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Microsoft Warns Enterprises Either Upgrade To Windows 10 Or Be Left Behind

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When Microsoft released Windows 10 formally on September 30, 2014 and finally on July 29, 2015, the Redmond-based tech-giant had expected a lot of things from it. But seeing the negative press around the adoption rates of this self-acclaimed operating system, or, so to say, in order to solidify their place in the market, the company has now decided to talk only about how 200 million people have installed Windows 10 within just five months, instead of divulging how enterprises are putting off their Windows 10 migrations.

 

The company, therefore, does not want to leave any stone unturned when it comes to a substantial effort to have Windows 10 installed on the majority of functioning operating systems among the enterprise and consumer market.

 

As you know Microsoft and Intel have been closely working together for quite some time now. Taking advantage of this close connection between Windows and Intel’s CPU’s, Microsoft has consciously designed the former on the principles that support the latest Intel chipset innovations. Talking about this particular aspect, Microsoft published a blog which mentioned:

 

We are particularly excited about the work we’ve done with Intel on their new 6th generation Intel Core processors (code named “Skylake”). Compared to Windows 7 PC’s, Skylake when combined with Windows 10, enables up to 30x better graphics and 3x the battery life – with the unmatched security of Credential Guard utilizing silicon supported virtualization. We and our partners are continuing to invest, innovate, and update to drive continued performance improvements across Windows 10 and Skylake devices.”

 

The attempt of drawing as many companies as possible does not simply end at Intel. Other operators such as Lenovo can also be seen talking about the value gained by migrating to Windows 10:

 

“Lenovo is committed to driving innovation and is inspired by the technology advances enabled by Windows 10 and 6th generation Intel Core processors. Our newest products, such as ThinkPad X1 and Lenovo YOGA, are designed to deliver significant new capabilities to customers around the world,” said Gerry Smith, COO Lenovo PC, Enterprise and Global Operations, executive vice president, Lenovo. “We applaud Microsoft’s commitment to helping all of their customers take advantage of the Windows operating system family and in particular, leveraging the latest innovations on new Windows 10 devices. We will continue to work alongside Microsoft and Intel to ensure customers maintain the highest level of confidence in the security, reliability and performance of devices running on Windows and Intel platforms.”

 

As you can further see, Microsoft is offering all possible assurances to ensure that things with Windows 10 are kept running. Despite this, there are still many customers who continue to believe that Windows 7 is more reliable in nature as compared to the Windows 10. While both, Windows 7 and Windows 8, are time – limited with their services expiring by 2020 and 2023, respectively – you will ultimately be forced to migrate to Windows 10 for this reason:

 

“Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.”

 

However, only time will tell what the future has in store for Microsoft. So, just wait and watch.

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5 Best New Features Apple Added In Its iOS 9.3

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After iOS 9.2 update, iOS 9.3 is perhaps  (because Apple never stops) the quickest and the third major update Apple has made to its mobile operating system since the release of iOS 9 in September apart from the iPad Mini 4, Apple TV and iPhone 6S.

 

However, like the previous 9.2,  it is not just a minor update, but a series of new and innovative apps and improvement of the previously added apps for the provision of more comfort and reliability for Apple users.

 

If you are still not sure what additions have been made by Apple, here is a rundown of the five best features of Apple iOS 9.3, the beta version to the developers.

 

CarPlay

 

CarPlay is the advance app that makes your driving more pleasurable and safe even when you are driving and talking on the phone simultaneously. CarPlay is a new app with iOS 9.3 to rock the driving experience of Apple users. The app is controlled through SIRI over the voice that functions with or without touch. Now, you can work with your car controls from your Apple device without any hassle. If your vehicle is equipped with CarPlay, you can do various tasks based on your performance while driving. You can also use music, maps or other functions and enjoy your road trip.

 

NightShift

 

Are you afraid that the bright blue light in the evening from the mobile is the reason behind your sleep disorder?  Then check NightShift, a new app in Apple iOS9.3 that has specifically been designed to reduce the amount of blue light on an iOS device.

Now, you don’t need to adjust the light of your phone manually, the app is here to help you with automatic shifting of the color of the display when the Sun goes down. The regular color display automatically takes its place. So, forget about circadian rhythm, Night Shift will take care of your problem.

 

Notes: Get more secured with fingerprint password

 

The most important app on your smartphone where you keep all your important data is now more secured with new iOS 9.3’s Notes. It allows protecting your data under the usual password lock or new fingerprint lock. You can also sort your notes based on creation, modification or alphabetically as per your comfort.

 

Health app-related apps are now at your fingertips

 

Earlier third party apps were not easy to find on  the Apple smartphones, but with this new advanced feature of Health App, you can now easily track the third-party health apps. You get to a new slider menu to reveal all these third party apps on your health dashboard. The app also monitors your stand data, exercises, and movements and helps you compare your health matrix in one place.

 

New Education App or students and teachers both

 

Apple has introduced engaging ways of learning with the help of iOS9.3 betas. The mission reshaping education now enables teachers to guide their students through learning apps like iOS9.3 Education App. The great app not only lets their teachers keep track of their students’ progress, but it also allows students to log into iPad and do many works such as creating ID, sharing notes, access to all class notes, documents, books. The app truly works as a teaching assistant for both teachers and students.

 

Get personalized news quickly

 

What if you get news exactly as per your specific interest? Yes, with the improved version of Apple’s news app in iOS 9.3, you can now easily discover the new favorites, check editor’s picks, watch news video from the feed and even know about the latest stories, which appear faster than before.

 

The 3D touch shortcut is a real game changer that allows 3D touch on the settings icons. You can easily and quickly switch on/off Wi-Fi faster, can check the battery settings and even change the Bluetooth at the non-realistic speed.

 

So, what more you expect from this tech-giant, there is always a new and great thing waiting to enhance your experience.

 

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Major Android Performance Problems That App Developers Have To Face

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Behind every great thing, there is a great mind. The same applies to the creative brains of those app developers who make the most and best use of their creative skills and come up with apps that have made all your daily chores simpler than before.

 

From games like Candy Crush Saga to e-Book reader like Wattpad, or from news apps to weather apps, almost every app you see today is the result of the highly creative brains of these app developers. However, when a developer starts working on an Android app, there are several areas that cannot be left behind without utmost care and consideration. The problem either occurs in the designing phase or in the implementation phase, but it severely affects the performance and efficiency of the app.

 

So, let’s talk about some vital problems that are very common in Android, and almost every app developer has to face these issues.

 

Memory

 

Many a times, it is seen that app developers don’t pay heed to the memory management or Malloc. But it is important to take note here that whatever programming language an app developer uses, the memory management is automatically done either by the garbage collector, or it is at times manually done by allocating and freeing during the process. Whether it is C/C++ or JAVA, every language has its own way to handle the memory, but the facility many times lead the app developers to neglect the memory management.

 

However, the garbage collector has its own severe effects on the app’s performance. It is found that prior to Android version 5.0 Lollipop, all the activities of app came at a halt when the garbage collector ran. For instance, let’s say you are writing a game, then the app needs to reduce each frame in 18ms for 64fps. If you are impudent over the memory allocation at every frame, you let GC run to either every frame or every periodic few frame and stop all other functions of the app.

 

RGB 565 format is also a great tool to improve the memory footprint up to 50% in your app where each pixel makes use of just 2 bytes and get encoded through RGB channels. For instance, red will be stored with 5 bits while green with 6 bits of precision. It is widely used for thumbnails.

 

Battery

 

It is a well-known fact that energy gobbled up by the smartphones work through the network I/O. When you are writing for either desktop or server, you most likely ignore the cost of I/O operation in terms of energy. It is found that almost over 60% of energy is spent in the third modules for advertisement, especially in a free app. The data not only irritates the developers, but the users, as well. The idea is to make a module that can monitor the energy spending, reduce the cost, and enhance the battery efficiency.

 

Memory Data Serialization

 

It is a new tool to save your data on the cloud or store your data as per your convenience. However, the standard mode of data serialization is not efficient enough and is not free. A binary mode of data serialization is anytime welcomed, as it is resource-friendly in terms of codes and runtime overhead. Nano Proto Buffers and Flat buffers are the exact examples of binary mode.

 

Conclusion

 

In the end, I would like to say that the path for an Android App developer is not smooth; however, apart from these three pitfalls along with trending, the app developers need not do much more to increase the app performance. A better understanding and use of right tools is the key behind a high perform and successful app.

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Tech Breakthroughs That’ll Rock 2016

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2016 is poised to be a year that’ll completely change the tech industry. Professional tech enthusiasts and casual tech-lovers alike are getting amped about some of the upcoming new releases that are easily some of the most-anticipated developments in recent years.

 

Virtual Reality

 

It’s been a long time coming. Featured in just about every piece of sci-fi, virtual reality has long been considered to be one of those benchmarks. When it finally happens, we’ll all know we’ve really made it the “the future!”

 

Since then, VR has been somewhat of a disappointment. But with new developments, VR is about to go mainstream.

 

The highly-anticipated Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are both slated to release in 2016 after many setbacks. These will likely lay the groundwork for increasingly sophisticated virtual reality tech over the next several years.

 

Drones

 

Drones have previously brought to mind far-reaching and inefficient tech, or creepy consequences. But drones are getting safer and smarter in 2016.

 

They’re purported to start becoming easier to fly (for the drone piloting novice), getting waterproofed, and will receive camera quality upgrades. This will make it better for the average person to start piloting droids with relative ease.

 

Wireless Charging

 

It’s about time! Wireless charging will see a major spike in 2016. Coffee shops everywhere are getting equipped with the tech, and more companies are investing in cross-brand standards. So in 2016, Apples, Androids, Samsungs, and every recent laptop or tablet model will likely be able to charge at any wireless power station.

 

Even cars and furniture are getting equipped, so the age-old wall plugs will be rendered obsolete by 2017.

 

Better Voice-Operated Tech

 

In the early stages of voice-operated tech, users were frustrated. Our robot underlings couldn’t seem to understand us. It was too much trouble to bother with.

 

But now that the tech has improved, 2016 will usher in a more service-oriented era. Virtual assistants with voice-operated tech will hit it big. Improvements to standards like Siri are expected, but more common household electronics will also start listening.

 

TVs, sound systems, cars, toys, and at-home electronic helpers (like the viral sensation, Jibo,  that has yet to hit the market) will all be equipped with the new-and-improved voice-operated tech to make our lives easier.

 

Improved Cameras

 

It seemed like camera tech in our smartphones, laptops, etc. plateaued for a while. But now they’re better than ever in 2016, and boasting some cool new capabilities.

 

Image quality is expected to improve in 2016, but so is 3-D rendering, depth perception, light processing, zoom capabilities, and more. Even standard smartphone cameras will get multiple lenses and sensors to improve the varying focal lengths. More megapixels are just the beginning.

 

Fewer Wires, More Wearables

 

Even headphone cables are on the way out in 2016. With increased wireless capability, fewer devices will be limited by cables and wires in the new year.

 

This means more possibilities for wearable tech. Everything will be able to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth-type connectivity or to the Cloud. Clothing, fitness accessories, watches, shoes, and more will receive wireless wearable upgrades in 2016.