Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS was seen as a threat to Windows by some (highly excitable) people when the search giant first talked about it in 2009. This was especially thought to be a possibility where the limited computing needs of the less tech savvy were concerned. That threat, however, never materialized. But Google isn’t ready to give up yet. It’s now trying to convince PC vendors to begin selling desktops with the cloud-based OS.
Yesterday was no ordinary Tuesday. It was Microsoft’s eleventh Patch Tuesday of 2011. In keeping with Microsoft’s practice of releasing a lower volume of patches during odd-numbered months as compared to even ones, this month’s Patch Tuesday only contains four security bulletins, which is half of what the company shipped in October.
Show of hands, are there any Android users not yet salivating for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)? Anyone? There's plenty to be excited about, assuming your device will be getting an upgrade, and therein lies one of the two big unknowns: When is Ice Cream Sandwich coming and which devices will support it? HTC answered both of those questions on its Facebook page, as least as it applies to its own smartphones.
Every Android user with the requisite hardware is craving them some Ice Cream Sandwich right about now, and why not? ICS, or Android 4.0, is a major update to the Android platform filled with delicious new features, and when LG Optimus 2X owners heard they wouldn't be able to partake, they were understandably miffed. Not to worry, LG says -- ICS is coming your way.
Are you concerned that Windows 8 with its radically redesigned UI and Metro style Start menu will be too much to swallow on the desktop? It's a valid concern, though it doesn't appear to be scaring off businesses and IT departments, both of which are already showing strong interest in Microsoft's upcoming OS well ahead of its 2012 launch.
Even though Kinect does not celebrate the first anniversary of its launch until November 4, Microsoft is already in a celebratory mood. The Redmond-based software giant on Monday seemed cock-a-hoop as it fondly recalled what’s been “an amazing 12 months” for Kinect, the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history. Besides going gaga over the “Kinect Effect,” Microsoft talked about the release of the commercial version of the Kinect for Windows SDK.
A company called BeagleBoard invites you to meet BeagleBone, an $89 open source hardware platform about the size of a credit card. It's intended for electronic enthusiasts looking for a fast, easy, and affordable way to build things like wireless networked autonomous robots, self-teaching electronics education kits, intelligent digital signage, retro gaming devices, home automation, and the list goes on.
GameStop is the place you go to for used game trade-ins, new titles, new and used hardware, accessories, and things of the sort, most of which are related to consoles (save for a sad one-sided rack of PC games). But would you buy a $400 or $500 Android tablet at GameStop? The brick-and-mortar chain is going to try to sell you one this coming holiday shopping season, with free games added to sweeten the pot.
The fragmentation that exists on the Android platform is an annoying side effect of Google's open-source ecosystem, and we'll be reminded of that once Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) slowly rolls out to certain devices, while others are left out in the cold. Such will be the case of the Nexus One, a phone Google said is simply "too old" for a major OS update. But do Nexus One owners have it all that bad?
All things eventually come to an end, and for Windows XP and its legion of holdouts, the end is nigh. It's a dead OS walking and the governors at Microsoft aren't going to pick up the phone at the last moment and give it yet another stay of execution. Microsoft general manager for Windows Commercial marketing, Rich Reynolds, confirmed as much in an interview with InformationWeek.