One of the most annoying things about Gmail is definitely that extra step needed to show images from your sender on both mobile and desktop versions of Gmail – click or tap to show images in an email or opt to always show attachments from a particular sender. Google has recently updated its Gmail service, removing that annoying step, showing all images automatically. Previously, that extra step is used to ensure that users do not get attacked by malwares in email attachments, so what has the internet giant done to ensure that users are still secure?
Instead of hosting images in an external server, Google is re-routing images to its own “secure proxy servers”. This allows Google to check for viruses and malwares beforehand so they can safely and securely be shown in your email automatically when you open them. Of course, for those of you who are still wary of Google’s move, you can always turn the “ask before displaying external images” feature back on in the settings menu.
Google is said to be rolling out this update to the desktop version of Gmail right now and will reach its mobile apps in early 2014. How many of you are glad you do not have to click to show images again?
Microsoft may be ready to remove all licensing fees it charges to OEMs selling devices running on Windows Phone or Windows RT. The move is largely seen as a method to increase the popularity of both operating systems to OEMs, in particular with Windows Phone.
Unlike Google’s Android, Microsoft charges OEMs a licensing fee to install the Windows Phone operating system on its devices. As a combination of this and the slow adoption rate of Windows Phone among consumers, the platform has been unable to seriously contend with the top two mobile platforms in the market, iOS and Android. Making them free to device manufacturers, however, would make Windows Phone a lot more attractive and could see more companies become less reluctant to sell Windows Phone devices.
As for Windows RT, well, its fortunes have fared worse compared to Windows Phone. Microsoft’s Surface RT, the first Windows RT device, was largely panned for blurring the line to consumers of what was essentially a stripped-down variant of Windows 8 that had limited capabilities. Making it free, however, could allow Windows RT to live on as a platform for budget tablets and laptops.
Discussions to make these platforms free for device manufacturers are reportedly “under serious consideration” by Microsoft’s OS chief, Terry Myerson. Microsoft plans to offset the loss in licensing fees via ads as well as subscriptions to the company’s suite of products, such as Office and Skype.
As yet, there is no word on when the move will take place…if it will take place at all. However, the removal of licensing fees is likely to impact positively particularly to the Windows Phone platform, opening it up to be more than just a one-horse race with regards to the number of manufacturers producing devices running on the platform, and simultaneously finally unleashing the shackles to really take on the top two.
(Source: The Verge)
GOG.com is beginning the winter sale season by offering the first three Fallout games for free. Not to say that these games have been very expensive, but the option to obtain them without DRM makes it a solid choice. This is not the first time that GOG.com has offered Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics free of charge, although it may be the last.
Interplay is finally transferring the distribution license for the early games to Bethesda; who bought the entire Fallout license to make the excellent Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. GOG.com expects that they will no longer be allowed to offer the three original games by next year, and are going all out to make sure everyone gets a chance to play them.
The offer only lasts until tomorrow, 14 December 2013, so why not grab the titles and play some of the best CRPGs ever made.
The iPad Mini with Retina Display has reached our Malaysian shores for a while now and has just arrived in local Apple reseller stores yesterday, but if you do not wish to pay the full price just to own an iPad mini then here’s a piece of good news to you, Maxis has just unveiled its iPad mini tablet bundle, offering the Wi-Fi and Cellular version of the latest iPad mini from as low as RM1,159.
Like the Maxis iPad Air bundle, the telco is offering it with its SurfMore data plans – SurfMore50 or SurfMore75, and ties you up to a 24 months contract:
Advance payment applies. Visit Maxis now for more information about their bundle or to purchase the iPad mini with Retina Display via their online store. Let’s hope Celcom and DiGi unveil their bundle soon.
Instagram today have revealed a brand new feature for their service called the Instagram Direct. Conceptually, it is similar to direct or private messaging on Twitter, Facebook and plenty of other online communication platform out there as Instagram Direct allows users to privately share images and videos with each other.
With the addition of the new feature, Instagram users will see a new option called “Direct” when they are about to share images or videos. Users are able to share the content with up to 15 other Instagram users. The display images of those recipients will then display a tick icon when they’ve viewed the shared contents and a heart icon once they liked it.
Unlike Twitter, users don’t have to follow each other to send posts using Instagram Direct. However, the post that users sent to someone that doesn’t follow them will be grouped into the person’s request queue. From there, the recipient is able to approve or discard the shared post.
The new Instagram feature is available right now through the new Instagram version 5.0 for iOS and Android. Unfortunately, Windows Phone users will have to wait for future updates – most likely once the WP8 app is out of beta.
Sports sponsorship is nothing new to Intel as they have sponsored the BMW-Sauber Formula 1 team before and several eSports teams throughout the world. However, I would say that the latest round of sponsorship that the well-known chip maker have officially announced just moments ago is slightly different though.
This is due to the fact that the organization that Intel have agreed to sponsor is one of the most well-known football team in the word: FC Barcelona, fondly known among football fans as Barca. Yup, it is the Spanish team that have just visited this region including Malaysia few months ago.
Through the deal which estimated to be worth around USD 25 million (RM 80.76 million), Intel is now officially FC Barcelona new technology partner. As part of the deal, Intel will be working together with Barca to provide latest Intel-based tech at La Masia – the club’s well-known youth academy.
Additionally, Intel will also be supplying 2-in-1 devices to Barca’s players and coaches while helping the club to improve its research, training and performance at the same time. Both of the partners will also be working together to provide better fan experience at Camp Nou, Barca’s home ground. Last but not least, Intel will also be involved in delivering latest technology to Barca’s education network all over the world.
Another interesting part of the deal is that Barca jersey will now feature Intel Inside logo but not at a spot that one might expect. Instead, the logo is located inside the jersey itself which is never been done before by the team. Barca will be utilizing the jersey with Intel Inside logo starting from this weekend onwards in the 14 December’s La Liga match against Villareal.
This partnership between Intel and Barcelona can be taken as an example on how tech companies are able to help sports organizations and athletes not only in terms of financial and marketing support but also help them improve technology. I hope it would inspire tech companies in Malaysia to consider embarking in such initiatives with local sports association, teams and athletes.
Despite heading to the market slightly later than PlayStation 4, the Xbox One apparently is doing pretty well. Microsoft have announced that they have managed to sell more than two million units with half of them were sold within 24 hours of its release day in 13 markets throughout the world.
As a comparison, Sony’s previous announcement stated that they have sold more than 2.1 million units of PS4 since the console’s North American release day. Despite the pricing and kinks along the way, the sales figures pretty much show that plenty of gamers already jumping into the world of next generation console gaming.
It is too bad that our region will not be seeing Xbox One anytime soon though. Sorry Microsoft, someone else have to fill in that void then…