Microsoft surprised quite a few people yesterday when it unveiled its next generation of Windows. 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? If you join the Windows Insider program (free), you can download and install the Windows 10 Technical Preview today (also free).
"It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9" - Microsoft
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, Microsoft today skipped a number and announced Windows 10, the OS formerly known as Threshold and the successor to Windows 8/8.1.
Cross your fingers the launch goes smoother than BF4's did
Battlefield 4's 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 bugs and server issues, 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 Ian Milham, creative director for Visceral Games, who says that Battlefield: Hardline is in "great shape."
‘Threshold’ will be officially unveiled on September 30, 2014
Microsoft has scheduled a 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). 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.
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, Amazon is giving away over two dozen Android apps worth almost $175. 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.
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 Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.
Security researchers have discovered a major security bug in the Unix shell known as Bash (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.
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 our benchmarks show, 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 -- Nvidia's GeForce 344.16 WHQL drivers are now to available to download and install.
Seven years into the project, Titan's developers couldn't find the fun or passion.
Bad news if you were pinning your hopes on Titan being your next MMO after you've grown tired of World of Warcraft. After spending at least seven years in development, Blizzard has officially cancelled Titan, 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.
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. Microsoft just introduced a self-serve model for students and teachers that lets them claim Office 356 at no cost.