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Is Microsoft About To Start Charging A Monthly Fee For Windows 10?

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Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. Latest stats from NetMarketShare put Windows 10 as the second most used OS in the world.

Their figures show Windows 10 as having a 36.58 per cent chunk of the worldwide operating system market in July. This is not far behind Windows 7, which has a 41.23 per cent OS market share, which Windows 10 has closed the gap on in the past year.

As more users ditch ageing Microsoft operating systems and turn to Windows 10 some shock news has been revealed about the software. It has been claimed the Redmond-based tech giant are planning to start charging a monthly fee to help PC fans maintain the operating system.

ZDNet’s Microsoft specialist Mary Jo Foley reported that the ‘Microsoft Managed Desktop’ service is currently in the works. It will allegedly ensure PCs running Windows 10 are configured correctly and running smoothly as new updates are released.

However, users will reportedly be charged a monthly fee for this privilege. In her article Foley said: “I’m hearing this Microsoft Managed Desktop is, basically, the Microsoft version of ‘desktop as a service’.

“It will provide customers the ability to lease a Windows 10 device that’s automatically provisioned for them and have the operating system kept up-to-date and more for a single monthly fee, my contacts say.”

Foley also said that she believes the Microsoft Managed Desktop will be targeted at businesses.  She said: “Microsoft looks to be counting on companies being ready for greater predictability — in terms of spending, updating and support — in exchange for letting someone else do the driving.”

It remains to be seen whether the Microsoft Managed Desktop will also be open to consumer users.

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Your Gmail Account To Change As Google Confirms Major Update And New Features

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GMAIL users are set to see a major redesign as Google confirms it’s working on an upgrade which will bring a redesign and new features to the hugely popular email service.

Gmail users are about to see some big changes coming to their email accounts. The hugely popular service is set for a major revamp with new features and redesign expected to launch in the coming weeks.

The update looks likely to bring a cleaner and less cluttered look for Gmail on the web along with the arrival of things such as Smart Reply which instantly allows users to select from three automatic responses based on what’s in the original message.

There could also be the option to snooze conversations allowing users to temporarily delete emails from their inbox until a set time. There’s currently no word on a release date for this new Gmail refresh but Google has confirmed the upgrade is being tested.

In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed:“We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

Like most of Google’s services, Gmail has seen a meteoric rise to success with the email platform now thought to have over 1.2billion users worldwide. Last year the company announced it was finally upgrading the attachment function for its email service, which now allow users to receive messages with attachments up to 50MB.

The upgrade means you’ll be able to get more photos, files or other downloads with your email than ever before. However sadly the upgrade doesn’t extend to sending bigger attachments, with that limit still capped at 25MB for now.

This latest Gmail upgrade comes as Google is expected to announce more big news in the coming weeks. The search giant’s I/O conference takes place from May 8th to 10th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

I/O brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at Google’s latest developer products. The California-based company could also showcase updates to Google Chrome, Google Photos, Android Wear, Google Home, and more. Last year, it focused on Google Assistant, Google Photos and standalone DayDream VR headsets.

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VIDEO: Huawei Releases First 5G Equipment: Breakthrough Device Sets The Stage For The Future Of Mobile Connectivity

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Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, presents the new Huawei 5G CPE router before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Kampala, Uganda, February 27, 2018: Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) on 25th February at Mobile World Congress launched its HUAWEI 5G customer-premises equipment (CPE), the world’s first commercial terminal device supporting the globally recognized 3GPP telecommunication standard for 5G. This device marks a milestone as Huawei sets the stage for the next generation of wireless connectivity.

To ensure peak performance from its 5G CPE, Huawei uses its self-developed Balong 5G01 chipset – the world’s first commercial chipset supporting the 3GPP standard for 5G, with theoretical downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps. It supports 5G across all frequency bands including sub-6GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) to offer a complete 5G solution suitable for multiple use cases. The Balong 5G01 makes Huawei the first company offering an end-to-end 5G solution through its network, devices and chipset-level capabilities.

“5G technology will underpin the next leap forward for our intelligent world, where people, vehicles, homes and devices are fully connected, delivering new experiences, insights and capabilities,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Since 2009, Huawei has invested US$600 million in research and development into 5G technologies, where we have led the way with innovations around network architecture, spectrum usage, field verification and more. From connected vehicles and smart homes to AR/VR and hologram videos, we are committed to developing a mature 5G ecosystem so that consumers can benefit from a truly connected world that transforms the way we communicate and share.”

HUAWEI 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)

The HUAWEI 5G CPE has two models, low frequency (sub6GHz) 5G CPE and high frequency (mmWave) 5G CPE respectively. The HUAWEI low frequency 5G CPE is small and lightweight, compatible with 4G and 5G networks, and has proven measured download speeds of up to 2Gbps – 20 times that of 100Mbps fiber. This provides an ultra-fast experience, allowing users to enjoy VR video and gaming experiences, or download a TV show within a second. The HUAWEI high frequency 5G CPE is available in indoor and outdoor units.

5G networks set new standards for high speed, wide bandwidth, low latency wireless connections, with a peak downlink rate of 20Gbps, support for one million devices per square kilometer and latency as low as 0.5ms. 5G promises an enhanced connection between people and the Internet of Things, raising the potential for the number of devices that can be connected and the amount and type of data that can be shared between them.

Huawei CBG has developed a 5G device strategy which utilizes the high-speed, low-latency, big-connectivity qualities of 5G to create richer, more varied connected experiences for users. This strategy includes smartphones, mobile Wi-Fi, industrial modules and other devices to connect people and objects in their homes, vehicles and beyond.

Huawei has partnered with over 30 global telecommunication carriers, including Vodafone, Softbank, T-Mobile, BT, Telefonica, China Mobile and China Telecom. In 2017, Huawei began testing 5G commercial networks with partners. Huawei completed interoperability testing and started offering the first round of 5G commercial networks in 2018.

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GADGETS: Everything You Need To Know About Sony Xperia XZ 2 + Video

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Sony is putting effort into its smartphones again. The company’s new XZ2 and XZ2 Compact shrink down the chunky bezels of their predecessors (to an extent) and feature the same taller, slimmer displays that helped Samsung, LG, and other companies roundly outclass Sony’s smartphone design last year. Both new Sony phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, the latest and greatest silicon that will be inside most of 2018’s Android flagships. They’re scheduled to ship this spring, with pricing to be announced later.

This time around, Sony isn’t overdoing it with a gimmicky 4K screen. The XZ2’s 5.7-inch display has a 2:1 aspect ratio and resolution of 2160 × 1440. The top and bottom bezels have been significantly downsized. There’s still enough room for Sony to put its name at the bottom of the phone, so the company isn’t quite at par with Samsung, LG, or OnePlus. But this is certainly an improvement. The screen supports HDR and Sony says it automatically up-converts SDR content to look more colorful and vibrant.

Sony refers to the XZ2’s overall design as “ambient flow.” That makes a bit more sense when you flip it over and examine the back, which is quite a departure from recent Sony handsets. The back nicely slopes into the aluminum rail at each side, and Sony has moved the camera position so that it’s now center-aligned. And beneath it is a new standalone fingerprint reader. For a long time, Sony made the side power button of its Xperia phones double as a fingerprint scanner, but the company always disabled that functionality in the United States. Now, everyone gets a fingerprint reader — and it’s in the right spot. The XZ2’s rear aesthetic strikes me as very HTC, but I’m in favor of this change over the rectangular, blocky feel of previous Xperias. This one is much more comfortable to grip.

What you won’t find anywhere on the XZ2 is a headphone jack. Sony is following the herd and getting rid of it this year. That’s disappointing to see from a company that prides itself on supporting hi-fi audio. The phone supports AptX HD and LDAC codecs for high-quality Bluetooth audio, if that’s any consolation.

The XZ2’s hardware still includes a dedicated camera shutter button, and like last year’s XZ Premium, it has a 19-megapixel sensor inside. When shooting 4K video, the camera is now capable of capturing HDR color, and the ultra slo-mo mode can record 960fps footage at a higher 1080p resolution. That’s pretty cool and bests what Samsung is doing with the Galaxy S9, but you’ll need to have a subject in good lighting if you want usable footage. And for fans of Sony’s fun 3D Creator face-scanning app, that now works with the front-facing selfie camera. (Previously you had to use the primary camera.)

Inside the XZ2 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (with microSD slot), and all the cellular networking hardware necessary for gigabit data speeds. The 845 made the XZ2 feel very snappy in my brief time using it. (Sony’s lightweight, stock-ish Android 8.0 Oreo software also helps matters there.)

But there will be a lot of phones with that same chip inside this year, so to help differentiate its own flagship, Sony came up with something else to add: rumble feedback. The new Dynamic Vibration System in the XZ2 makes your phone rumble along with media (movies, music, trailers, etc.) and games. Sony’s tagline for the feature is that it helps you “feel your media.”

You can adjust the vibration intensity for individual apps, so you can leave it off for YouTube but turn up the vibration power for Netflix. The vibration system also adds subtle feedback in other areas, like when you’re setting a timer. I don’t know how much value it actually adds — and it didn’t feel quite as impressive as the iPhone’s Haptic engine — but it’s among the XZ2’s headline features. The XZ2 will be available in black, silver, green (which looks rather blue, as you can see above), or pink. Pricing and release date will come later.

 

More here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7o-DJiqyk

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