All About “Mango:” New Version of Windows Phone Arriving this Fall

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement After talking about the Nokia partnership with Marco Argenti, head of Nokia’s Developer Experience, and later apologizing for the issues with the first updates Microsoft rolled out this year, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President and Director of Windows Phone Program Management, turned his attention to what’s in store for Windows Phone this fall: Mango.MultitaskingFor end users and developers alike, one of the most anticipated new features is the addition of multitasking, which, in Windows Phone 7, will allow both native apps and Web applications the ability to run in the background. It will also allow you to continue listening to streaming music within one application while working in another. File transfers and the ability to quickly swap between apps will be added, too.One notable new app that will be able to take advantage of multitasking is the popular music streaming app called Spotify, now confirmed to arrive on Windows Phone 7. Access to Hardware, Phone’s FeaturesWith Mango, developers will be able to build apps that take advantage of the phone’s hardware features, like the camera and the accelerometer, and will be able to more deeply integrate their apps with the phone, says Microsoft. That means that developers can take better advantage of features specific to the OS, like its “Metro” user interface controls and Live Tiles. The Tiles are one of Windows Phone 7’s standout features – the square boxes pinned to the homescreen are aggregators of real-time information from various sources, like messages, social networking updates, alerts and more. Developers will be able do more with tiles than before, even changing their color, if desired. New Tools, APIsDevelopers will have access to new tools, rolling out in May, that will offer new emulator capabilities, including accelerometer support via a 3D emulator, a location simulation for testing GPS-aware apps and more. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#Nokia sarah perez This morning at Microsoft’s MIX ’11 conference in Las Vegas, the company confirmed the next version of its new Windows Phone mobile operating system – code-named “Mango” – will arrive this fall. The update will bring Microsoft’s OS more on par with its competitors by finally introducing multitasking capabilities, which allows applications to run in the background, while others run in the foreground.But multitasking is only one of many planned features coming in the Mango release. Also new is an updated version of Internet Explorer 9, programatic access to the phone’s camera and accelerometer so developers can build apps that utilize the device’s hardware, improved Marketplace search and filtering, additional language support and much more. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Yes, Angry Birds, TooMicrosoft again provided new numbers related to its ecosystem, making note of the 38,000 registered developers, 13,000 apps and 1.5 million downloads of its free developer tools. And it spoke of high-profile applications that are now planned to arrive on the platform, including Angry Birds, Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger. Developers will also be able to access the phone’s contacts and calendar, in order to incorporate that data into their apps. In addition, there will be access to a local SQL database, which makes it easier to do many tasks- for example, search can now be added to an app with just one line of code. Network sockets support will arrive too, as was demoed in an IRC app, interestingly a homebrew (off-Market) creation.Front-End Updates: New Version of IE9, Better Marketplace SearchOn the front-end, the Web browser on the device, IE9, will be updated to a new version that’s based on the same code base as IE9 on the desktop. During a demonstration, Belfiore showed the new IE9 playing music from an HTML5-compatible website while he switched to another app.Also for end users is an improved Marketplace search experience. Whereas currently, apps, music and podcasts are returned in a combined fashion for any given search query, the update will allow for filtering. An app search would return just apps, for example. A podcast search, just podcasts. And so on. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Image credits: Long Zheng, Flickr; @adamnathan, Twitter The Mango update provides access to over 1,500 APIs, said Belfiore, and brings several performance improvements, like smoother scrolling. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Party Leaders faceoff in fierce debate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 6, 2016 – The Leaders Debate was a fierce challenge last night as Rufus Ewing, Sharlene Robinson and Oswald Skippings aimed to woo any undecided voters through their answers to questions which came from moderators and the audience.Reputation and Integrity, Experience and Ability, Fact or Fiction and Vision for the country were among the broad subjects coming through a variety of questions from Tremmaine Harvey, Trevor Musgrove and Kenrick Walters who moderated the three hour PTV & Shaun Malcolm organized debate.PNP Leader, Rufus Ewing spent much of his time being double-teamed and defending or explaining the accomplishments of his administration over the past four years – he warned voters not to buy into the ‘doom and gloom’ messages from his opponents and touted accomplishments including the economic standing and health care model of the TCI as being top and envies of the region.PDM Leader, Sharlene Robinson, the lone lady on the panel directed her focus to the PNP mainly, and on several occasions chided the premier for complaining about the British; for keeping important information to himself; reminding that the PNP is the reason for UK intervention and the need for a bail-out loan and essentially calling his leadership, failed.She told voters that if their lives are not better, to vote for change.  PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings reflected on his two terms as Chief Minister with a record of building sports, education, saving a straddled economy in 1988 and with ideas on attracting inward investment.Mr. Skippings spoke to the voters about his experience and effectiveness to get the British to do more about national security and to uncover the problems of what he believes is a crippled health care system.Tonight, another debate to air on Ch2 on the Digicel network; it features the All Island At Large Candidates, well except for Michael Misick who in a press release explained that he will not participate because he feels all independent candidates should have the opportunity.  Misick said to leave the three district independent candidates out; namely: Valarie Jennings; his pal, McAllister Hanchell and JJ Parker – is disadvantageous to the trio and he will not support the face off. Related Items:last_img read more

Land OLakes Copernicus Project Humans arent the center of the food universe

first_img1:28 • See All Culture In the middle of a sprawling conference and festival like SXSW, Land O’Lakes is also one of many companies vying for the attention of folks looking for the next, large, colorful, interactive experience to duck into and maybe even snap some pics for Instagram.The Copernicus Project also let goers do things like see how they stack up in their perceptions of food issues. For example, they could take a small spool of yarn color-coded to their diet (vega, carnivore, omnivore, etc) and wrap it around pegs in order to indicate how much they think the average meal costs, or what the most pressing food challenge is: Scarcity? Food safety? Global hunger?And if attendees would consider adding bugs to their diet as a protein source, for example, they could have voted with a small yellow plastic ball.  Share your voice The Copernicus Project reminds SXSW attendees they’re not the center of the food universe.  Land O’Lakes At an interactive experience called The Copernicus Project by Land O’Lakes, South by Southwest festivalgoers got some food for thought.Tying art installations into topics like biodiversity and nanotechnology meant that attendees could stand inside a room with floor-to-ceiling LED screens to get facts about where our food comes from, or slide into a giant avocado ball pit while pretending to be a nanobot. “People learn when they touch things,” said Land O’Lakes CTO Teddy Bekele.The thinking behind the name of the installation, which ended Sunday night, comes from the idea that Nicolaus Copernicus said the Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Similarly, Land O’Lakes wants folks to know humans aren’t the center of the food universe. Now playing: Watch this: reading • Land O’Lakes’ Copernicus Project: Humans aren’t the center of the food universe Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules SXSW 2019 Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out Tags Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed SXSW 2019 0 Land O’Lakes’ Copernicus Project lets you get hands on… Post a commentlast_img read more

Senators want to know when theyve been hacked

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Senators want an annual report on cyberattacks affecting the governing body.  Angela Lang / CNET When a company is hacked, you’ll likely get an email warning you that your information might have been stolen. But when your senator is hacked, it could remain a secret forever. Two senators are hoping to change that.Unlike companies and federal agencies, Congress has no legal obligation to disclose breaches, meaning that the public has no idea when elected officials are hit by cyberattacks. Senators are some of the most popular targets for hackers.In 2017, then-Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin said “the Senate is considered a prime target for cybersecurity breaches” during a Senate hearing. He said that in 2016, the Senate’s secure web gateway blocked more than 273 million connections to over 54,000 malicious websites targeting their internal network.  Politicians in general are frequent targets for hacks on both their professional and personal accounts. If the attacks are successful, you usually only find out about it through media reports or leaked documents. The last time a Congressional computer breach was publicly disclosed was in 2009, when then-Florida Sen. Bill Nelson announced his personal computers were compromised. In a letter signed by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data.The letter also calls for Stenger to inform the Senate committees on Rules and Intelligence about any breaches within five days of discovery. The hope is that if this information is regularly disclosed, senators would start taking their cybersecurity more seriously.”Each US senator deserves to know and has a responsibility to know, if and how many times Senate computers have been hacked, and whether the Senate’s existing cybersecurity measures are sufficient to protect both the integrity of this institution and the sensitive data with which it has been entrusted,” the letter reads. You can read the full letter here:  Tagscenter_img 0 Politics Securitylast_img read more