Put your virtual pencils down, you can stop signing the Save XP petition now. In an open letter to Windows customers this week, Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior VP, squelched any hopes the software maker would grant the soon-to-be retired OS another reprieve. But while Microsoft will officially pull the plug on XP at the end of the month, it will still provide security patches "and other critical updates" all the way up until April, 2014, nearly 13 years after XP first debuted. Veghte also reiterated that XP will continue to be sold on low-end PCs, as well as offered as a downgrade option when buying Vista Business or Ultimate. And as for Windows 7? Look for the new OS sometime around January, 2010.
E3 is rapidly approaching, which means game publishers are squirreling away their biggest announcements until the fabled trade show. However, that doesn't mean they aren't tossing out a few crumbs of info here and there. Huh? What's that? Diablo 3? Oh yes, you know you want to read more.
Is the gaming industry dying a slow, prolonged death? Probably not, but I got your attention, didn't I? Plus, the gaming industry might be dying after all, so everybody wins! Read on to find out all about it.
With 309 million registered users and $126 million in first quarter earnings, it'd be easy to see why some might want to leave well enough alone, but don't expect Skype to remain stagnant. Despite the strong numbers, Ebay investors are into Skype for $2.6 billion, an amount most have since admitted was too much for the five year old company. In a bid for renewed faith for the pricey acquisition, Skype 4.0 will bring some major changes to the table, and you can test drive a beta version right now. Click through to see what to expect from the redesign.
It’s that time again, already! What time? You know – yes, even you, snarky guy who’s checking his watch, face scrunched quizzically – it’s time for another Gaming Roundup! A veritable avalanche of news hit today, so let’s get right on it. Otherwise, the sacrifices of the bloggers who bore the brunt of the news will be in vain.
Having trouble sitting still in front of your webcam? A Turkish programmer hopes his new software will make it so you don't have to. Compiled with C/C++, TrackEye zeros in on your eyes to follow your noggin around. But more than just a simple webcam trick, TrackEye can be modified to remotely control other devices using eye movements. The author of the programs says he drew inspiration for his eye tracking software so that his friend's paralyzed mother could continue to use her computer. Nifty!
Welcome, guys and gals, to the inaugural edition of the Gaming Roundup. The aim of this little column? Well, if you can’t deduce that from reading the title, then Lord bless you, at least you’re trying. Regardless, I implore you to sit back, relax, and enjoy some gaming news in tiny, fun-sized pieces. And if that doesn’t work, you can just read this article.
If you're planning on purchasing a new PC with XP preinstalled, do it before the end of the month. June 30th marks Microsoft's end-of-availability deadline for XP, but some OEMs plan to still ship PCs with the aging OS by taking advantage of downgrade rights built into Vista's Business and Ultimate flavors. However, buyers of Dell's Vostro line of desktops and notebooks will pay a $20 to $50 premium for the downgrade compared to just sticking it out with Vista. This begs the question, how deep (in your wallet) is your devotion to XP?
Firefox fans were bristling with enthusiasm on Tuesday, June 17, and with good reason -- it was Firefox Download Day. Two days later, Mozilla is already reaping the rewards. According to analysis conducted by StatCounter,
usage of Firefox 3 skyrocketed from 7.8% of total Firefox users to
18.9%. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer felt the pressure of Firefox 3's
newly expanded girth, dropping from 56.3% market share to 55.4%, while
Firefox moved up to a cool, breezy 36%. So let's give it up for
Mozilla. Their creative marketing strategy has certainly earned them
some applause and a pint of Guinness -- a joke which I totally did not
steal from the press release.
Couldn't download Firefox yesterday? You still have time to help set the world record. Get clicking!
Thanks to the redefinition of "Day" as "a 24-hour period" - and thanks also to the problems everyone in the world had in logging onto the Spread Firefox website yesterday, Download Day continues, with close to 7,000,000 downloads as of posting time.
Originally, Download Day was scheduled to start at 10:00AM PDT yesterday, and end 24 hours later. However, if you read yesterday's installment of "how to bring a website to its knees", you know that things didn't work out exactly as planned.