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If you are a Motorola user with either Moto G or Moto X as your smartphone of choice, chances are that you have already received the latest Lollipop update. Now, good news is on its way for Moto E users as they gear up for the latest version of Google’s Android OS.

Motorola Moto E gearing up for Android Lollipop update

Similar to what Motorola did for Moto G and Moto X, the company is conducting the soak test in India. It has already begun inviting members from Motorola’s Feedback Network, via its official Facebook page.

With the soak test for the Android Lollipop update on the Moto E now live, subscribers of the feedback program, owning a Moto E, can test out the Lollipop update on their device and offer a feedback for the same.

A lot depends on this soak test, as far as you receiving the Lollipop update on your handset faster is concerned. Accordingly, if the soak test advances without any potential issues, Motorola will then release an over-the-air (OTA) update for the platform for Moto E owners.

In the past, Motorola devices (such as Moto G, Moto X and Moto E) have been running stock Android, devoid of any layers of customisation. Apart from that, although the company is known for releasing timely software updates for its devices, it seems it has hit a roadblock and has been delayed for Moto E’s Lollipop update.

That said, Moto E has indeed been doing pretty well in the budget segment. Not long ago, it actually constrained its immediate rivals to launch devices in the market in the sub-7k price range.

From there, an entirely new price segment in the Indian handset market opened up.

Windows 10 is a Free Upgrade for the First Year for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users – Microsoft

Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced Wednesday that Windows 10 upgrade will be free of cost to the current Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 user for the first year. The surprising announcement was made during the Windows 10 event in Redmond.

Most of the devices will be able to get the upgrade facility depending upon the hardware and software requirements, he said.

“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”

Since now, Microsoft has been charging for every OS, this will be the first time when a present Windows 7,8/8.1 user will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for a year for free.

Though not the latest but Windows 7 is currently the most popular operating system leaving behind the current Microsoft’s Windows 8  which many users find a bit radical in approach and are still hesitating to upgrade too. Most probably because Windows 7 is more user friendly than its successor Windows 8 and not to forget mentioning how difficult it becomes for the first few weeks to shift to a newer interface.

Windows 10 is said to loaded with a bit more user friendly interface than its predecessor Windows 8.

Windows 10 will be available for all of the Microsoft gadgets including Windows phones, PCs, tablets and Xbox. Windows phone users will be also able to upgrade to windows 10 for free.

It however remains to be seen as to how much Microsoft charges for Windows 10 after the free period of 1 year comes to an end.  And since Microsoft has stopped giving extended support to Windows 7 since 13th Jan, what will happen if Windows 7 users who upgraded to Windows 10 want to fall back on their old Windows 7.

Facebook on Monday began letting people squirrel away online tidbits such as links to chew on more thoroughly later.

“Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time,” software engineer Daniel Giambalvo said in a blog post on the leading social network.

“You can save items like links, places, movies, TV and music.”

The feature is being added as Facebook users increasingly connect with the social network from mobile devices while on the go, with only snippets of time to explore Internet offerings.

Letting people save items for later scrutiny encourages people to return and spend more time on Facebook, increasing opportunities for the social network to cash in on money-making tools such as advertising.

California-based Facebook said users have the option of keeping saved items private or sharing them with friends via the social network.

The “Save” feature will be rolled out during the next few days to those using computer browsers or mobile devices powered by Apple of Android software, according to Giambalvo.

 

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