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  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It’s Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone’s lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you’ve been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should’ve, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...

  • Bye-bye passwords: Windows 10 now supports FIDO biometric authentication

    Passwords will be a thing of the past very soon, at least if Windows 10 has anything to say about them. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 — the company’s upcoming operating system — will support a new biometric identification and authentication standard, as laid out by the FIDO Alliance. It might sound like a pet food brand, but FIDO is instrumental in pushing the “passwords are a terrible idea” agenda to the world’s technology. The Alliance outlined its new standard in a few brief words back in December 2014: The specifications outline a new standard for devices, servers and client software, including browsers,...

  • Windows 10 for phones preview now available for selected Lumia devices

    We’ve heard plenty from Microsoft about Windows 10 — the OS that will be fundamental to most of Microsoft’s hardware going forward — and now, Windows 10 for phones is now available for download for select devices. If you happen to own one of the following Lumia devices, you’re in luck, because the update is available today. Lumia 630 Lumia 635 Lumia 636 Lumia 638 Lumia 730 Lumia 830 If you’re running any other Nokia Lumia (interesting omissions include the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, two of the company’s flagships), you’ll have to wait and keep an eye open “over the next few months”, at least according...

  • Microsoft Lumia 535 in its unboxed glory [Gallery]

    We’ve seen the Lumia name before in South Africa but it was usually pegged alongside the Nokia moniker. This connection will become more and more tattered as the years roll on now, but Microsoft has ensured that its label is stuck onto the back of the Lumia range, and this a bad thing at all. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first product of Microsoft’s newly-found smartphone love to hit South African shores, and my, it’s quite a looker. Read more: Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535 Boasting a 5.0-inch screen slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3,...

  • February Patch Tuesday: update causes boot loop, JASBUG addressed [update]

    Update: Microsoft has reissued KB3001652 and for the most part, it seems to be working. The initial release of the patch caused a continuous boot loop upon failed completion. New developments suggest that the reissued patch causes no untoward issues as yet. Thanks to Microsoft‘s new vulnerability disclosure policy, it has been a rather quiet-than-usual lead-up to this month’s Patch Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the day passed without movement from the Redmond tech giant. Microsoft issued a total of 56 security patches for vulnerabilities, with 41 addressing Internet Explorer holes, six rated as important and three as critical. One of these...

  • 5 of Satya Nadella’s greatest first year hits as Microsoft CEO

    When Satya Nadella assumed the role of Microsoft CEO from the outgoing Steve Ballmer, the company had lost its way, especially in the operating system space. Its main cash cow wasn’t exactly mooing and the company’s hardware division was practically non-existent. So Nadella’s job was a big one. But his first year at the helm of one of Earth’s biggest tech companies has been rather successful. Marking a year since he took the reins today, we roundup the most inspired, most important and most impressive announcements, acquisitions and decisions that Nadella had overseen in his first year as Captain Microsoft. 1. Polishing...

  • Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535

    Microsoft, after much faffing about it must be said, has finally debuted its first non-Nokia branded phone in South Africa. Dubbed the Lumia 535 it will set consumers back around R1699, which is quite steep considering its hardware but it is squarely aimed at the entry-to-mid level market. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset — the same as found in MTN Steppa 2 smartphone — is the brains of the outfit while it also comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of microSD-expandable memory and a rather-large-considering 5.0-inch screen. Note the resolution is kept at the 960×540 budget range. Of course, there is an...

  • 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event

    Windows 10 (yep, not Windows 9, remember) has been out in the wild for a good while now, on Windows Insider’s test machines and laptops, but it hasn’t yet come to mobile devices. As the tablet market shrinks in a surprising turn of events, the PC market has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent months with tablets taking a back seat. But what does this mean for mobile devices? Windows 10, as Satya Nadella noted months back, will work across all “Windows” platforms, from smartphones to laptops to the Xbox One console. It’s a massive undertaking and a burdensome...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed “Spartan“, piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE’s terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft’s cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One celebrate respective sales victories

    Here’s some heart-warming news if you’re a non-biased console gamer. Nintendo has announced that December 2014 was a big sales month for the Wii U console, with a 29% improvement in console sales and a massive 75% increase in games sales compared to the same period last year. That’s some great news, especially since the company has announced some big things for the year ahead, including the introduction of the new Nintendo 3DS XL to the US and European markets on 13 February. Read more: Nintendo Direct: 3DS XL confirmed, games galore coming this year In terms of current games, Mario Kart...

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