In the news: Purported registry tweak allows Windows 8.1 users to snag update 1 before its public release

By | March 7, 2014

Windows 8.1 PURPORTED REGISTRY TWEAK ALLOWS WINDOWS 8.1 USERS TO SNAG UPDATE 1 BEFORE ITS PUBLIC RELEASE We aren’t supposed to get our mitts on Windows 8.1 Update 1 for more than a month yet, but it seems that a simple registry tweak is letting folks not only get their hands on the new code, but also get it straight from the source: Microsoft via Windows Update. TechCrunch has confirmed with a trusted source that the tweak works, and that the update is material. The only potential issue at hand is whether the new software is the full Update 1 or a portion of it. This source, who is corroborated by others claiming to have executed the software update, confirmed that it allows for the pinning of Metro apps to the task bar, and that non-desktop apps now include an ‘X’ to allow for their simple closing. Read the full article… bitcoin

SO-CALLED FOUNDER OF BITCOIN DENIES STARTING THE VIRTUAL CURRENCY A California man who Newsweek claimed was the inventor of the popular digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin is now denying the report. Dorian Nakamoto told the Associated Press that he’s not “the face behind Bitcoin,” despite a claim by Newsweek that he was deeply involved with its inception. Newsweek’s original report claimed Nakamoto (named in the story as Bitcoin creator “Satoshi Nakamoto”) helped create the currency, though did not have him on the record admitting it. Read the full article…

 

android-robot-frankenstein WHY ANDROID USERS SHOULDN’T WORRY (TOO MUCH) ABOUT MALWARE So we know that malware developers absolutely love targeting Android since it’s not only the most widely used mobile operating system in the world but it’s also the least tightly controlled of all the other major mobile platforms. The Next Web points us to the latest study from F-Secure showing that, unsurprisingly, 97% of mobile malware found last year targeted Android phones. However, there’s some potentially good news here for Android users: As long as they’re smart, the chances of them ever encountering such malware are pretty slim. Read the full article…  

 

facebook-messenger-windows-phoneFACEBOOK MESSENGER ARRIVES FOR WINDOWS PHONE SANS VOICE FEATURES

Microsoft was clearly being cautious when it said Facebook Messenger would be available for Windows Phone within a few weeks of Mobile World Congress — it’s already here, just over a week later. The app offers much of Facebook’s familiar chat experience, including group conversations, photo sharing and (of course) stickers. Read the full article…android tablet

 

ANDROID TABLETS OUTSELL THE iPAD IN 2013 It’s been a long time coming, but Android tablets finally overtook the iPad in market share in 2013, according to new research from Gartner. More than 121 million Android tablets were sold last year, Gartner reports, giving it 61.9 percent of the market. Meanwhile Apple’s iPad sold an estimated 70 million units, enough for 36 percent of the market. Notably, Android’s high market share doesn’t necessarily translate to high profits for manufacturers. Read the full article…

 

iphone-6-concept-23iPHONE 6 HAS APPLE GEARING UP FOR THE MOST MASSIVE iPHONE LAUNCH YET Apple is apparently getting ready for a massive iPhone 6 launch, at least according to Chinese publication Commercial Times. According to the report, the trade paper has learned that Foxconn is expected to land orders for 90 million iPhone 6 units this year alone. An analyst at Citigroup Global Markets said that the iPhone 6 will help Apple further grow in the smartphone business, with shipments expected to rise 23% this year, compared to 13% growth posted a year earlier. Meanwhile, the growth rate of global smartphone shipments will slow to 28% this year, compared to 40% in the previous period. Smartphone sales in mature markets are “likely to edge up to 4%, down from 5%” in 2013, the same analyst said. Read the full article…

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