Alright, it has to be done, because it has been a constant joke made on Twitter since the news hit: Why not Windows 9? Because 7-8-9! I know, get your groans out now. But that was an inevitable pun when it was announced that the next incarnations of Windows will not follow by numerical pattern established with Windows 7, but instead will jump ahead to 10.
Tired of the same old conference calls? Want a new way to communicate with a team of people you wish you didn’t have to work with? Former Chief Software Engineer at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, gets it. Now, he is releasing a new app to help you do it.
Talko is an interactive voice application that essentially gives you the ability to add a new scope to voice calls or recorded messages.
According to the app’s synopsis, we are using smartphones to connect more, but talking less and less. Voice doesn’t factor in so much thanks to text messages and social media. Which limits personal interaction and human emotion, banishing it from the conversation. Plus, it is slow and cumbersome.
Tim Cook took part in an interesting interview with Bloomberg Business, where he talks about the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release, the way they have changed Apple since the death of his predecessor, and more.
When Steve Jobs passed, everyone knew that Cook would take the reigns. But there was a lot of speculation about how that would change the company, and what aspects of the brand image might shift under the influence of a new mind.
The truth is, Jobs was sick for awhile before he passed. So Cook was already well involved in running things, and the collaborative nature of the company encouraged more than the vision of a single man.
ComputerBase and WinFuture posted screenshots intended as a technical preview that were not set to launch until October. In them, we can see a couple improvements that have Microsoft moving on from the lackluster results of their previous Windows 8.
Those with Apple devices, both computer and mobile, may have noticed a growing number of spam messages being sent across the board. That is thanks to a vulnerability with iMessage, which allows spammers to easily send their “offers” to any Apple owners.
In a very short time, 30% of all mobile spam has become the domain of spammers using iMessage, the messaging service by Apple. It is a growing problem that has security firms working over time in an attempt to combat it.
According to reports, one particularly aggressive and widespread spam campaign has managed to up mobile spam in particular. All it takes is a little bit of coding and it is being sent off to Apple devices all at once.
These spam messages are usually selling something, such as knockoff designer items and accessories. Anything could potentially be sent, however, such as messages attempting to connect with “contest winners”, or collecting fake debts as a means to mine financial information. The possibilities are as endless as they are with email spam.
For some time, Android has been criticized for their lax approach to third-party app security. Fake applications, or those that only claim to provide a service but actually do nothing, have been featured in the past as “top apps” recommended by Google Play.
Now, a much bigger issue has been uncovered. A new form of malware could be using those apps to gain access to your information.
Microsoft has followed up their email on the new productivity focus of the company with a far more alarming set of messages from Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. It looks like a lot of people will be losing their jobs.
Just a few months after taking up Nokia and beginning their own Android experiment, Microsoft is cutting back on funding for the project. That includes the slashing of 18,000 jobs, a massive cut that could begin as early as this week. A full 12,500 of those jobs are coming directly from the merged Nokia workforce.