Sunday, January 25, 2015

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How would you change Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini?

On paper, a 'mini' version of a flagship is as simple as shrinking the screen size and the corresponding components, but in reality, it's a different story. Take Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini, which had to make several big compromises to squeeze into a sm...



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Man lists his Tesla Model S as an $85-a-night Airbnb room

If someone tells you he's been sleeping in a car, you'd most likely think he's either traveling on a budget or going through a rough patch. And, you know what? Either answer's probably true -- unless he meant he's been renting a Tesla Model S to slee...



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Poll results: Windows Central community speaks up on Microsoft Band and the week of Windows 10





It's been a crazy, crazy week around here and in among all the Windows 10 activity we've turned things over to you, the community, several times to get your opinions. Starting out with our weekly poll, which this week was all about the Microsoft Band, we then switched gears on more than one occasion to get some opinions on everything surrounding Microsoft's Windows 10 event.


After a great response across the board, we've got some pretty clear results to share. And in some regards the outcome isn't a surprise at all. Let's get to it.
























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California rethinks tougher licensing for ridesharing drivers

California just stepped back from a policy that might have had a big, big impact on ridesharing services in the Golden State. Its Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked a finding that drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber need commercial license...



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Internet Explorer Edge? Possible names for Spartan browser reportedly being considered





The Spartan browser, or more accurately understood as 'Project Spartan' is a next-generation web browser for Windows 10. Its main features include being a Store app for dynamic updates, using the older IE11 rendering engine for legacy websites, Cortana integration, and the ability to annotate right on the web page for document sharing.


However, Spartan is not the final name, just the internal codename that Microsoft is currently using for the project. The question is, what will Microsoft call the browser upon its final release? A new report suggests a few names are being kicked around and we have the list.


The information comes from a person who participated in an online survey from a company acting on behalf of Microsoft. Although 'Spartan' was not named specifically, it was referred to in the description including "Writing on webpages", "A built-in digital assistant" and the fact that it is a browser from Microsoft launching later this year. No doubt that the survey is referring to Project Spartan.
























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Spartan browser looks to crush old Internet Explorer 11 in benchmarks





Windows 10 is shaping up to be a big OS shift for many reasons, including the addition of a new web browser codenamed Spartan. Spartan is still very experimental and as such, it is not included in the current Preview for Windows 10. However, bits of the rendering engine can be engaged in the older Internet Explorer 11.


AnandTech forced the new Edge document mode in IE11 through a simple trick using about:flags. They then compared the new rendering engine to legacy IE11, Chrome 40, and Firefox 35. The results are very impressive so far, demonstrating that even in these early stages, what powers Spartan could be quite powerful.
























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