Microsoft Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses — So Far

So, there’s improvement on the Microsoft front! Windows 8, despite being an awkward transition that caught many consumers by surprise, has started to pick up upgrade users. In fact, according to Tami Reller, the Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer, 40 million licences of Windows 8 have been sold to date; she revealed the figure during a speech at Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. These sales were purportedly achieved during the first few days of availability, back in October. This comes after initial reports that MSFT was displeased with early sales. Perhaps that is no longer the case?

Via: Windows Team Blog

Samsung Has Cause To Celebrate: 5 Million Galaxy Note II Units Sold

Apparently, the popularity on Earth for Galaxy Note II handsets produced by Korean technology giant Samsung is at an all time high. 5 million units have been sold worldwide Having had the chance to review an Galaxy Note II, we can understand why it’s been a moderate success. With five million out the door, and more every hour, it’s no doubt large devices are here to stay.

Via: Samsung Korea

Brevity Review: A Black & Red R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse

It’s glossy black and red! It’s one of MadCatz’s latest additions to their elite PC gaming division. The R.A.T. 9 is still the same hardware I loved before in a well-documented review, but now it comes in a few striking colors, like full red, white, black, and this special black and red edition, with silver accents. It’s awesome, still costs $150 when purchased from MadCatz directly, but still is wireless, has great battery life, and an astounding 6400dpi sensor, with variable weight system, precision mode, and different profile settings. The only thing not as good about this particular R.A.T. 9 is that because of its glossy finish, it’s slightly more fingerprint prone, but considering this is a gaming mouse, you’re supposed to touch it for extended periods of time, and also to maintain its beauty, it’s acceptable.

R.A.T. 9 In Black/Red Gallery

And I have to say, it makes a great (albeit pricey stocking stuffer).Go ahead and touch it; this R.A.T. is still clean and awesome.

Price as Reviewed: $149.99 at MadCatz USA

Score: 8/10

Of Course: Microsoft Patents Designs For Its Own Project Glass

This patent application is from 2011, but what’s important about it in November 2012 is that the concept has either been sitting in a dusty drawer somewhere, or it’s progressed much farther. Either way, as the patent suggests, text, images and audio would appear on a head-up display—kind of a second screen, just one that’s strapped to your face. This means full-time analytic support, on-demand, for anything you want to find out that’s occurring in front of you.

That’s much different that Google’s Project Glass, which is something you’d wear all day long, but this Microsoft patent submitted in 2011 hits at something more scenario-based. Cool stuff, huh?

ViaUSPTOUnwired View

Some Smart Hacks Have Made LTE On The Nexus 4 Possible

This is really interesting. Google may have avoided adding LTE to the Nexus 4 to avoid the minefield of capability between different countries and wavelengths, but some enterprising hacker at xda-developers have worked out a very specific way to get the Nexus 4 to latch on a Canadian LTE network with the phone’s debugging menu — at least on LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz) on Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers. They went on, and elaborated that “Band 4 (AWS) could essentially be supported with the power amplifiers and transceiver that already are onboard the Nexus 4, but again it ultimately comes down to a particular OEM choice whether these get supported.”

Which makes total sense, doesn’t it? But still, while it is not practical, it is possible.

Via: xda-developers

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Will Receive The Premium Suite With Android 4.1

In a nice tidbit update, post-Thanksgiving, Samsung will start seeding out Android 4.1 to the Galaxy Note 10.1, as it already has in foreign countries. The update not only includes tweaks and fixes, but full-on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s Touchwiz customization, plus the Premium Suite of creation apps and the like, seen on other Galaxy Note devices. Other additions include Multi Window functionality, which means you can open up to 16 apps at a time, each which can be moved, resized and pinned to remain on top, Samsung’s Air View is also incorporated within Premium Suite, which allows users to preview appointments, emails, video and the like by hovering the S Pen above the screen — like a boss.

And then there’s smaller additions, Easy Clip, Quick Command, Photo Note, Paper Artist and an enhanced S Note app. Very nice, indeed.

Via: Samsung

The Human Rights Watch Calls For The End Of “Killer Robots”

Modern technology? Check. Ability for it to kill? Check. Pacifists screaming about it? Check. Amazing concept from the British military in 2010 as story image? Check.

The Human Rights Watch this week released a new report calling for the world to abandon fully autonomous weapons “before it’s too late.” Jointly published by the HRW and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, the well-defnined 50-page report fully acknowledges that fully autonomous weapons are not yet a reality, but warns that contemporary trends are definitely pushing us in that direction, and that if accomplished, would prove disastrous due to lacking the human controls “that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians.”

Moving further along this route of “stop technological advancement for the benefit of peace”, stating that, “It is essential to stop the development of killer robots before they show up in national arsenals,” said Steve Goose, HRW’s Arms Division director. “As countries become more invested in this technology, it will become harder to persuade them to give it up.”

Go to the source link, watch the video, and think about it.

Via: Human Rights Watch