Microsoft has denied for months that Windows Blue even exists, but we finally have proof. A forum post from a Polish tech blog contained links for Windows 8 build 9364, and R27 installed the patch to verify its legitimacy. The consensus seems to be that Build 9364 is an “alpha” version of Blue, and while it might not be entirely feature complete, it certainly gives us a pretty good idea of what Microsoft has in store. We would recommend against installing this build for both legal and stability reasons, however that doesn’t mean you're totally shut out. We’ve compiled a full gallery of screenshots showing off the changes, and so far we have to say things are looking up for the modern UI.
Happy second birthday, Amazon Appstore, and here's to many more.
Typically when you're invited to a birthday party, you're expected to bring a gift for the birthday girl or boy (or pet). But in this case, Amazon is the one handing out freebies to anyone and everyone with an Android device to celebrate two years of the Amazon Appstore. There are 18 "app of the day" apps up for grabs, which normally range in price from $1 on up to $10 a pop. Let's have a look.
Love or hate Windows 8, you have to give Microsoft credit for its tenacity. Most companies would’ve tucked their tail between their legs and run home crying after the disaster that was Zune, but Microsoft doubled down to bring a better-than-before effort rebranded as Xbox Music to its Live Tile-equipped ecosystem. With unlimited music streaming and the ability to buy individual tracks, Xbox Music looks like a hit on the Surface. (Get it?) But how does the new contender stack up to Spotify?
Note: This article was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Valve found a way to include gamers in the development process of new titles.
Sure, any old Joe with enough funds can go out and purchase a finished game to play at his leisure, but you typically need to have a foot in the door with a developer to test upcoming titles before they're made available to the general public. Valve is doing its part to change that with a new "Early Access" initiative that allows Steam gamers to purchase, play, and provide feedback for select games that are still in development.
Google's Eric Schmidt talked about keeping the search giant's two popular OSes separate from each other.
When Google announced that Android boss Andy Rubin was stepping aside and handing the reins over to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, it was only natural to wonder if, going forward, Android and Chrome would end up merging. Maybe someday they will, but for the time being, Google is adamant that both with remain independent operating systems serving two different markets.
The latest graphics card driver from AMD offers double digit performance gains in some instances.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) no longer offers monthly Catalyst driver updates like it used to, instead choosing to dish out new drivers when it makes sense to do so. Now is apparently one of those times. AMD Catalyst 13.3 enters its third beta as it nears release, and if you're itching to upgrade your software, the latest beta build will reward you with performance gains and fixes in a handful of titles.
Disappointing financial results prompted John Riccitiello to step down as EA's chief.
The well documented issue with EA's SimCity launch may not have directly led to John Riccitiello's decision to resign from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the software publisher he's served for the past six years, but perhaps it hints at deeper problems, not the least of which is EA's view on Digital Rights Management. Since taking over as head of the company, EA's stock has fallen more than 60 percent.
So you've played Team Fortress 2, but have you played it while wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset? It wouldn't have made much sense to do so up until now, as Valve just announced a VR mode to the free-to-play title that it plans to release in the coming days. In doing so, Team Fortress 2 becomes the first game to officially support Oculus Rift, a VR headset that raised more than $2.4 million in funding on Kickstarter last summer.
SP1 for Windows 7 delivers critical security updates and improves performance.
For those of you rocking Windows 7 -- likely the majority reading this -- Microsoft wants you running Service Pack 1 (SP1), so beginning today it will roll out automatically on Windows Update, the software giant announced in a blog post. You can avoid SP1 by disabling automatic updates, but unless you have a very specific reason to do so, you might as well upgrade, if you haven't already. SP1 contains several security patches, bug fixes, and performance tweaks to keep Windows 7 operating at peak form.
Dead Space is among the titles SimCity gamers can choose to download for free.
Electronic Arts (EA) screwed up the launch of SimCity in a big way, and the company knows it. Well, sort of. It's not as though EA had an epiphany that overly restrictive Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes, such as requiring an always-on Internet connection, potentially cause more problems than they solve, and for that it should feel ashamed. But the games publisher is willing to admit that it was woefully unprepared on the server side to enforce its draconian DRM measure, and for that, it's throwing free games at disgruntled customers to compensate.