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  • Patch Tuesday April 2015: 4 critical updates, ‘Redirect to SMB’ unpatched

    How time flies. It was just a year ago when Microsoft pushed its final updates to Windows XP, once its crowned jewel. This year though, and this month’s Patch Tuesday, saw a host of updates for its newer operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and a few for Microsoft Office as well. This doesn’t quite tell the entire story though. Prior to Patch Tuesday (this month falling on 14 April), a near-twenty-year-old vulnerability was found to be lurking in practically all of Microsoft’s OSes, and a number of software packages from various other vendors. But first, let’s talk about what...

  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM packs capable camera tech in budget body

    That’s right. The world has indeed gained yet another Microsoft Lumia smartphone, but it’s not a flagship. The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM bolsters what is already a sardine-packed tinned can of devices from the company, with many boasting extremely similar specs. The Microsoft Lumia 540 does, however, pack some Lumia optical imaging goodness into a US$150 shell. The star of the show is that 8MP snapper on the phone’s rear, featuring an autofocus system and a dedicated LED flash. Around the front of the phone, there’s a 5MP camera too. Microsoft’s clearly positioning this device as a capable mid-range snapping...

  • Next Windows 10 build for phones to debut tomorrow

    For anyone mildly interested not running and Android or iOS device, Microsoft is planning to launch the next preview build of Windows 10 for phones tomorrow, Friday 9 April. In case anyone missed the announcement on Windows Weekly: We’re targeting Friday @ 10:00AM PST for next phone build. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 8, 2015 That’s straight from the Windows Insider program head’s mouth, so expect a few more features compared to the previous February launch. While Microsoft has broadened the scope of phones supporting Windows 10, it seems strange that flagship devices, including the Nokia Lumia 930, and Lumia Icon won’t make...

  • Project Spartan first impressions: buggy but promising

    If you’re a Windows Insider and have updated to Windows 10 Build 10049 last week, you’d have noticed a new blue icon alongside the Task View button on the Task Bar. Well, that’s Microsoft‘s shiny new browser Project Spartan which Redmond is finally allowing the public to try. When it was first announced back in November 2014 by Microsoft execs, the company talked it up as being the quintessential browser for the modern age. With Internet Explorer now all-but-culled from Microsoft’s future plans, Project Spartan has a lot to live up to. So, as a Firefox user (who sometimes dabbles in...

  • 5 ways smartphone manufacturers can win the budget phone battle

    There has been massive growth in smartphone sales in the past few years. Ever since the introduction of iPhone, Android, and smartphone applications like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber, even common people are experiencing a strong urge to use smartphones instead of feature phones. Granted, there are still a few number of feature phones being produced by the likes of Microsoft (the Nokia 215, above, is a good example), but smartphones are slowly becoming more affordable and more powerful lower down the economic spectrum. Due the popularity of smartphones among general consumers, efficiency in manufacturing required components, and a cut-throat competition...

  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM arrives in South Africa

    Microsoft South Africa has announced the availability of yet another budget Lumia device in the country, the Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM. The phone, as its name would suggest, allows two SIM cards to call the phone home, while the device itself remains orientated towards budget buyers. Internals include a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 5MP Lumia camera at the rear. There’s a VGA up front above the 4.0-inch 800×480 display and underneath it all there’s a 1560mAh battery keeping the lights on. Microsoft will also bundle the HERE Maps, Drive+ and...

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools’ Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we’ll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we’ve...

  • Xbox One April Update: better party chat, voice messages coming to preview

    Hot on the heels of Sony‘s PS4 Yukimura update this week, Microsoft Xbox has launched a preview video of what to expect from the April Xbox One system update. Read more: PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements There are three major updates arriving to the Xbox One experience that focus primarily on the social side of the gaming experience. Firstly, Microsoft has announced that it will now offer dedicated servers for Party Chat, as Xbox head Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb explains in his blog: Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage...

  • Microsoft’s Spartan and Internet Explorer to feature Edge, Trident respectively

    Microsoft has long been lauding its upcoming Project Spartan browser that will take over Internet Explorer’s crown as Windows’ flagship, but Internet Explorer, as we’ve noted before, isn’t exactly set to be shed from Windows 10 altogether. The company has now clarified its stance on the two browsers’ coexistence, which is a bit more confusing than simply having the option of choosing the browser you want to use and using it. Yes, Internet Explorer will be a part of Windows 10, that is pretty much confirmed, but there is one key difference between the legacy IE and the fledgeling Spartan. Read more:...

  • Windows 10 SDK now available for crafting universal apps

    Developers can now start building universal apps for Microsoft‘s Windows 10 operating system, as the company released the Windows 10 SDK. The SDK will allow developers to craft apps across the entire Windows 10 spectrum, from smartphones to tablets, computers and the Xbox platform. The first SDK will allow developers to scale apps to screen sizes and polish both touch and pointing device interactions. Windows 10 will effectively be the launchpad for all Windows and Microsoft branded devices going forward, with the OS spanning an incredibly wide range of usage cases and implementations. The SDK will allow developers to leverage this, and...

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