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Dying for a taste of Windows 8? Windows 8 Previews not cutting it for you? Well wait no longer… if you have access to MSDN and/or TechNet.
Microsoft has released Windows 8 RTM (Release-To-Manufacturing) to MSDN and TechNet subscribers; this is the version of Windows that will be on sale in October, so consider it the ‘final’ version of Windows before post-release patches.…Read More »
Windows is the bane and backbone of modern day computing society. For better (Linux) or for worse (Mac), the world would be a completely different place if Windows was never born. Initially outed as Windows 1, Windows of the old age is nothing like Windows now.…Read More »
Although Apple likes to publicly claim otherwise, Apple conducts consumer research to better understand consumer tastes and preferences. In 2010 Apple conducted one such study; Apple wanted to know why people buy Android over iPhone, and it may surprise you what Apple found.…Read More »
New Adobe Flash bug allows hackers to take over your computer, update Flash to v11.3.300.271 to be safe
Adobe has released an out of the blue security bulletin stating a bug in Adobe Flash is being exploited by hackers and could potentially allow attackers to take over computers. The attack vector is malicious Microsoft Word documents that exploit the ActiveX version of Flash Player in Internet Explorer on Windows.…Read More »
SkyDrive is redesigned, looks more like Windows 8 and Outlook.com than Hotmail now; Android app coming soon
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that offers ample 7GB of free online storage. Until now SkyDrive has had a Hotmail look to it, using the soon-to-be-depreciated Hotmail interface and design. That has now changed with Microsoft releasing a new and improved SkyDrive.…Read More »
Welcome to dotTech 4.0.
This is the fourth major revision of dotTech and, if I do say so myself, it is our best one yet. Not only does this new theme give dotTech a fresh, modern look but it simply kick-ass.…Read More »
We know Windows 8, Windows RT, and Microsoft Surface tablets will be released on October 26. What has been eluding us is pricing for the Surface tabs, and pricing is critical to the success of these tabs. With the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire dominating the sub-$200 market and the iPad dominating the $500 real estate, the right price can make Surface while the wrong price can break Surface.…Read More »
While Microsoft goes after competitors to get patent licensing agreements, Apple is notorious for not licensing its technology to anyone but instead looking to shut them out the market. As it turns out, Samsung was an exception.
You see Apple and Samsung have a multi-billion dollar buyer-supplier relationship.…Read More »
Google is often testing new features and methods on how to improve users’ experience with Google Search. And do you blame them? After all, Google Search is the bread and butter of the multi-billion dollar corporation known as Google and Google needs to continue innovating to keep the competition at bay.…Read More »
Apple has sold more smartphones in six months than Samsung has sold in two years… in the United States
We may be tired of Apple vs Samsung but the courtroom battle between the two is a continual source of otherwise secret information. One such information are detailed statistics on the exact number of devices Apple and Samsung have sold over the years in the United States.…Read More »
As smartphone wars continue, on the field and in the courtroom, the contest worldwide seems to have already been won by Android. The International Data Corporation, aka IDC, has released a Q2 2012 study on smartphone global marketshare and has found Android and iOS consist of 85% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q2 2012.…Read More »
If device thickness is an important factor for you, then iPhone 5 may be the one for you. Chinese blog Apple.pro is reporting that Apple Daily, a Taiwan paper, has published a report on the iPhone 5. That report includes specifics on the final physical measurements of the iPhone 5, which includes a juicy bit on its thickness.…Read More »
The entertainment industry likes to target Google in its crusade to end online piracy. Until now, Google has come out unscathed for the most part, even having a judge rule that Google isn’t responsible for piracy links shown in search results.…Read More »
OTA Update Center brings over-the-air updates for custom ROMs — no more need to manually flash custom ROM updates [Android]
Custom ROMs, such as CyanogenMod, allow for after-market improvements to Android devices. The only problem with custom ROMs is they can be annoying/dangerous to flash (aka install), whether that be initial flash or flashing subsequent updates. A new service by the name of OTA Update Center looks to eliminate the annoyances, and danger, of flashing updates to custom ROMs.…Read More »
CyanogenMod is a popular after-market third-party developed custom ROM for Android devices, phones and tablets. The goal of CyanogenMod is to supercharge your Android experience by adding features, functionality, stability, and speed not found in many stock devices. Another goal of CyanogenMod is to keep devices up-to-date with latest Android iterations: As Google releases new versions of Android, CyanogenMod is updated for all supported devices to that new version of Android.…Read More »
New state-sponsored malware ‘Gauss’ hits PayPal and banks, was created by the makers of Flame and Stuxnet
Between the likes of Flame, Stuxnet, and Mahdi I’m sure most people have had their fair share of state-sponsored cyber attacks. As much as we wish they would go away, they won’t. In fact, they are likely to increase as geopolitical tensions take center stage.…Read More »
There was a time when 7 inch tablets cost $300-400. Then Amazon shook things up with a $199 Kindle Fire and Google recently followed suit with a $199 Nexus 7. In response, Samsung dropped the price on its 7 inch Galaxy Tabs to $249.…Read More »
Since it hit the airwaves, Microsoft has been touting its new ‘Metro UI’ for Windows 8. Microsoft still intends to keep this new user interface… but with a different name.
Last week an internal Microsoft memo was leaked which said “discussions with an important European partner” forced Microsoft to “discontinue the use” of the name Metro in any Microsoft brands, including Windows 8.…Read More »
Some employers struggle to provide basic health insurance. Not Google. Aside from free lunches, on-campus doctors, car washes, etc., Google is now providing death benefits to its employees. No, I’m not talking about life insurance. I’m talking about paying the spouse or partner of a Google employee after the employee passes away.…Read More »
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will have flexible AMOLED screen, will be released August 29 in Berlin [rumor + fact]
See the above image? It is may be the Galaxy Note 2. The above image was floated around the Internet earlier this year as a potential Samsung Galaxy S III but we all know that turned out to be wrong. Now it has reappeared, courtesy Samsung Pakistan.…Read More »
dotTech is looking to hire a writer who will cover Android. I’m primarily looking for someone who is familiar with Android modding because this position will be writing How To guides on rooting, unlocking bootloader, installing custom recovery, Android tips, tricks, etc.…Read More »
As the battle between Apple and Samsung heats up, Apple is bringing out the big guns.
Samsung has been forced to furnish a 132-page internal document (link below for those that want to read it) which shows a detailed comparison of iPhone (3G) versus Samsung Galaxy S, the first generation.…Read More »
Come on, don’t tell me you didn’t crack a smile.
[via CrackBerry, Joy of Tech]…Read More »
Interested in a Galaxy S III? Samsung will give you up to US$300 to trade in your old phone for a Samsung Galaxy S III.
Through its new Samsung Upgrade program, Samsung is allowing consumers to trade in their old phones in return for money which can then help reimburse the costs of a new Samsung device.…Read More »
‘Do Not Track’ is a semi-new concept in the digital world that tells advertisers to not track user Internet activity for the purposes of serving targeted advertising. What happens is, when enabled, a header is sent to along with every web request you make containing either a 1 for ‘I don’t want to be tracked’ or a 0 for ‘You can track me’.…Read More »
Outlook.com is a new free web e-mail service by Microsoft intended to replace Hotmail. Using Outlook.com can be done by creating a new Outlook.com account or upgrading your existing Hotmail account to Outlook.com. If you have used Outlook.com and decided you want to go back to Hotmail, that can be done easily.…Read More »
Microsoft recently introduced Outlook.com, the impending successor to Hotmail. If you don’t have an existing Hotmail account, you can get started with Outlook.com by easily creating a new account. However, if you do have an existing Hotmail inbox, there is a way to easily upgrade/change/convert to Outlook.com from Hotmail.…Read More »
The iPad has been a huge success since it was introduced in 2010. In an attempt to carve out a similar but non-competing market, other manufacturers starting creating 7 inch tabs (primarily Samsung, who can be credited with creating this niche, with Amazon and Google following suit later).…Read More »
Jonathan Ive is the SVP of Industrial Design aka chief product designer at Apple. He is one of the major creative forces behind Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, and iPod. Ive recently dropped a few bombshells while speaking at the British Business conference happening in London.…Read More »
As I’m sure some of you noticed, iOS Apps of the Day have been inactive for a few days. The reason for this is we need an iOS Apps of the Day writer. If you are interested in writing for dotTech, keep reading.…Read More »
Windows 8 has two interfaces, Metro UI and the traditional desktop. Many people don’t like Metro and hence opt to use the desktop interface for Windows 8. Until now, Microsoft has had a setting in Windows 8 that allowed users to go straight to the desktop when booting their PCs.…Read More »
Google’s YouTube app has been a staple on the homescreens of iOS devices around the world. Not anymore. Continuing its anti-Google stride and following up on the removal of Google Maps from iOS 6, Apple has announced the YouTube app will no longer come preinstalled on devices running iOS 6; it will remain on iOS 5 and below devices.…Read More »