Since deciding to waive operating system fees for all devices with screens smaller than 9 inches, 50 new manufacturers have joined its partner program
The company announced the plan to drop OS licensing fees on phones and tablets at its Build conference back in April.
The move has meant Windows Phone is now cheaper for manufacturers to use than Android.
The Android mobile operating system is free for consumers and for manufacturers to install, but manufacturers need a licence to install Gmail, Google Maps and the Google Play store – collectively called Google Mobile Services (GMS).
Manufacturers can be refused a licence if they do not meet Google’s requirements. Google does not charge for a GMS licence, but any company producing an Android device will need a certificate from an authorised testing facility in order to apply for the licence. That often incurs fees.
One source told the Guardian that the fee varies and is negotiated on a case-by-case basis, with one example costing $40,000 for a batch of at least 30,000 devices. A separate source said that in another deal, a testing facility quoted $75,000 to test 100,000 devices.
The Windows Tech Preview privacy statement gives a little more detail on what these terms mean. “When you… use voice input features like speech-to-text, we may collect voice information and use it for purposes such as improving speech processing.”
“When you… enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features,” it adds.
Other data users agree to Microsoft collecting include their interests, for the purposes of delivering “more relevant” ads, as well as browsing and search history, and phone call and SMS data.
What’s more, it’s not only Microsoft that can get access to this information, but also unspecified “partners” to “improve how their products and services work with Microsoft’s products and services”.
If you’re using Windows 10 and are worried about your privacy, withdrawing from the program will stop further data collection, but Microsoft won’t delete what it’s already gathered.
OS X Yosemite’s public beta — the sneak peek Apple launched on July 24 — collects a variety of data from users who download and install the preview.
“In order to test and improve Apple’s products and services, and unless you opt out as set forth below, you acknowledge that Apple and its subsidiaries and agents will be collecting, using, storing, processing and analyzing (collectively, ‘Collecting’) diagnostic, technical, usage, and/or related information from your computers that are running pre-release versions of OS X as part of this Beta Program,” Apple states in the preview’s program agreement (download PDF).
a cryptic invitation sent to reporters and analysts simply said: “It’s been way too long.”
This is the time of the year that Apple typically releases its latest products to cash in on the holiday shopping season.
The company’s last tablet, the iPad Air, came out nearly a year ago.
Although it’s Apple’s sleekest tablet yet, the iPad Air hasn’t proven compelling enough to accelerate the company’s tablet sales.
After a solid performance in last year’s holiday shopping season, Apple’s iPads have faltered.
Since the first model was released in April 2010, Apple has sold more than 225 million iPads. Many people are still using iPads that they bought several years ago
Western Australia Consumer Protection is warning drivers in the state to delete a scam email which claims they can renew their driver’s licence via PayPal.
The consumer watchdog has received reports from the WA Department of Transport that customers are receiving the email which includes a link. Victims are then asked to provide their name, address, mother’s maiden name and credit card details.
However, the WA Department of Transport does not use PayPal for payments and never asks customers for their personal details via email.
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A class-action lawsuit against Red Bull is being settled, and if you’ve purchased any Red Bull products in the last 12 years, you can get a piece of the pie. No proof of purchase required.
Anyone who purchased a Red Bull product between January 1, 2002 and October 3, 2014 is eligible to receive either $15 worth of Red Bull products or a $10 check. The class-action suit claims that Red Bull used false advertising, and “misrepresents both the functionality and safety of Red Bull beverages.” There is no proof of purchase required, so all you have to do is head to the link below and fill out a claim form, or print out a personalized claim form to mail in. A lot of people are filing their claims right now—so the site might be a little slow or unresponsive at the moment—but you have until March 2, 2015 to submit your claim, so don’t worry.