Last week Apple announced its highly-anticipated iOS 7 update would come with a flurry of "new" features. From the look of things, however, we've seen a lot of these supposedly fresh designs in Android, WebOS, and Windows before.
YouTube looks more “Google” than ever after redesign!
Google rolled out a new look for YouTube on Thursday, around a year after the world’s most popular online video site received its last facelift. The last overhaul focused on giving greater prominence to the user’s personalized content, and this one takes that even further with a cleaner, simpler look that “gets out of the way and lets content truly shine.”
Here at Maximum PC we love to refresh our hardware with a new OS. Windows 8 is controversial, but given time who knows, we might actually warm up to it. Most consumers on the other hand don’t typically upgrade just software, they will pick up Windows 8 on a new PC. Hardware makers usually count on a new version of the OS to spur a new round of consumer spending, and according to Intel, OEM’s have over 20 Atom-based Windows 8 tablets coming down the pipe, along with 140 new Ultrabooks.
Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update is perhaps the biggest departure for the platform since its inception. There is a completely new visual style, and Mountain View is finally approaching the platform with design in mind. To those ends, Google has launched the new Android Design site to help app developers make beautiful and consistent apps that fit in with the new Android aesthetic.
Gelett Burgess once quipped “I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like”. For many of us, the same thing can be said of fonts. For a designer cranking on a client’s project, an entrepreneur looking to sway her investors or a student buttressing his weak research with a little razzle-dazzle in his presentation, the right font can make all the difference--provided you know which one you’re looking for. WhatFontIs exists, to help you souse out the font of your heart’s desire, and it’s our Cool Site of the Week.
Updating the look of a single room or your entire home can be an exciting and stressful affair. Exciting because taking the time and spending the coin to pick out new furniture, paint or otherwise tinker with your home can breathe new life into a stale living space. Stressful because, let’s face it, sometimes the vision of how a room should look that we see in our head just doesn’t work out the way we planned when we get down to putting it all together in the real world. Fortunately, Autodesk Homestyler is here to help you iron the kinks out of your home styling faux pas.
There’s a good number of drawing and design programs available through the Chrome Web Store. Most of them will let you knock out awkward looking stick-figure sketches or primitive landscape images using features similar to those we’ve enjoyed/loathed in MS Paint over the years. Some offer more complex features, such as layering and various virtual paint brushes… which most of us end up using to knock out awkward stick-figure sketches or primitive landscape images. If you want to draw something useful--the blueprints for your next house, for example--there’s only one Web App that’ll do: AutoCAD WS. It’s a Web App with so many awesome features and such rich functionality that we had to make it our Chrome Web App of the week.
You or your client may have an idea for a web service so revolutionary that it could kick start the shift to web 3.0 all on its own. Unless you have a plan for building a website to go along with it, that sweet idea will most likely remain just that--an idea. Fortunately, Mockingbird, our Chrome Web App of the Week, is here to help you get the show on the road.
ARM Holdings’ server ambitions have become more pronounced lately. The company recently announced the server-friendly Cortex A15 processor, which it claims is the “highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen.” Now there are murmurs of the company getting ready to hurl 64-bit processor cores at the server market. According to a report, the British chip designer could announce its first 64-bit processor in the next few weeks, and possibly as early as next week. But the company isn’t willing to comment on its future plans.
ARM CEO Warren East recently told the New York Times that the British chip designer will never be a “$100 billion outfit” like Intel. That humility is no pretense when one takes into account the vast gulf between the two. Moreover, ARM’s business model of licensing chip designs to others is unlikely to help it bridge that gap. The few cents it earns as royalty on every chip based on its design gives it an air of largesse of the kind associated with nonprofits. That said, the threat to Intel rises each time an ARM-based chip makes it into a new device or market.
A recent survey hit my radar this weekend and, I must say, I’m not that surprised by the results. Contrary to my usual columns, I won’t bury the lede: Accenture polled 300 large organizations in both the public and private sectors and—surprise!—found that half of them are “fully committed” to using open-source software in their businesses.
To be honest, I expected results more in line from the Zenoss survey I ran across this weekend, which notes that 98 percent of all enterprise companies use open-source software in some capacity. But I’ll leave that difference up to nomenclature / polling differences. The real juice of Accenture’s story is buried in a single, meager sentence somewhere toward the bottom of the press release: less that 29 percent of surveyed companies intend to shovel their open-source contributions/modifications/development back into the community.