Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, has recently confirmed that all versions of Windows OS ranging from computers to mobile phones will be merged into a single operating system. Nadella said that that by doing so, this means just one operating system will cover all screen sizes.
Apple has announced that its company will be releasing the public beta of OS X Yosemite on 24 July (25 July Malaysia). Yosemite was announced during the keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) back in June. The beta testing program is free for anyone but is limited only to the first million users who sign up.
There is now concrete evidence that Google Now is a better assistant than Siri. An experiment has shown that Google Now had the edge over Siri by answering 86% of all the questions heard correctly compared to the 84% by Siri.
Gene Munster, an analyst of Piper Jaffray conducted a side-by-side comparison between Apple’s Siri and Google Now. With 800 questions being thrown at the two voice assistants, half of which were carried out outdoors and the other half indoors. The question were centred on five categories – local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS commands.
Google’s new internet security programme, Project Zero, has unveiled its first big name. George Hotz, or better known as Geohot, has joined the team that is preparing to scour the internet for vulnerabilities and get to them before malicious hackers are able to exploit the weaknesses. Hotz will be joining what Wired is calling a dream team of hackers who form the core of Project Zero.
Electronic Arts has announced that it is ending support for The Sims 2. This means that there will no longer be updates or fixes to the game that came out some 10 years ago. As a parting gift, EA is giving all owners of the title a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. Apparently EA is capable of doing something nice for their customers every once in a while.
Google has had a eventful week, and it continued it with the unveiling of Project Zero. Mountain View is putting together a team solely dedicated to making the internet a safer place for all users. The idea is that the company has invested a large amount of resources in making their products secure against outside attacks, and is now extending that same kind of quality control to everyone who operates online.
Microsoft has issued a emergency update for its Windows operating system to protect systems against the recent counterfeit encryption certificates that came out of the National Infomatics Centre (NIC) of India. These certificates were spotted earlier in the week and appear to spoof credentials from Google and Yahoo. This update revokes access for the certificates, preventing hackers from using them to commit attacks against internet users.
[Update @ July 7, 11:47am: Groupon has responded to our query via Twitter. More below]
If you love deals, you most probably have spent a lot of time browsing around for them at Groupon. Since the site offers thousands of products and services, it is possible that a couple of questionable deals somehow managed to pass through the site.
So, one of them has come to our attention: this particular deal at Groupon Malaysia that offers lifetime subscription for Microsoft Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. Wait, lifetime subscription?
Back at WWDC, Apple showed off their Photos app and with a recent announcement it looks like that will be the replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. Granted, it was a given to have the Photos app replace the more consumer level iPhoto but for it to replace the more professionally skewed Aperture software is quite a big deal.
Google has announced that it is working its own fork in the OpenSSL project. This announcement means that there are now three projects working off the OpenSSL code, although Google’s own version is apparently a stripped down variant that is without many application programming interfaces (API) and application binary interfaces (ABI).