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Microsoft Lumia 940 rumoured to posses 24mp Pureview Camera, 3gb Ram, Windows 10.

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The device is said to feature a 5inch display screen that will support a full HD resolution. It is rumored that the upcoming Lumia 940 will be well equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for screen protection.

The Microsoft Lumia 940 will have a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC processor clocked at a speed of 2.7GHz along with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM.

A feature that many users will cherish is the camera, which will be a 24mp rear camera with PureView and it will support 4K video shooting at 60FPS.

The device will also feature a 5mp secondary camera and will also support HD video recording.

The Lumia 940 is 8.9m thick, it measures around 131x71mm and it weight is set at 149grams.  The new camera feature that will come on Lumia 940 will be much more compact.  

Microsoft may most likely opt for the same design that Lumia 930 has to the upcoming Lumia 940.

Lumia 940 will be encompassed with NFC, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth and will come with an internal memory of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants.

As for the operating system, it seems that Lumia 940 will not come with the Windows 8.1 which is currently the latest Windows Phone operating system out there. The Lumia 940 will operate on a new and yet legally unannounced Windows Phone 10 OS.

Microsoft Lumia 940 will most likely not be launched very soon as Microsoft is currently busy launching some other devices such as the Lumia 535 and Lumia 1330.

Sony launches “Xperia Transfer Mobile” app for Windows Phones

Sony Mobile wants to make it as easy as possible for owners of smartphones from other Android manufacturers or different OS’ to switch to an Xperia device. To that end, Sony has recently released a dedicated “Xperia Transfer Mobile” app on the Windows Phone Store to help those on the platform to migrate to an Android-equipped Xperia handset.

The app will help you to transfer contacts, message, calendar and media to a new Sony Xperia. Sony already provides methods to transfer from an iPhone or Blackberry. There were a number of rumours earlier in the year that Sony was planning to launch its own Windows Phone device, but with no news in the last few months it looks like those plans are dead in the water, at least for now.

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Windows 8.1 update may bypass Metro UI and boot to desktop mode instead

windows 8.1 Microsoft may make a huge concession to users who aren’t too fond of the Metro UI. The next Windows 8.1 update will supposedly boot straight to desktop mode and bypass the controversial Metro UI completely.

The OS update is still in development, but a recent report from the Verge indicates that Microsoft is currently testing a version of the update that boots to desktop mode by default. Unnamed sources stated that Microsoft is testing the default desktop boot to optimize the software for users without touchscreens who must depend on a keyboard and mouse to navigate Windows 8.1. Since the majority of PC owners don’t have new touchscreen monitors for their desktops or touchscreen laptops yet, Microsoft’s decision makes sense.

When Microsoft first launched Windows 8, PC users were in an uproar over the foreign and frightening Metro UI. The widespread discontent with the new Metro UI forced Microsoft to admit that people really wanted their desktop back. The first Windows 8.1 update offered only the smallest concession to angry users by allowing them to set boot to desktop as their default setting. Of course, users still had to change their preferences before getting back to the comfort of the Windows desktop interface.

By and large, the Windows 8.1 update was a disappointment and most users agreed that it did not go far enough. Many argued that Windows 8.1 was simply what Windows 8 should have been when it was released. It seems that Microsoft has taken users’ criticism to heart and plans to make amends in the only way it knows how: going backwards.

However, the Windows 8.1 update won’t completely get rid of the Metro UI. The version that is currently in testing allows metro apps to run in a separate window while the user is in desktop mode. Users will also be able to access their metro tiles if they want simply by hitting the Windows key. Microsoft continues to grow its metro app selection and improve the Windows Store, but many users aren’t that interested.

In order to win over its skeptics, Microsoft will have to make some very serious changes to its fledgling OS before Windows 9 is released. The Windows 8.1 update is expected to arrive sometime in March and will feature other minor improvements to the Metro UI. More information about the progress of Windows 9 will most likely become available during the Build developer conference this May.

Anti-virus app top preferred security for smartphones

Anti-virus and security software are the preferred protection among smartphone users, indicating competition for new incentives such as biometrics.

PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance have conducted a survey amongst smartphone users as part of the National Cyber Security Alliance Month.

Aimed at understanding consumer behaviour better for improved mobile protection, 1,000 respondents were questioned on their preferences.

Anti-virus or security software is the top rated safety method for 30 per cent of smartphone owners, followed closely by passwords.

Almost 25 per cent are not bothered by security features, while 18.7 per cent are in favour of biometrics.

More than 50 per cent of respondents are comfortable with the use of biometrics, while 45 per cent are also keen to use facial recognition for protective measures.

Hand gesture is trusted by 31 per cent as an alternative security feature.

When it comes to password selection, 76 per cent of respondents indicated they use different PINs for different accounts.

Smartphones are generally more expected to be stolen than wallets, the report revealed.

The surveyors have advised smartphone users to be app download smart and to make use of a lock function or PIN code for mobile device security.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2: Microsoft refreshes its hybrid tablet/laptop range

Microsoft has announced a “fundamental revamp” of its Surface tablets, with second generation models offering improved battery life and processing speed, as well as addressing criticisms of previous models.

The original Surface and Surface RT (a cheaper, lower-powered device that used a similarly downgraded operating system) were launched in June last year but failed to sell well, leading to a $900 million writedown by Microsoft for unsold units.

The new tablets look identical to the previous generation, offering a tablet form factor, optional covers that can be used as keyboards and a new kick-stand to prop the device up on laps or desks. The kick-stand can now be adjusted to two different angles – an improvement on the previous models that could only be set at a steep angle, making the ‘laptop’ aspect of the device impractical.

The new tablets have been designated the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, although despite removing the ‘RT’ tag attached to the lower priced model it still runs the stripped down-version of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8.1 RT.

Windows 8 RT was heavily criticized for its inability to run ‘legacy apps’ (older software that included well-known programs such as Photoshop) despite looking identical to Windows 8.

A recent update to the Windows operating system, Windows 8.1, solved some complaints voiced by users (including the absence of a traditional desktop-and-start-button environment) but the operating system is still unfamiliar for many.

The new Surface tablets both have full 1080p, 10.1-inch HD screens (previously only available on the pricier tablet) and upgraded processors. The Surface 2 uses Nvidia’s Tegra 4 1.7GHz processor whilst the Pro 2 has Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell i5. Battery life on the Pro 2 is said to be 75 per cent better than the previous generation with 20 per cent better graphical performance.

Customers also have more memory and storage options to choose from. The Pro 2 will be available in 64GB and 128GB versions with 4GB of RAM, or with 256GB and 512GB of internal memory and 8GB of RAM.  The cheaper Surface either comes with 32GB or 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

As well as updating the internal hardware, the new Surface tablets also come bundled with Windows software. Surface 2 gives users the full Office suite (though last year’s models also did that), “best of Skype” for a year (which includes free international calling), and 200GB of cloud storage via SkyDrive.

The lower priced model will be sold for between £359 and £439 whilst the Pro 2 will retail between £719 and £1,439.

Nokia ‘Sirius’ Windows 8.1 tablet leaks with 10.1in HD 1080p display

Nokia Sirius Windows 8.1 RT tablet with 10.1 in HD display

Nokia Sirius Windows 8.1 RT tablet with 10.1 in HD display AN IMAGE of Nokia’s rumoured first Windows tablet has appeared on the internet. The image appeared at Winsupersite, which somehow has managed to get its mitts on details about many Windows 8.1 tablets that are set to launch before the end of the year. Arguably the most interesting of these is the Nokia ‘Sirius’, the Finnish phone maker’s first tablet. This device has been rumoured for a while, and is expected to launch alongside the Nokia Lumia 1520 tablet on 26 September. Assuming this leak is accurate, and we have no reason to believe it is not, you won’t have to wait until the end of the month to find out what the tablet will offer. It reportedly will run Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 RT operating system and will have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 10.1in 1920×1080 full HD display. Taking tips from Nokia’s Lumia phone lineup, the tablet reportedly will also feature a 6.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in LTE support and will be available in red, complete with a “multi-function cover with keyboard”. That’s all we know right now, but the Nokia Sirius is likely to make its debut within the next few weeks, priced at around $499. Winsupersite has details about other Windows 8.1 incoming tablets, too. These include: the 8in Dell Venue tablet which will likely feature an Intel Atom Bay Trail chip and a $299 price tag; the Lenovo 7in and 10.1in Intel Atom Bay Trail tablets, the Miix 8 and Miix 2; and the Microsoft Surface Mini, which will reportedly feature an 8in screen and a Qualcomm processor. We expect to find out more about these tablets over the next few weeks.