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Windows 7 extended support ends one year from today
by João Carrasqueira
Windows 7 only has one year left to live, at least as far as official support goes. Microsoft is set to end free support for the operating system on January 14, 2020, exactly one year from today. Business customers can extend the availability of security updates for up to three years, but this support has to be paid for on a per-device basis, with the price increasing every year.
Originally made available in October of 2009, Windows 7 went on to become one of the most popular versions of the company's OS, and its successor, Windows 8, barely managed to make a dent in its market share. Even today, the nearly 10-year-old software is one of the most used Windows releases. It was only earlier this month that Windows 10, after more than three years since its release, managed to overtake it, according to data from NetMarketShare.
The planned date for the end of extended support is actually longer than what was originally promised. Possibly because of its tremendous popularity, Microsoft decided to provide support for some more time back in 2012, even as its successor was set to debut soon after.
Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended back in 2015, meaning the operating system hasn't received any feature changes since then. However, the Chromium-based version of Edge is set to support it, which should be good news for those who don't want to upgrade yet.
Microsoft made a significant push for users to install Windows 10 when it initially launched, offering a free upgrade path for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but many users have stuck with the older version of the OS for a number of reasons including privacy concerns and forceful update settings. Now, with only one year left of security updates, it may be a good time to consider an upgrade.
5 out of 5
I went into this movie knowing nothing, I had not even watched the trailer. All I knew of this movie was from a photo on the side of an Amazon box.
I was blown away!! One of the best movies I've seen recently.
The Songs, Acting, sets, costumes, and choreography were all fantastic.
So if you have not seen it yet I highly recommend you watch it.
By Karan Singh
Pixel's sales double to 3.9 million units in 2017; still insignificant
by Gurkaran Singh
In the year and a half since Google last rejigged its phone hardware business, Pixel has managed to carve a niche for itself, owing to its first-in-class cameras among other standout features. However, these haven't translated into great sales for the Mountain View company.
According to IDC's Research Director, Francisco Jeronimo, Google shipped a total of 3.9 million Pixel devices in 2017. This includes all the variants of the Pixel smartphones including the original Pixel and Pixel XL as well as the newer Pixel 2 and its XL variant. The sales have shown growth by doubling the Pixel shipments in 2016, but represent an insignificant number in the industry, which commands a market size of just under 1.5 billion.
Pixel has additional perks for its owners as they are the first to receive new feature updates, something Android phones are notoriously bad at. Moreover, Pixel users get "unlimited" original-quality uploads to Photos. However, the devices have been marred by issues including screen burn-ins, and mic issues that have culminated in a lawsuit by users against Google.
Meanwhile, Apple has sold more than 77 million iPhones in the same period, dwarfing Pixel sales almost 20:1. It doesn't look like Google plans on stopping anytime soon, though, as it recently purchased the HTC team that helped design and create the Pixel 2 devices for a whopping $1.1 billion.
Source: Francisco Jeronimo (Twitter) via ZDNet
Smartphone saturation hits China as shipments fall for the first time
by Dreyer Smit
It would seem that smartphone saturation has reached the Chinese market, thanks to the latest data from analyst firm Canalys. For the first time, the country has experienced a sustained decline in shipments, reaching 459 million units in 2017. This is down four percent year-on-year, and down 14% comparing the fourth quarter to the one prior.
Huawei bucked the trend, however, showing a nine percent increase in its shipments, reaching 24 million units in Q4 2017. This was in part thanks to Honor grabbing market share away from smaller vendors according to Research Analyst Mo Jia:
Oppo and Vivo did not fare as well, showing a decline in shipments of sixteen and seven percent respectively. Despite this dip, these two vendors showed double-digit annual growth in 2017. At CES 2018, Vivo revealed the first smartphone that has an integrated fingerprint reader under the display, going on sale soon at a retail price of around $565.
According to the research firm, competition will continue to heat up squeezing smaller vendors like Gionee, and Meizu out of the space. The biggest threats mentioned in the report included Lenovo and ZTE, reportedly refocusing their efforts in the Chinese market this year. Apple, seemingly unaffected, bumped Xiaomi from the third spot, thanks to its latest iPhone X and iPhone 8 launch in that country.
Source and image: Canalys
I was really disappointed with this movie ,I give maybe 4 out of 10. The sad part is that the trailer is the whole movie, in 2 minutes. The acting and overall story was full of wholes and let more questions then answers.