New Images of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini leaked !

From past days, we are seeing many rumors and reports suggesting that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy S4 Mini in coming months. We had also seen an alleged image of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and this time again we got a chance to see many leaked images of this upcoming S4 Mini smartphone.

The rumored specifications of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini says that this device will be coming with 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with 256ppi and it will be powered by 1.6GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM. With 8-megapixel of rear camera, the device will be running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Operating System. The device is expected to be officially announced at the end of May, along with other Samsung Galaxy devices, including the S4 Zoom camera phone and Galaxy S4 Active.

365 Days Left Before Microsoft Stops Supporting Windows XP Users,Cyber threat alert!

Companies that are still using Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system on their computers will be leaving themselves open to cyber attacks when the software provider stops supporting the product next year, IT consultants have warned.

Microsoft has said it will end support for Windows XP on April 8 2014 – exactly a year from today, and 12 years after the operating system was first released. But a report by Camwood, a UK consultancy, has indicated that one-fifth of British IT managers plan on using the software after that date, even though they will be unable to receive security updates or technical support from Microsoft.

In a study of 250 chief information officers, chief technology officers and IT managers at companies with more than 2,000 employees, more than half the respondents said they had yet to start addressing the problem, with only 42 per cent saying they were already taking steps to upgrade their Windows software.

Windows XP. Boot Screen

Microsoft has warned its customers to allow 18-30 months to fully migrate from Windows XP to a newer version.

In other areas of IT, using the same version of software for 13 years is almost unheard of. But Windows XP remains a staple of IT departments as many chose not to upgrade to 2005’s Windows Vista, which required hardware upgrades and contained a number of bugs, or to Windows 7, which was released in 2009 during the global financial crisis when IT budgets were tight.

Since then, Windows 8, which was released in August last year and brings in a new touchscreen interface, has been focused on consumer rather than business users.

However, having already extended the support period for Windows XP for businesses, Microsoft is not expected to do so again.

Research firm Gartner has found that the pressure to upgrade is not just coming from Microsoft: this year, 60 per cent of independent software vendors are expected to have a new product release that does not work with Windows XP.

“The message that Microsoft is switching off the lights is being received loud and clear by the IT community but it would appear that the business don’t understand the perils of remaining on XP,” said Adrian Foxall, chief executive of Camwood.

Eighty two per cent of IT managers said they were aware of the imminent demise of Windows XP. Of those who had not upgraded, 21 per cent were worried about the migration process, and 16 per cent cited a lack of budget for the update.

“In these tough economic times, it is not surprising that business leaders do not want to invest a substantial amount of money in something that essentially isn’t broken, as is the case with Windows XP today,” said Mr Foxall.

Of the 42 per cent who had started migrating, more than half said they were on track to finish by April 2014, the report said.


Facebook urges employees to switch to Android!

Facebook is pushing Android, and pushing it hard. The campaign stemmed from an initiative earlier this summer to entice, and sometimes force employees to use the Facebook app on Android in order to make improvements to the Android Facebook app.

Posters in Facebook's offices pitch Android over iPhoneWe know there is no shortage of strong opinions about iOS vs. Android. Regardless of those arguments, the Facebook app for iOS is outstanding, and by just about any measure a superior execution compared to its Android cousin (and other platforms). Facebook knows this, and it is part of the reason why the iPhone has so much traction with its employees.

Facebook has enhanced its campaign to get employees to make the switch to Android by posting propaganda posters around its Menlo Park, California campus. It calls on employees to ‘droidfood (Andrdoid and dogfood), which means to get employees to use Facebook on Android, test it, live it, and eat it (testing your own programs, hence eating your own dog food).

The push to make a switch will take some time to make a dent, given carrier contracts and the company’s own propensity to offer iPhones in the past. So for now, Facebook is still heavy on the iOS side, and officially the company is not recommending one or the other, but the campaign is taking hold. The whole goal is to get employees testing the next generation Android apps and bring parity with its iOS counterpart.

One of the new features to help evaluate apps that are in beta testing is called “Rage Shake.” It allows employees to just shake the device, it logs the current disposition of the app and device and it sends it to the mobile app developers. Facebook has about 4,000 employee testers, so that test feature streamlines the flow of information coming in which, in turn, will mean big improvements to the Facebook app for Android down the road.