May 2013

Start Button is Returning in Windows 8.1

However, it does not do what 99% of the Windows users would expect it to do. Sadly, all it will do is take you to the Start Screen. But wait, there are more exciting and great new ‘features’ coming with Windows 8.1: Turn your tablet or PC into a (pricey) digital picture frame with a slide show lock screen More colors, backgrounds and motion based wallpapers for the Start Screen View all your apps with one swipe and new apps will not be automatically added Change how your corners behave Internet Explorer 11 Global search powered by Bing Updated PC…

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Rumor: Firefox OS Tablets

” We’ve heard quite a bit about Mozilla’s Firefox OS in the context of smartphones, but rumors about the possibility of a Firefox tablet are also starting to heat up. The latest scuttlebutt says that the Mozilla Foundation has teamed up with multinational electronics manufacturer Foxconn for the production of a tablet device running Firefox OS. Focus Taiwan cites Mozilla as saying it will announce a product running Firefox OS on June 3. This information was apparently relayed via a press invitation summoning members of the media to the unveiling of the aforementioned product. While Mozilla’s invite reportedly said that…

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NoScript features that you may not know about

” … I have been using NoScript for a long time and most websites work out of the box when the extension is enabled in the browser. You can get most sites to work by allowing scripts to run on the domain the website is hosted on. Only rarely is it required to enable other scripts for sites to work in the browser. … “ Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter Details  NoScript features that you may not know about

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” … If you have upgraded your Firefox browser to Firefox 21, the version that got released yesterday, you may have noticed that plugins or extensions that were formerly usable in the browser were not anymore after the upgrade.“While you may not even mind that, depending on the plugins or extensions that disappeared, some of you may have noticed that they could not make use of functionality on specific websites or the browser anymore due to the change.“So what happened during the update that caused this? …” Source: Ghacks Technology Newsletter Details  Why you may have lost access to plugins…

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Windows 8.1/Blue Will Be Free Update

Finally some good news about Windows 8. Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue which is due for release later this year will be available as a free update (via the Windows Store) to all existing Windows 8 users. This includes Windows 8 desktop/laptop users as well as users of devices running Windows 8 RT (tablets). More information about what is going to be included in this release/update is still forthcoming and a ‘consumer preview’ will be available during Microsoft’s BUILD 2013 conference in San Francisco on June 25th. So it sounds like Microsoft is going to treat Windows…

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Thunderbird 17.0.6/17.0.6esr Released

Mozilla has released the next updates for Mozilla Thunderbird with versions 17.0.6 and 17.0.6esr (Thunderbird for Organizations) on May 14th, 2013. Fixes in this version include: Various security fixes Thunderbird now supports the Twitter API version 1.1 ahead of Twitter closing the 1.0 version (Bug 857049) Depending on the operating system and update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users will be prompted to update within in the next 48-hours. Windows users can also go to Help > About Thunderbird and click the Check for Updates button. Users can choose to manually download and install Thunderbird via getthunderbird.com. The next…

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Firefox 21.0/17.0.6esr Released

Mozilla has released Firefox 21 on May 14th, 2013. New in this release include: The Social API now supports multiple providers Enhanced three-state UI for Do Not Track (DNT) Firefox will suggest how to improve your application startup time if needed Preliminary implementation of Firefox Health Report See the Release Notes for more details and complete list of changes. Also released was an update for Firefox 17esr (Firefox for Organization) with 17.0.6esr. The Firefox esr update only contains bug fixes and security/stability updates. Depending on the operating system and update settings (Tools > Options… > Advanced > Update Tab), users…

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Windows 8 is like New Coke

Richard Doherty, an analyst at tech research firm Envisioneering has compared Microsoft’s Windows 8 to Coca-Cola’s New Coke. For those who were not around in 1985 Coca-Cola launched a new sweeter formula called New Coke to match/compete with Pepsi . It didn’t go over so well with consumers and within 3-months Coca-Cola re-introduced the “old Coke” as Coca-Cola Classic. “This is like New Coke, going on for seven months – only Coke listened better,” he said. via Tom’s Hardware

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Microsoft has sold 100 Million Windows 8 Licenses

Back in January Microsoft had announced they had Sold 60 Million Windows 8 Licenses. Again keep in mind that figure is licenses not actual physical copies of Windows 8. Four-months later Microsoft has bumped that number up to 100 Million. Microsoft’s CFO and Chief Marketing Office, Tami Reller: “We recently surpassed the 100 million licenses sold mark for Windows 8. This number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8,” Reller said. “This is up from the 60 million license number we provided in January. We’ve also seen the number…

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Retail salesmen prejudice against Windows 8

The article is more of an opinion of the author’s experience whilst at Wal Mart with his wife and escaping into the electronics’s department. Now here’s the Microsoft killer. “Yeah, Windows 8 is one of the worst versions I have ever seen,” the Walmart salesman told the gentleman. My jaw dropped. Seriously? You have a wall of Windows 8 gadgets and you’re telling them it’s the worst version ever? It’s this type of dedication at the point-of-sale that could be hurting Windows 8 overall. Sure, there are a lot of current and potential customers who are annoyed with the whole redesign. It…

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