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Wireless speaker for Windows® launched

Oregon-based Aperion Audio has announced the launch of a wireless speaker that allows Windows-using music fans to listen to their favorite track from anywhere where there is a home network connection.

How it functions?

Named ARIS wireless speaker, the unit is developed to work with Windows 7’s ‘Play To’ feature that makes it easy to stream content from a PC over a home network. ARIS uses the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol, which is supported on many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Once connected to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the unit will show up as a device on a networked PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Featuring a single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure, the ARIS measures 6.5 inches high, 6.5 inches deep, and 14.75 inches wide, and weighs in at 11.3 lbs. The ARIS wireless speaker for Windows is priced at US $499 and is scheduled to ship mid-June 2012. Pre-orders are presently being taken on the company website.

Microsoft® to use Dolby Digital® Technology in Windows® 8 PCs and tablets

Software giant Microsoft Corporation has announced that it will incorporate Dolby Laboratories sound technology in its upcoming operating system Windows 8-based PCs and tablets.

Windows 8 will support the playback of Dolby-encoded files, with the firm saying that it will offer out-of-the-box support. According to Microsoft, Dolby Digital Plus will be supported on all versions of Windows 8 including the ARM architecture.

Benefits of Dolby Digital Technology

“With the incredible growth of online download and streaming media, particularly for video content, this agreement ensures a great audio experience for those consumers who wish to download or stream TV and movies containing Dolby Digital Plus. Additionally, all of their existing and future home videos recorded with Dolby Digital Plus audio will work great on Windows 8 right out of the box,” said Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft.

The collaboration ensures the presence of Dolby Digital format on Windows ecosystem beyond Blu-ray or DVD, and creates the opportunity to bring a differentiated audio experience to Windows 8-based PCs and tablets. What should be noted here is that PC makers will be forced to pay for Dolby Digital support.

Microsoft® announces cleanup of its app market

Software giant Microsoft Corporation will from now onwards be paying more attention to the icons, titles, and content of the apps that are available on its Windows Marketplace, and expects them to get more subtle and modest in the imagery used.

 

Content policy for app store

According to the recent official blog post, Microsoft’s content policies for the app store do not allow apps containing “sexually suggestive or provocative” images or content. But, the kind of content users can “occasionally see on prime-time TV or the pages of a magazine’s swimsuit issue” is permitted.

Microsoft is also changing its rules for the usage of keywords by app developers to describe apps. Some developers have been found violating the Windows Marketplace policy by entering more than the five allowed keywords. But from now onwards, any app that has more than five keywords will be removed from the app market. The developers who will be affected by this change in policy will be notified and asked to enter five new and relevant keywords.

 

A New Twist in Flashback Mac® Malware Story

The deadly Flashback malware recently shook up the entire world by claiming more than 600,000 Macs worldwide. Although the malware is now somewhat in control, but it was a real shocker for all those Mac users who used to boast about the impermeability of their PCs.

But the new findings made by the antivirus firm Sophos have given a twist to the whole story. According to Sophos, a Mac computer is more likely to be infected by a malware that has the capability to affect a Windows computer too.

Sophos analyzed the data of about 100,000 Mac computers installed with its antivirus software. The firm found that out of five, one Mac was infected with a Windows malware, whereas the ratio of finding Mac malware was one to 36.

So, if you are a Windows user and are fearlessly transferring data from any Mac computer then you may be putting yourself in great trouble.

Nokia® Lumia 610 NFC to be launched with Orange®

At last, Nokia has officially announced that its NFC-enabled Nokia Lumia 610 handset will be launched on the Orange network in the third quarter of 2012. The new Nokia handset can easily pair with NFC-equipped accessories and tags. In addition, it can support MasterCard PayPassR and Visa payWave NFC payment systems for contactless payments.

According to Ilari Nurmi, head of product marketing for Nokia’s Smart Devices business division, “Nokia continues to lead the field in NFC with this latest implementation on the Windows Phone platform, in which we have the full support of Orange.” “We’re bringing NFC right across our portfolio, and together with our ever-growing range of NFC accessories we’re making it easy for people to connect via a single tap. We’re also enabling operators and other service providers to build NFC payment and ticketing solutions on top of our smartphones.”

The Windows-based Nokia Lumia 610 NFC handset features a 3.7-inch display and 8GB of storage space. In addition, the NFC-enabled handset runs on an 800GHz processor and 256MB RAM. You may still need to wait a bit longer for the pricing details of this Nokia handset.

Windows® 3.1 completes twenty years this April!

It is difficult to imagine a time when there was no Windows operating systems and Microsoft was not so known. But if you actually see, there had to be a time when Windows operating systems were born and when people were beginning to witness a revolution. Yes, April was the month, 20 years ago, when the first Windows operating system from Microsoft, the Windows 3.1, was released.

It is the great grandfather of all operating systems we have today and an inspiration for several technological wonders that we have seen since then. The simple interface and the simpler functionalities of the operating system version hardly hint to all the good things that have been offered by the organization in these long years. In this birthday month, how about paying tribute to the first version of Windows OS? Undertake the visual tour available on the PCWorld website and surprise yourself with the lesser known facts of the Windows 3.1 version.

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