Next Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview Coming to More Handsets

Microsoft has stated in a blog post that its Windows 10 for phones Technical Preview released last month was available for “very limited” devices. The decision was made due to the partition size, having the company select just a few devices that matched its requirements.

The upcoming Technical Preview for Windows 10 for phones is said to be available for more devices this time, having Microsoft coming up with a process by the name of “partition stitching”. The latter process is said to essentially resize the partition dynamically, a process that would allow previously unsupported handsets run the upcoming Technical Preview distribution.

The company states that it requires one more week of engineering before releasing the new build, but the device list looks to be promising this time. Microsoft appears to be releasing the new Technical Preview for the following devices:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia ICON
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Microsoft has also stated that the above list is not guaranteed, having the company remove devices that would encounter any sort of bug during the final tests.

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Wearable Chair Developed by Swiss Startup

Noonee is a Swiss startup who claim to be the forefront of “Chairolution® “Bringing forth a new era of wearable ergonomic leg devices”.

Have you been excited recently for wearable technology such as Google Glass, Smart Watches or even hats that double as tissue dispensers? A wearable chair probably wasn’t the logical progression you were thinking of. But before you grab your pitchforks and start commenting on your social media channels, this invention isn’t necessarily designed for general and public use. Working and standing in a factory on extended shifts takes a large toll on your physical endurance, noonee are trying to provide a viable solution.

Their ‘chairless chair’ is a locking leg support device. Once you strap yourself in, you can press a button and take the weight off yourself without effort. Made out of aluminium and carbon fiber, the frame is designed to hold whichever position you are currently assuming – meaning you don’t have to compromise with standard set positions.

Engaget helped explain the science behind the device:

“The secret sauce here is a battery-powered dampening system eases the load on your lower back and legs by supporting your body weight and directing it down into your heels.”

Audi and BMW are said to soon be taking on this prototype unit for on-field testing, let’s see if it can stand up to the test.

Are you often attending expos, trade shows or events? Maybe we’ll see these as a public reality – unfortunately, we haven’t had any price indication as of yet.

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Disney to Release Unaltered Cut of Star Wars Trilogy on Blu-ray

You don’t have to be a big fan of the Star Wars franchise to know that many fans got fed up when George Lucas started making adjustments to the originals, detracting from the little details that people loved about the original movies. Rumors are kicking around this week with the prospect of an “original” cut making it to Blu-ray, which  is no doubt something that would excite the long-standing fan base of the movies.

The only issue we know of here is that Disney do not own the rights to the original cuts of the movie, these are still owned by Fox.

Fox owns distribution rights to the original Star Wars, No. 4 in the series, in perpetuity in all media worldwide. And as for the five subsequent movies, Fox has theatrical, nontheatrical, and home video rights worldwide through May 2020.

In fact there are a lot of hurdles on this one, Lucas himself has already said he wasn’t keen on the idea in the past, so many different business deals would have to go right and of course it will likely result in a product that hardcore fans still aren’t happy with. With a bit of luck, this one will see the light of day, but don’t hold your breath.

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Target Components Now Exclusive Gaming Distributor For Club3D

Target Components are really coming into their stride recently, securing several major brand exclusives such as GeIL, KFA2Chieftec and now Club3D. While they’re not covering the entire Club3D range, they have secured the most important part of it, their gaming products.

Club3D have a  really exciting range of graphics cards available right now and their Poker branding makes it really easy to find out the performance, cooling solutions and factory overclocking levels, with their Joker being the lower end and the Ace being the highest.

The deal sees Target become sole distributor of Club 3D’s gaming graphics card range as well as the brand’s newly-launched ‘SenseVision’ range of gaming accessories. Established 17 years ago, Club 3D‘s successes in supplying AMD graphics cards has led to an expanded product offering. Target’s main focus will be on Club 3D’s ‘PokerSeries’ graphics cards which offer top performance at competitive prices, but they will also be expanding the range with Club 3D’s ‘SenseVision’ label of USB hubs, graphics adapters and multi-screen display ports. Many of which we saw earlier this year at CeBIT. This year also sees Club 3D launch the world’s first USB3.0-to-4K graphics adapter.

Gerjan Blonet, Club 3D’s European Sales Executive, explains Target’s appointment: “With their uniquely customer-focused approach to the channel and extensive customer base of independent resellers, we’re excited by the partnership between Club 3D and Target.”

The Club 3D range has also been added to Target’s In-Store PC Builder configuration tool, with all products pre-checked for compatibility with all other components. Club 3D will be exhibiting at the Target Open Day 2014 on 19th September in Leeds (B2B only) and eTeknix will be there to provide coverage.

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Linux Heading to Open Source Cars, Releasing Automotive Grande Linux Distribution

Open source operating system Linux has apparently shifter its focus towards a new sphere, leaving the real of desktops, notebooks, and even smartphones, having targeting the automobile market. A new Linux distribution by the name of Automotive Grande Linux has reportedly been released this week, being dedicated towards cars in an attempt to bring a new open source solution to the technologically advanced era we live in.

It is said that AGL, in collaboration with and sponsored by the Linux Foundation, brings together a host of partners from the automotive industry, communications, computing hardware, academia, as well as other sectors. The first release has been stated to have launched on June the 30th, having to bring a solution for a wide range of products, from cars, to laptops, TVs and even smartphones. The distribution is said to be based on Tizen IVI and is available for free here.

The first AGL release is said to have support for a limited series of features, specifically designed for deployment in cars and other vehicles. The features consist of Home Screens, Dashboards, Google Maps, HVACs, Media Playback, News Readers in the shape of an app carousel, Audio Controls, Bluetooth Phone support and even Smart Device Link Integration. Participants in the AGL project and the Linux Foundation hope that this initiative will help future ‘connected’ cars run on open source software in order to deliver the next generation of entertainment, navigation and other similar tools for use inside vehicles.

“Openness and collaboration are key to accelerating the development of a common, standard automotive platform so the industry can more quickly achieve its vision of delivering the connected car,” said Dan Cauchy, General Manager of Automotive, The Linux Foundation.

The GM also added that the Linux Foundation expects AGL development to continue steadily after its first release, having to introduce “a number of additional capabilities and features in subsequent releases.”

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ARM-Based CPU and Development Platform Announced By AMD, To Arrive This Quarter

AMD recently announced an interesting development platform for its first 64-bit ARM-based server CPU based on 28 nm architecture. AMD also announced that it will reveal the AMD Opteron A1100 Series ARM-based CPUs, and a development platform, which includes an evaluation board and software suite. AMD announced that it would be contributing to the Open Compute Project a new micro-server design using the AMD Opteron A-Series as part of the common slot architecture specification for motherboards named “Group Hug.”

The “Seattle” codenamed AMD Operon A-Series CPUs will be revealed this quarter along with a development platform that is reportedly going to make software design on the industry’s premier ARM-based server CPU quick and easy. AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a robust 64-bit software ecosystem for ARM-based designs from compilers and simulators to hypervisors, operating systems and application software, in order to address key workloads in Web-tier and storage data center environments. The AMD Opteron A-Series development platform should be supported by a broad set of tools and software including a standard UEFI boot and Linux environment based on the Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored, community-driven Linux distribution.

“The needs of the data center are changing. A one-size-fits-all approach typically limits efficiency and results in higher-cost solutions,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit. “The new ARM-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor brings the experience and technology portfolio of an established server processor vendor to the ARM ecosystem and provides the ideal complement to our established AMD Opteron x86 server processors.”

The AMD Operon A1100 Series is said to sport a 4 or 8 core ARM Cortex-A57 having up to 4 MB of shared L2 and 8 MB of shared L3 cache. It should support configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC at up to 1866 MT/second for up to 4 SODIMM, UDIMM or RDIMMs modules, 8 lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 I/O, 8 Serial ATA 3 ports, 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced security and Crypto and data compression co-processors.

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Red Hat Teamed Up With CentOS To Boost Innovation

Red Hat and CentOS are joining forces to develop a “new CentOS” in a bid to speed open source innovation. It is said that some CentOS teams will join the Red Hat payroll, but will continue working on CentOS as their primary job function.

The Red Hat company is based on the Red Hat distribution, which makes over a billion dollars a year by charging a premium for all software and support services it provides with its enterprise OS. However, some components are subject to the GNU Public License, which requires any derivative work to be published under the same license. For this reason Red Hat publishes all its derivative code online.

CentOS is basically made out of some of his code by a team of developers, making it a free RHEL clone with Red Hat branding and other intellectual property removed. This move from the North American enterprise Linux vendor will benefit both organizations. A better relationship with Red Hat along with financial and infrastructure support will definitely be helpful for CentOS. Likewise, it would be easy for existing CentOS users to become paying Red Hat customers if they ever desire support.

Basically the CentOS distribution will remain the same, with some minor improvements at most. Also, the partnership will not affect Fedora, a community-based Linux distribution maintained by Red Hat.

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