Windows 10 available for PCs and tablets from July 29, users qualified for free upgrade can reserve it

windows10Microsoft today announced, that they we’ve made great progress on Windows 10 and are nearly ready to deliver this free upgrade to all of our Windows customers.

Windows 10 is designed to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, Microsoft starts delivering on their vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how they protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms.

Windows 10 can run the broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things.

Read more: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/01/hello-world-windows-10-available-on-july-29/

Google’s self-driving car: After 1.7Million miles, just 11 minor accidents, none Google’s fault

google-driverless-carGoogle Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.

The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its self-driving cars since September, when reporting all accidents became a legal requirement as part of the permits for the tests on public roads.

The director of Google’s self-driving car project wrote in a web post that all 11 accidents were minor — “light damage, no injuries” — and happened over 1.7 million miles of testing, including nearly 1 million miles in self-driving mode.

Read More: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/297ef1bfb75847de95d856fb08dc0687/ap-exclusive-self-driving-cars-getting-dinged-california

Read More: http://medium.com/backchannel/the-view-from-the-front-seat-of-the-google-self-driving-car-46fc9f3e6088

Facebook opens up Internet.org to developers, hoping to pacify net neutrality critics

Internet-org-LogoFacebook announced on Monday that its Internet.org app, which offers some websites for free, without data charges, is being opened up to developers.

The lack of transparency and inclusiveness was among the criticisms that net neutrality activists have made about Internet.org, which is available in India through Reliance Communications on Android phones.

“Our goal with Internet.org is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities,”  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post. “To do this, we’re going to offer services through Internet.org in a way that’s more transparent and inclusive.”

Read More: http://scroll.in/article/724975/facebook-opens-up-internet-org-to-developers-hoping-to-pacify-net-neutrality-critics

WhatsApp for Android now allows all users to make voice calls, iOS coming soon

WhatsApp-calling-screensNow you can make voice calls via WhatsApp. The new voice calling facility is live.

Updating to WhatsApp version 2.12.5 via Google Play does the trick. Once you’ve got the latest version, you’ll see a revamped interface with three tabs for calls, contacts and chats.

To place a call, tap the Calls tab and then the new call button at the top of your screen. Then, select a contact to ring them over WhatsApp.

The feature is slated to arrive on iOS in the coming weeks, said WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton at Facebook’s recent F8 conference.

Read More: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/03/31/whatsapp-for-android-now-allows-all-users-to-make-voice-calls/

Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Internet Censorship Law

Tindia-flagoday is a good day for freedom of speech in India. Supreme Court struck down an ambiguous law that could be used to imprison citizens for content that they post online.

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was declared unconstitutional at a session held this morning. The court added that the controversial law, which first came into existence in 2000, is “vague in its entirety” and in violation of existing free speech laws.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-Court-strikes-down-Section-66A-of-IT-Act-which-allowed-arrests-for-objectionable-content-online/articleshow/46672244.cms

Apple Watch: battery charges in just two hours, skin contact and 10%+ battery need to get notifications, essentially a time-saving device

apple-watchThere are a lot of interesting details about Apples new watch. But, by far, the most interesting thing is how little you use your iPhone once you have one. It takes your heart rate periodically, providing you with a last-checked time, which could offer major benefits to health applications.

In order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on your wrist and locked. The Watch requires contact with your skin to receive notifications. That cool!

The display is very sharp and easily readable from your wrist. Battery life is also much better.

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/06/the-apple-watch-is-time-saved/#sQEBfW:AmKD

 

Gmail banned in government offices

gmail-yahoo-banIndian government will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats on official computers, block content which it feels is adversely affecting the productivity of the babus and also have a right to delete e-mails or internet history on such computers after intimating the user.

The measures are a part of twin notifications issued by the Narendra Modi government on February 18 by which the use of private e-mail networks like Gmail and Yahoo has now also been officially banned for all government use.

Read More: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Gmail-banned-in-government-offices/articleshow/46407967.cms

Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

dnaSwiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it for millions of years, moving them closer to an entirely new, and better, way to store the world’s information.

Researchers first turned data into DNA and then retrieved it two years ago, but it degraded too quickly to be useful as a long-term storage device. But nature already had a solution.

Chill DNA down and fossilize it, and it can last for millions of years.

Read More: https://gigaom.com/2015/02/17/man-made-dna-can-now-store-data-for-millions-of-years/