Six years is a damn good run in technology, so it's no small feat that GOG.com is celebrating its 6th birthday. The site formerly known as Good Old Games is not only notable for its six-year run, but also for proving during that time there can be a successful business model based on selling digital content free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. That wasn't such a popular notion in 2008.
EA chief doesn't envision a third Worst Company in U.S. designation
There would be something terribly wrong with Electronics Arts' Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson if he wanted his company to be voted the worst company in America for a third time by readers of the Consumerist blog. Being voted as such twice in the last three years -- in 2012 and 2013 -- is enough, though we're willing to excuse Wilson for stating the obvious, because that's not the point.
A basic version said to be already present in early builds
As September 30th, the day Microsoft is widely rumored to release a “technical preview” of the next version of Windows — codenamed "Threshold” and commonly referred to as Windows 9 — draws near, you can expect to see a surge in Windows 9-related reports. According to one such report, Windows Threshold is going to feature a notification center à la the Windows Phone Action Center.
New graphics driver also supports the new Intel Core M chip with Intel HD 5300 graphics
In a week that saw a whirlwind of product announcements, including the arrival of the first processors based on the chipmaker’s Broadwell architecture, Intel released a major graphics driver update for 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new driver, the release of which went almost unnoticed, is significant not only because of the up to 30 percent improvement in performance that it is supposed to deliver to those rocking Haswell chips, but also because it is also the first to support the new Intel Core M processor with Intel HD graphics 5300.
Rumors of GTA V's cancellation on PC have been greatly exaggerated (or so we hope)
Given how long Rockstar Games has been dragging its feet in porting Grand Theft Auto V over to PC, it would have been easy to believe the rumor that it's been cancelled, shelved, axed, dismissed with prejudice, etc. However, don't you believe it. Not only was the rumor a bit dubious to begin with, but Rockstar put most doubt to rest by reiterating that it still plans to bring GTA V to PC.
Microsoft must issue a written statement to China within 20 days
Around the same time China banned Windows 8 from government use over concerns that there could be built-in spying mechanisms, authorities also began investigating Microsoft for antitrust violations. The latest in China's antitrust probe over Microsoft's business practices has the State Administration for Industry and Commerce giving the Redmond outfit 20 days to issue a written explanation. What for, you ask?
Advertisers can buy sponsored tiles in Firefox's new tab page
Mozilla is in search of a new revenue stream for its Firefox browser, and one proposed solution is to sell sponsored tiles that would appear on a new tab page. More than just a concept at this point, Mozilla is actively experimenting with sponsored tiles, which now appear in the newest Firefox Nightly build. These are test builds of the popular browser that contain new features and enhancements that may or may not advance into later builds, including a stable release.
Diehard Windows XP fans are having a hard time bidding the legacy operating system farewll -- by the numbers, it's estimated that some 15 percent (StatCounter) to just under 25 percent (Net Applications) of desktops are still running Windows XP. Save for businesses that pay a fee, Microsoft killed off support for Windows XP back in April, though one developer is determined to keep it alive with a new (and unofficial) Service Pack.
Following successful runs in Google's Dev, Beta, and Canary channels, the 64-bit version of Google's Chrome browser for Windows is now available as a stable release (Chrome 37). That means you can have all the benefits of the 64-bit version without the risks of instability that come from running pre-release software. According to Google, 64-bit Chrome offers a bunch of benefits for speed, stability, and security.
Sometimes the Windows Phone platform gets forgotten or otherwise overlooked by developers. Such has been the case with Spotify, which has been serving up free tunes to Android and iOS users for some time now, but hadn't extended the same courtesy to Windows Phone. Well, that changes today -- Spotify has finally brought the free mobile music experience to Windows Phone users around the globe.