Archive for Oct 30, 2012

Microsoft confirms Dropbox, PayPal apps and more coming soon to Windows 8

Microsoft confirms Dropbox, PayPal apps and more coming soon to Windows 8

In case you didn't hear, Microsoft's BUILD developer conference kicked off today in Seattle, and the folks from Redmond took the opportunity to show off some new apps. We got a first hand look at the new ESPN for Windows 8, and then they nicely shared a few details regarding what to expect in the coming months. Obviously apps are coming soon, but today they specifically mentioned DropBox, Paypal, Sports Illustrated and more.

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Pentagon planning to adopt iOS, Android along with BlackBerry

Pentagon planning to adopt iOS, Android along with BlackBerry

Last week, US Immigrations and Customs made the announcement that they were dropping BlackBerry as their main devices and would be favoring the iPhone. Today, another US department is heading that way as well. The US Department of Defense at the Pentagon has announced that it will be adding iOS and Android devices to its network.

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Google aiming for more Android tablet apps

Google aiming for more Android tablet apps

Yesterday Google announced the Nexus 10 tablet, proving that the company is serious about moving further into the tablet market. They also announced an updated version to the Nexus 7 that now comes with 32GB of storage and 3G capabilities. With the company's obvious dedication to tablets, it's no surprise that Google wants more Android tablet apps in its Google Play store.

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Google’s Voter Information Tool makes it easier to choose and vote come Election Day

Google’s Voter Information Tool makes it easier to choose and vote come Election Day

Election Day is quickly approaching, and if you're still undecided on who to vote for, or if you're not sure where to vote, Google will help you out. The search giant has launched what they call the Voter Information Tool. It will show you how to register to vote, where to vote, and what candidates are on your ballot.

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Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 SDK

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 SDK

Ever since the announcement of Windows Phone 8, eager app developers have been keeping an eye on the release of Microsoft's SDK for Windows Phone 8. Of course, they were waiting a while because Microsoft just launched it today -- the day after the mobile operating system officially released.

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Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

This week Microsoft's own CEO Steve Ballmer stepped on stage at Build 2012 and let it be known that they'd sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the three days it'd been on the market. Compared to what Apple has asserted with their install base for their own desktop operating system OS X Mountain Lion, this number might not seem quite so impressive - by percentage of installed base, that is. If you consider how many installs of Mac there were compared to how many people upgraded to Mountain Lion against the number of installs of Windows there were compared to how many upgrades there were to Windows 8, the difference is staggering.

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IBM claims chip breakthrough using carbon nanotubes

IBM claims chip breakthrough using carbon nanotubes

IBM has reported that they're making great strides on developing a new technology that will continue to make chips smaller, while also making them continually faster at the same time. Using carbon nanotubes, IBM scientists have been able to build hybrid chips with more than 10,000 working transistors.

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Google launches new compose and reply view in Gmail

Google launches new compose and reply view in Gmail

Gmail is pretty fantastic, and Google has been doing a great job of keeping it updated and bringing in new features, but it still has its few quirks. One of those quirks is that there was no way to refer back to past emails without saving and closing out of the email you're currently writing first. However, Google has finally fixed that.

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Skitch updated with “full Evernote treatment”

Skitch updated with “full Evernote treatment”

If you're an Evernote user on Android and you've never used Skitch, now is a better time than ever - they've just updated their build to include more integration between apps than ever! This update brings what the developers behind both apps call the "full Evernote treatment" which includes a full overhaul on the aesthetics you've got in your user interface - and on your ability to use the app as well, of course. This update also includes several new features that'll help you edit images for notes to your delight.

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Google Play reaches 700,000 Android apps

Google Play reaches 700,000 Android apps

Apple's iTunes App Store has hundreds of thousands of apps to choose, and it's one of the company's main selling points for the iPhone and iPad. However, according to Bloomberg, Google said yesterday that they have closed in on the 700,000 mark for the number of Android apps in the Google Play store, which is right up there with the iTunes App Store.

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Windows 8 gets fully re-imagined ESPN app to usher in new touch age

Windows 8 gets fully re-imagined ESPN app to usher in new touch age

Microsoft this week at Build 2012 revealed a re-imagined version of ESPN for the world of Windows 8, including a collection of touch-friendly action. Michael Bayle, vice president and general manager of ESPN mobile, made it clear that their full collection of media - not just sports scores - will be coming to Windows 8. Scores, radio casts, photos, video, and awesome Windows 8 integration is coming up soon. The first look we've ever gotten at this application is right on a tablet - though it's clear that this app is made for all touch surfaces.

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Microsoft responds to Office 2013 complaint on Surface tablet

Microsoft responds to Office 2013 complaint on Surface tablet

A supposed member of the Microsoft Word team has gone to Hacker News to address a complaint about Office 2013's processing speed on the company's new Surface tablet. The complaint mentions that the tablet cannot keep up with the user's typing, either because of the tablet's CPU or a bug in the code of Office 2013.

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