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Firefox TVs go on sale in Europe

old-school-tvSmart TVs powered by Firefox OS have gone on sale in Europe.

The operating system is being seen under the bonnet of six models of Panasonic Viera TV the CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680. This is almost all of Panasonic’s new TVs, and include 4K panels as well.

The flagship CR850 (curved) costs £3,500 and and CX800 (flat) will set you back £3,200. The cheapest Firefox telly is £700 for a 40-inch CX680, which is not exactly cheap.

Early reviews suggest that Panasonic’s new 4K TVs are rather nice especially the top-end models with 10-bit colour – which Panasonic calls “4K Studio Master”.

The Firefox OS for TVs will be much like any other smart TV platform. Every app is written in HTML5, just like the Firefox phones. The new Panasonic TVs ship with a decent number of Firefox OS apps, including a Netflix app that supports 4K streaming. There is an “apps market” if you want to download some more.

Everything can be pinned to the home screen which makes it easy to grab with a remote after you have set everything up.

Still the Firefox OS was supposed to be a smartphone OS, but in early 2014 Mozilla announced it would also be coming to some other platforms, such as TVs. So far Mozilla hasn’t yet announced any other smart TV partners.

Microsoft will not upgrade pirates

tv-myths-captain-pugwash-431x300Microsoft has denied that it will be allowing those who pirate its new Windows 10 OS to get free updates

The dark satanic rumour mill had manufactured a hell on earth rumour which claimed that Microsoft was going to give away free Windows updates to those who had pirated its Windows 10 OS.

It was all based on the fact that in January,   Microsoft announced it would offer free Windows 10 upgrades to those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.

Reports suggested the offer would extend to those who pirated their software although  Microsoft did point out that the Windows licences would stay non-genuine and would be unsupported.

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed the Windows 10 editions and that the  free upgrades for genuine users were to Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows 10 Home.

Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems confirmed that for genuine users, the free upgrade to Windows 10 means receiving “ongoing Windows innovation and security updates for free, for the supported lifetime of that device.

When Microsoft can’t verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with, it creates a desktop watermark to notify the user. If you ever encounter this watermark on a new machine, I encourage you to return the device immediately to the retailer from whom you purchased it and request a Genuine Windows device, he said,

While its free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, it will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state, he said.

Myerson says Microsoft is planning “very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers” for older devices in a “non-genuine” state. These will be announced in conjunction with Microsoft’s OEM partners, but the company is leaving computer makers to share those specifics at a later date.


Intel designs dual OS chips

Fashion bag maker Intel has been slowly backing away from its old chum Microsoft allowing the forces of darkness to pick it off — now it seems to have gone into actual back stabbing mode.

Buried in the press releases at CES is the news that Chipzilla will start making chips that work with both Windows and Android.

The company confirmed that Intel processors will power computers that can switch between Windows and Android with the press of a button, just like the Asus Transformer Book Duet.

Intel demonstrated the technology on a laptop during the company’s press conference, right after introducing “Intel Device Protection Technology,” an idea that should help Intel-based Android devices meet corporate standards for enterprise security.

While it does make it possible to boot up a new OS just by turning it off and turning it on again it is not yet close to being able to run both Android and Windows at the same time without a virtual machine involved.

It is also a little behind on the technology. AMD announced a partnership with BlueStacks to run a fullscreen and windowed Android apps within Windows itself. This is done by using an ARM processor core inside new AMD chips that can run some Android code natively.

But while AMD has not got a lot to lose by running dual operating system chips, Intel has a bigger interest in keeping people away from Android while it gets its own mobile act together. 

Foxconn bets the farm on Firefox

It seems that electronics manufacturer Foxconn is putting shedloads of effort in getting Mozilla’s Firefox OS up and running.

The company, more famous for its staff trying to quit the company via the roof, plans to hire up to 3,000 people in Taiwan with expertise in HTML5 and cloud computing.

Foxconn announced that it was going to hire between 2,000 and 3,000 people in order to bolster its research into the software. It wants software engineers with skills in HTML5 operating systems, HTML5 apps, and cloud computing.

The announcement followed the news that it had partnered with Mozilla on its still-fledgling HTML5-based operating system, called Firefox OS.

Foxconn said that it wants to provide its customers with an alternative operating system in the rapidly expanding mobile device arena.

It said that it is developing more than five devices running the Firefox OS for its customers. It intends to design Firefox OS reference models that will cover smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs.

According to IT World, Mozilla is having a job trying to attract developers to its Firefox OS ecosystem. The Firefox marketplace only has 1,000 apps. 

Job ad confirms Microsoft's mysterious Windows Blue

In a job posting, Microsoft has confirmed the existence of its up and coming Windows Blue which will work on a yearly upgrade model – at a relatively low cost to anything Redmond has put out before.

The mysterious Windows Blue will roll out across Windows and Windows Phone to give customers more regular updates across its entire ecosystem.

The advert, spotted by the Verge, says that the OS will “build and improve upon” aspects of the OS including windowing, personalisation, application lifecycle, and the start screen.

There is another, separate posting for Windows Phone that mentions Windows Blue as well.

Although Windows 8 only just shipped in October 2012, Windows Blue is expected to appear mid-2013, in what is perhaps the most brazen rebranding of all time: the colour blue, up until now, has largely been associated with Microsoft’s dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

It’s early days, so just whether the model will be a success is anyone’s guess – but we expect all sorts of initiatives to win consumers over as Microsoft tries to make its mark on the ‘post-PC’ lot of shiny toys like smartphones, tablets, desktops and PCs. Once Redmond has a single standard operating system, it will probably be easier for the company to market its various products as part of a single, linked ecosystem. Like, er, Apple

Windows 8 upgrade to cost $40

Microsoft has announced a promotion that, later this year, will let users of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 PCs upgrade to the new Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.

It means that the Vole is dead keen to get people to upgrade to its new software, particularly as it is asking them to sign up to some fairly radical style changes.

This version will take some getting used to, particularly with the Metro user interface .

The deal will kick off on the day Windows 8 comes out and offers the most advanced retail version of the new OS, Windows 8 Pro, as the upgrade.

Most analysts expect the company to debut its newest Windows in Autumn. The company should be getting around to making its release to manufacturing, or RTM, milestone later this month.

Four weeks ago  Microsoft said it would sell a $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro to buyers of new PCs equipped with Windows 7.

For $39.99 you will have a download of Windows 8 Pro. If you want the upgrade on a DVD in a nice box it will be on sale for $69.99.

This is $10 less than Microsoft charged for a Windows 7 upgrade three years ago. It is still more expensive than the Apple OS, but that is because Microsoft sells software, whereas Apple sells a hardware and software package.

Microsoft is in the position that it has to encourage people to buy new PCs so it can make more money, but if is too cheap the company will find itself out of pocket.

Google and Microsoft go head-to-head in each other's key spaces

Microsoft and Google are going head-to-head, competing in each other’s most dominant spaces.

According to the Korea Joongang Daily, Google is giving Microsoft’s OS market some competition, while Mictosoft has decided it wants to be bigger than Google in the mobile OS market.

Google threw the first stone in the war, last year launching its Chromebook with its Chrome OS. Most recently it also launched a desktop with these browser and OS features.

Microsoft fought back, deciding to take Google head on in the mobile OS space by launching
Windows 8, which can also be used with mobile devices.

Due to be released in Korea later on this year, this OS is claimed by the company to be different to Windows 7, allowing users to access mobile apps, as well as work on Word and Excel on their mobile products.

Both, however, may have a fight on their hands if they hope to infiltrate each other’s main businesses. Google’s Android mobile OS has a huge global 59 percent market share, while Microsoft’s OS is present on 88 percent of the the PCs in the world.

Google’s Chrome browser share was 32.4 percent last month.

Baidu contracts Foxconn for cheap smartphone

Baidu and Foxconn are reportedly embarking in cosy discussions about building a low priced smartphone, which will run the Chinese web company’s mobile operating system.

According to the rumour mill, the phone will cost around $159 (1,000 RMB) and include
a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 1400mAH battery and high-resolution camera.

As well as running Baidu’s “Yi” OS, there will also be software such as Baidu’s cloud storage service, Baidu Music and Baidu Maps.

This isn’t the first mobile phone move by Baidu. Late last year the Chinese giant went into partnership with Dell. However, their mobile offspring – the Dell Streak Pro D43 – is said to be targeted at business users and has higher specs and a $474 (2,999 RMB) smartphone price tag than the rumoured Foxconn phone.  

In previous reports, Baidu CEO Robin Li said the company had earmarked mobile as an important growth channel.

And Foxconn is of course no stranger to the handset market having produced the Android-powered Journey A890 budget handset for the Indonesian manufacturer Nexian as well as making gadgets for Apple, HP and Best Buy.

Baidu is expected to report its first quarter results next Tuesday and according to Forbes the outlook is positive. It is predicted that the company will announce a profit of around 84 cents a share, which Forbes says is a rise from 47 cents per share last year.

The company’s revenue is thought to rise by 82.1 percent to $677.5 million for the quarter from last year’s $372 million. For the year, analysts forecast a revenue of $3.57 billion.

Sourceforge takes down "Anonymous" OS

The owners of Sourceforge have taken down the Linux based “Anonymous” operating system from its servers after it was suggested that the hacker collective had nothing to do with the project and it was just malware in drag.

To make matters worse, the software breaks a lot of SourceForge’s rules about transparency and security.

SourceForge’s community team wrote in its bog that it had decided to take this download offline and suspend it until it had “more information that might lead us to think differently”.

The operating system, called Anonymous-OS, was an Ubuntu Linux distribution skinned with Anonymous logos. It is preloaded with a variety of well-known tools for attacking websites, masking and analysing internet traffic, and communication.

But the operating system was denounced by Twitter accounts known to be affiliated with Anonymous. Another apparent outlet for the group, posting on Twitter as “Anonymous”, wrote: “We are not responsible for other people’s lack of common sense. We repeatedly posted Anon-OS is not to be trusted”.

SourceForge said Anonymous-OS appears to be security related with an “attack-oriented emphasis.” Normally the company doesn’t judge projects, but SourceForge said it runs the risk of wrongly classifying a project as malicious, and it doesn’t want to forfeit the trust of the developer community. 

"Anonymous" issues its own OS

A Tumblr account claiming to be associated with hacking collective Anonymous appears to have launched its own Linux based operating system which comes with its own suite of hacking tools on-board.

However, it has been slammed as being packed full of viruses designed to compromise the system on which it is installed.

The OS itself has been built on Ubuntu and uses the Mate desktop. In addition to what you can usually find on Ubuntu it also has the password cracker John the Ripper, Ddosim, a tool for simulating distributed denial of service attacks, and Sql Poison, which searches websites for security vulnerabilities.

There is a little warning that comes on the “About” section of the OS’s Tumblr page. It says that it was “created for educational purposes”. It also warns that anyone who uses it to “attack any web page” might end up in jail because it is a crime.

A tweet from @AnonOps warned “The Anon OS is fake it is wrapped in trojans.”

Hacker News pointed out that it is not developed by any genuine source and  can be backdoored by any law enforcement agency or hacker.

But the creators of Anonymous-OS have hit back with a Tumblr post which said that “in our world, in Linux and open source, there is no viruses.”

It did not deny that it might be a trojan horse though.