Windows 10 intercepting data from Google Chrome?

So I was catching up with some Windows 10 news this morning when this happened, Visiting the Microsoft App store in Google Chrome forced the Windows 10 App store to fire up the list on the PC. Now Im not saying this is a bad thing but should Microsoft really be acting on data inside Google Chrome in this way?

If it was Edge Browser I wouldn’t be bothered but this does feel a little jarring and outside the expected experience especially given its firing a popup app on the OS with NO dialog first to check user consent.

Microsoft Cortana Android has leaked

Cortana Microsofts answer to Google Now and Siri has leaked, the guys and gals at Android Police have got hold of the APK and you can download it now at their website.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/07/17/fully-functional-microsoft-cortana-app-leaks-ahead-of-official-release-apk-download/

Cortana provides most of the functionality that Windows Mobile features and even has graceful integration with the Android OS.

Microsoft are on a bit of a roll of late and their efforts to bring their software and services across to other systems is welcome, Cortana feels great to use.

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Rocket League PS4 & PC Review

Rocket League PS4 & PC Review today we are taking a look at Rocket League a game that is Cross-platform on PS4 and PC.

Some games launch and fall flat others come out of nowhere and take Twitch by storm, Rocket League is one such game.

This is an e-sport with rocket powered cars, a giant ball and two goals, can you take your team to victory?

Loving everything about Rocket League this is one title you really should pick up on either PC or PS4.

BBC iPlayer not on Windows 10 store?

So it looks like the BBC are currently giving the Windows 10 store a pass as far as a native iPlayer app is concerned. Given the BBC is a public broadcaster that has put iPlayer on so many devices it seems wacky they would give the largest desktop install by far a miss.

Maybe they feel that web-based access to iPlayer is sufficient? Well it won’t be for all that long. Native rules as far as the majority of users are concerned, given the fact that people are used to apps on Android and iOS. The BBC is not doing itself any favors by ignoring a massive chunk of the UK market.

D11 Hints At The Future of Android

Now that Android phones have taken over the iPhone in market share, the future of Android is a big question. It is on Google to keep things fresh as a new iPhone lurks around the corner. D11 has given us a glimpse of what the future might hold.

More Cohesion Among Devices
Something that is both a strength and a weakness for Android is the lack of a uniform experience across the mass of devices out there. This is largely in part because of manufacturer’s tendencies to modify Android to their liking. In an interview at D11, Android chief Sundar Pichai said himself that the Android network is bigger than he expected. He says that in the future the intention will be to create more common ground among devices, while still giving manufacturers room to innovate. As for a practical step forward on this front, Pichai said that the HTC One and the Google S4 will be available on Google Play with the Nexus interface.

Motorola’s New Phone
Motorola’s Dennis Woodside confirmed the existence of the Moto X. Its name suggests that it is the long rumored Google X phone. While he stated the phone was in his pocket, he did not reveal it to the audience. The information is still vague, but Woodside said that the phone will have sensors that enable it to be ‘contextually aware’. It seems reasonable to think that this feature will integrate with Google Now. In addition to this feature, Woodside said 70% of the product will be assembled in a Fort Worth, Texas plant. He described it as the first smartphone to be built in the U.S. Beyond these concrete aspects of the phone, ideas were tossed around for the future. Electric tattoos and a pill you can swallow were suggested as potential forms of verification.

Unlike YouTube, Motorola’s identity still seems to retain an air of independence after their acquisition by Google. It has to be remembered that if Motorola’s new phone is a success, it is a success for Google. It could be a game changer capable of taking on the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5S, but we will have to wait to find that out.

Samsung: Will They Stay On Top?
Overall, we didn’t see any big reveals or huge hints at Android’s future. The coming year seems to be more about refinement than anything else. We may see the market shares evening out between manufacturers. Google’s Nexus phones along with the Moto X may help them to expand their reputation as hardware developers. On the other hand, with Samsung’s new Design 3.0 paradigm on the way, a more uniform design may establish them as an even bigger presence in the Android market. While Pichai denies any sense of competition with Samsung, suggesting greater collaboration between the companies in the coming year, it is hard to deny that Google wouldn’t mind seeing more of their phones moving off the shelves.

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The Prestigio Multipad 9.7 Versus Other Tablets

Tablets are pretty much everywhere these days and their popularity isn’t waning. For everything from business use to watching movies, TV shows and checking email at home, the tablet seems to be the delivery device people are gravitating to.

While certain devices like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy seem to be all over the place, there are a whole slew of other tablets that offer excellent usability and unique features. One such tablet is the Prestigio Multipad 9.7.

If you’re considering buying a tablet or looking for a gift for somebody special in your life, this particular tablet is one you should definitely put on your shortlist.

The iPad isn’t the only tablet in town anymore.

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Who Is Prestigio?

Before we go into the specifics of the tablet, we should probably get the elephant in the room out of the way. Prestigio may not be a name brand that you’re familiar with (like Apple or Samsung), but it’s been around for quite a while, and they have products selling in over 60 countries worldwide. They’re not a fly-by-night company and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

As far as the quality of Prestigio products, you should know that their products are designed with the specific purpose of competing with high-end tablets, like the iPad. Quality control is good and Prestigio stands by their product.

Specifications

The Prestigio Multipad runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, a platform that’s very user-friendly and designed to be quick and speedy, reducing the time a user has to wait to load large and feature-rich files. The tablet comes with a wide variety of apps, but you can download more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for the platform using Google Market.

The Prestigio Multipad 9.7 runs on an ARM Cortex A8 Rockchip RK218 CPU @1GHz. It also comes with a 9.7” backlit screen with 1024 x 768 resolution. The Multipad comes with Mini HDMI, micro-SD support, Wi-Fi, Mini USB and a standard mini jack for making audio connections or utilizing headphones.

The tablet offers about 4 hours of HD video playback on a single charge, 36-hours of audio playback and an impressive 120 hours in standby mode. So, if you’re looking to run your business dashboard, this may be the tablet you want to highly consider.

Comparing the Prestigio Multipad to Other Tablets

If you’ve been in the market for a tablet for a while, you probably noticed how the specifications of the Prestigio tablet are very similar to those of the iPad 2. That’s because they are.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab may be popular, but the Prestigio Multipad 9.7 offers users more.

Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The iPad 2 offers the same exact screen size, resolution quality and connection types. While many people like Apple’s iOS platform because it’s one they’re familiar with, new tablet users will likely find the Prestigio’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform easier to navigate and customize to their liking.

The Prestigio Multipad 9.7 also compares favorably to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is actually the world’s most popular tablet. The Prestigio offers the same operating specs, but it comes with a considerably larger screen than the Samsung, which only offers 7-inches of real estate. The Samsung tablet also has a slightly lower resolution quality.

When the tablet first appeared, the iPad was pretty much the only game in town. Soon after, the Samsung Galaxy Tab was introduced and became more popular in terms of sales volume.

However, fast forward to 2013, and there are a lot of tablets on the market that perform every bit as well as the iPad and Samsung for a fraction of the price. The Prestigio Multipad 9.7 is one of those tablets, and if you’re in the market, you owe it to yourself (and your pocketbook) to check one out.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and online marketing professional from Southern California. She specializes in a variety of tech as well as search marketing and web analytics. She currently works with PlanetTelex jquery web designers.

Hacked Heroes of the Storm can Blizzard fix it?

Hacked Heroes of the Storm can Blizzard fix it? Evidence has been presented of Maphacks being used in Heroes of the Storm. A number of YouTubers have added evidence to the growing weight of suspicion that some gamers are hacking Heroes of the storm to provide full sight of the enemy team.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWxk-LZnkxo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qq6Zg2Rm8U

The real question now is can Blizzard fix this or will it go the way of Starcraft 2 and be a mess for a long old time.

Batman Arkham Knight still being sold by CDkey Sites Kinguin CJS and G2A

Batman Arkham Knight still being sold by CDkey sites. Well, never one to miss-out on money, it seems the leading CDkey sites Kinguin, CJS and G2A are still selling.

Given that Batman Arkham Knight has been recalled by WBgames as they admit it’s not fit for the purpose and needs a re-release once the problems are fixed, there is no way anyone should be selling Batman Arkham Knight keys let alone once for Steam!