bringing Mantle to Linux, but other than that we don’t have much to go on." [Read More]
"Tomorrow’s Patch Tuesday is the biggest of 2014 with eight bulletins. Two critical patches deal with remote-code execution in Internet Explorer 7 and newer, and SharePoint and Office Online - previously known as Office Web Apps. The remaining six are all labelled "important". Bulletins 3 and 8 address a remote-code execution flaw and a security feature bypass vulnerability in Microsoft Office 2007 and newer.
"It seems that if a virus writer is going to bother writing a hack for a mobile, they are only going to do it for Andriod. A new report from security outfit F-Secure said that virus writers are ignoring the chance to download a complete Coldplay collection from Apple phones and are instead writing code for Android... More than 99 per cent of viruses are being written for Android with only two new ones written for the iPhone or Symbian this year. To be fair, we are not taking about a big threat to mobiles. F-Secure detected just 277 new threat families, of which 275 honed in on Android.
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