Archive for March, 2013

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Microsoft has changed terms of the license agreement for the latest version of its office suite, Office 2013, allowing users to transfer licenses between different PCs. Citing consumer feedback, Microsoft has changed the license terms for the retail versions of Office 2013, including for Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013, keeping them in line with license terms for Office 2010.

Microsoft had initially mentioned that it was not possible to transfer the Office license to another computer or user. However, after protests from users, the company had clarified that the license could be transferred in cases where the users’ computer failed under warranty. The same was explained by Microsoft on the Office blog, a few days ago as there was a lot of user backlash because of the ambiguity in the terms.

Now Microsoft has changed the terms altogether, stating that users will be able to install and transfer their Office 2013 license on a new device on a condition that there’s a gap of 90 days between the two installations or even before that if there’s a hardware failure.

Microsoft announced the new terms with a formal statement on its blog:

“Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to move the software from one computer to another. This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty.

While the licensing agreement text accompanying Office 2013 software will be updated in future releases, this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. With this change, customers can move the software to another computer once every 90 days. These terms are identical to those found in the Office 2010 software.”

However, it’s worth noting that the subscription based version of the office suite, Office 365 allows users to install the software on 5 different devices, without any limitations.

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Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop took a 45 percent cut in his pay package last year, according to a U.S. regulatory filing, as the company continued losing market share in smartphones to Samsung and Apple.
Elop, hired in 2010 from Microsoft Corp to turn around the Finnish mobile phone maker, earned 4.33 million euros in 2012, down from 7.94 million euros in 2011.
While his base salary rose by 59,500 euros to 1.08 million euros, his stock and option awards fell slightly and he earned no bonus, according to the Thursday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
His 2011 compensation included about 2 million euros to make up for income lost as a result of his move from Microsoft.
Nokia’s shares fell 22 percent last year. The company reported an underlying profit in the fourth quarter thanks to cost cuts, but it axed its annual dividend payment for the first time to shore up its cash position.
The SEC filing included a customary list of risk factors, many of them focused on whether Elop’s controversial decision in 2011 to adopt Microsoft’s untested Windows Phone software would pay off.
Nokia said on Thursday that it will receive more payments from Microsoft than it pays to the software giant this year, but will be a net payer in royalties starting in 2014.
It said its payments to Microsoft will exceed what it receives from the U.S. company by about 500 million euros over the remainder of their pact. The companies have not disclosed how long their deal will last.
Morgan Stanley said the market had feared a higher net payment from Nokia to Microsoft in coming years. But it said the filing would not affect its forecast for sales of Lumia, Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets. It expects Nokia to ship 40 million Windows Phone handsets in 2013.
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With a flick of the wrist, residents of a futuristic home developed in Spain can browse Internet pages displayed on the living room walls, switch off a giant projected alarm clock in the bedroom or transform the entire interior into a busy streetscape or tranquil beach.
It may seem light years ahead of current “smart home” technology, but this prototype apartment in Fuenterrabia, a city in Spain’s northern Basque country, is far from the realms of fantasy.
The technology used to create the interactive interior is the same as that already being used in video games.
The team behind the prototype have linked projectors which beam interactive applications on to walls to Kinect motion sensors, developed by Microsoft for its X-box 360 console, thus allowing residents to control their environment simply by waving their hands.
It seems to work like magic.
In the morning, a wave at the wall will switch off the alarm and display your diary at the same time.
If you fancy a change of scenery, just one small gesture will splash video on every wall, turning half of the apartment into a busy urban street or picturesque seascape, complete with sound effects.
“The project is a working prototype of a smart home,” said its creator, Ion Cuervas-Mons, at a visual presentation of the project to AFP in Madrid.
“What we have done is to add a digital layer to a physical space to be able to interact with digital information through gestures, people’s different movements,” he said.
Cuervas-Mons launched the Openarch project in November 2011 and built the prototype in his own apartment.
He now leads the Think Big Factory, a core team of five architects and engineers, who collaborate with others to develop various products.
“There is a general interface, which is in the living room and which interacts with your hands,” he explained.
“You go two metres away from the wall and move a type of cursor and you can switch lights on and off, turn music on and off, launch Internet sites, which then come up in a projection on another wall.”
But the project is only 40 percent complete, he said.
“When we have finished the prototype, we will start to transform the applications into products. That is our goal for next year,” he said.
The development team want to make the system unobtrusive so that a user can manipulate the gadgets in the most natural way possible.
Instead of trying to sell the entire interactive home system, the team aims to develop specific products from it.
But each product would be able to communicate, allowing a buyer to create a system for the entire house should they wish.
And homes are not the only destination for the technology, Cuervas-Mons said.
“For example, we have been working with a large retail business and the first sector where we might see this technology could be supermarkets,” he said.
“This technology lets you convert non-commercial spaces into commercial spaces. You will be able to buy anywhere. You will be able to shop from your home, from the metro, from your car,” he said. “I think this will totally change the way we shop.”
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Nokia has now officially confirmed that Microsoft has temporarily suspended distribution of Windows Phone 7.8 to older Lumia devices including to Lumia 800. Nokia Russia’s official Twitter accountresponded with the same statement when a user asked about the status of the Windows Phone 7.8 update on the Lumia 800.
Just a week ago, Joe Belfiore, Manager of the Windows Phone program, had confirmed on Twitter that Microsoft had identified a minor issue and is working on a fix. He tweeted the same response when a user asked about the fix to the Live Tiles problem. Earlier, Vodafone Germany had reportedly saidthat it was halting the Windows Phone 7.8 update, although it didn’t mention if the move was because of problems with the update. The problem was also discussed on various Microsoft and other forums, with Microsoft employees also acknowledging recording the issues.The much awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update started hitting Nokia devices on 31 January 2013, following which many users were plagued by an issue where live tiles for some or all of their apps stopped being dynamic and live tiles causing update requests were leading to battery drain.
The Windows Phone 7.8 is more or less a cosmetic update rolled out to Windows Phone 7.5 users bringing in some features from Windows Phone 8 as older devices could not support Windows Phone 8, as it was built on a different platform. The update added some new features including a new start screen with resizable live tiles, as found in Windows Phone 8. The update also brings Windows Phone 8 branding to existing Lumia devices on the splash screen and icons for Games, Office and Windows Phone Store. It also doubles the number of theme and accent colours to 20 and adds other new lock screen features: the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the ‘A1B2C3’ PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on phones connected to Exchange accounts.
It’s still not clear as to when the new update will be rolled out to fix the Live Tiles issue. It’s also not clear when non-Nokia devices will receive the Windows Phone 7.8 update.
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ASUS has launched two new touch based All-in-One PCs Asus ET2013IGTI and ET2220INTI, in the Indian market for Rs. 49,000 and Rs. 65,000, respectively. The Asus ET2220INTI sports a sleek modern design featuring a 21.5-inch Full HD LED-backlit display, and runs Windows 8 Pro. While the ET2013IGTI has a 20-inch 16:9 HD+ LED display and runs Windows 7 Professional operating system.

“After entering the AIO segment in India in November 2012, we’ve seen good traction and user demand and are expecting the AIO market to expand further. With the launch of the Asus ET2013IGTI and ET2220INTI we are further expanding our product portfolio to offer the best feature laden AIO solutions within their respective segments. ” said Mr. Vinay Shetty, Country Head – Component Business, ASUS (India).

Asus-ET2013.jpgThe Asus ET2220INTI PC is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processor and sports the NVIDIA GT610M graphics card with 1GB VRAM. It comes with a 10-point touch screen enabling intuitive interaction with the Windows 8 operating system. The PC features ASUS SonicMaster Technology, which, as per the company, delivers improved audio clarity, louder volumes, and more detailed sound. In addition, its secondary display can be used by connecting other PCs, laptops and tablet via its HDMI input port.  The ASUS All-in-One PC ET2220 sports a space-saving photo frame-inspired design, with a frameless 21.5-inch FHD LED-backlit display that can be tilted from 16-degrees to 45-degrees to give users an ergonomic viewing position. The ET2220 also features 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and an integrated webcam and microphone.

The ASUS All-in-One PC ET2013 Series is also powered by Intel 3rd generation Core processor. It sports a 20-inch 16:9 HD+ LED backlighting display. It comes with the ASUS SmartLogon facial recognition feature that learns how to recognise the user in varying light conditions, even in instances when they are wearing headgear.

Technical Specifications:

ET2220INTI (i5 3330)

  • Intel i5-3330 IVB processor
  • 21.5-inch Full HD
  • Multi Touch – 10 point
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB Hard-drive
  • NVIDIA GT610M Graphics card with 1GB VRAM
  • Windows 8 Pro OS

ET2013IGTI (i3 3220)

  • Intel i3-3220 IVB processor
  • 20-inch, 1600 x 900 HD display
  • Multi Touch – 2 point
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB Hard-drive
  • AMD HD7470M Graphics card with 1GB VRAM
  • Windows 7 Professional OS