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Now anyone can say, ‘OK Google.’

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Ever see Android users shouting “OK Google” into their phones, forcing their little Droid handsets to do their bidding via voice, and find yourself feeling left out?

Well there’s no need to be jealous any longer, because even if you don’t have an Android phone, you can still use google voice commands in Chrome. Read more »

No Windows 8 on Chinese Government PCs

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If you work in the Chinese government, then you’re forbidden from running Windows 8 on your work computer.

This has huge negative implications for Microsoft, as it severely inhibits the growth of their newest OS. Read more »

Google Maps now lets you avoid steep hills when biking

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Google has quietly added a new feature to its desktop Google Maps and now lets bikers avoid steep hills and climbs when you’re planning a route.

The feature will be much appreciated by bike enthusiasts as the elevation profiles will make it easy to choose that single best route without the need to use other software aside from Google’s Maps. Read more »

26% of users still rock XP

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More than 26% of all desktops are currently using Windows XP, an operating system that Microsoft has been trying to put out to pasture.

Windows 7 still holds the lion share at 48.77%, but it is still impressive that XP refuses to go out quietly, even after Microsoft has stopped supporting the OS with regular updates and bug fixes. Read more »

Firefox 29 released, brings a new interface design

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Mozilla has released version 29 of their desktop and mobile browser. But while the mobile browser only gets a few new features, the desktop version get a completely revamped interface.

Firefox for desktop interface features a new tab bar that looks like the one on Google Chrome, with its pyramid shaped tab structure. One interesting design feature is the way background tabs just blend with the background until you highlight them. Read more »

Popcorn Time returns with series and movie torrent streaming for Android

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Popcorn Time, which debuted a few weeks ago as a service providing torrent streaming for movies and TV shows, was promptly taken down due to obvious legal issues.

Now, the service is back up with the promise that it will “never be taken down” again. Better yet, a new Android and updated desktop versions are just around the corner. Read more »

Start menu allegedly returning to Windows 8.1 in August

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After releasing the first Windows 8.1 update earlier this month, Microsoft is now working on the second update that is expected to arrive in August with some much requested features.

One of the key features is actually an old feature of Windows that will be making a comeback: the Start menu. Read more »

Microsoft pulls support plug on Windows XP and Office 2003

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Dating from way back in October of 2001 Windows XP has been Redmond’s most highly regarded OS until Windows 7 hit in October 2009 and for many traditionalists even after that.

And now after 13 years of service the OS is finally getting dropped by Microsoft, which has issued its last security update to the OS yesterday and will not issue more. In its statement Microsoft urges users to either upgrade their current PCs with a more recent Windows install or altogether buy a new machine (the company even has a link to latest Windows 8 machines readily awaiting your click). Read more »

Windows 8.1 update announced

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Microsoft has officially announced an update to its Windows 8.1 operating system at the company’s BUILD conference in San Francisco. The Windows 8.1 update will be available for all Windows 8.1 consumers, starting April 8.

The Windows 8.1 update is focused on the navigational features of mouse and keyboard. The taskbar has also seen a significant change and you can now see taskbar in all metro apps when they move the cursor to the bottom of the screen. Read more »

Google Now available for your computer starting today

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If you have an Android phone, you’ve been able to use Google Now for quite some time.

Well now anyone with chrome installed on their computer can enjoy Google Now, as big G just rolled it out for Chrome. Read more »

Intel shows octa-core Core i7 extreme, confirms Iris Pro graphics in upcoming fifth-gen Broadwell

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Over at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Intel has shown its latest beast – the Core i7 Extreme Edition – dubbed Devil’s Canyon. It’s an 8-core 16-thread processor with unlocked cores (allowing easy overclocking), support for the latest DDR4 memory and a better thermal interface.

Intel has also confirmed that its next-generation processors, Broadwell, will feature Iris Pro graphics. Broadwell chipsets will have 14-nanometer processors and will come with unlocked cores. Read more »

Microsoft OneNote now available on the Mac, goes free on Windows

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Microsoft has released a Mac version of their powerful note-taking application service, OneNote. For those not aware, OneNote is the Swiss Army knife of note-taking applications with more features than you’ll ever need. And with it’s native OneDrive integration, it also syncs your notes across multiple devices.

OneNote was previously available on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android but now those on the Macs can also join in the note-taking fun. But to make sure more people on Windows can also take part, Microsoft has released a standalone OneNote app for Windows, free of charge, that was initially part of the Microsoft Office suite. Read more »

Two top Microsoft execs depart after new CEO takes over

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The fallout of the new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is already being felt, as two top executives have decided to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

Tony Bates, Executive VP of business development/evangelism and former CEO of Skype, as well as Executive VP of marketing Tami Reller will be leaving the company. Read more »

OS and Web Browser market share statistics

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Both Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 have gained some market share.

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 are still ruling the OS and Browser roosts at 47.31% and 21.73% respectively. Join us after the jump for a more in-depth breakdown of the numbers. Read more »

Microsoft will let you try Windows 8.1 for free, 8.1 update on April 8th

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Microsoft is toying with a version of Windows 8.1 that comes with Bing, which is a different, low-cost version of the OS that comes packaged with Microsoft applications and services.

Sources say that Windows 8.1 with Bing could even be a free upgrade option for current Windows 7 users. Read more »