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What does having a Universal Platform Mean for Windows 10?

Microsoft finally has decided to unify criteria and have created a universal platform with Windows 10.UP

The new OS version is adapted depending on the device that is running; a PC, a smartphone, a tablet or an XBox.This is a big step for the software giant and of course, it is seen as a big advantage for users and developers alike.

On one hand, users have the same applications on any device as there is a common application store. That’s a big advantage for users because we can use and synchronize all applications on all devices, all interconnected devices without compatibility problems. Furthermore, this can facilitate our lives in many ways. For example, changes we make in one file that we have synchronized will be displayed on any device, with the latest version available. Applications that allow interaction with all devices simultaneously is a huge resources for users!

This is also, of course, a major step up for developers. To create an application that works on any device with the installed platform reduces costs, as software developers do not have to create the same application for four different devices.

With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft will pit its own technology ecosystem against fierce competition that is suffering with Google and Apple.

Perhaps with these changes, Microsoft may be able to hike it’s Windows phone sales and rise to the challenge that Google and Apple present.

Special thanks to guest blogger Moises Pujadas for this week’s post!

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iOS 9 is Here, But Is It Worth It?

Crisper temperatures…the start of the school year…the changing colors of the leaves…the return of football…apple picking…all of these conjure up images and feelings that come with the transition out of summer and into fall.  However, there’s one other annual event that you can almost certainly set your autumnal calendar to: Apple’s latest full iOS release.

The guios 9ys in Cupertino pushed out the latest (and greatest?) version of their mobile operating system to the public on Wednesday.  Although the beta version has been in limited distribution for several months now, this will be most people’s first opportunity to check out what Apple has in store for us iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch wielders, not just for now, but in the months and even years ahead.

Like all Dot 0 releases (7.0, 8.0, 9.0, etc), the September release of iOS always comes with a little extra anticipation and fanfare.  Rather than focusing on bug fixes or performance tweaks, Apple uses this release as an opportunity to push its really big, sometimes even groundbreaking features and enhancements to iOS.  We all remember the launch of Siri with iOS 4.0 or the integration of iCloud with iOS 5.0.  Those of us who do any extensive amount of traveling will surely recall using the Passbook version of our boarding passes with the launch of iOS 6.0.

But is iOS 9.0 all it’s cracked up to be and is it worth your time and effort to upgrade?  Here are the top five new features and benefits that I’m looking forward to with the launch of iOS 9.0:


  1. Improved Battery Life

Go ahead, call me boring, but this is what I’m looking forward to the most in iOS 9.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a happy and loyal iPhone user, but the battery life just stinks, plain and simple.  Depending on what type of app I have running, I rarely can get through a full day without having to charge it at least some.  Chalk that up to my streaming music addiction, but this is an area in which I feel Apple is lagging behind its Android counterparts.

Thankfully, iOS 9 is said to include under the hood improvements that claim to increase overall battery life by an hour.  It also comes with a new “Low Power Mode” feature.  Apparently, turning this on could potentially “increase battery life by up to three hours.”  That type of added juice is more than welcome when you’re out and about without access to a power outlet or portable battery pack.

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Don’t Be Scared, The Internet of Things Isn’t Going Away

It probably doesn’t augur well for the inevitability of the connected world that the father of the Internet says he is network-782707_1280terrified by the potential downsides of combining appliances and software.

Speaking at a recent news briefing before a meeting of computer experts at the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, Vint Cerf admitted that he is always nervous about software because “software has bugs.” Cerf, Google’s chief evangelist and winner of the Turing Award in 2004, went on to say that the Internet of Things had the capacity to be an important tool in managing a lifestyle, but it was “fraught with issues…some technical and some legislative.” Continue Reading →

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Augmented Reality Offers Glimpse of Future

New technologies are often built upon the successes and ideas that have come before them. Always building off and taking advantage of previous technology, development and advancement becomes an iterative process. Leap Motion has taken this process to heart recently, using a Hackathon in San Francisco to augment the Oculus Rift and turn it into an Augmented Reality machine that works in tandem with a traditional computer. The technology looks incredible, and although it is simply a tech demo at the moment, Leap Motion’s work is offering a preview of the future of interactive technology.

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Smartphone Trends: Bigger is Better


Over the course of the past 8 years, we have seen the modern smartphone evolve rapidly. Growing thinner, more powerful, and better looking, the smartphone market has become extremely fragmented and diverse. This is one of the many reasons why software testing across a multitude of devices has become so important to the commercial and critical success of mobile apps. With diversity of devices comes the need to test apps on every device. However, there is one trend that seems to be driving the market for smartphones. Over the past 8 years, phones are getting bigger. Or, more aptly, screens are getting bigger. Much bigger. Continue Reading →

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Digital Doctor Says You Are Not Having A Heart Attack …Physical Doctor Disagrees

Never one to fully embrace the idea of replacing tried and tested methods with new-fangled technology, the Fitness Apphealthcare sector is going through a period of readjustment. Smartphones and wearables now provide information to not only fitness fanatics but health-conscious consumers, with apps at the center of monitoring how we live on a daily basis.

Doctors and healthcare professionals have naturally been slow to accept the benefits of having a device at hand at all times, especially when considering that a personal or ill-informed diagnosis generated from an app could have a life-altering effect. The problem that they face, however, is that digital health technology is not only evolving, but shows no signs of slowing down.

Take a short stroll through the two major apps stores and the number of health or medical apps is quite breathtaking. There are literally hundreds of them available to download, ranging from basic fitness apps and health calculators to educational apps and personal screening options. Anyone who is worried about whether their heart-rate is a little slow can check it on a smartphone, and the average hypochondriac can confirm all of their fears just by clicking on an app. Continue Reading →

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Wearables Could Be The Future…It Just Depends On Apple

It must be really strange to be an Apple fan-person at the moment.

On the one hand, there is the frenzied anticipation that comes from knowing that iOS 9 will be released in the fall, Apple_Watchwhich means a shiny new iPhone to add to the collection. On the other, there is the growing realization that the Apple Watch is not likely to become the wearable game-changer that CEO Tim Cook had banked upon.

Throw into the mix the fact that Apple has just decided to resurrect the iPod – not the Classic as some of us had hoped, but the almost-an-iPhone Touch – and you could be forgiven for feeling confused. Strange things are happening in Cupertino, and not of all of them are breeding confidence among the faithful.

If we were to allocate a chief concern, it would have to be the Apple Watch. It’s performance – in both units sold and usability – since April have been, quite frankly, disappointing. According to a recent report by California-based Slice Intelligence, weekly sales of the device in the U.S.  have dropped 90% since it was made available to the public, with the research indicating that fewer than 20,000 watches are being sold per day. Continue Reading →

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Turing Robotic’s New Phone: Unbreakable, Unhackable


Every once and a while, a new phone is released that pushes things a little further. While the iPhone has been the trend-setter and most commercially successful iteration of the modern smartphone, Turing Robotics is looking to take the lead moving forward. Turing has been working on an unbreakable and unhackable phone with completely customize-able software.

The design of the phone is inspired by sci-fi spaceship designs ranging from Interstellar all the way back to the original Star-Trek. It has a 5.5″ screen that fits with the growing trend of larger smartphones entering the market. Yet, one of the more intriguiing characteristics of this phone is the material it is composed of. What Turing is calling “Liquidmorphium”, the material is a proprietary blend of metal alloys that is supposedly stronger than steel and cheaper than titanium to manufacture. Additionally, the entire phone is covered in a hydrophobic nano-coating that has been seen on phones before, but Turing Robotics takes it to another level. Not only is the exterior of the phone covered in the nano-coating, every single individual piece or hardware within the phone is also coated. This translates to a phone that can spend 24 hours completely submerged in water and still function as designed. This is a phone of the future; a phone where a fall in a puddle will neither crack the screen nor damage its functionality.

Although this self-proclaimed unbreakable phone looks like a device that would be comfortable in any steam-punk setting, what has most techies interested is Turing Robotic’s promise of security so strong it is virtually unhackable. According to the Turing Phone’s Website, the phone will “provide world-class security by executing end-to-end mobile authentication which bypasses conventional 3rd party exposures and is insulated from malicious behavior.” Additionally, they claim that the decentralized authentication allows sensitive data to be passed between parties without the worry of the information being intercepted by third parties.

This bold claim is bound to have hackers, black and white hat alike, drooling at the opportunity to get their hands on the device and put the phone to the test. Whether their hat is black or white, hackers will flock to the device, itching to be the first to hack the “unhackable”. This phone, and the technology behind it, shows the growing importance of security in personal devices. With this growing emphasis on security, it motivates companies to get the hackers on their side (see United Airlines) before glaring risks are exploited by those with less-than-pure intentions.

As companies get more and more confident about their security measures, it provides even more incentive for hackers to go at it with all that they’ve got. When the phone is released later this summer, we’ll see how well Turing Robotic Industries can back up their bold claims.

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Available For Hire…Money Or Air Miles Accepted

Wearing a white rather than black hat could soon become the fashion among the hacking fraternity after two people were given a huge amount of frequent flyer miles by United Airlines as part of its “bug bounty” program.

This is the view from an airplane.

According to Wired, United decided to award a staggering one million miles each to the ethical hackers after they discovered a series of remote-code execution flaws in the company software, with both individuals receiving enough mileage to fly around the world five times. The company, which is known for encouraging travelers to “Fly The Friendly Skies,” is just one of many that have actively advertised for people to find vulnerabilities in code, with the intention being that rewarding the “good guys” will pay off in the end. Continue Reading →

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It’s Always Easy to Blame the Glitch

Picture the scene. You are a trader on the New York Stock Exchange, a master of the universe with the power to nysemake millions at the touch of a button. Two hours before the market rings the opening bell to signify the start of your day approaches, you log on to the NYSE computer system to prepare yourself for the frantic adrenaline-fueled activity that is the main reason you took the job.

And the computer says no. There is a “technical issue.” A failure in the system that would later be described as a glitch by the internal IT team and not – as the media would probably prefer – another high-profile hacking attempt. A glitch that actually suspends trading on the NYSE for four hours. Continue Reading →

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Real-World Testing Makes Autonomous Driving A Reality

Self driving cars. A vision of the future that if you follow the musings of the mass media are soon to be a regular sightautocars on roads across the country. Google has been testing its autonomous cars for some time now – with the odd public hiccup – and has made no secret of its desire to get their vehicles into the wider motoring world sooner rather than later.

Eagle-eyed residents of Mountain View CA may have already noticed that Google’s pod-shaped prototypes – kind of like a Fiat 500, but with a distinct lack of Charlie Sheen – are already hitting their streets and, according to a recent blog post, the company is keen to have feedback. The self-driving system, which can reach a top-speed of 25 mph, has logged around 1.8 million miles on a Google test-track (recording 12 “accidents” since 2009) and the long-term goal is make the vehicles a standard part of the automobile industry within 5 years. Continue Reading →

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