"[Microsoft] should try and kill this beast!" - F-Secure on Windows XP
It's not cockroaches that would survive a nuclear war, but Windows XP, the legacy operating system that simply refuses to give up the ghost. Officially, Microsoft ended support for XP back in April, but companies still have the option of paying for continued security updates. Security firm F-Secure isn't real pleased with Microsoft's handling of XP or the fact that so many businesses and users are still running the OS.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and for BlackBerry, that means opening up your ecosystem to run Android apps -- some of them, anyway. BlackBerry announced today that Amazon Appstore will be available with the launch of the BlackBerrry 10.3 operating system this fall. The deal will give BlackBerry users access to more than 240,000 Android apps, including popular titles like Netflix, Pinterest, and Minecraft.
A better decision than trading them in at GameStop
Could you imagine if Michael Thommason would have taken his more than 11,000 video games to GameStop? Most of the games in his collection would probably have been rejected for being too old. Instead of going that route, Thomasson wisely took his games to auction where they fetched $750,250. That's a hefty sum for what's officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition as being the biggest games collection in the world.
Quick, pinch yourself to make sure this is really happening. After months and months of basically dodging questions about when Grand Theft Auto would release to PC, Rockstar Games finally acknowledged that it would happen, and even gave a general time frame. Announced at E3, Rockstar Games said GTA V will ship to PC this fall, along with versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
Chromebooks continue to acquire new offline functionality
Adding to the still small, albeit growing, list of things that can be done on a Chromebook while it’s offline, Google earlier this week updated the Google Play Movies & TV Chrome app with support for offline media playback. Coming at a time when Chromebook availability is being expanded to nine new countries, the ability to watch your favorite movies and TV shows when stuck with a Chromebook without internet access is definitely a positive development from both the standpoint of usability and marketability.
Over 11,000 games collected during the past 25 years
As recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 Gamers Edition, Michael Thommason is the owner of the world's largest collection of video games, though not for long. Thomasson's record collection of 11,000 games is up for auction and will change hands to the winning bidder, provided the reserve price is met. That hasn't happened yet with the high bid sitting at $50,000.
Steams updated FAQ warns that some Early Access titles may never finish
The new message from Valve regarding Steam Early Access is 'caveat emptor,' more or less. More specifically, Valve decided to update its Steam Early Access FAQ page to warn gamers that some titles may never end up finished and released, so don't make a purchase unless you're stoked to play the game in its current form. Apparently Valve felt it was a necessary clarification following the Earth: Year 2066 fiasco.
Don't hold your breath waiting for the return of the Start menu
Microsoft did Windows users a solid by bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, but has stubbornly refused to give back the Start menu for those who want it. Last we heard, the Start Menu would indeed make a comeback, the question is when, and the answer might not be with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2 -- instead, the Start menu may not make a comeback until Windows 9.
Futuremark's collection of benchmarks are handy when it comes to evaluating hardware, comparing computer parts, and rooting out potential problems. For testing graphics cards and integrated graphics, 3DMark is the go-to benchmark, and it's about to get even better. At Computex next week, Futuremark will show off Sky Driver, a new 3DMark benchmark test for DirectX 11 gaming laptops and mid-range PCs.
Watch Dog's appetite for video RAM seems to be the root cause of performance problems on the PC
After all the anticipation and patient waiting, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs title arrived on PC and several different game consoles earlier this week. Unfortunately, performance on the PC isn't up to par. Users have complained of lag, stuttering, and weird graphical anomalies when playing Watch Dogs, all of which appear to be due to the game's heavy reliance on VRAM. That's the bad news. The good news is that a performance patch for Watch Dogs on PC is coming.