Many devices preloaded with the free SKU to be unveiled over the coming weeks
Microsoft is now getting very serious about taking the fight to all those low-cost Android tablets and cheap Chromebooks. Hot on the heels of its decision to begin offering OEMs free Windows licenses for building sub-9-inch devices, the Redmond-based tech bellwether on Friday announced a new version of Windows that will be offered free of cost to device manufacturers regardless of screen size.
Will Microsoft ever bother to squash this security bug?
There's a zero-day security flaw in Internet Explorer that's been known for at least the last 7 months, yet Microsoft has yet to release a patch. Perhaps it never will -- after all, IE8 is the last version of Microsoft's browser to support Windows XP, which itself is now an unsupported operating system. Alternately, Microsoft might just be having a really tough time with this one -- the Redmond outfit doesn't have a whole lot to say on the matter.
New and improved version of Chrome OS hits the Stable channel
Google this week rolled out an updated version of its open source Chrome OS to the Stable channel -- version 35.0.1916.116 (Platform version: 5712.6.0). The update applies to all Chrome OS devices, save for the Asus Chromebook and Samsung Series 3 Chromebox. For all other Chrome OS devices, the update adds a number of bug fixes, security updates, and feature enhancements.
Streaming music service grows its paid membership amid increasing competition
Today is a day of celebration for Spotify, the spunky streaming music service that just crossed the 10 million paid subscriber milestone. Including freeloaders, Spotify is home to more than 40 million active users across 56 markets. That's not too shabby for a service that first launched in 2008, and has only been available in the U.S. since late 2011 (first as an invite-only and then to everyone by the end of September).
NZXT offers a robust line of case, cooling products, power supplies, and related accessories. However, one thing the company hasn't dabbled with up to this point is software. That all changes today. NZXT just launched its CAM software -- essentially a companion utility for your PC that allows you to monitor system vitals, such as GPU and CPU temps, along with a range of other data.
Gamers on Steam's digital distribution platform have shown a willingness to embrace the Early Access model, which entails paying for a game before it's finished and being allowed to play beta or even alpha versions in return. The developer then uses those funds to complete the title, and may take into consideration feedback it's received from Early Access gamers. GOG is also looking into the Early Access business model, but there are some hurdles to figure out.
Previously, Chrome OS devices were guaranteed four years’ worth of software support
Google has updated its Chrome OS End of Life (EOL) policy, extending the minimum EOL term to five years. Many Chrome OS device owners have already received an email apprising them of the change from the search engine giant.
Different reports point to different release schedules
Speaking at last year’s Build conference, then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that moving to a rapid release cadence was “fundamental to what we’re doing, and what we must to do to mobilize our ecosystem and our partners.” Since that proclamation, we’ve already seen the company release two updates (albeit of varying significance), and a third, presumably called Windows 8.1 Update 2, is rumored for release later this year. But what about next year?
A brand new Far Cry experience is coming this fall
Enjoy the warm summer, folks -- once it's over, you might find yourself dodging bullets and other dangers in Kyrat, a "perilous and wild region of the Himalayas" where the natives are struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. That's the setting for Far Cry 4, which Ubisoft announced will ship to PC and game consoles on November 18 in the U.S. and November 20 in the EMEA territories.