SmartAboutThings writes "The European Union has voted in favor of a draft legislation which lists among the “essential requirements” of electrical devices approved by the EU a compatibility with “universal” chargers . According to a German MEP, this move will eliminate 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste. The draft law was approved by an overwhelming majority of 550 votes to 12 . At the moment, according to estimates, there are around 30 different types of charger on the market, but manufacturers have two years at their disposal to get ready for the new restriction."
SmartAboutThings writes "After a long journey of more than one year, which included even a successfully ended Kickstarter campaign, the VLC app for Windows 8 is officially here. VLC for Windows 8 is currently in beta, and it lacks some important features, such as the ability to open music files or support for Windows RT devices. On the good side, VLC for Windows 8 supports the same codecs as the VLC application for desktop, from MPEG-1 to H.265, through WMV3 and VC-1; it also supports multiple-audio tracks selection, embedded subtitles, background audio playback, Live Tiles, removable storage and DLNA servers."
SmartAboutThings writes "Up until today, I always had the impression that cloud storage was pretty expensive and I’m sure that many will agree with me. It’s a good thing that some bright minds over at Google have the same impressions as they now have drastically discounted the monthly storage plans on Google Drive. The new monthly storage plans and their previous prices are as follows: $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB.The 2 dollar plan per month means that the price for a gigabyte gets down to an incredibly low price of only two cents per month."
there are many one-person blogs with quite a reputation. but it's not a 1 person blog, by the way.
speaking of reputable, I regularly submit stories to Slashdot, so I don't see why you're fretting
It's my website, why don't you like its name? it feeds my family
SmartAboutThings writes "There’s been a lot of brouhaha surrounding privacy these days, and despite the fact that Pinterest isn’t among the most targeted websites when it comes to government data requests, the company, which is said to have near 80 million users, has decided to make public its first ever transparency report. Given the nature of the service and the fact that it is much smaller than Facebook, it was only natural not to expect too many data requests. According to Pinterest’s report, from July to December 2013, the company has received only 7 warrants, 5 subpoenas, 1 civil subpoena, and 0 other requests about 13 user accounts. Compare that to Microsoft which has received more than 35,000 requests during the second half of last year while Facebook received somewhere around 15,000."
SmartAboutThings writes "I never understood the craziness and popularity behind the Flappy Bird game and I somewhat agreed with the founder when he pulled down the game from mobile stores. But now more and more copycats are basically flooding the Windows Store . In the ‘New & Rising’ section on the Windows Store there are featured 1,000 Windows 8 apps and from my basic calculation, around 20% are Flappy Bird clones. Considering the fact that there are now more than four million daily downloads from the Windows Store, I wonder how many of these contain Flappy Bird copycats"
SmartAboutThings writes "FreedomPop, the US budget carrier that not too many have heard about, has now announced the “Snowden Phone“ n, a customized version of the Galaxy S2 with a focus on privacy. According to FreedomPop, this is the only smartphone and mobile service that allows for encrypted communication. FreedomPop users of the “Snowden Phone” will communicate via voice calls and text messages in a secure environment using 128-bit encryption for the protect of your connection. You will also be able to anonymously browse the internet without having to worry about online marketers tracking your web activity, as data is funneled through a pre-installed VPN."
SmartAboutThings writes "At the Geneva International Motor Show, Apple has finally unveiled what was previously rumored as “iOS in the car”. Premiering with leading auto manufacturers like BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover and many others, Apple has unveiled CarPlay , ‘the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. The new Apple CarPlay product will be available as an update to iOS 7 and will work with Lightning-enabled iPhone 5s, 5c and iPhone 5. You will be able to easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just by using the push-and-hold voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri. Thus, you will be able to perform a wide area of functions such as making hands-free calls, using Maps, listening to music or access written and audio messages. By using Siri, drivers will be able to dictate responses or make calls, without getting distracted from driving."
SmartAboutThings writes "At the MWC 2014 edition in Barcelona, Chris Flores, the director of communication for Microsoft’s Windows group, has informed us about a very interesting statistics that you were probably curious about at least once in your life time – just how many Microsoft Office Documents get created during an entire year across the world? Well, they say around 500, 000, 000, 000. That’s pretty big when we consider the following – these are probably official numbers from those who are running paid versions of Microsoft’s suite."
SmartAboutThings writes "Intel has just unveiled the new, low power 64-bit mobile processor platforms at the Mobile World Congress. Intel hopes that with the next-generation Atom Z3400 “Merrifield” dual-core processor and Atom Z3500 “Moorefield” quad-core chip it can finally challenge Qualcomm and other ARM-based CPU vendors.Of course, Intel means targets Apple and the iconic smartphone."
SmartAboutThings writes "At a special event at the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft has announced the 'spring' update for Windows 8.1 . Joe Belfiore, who is the head of platform at Microsoft, for smartphones, tablets and desktop devices, said that the Windows 8.1 update will come this spring and with it, it will come with improvements for non-touch devices. Belfiore said that the spring update will focus on bringing back some of the "old" features to Windows 8.1, such as the much-hyped about start button, but this won't have a negative impact on the touch experience."
SmartAboutThings writes "Back in March, 2013, we knew that the number of Windows 8 sold copies was somewhere near sixty millions, nearing almost 100 in the middle of last year. Now, Microsoft has confirmed that there are now more than 200 million Windows 8 sold licenses. The information was first made available by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing during Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference. The number includes Windows licenses that ship on a new tablet or PC, as well as upgrades to Windows 8 but does not include volume license sales to enterprise."
SmartAboutThings writes "Recently, Apple has been on a hiring spree, allegedly adding to its 100+ team of members of the iWatch team a sleep expert, a former expert in pulse oximetry and many others. Now, according to a recent job listing on Apple’s own website, it seems that Cupertino is looking for physiologists for fitness and energy tests. In my opinion, this can only mean that the iWatch is nearing its final stage and that experts are required to assess how it fares."