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Nokia X Gets Axed By Microsoft

Adding insult to injury, Microsoft will kill some of the Nokia X Android smartphones that Nokia released earlier this year.

“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email explaining the 18,000 job cuts coming to Microsoft, including 12,500 from the Nokia division.

See also: Why Microsoft Won’t Immediately Kill The Nokia X Smartphone

Microsoft was never really happy that Nokia built and Android smartphone right before the acquisition of the smartphone manufacturer became official earlier this year. Reports said that Microsoft thought the Nokia Android phone was “embarrassing.”

One source was overheard at a Nokia dinner at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February saying, “Microsoft is a Windows company.” Nokia twisted the fork on Microsoft a little bit with the Nokia X announcement, even if Microsoft claims to have known the plan all along. That’s why the Nokia X ran Android in the background but utilized Microsoft’s cloud and core services, instead of Google’s.

At least that was the theory.

In conversations with both Microsoft and Nokia executives at various industry events this year, each and every one said that there were no plans to kill the Nokia X series of Android devices.

“Essentially the story is that Microsoft wants to connect the next billion people to the cloud,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, Nokia’s VP of product marketing for smartphones at Nokia before the acquisition, to ReadWrite in an interview in February. “What we bring is very wide reach. We have access to these consumers … We are a volume platform to connect the next billion people to Microsoft’s cloud and services.”

When asked about what Microsoft thinks of the Nokia X smartphone during Mobile World Congress earlier this year, VP of Windows Phone at Microsoft Joe Belfiore hedged his bets.

“We have a terrific engineering relationship with Nokia. What they do as an independent company is what they do. They will do some things we are excited about and some things that we are not excited about,” said Belfiore.

As recently as Microsoft’s Build developer conference in April this year, Nokia VP of marketing for smart devices Hans Henrik Lund unequivocally said that the Nokia X would continue into a second generation.

“Oh absolutely. Of course they will. Because again, it makes sense. Because we can get consumers onto Microsoft services as opposed than potentially going to Google services,” Lund said in an interview with ReadWrite.

New Nokia X devices are unlikely at this point at Microsoft focuses on its Lumia portfolio. In an email announcing the layoffs to the Nokia team, former Nokia CEO and current VP of devices at Microsoft outlined the strategy for device manufacturing going forward.

We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products. 

Currently, three sizes of Nokia X Android smartphones running Windows cloud services are on the market around the world.

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SearchCap: Google Flash Mobile Warnings, Bing Webmaster Communication & Cortana Gets Academic

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Bing Admits They Need To Do Better With Webmaster Communication In a blog post today on the Bing Webmaster Blog, Bing’s Igor Rondel, Principal Development…



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SEO recruiters look for journalists as Google gets fussier – Online Journalism Blog (blog)

SEO recruiters look for journalists as Google gets fussier
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As online marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO) practices have evolved, journalists have become increasingly sought-after by the agencies that compete to improve their clients' rankings. “For a long time there was a very poor practice in

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Android Wear Gets Customized; That Didn’t Take Long

One beautiful aspect about Google’s Android operating system has always been the fact that it allows developers and enthusiasts to customize it with homebuilt versions. Custom ROMs—i.e., operating-system firmware that users can “flash” onto their devices—have been part of Android since nearly the beginning.

Now custom ROMs have now come to Android Wear, Google’s version of the operating system that runs on smartwatches and wearable devices.

Meet Gohma

Android developer Jake Day has released one of the first custom ROMs for the LG G Watch, one of the first two Android Wear watches to hit the market. Day posted the ROM on RootzWiki, an Android news and information site for developers and designers.

The ROM—nicknamed Gohma after a boss in the video game Zelda—is fairly simple. It aims to improve battery life of the LG G Watch, speed up overall performance, reduce lag time between notification cards and increase vibration intensity.

Gohma isn’t a full-blown Android Wear replacement. The ROM abides by the basic user interface design principles of Wear and the LG G Watch will still take over-the-air updates to the operating system from Google and LG (which will wipe out the ROM installation). Day makes sure to note that Gohma is a small release intended to improve performance and to make sure that everything is work well before releasing a fuller version of the ROM at a later date.

Gohma is fairly easy to install. Knowledgeable developers will just need to make sure that the device’s bootloader is unlocked and the ROM script will root the device and itself, allowing for the custom software to be installed.

Unleashing The Community: A Good Thing For Smartwatches

Android Wear generally leaves a lot to be desired. It is Google’s first go at smartwatch software and, initially, it is basically just a notifications device strapped to your wrist. For the time being, that’s perfectly fine as wrist-based notifications are a (surprisingly) pleasant way to receive messages. But Android Wear and smartwatches in general have much more potential than what is currently available.

Part of that is a hardware problem as engineers are naturally limited by the capabilities of currently available processors and sensors. But the hardware in the LG G Watch is almost the equivalent of a 2011 Android smartphone, so it should be able to do much more than the notification cards and voice interaction that is currently available through the initial release of Android Wear.

See also: What Not To (Android) Wear: One Woman’s Search For Smartwatch Bliss

This is where the large community of Android developers has an opportunity to build on top of Wear through custom skins and ROMs to make it a better performing, more functional and attractive device. Day’s Gohma should just the start as the heavy hitters in the Android ROM community—like CyanogenMod—will surely get involved, pushing Android Wear development to further feats of utility and maturation.

The Android developer community doesn’t operate in a vacuum either. Google listens to developers and often implements features and requests that developers have built on their own to work around the limitations of stock Android. The Android development community is essentially one giant sandbox for Google to learn about what app builders and consumers want in the next version of the operating system.

For the last six years, this process has worked well in helping to build ever better versions of Android for smartphones and tablets. Hopefully with the first custom ROM for Android Wear, Google can learn how to build better software for smartwatches as well.

Images: Gohma via HD Wallpaper; Android LG G Watch by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Seo In Guk gets up close and personal with 1000 fans during his first fan … – allkpop


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Seo In Guk gets up close and personal with 1000 fans during his first fan
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In addition, for the "Saranghae U" stage, Seo In Guk invited the winner of his fan event and gave her a back hug as he serenaded her, making both her and every fan in the audience squeal. He also talked about his upcoming tvN drama 'High School King' …

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Seo In Guk gets up close and personal with 1000 fans during his first fan … – allkpop


allkpop
Seo In Guk gets up close and personal with 1000 fans during his first fan
allkpop
In addition, for the "Saranghae U" stage, Seo In Guk invited the winner of his fan event and gave her a back hug as he serenaded her, making both her and every fan in the audience squeal. He also talked about his upcoming tvN drama 'High School King' …

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GitHub Gets Its Science On

There are a lot of reasons to use GitHub even if you’re not a software developer. For example, if you’re a scientist using the tool for collaborative research and data. 

In a Wednesday blog post, GitHub announced two new user interface updates to better accommodate the needs of researchers and scientists. 

“GitHub is being used today to build scientific software that’s helping find Earth-like planets in other solar systems, analyze DNA, and build open source rockets,” wrote Arfon Smith, leader of the GitHub Science Program. “Seeing these projects and all this momentum within academia has pushed us to think about how we can make GitHub a better tool for research.”

Until now, GitHub repositories couldn’t be cited—at least officially—in academic papers. That’s because they didn’t have Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) until now. A DOI is a unique numerical string that ties metadata and other information to an electronic document so it can be cited. 

The company worked with Mozilla Science Lab and two data archivers, Figshare and Zenodo, to make it possible to add a DOI to any repository. A new guide shows you how to do it. 

The other big change is that now scientists have the ability to make research accounts by tying an academic email address to a repository. The real benefit of a research account is that you can get a GitHub Education Discount, just like students and teachers do.

While it’s apparent that plenty of scientists use GitHub for development, these new changes might make GitHub a more welcoming place for scientists who are less computer savvy. Many people (often even those within GitHub itself) overlook the non-coding ways that GitHub makes a useful tool for collaboration, from editing papers to conducting research. 

At the very least, non-developers will have an easy, academia-friendly way to cite GitHub repositories in their papers.

Lead image by Flickr user Paris Buttfield-Addison, CC 2.0; science meme image courtesy of cheezburger.com

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Re-imagining Google: America’s Favorite Homepage Gets A Redesign By Letter Society Blog

Early last month, the design blog Letter Society posted a challenge asking its select group of designers to submit redesigns of Google.com. The site, which positions itself as a “collaborative and challenge based” blog, asked the designers to do a “reskinning” of the current…



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Windows XP Gets A Surprise Patch From Microsoft

Oh, how Microsoft must wish it could quit Windows XP.

The software giant officially stopped supporting its 13-year-old operating system in April, technically leaving its legions of hangers-on stranded with no hope of future security updates. But even Microsoft couldn’t leave users in the lurch in the face of an Internet Explorer vulnerability considered so harmful that the U.S. government warned users to avoid the browser until it was fixed.

So Microsoft has issued an emergency patch to Windows XP. Both IE and Windows XP received what Microsoft calls critical out-of-band security updates today, May 1, and all users that still have automatic updates enabled will get it straight away and don’t have to take any action.

Windows XP and IE users who are updating manually should do so immediately, a Microsoft Security Response Center blog post urges. Windows Update will download the patch automatically; you can also find manual updates on the Microsoft Update website.

Windows XP users shouldn’t take hope that Microsoft might actually reconsider extending XP support. Adrienne Hall, Microsoft general manager of trustworthy computing, made a point of noting that XP users should update to Windows 7 or 8, and IE users should update to version 11, in a post on Microsoft’s official blog.

Image of Terry Myerson, executive VP of the Microsoft operating-systems group, by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite

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