For those of you who follow the world of mobile news, you would most probably have heard of the name of Eldar Murtazin before. Eldar Murtazin happens to have a pretty wide network of contacts whom, from time to time, do furnish him with all sorts of delicious titbits and news concerning upcoming devices, especially in the world of smartphones and tablets. In fact, one of his most recent forays touched on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 which is touted to arrive sometime in the first quarter of next year, which frankly, is not to far away – 5 months, tops.
Eldar Murtazin claims that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will skip the Q1 2014 release, but rather, it has been scheduled for launch in late April 2014, as we brought you word about that. Apart from that, there is also a glimmer of hope for the allegedly ultra high-end Samsung Galaxy F Series. When asked to talk about this unique F Series, Mr. Murtazin did offer his very own confirmation that such a device happens to be in the pipeline, but considering how Samsung did not begin to show it off to mobile carriers, it might not arrive so soon next year. Well, better late than never, don’t you think so?
Microsoft’s Windows XP has been hanging around for a fair number of years already, so much so that Microsoft has finally made the decision to stop supporting the venerable desktop operating system after more than a dozen years. Of course, I am quite sure that many Windows XP loyalists and fans would see this as inevitable, but it is a rite of passage in life that one has to go through as well. China, however, (or at least in this case, the government) would like the software giant to continue supporting Windows XP. Basically, a country is asking a corporation to make another round of consideration over the intended support cut off date of April 8th, 2013.
The Chinese language TechWeb site reported that Yan Xiaohong, deputy director of China’s National Copyright Administration, was quoted as saying that shutting down support for Windows XP could eventually result in additional security threats as well as a possible escalation in the use of pirated software. He was quoted as saying, “These practices affect the smooth operations of genuine software in China.” It remains to be seen whether the Chinese government sent in a formal request to Microsoft for an extension for Windows XP’s support, or was it something more casual.