Author: G. Thayer

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network coverage adds more cities, reaches 75% of the U.S.

Verizon Wireless this month announced that it has expanded its high-speed 4G LTE network to 34 new markets, bringing its total to 371 U.S. markets and now covering more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. The carrier has also expanded its LTE network in 38 other markets. Verizon says it is ahead of schedule with its 4G LTE market roll out, which it says will soon cover more than 400 markets. The new markets added include: Hot Springs, Ark.; Redding, Calif.; Valdosta and Waycross, Ga.; Centralia and Danville, Ill.; Parsons, Salina and Topeka, Kan.; Alexandria and Monroe, La.; Pittsfield, Mass.; Battle Creek...

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Microsoft muzzles Metro moniker
on eve of Windows 8 launch

For Microsoft, the timing couldn’t be worse: just as Windows 8 is being sent it to device manufacturers, the tech titan has ceded the rights to the ‘Metro’ brand to a German firm, Metro AG, which owns the name. Ever since Microsoft  first previewed Windows 8, it has used the Metro moniker for its new tile-based user interface (UI) design, which it uses in Windows 8, Windows Phone 7.5, Office 2013, and even Server 2013. Starting this week, Microsoft has replaced all references to Metro in its materials with “Windows 8 applications” and “Windows 8 user interface.” And in its developer documents, Microsoft...

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Google Wallet app takes to the Cloud

Google has updated its Google Wallet app to a cloud-based version that supports all credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. The new version also lets you remotely disable your mobile wallet from your Google Wallet account on the web. Google Wallet is currently only available on six NFC-enabled phones from Sprint and Virgin Mobile, as well as the new Nexus 7 tablet. Google has partnered with more than 25 U.S. retailers, and thanks to MasterCard PayPass, you can pay with your phone at more than 200,000 retail locations. To save a card to Google Wallet,...

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Outlook.com: it’s not your dad’s Hotmail

Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new online email service with limited ads, unlimited storage and built-in Skype and social networking updates. This is not your father’s old Hotmail account. Microsoft has dressed Outlook.com in a sharp, clean user interface that gets the clutter out of your way. For example, the header has 60% fewer pixels and there are 30% more messages visible in your inbox than the webmail most people are used to. And there are no display ads or large search boxes that take up extra space. Outlook.com is also touted to be the first email service that...

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Google adds ‘Hangouts’ video chat for up to 9 people

For the first time since the introduction of Gmail video chat back in 2008, Google has upgraded its video chat to a more modern video calling technology. The new version, Google+ Hangouts, is available for free for all Gmail users. Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts leverage Google’s own network for better quality. You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before and, in fact, with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail but also if they are on Google+ in...

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Apple retakes HP’s lead ahead of world record
in PC and tablet shipments

Global client PC shipments rose 12% year on year in Q2 2012, and growth in tablets more than compensated for disappointing sales of Ultrabooks, according to new research by Canalys. Canalys includes most tablets in its definition of a client PC, which it says is a computing device with the ability to function without a main source of electric power and with a built-in diagonal display of at least 7 inches. As such, Apple’s new iPad had the biggest single impact on growth rates in the quarter, but Asus and Samsung made progress with their Transformer and Galaxy Tab product...

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Survey: US, UK workers work overtime while mobile

In a recent survey of 1,000 US working adults sponsored by Good Technology, more than 80 percent of people continue working when they have left the office – for an average of seven extra hours each week – almost another full day of work. That’s a total of close to 30 hours a month or 365 extra hours every year. They’re also using their cell phones to mix work and their personal life in ways never seen before. While 60 percent do it simply to stay organized, almost half feel they have no choice because their customers demand quick replies. Thirty-one...

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Ultrabook sales flop as Apple sauces up the market

Worldwide PC shipments — including notebooks — totaled 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a decline of 0.1 percent from the second quarter of 2011, according to technology research firm Gartner, Inc. Ultrabook sales off to a slow start “In the second quarter of 2012, the PC market suffered through its seventh consecutive quarter of flat to single-digit growth,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth. Despite the high...

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Microsoft announces Office 2013 preview

Microsoft Office 2013 has hit the preview runway and is ready for its closeup. The company officially announced its free consumer preview version, which can be downloaded for free for a limited time. New Windows 8 features include: Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger. Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them...

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