Microsoft Paint won’t be hung out to dry simply yet

Revision: A Microsoft representative has supplied united states with the after declaration on matter, affirming its position supply inside noted blog post:

“MS Paint isn’t going away. In addition to the brand new 3D abilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like picture modifying and 2D creation are in Paint 3D – this new software for imagination, designed for free because of the Windows 10 Creators improve. As Time Goes By, we are going to offer MS Paint in the Windows Shop also for free and consistently provide brand new updates and experiences to Paint 3D so individuals have the very best imaginative tools all in a single destination.”

Initial story follows…

We heard yesterday that Microsoft was dumping the venerable Paint application from Windows 10 utilizing the inbound Fall Creators improve, nonetheless it appears your nostalgia-sparked outcry at move was premature, once the software will now be relocated within the Windows Store.

Come the fall, MS Paint it’s still ‘here to keep’ Microsoft noted in a post utilizing the above image, but instead when compared to a default part of Windows 10, it’ll be moved to the Windows Store where the software will be a free download.

So anyone who does not want to let go of the straightforward illustrations app can nevertheless appreciate it, though it won’t be developed any further.

Going 3D

Naturally, it was superseded by Paint 3D, and far of its functionality was built-into this successor.

Microsoft reminded united states: “Paint 3D – the brand new application for creativity, also designed for free utilizing the Windows 10 Creators modify, will continue to get brand new function updates. As Well As The new 3D abilities, most MS Paint features people know and love like picture editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.”

Microsoft Paint has been present in Windows considering that the initial form of the operating system, so that it’s possibly unsurprising that the good deal of nostalgic fondness surrounds the software.

As was the actual situation since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is keen become viewed as listening to its user base, which is another demonstration regarding the business taking on board feedback. (Which is all element of laying the ghost of Windows 8 to sleep – the OS which many users believed had been forced on it, which ‘nobody’ actually wanted but Microsoft pressed ahead with irrespective).

The long and painful loss of Flash

Updated: It is official, Adobe has announced Flash will causes its final exit by 2020.

If you have used online for longer than a several years then it’s most likely you’ve come across Flash. Historically, the format has been a pervasive force on the web and, minus the smartphone, probably still might have been today.

Lots of people connect Flash, that will be actually a platform for variety of multimedia, with Adobe, but its origins stretch far back into the 1990s plus company called FutureWave Software, which made SmartSketch. The application had been primarily employed for vector drawing applications on Windows or OS X nonetheless it never ever caught on.

FutureWave was then obtained by Macromedia, the conglomerate behind many well-known productivity programs among other activities. The FutureSplash Animator, a core part of SmartSketch, ended up being rebranded as Macromedia Flash 1.0, which was comprised of two parts: a graphics and animation editor, plus media player.

Massive development

The application expanded in popularity between 1996 and 2005 and ended up being thought to were installed on more computers than other news players – including Java, RealNetworks, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player – combined.

This growth ended up being spurred by aggressive investment in enhancing Flash services by Macromedia, including incorporating MovieClips among other features. Through the years, the working platform morphed from the media creation tool to a web platform, which is how a lot of people think about it now.

In 2005, the year that Flash actually came into a unique, Adobe acquired Macromedia and incorporated Flash, Dreamweaver, Director/Shockwave, and Authorware. Many of these programs, especially Dreamweaver, are now relied upon into the professional community.

Over time, Adobe continued to build up Flash, which had turn into a suite of applications, in to a web-based platform for video, music, video gaming, and a lot more. Many computer systems came pre-installed with Flash so that the internet will be accessible to them.

In 2007, the entire world of Flash is rocked – even in the event Adobe don’t realise it at the time.

Steve work

Steve work had serious beef with Flash

Curse of work

Steve work, the CEO of Apple, stood on stage in June 2007 and introduced the iPhone, a computer device he stated would behave as a phone, a media player, and, most importantly, an internet browser. This final capability would catapult the iPhone, especially the 3G and 3GS, in to the hands of countless users.

Unlike 1st variations of Android os or Windows mobile phone (and soon after Windows mobile), iPhone OS (which later on became iOS) didn’t support Flash.

“i desired to put in writing a few of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash items so that customers and experts may better understand why we don’t allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads,” Jobs later had written in an infamous memo called ‘Thoughts on Flash’ which was written in the springtime of 2010 and signaled the death of the platform.

Jobs presented a few grievances with Flash, including its proprietary nature, the truth that most sites (even then) had been switching with other formats for video, the negative effect on battery pack life, and the poor security record of Flash.

“New available criteria created into the mobile period, such as for instance HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too),” work concluded. “Perhaps Adobe should concentrate more on producing great HTML5 tools money for hard times, and less on criticising Apple for making the past behind.”

These terms, read today, remain relevant which help give an explanation for shortcomings of Flash platform which have plagued it for quite some time, exposing users to security risks and considerably reducing the performance and battery pack life of phones, tablets, and PCs.

Adobe finally kills Flash

Adobe has announced that by 2020 it will end updating and dispersing its Flash Player plugin, which includes been entertaining and irritating users in almost equal measure since 1996.

The loss of Flash, which Adobe announced on its internet site, will usher in a end to a controversial software program that helped shape interactivity online – while also being a target of ire when it found usability, privacy and protection.

In its statement, Adobe claims that available criteria such as for instance HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have brought comparable features to the internet with no need become set up as plugins – thereby making Adobe Flash Player redundant.

Due to that, Adobe, along side its technology partners offering Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, is planning to cease focus on the software.

Flash inside pan

Although some internet sites nevertheless count on the Flash Player plugin to produce animations and games, a growing number have switched to making use of less resource-intensive available criteria that won’t decrease their visitor’s devices, or bug them to put in extra computer software, as the Flash Player presently does.

While it enjoyed a golden age from 1996 towards the early 2000s, whenever interactivity on websites online began to replace the face of the internet, Flash’s stock has fallen lately due to a wide range of high profile security and privacy conditions that made many individuals cautious with installing the program.

So, despite helping contour the net as we understand it for the previous 21 years, you’ll likely perhaps not view a mass outpouring of grief for Flash’s demise. In our view, this is often a positive action that will make searching cyberspace safer, faster and more easy to use.

For sites that nevertheless utilize Flash, Adobe will continue to support Flash until 2020, while motivating web sites to migrate existing Flash content towards the open formats.

Facebook is apparently taking care of an Echo Show rival

Reports are emerging that Facebook is working on a smart speaker to participate the quickly swelling ranks currently filling our houses.

Based on DigiTimes, unnamed sources from “the upstream supply string” have actually confirmed your speaker will probably be released in the first quarter of 2018. Reported to be created by Facebook’s secretive Building 8, the smart presenter will include a 15-inch touchscreen manufactured by LG.

This screen is apparently the thing that will set Facebook’s providing apart, as it’s centering on image display in place of voice recognition functionality. This will make feeling for Facebook, having its mostly artistic platform both as a social media giant, and its own hugely successful talk app Messenger. 

This implies it’s going to be in direct competition with Amazon’s Echo Show. It could have also been in competition with Samsung’s Bixby speaker, that was rumored to enjoy a display screen.

It is getting crowded in here

That was before plans for the Bixby presenter looked like they could have crumbled beneath the crushing pressure of Amazon’s stronghold on the smart speaker market. It is interesting to see if Facebook believes its speaker can stay the stress.

If the reports are right so we aren’t seeing it until the following year, it will likely be entering market aided by the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Show, along side Google Residence, Apple’s HomePod, and Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker Invoke. And that’s just before even begin considering all alternative party speakers that are Alexa-enabled.

It sounds like several prototypes regarding the unit have already been produced, although we now haven’t seen any leaks, specifications, and sometimes even patents. As we hear more about it we’ll tell you.

Via TechCrunch

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition: Unboxing and impressions

There is so much to love about Samsung smartphones, especially the displays and cameras. There are things that some may find a little frustrating too, like inconsistent performance over time. It was the latter that always drove me from keeping my SIM card in a Galaxy S series for any appreciable period of time.

However, the Note series was different, despite the same hiccups I would inevitably encounter as I put the device through its paces, those perfect moments where the S-Pen was handy would prove invaluable – not in a sense of professional productivity, but out of propensity to make jokes.

Those pretty displays and other goodies from the Galaxy Note series would eventually give way to the next big thing, but I always looked forward to the next generation. The Galaxy Note 5 was the stylus-packing line-up’s maturation point – build quality that had reached parity with the Galaxy S-series, and more refined features for the S-Pen.

The Galaxy Note 7’s feature set really impressed me. I pre-ordered as soon as I was able to and immediately fell for Samsung’s ability to entrance me with their AMOLED displays. Despite there being a Snapdragon 820 under the hood, it just felt like it was not running like a true flagship. In hindsight, it could have been related to the battery, or heat from charging. The battery mayhem surrounding the device did not impact me because I returned it before all that stuff starting making news.

When the Galaxy S8 came along, I gave that a whirl also, and the terrible fingerprint sensor placement was just too big an inconvenience for me to enjoy what is otherwise an outstanding piece of hardware with a well-executed Samsung Experience skin sending TouchWiz out to a long-overdue pasture. Still, I was a little worried that the next generation Note would follow in the S-series footsteps when it comes to that critical feature. From the looks of the news lately, it appears those concerns are well-founded.

When word got out about the rebuilt “Fan Edition” Note, I was interested because on the surface, it appeared that Samsung fixed what was wrong – the battery (obviously), the CPU (small bump), and software (Android 7 and Samsung Experience).

So, being the gadget geek that I am, and with little regard for the concept known as impulse control, I went online and ordered a Galaxy Note Fan Edition from a seller in Korea.

What’s in the box

There is nothing new to the packaging, other than a big heart on the box. Clearly aimed at showing appreciation to the purists that just wanted a current-era Note device, the rest of the packaging is familiar Samsung. With the phone, earbuds, charger, USB-C cable, OTG adapter, micro-USB adapter, and extra stylus tips.

About the Note FE and Impressions

We gave an overview of differences between the Note 7 and the Note FE. The battery is smaller (safer), and so far, charging has been wholly uneventful. The device even remains cool to the touch. The discrepancy in what we earlier learned about the Note FE is the silicon inside. Rather than a Snapdragon 821, the Note FE (or at least the one I got, which is KT branded) instead ships with the octa-core Exynos 8890.

Performance-wise, the Note FE does not feel like a throwback from last year, even though its spec sheet suggests it is. The camera fits Samsung’s typical modus-operandi, that is to say, excellent.

The new Samsung Experience UI is right at home on the 5.7-inch AMOLED display. The settings default the display to operate at 1080p resolution, and you can adjust it to 2K or 720p if you like. The UI action is smooth, though it is obviously nowhere near as fast as what we have seen from this year’s power players.

Think you want one too? Bring money

If you have a gadget hunger that is insatiable, there are dozens of reputable sellers on eBay who have stormed the retailers in Korea and bought a bunch of Galaxy Note FE devices in order to feed the addiction. The prices are high, ranging between $795 and $925. You will want to double-check the specifications regarding cellular connectivity in your area, just in case.

Most of the Note FEs for sale have free express shipping from Korea, and there no import duties on shipments to the United States. I pre-ordered mine a couple days before they went on sale. The seller shipped it on Monday, and it arrived at my doorstep on Thursday.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition is certainly not the hot hit for the summer of 2017, but it is certainly worthy of some notoriety, until we are drawn to the new gear yet-to-come from LG, Google, and Samsung. Yep, I’ll probably get a Note 8 when it comes out too.

Sprint wants to lease you a smartphone

Sprint has found that it is to their benefit to lease their customers a handset rather than selling them one. The wireless operator has a new program called Sprint Flex that allows customers to lease a phone and upgrade to a new model after 18 months. For $5 a month extra, subscribers can upgrade after just 12 months. Note that Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models are entitled to a 12-month early upgrade without having to pay the extra $5 monthly.

Other options available at 18 months include paying off the device with one lump sum payment. Or, by paying six more monthly payments, subscribers will own the handset. The customer can also decide to keep the lease going by continuing to make the monthly payments.

Those who don’t mind having their credit checked by Sprint can subscribe to Sprint Deals. This is for customers who have applied for and have received credit from the nations’ fourth largest carrier. They can pay $25 down and $5 a month to lease an entry-level handset. Or, a more expensive model from Sprint’s entire portfolio of phones (which now includes the BlackBerry KEYone) can be leased for $30 down and $10 a month. With 12 consecutive on-time payments, subscribers can qualify for an upgrade to any new handset.

If you don’t want your credit checked, you can take 50% off an entry-level phone or 25% off a high-end model. Subscribers will be using the Sprint Forward pre-paid plan. Again, with 12 consecutive on-time payments, customers can qualify for an upgrade to any new handset without requiring a credit check.

Why offer leasing programs? Not only do customers leasing handsets tend to stick around longer than those who purchase them, the market for previously used phones is said to be gaining strength. Sprint CFO Tarek Robbiati points out that leasing gives Sprint the opportunity to sell an asset multiple times. “Maybe two lives for a phone, maybe three we don’t know,” says the executive. “But those phones have an extended life relative to what we were using in the past.”

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says that the churn profile of customers who lease is very favorable.

“I mean, as a value proposition, 80% of our sales give the right to the consumer to upgrade their device every single year. So logically that’s going to drive consumers to one-year upgrades. They’re signing an 18-month lease, but they are upgrading their device every 12 months, meaning they are never out of the contractor. They are continuously operating, and what we’ve found is the churn profile of those customers looks very, very favorable.”-Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint

Those who lease a phone need to take extra special care with it since the device is not being purchased. That means keeping the screen free of cracks and not allowing the phone to suffer any water damage. Otherwise, after the lease expires, the device might have to be purchased at a price equivalent to that of a brand new device.

source: FierceWireless, CNET

With iOS 11, NFC is for more than just using Apple Pay

Apple currently uses NFC for mobile payment system Apple Pay. NFC, which stands for Near Field Communication, allows two electronic devices to communicate with each other as long as both are no more than 1.6-inches apart. When Apple added NFC to its handset with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it limited the use of the feature to Apple Pay. But that is all going to change once iOS 11 is released.

With iOS 11 comes Core NFC. This allows developers to access NFC so that the tool can be used inside apps. With the latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system, NFC tags can be read on certain iPhone models. This allows compatible devices to open certain apps, and change specific settings when it comes into contact with a tag. In addition, consumers can stand next to store shelves and learn more information about some of the products that s store is offering for sale. NFC can also help manufacturers track a product from a factory based assembly line, to its delivery inside a store.

“When placed on a bottle of spirit or a bottle of lubricant oil, for instance, and tapped by an NFC phone, the chip is able to securely authenticate and track the bottle like an ePassport does. It offers the same certified security level. It also allows the brand to broadcast personalized messages to the phone-holder detecting whether the bottle has been open or not.”-Cybersecurity company WISeKey

Core NFC will be available for use on the Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and later models. Interested developers can learn more about Core NFC by reading Apple’s documentation. Simply click on the sourcelink.

source: Apple via MacRumors

High-end Nokia 8 allegedly coming soon, could cost less than $600

After launching the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, HMD Global is now (seemingly) getting ready to introduce at least one higher-end Android smartphone. Recently, we heard that a Nokia 8 and a Nokia 9 might be around the corner, and now we’re learning that only one of these models may be released in the near future: the Nokia 8.

According to German website WinFuture (usually a reliable source), the Nokia 8 has the model number TA-1004. Not long ago, it’s been assumed that the TA-1004 would be launched as the Nokia 9, but WinFuture has it that the phone’s final name should be Nokia 8.

The Nokia 8 is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, further featuring 4 GB of RAM, dual SIM support, and 64 GB of internal memory. The handset likely sports a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display of at least 5.3 inches, and could have a Zeiss-branded camera.

Reportedly, the Nokia 8 will be available in four color variants – blue, steel, gold blue, and gold copper – and should cost a bit under €600 in Europe (almost certainly, this would mean under $600 in the US).

A couple of months ago, a leaked video may have shown the Nokia 8, or at least an early version of it. More exactly, the Nokia 8 could be the handset seen on the left in this image (note the existence of a dual rear camera):

It’s said that the Nokia 8 will be released in Europe as soon as late July. If that’s the case, we could see the new smartphone being officially announced in less than two weeks’ time. Meanwhile, of course, we must keep in mind that, right now, nothing about the Nokia 8 is confirmed.

source: WinFuture (translated)

Upcoming T-Mobile Tuesday freebies include deals on pizza, movies and hotels

Want to know what the giveaways and contest prizes are for this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday? Then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start with the freebies. This Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers will receive a 25% discount or more on hotel rooms from HotelStorm. If you need prints from your camera roll to create a permanent reminder of your vacation, on Tuesday you can order them from the FreePrints app. You’ll receive 10 4×6 premium photographs and a pair of 5×7 enlargements. As part of T-Mobile Tuesday, subscribers to the nation’s third largest carrier will receive free expedited shipping of said prints. On Tuesday, T-Mobile is giving away from Vudu a free movie rental or purchase, priced up to $5.50.

Additionally, on the second workday of the upcoming week, you can take 25% off any item listed on Papa John’s regular menu. Check the T-Mobile Tuesday app every week through July 25th to see if it is your turn to win a free medium one topping pie. Are you a fan of the National Parks System? This Tuesday, T-Mobile is giving away a digital EBook version of National Geographic’s guide to the National Parks.

The contest this week will feature One Grand Prize, which is a check for $5,000. The money can be used to plan a trip to a National Park. The winner also receives another check, this one in the amount of $2,142 which can be used to pay taxes on the prize, or can be used at the winner’s discretion. Twenty-Five First Prize winners get a National Parks package of books and guides including:

  • Complete National Parks of the United States
  • The National Parks (an illustrated history)
  • National Parks Collections
  • Guide to National Parks of the United States
  • 3 National Geographic children’s books
  • A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart Yellowstone
  • Secrets of the National Parks
  • 10 of the Best Everything National Parks

One-Hundred Second Prize winners will be given a $25 code good for use one-time only at the National Geographics’ online store, shopng.com.

This week, there will be 126 prizes given away during the contest, valued at $18,392. Good luck!

source: T-Mobile

Leaked photo gives us our best look yet at the Galaxy Note 8

We’ve got some big-hitting phones still to come in 2017 but few are generating as much buzz as the Galaxy Note 8 – and thanks to a photo posted to Twitter we may just have got our best look yet at the upcoming phablet, even if we still have to wait for its official debut.

Posted by Twitter use Ice Universe, who has a better-than-average record as a tipster, the shot shows three Galaxy Note 8 handsets in a row complete with minimal, slightly curved bezels and some rather fetching home screen wallpapers from the Samsung vaults.

While these pictures look as if they could be genuine, and come from a fairly reliable source, we wouldn’t bet the house on them being accurate just yet – however, they are potentially the best look we’ve got so far at the upcoming phone from Samsung.

Make a Note

Earlier this week we saw what could be the Note 8 in a tweet from Samsung itself, though the lack of buttons on the side of the unit hint that this could be a dummy phone or maybe just a generic render (the tweet itself was advertising a Samsung Exynos processor).

There’s also plenty of speculation about when the Note 8 is going to see the light of day – the most recent insider info suggests a launch date of August 23, which would do very nicely for taking the wind out of the sails of the iPhone 8 launch. Other tipsters have said the phablet won’t be officially unveiled until late September.

What we do know is that a Galaxy Note 8 is definitely on the way from Samsung, which will look to erase the bad memories of the Galaxy Note 7. Of course an S Pen stylus will be in tow, and we’re expecting a 6.4-inch screen size with a pixel-dense 4K screen.