Saturday, October 31, 2015



Link to TechEye

Microsoft gets pushy with Windows 10

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:51 AM PDT

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesThe cheeky chap in charge of Microsoft Windows 10 has revealed plans the company has to push an upgrade to your machine – seemingly whether you like it or not.

Terry Myerson wrote in a Microsoft blog that at the beginning of next year the firm will call Windows 10 a "recommended update".

And that means, whether you like it or not, the upgrade process will start on your PC, Microsoft is auto downloading the software needed to run Windows 10 to million of peoples' PCs.

Myserson said before the upgrade changes your operating system, you'll be prompted to choose whether or not to carry on.

The problem is that it's hard to turn off automatic updates in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Myserson said that over 110 million devices have upgraded to Windows 10.

If you accidentally install Windows 10 you'll have a chance to roll back to your previous Windows version "if you don't love it," said Myerson.

Mobile accessories market worth $81.5 billion

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:36 AM PDT

mobileThe market for mobile accessories will be worth $81.5 billion this year and will grow to $101 billion in 2020.

That's according to market research company ABI Research, which said that protective cases, chargers, screen protectors and headsets are the most sold accessories for mobile phones.

But amongst those categories, the headset market will grow the fastest in terms of revenues, while sales of Bluetooth headsets are also increasing.

The biggest market for these accessories is Asia Pacific, which accounts for 52.9 percent of all accessory shipments, ABI said.

Within Asia Pacific, China has the biggest potential for growth because of its already large and growing customer base, a fast growing online market, and increasing disposable incomes.

Marina Lu, a research analyst at ABI, said that a protective case is a necessity because of the thinness and lightness of smartphones, while wireless charging and digital payment features will also help push this sector of the market.

TalkTalk hack still huge

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:29 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 14.18.56TalkTalk said today that the amount of accounts hacked was "significantly less" than it first believed and issued figures to underline its claim.

Nevertheless, TalkTalk said that just under 1.2 million customer email addresses, names and phone numbers were accessed.

It also said that under 15,000 customers dates of birth were accessesd, just under 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes; and under 28,000 obscured credit and debit card details.

It said that the credit and debit card details can't be used for financial transactions.

It said the Metropololitan Police investigation continues – today another youth, in London, is being questioned in connection with the attack.

Dido Harding, TalkTalk's CEO said her company had decided to be as open, honest and transparent as it could be.

Super sensitive magnetic sensor invented

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:22 AM PDT

MagnetScientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) said they have developed a hybrid sensor more sensitive than sensors currently available.

The scientists said that the invention will lead to the development of smaller and cheaper censors for electronics, comms, automotive and biotechnology applications.

The hybrid sensor developed by the scientists may meet the needs of high sensitivity to low and high magnetic fields, tunability and small resistance variations due to temperature.

The team claims that the sensor, which is made of graphene and boron nitride is 200 times more sensitive than commercially available sensors today.

Existing sensors are commonly made of silicon and indium antimonide, but these new sensors have an eight fold gain over previously reported laboratory results.

The magnetoresistance sensor industry is expected to be worth nearly $3 billion by the year 2020. One advantage over existing sensors is that there won't be a need for silicon wafers or temperature corretion circuity, with production cost for graphene based sensors much lower.

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