Software http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/205/ en Try Out Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview Today http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Laptop" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Kick Windows 10's tires for free</h3> <p>Microsoft surprised quite a few people yesterday when it <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014" target="_blank">unveiled its next generation of Windows</a>. It wasn't that Microsoft announced a new version of Windows, but that it decided to skip over Windows 9 and go straight to Windows 10. The reason behind the decision is because the new version is the beginning of a new era for the Windows platform, so Microsoft decided it warranted a numerical skip. Curious about the new OS? <strong>If you join the Windows Insider program (free), you can download and install the Windows 10 Technical Preview today (also free)</strong>.</p> <p>"As a member of the Windows Insider community, you will have an active role in helping us build Windows 10 and be among the first to see new stuff," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc explains in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/01/join-the-windows-insider-program-and-get-the-windows-10-technical-preview/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "You will automatically receive new builds as we release them with the latest features we’re experimenting with – and our freshest bugs. Some of these features may not be fully 'baked' – meaning they may not work correctly as you are seeing these features as we work on them. And there’s no guarantee that what you see will be part of the final release. But as a Windows Insider, you’ll have the ability to impact and influence those types of product decisions."</p> <p>Keep in mind that this is pre-release software you'd be dealing with, so it's probably not wise to install the Technical Preview on a mission critical system or any other rig that favors reliability. However, if you're curious about Windows 10 and want to help shape the direction it goes in, this is your chance to give it a spin and let your voice be heard.</p> <p>There's a Windows Feedback app you can use to report any issues you run into, or to simply tell Microsoft, "Hey, I don't like this feature and that feature," but hopefully with more detail than that.</p> <p>Also bear in mind that what you see today isn't the whole Windows 10 package. The final version will ship in 2015, and by then, it's likely to look and act a bit differently than what the Technical Preview portrays at this moment in time.</p> <p>All that said, if you still want to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview" target="_blank">click here</a> and follow the instructions.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/try_out_microsofts_windows_10_technical_preview_today_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:34:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28648 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tosses 'Windows 9' into Recycle Bin, Announces Windows 10 Instead http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Mock Logo" title="Windows 10 Mock Logo" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />"It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9" - Microsoft</h3> <p>You're probably familiar with the argument, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Well, Juliet may not have cared about the name of things, but Microsoft does, which is why you'll never see a Windows 9. Instead, <strong>Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10</strong>, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>"Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever," Windows head Terry Myerson said during a press event with a small gathering of reporters in San Francisco. "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Windows 10 preview video</strong></p> <p><a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/30/microsoft-skips-windows-9-heads-straight-to-windows-10/" target="_blank">According to <em>Recode</em></a>, Windows 10 is designed to run on a wide range of devices with screen sizes running the gamut from four inches all the up to 80 inches. Microsoft will have a single application platform with one integrated Store to deliver Windows experiences across all those devices.</p> <p>In order to serve all those devices, Windows 10 was built from the ground up for a "mobile-first, cloud-first world," Myerson added, <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">according to </a><em><a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-unveiled-microsoft-ushers-in-the-next-era-of-windows-1267199" target="_blank">TechRadar</a>.</em></p> <p>Reports from around the web say Windows 10 looks a bit like Windows 7. It has a hybrid Start menu that combines Windows 7-era features with Windows 8 style tiles, <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/09/29/microsoft-previews-windows-9/" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times </em>reports</a>. However, Microsoft isn't viewing Windows 10 as just a rehash of previous versions. Part of the reason for the Windows 10 name is because it represents the "first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Myerson said.</p> <p>The focus right now is on the enterprise, and towards that end, the first priority of the OS is to make sure it's familiar for business users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 so they can hop right in and be productive. Microsoft's second priority is "modern management" of lots of computers.</p> <p>So, what about that Modern UI that caused such a fuss with power users? It's gone in Windows 10, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/30/microsoft-windows-10/" target="_blank"><em>Endgadget</em> reports</a>. In place of the Modern UI are Live Tiles integrated into the right side of the Start menu on the Desktop. On the left side are pinned and frequent apps.</p> <p>There's also a refreshed taskbar with a new "task view" that presents all of your running apps. Windows 10 allows you to tile up to four apps on the same screen.</p> <p>Other goodies include a beefed up command prompt that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts, along with copy and paste, and a Charms Bar that may or may not make it into the final cut.</p> <p>Microsoft is planning to issue a Technical Preview of Windows 10 next week, with a launch of the OS by spring 2015. We'll have a more in-depth look once all the information is out, as well as hands-on impressions once we get a copy to play with.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tosses_windows_9_recycle_bin_announces_windows_10_instead_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28638 at http://www.maximumpc.com Visceral Director Confident Battlefield: Hardline 'Will Work' at Launch http://www.maximumpc.com/visceral_director_confident_battlefield_hardline_will_work_launch_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bf_hardline.jpg" alt="Battlefield Hardline" title="Battlefield Hardline" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Cross your fingers the launch goes smoother than BF4's did</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/battlefield_4_review">Battlefield 4's</a> launch went about as smooth as the Andrea Gail's trip out to sea in the nonfiction book-turned-movie The Perfect Storm. Hey, at least BF4 didn't sink -- the developers eventually ironed out most of the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lawfirm_may_sue_ea_over_buggy_battlefield_4_rollout2013">bugs and server issues</a>, though it's understandable that some gamers are worried about Battlefield: Hardline going through similar growing pains. There's no need to be, according to <strong>Ian Milham, creative director for Visceral Games, who says that Battlefield: Hardline is in "great shape."</strong></p> <p>Heath Hindman, a journalist for <a href="http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/battlefield-hardline-will-work-at-launch-says-visceral-28643" target="_blank"><em>Game Revolution</em></a>, caught up with Milham at the Tokyo Game Show and had a short chat about the upcoming game. Hindman said he expressed concern over Hardline's ability to fully function at launch considering that BF4 had several issues.</p> <p>"What you're basically asking is, 'Is your gaming going to work?' and the answer is yes, it's gonna work," Milham said, adding that his development team began work more than a year before Battlefield 4 was released. "We've been working with the DICE guys for a long time; some of our engineering work is actually in Battlefield 4 and things they've been doing since then. It's in pretty great shape now and all that work is gonna come into what we're doing doing."</p> <p>That's not to say there won't be some hiccups. In fact, Milham readily admits that bugs are virtually unavoidable when dealing with a game as big as Hardline, especially when planning for five different platforms. However, he doesn't foresee any major issues like there were with BF4.</p> <p>"We taking shipping a working game pretty seriously," Milham said. "So yes, the game will work."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/visceral_director_confident_battlefield_hardline_will_work_launch_2014#comments battlefield: hardline Electronic Arts games Software visceral News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:30:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28631 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/windows_9_1_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9 to be free for Windows 8 users" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>‘Threshold’ will be officially unveiled on September 30, 2014</h3> <p>Microsoft has scheduled a <strong>special invite-only event for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, where it is widely expected to introduce the next version of its popular desktop operating system (codenamed “Threshold” but popularly referred to as Windows 9).</strong> As is usually the case, the event’s imminence hasn’t resulted in a moratorium on Windows 9 rumors and speculation, but instead caused the tech rumor mill to kick into high gear, with the latest juicy Windows 9-related tidbit coming to us all the way from Indonesia — and apparently straight from the horse’s mouth.</p> <p>According to Indonesian news portal <a href="http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/09/25/182535/2701450/317/ceo-microsoft-windows-9-gratis-asalkan?k=ecym&amp;p=ct">Detik</a>, existing Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Microsoft’s next operating system <a href="http://bgr.com/2014/09/28/windows-9-upgrade-free-download/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">absolutely free of cost</a>. And how exactly do they know this, you ask? Well, Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro said so in Jakarta Thursday. Actually, rumors to this effect have been doing the rounds for sometime now but this is the first time that someone from Microsoft — someone as powerful as Diantoro at that —&nbsp; has commented on the subject, let alone outright confirmed the rumor.</p> <p>Although this particular report is silent on the upcoming operating system’s likely cost for those who don’t own a Windows 8 copy, Russian Microsoft leaker WZOR last month claimed that Microsoft was readying an <a href="http://www.myce.com/news/windows-9-enterprise-has-no-metro-interface-upgrade-to-windows-9-free-or-20-72511/">“awesome’ upgrade offer for Windows XP users.</a></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_exec_windows_9_be_free_windows_8_users000#comments microsoft indonesia operating system report Software windows 9 windows threshold News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:26:59 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28621 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon App Store Now Serving Dozens of Android Apps Worth Nearly $175 for Free http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_app_store_now_serving_dozens_android_apps_worth_nearly_175_free_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amazon_apps.jpg" alt="Amazon Apps" title="Amazon Apps" width="228" height="199" style="float: right;" />Snag a $59 dictionary app for free</h3> <p>Every so often, Amazon offers up a collection of paid apps for free, not including its daily free app. Back in July, Amazon served up 29 apps worth over $100 for free, and this time around, <strong>Amazon is giving away over two dozen Android apps worth almost $175</strong>. The highest priced app of the bunch is Merriam-Webster's Third New International Pro from Paragon Software Group. It normally sells for $59, but can be had for free for a limited time.</p> <p>Interestingly, Amazon advertises the promotion as being worth "over $135," though when we added them up individually, the tally came closer to $175. That qualifies as "over $135," but at the expense of Amazon underselling the deal.</p> <p>In any event, you'll find a wide assortment of apps among the collection of 27 titles, everything from games like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (normally $4.99) to productivity apps like OfficeSuite Professional 7 (normally $14.95). Swype Keyboard (normally $4.99) and SketchBook Pro (normally $4.99) are a couple of other notable inclusions.</p> <p>The deal is going on now and runs until Saturday, September 27. You can check them out by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=amb_link_425170362_2?ie=UTF8&amp;hidden-keywords=B00CT2P6VA%7CB007ZF4GU8%7CB00A7W29BE%7CB00DV2D0JC%7CB008IJT0CE%7CB00JFKEQBK%7CB00701L5XS%7CB00EEL0LGY%7CB007NZ7LIY%7CB00966YLNQ%7CB00GWYAMZ6%7CB006J1P770%7CB00HWWRYC6%7CB00G1YAD42%7CB0096DZKZC%7CB0067Q42BY%7CB0051UP5NQ%7CB008X8RSTM%7CB0055S348W%7CB004GYNPL2%7CB00IIITT08%7CB00FHEP9XM%7CB00ESCJG1U%7CB005J0VPNC%7CB0055PSKE8%7CB0055S348W%7CB00J0HVB7U%7CB00A7Z8KAU&amp;rh=i%3Amobile-apps%2Cn%3A2350149011&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-top-1&amp;pf_rd_r=0RTE7MSZ1TBA3DNGVTA4&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=1930242302&amp;pf_rd_i=2350149011" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_app_store_now_serving_dozens_android_apps_worth_nearly_175_free_2014#comments amazon android app store apps Software News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:21:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28607 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Apologizes for Cellular Killing iOS 8.0.1 Update, Suggests Rolling Back to iOS 8 http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_apologizes_cellular_killing_ios_801_update_suggests_rolling_back_ios_8_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/epic_fail.jpg" alt="Epic Fail" title="Epic Fail" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />What else can go wrong with the iPhone 6 launch?</h3> <p>We know you don't come here to read Apple news, but when things are this bad in Cupertino, it's pretty tough to ignore -- it's like watching a train wreck and then trying not to tell anyone about it. The train in this case is Apple and the wreck is its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. The latest in the ongoing saga has <strong>Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update</strong>, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.</p> <p>The iOS 8.0.1 software is the first update to iOS 8 and was intended to fix a bunch of issues with Apple's mobile OS. However, complaints quickly started rolling in after the update was released with users saying their iPhones would no longer connect to a cellular network and that Touch ID was no longer letting them unlock their handsets with their fingerprints. Apparently the issues only affect iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners.</p> <p>Apple has since pulled the update offline and <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487" target="_blank">suggested a workaround</a>, that being a rollback to iOS 8 through iTunes. In the meantime, Apple said it's preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue and plans to release it "in the next few days."</p> <p>"We aplogize for the great inconvenience experienced by users," an Apple spokesperson <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/apple-launch/apple-apologizes-ios-8-0-1-screwup-issues-fix-n211371" target="_blank">told <em>NBCNews</em></a>.</p> <p>Chalk this up as yet another misfire in what's been the most anticipated (and botched) iPhone launch ever. Apple fumbled the launch from the onset with a live stream event plagued with technical issues. The feed kept cutting out, and when it would play, there would sometimes be an audio feed of a Chinese translation overpowering the keynote.</p> <p>The frustration for anxious would-be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners continued when they stayed up late to place pre-orders at 12:01AM Pacific. Most visitors to Apple's online store had to wait until around 12:30AM Pacific before the site went live, and by then, several iPhone options were unavailable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/curved_iphone.jpg" alt="Curved iPhone" title="Curved iPhone" width="521" height="260" /></p> <p>Shipping times quickly increased from 7-10 business days to 3-4 weeks, and as iPhone 6 Plus buyers wait at home for their devices to arrive, the Internet became filled with reports of the phablet-sized handset being <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/early_iphone_6_plus_owners_get_bent_out_shape_over_warping_issue_2014" target="_blank">prone to warping</a> just by having it in a pants pocket. It's too early to tell if the issue is being overblown, though at minimum, the iPhone 6 Plus definitely has a bit of uncomfortable flex to it.</p> <p>Throw in the iOS 8.0.1 issue and you have to wonder what else could possibly go wrong.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_apologizes_cellular_killing_ios_801_update_suggests_rolling_back_ios_8_2014#comments apple ios 8 ios 8.0.1 iphone 6 iphone 6 plus operating system Software update News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:44:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28605 at http://www.maximumpc.com Linux Bash Bug Poses Security Threat, Gets Compared to Heartbleed http://www.maximumpc.com/linux_bash_bug_poses_security_threat_gets_compared_heartbleed_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><img src="/files/u69/linux_bash.jpg" alt="Linux Bash" title="Linux Bash" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Here we go again</strong></p> <p><strong>Security researchers have discovered a major security bug in the Unix shell known as Bash</strong> (Bourne-again shell), one of the most commonly used utilities in Linux and one that could potentially affect a great number of Unix and Linux web servers. By exploiting the newly discovered vulnerability, an attacker can take complete control of the system and/or execute shell commands that could make a server vulnerable to even more threats.</p> <p>The bug is such that an attacker would need a high level of system access to do any real damage, though according to <a href="https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2014-6271" target="_blank">Red Hat</a>, remote attacks are possible through "certain services and applications." Patches are needed to fill in the security hole and eradicate the bug, but since it's been present in enterprise Linux software for so long, that's no easy task, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/24/6840697/worse-than-heartbleed-todays-bash-bug-could-be-breaking-security-for" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em> reports</a>. That said, Red Hat, Fedora, Ubuntu, and others have already released patches, and Apple is working on a fix for Mac OS X.</p> <p>Some security experts, including Errata Security's Robert David Graham, have compared the Bash bug to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/heartbleed_security_flaw_catches_internet_guard_2014" target="_blank">Heartbleed</a>. Graham went so far as to say it's "probably a bigger deal than Heartbleed" because of all the software out there that's vulnerable -- cataloging it all would be a nightmare, if not an impossible task.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/linux_bash_bug_poses_security_threat_gets_compared_heartbleed_2014#comments bash linux Security Software unix News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:30:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28604 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 344.16 WHQL Drivers Add Support for GTX 980 and 970 Maxwell Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34416_whql_drivers_add_support_gtx_980_and_970_maxwell_cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gtx_980.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />New GeForce drivers now availble to download</h3> <p>So, you've gone out and acquired one or two of Nvidia's new Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 or GTX 970 graphics cards, is that right? As <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">our benchmarks show</a>, you'll be happy with your purchase, and you may even see better results than we did when applying the latest WHQL-certified drivers. No need to wait -- <strong>Nvidia's GeForce 344.16 WHQL drivers are now to available to download</strong> and install.</p> <p>In addition to adding support for Nvidia's latest Maxwell cards, the new driver release purportedly offers the best gaming experience for a handful of titles, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation, according to the accompanying <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/344.16/344.16-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes (PDF)</a>.</p> <p>You'll also find added or updated application profiles and 3D Vision profiles for a bunch of games, plus 3D compatibility mode support for Assassin's Creed: Freedom City, Halo: Spartan Assault, Murdered Sould Suspect, and Sniper Elite 3.</p> <p>Hit up <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us" target="_blank">Nvidia's website</a> when you're ready to grab the new drivers.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34416_whql_drivers_add_support_gtx_980_and_970_maxwell_cards#comments Drivers geforce 344.16 graphics card GTX 970 GTX 980 maxwell nvidia Software Video Card whql News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:22:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28601 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blizzard Kills Titan MMO 7 Years Into Development http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzard_kills_titan_mmo_7_years_development_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blizzard_entertainment.jpg" alt="Blizzard Entertainment" title="Blizzard Entertainment" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Seven years into the project, Titan's developers couldn't find the fun or passion.</h3> <p>Bad news if you were pinning your hopes on Titan being your next MMO after you've grown tired of World of Warcraft. <strong>After spending at least seven years in development, Blizzard has officially cancelled Titan</strong>, putting an end to a project that Blizzard ultimately decided it wasn't something it wanted to do at this time. On the bright side, Blizzard may still make another MMO someday, but for now, that's not the direction it wants to take.</p> <p>Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime revealed the decision in an <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/23/6833953/blizzard-cancels-titan-next-gen-mmo-pc" target="_blank">interview with <em>Polygon</em></a>, telling the site that it just couldn't get excited about the project. The company knew it could make a successful MMO -- World of Warcraft proved it -- but despite plans to build an ambitious follow-up, the team just couldn't get it to come together.</p> <p>"We didn't find the fun," Morhaime said. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."</p> <p>So just like that, Blizzard pulled the plug, though after spending that much time on the game, the decision to do so was an "excruciating" one.</p> <p>Reading through the interview, it seems that Blizzard is perhaps overly sensitive to being pegged as an MMORPG company, or any other genre for that matter.</p> <p>"We just want to make great games every time," Morhaime said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzard_kills_titan_mmo_7_years_development_2014#comments blizzard games mmo Software titan News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:35:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28595 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Makes It Easier for Eligible Students to Claim Office 365 for Free http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_makes_it_easier_eligible_students_claim_office_365_free_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>A price point students can afford</h3> <p>Are you enrolled in college? If so, you have enough expenses already -- tuition, books, parking, beer, and so forth. The last thing you want to do is spend even more money on software, hence why your PC is filled with open source software. That's one option, though if you'd prefer to roll with Office, it might not cost you a dime. <strong>Microsoft just introduced a self-serve model for students and teachers that lets them claim Office 356 at no cost</strong>.</p> <p>"It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage, a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf of the student," <a href="http://blogs.office.com/2014/09/22/students-teachers-may-eligible-get-office-free/" target="_blank">Microsoft said</a>.</p> <p>Not anymore. If you're a student and at least 13 years old, you can check your eligibility by going to <a href="http://www.office.com/getoffice365" target="_blank">Office 365 for Students</a> and entering in a valid school-provided email address. If you qualify, you'll receive the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher, which you can install on up to five systems.</p> <p>You'll also receive 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and access to Office Online.</p> <p>So, what makes you eligible? To qualify, you must attend a school that has purchased Office for the entire organization through Microsoft's Volume Licensing program.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_makes_it_easier_eligible_students_claim_office_365_free_2014#comments education microsoft nasdaq:msft office 365 for students productivity Software News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:08:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28589 at http://www.maximumpc.com 9 Things We Want in Windows 9 http://www.maximumpc.com/09_things_we_want_see_windows_9 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_scribbled.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Scribbled" title="Windows 8 Scribbled" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>We want better 4K support and more from Windows 9&nbsp;</h3> <p>If we're being totally, completely, 100 percent honest, we settled for Windows 8. That's not easy to admit, especially after applying some well needed Updates (previously known as Service Packs) that zapped some of our original complaints. Don't get us wrong, it never was, nor is it still a terrible operating system -- the comparisons to Windows ME or even Windows Vista's early days are off base -- but certainly Microsoft didn't have our best interests in mind. By "our interests," we're talking about power users, enthusiasts, and generally anyone tech savvy enough to know the difference between RAM and a hard drive. Hell, Windows 8 designer <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_8_designer_offers_candid_explanation_metro_and_why_power_users_hate_it_2014">Jacob Miller admitted as much</a> several months ago (Microsoft's good at <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/exclusive_interview_microsoft_admits_what_went_wrong_with_vista_and_how_they_fixed_it">coming clean after the fact</a>).</p> <p>Truth be told, Microsoft catered to the lowest common denominator -- the ones who call you up every 3-4 weeks because their PC is riddled with pop-up ads again -- and attempted to hold their hands as Redmond walked them through its vision of what would one day become a beautiful walled garden where new and experienced users frolicked happily among the colorful tiles singing songs of praise. Our apologies if you just threw up in your mouth a little bit.</p> <p>Here's the thing -- we've grown accustomed to Windows 8, and having spent copious time with it, we no longer feel the rage we once did every time the Start screen would load. That's partially because we're now able to boot directly into the Desktop, but the bigger reason is the one we stated above. We settled, plain and simple.</p> <p>With that said, <a title="windows 9" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014" target="_blank">Windows 9 is on the horizon</a>, and this is Microsoft's chance to atone for Windows 8 and earn back some street cred with power users. It's a do-over, and no, it's not too late. If Windows 9 comes out and blows our minds with levels of awesome we've never seen before, all will be forgiven (just as we've done before). But in order for that to happen, Microsoft has to get it right.</p> <p>That's no easy task, so to help our friends at Microsoft, we came up with a list of 9 things we want to see in Windows 9. Are you reading this, Redmond? Good, because these 9 wishlist items conveniently assembled into a photo gallery collectively represent your golden ticket back into our good graces. Let's begin!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/09_things_we_want_see_windows_9#comments 4k support features gallery microsoft operating system OS Software threshold Windows windows 9 wishlist News Features Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:06:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28547 at http://www.maximumpc.com Humble Bundle is Gifting Tropico 3 for Free Today Only http://www.maximumpc.com/humble_bundle_gifting_tropico_3_free_today_only_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tropico_3.jpg" alt="Tropico 3" title="Tropico 3" width="228" height="230" style="float: right;" />Can't beat the price!</h3> <p>Why pay for a game when you get it for free? That's not an invitation to go pirate a PC title via BitTorrent or any other method, we're just wondering if you like free stuff. The answer? Of course you do! The reason we ask is because if you act fast, you can <strong>grab Tropico 3 for free from the Humble Bundle Store</strong>. The deal is good for one day only and is set to expire tomorrow at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern.</p> <p>There are no major strings attached to the deal, unless you consider Steam's digital distribution platform a string (you also have to fork over your email for the deal). Simply <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store" target="_blank">click on this link</a>, enter your email address, click on the URL that gets emailed to you, and activate the license on Steam. When you're finished, you can go back to the original link and refresh the page, only this time check the "This is a gift" box when entering your email. You'll be emailed a URL to give to your buddy.</p> <p>While you're moseying about the Humble Store, you can check out a bunch of discounted titles as part of the End of Summer Sale encore. Some notable standouts include Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition ($7.99, down from $39.99), South Park The Stick of Truth ($19.99, down from $39.99), Batman Arkham City GOTY Edition ($4.99, down from $19.99), Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition ($4.99, down from $19.99), and Hitman Absolution ($4.99, down from $19.99), to name just a few.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/humble_bundle_gifting_tropico_3_free_today_only_2014#comments games humble bundle Software tropico 3 News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:45:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28584 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARChron Hack Brings Android Apps to Chrome for Linux, OS X and Windows http://www.maximumpc.com/archron_hack_brings_android_apps_chrome_linux_os_x_and_windows <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/chrome-os-android-app.png" alt="ARChron" title="ARChron" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Theoretically, almost any app can be ported</h3> <p>When Google first announced Chrome OS in 2009, among the few people who were polite enough to not dismiss it outright, and predict for it either a stillbirth or an early demise, were those who saw a merger with Android as its ultimate fate. Of course, let alone a full-blown merger, we have yet to see substantial interplay between the two platforms. The best we have seen, all these years down the line, is the <strong>ability to run a grand total of four Android apps on Chrome OS</strong> — and that too is a very recent development. Even now, Google is only working with “a select group of Android developers” and is unlikely to bring more than a handful of mobile apps to Chrome OS in the near future. Well, that’s what hacks are for, right?</p> <p>A developer named Vlad Filippov (a.k.a Vladikoff) has not not only figured out a <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/hack-runs-android-apps-on-windows-mac-and-linux-computers/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">way to run virtually any Android app on Chrome OS</a>, he has also found a way to do so using the Chrome browser on major desktop OSes like OS X, Linux and Windows. To this end, he has released a custom version of <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.in/2014/09/first-set-of-android-apps-coming-to.html" target="_blank">App Runtime for Chrome (ARC)</a>, the Native Client-based Chrome OS extension that enables Android apps to run on Chrome — the APK needs to be converted into a Chrome extension. Unlike ARC, which is only compatible with Chrome OS,&nbsp; the hacked version called <a href="https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md">ARChon</a> can be used to run Android apps inside the Chrome browser. As for converting APKs into Chrome extensions, the Toronto-based developer has released a tool called “<a href="https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk" target="_blank">chromeos-apk</a>”.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/archron_hack_brings_android_apps_chrome_linux_os_x_and_windows#comments app runtime for chrome apps archron chrome chrome os hack linux nacl native client OS OS X Software Windows News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:54:08 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28578 at http://www.maximumpc.com Far Cry 4 Trailer Shows Awesome Power of Elephants http://www.maximumpc.com/far_cry_4_trailer_shows_awesome_power_elephants_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><strong><img src="/files/u69/far_cry_4_elephant.jpg" alt="Far Cry 4 Elephtant" title="Far Cry 4 Elephant" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" /></strong>"Fun Fact: Elephants crave the taste of human blood!"</h3> <p>The <strong>newest trailer for Ubisoft's forthcoming Far Cry 4 game plays out like a horrific documentary on elephants</strong>, one in which you learn the purported "fun fact" that elephants crave the taste of your blood. That probably isn't true in the real world (we certainly hope it isn't!), but in Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan region that serves as the setting in Far Cry 4, you better believe it's true.</p> <p>It's also true (in Far Cry 4) that elephants never forget when it comes to vengeance, or so we're told by the voice-over in the trailer. Don't concern yourself whether that translates into the real world as well, the lesson here is that these 7-ton animals are awesomely powerful and it looks like we're going to have a lot of fun using them against the enemies. Of course, that assumes the elephants are on your side -- if not, you better get out of the way.</p> <p>Far Cry 4 is scheduled to launch on November 18, 2014, for the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/U_3zBLE8Dhk" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/far_cry_4_trailer_shows_awesome_power_elephants_2014#comments elephants far cry 4 game Software News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:06:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28544 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Schedules Windows 9 Event for September 30 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_screenie.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Screenie" title="Windows 9 Screenie" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is finally ready to talk about its next version of Windows</h3> <p>Up to this point, we've mostly had to rely on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014">leaked photos</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930">videos</a> of Windows 9, codenamed Threshold, to understand what Microsoft has in store for us beyond Windows 8. Well, the wait for official information is almost over. <strong>Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for a "Windows event"</strong> it plans to hold on September 30, 2014, in San Francisco.</p> <p>"Join us to hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise," the invitation reads.</p> <p>This falls in line with previous rumors that had Microsoft pegged to talk about Windows 9 at the end of September. It's also been rumored that Microsoft will release to the public a Windows 9 Technical Preview either at the end of September or in early October. It's not known if Microsoft is planning to do that at its upcoming press event, though we'll soon find out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6151417/windows-9-event-september-30th-san-francisco" target="_blank">According to <em>The Verge</em></a>, Joe Belfiore (Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft) and Terry Myerson (Executive Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft) will lead the discussion around the future of Windows. The event will be geared towards enterprise and Windows power users.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_schedules_windows_9_event_september_30_2014#comments enterprise microsoft operating system OS Software windows 9 News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:01:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28542 at http://www.maximumpc.com