Microsoft vende 40 millones de Windows 8 en su primer mes de vida

El ritmo de la demanda hace prever que superará fácilmente las ventas de su predecesor, Windows 7 cuando concluya su primer trimestre


Microsoft vendió 40 millones de licencias de su nuevo sistema operativo Windows 8 durante el primer mes de este software en el mercado, según dio a conocer en un comunicado.

El ritmo de la demanda hace prever que Windows 8 superará fácilmente las ventas de su predecesor Windows 7 cuando concluya su primer trimestre. Seguir leyendo “Microsoft vende 40 millones de Windows 8 en su primer mes de vida” | News….

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Analysts see Windows 8 worries, ego clash in exit

Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s top Windows executive, abruptly left the company Monday, prompting a flurry reaction from long-time Microsoft watchers about why Sinofsky is gone and what happens now. Read more…

Windows 8 Must Battle XP for Large Chunk of User Base

While Windows 8 rolled out to great fanfare Thursday, it still has to fight fellow Microsoft operating system Windows XP for users.

The 11-year-old program has nearly 30% “usage share” worldwide, reports web analytics firm StatCounter. Although Microsoft stopped selling it in 2010, XP remains one of the most popular OSestoday.

As of September, XP holds 27.64% usage share worldwide — second only to Windows 7 at 52.2%, according to StatCounter. In the U.S., XP has 16.42%, while Windows 7 sits at 49.36% (the latter debuted in 2009).

SEE ALSO: How to Get Windows 8 Now

“Our stats confirm the theory that business users in particular have been reluctant to move from XP,” said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. “The new Windows 8 interface represents a radical overhaul for Microsoft.”

“The scale of change of the desktop experience, however, may heighten the initial reluctance of traditional business users to upgrade to this new OS.” Seguir leyendo “Windows 8 Must Battle XP for Large Chunk of User Base” | Latest post

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Pantallas flexibles de Samsung a la venta en el 2013


Desde hace varios meses hemos hablado acerca del lanzamiento de pantallas flexibles, algo que principalmente ha sido impulsado por Samsung.

Samsung lanzará nuevas pantallas AMOLED

De acuerdo a fuentes coreanas, Samsung lanzará dispositivos con pantallas flexibles hasta el próximo año, con el fin de seguir perfeccionando esta tecnología y ofrecer una mejor experiencia.
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Java es eliminado de los navegadores con Mac OS


En la reciente actualización para Mac OS, Apple ha decidido eliminar Java, por lo que el contenido compatible con este script no puede apreciarse.

Apple retira Java de Mac OS

Apple sigue despidiéndose de diferentes servicios y aplicaciones, siendo la más reciente víctima Java, sin ninguna explicación extensa de por medio por parte de dicha empresa, pero si con algunas especulaciones.
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Skype será incluido en Windows 8 por defecto (confirmado)


Microsoft ha confirmado que Skype estará integrado a Windows 8, sistema operativo cuyo lanzamiento se llevará a cabo dentro de unos días.

Skype incluido en Windows 8

Skype formará parte de la interfaz Metro y con esto se confirma el uso de este servicio de mensajería instantánea por parte de la empresa de Redmond.
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Casete con capacidad de almacenar 35 TB de información

Prototipo de casete de 35 TB

El famoso casete que representó el medio para escuchar y compartir música en los 80´s, ahora vuelve en versión digital y con enorme capacidad de almacenamiento.

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How Is Windows 8 Going To Do? Microsoft Doesn’t Want To Talk About It

This Ultimate Toolbox helps customize your Android ROMs

Software modders know all too well that customizing an Android ROM can be a time consuming process – even for veteran users.

Fortunately, Despotovski01 of XDA Devs has coded the aptly named Ultimate Toolbox Pro to help fellow Android enthusiasts simplify their quest for the perfect mod.

As FallenWriter of XDA Devs notes, this utility helps eliminate the more tedious steps involved in customizing a ROM.

Key features include:

* creator
* signer
* Flash kernels
* Flash recovery images   >>> Seguir leyendo “This Ultimate Toolbox helps customize your Android ROMs


The 2011 Web Analytics Review – Infographic based on Google’s 2011 Data

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Hundreds of thousands of websites across the globe have participated in Google’s ongoing study of web browsing behavior. So far, the results of the study have been very insightful. For example, global bounce rates and average time-on-site metrics are decreasing. In the operating systems wars, the Macintosh market share is steadily growing, while the Windows market share is dropping. Dig into the data presented below to discover global web usage trends.

The 2011 Web Analytics Review

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How to Make your Windows Start-up Faster

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You computer’s boot time depends on the number of apps that load at start-up. Learn how you can make your Windows start-up faster with a simple tweak.

Does your Windows computer take really long to start-up? Seguir leyendo “How to Make your Windows Start-up Faster”

¿Cómo convertirse en una verdadera estrella en Twitter?

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Internet y las redes sociales convirtieron a desconocidos en famosos virtuales. Cómo ser uno de ellos en Twitter. El paso a paso para transformarse en una celebrity online.

Twitter explota. Difícil será que quede en el olvido culpa de la detonante aparición de otra red social que pueda captar al usuario que vive de 140 caracteres.

Hoy, a seis años de su creación, algunos pocos “seres normales” pudieron convertirse en “estrellas” virtuales gracias a la cantidad de seguidores y a la relevancia de sus tuits. Seguir leyendo “¿Cómo convertirse en una verdadera estrella en Twitter?”

5 Ways Windows 8 Is Better Than iOS and Android

Semantic zoom is useful for navigating through the Start Screen, or in apps with a lot of different sections. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired

When Microsoft revealed the “consumer preview” of Windows 8 on Wednesday, it didn’t just give the world a glimpse at a new OS — it also showed us that it can be a leader in touch-based user interface design. Yes, Microsoft’s new tablet UI isn’t merely utilitarian. It’s actually innovative, and even cool.

And in some ways it trumps the best that Apple and Google currently have to offer in iOS and Android, respectively.

Here are five of our favorite new Windows 8 features.

Picture Password

You can choose both the photo and its related gestures for your picture password. The more that’s going on in a photo, the harder your password will be to crack. Image: Christina Bonnington/Wired

We’ve known about Microsoft’s picture password feature in Windows 8 since its developer preview was unleashed in mid-September. But now that we’ve had a chance to give it a spin, we can definitely say it’s a fun, convenient alternative to other system unlocking methods. In a nutshell, you choose a photo for your lock screen, and then define three touch gestures to draw on top of the photo in order to unlock your device.

When Microsoft first detailed picture password, some were skeptical: Won’t evil hackers be able to figure out your gesture-based password based on the smudges you leave on the display? In a blog post,Microsoft said no: “Because the order of gestures, their direction and location all matter, it makes the prospect of guessing the correct gesture set based on smudging very difficult even in the completely clean screen case, let alone on a screen that sees regular touch use.”

In that same blog post, Microsoft provided a detailed mathematical explanation of why a picture-based password is every bit as secure, if not more so, than a PIN-based one. And independent security experts agree that the likelihood of someone being able to decipher the intent of smudges on your device is slim to none.

Of course, character-based passwords and number-based PINs are an old standby. Apple uses four-number passcodes in iOS. They’re quite secure, but not particularly innovative. Google is more creative with its unlock security, offering a facial recognition-based unlocking feature in its Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. This, however, has proven not to be so secure. In fact, it can be defeated if you hold up a picture of the Android device owner at the right distance from the display. Seguir leyendo “5 Ways Windows 8 Is Better Than iOS and Android”

Exclusive: Google Launches Style Guide for Android Developers

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By Mike Isaac

Matias Duarte, the head of user experience at Android, aims to change the way developers design for the platform.

LAS VEGAS — Matias Duarte is a man who loves a challenge.

It’s part of why he took his current job at Google, leading the Android operating system team as head of user experience. In a nutshell, he is the man tasked with making sure Android looks, feels, and performs as smoothly as possible. And it is not an easy job.

“Designing an open mobile operating system — and doing it really well — that’s never happened before in human history,” Duarte tells me, leaning forward in his chair and sipping from a cup of tea as we spoke in the garish hallway of a hotel on the Vegas strip earlier this week. He is visibly excited, seemingly up to the task when I note how big the challenge is. “I’ve done the closed thing before,” he says, referring to his days at Palm working on the webOS operating system. “And I’d like to think I did it well.” Seguir leyendo “Exclusive: Google Launches Style Guide for Android Developers”

U.S. Smartphone Battle Heats Up: Which is the “Most Desired” Operating System?

According to October 2010 data from The Nielsen Company, 29.7 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones that run full operating systems.

The most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry, which are caught in a statistical dead heat with 27 percent of smartphone market share in the U.S. Twenty-two percent of smartphone owners have devices with the Android operating system.

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Most Desired Operating Systems (OS):
When mobile users who planned to upgrade to a smartphone in the next year were asked about their next phone, Apple’s iOS and Android were tied for “most desired” operating system.

  • Among users planning to get a new smartphone, current smartphone owners showed a preference for the Apple iPhone (35 percent), while 28 percent of both smartphone and featurephone planned smartphone upgraders indicated they wanted a device with an Android operating system as their next mobile phone.
  • Featurephone owners planning to get a smartphone are less likely to have made up their mind about the OS they will choose: 25 percent were “not sure” what their next desired OS might be compared to 13 percent of smartphone owners. Those over 55 were markedly less certain than younger mobile users, with 27.8 saying they weren’t sure what kind of device they wanted next, compared to 12.2 percent of those 18 to 24.
  • Apple’s iPhone and devices with the Android operating system were the “most desired” among likely smartphone upgraders, with Apple showing a slight lead among those age 55+ , 18 to 24, and 25 to 34.
  • Women planning to get a smartphone are more likely to want an iPhone as their next device, with slightly more males preferring Android. Seguir leyendo “U.S. Smartphone Battle Heats Up: Which is the “Most Desired” Operating System?”

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder


Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder

Timers, in the face of 21st century technological marvels, can appear as antiquated as steam engines and telegraphs. The simple timer, however, is one of the most useful productivity tools around.

Photo by smemon87.

Outside of timing a pot bubbling on the stove, not a lot of people use a timer on a daily basis. If you haven’t worked a timer into your daily routines, the expense is small and the benefits are great. Today we’re going take a look at how the humble timer can take the nebulous conglomerate of tasks, breaks, goofing off, sweating deadlines, and the entire mass of what constitutes your work day and break it into manageable—dare we say enjoyable?—servings.

Selecting a Timer

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder
While your grandmother may have only had a choice between a timer that looked a lot like an egg and one that only kind of looked like an egg, you’ve got far, far, more choices. If you’re looking for a hardware timer, you’ve got Classic egg timers, tomato-shaped timers, stop watches, and anything else you can set an alarm on. In the software realm, a host of timers for popular operating systems and smartphones give you a dizzying array of options to choose from.

We’re not going to go over all of them here—we’ve highlighted several in the past—but we will offer some insight into selecting a great timer.

Select the simplest timer that will get the job done. The geek in you wants the cool timer app in the App Store so you can track while you time, cross-index your “scores” for timed tasks, and eleventy-billion other neat tricks. But is any of that actually going to help you get stuff done? Are you going to waste minutes you could be working or breaks during which you could be relaxing fiddling with it? You know what you can’t fiddle with? A $5 egg timer from the grocery store. It’s a crank with some gears and a bell. It only does three things: sit there, tick there, or ring there. When you’re getting started incorporating a timer in your workflow, I’d strongly suggest picking the simplest timer that will meet your needs.

Initially avoid, if possible, timers on your computer or smart phone. If the best place for you to have a timer is in your system tray or on your Android phone, it’s better to use a timer than to not use one. When you’re first getting used to timer-based productivity boosts, however, I’ve found it’s helpful to have a timer that’s extremely boring and unconnected to any work-related platform. (You can, of course, do whatever works best for you.)

If you have a timer in your system tray, for instance, you might notice that you’ve got new emails when you go to reset it for your break. It’s too tempting to go mess around in your inbox and see what email just came in. Same thing for your smartphone, you go to reset the timer and you’re staring right at the notification bar on your phone. What’s that? New voicemails? There goes what should have been a relaxing break or a strong start to a new task, torpedoed right out of the gate because the digital-crack our electronic devices feed us is too hard to resist for most people. Keep it simple and as stand-alone as possible.

Now that we’ve hashed out some basic guidelines to selecting a timer, let’s look at the reasons you’re going to start incorporating a timer into your workflow.

Timers Are Workload Containment Units

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder
You’ve got work, and if you’re anything like the great overworked populace of CorporateVille, you’ve got lots of it. You could work all day, all night, and right into your eventual hospitalization for a stress-related breakdown if you wanted. But who wants that? There will always be work to be done and in many jobs, especially those driven by deadlines, the work never really pauses or ends. Timers help you to impose some microcosmic order on a chaotic work schedule that, thanks to the power of always-on internet and telecommuting, can follow you wherever you go. Photo by JenVista.

A timer allows you to take a task and essentially cage it. Instead of looking at “Work on the Johnson account” or “prepare the monthly TPS report” as a nebulous and potentially day-consuming task, a timer lets you create a “schedule cage” for that task. Whether you opt to set aside two 45 minute blocks that day to work on it, or a half-dozen 30 minute blocks over the course of the business week, using a timer helps you quarantine tasks so they don’t leak over into other important work and personal duties. Even if it’s a task that you have to spend all day on if that’s what’s required, a timer helps you get a firmer grasp on how long it’s taking (and will potentially take). Seguir leyendo “Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder”

First-Generation iPad: The Perfect Hack for Focus?

Article by Jocelyn K. Glei

When Apple released the iPad this spring, one of the biggest complaints from early adopters centered on its inability to multitask. That is, the current operating system won’t allow you to toggle between apps, email, and browser windows as we are so accustomed to doing on our laptop and desktop computers.

When multitasking finally came to the iPhone this summer, we wondered how we ever lived without it. Now, it’s set to debut on the iPad with the release of iOS 4.2 in November. But this time around we’re wondering: Is multitasking really a good thing?In the months since the iPad’s release, a growing volume of committed users have noted that the power of the tablet as a productivity device comes not in spite of the lack of multitasking but as a result of the lack of multitasking. You must use it in a single-minded manner – you have no choice.

Think about it. We know that multitasking does not work (with the exception of a select group of “super-taskers”). It has been proven again and again and again. Still, we are addicted to it. As a result, much of the current writing on productivity focuses on ways to increase self-discipline (or trick ourselves) so that we can suppress the urge to multitask.

The first-generation iPad has the unique benefit of being a beautiful device that forces you to uni-task. A recent WIRED article touted the tablet as a great learning device, commenting: “On the iPad, any application you run takes over the full screen. So, when you launch your note-taking app for class it’s the ONLY thing you see. It improves focus and makes it more difficult for our easily-distractable students and employees to browse away to Facebook.” Seguir leyendo “First-Generation iPad: The Perfect Hack for Focus?”

10 Terminal Commands That Will Boost Your Productivity

10 Terminal Commands That Will Boost Your Productivity

Back in May, Nettuts+ ran a great article entitled ”7 Simple and Useful Command-Line Tips”; this was a great article for getting started with using the command line. But there’s a lot more you can learn about using a shell, and I’ll take you to the next level in this tutorial!

Getting Started

If you’re running Mac OS X, or your favourite flavour Linux, you’re all set. Just fire up the terminal, and keep going. If you’re on Windows, well, the default command set isn’t quite what a bash shell is. If you want some power, check out Microsoft PowerShell; however, the commands below won’t necessarily work there. You can get a bash shell on Windows, though:

  • Install Cygwim, a Linux-like environment for Windows.
  • Install msysgit; depending on the options you choose when installing, you’ll get a Git Bash that should work will all these commands.
  • Try Windows’ subsystem for Unix-based applications. Although I haven’t tried it myself, I understand you can get a Unix shell with it.

All right, let’s hop in! Seguir leyendo “10 Terminal Commands That Will Boost Your Productivity”