Universal Remote Desktop Coming To Windows 10 Soon

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jones_supa writes: For those using the Continuum feature of Windows and who work from home or in the office, you’ll be pleased to know that the Remote Desktop Universal app is not only happening but will be released soon as a Technical Preview. This follows up on the Remote Desktop preview, which is already available for PC. The news came from Jason of the Microsoft Continuum team: “We’ve heard a lot of buzz around being able to connect to a remote desktop from Continuum for phone. We are excited to share that the Remote Desktop Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app will be released very soon in Technical Preview.”

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Cable Providers Still Have No Answer For Netflix As Cord-cutting Accelerates

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An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from BGR about the rapidly shifting roles of cable companies and streaming media providers: While cable providers over the past few decades have grown fat off of exorbitant cable packages that overcharge and under-deliver, the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are finally righting the ship and shifting the balance of power towards the consumer. Clearly, the cable industry is in the midst of a transition. Netflix in particular, with its ever-growing stable of original content, has proven to be a particularly painful thorn in the side of cable providers who are increasingly struggling to keep subscribers from cutting the cord. Now comes word via The Wall Street Journal that cord cutting isn’t just on the rise, but is accelerating rapidly. Citing data recently compiled by eMarketer, the Journal relays that the number of households with cable ‘will fall at an accelerating rate for at least the next four years, reaching a 1.4% decline in 2019, eMarketer estimates.’

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Microsoft Backs Down, Lets OneDrive Users Keep Their Free 15GB of Storage

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New submitter Farfetched619 writes: In November, Microsoft revealed that they would be reducing free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB for all users, current and new. Microsoft mentioned that some subscribers were hosting movies and large files on the service, which has prompted the company to make this drastic change. Now, after community feedback, Microsoft is allowing free OneDrive users to retain their 15GB of free storage space.

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Airbnb Dethrones Google As the Best Tech Company To Work For In the US

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An anonymous reader writes: Career website Glassdoor today released its eighth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 50 best companies to work for in the coming year. Airbnb was picked as the number one tech company to work for in 2016, displacing Google. Airbnb didn’t even make the list last year. Google, meanwhile, placed sixth in 2013 and 2014, and first in 2015. As with Google last year, it’s worth noting that Airbnb hasn’t just taken the top tech company spot: It is the top company overall.

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Microsoft Open Sources and Forks Windows Live Writer Into Open Live Writer

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SmartAboutThings writes: Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool that Microsoft originally released back in 2006, and it still remains popular today, which has prompted Microsoft to promise that it will make it open source earlier this year. Now the company has officially open-sourced and forked Windows Live Writer into Open Live Writer, having put its repositories on GitHub already.

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Musk Announces Return-to-Flight Date For Falcon 9 Rocket

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Rei writes: After being grounded for six months after a strut failure doomed the launch vehicle, Elon Musk has confirmed rumors that SpaceX plans to try for launch again on December 19th, with a static test firing on December 16th. SpaceX will also attempt a landing of their first stage — not at sea, but on land. Lastly, this will be the first launch of a Falcon 9 “Full Thrust” variant, where the propellants are supercooled (with the oxygen just above its freezing point) to increase their density and thus fuel flow and thrust.

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Report: Apple To Suspend Effort To Develop Live TV Service

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schwit1 sends word that Apple has reportedly suspended plans to offer a live internet-based television service and will focus on being a platform for media companies to sell directly to customers through its App Store instead. Bloomberg reports: “Apple Inc. has suspended plans to offer a live Internet-based television service and is instead focusing on being a platform for media companies to sell directly to customers through its App Store, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. While Apple isn’t giving up entirely on releasing a live-TV service, its plan to sell a package of 14 or so channels for $30 to $40 a month has run into resistance from media companies that want more money for their programming, said the person, who asked not to be named discussing a prospective product.”

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HTC Delays Vive VR Launch Until April 2016

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New submitter Will Mason writes: The HTC Vive VR headset, originally planned to launch by the end of this year, has been pushed back until April 2016. HTC plans to unveil a second developer kit for the Vive at CES this year, and they plan to make 7,000 additional units available to developers. Recently, HTC’s head of marketing, who said on stage that the product would launch this year, jumped ship for the secretive Magic Leap startup in Florida.

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Mozilla Will Stop Developing and Selling Firefox OS Smartphones

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An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla announced today at its developer event in Orlando that the company is ending its smartphone experiment. Mozilla will stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones. Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices, said, “We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices.” However, he added that it didn’t end up providing a great user experience, so they decided to move their efforts elsewhere within the “connected devices” ecosystem. The TechCrunch article notes, “Mozilla has been on a streamlining track lately. Last week it announced that it would be looking for alternative homes for its Thunderbird email and chat client. The aim is for the company to focus more on its strongest and core products and reputation.”

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Twitter Testing Non-Chronological Timelines

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sarahnaomi writes with this excerpt from Motherboard: Brace yourself, because your favorite social media platform might get turned on its head: Twitter is experimenting with a new way of sorting your timeline that breaks with the reverse-chronological format it has used since its inception. Certain users have already been selected for testing, and a Twitter search for “timeline out of order” revealed a lot of confused Tweeters. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed via email that this is “an experiment. We’re continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter.” Presumably, Twitter is working with algorithms similar to the ones Facebook uses to order items on your News Feed.

I curse the name of Zuckerberg each time I realize that my view of Facebook has been switched from “Most Recent” to “Top Stories” — Top Stories according to whom?

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Mozilla Launches Focus By Firefox, a Content Blocker For iOS 9

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An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched an iOS content blocker called Focus by Firefox. It’s a “content blocker” because although Focus is capable of blocking some ads, this latest project from the non-profit is aimed at stopping trackers. The free app is made possible thanks to iOS 9’s content-blocking feature, which requires some setting up. Like with any content blocker, after you download Focus, you’ll have to activate Focus’ content-blocking features within your system-wide iOS settings (launching the app will provide a guide to finish configuration).
It’s worth noting that Focus only works with Safari. Mozilla says, “This was not our choice—Apple has chosen to make content blocking unavailable to third party browsers on iOS.” Here is the Focus GitHub repo and its feedback tool.

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Facebook Shuts Down Creative Labs

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An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has shut down Creative Labs and has pulled several apps developed there, namely Slingshot, Riff, and Rooms, from the app store. Creative labs was launched two years ago but few of the apps produced caught on with consumers. CNET reports: “Facebook is famous for its mantra ‘Move fast and break things.’ The company decided some of these initiatives had, in fact, failed to gain traction and is shutting them down. The move marks a turning point for Facebook’s app ambitions as it focuses on other areas of innovation. It’s still building artificial-intelligence technology, drones to beam Internet signals to far-flung parts of the world and virtual-reality goggles. The company has also been steadily adding features to its primary social-networking service, such as live streaming and 360-degree videos.”

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Microsoft Will Resume Pushing Windows 10 To Machines With Win7, 8.1

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LichtSpektren writes: After previously apologizing on October 16th for forcing Windows 10 on some users of Windows 7 and 8.1 via the Windows Update mechanism, Microsoft disabled the default update option for Windows 10, so that users eligible for the new OS would have to opt in manually. Gregg Keizer at ComputerWorld reports today that Microsoft will soon switch the default option back to “on” again, possibly as early as tomorrow’s “Patch Tuesday” update. Users who do not want Windows 10 are strongly advised to turn off automatic updating to avoid accidentally installing the OS.

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TAG Heuer Increasing Weekly Production To Meet Demand For Its Smartwatch

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An anonymous reader writes: According to reports TAG Heuer is struggling to keep up with the high demand for its $1,500 TAG Heuer Connected Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Since its launch in November the company has sold about 100,000 units and plans to crank up production to 2,000 units per week. According to Slashgear: “Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of Tag Heuer shares that more smartwatch models from the company will be unveiled at the end 2016 or early 2017 – with options of new materials and diamonds. Being the genius that revived brands such as Blancpain and Hublot, Biver has positioned Tag Heuer as the first luxury watchmaker that enters smartwatch business with a ‘big bang’ and ready to use large eco-system courtesy of Android Wear.”

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Remix Mini Review: a $70 Android Desktop PC

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walterbyrd writes: Earlier this year, Jide released a 2-in-1 tablet called the Remix Ultra, which shipped with a custom version of Android called Remix OS. The software features a taskbar, a desktop, support for keyboard shortcuts, and support for running many apps either in full-screen mode or in smaller windows. The Remix Ultra tablet comes with a keyboard cover and touchpad, allowing you to use it like a laptop — and it worked… kind of. But the Remix Ultra is also kind of expensive. Now Jide is offering something much more affordable: the Jide Remix Mini is basically a small, low-power desktop computer that ships with Remix OS. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money (and awareness) this fall, Jide is now shipping the Remix Mini to customers.

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Report Claims Microsoft Beat Apple in Online Tablet Sales for October

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Eloking writes: Apple’s iPad tablet ushered in the modern tablet era when it was introduced in 2010, and it’s dominated tablet sales ever since. iPad sales have stagnated recently, but nevertheless Apple has maintained its lead in overall tablet market share. WinBeta received an early version of an upcoming report, ‘1010data Facts for Ecom Insights, January 2014 – October 2015’ by the 101data Ecom Insights Panel, however, that indicates all of that might be changing as Microsoft assumes the mantle of best-selling tablet maker in terms of online sales in October.

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Ballmer: Microsoft Mobile Should Focus On Android Apps Not Universal Apps

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UnknowingFool writes: Former CEO Steve Ballmer had some strong opinions about the direction of Microsoft’s mobile strategy. As reported last month, Microsoft’s Project Astoria has not been received well or going well. The strategy is to help build Windows 10 apps by making universal apps via easy porting from Android. Ballmer question its effectiveness. “That won’t work,” he said. Instead he suggested that Windows phones should “run Android apps.” This is a dramatic departure from the Microsoft only focus that Ballmer championed during his tenure as CEO.

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Nokia’s $60,000 Virtual Reality Camera Goes On a Drone Test Flight

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An anonymous reader writes: After selling off its phone business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia began an internal reboot which would see the company focusing on the upcoming virtual reality market. The company announced its new direction in July with the debut of ‘OZO’, a virtual reality camera made for professional filmmakers. Now set to launch in Q1 2016, the compact 9.3 pound camera can operate untethered thanks to internal power and capture storage, making it drone-capable. To demonstrate, Nokia took OZO on a closed test-flight just a few days ago using an ‘Aerigon’ cinema drone.

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Chrome 47 Released

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LichtSpektren writes: Google Chrome version 47 is now available for download. This release features 41 security fixes, very tiny UI changes (except for the built-in PDF viewer, which was redone entirely), and the removal of the desktop notification center. The iOS version has added new keyboard shortcuts and support for 3D touch.

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