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Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette Talk Pay Inequality at Pre-Oscar Luncheon Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette Talk Pay Inequality at Pre-Oscar Luncheon
- February 29, 2016

Before the party commenced, Women in Film president Cathy Schulman led a toast to recognise all the 2016 Oscar nominees and invited " Straight Outta Compton " screenwriter Andrea Berloff, Arquette and Lawrence to share the stage. "We're starting a conversation, we're getting a dialogue going...." I'm going to go home, and I'm going to go to change.org/era... On February 22 a year ago Patricia, 47, won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and used the opportunity to declare war on the ... (more...)
Watch SpaceX's SES-9 mission launch Watch SpaceX's SES-9 mission launch
- February 29, 2016

On Thursday, the technical trouble was noticed about two minutes ahead of blastoff. The window for tonight's launch will last about 90 minutes through 8:23 p.m. The issue with the propellant is that SpaceX is possibly unable to control the chilling of the liquid oxygen and loading it on to the rocket, before the 30 minute launching window. (more...)
Why do we have leap years? Why do we have leap years?
- February 29, 2016

Surrounded in history and superstition, February 29 only comes once every four years- and we have one Monday. So, leap days are added to realign atomic clocks and calendars with solar time. Interestingly enough, it was another pope who established the Gregorian calendar - Pope Gregory XIII. "For thousands of years really, people have noticed this little extra day and tried to account for it in their calendars". (more...)
Sony Reveals Xperia X Series Smartphones with Curved Glass Displays Sony Reveals Xperia X Series Smartphones with Curved Glass Displays
- February 25, 2016

The phones have a metallic back and a glass front which is curved at the edges. As an extra touch, the Xperia X and Xperia XA also have matching Style Covers available in white, graphite black, lime gold and rose gold, the four colours available for the phone itself. (more...)
Microsoft Buys Xamarin, Deal Provides Total App Development Microsoft Buys Xamarin, Deal Provides Total App Development
- February 24, 2016

The acquisition comes as Microsoft has shifted its strategy over the past few years to be more inclusive of other platforms it doesn't control. "Microsoft has had a longstanding partnership with Xamarin, and have jointly built Xamarin integration into Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and our Enterprise Mobility Suite to provide developers with an end-to-end workflow for native, secure apps across platforms", wrote Scott Guthrie , Microsoft executive vice president of the cloud ... (more...)
Microsoft Hub Keyboard for Android includes translation, clipboard, search tools Microsoft Hub Keyboard for Android includes translation, clipboard, search tools
- February 24, 2016

Hub Keyboard almost definitely will release the pain from switching between apps to completely routine tasks. With just a tap, you can search all of your OneDrive and SharePoint documents . You can now download Hub Keyboard for Android for free via Google Play Store. Unlike the default Android clipboard , the Hub keyboard, clipboard will show multiple items and not just the last thing you copied. (more...)
Microsoft Kills Skype Qik App After Adding Features to Skype Microsoft Kills Skype Qik App After Adding Features to Skype
- February 23, 2016

In that context, the new Skype Qik was a little unusual, as it overlapped strongly with both the previously shuttered service, and the newly-added Skype capabilities. Skype reassures users that their platform can do the same things. As the company notes, Skype is consistently rated as one of the top apps in all the app stores and with key features available in that, there's just not a lot of point in keeping the separate app around. (more...)
Cyanogen launches MOD app integration platform Cyanogen launches MOD app integration platform
- February 22, 2016

These are just a few examples of what can be done with MOD, and Cyanogen is making its development kit available to developers right away so that they can begin work on something greater. That was hard enough for some people to keep straight, and now this new feature is only for Cyanogen OS, and it's called "Mods". Among the new mods that will be available to OEMs and mobile-network operators via the Cyanogen MOD Ready program, in addition to the Skype mod , are a Microsoft Hyperlapse ... (more...)
Galaxy Note 6 rumored to be first 6GB smartphone Galaxy Note 6 rumored to be first 6GB smartphone
- February 21, 2016

Samsung , since then has been in a carpet-bombing mode, and has been coming out with a phone after phone which has helped shape up the world of technology as we know it to be. Samsung's announcement also seems to confirm what we suspected a while ago, that there's going to be a virtual reality announcement made in this event. (more...)
Windows 10 Redstone 14267 is Out - Improvements to Cortana, Edge, Skype, & Messaging Windows 10 Redstone 14267 is Out - Improvements to Cortana, Edge, Skype, & Messaging
- February 20, 2016

This week's new build includes improvements to Cortana, Microsoft Edge, and Messaging and Skype improvements. Let’s start with Cortana first. As far as the stable version of Windows 10 Redstone is concerned, it's expected to land in the summer of 2016, with more significant improvements than the ones now available for insiders, including support for browser extensions in Edge (this feature is also likely to debut in future preview builds too). (more...)
Microsoft Translator App Goes Offline, Adds Image Translations Microsoft Translator App Goes Offline, Adds Image Translations
- February 19, 2016

Many of us Android users (and Android Police readers) have been accustomed to using Google Translate to fill our language knowledge gaps, but we often forget the other challenger in the arena: Microsoft Translator. Microsoft launched the Translator app for Android in August past year and one of the features that the community has consistently asked for is support for offline translations. (more...)
New Xbox One Dashboard Update Brings Welcomed Features New Xbox One Dashboard Update Brings Welcomed Features
- February 19, 2016

The new February firmware update for the Xbox One is also making it easier to access Twitch streams for owned video games, and the suggested friends list is getting improvements to make it more useful. (more...)
Microsoft Tests World's First Underwater Data Centre Microsoft Tests World's First Underwater Data Centre
- February 18, 2016

While data center operators are going to have to get their heads around the possibility their operations weren't as clean as they had envisioned, Microsoft researchers have chosen to further complicate the imagery of "the cloud" by dropping a data center underwater. (more...)
Microsoft launches $199 Lumia 650, targets business users Microsoft launches $199 Lumia 650, targets business users
- February 17, 2016

The Lumia 650 although an enterprise-centric smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile does not support Windows Continuum feature , which is also the new operating system's flagship feature. The smartphone features an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash. Previous rumors have suggested that the Lumia 650 will be Microsoft's last "Lumia" device, and that the unannounced Lumia 750 and Lumia 850 have both been abandoned to focus on the development of what has been dubbed the ... (more...)
Microsoft Debuts Lumia 650 Windows 10 Smartphone Microsoft Debuts Lumia 650 Windows 10 Smartphone
- February 15, 2016

It is possible that we could be looking at tablets, but the description did mention phones, so we can only assume that HTC and Microsoft might be working on new Windows 10 Mobile devices. The 650 will go on sale this week in Europe for $199 (€180) and will be available in matte black and matte white. In terms of storage, you'll get your hands on 16GB built-in storage and you can expand this further via microSD. (more...)
Windows 10's Killer App? Xbox One Games
- February 15, 2016

It's also a part of a larger emphasis on system integration at Microsoft , which already allows the few Windows Phone users to control games on their Xbox One. As the narrative progresses, players will be able to learn how time breaks down and affects reality and they will also be able to get a look at the way the antagonist can predict the future, in separate TV style mini-episodes. (more...)
Microsoft fixes InPrivate browsing on Edge so that it's actually private Microsoft fixes InPrivate browsing on Edge so that it's actually private
- February 10, 2016

If you head on over to the Windows 10 Update History site you will notice that two Windows 10 updates are listed, these just began rolling out yesterday, 9th Feb. Fixed additional issues with the Windows UX, Windows 10 Mobile , Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and taskbar. That's bad for users and system administrators who want to know what an update does before they install it on their system. (more...)
Microsoft delivers promise of Windows 10 in new Lumia devices Microsoft delivers promise of Windows 10 in new Lumia devices
- February 10, 2016

The General Manager, West, East and Central Africa, Microsoft Mobile Devices and Services, Joseph Umunakwe while speaking the during the launch of the products reiterated Microsoft's commitment to empowering every individual and organization on the planet to achieve more. (more...)
Microsoft's big Windows 10 push is part of broader strategy Microsoft's big Windows 10 push is part of broader strategy
- February 10, 2016

The cloud, in which growing numbers of companies move much of their information technology off premises, proved a bright spot for the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant. Gartner Inc. recently estimated that PC shipments fell 8.3% in the fourth quarter. 2014: Sales down 13% 2015: Sales down 5%. Non-GAAP revenues were down 10 per cent on the year at $25.7bn, with the Personal Computing division's takings of $12.7bn down 5 per cent, and Productivity and Business Processes down 2 per cent at ... (more...)
Microsoft launches new Windows 10 update history page with full changelogs
- February 10, 2016

For instance, when it rolled out cumulative update KB3124262, the only information we got was "This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10 Version 1511." Fixed issue that didn't allow simultaneous install of apps from the Windows Store and updates from Windows Update. (more...)
Pangu Jailbreak Team Reccomends Updating To iOS 9.2.1 Pangu Jailbreak Team Reccomends Updating To iOS 9.2.1
- February 09, 2016

The Pangu jailbreak was released more than three months ago, and since then, no jailbreak has been released by any jailbreak team. Apple has patched all Pangu 9 jailbreak exploits and now it's unsafe to upgrade to iOS 9.2.1 because there's still no jailbreak available and it's no longer possible to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to 9.0.2. (more...)
Microsoft earnings better than analysts' expectations
- February 07, 2016

Overall though, Microsoft's revenue declined by 10 percent year-over-year to just $23.8 billion for the quarter, which makes it all the more important that the company to sustain its cloud growth. Nadella also indicated that he expects the new security and compliance features of Windows 10 will encourage the crucial business market to upgrade, according to Business Insider . (more...)
Here's when Bayonetta and Corrin join Smash Bros Here's when Bayonetta and Corrin join Smash Bros
- February 03, 2016

The Bayonetta and Corrin DLC packs are the last expansion content for " Super Smash Bros ". Nintendo will have hoped a revised 3DS, will continued to introduce new buyers to its games (and of course tempt upgraders). The previous character that was released was in the form of Cloud Strife from the infamous "Final Fantasy VII" role playing video game which was originally released for the PlayStation one. (more...)
NASA's enormous 'Super Guppy' cargo plane ships spacecraft destined for Mars NASA's enormous 'Super Guppy' cargo plane ships spacecraft destined for Mars
- February 02, 2016

Guppy aircraft were used in several past space programs, including Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab , to transport spacecraft components. Officials with NASA and Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor on the project, joined crews at the eastern New Orleans facility last Wednesday (Jan. (more...)
Scientists may have found a new planet in our solar system Scientists may have found a new planet in our solar system
- January 26, 2016

Nicknamed Planet Nine, it moves on an extremely elongated orbit, and takes a staggering 10 000 to 20 000 years to swing once around the sun. So now that many astronomers will be on the hunt to prove this new planet exists, it might be time to start coming up with names for it and rethinking mnemonics like "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine". (more...)