Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Microsoft adds phone companion app to Windows 10

Skype to face Belgium criminal court after failure to hand over call data | Microsoft partners with 20 more Android tablet makers to pre-load Office apps

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Microsoft adds phone companion app to Windows 10
Whether with Skype for Business, Windows Mobile, or Windows OS, Microsoft continues to evolve its voice and unified communications portfolio. Microsoft announced yesterday via blog post that Windows 10 will include a built-in 'Phone Companion' app, designed to help users connect their Windows PC to a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone. Read More

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Skype to face Belgium criminal court after failure to hand over call data
Skype will have to appear in a Belgian criminal court after ignoring a judge’s order to give law enforcement officials access to data from calls between suspected criminals.The criminal court in Mechelen, Belgium, will determine whether Voice over IP (VoIP) service Skype is a telecom operator, said court spokesman Theo Byl on Tuesday. The company was ordered to appear in court on June 10.The case started about three years ago when an examining magistrate in Mechelen ordered Skype to give law enforcement officials access to data from Skype-to-Skype calls between two suspected Armenian criminals. Both of them were in Belgium when making the calls.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Microsoft partners with 20 more Android tablet makers to pre-load Office apps
Microsoft apps will soon come pre-installed on more Android devices thanks to 20 new partnerships the company has forged with tablet makers around the world. The group of global and regional partners, which includes LG, Sony, Haier and Wortmann, will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on devices in the near future.Beyond that, it’s mostly unclear when the manufacturers will be launching tablets with Microsoft’s apps pre-installed. Sony is slated to start with its Xperia Z4 in the next 90 days, but Microsoft hasn’t provided a timetable for the other manufacturers. LG, for its part, will include the apps on a new tablet sometime later this year. Going forward, manufacturers will have the freedom to pick which apps (if any) show up on a given tablet.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Android M, wearables and robots expected at Google I/O this week
With Google I/O coming up this week, developers, as well as people in the industry at large, are waiting to see what the company will trot out on stage. And while everyone is confident they'll see Android M, a new version of the operating system, they're also wondering if Google executives will finally show off some robots and autonomous cars, as well as wearables. "Google never disappoints at Google I/O. I think we can expect the same this year," said Jeff Kagan, an independent industry analyst. "Google is like an octopus with lots of arms reaching out in many different directions. The big question is will Google introduce any brand-new ideas or will this year's Google I/O just be updates? To tell you the truth, no one outside of Google really knows yet."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

HP buying SDN company for NFV
HP this week signed a definitive agreement to acquire ConteXtream, a provider of OpenDaylight-based SDNs for service providers.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.ConteXtream develops an SDN controller for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), software-based services that replace hardware-dependent Layer 4-7 functions, like load balancing and firewalls. ConteXtream’s products enable carriers to use existing standard server hardware to virtualize functions and services for subscribers, and to chain services across servers and subscribers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Charter-Time Warner deal would get tough regulatory scrutiny
Charter Communications' planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable faces a regulatory review by the same federal officials who were widely blamed for nixing the recent proposed merger of Time Warner with Comcast.The $55 billion deal (plus $23 billion in debt) between TWC and Charter, announced Tuesday, led immediately to an unusual three-sentence challenge by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that succinctly stated: "The Commission will look to see how American consumers will benefit if the deal were to be approved."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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