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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.

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How to Save Files to the Cloud

Author: Patrick Nelson, TechNewsWorld

Still haven’t jumped onto the cloud bandwagon? Never fear. Cloud storage is a great way to make sure your files are preserved without taking up vast amounts of space on your PC. Even better, it’s often completely free. Whether you’ve got documents, photos or music — or any combination thereof — here’s how to make

cloudPersonal file storage on a computer used to involve a PC-based hierarchical folder system Unified Server Monitoring: Free Trial. Click here. that was maintained on local, PC-based hard drives.

Today we are embracing the cloud, which allows for redundancy, remote access, remote backup and the use of convenient input/output mobile devices like phones with limited storage but outstanding portability.

If you’re still using your PC as a catch-all repository for media and documents and haven’t moved over to the cloud yet, here’s how to go about trying it painlessly — and at no cost to you.

I’ve chosen two broad file types that are well-suited to the cloud. Each has unique services geared towards it, and both demonstrate cloud-services principles that you can try. Sure your digital treasures don’t get lost.

Cloud Documents and Photographs Using Dropbox

Step 1: Browse to the Dropbox website on a computer. This service allows you to access files saved across all of your disparate computers and phones, regardless of OS.

For all intents and purposes, it lets you bring your files with you, without e-mailing them to yourself, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Step 2: Sign up for a basic, free account at the website by entering your name, e-mail and a password and pressing the ‘Sign Up’ button. A Dropbox client will download. Choose ‘Save’ when prompted and open the Dropbox installer. Then follow the run and setup prompts.

Step 3: Launch the Dropbox folder on your computer by clicking on the newly created desktop icon (in Windows 7). The folder will open and appear as a regular Windows folder.

From the Start menu, browse to Documents within Libraries and open it. Drag a sample file, like a Word document or image from Documents, to the new Dropbox folder.

Step 4: Install Dropbox on other machines or download an app from your phone’s market or store. Sign in and browse to your Dropbox folder, which will be created on the other machines and devices.

Check the installations and you’ll see that the file name you dragged over will be synced across devices and on the Dropbox website. Click or touch the file name to download the actual file to that machine or device.

Step 5: Make a change to the file. Changing the file name will demonstrate this step. The change will sync across all of the Dropbox-enabled devices and on the Dropbox website.

Cloud Music for Android Using Google Play

Step 1: Browse to the Google Play Music website on a computer. This service allows you to store music and listen on the Web without taking files with you. Up to 20,000 songs are stored for free. iTunes, Windows Media Player and regular folders can all be indexed.

You can also add to your collection and get free music from new artists by using the integrated Google Play store.

Step 2: Open a Google account or sign in to an existing account and then download the Music Manager by clicking on the blue ‘Download Music Manager’ button.

Follow the prompts to install the Music Manager and then click through the setup’s Next buttons to sign in again and add your personal collection to your Google Play music library. The music will sync.

Step 3: Launch the actual Music Manager software from the Start menu (in Windows 7) and you’ll see the interface. Click on the ‘Go To Music Player’ button, and your synced music library will appear in a Web browser.

Step 4: Click on ‘Shop Music’ and ‘Free Song of the Day’ to add new music to your Music Manager. This music will sync.

Step 5: Open the Google Play store on your mobile device and search for the free Google Play Music app. Install it on your device. Follow the prompts to add your Google account and you’ll see the music synced in the previous steps.

Touch artwork or an icon, and the music will play.

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Microsoft offers up to $100, 000 for new ways to hack Windows

YORK: Microsoft has posted bounties of up to $100, 000 or (P843,000w) for “truly novel” ways to hack the latest version of its Windows software for powering computers.

For the first time ever, Microsoft is offering direct cash payouts in exchange for reporting certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques,” the US software titan said in a blog post.”We are making this shift in order to learn about these issues earlier and to increase the win-win between Microsoft’s customers and the security researcher community.

“The bounty programme will launch with three categories of ‘wanted’ hacker tricks on June 26, the same day Microsoft is to preview a tweaked version of its operating system referred to as Windows Blue but officially called Windows 8.1.A Mitigation Bypass Bounty will pay up to $100, 000 for “truly novel exploitation techniques” targeting Windows 8.1 and as much as $50, 000 for ways to defend against hacker attacks that qualify for rewards.

Microsoft said that, for a month, it will pay as much as $11, 000 for critical vulnerabilities exposed in the version of Internet Explorer browser software tailored for Windows 8.1. Details were available online at microsoft.com/bountyprograms. (AFP Relaxnews)

 

Lenovo Adds Another Convertible to the Mix — the ‘Miix’

Lenovo’s Miix is the latest in a convertible form factor that Windows is inducing, in large part because the new OS is oriented toward touchscreens but users still prefer keyboards for productivity needs. Lenovo’s 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet-laptop will be available this summer, starting around $500.

Convertibles are in style. Not specifically the top-down-on-a-sunny-day vehicular kind, but the tablets that double as a laptop , or vice versa. The latest model to add to that mix is Lenovo’s new Miix, announced Thursday.

A 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet , the Miix can immediately convert into a laptop via a “quick-flip” detachable folio case, which is optional and has a built-in keyboard. Bai Peng, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s notebook business unit, said in a statement that “users don’t want to choose between a laptop and a tablet,” but want to mix both.

The Miix also features a 1366×768 HD IPS display in both the laptop and tablet incarnations, an Intel  dual-core processor, and 64 GB of built-in eMMC storage  that is expandable by 32 GB with a microSD slot. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and optional 3G-GPS connectivity, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Fewer Tablets, More Convertibles?

The Miix is the latest in a convertible form factor that Windows is inducing, in large part because the new OS is oriented toward touchscreens but users still prefer keyboards for productivity needs. It will be available this summer, starting around $500.

Also on Thursday, Samsung Electronics unveiled its ATIV Q, which set a new standard in choice by having both Windows 8 and Android  Jellybean 4.2.2 running on the same machine, with switching possible simply by clicking an on-screen tile. Files in one OS are available to the other, such as photos saved into a photos folder.

But Samsung upped the choice factor by also making the Q a convertible that can be a tablet, or a laptop, or, by flipping the display into a standing position, it becomes a movie-watching or photo display device.

In November of last year, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said he expected the market to tilt away from consumption-oriented tablets and toward convertible PC /tablets. Some observers thought his remarks at the time were referencing the somewhat less-than-expected sales of Apple’s iPad.

‘Premature in the Extreme’

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said he agreed with the Lenovo CEO “to a certain extent.” He noted that, “for all the positive qualities that standalone tablets have, they still fall short” in supporting productivity.

King added that, while tablets can handle mail and some other tasks, “for serious work, typing with a keyboard is a better experience.” That’s from the tablet side. From the laptop side, he predicted that many users will stick with that tried-and-true format, although they may want a tablet from time to time. “The talk I’ve heard about the end of the PC is premature in the extreme,” he told us.

King also described Samsung’s Q model, a convertible running both Windows and Android, as “a brilliant idea on their part,” because it tackles one of Windows 8’s shortcomings — “how anemic their app market is.”

Lenovo also announced on Thursday five touchscreen  laptop models in their S and U series — the IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch, and U430 Touch. The models will all be available this summer, at prices ranging from $429 to $899.

 

Windows 8.1: What We Know So Far

 

Original Author: Michael Muchmore

Windows 8.1: New Things OR What We Know So Far

Sure, Windows 8 has sold over 100 million copies in its 7 months of existence, and, for most products, that would be quite a triumph. But for Windows, software used by over a billion machines, it’s viewed as something of a disappointment. Whether Microsoft’s big bet of a desktop-plus-tablet operating system will prove as big of a disappointment as Vista, or going back even further, Windows ME—only time will tell.

Microsoft resurrected itself from those flubs with XP and Windows 7, and the company, hardly unaware of the widespread criticisms being leveled at its new baby, is acting even faster to right the ship than in the past, with Windows 8.1—formerly known by the codename Windows Blue.

I remain a steadfast fan of the new OS—I definitely prefer it to Windows 7, which I run on the same PC in a dual-boot setup. It’s much faster, better-looking, and adds some great new tools and capabilities. But even I concede that there’s definitely room for improvement in a few areas.

One of the main problems as I see it with Windows 8 is that there are hidden interface features: Things you need are not shown on the screen—such as the “charms,” those buttons on the right panel that only appear after a touch or mouse gesture that you may have picked up from the quick start tips shown during installation.

Another problem in Windows 8 is duplication of features: You have the new-style, full-screen version of things (formerly called “Metro”) and the “classic” Windows 7 desktop-style set of apps and tools. For example, there are two Internet Explorers, two Settings interfaces, and two SkyDrive applications for cloud storage. This duality comes from Windows 8’s goal to be both a mobile and desktop operating system—a daunting mission to be sure.

Microsoft has already partially lifted the veil on Windows 8.1 in blog posts and conference keynotes, and the company seems to be listening and addressing at least some of the criticisms. Below we’ve summarized what we know so far. But keep in mind that Microsoft is saving some surprises for its Build Conference later this month, having stated that the updated OS isn’t just about addressing user feedback, but actually adding brand-new features.

Some commentators have likened Windows 8.1 to a service pack, especially since it’s a free update. But Windows 8.1 is a more drastic re-thinking of the interface than any service pack I’ve seen. Those usually just add support for new hardware and performance and stability updates. I take the bump in version number to be a clear sign from Microsoft that this update is more than a mere service pack.

Before we dig into the new features, here’s what we know so far about Windows 8.1’s availability: It will be a free update, and will run on any hardware that the current version does, and all existing Windows Store apps will remain compatible. A preview version will be made available on June 26, to coincide with Build. Without further ado, here’s what we know about new Windows 8.1 features to this point:

The Start button is back, sort of. Longtime Windows power users bemoaned the excision of this old friend that dates way back to Windows 95. Amusingly, when the feature launched, power users (maybe even the same ones?) belittled it as dumbing down the operating system. And don’t get too excited about its reemergence in Windows 8.1: it’s not turning back the clock entirely. In fact, Microsoft’s announcements don’t even call it a Start button, but rather a “Start tip.”

This new Start button will open the new-style Windows 8 Start screen—you know, all those tiles. It’s the same function you’d get by moving the cursor to the lower-left corner of the screen in Windows 8. This isn’t really such a bad thing; just think of it as a full-screen start menu. You can still just start typing a program name to run it, and you can place your most-frequently needed apps’ tiles on the front page of the Start screen. If you really want something more reminiscent of the old Start button, check out a couple third-party Start button utilities or PCMag’s own Start Me Up utility.