Microsoft’s insecurity has forced it to mount an anti-Linux indoctrination campaign. It is now trying to becharm Best Buy employees with the carrot of dirt cheap Windows 7 copies for those that answer some simple question, which are part of its highly biased “Comparing Windows 7 to Linux-based PCs” training module.
According to an anonymous forum poster, who posted screenshots of the training module on Overclock.net, Best Buy employees are being offered a Windows 7 retail copy for only $10, if they can suppress their conscience to subserviently toe Microsoft’s line. The training material mocks Linux’s supposed incompatibly with popular games, gadgets and software. Windows 7 for just $10 is quite a steal, though the most fervid of Linux supporters might find their end of the bargain to be worth more than a Windows 7 copy, howsoever cheap.
The Dallas Cowboys just can't seem to get a grip on this whole technology thing. In a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans last month, Dallas' 180 foot long HD screen blocked a punt by the Titans, a play which isn't reviewable under current NFL rules. Moving the screen could cost millions of dollars, so the solution for the time being is to do nothing.
Fast forward and the Cowboys once again take center stage in this week's giant screen fail, only this time there were no punts involved. Instead, a scrolling banner let everyone in attendance know the eggheads behind the scenes had encountered an error and didn't shut down properly. Or maybe it's a really good Photochop. Either way, it's fun to laugh at the Cowboys. That is, unless you're a Lions fan, in which case there's nothing at all funny about the NFL.
Psystar once again flips Apple the bird by confirming it will support Mac OS X Snow Leopard on all new Mac clones. Furthermore, the company said it had developed "new virtualization technologies" to better integrate with the newly released OS like "never before."
At the same time, Psystar issued a warning to its customers not to install Snow Leopard until the OEM had a chance to work out any kinks and ensure a no-fuss upgrade.
"We ask you not to attempt to install the new OS X as it may cause harm to your computer, resulting in a possible re-installation of Leopard OS 10.5 and a loss of data," Pystar wrote in a blog post. "As with all previous software updates to the OS, Psystar meticulously tests and retests all software updates to confirm their compatibility with older Psystar machines."
As could be expected, Apple is none too happy about Psystar's continued defiance and has asked a California judge to order a 30 day "re-opening of discovery" to give Aple time to obtain Psystar's modified Snow Leopard source code.
Determining how many Android apps are available for mass consumption has always been an exercise in guesstimation, but thanks to AdroLib -- a website where you can browser Android apps from your PC -- we now have a pretty good idea. According to AndroLib, Google's Android Market now sits at a little over 10,000 strong.
That's a far cry from the 70,000 or so apps available to iPhone and iPod Touch owners through Apple's App Store, but consider that back in May of this year, T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman said there are about 2,300 Android apps available for the platform. The rapid growth bodes well for the future of Android, and it also helps that there are a ton more free apps then there are paid ones.
Throwing a Windows 7 party probably isn't going to reach the same level as the toga-wearing, beer bong-toting get togethers from your college days, but rather than wake up with a hangover the next morning, you could instead cash in on a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
Such is the incentive Microsoft is offering thousands of employees, partners, and enthusiasts in exchange for hosting a Windows 7 party in their homes and communities to help spread the word about its new OS and demonstrate some of the new features.
"Apply online to host a Launch Party. Choose a day from October 22-29 and if you're selected, you'll not only receive a special Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate but your very own Windows 7 Party Pack," Microsoft wrote on a special webpage advertising the promotion.
Details remain somewhat sparse, other than potential hosts will choose from one of four themes: PhotoPalooza, Media Mania, Setting up with Ease, Family Friendly Fun.
Consumers aren't the only ones anxiously awaiting the release of Windows 7; OEMs are planning ahead as well. Anticipating a sharp rise in demand, HP has an ordered about 3.3 million notebooks from Taiwan's top-four ODMs last month, representing an increase of 15 percent on month. In September, that number number is expected to climb even higher and settle on 3.5 million units, industry sources say.
Meanwhile, Acer also anticipates a flurry of sales once Windows 7 is made available starting October 22, 2009. Those same sources indicate Acer has a real shot at becoming the leader in the notebook market this fall, with shipments possibly topping 3.6 million units. This also includes ultra-thin notebooks and netbooks, two areas Acer has been particularly popular in.
If Acer manages to ship nine million notebooks in the third quarter, it will have closed the gap with HP to only 200,000 units.
T-Mobile G1 owners and anyone else who frequently accesses the Android Market will soon see changes made to the user interface, and if early leaked pictures turn out to be legit, the semi-face lift appears to be for the better, though not extensive.
According to the photos, which a tipster sent in to Cnet, the redesigned Market will sport buttons to sort by Top Paid, Top Free, and Just In. A search button sits in the upper right corner, and that's really all that's evident from the sneak peek. But that's enough to make navigation easier than it currently is.
As work is still being done, more features and GUI changes might still be added. Look for the update sometime before the end of the year.
Here we go again. TechCrunch on Monday said it received a pair of screenshots claiming to show what Google's upcoming Chrome OS will look like. But this isn't the first time screenshots of the OS have purportedly been leaked, and likely not the last.
Google announced the browser-based OS back in July, prompting no shortage of alleged screen grabs surfacing on the Web. At least one of the incidents were confirmed fake, when a graphics designer who posted the false images admitted doing so on his blog.
So what makes these latest shots any different? Nothing, other than no one has confirmed or debunked them yet, so take these images at face value. Should they turn out to be legit, it would appear Google is taking a minimalistic approach to GUI design, just as it did with its Chrome browser. The supposed screenshots show a dock on the right-hand side with large icons to a handful of Google apps, along with an integrated search bar on the bottom of the screen. And that's it.
Anyone believe these are the real deal? Hit the jump and place your bets.
AutoRun was originally intended to help automatically start programs stored on optical media. However, once USB drives became popular, AutoRun also became a popular way to launch programs from hard disks and thumb drives by working with Windows' built-in AutoPlay functionality. Unfortunately, AutoRun's ability to provide instant launching for programs has also been widely exploited by malware such as the notorious Conficker/Downadup worm and others. Microsoft changed how AutoRun works in Windows 7 RC, but until now, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 have been wide open to USB-based AutoRun attacks. To find out how Redmond's reining in AutoRun, join us after the jump.