Asus ZenWatch 3 starts receiving support for Android Wear 2.0

Asus ZenWatch 3 starts receiving support for Android Wear 2.0

Well, the smartwatch should have received the update long time back, but it is better late than never. After Google launched the Android Wear 2.0 update, it had announced which smartwatches would be getting the update. Both ZenWatch 2 and 3 were supposed to be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0.

While the ZenWatch 3 has received its due, ZenWatch 2 owners would still have to wait for a while. Hopefully, Asus would release the update for its ZenWatch 2 sometime in August. Anyway, talking about the ZenWatch 3, the Android Wear 2.0 is now available for download. However, you should keep in mind that the roll-out of the update will be done in phases. So if your watch hasn’t received the support for Android Wear 2.0, you should wait for some time.

As per Asus, it will take between 5-7 days before the update hits all the devices. According to a Reddit user, you have to make sure that your ZenWatch 3 is sufficiently charged. Then, you have to open the update screen and keep it active until the pop-up for the Android Wear 2.0 shows. After clicking yes, you need to keep the screen active. He further says that the easiest way to do that is to enable developer mode and disable screen sleep. The update will then start downloading.

To refresh your memory, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Soc which is paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB inbuilt storage. It carries a price tag of Rs. 18,999 in India.


Microsoft cuts support to most Windows Phone operating systems

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Microsoft may have finally called time on its Windows Phone hardware
Microsoft is officially set to pull the plug on its Windows Phone smartphone business.

The company has reportedly signalled that it will be wrapping up its operations in the mobile device market within the next few weeks.

The news was reported on Twitter by ZDNet reporter Mary Jo Foley, who said that a senior Microsoft executive had told her there was almost no money left in the phone business.

Renowned Microsoft commentator Paul Thurrott corroborated Foley’s report, saying that the wind-down of the company’s phone business is, “expected to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year”.

This would mean that Microsoft would halt its operations by the end of June.

Microsoft revealed its latest financial results earlier this week, with company CFO Amy Hood mentioning “negligible revenue from phones.”

The reality was even more stark, however, with phone sales falling $730 million for the current quarter from the same period last year.The announcement may not be too surprising, given the waning power of Windows Phone devices around the world.

Microsoft did not even publish the results of its mobile devices division in its last financial results, with no new devices being released as the company finalised its messy divorce with Nokia.

Windows Phone now makes up just 0.3 per cent of all smartphones sold across the world in the last three months of last year, according to recent Gartner figures.

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The news means no more new Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone devices

The ascension of Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO effectively spelled the end for Windows Phone, as he looked to take the company more towards cloud computing.

The company has also been resizing its Windows Phone workforce in recent years, with tens of thousands of employees being laid off back in July 2015.

Microsoft also effectively wrote off $7.6 billion concerning its 2013 takeover of Nokia, marking one of the company’s biggest ever low points.

The company also recently downgraded work on its Windows 10 Mobile platform in favour of focusing on building other new hardware instead.

The news won’t affect Microsoft’s mobile software rollout, as the company recently revealed more details about the rollout of its most advanced mobile software.

The company finally began rolling out Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update earlier this week, marking the latest generation of its smartphone platform.

However only a certain number of devices are able to download and install the software, including several Lumia smartphones such as the Lumia 640 and 640XL, Lumia 650, and Lumia 950 and 950 XL devices.

The mobile version of Windows 10 Creators Update is available to download now.

The download brings a number of mobile-specific features, including better ebook support for reading on the go, a new “Snooze” function for Microsoft Edge tabs, and a smoother way to many Wi-Fi connections on your device.

There’s also support for full-colour, updated emojis, better Bluetooth connectivity, and improvements to Cortana that allow you to use your voice to control playback and volume of your music.


Google Home support coming to LG’s Music Flow speakers

LG’s Music Flow speakers are based on Google Cast (now “Chromecast built-in”) and on its site, LG specifically shows a home with a multi-room setup. Yet, while both Sonos and B&O products work with Google Homeand Google Chromecast Multiroom, so far, LG’s Google-specific models do not. However, it looks like that’s changing soon: An LG representative saidon the company’s product forums that both Google Multiroom and Home support are coming “before the end of February.

Music Flow owners were starting to get a bit testy about the Chromecast features missing from the device, especially after Sony unveiled Google Multiroom support for its X77 speakers. That level of fanaticism over speaker features may have taken LG by surprise, so it decided to integrate both Home and Multiroom support and release it in a new update. “We have prepared Google Multiroom functionality … and we decide[d] to update Google Home at the same time,” a representative said.

With Multiroom, you’ll be able to use Chromecast from a phone or other device to cast to groups of speakers around your house, while Google Home will let you order songs by voice. Both those updates should make your Music Flow speakers a lot more useful, and they’ll be delivered by an over-the-air update in February.

[Source:- Engadget]

Affinity Photo 1.5 released, packed with new features and Windows support


In a definite shift towards platform parity, Affinity Photo has finally been relased for Windows, delivering everything that the hugely popular Mac software does.

The availability of a Windows version coincides with the release of version 1.5, which is a huge update packing the Photoshop rival with new features.

Here’s a rundown of the best new features:


1.5’s RAW engine now features profiles for thousands of lens-camera body combinations delivering auto lens correction.


In response to user requests, there’s a new color picking tool outside of the color lab.


32-bit unbounded images can be composited and edited together with full Radiance HDR as well as OpenEXR file support.


Designers are able to record any number of operations, save them, and then play them back later on, just like Photoshop’s Actions panel.


1.5 features a substantially upgraded detection of metadata for JPEG and RAW formats.


This version comes with significant improvements to PSD and PDF import and export.


Users will enjoy dramatic results thanks to the full, tone-mapping workspace for LDR and HDR images with local contrast control. The new release features a complete workspace, where users are free to move between color spaces.


It’s now possible to both pan and zoom around 360 images. Designers can utilize Affinity Photo’s complete suite of tools to edit them live.


Users now have the chance to create customized spatial fillers with limitless flexibility, all thanks to the equations filter.


1.5 incorporates two, brand-new resampling algorithms. This ensures more precise resizing of pixel-based documents.


After many requests, Affinity has added shift constrain and configurable CMD-drag behavior to this tool.


The export persona has been changed forever. Now, users can enjoy limitless flexibility to export multiple formats and resolutions for each slice.


All workflows will be supported with the multichannel OpenEXR Import/Export and options like alpha pre-multiplication.


Users have the ability to store an unlimited quantity of global sources for the clone brush; they can also work across multiple documents.


The styles of text objects can be linked together now thanks to full text style support.


Magnetic, polygonal, and freehand are the three new modes for the freehand selection tool.


A more powerful RAW engine gets designers results more immediately while the presence of more than 70 new RAW camera formats makes for a better user experience.



[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

Support For Windows Server 2003 Ends Today

Not long ago, Microsoft ended support for one of the most widely used operating systems in history, Windows XP. Now, Microsoft has ended support for a product that impacted the server world almost as much as Windows XP impacted the PC world, Windows Server 2003.

Windows Server 2003 was based off of Windows XP, sharing the hybrid kernel design and many other features. The significantly increased support and stability of the OS relative to older Windows-based operating systems made it extremely popular, and made setting up a server easier. As a result, the OS is still used today.

For those who are still using Windows Server 2003, just as it is with XP, if you don’t switch to another system, then you will become increasingly vulnerable to hacks and exploits.

The end of Windows Server 2003 is bad for some Windows XP users, too. After the end of support for Windows XP, it was possible to hack the registry of your system so that Microsoft’s servers would think you are using a version of Windows Server 2003. This would allow you to get updates for Windows Server 2003. Because the two operating systems were so compatible with each other, a great deal of the updates would work for Windows XP, and it basically extended your support for a few more years.

Because Server 2003 is also losing support, though, this trick won’t work anymore. On the bright side, for those still on Windows XP, Windows 10 will be out soon, and there are several easy upgrade paths to get it. Just buy Windows 7 or Windows 8, and you can upgrade for free when it comes out.

For those with a server, Windows Server 2016 is being beta tested right now and should be out next year (and it’s based off of Windows 10).



[Source:- Tomsitpro]

Computerworld UK Daily Digest – 13 January 2016: What is devops? – Microsoft ends Windows 8 support – Dell UK enterprise chief emboldened by EMC deal


Welcome to today’s ComputerworldUK Daily Digest. We explore devops and ask, what is it?! Also, why your business should upgrade to Windows 10 and what 2016 has instore for Dell. Plus: what publishers should do about adblocking.

What is devops? The ultimate definition

We explore what devops is and provide the ultimate definition. Find out what devops is and means for your organisation in 2016.

[Source:- Computerworld]

Microsoft leaves Windows Server support as-is, doesn’t prune pledged timeline as with Windows 7

Microsoft last week said that the support rules for the Windows Server software would not change, even though the Redmond, Wash. company has said it will curtail support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 after mid-2017.

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“There is no change to our current policy,” Microsoft said in a post to a company blog Feb. 19 that focused on Windows Server.

A month before, Microsoft shortened support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on the newest PCs — those equipped with Intel’s Skylake processors — by 30 months, and laid down a new law that said next-generation processors would require the “latest Windows platform at that time for support.” Older operating systems will be supported only until July 17, 2017 on the new silicon, and then only on specific PCs.

At the time, Microsoft declined to comment on whether the same rule would apply to Windows Server, in other words, whether the newest version ofWindows Server — slated to be dubbed Windows Server 2016 when it debuts this year — would, like Windows 10, be the company’s only OS to be supported on Skylake and later silicon.

Last week’s notice answered those questions.

Rather than limit customers’ choices, Microsoft will continue to supportWindows Server SKUs (stock-keeping units) on hardware powered by pre-Skylake and Skylake-and-later, as long as those servers are certified as such.

Microsoft maintains a list of Windows Server-certified systems on its website.

It’s up to the server manufacturer to obtain certification. The caveat: Certification must be awarded before the Windows Server SKU shifts from “mainstream” to “extended” support, or within approximately five years of the SKU debuts.

Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, for example, transition to extended support on Jan. 10, 2018. Thus a server maker must get hardware certified for those SKUs by that date. Servers relying on newer processors — the server-aimed derivations of Skylake, specifically the Xeon E3 — can be certified for the older Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 OSes.

“Per our policy we would allow new system submissions for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 to continue up to this date [of Jan 10, 2018], including the forthcoming Intel Xeon E3 (Skylake) family of processors,” Microsoft said.

Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, applauded Microsoft’s announcement. “I’m glad to see that if an OEM wants to work with Microsoftto insure the quality of the OS, [Microsoft will] work with them through the lifecycle,” said Miller in an interview last week. “It’s good that they’ve clarified this.”

Not everyone agreed with Miller.

“You guys have lost your @#$% minds,” wrote Bran Nunya, the only reader of Microsoft’s no-change-here blog post to append a comment. “RunningWindows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1? Come July 2017 you are SOL because ‘magic issues that could suddenly arise because of silicon changes that have previously existed in a supported fashion prior to Q3 2017.’ Running a Server? ‘Oh, yeah we know we can’t get away with anything there and force people to a new scheme so we’ll still support those.’

“Everyone is already used to this type of treatment from Apple. If I’m not getting long-term support I might as well go there,” Nunya added.


[Source:- Computerworld]