Posted 2 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 2 recent echos
Samsung and Nokia have signed an agreement to bring Nokia HERE mapping service to just about every Samsung device imaginable. Nokia announced that HERE for Android will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphone line, and it will also be bringing a mini version of HERE to Samsung Tizen based smartwatches, including the newly announced Samsung Gear S. Nokia HERE origins lie in Nokia Ovi mapping service and the company 2007 purchase of Navteq. HERE data is one of the main competitors to Google...
Posted 3 days ago ago at BBC with 1 recent echos
Microsofts Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15 year old service. Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype. Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October. Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009. But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to...
Posted 19 hours ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos
Images of the Lumia 730 leaked early last month, showing a device with a 4.7 inch display and 5 megapixel front facing camera. New images also leaked last week and appear to show that there will be a Lumia 730 dual SIM version and a Lumia 735 with LTE connectivity. While Microsoft selfie teaser photo looks impressive if it came from the front facing camera of the Lumia 730, it not clear if this is simply a marketing photo. However, we may have already witnessed what Microsoft upcoming selfie...
Posted 13 hours ago ago at Guardian with 1 recent echos
On the wall are multiple LCD displays showing graphs, maps and streams of data; this small windowless box, hidden away in a cavernous converted multiplex in Washington, is crowded with serious looking people hunched over keyboards, amid a mass of cables and high spec PCs. It looks like a Nasa control room, and the people working here are as smart as rocket scientists. But this isnt a launch site – this is a game development studio. What these people are waiting for is the launch of the epic...
Posted 13 hours ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos
Since Microsoft dropped its licensing fees for Windows Phone earlier this year, a wide range of manufacturers that had previously avoided the platform have flocked towards it. A long list of brands including Lenovo, LG, ZTE, Prestigio, Blu, Fly, Gionee, InFocus, Karbonn, Micromaxand more will soon be releasing new Windows Phones, and some have already unveiled their upcoming devices. One such manufacturer is Yezz, which revealed its first ever Windows Phone at the Computextrade show back in...
Posted 3 days ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos
MSN Messenger started off life as a basic instant messenger without much bloat and just text communications. Microsoft gradually started improving Messenger with calling capabilities for Windows XP users. Video and audio calling was a big step for Messenger as Skype started to get popular image credit: Winsupersite. The many emoticons of MSN Messenger from back in the day image credit: Ggftw.
Posted 2 days ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 1 recent echos
Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5. Let there be no doubt that Microsoft actions in this controversial case are customer centric. The firm isn't just standing up...