Software en China Plans to Replace All Windows Machines with Linux Rigs by 2020 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linux_penguin_0.jpg" alt="Linux Penguin" title="Linux Penguin" width="228" height="240" style="float: right;" />It's a "de-Windowsifying movement"</h3> <p>Most of the mainstream angst directed towards Windows 8 and 8.1 in the U.S. has to do with the Modern UI and little things like the lack of a Start menu. But while hopes are high that Windows 10 will be the OS everyone wanted Windows 8 to be, China's concerns run much deeper than the UI. As such, <strong>China reportedly plans to undergo a "de-Windowsifying" process in which its systems will be move to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020</strong>.</p> <p>"We call this a de-Windowsifying movement," Computer Science Professor Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering <a href="" target="_blank">told <em></em></a>.</p> <p>The 75-year-old professor went on to discuss his plans to bring together China's homegrown OS developers in an alliance to replace Windows within the next few years.</p> <p>"Now is the most vulnerable time for Microsoft in China, and the best time for homegrown software companies to beat it," Ni added.</p> <p>So far the effort has the support of 15 OS developers. None of them can take on Windows by going at it alone, but China's hope is that by pooling their talent and resources, they can rid the country's reliance on Microsoft's OS. It's also worth noting that China recently banned the use of Windows 8 on all government PCs due to spying concerns.</p> <p>"At the end of the day, I expect the 15 operating systems to merge into one or two operating systems, while the rest of the developers can shift into providing other relevant services," Ni said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> china linux operating system OS Software Windows windows 8 News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28823 at Humble Bundle Celebrates Surpassing 100 Linux Games Milestone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tower_of_guns.jpg" alt="Tower of Guns" title="Tower of Guns" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Linux ports leave little to "Wine" about</h3> <p>It's no longer absurd to build a gaming box around Linux. Sure, there are still far more titles available for Windows, but between solutions like Wine and a growing concerted effort to support the open source platform, the situation is improving at a faster rate than ever before. Valve deserves kudos for promoting Linux through Steam, and surprise, surprise, <strong>Humble Bundle is fast becoming a pioneering force with over 100 games having been ported to Linux</strong>.</p> <p>Humble Indie Bundle 13 includes three Linux titles -- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Risk of Rain, and Tower of Guns -- which pushed the number of its in-house ports to triple digits.</p> <p>"If you didn’t already know, we’ve been hard at work to help bring great indie titles to as many people as possible. In order to do so, we’ve worked with a couple of talented porters - including our own full-time in-house porter - to bring these typically single-platform games to other platforms like Mac and Linux," Humble Bundle stated in a <a href=";utm_campaign=659e279b6d-Humble_Indie_Bundle_13&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_990b1b6399-659e279b6d-101065609" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Humble Bundle is best known for helping find an audience for independent game developers by offering up their titles free of DRM and at whatever price gamers feel like paying for certain titles. But they're also a driving force in pushing Linux as a viable platform for games.</p> <p>Linux users seem appreciative of Humble Bundle's efforts too, as they pay on average $1 more than Mac users and $2.60 more than Windows users.</p> <p>By the way, you can pick up <a href="" target="_blank">Humble InDIE Bundle 13 here</a>, and if you pay more than the average of $6.73 (at the time of this writing), you'll unlock Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Jazzpunk, and four copies of Risk of Rain. A payment of $12 unlocks Shadowrun Returns.</p> <p>If you don't feel like spending anything, hit up the Humble Bundle link anyway and claim your free copy of Teleglitch: Die More Edition.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games humble bundle linux Software News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:18:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28806 at Microsoft Tells Office 365 Subscribers to Go Crazy with Unlimited OneDrive Storage <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_2.jpg" alt="OneDrive" title="OneDrive" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Say goodbye to that 1TB data cap</h3> <p>Your Office 365 subscription just became a better deal than it was yesterday. That's because <strong>Microsoft just announced that all Office 365 subscribers are being upgraded from 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage to unlimited space</strong>. The unlimited upgrade started rolling out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers, and will continue over the coming months and into 2015 to include Business customers as well.</p> <p>For those of you who already subscribe to Office 365, you can jump towards the front of the line by <a href="" target="_blank">going here</a> and jotting your account down on the list. You'll then be added to the waitlist, presumably so that you can be one of the first to start enjoying the upgrade.</p> <p>"While unlimited storage is another important milestone for OneDrive we believe the true value of cloud storage is only realized when it is tightly integrated with the tools people use to communicate, create, and collaborate, both personally and professionally," Microsoft stated in a <a href="">blog post</a>. "That is why unlimited storage is just one small part of our broader promise to deliver a single experience across work and life that helps people store, sync, share, and collaborate on all the files that are important to them, all while meeting the security and compliance needs of even the most stringent organizations."</p> <p>Not a bad deal considering that Office 365 subscriptions start at $6.99 per month for installation on a single PC or Mac plus one tablet. For $9.99 per month, the allotted installations jumps to five PCs or Macs plus five tablets. Those prices will still stay the same with the unlimited OneDrive upgrade.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cloud microsoft office 365 onedrive Software storage subscription News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:54:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28791 at Another Tor-based Router Pulled from Kickstarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="TP-Link Router" title="TP-Link Router" width="228" height="262" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>TorFi joins Anonabox in getting nixed</h3> <p>Kickstarter is fast turning into a graveyard of sorts for <strong>crowdfunding efforts involving routers that promise hassle-free internet anonymity by automatically routing all traffic through Tor</strong>. Close on the heels of its suspension of the Anonabox funding campaign, the popular crowdfunding site on Wednesday put the kibosh on funding for another such project.</p> <p>Unlike the <a href="" target="_blank">Anonabox</a> project, which had already secured over half a million dollars in funding from nearly 9,000 backers when funding was suspended on October 17, <a href="" target="_blank">TorFi</a> could only manage monetary pledges worth a paltry $951 before being pulled from the site. Although Kickstarter has refused to comment on what prompted it to take such a drastic action, it is believed that the <a href=";utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">project may have fallen foul of a Kickstarter rule</a> that clearly asks creators to not present someone else’s work as their own, unless they wish to have their project suspended. This belief stems from the fact that TorFi’s creators, Jesse Enjaian and David Xu, weren’t proposing to produce an entirely new product, but merely tweaking an off-the-shelf TP-Link router with a customized version of OpenWRT in order to turn it into a device capable of delivering “simple, plug-and-play, secure access point to the Internet.”</p> <p>However, if you are interested in such a product not all is lost. As it turns out, there is no dearth of <a href="" target="_blank">alternatives</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> anonabox anonymity crowdfunding Hardware Internet kickstarter Router Software tor News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:30:43 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28783 at Canonical Marks 10 Years of Ubuntu With Release of 14.10 Utopic Unicorn <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn " title="Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn " width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A rather drab affair</h3> <p><strong>Popular Linux distro Ubuntu recently turned 10</strong> and Canonical could think of no better way to celebrate the milestone than with the release of a new version of the operating system. Okay, maybe not. To be honest, Utopic Unicorn (codename) isn’t in any way a celebratory release. On the contrary, it might well be one of the least ambitious Ubuntu releases in recent memory — at least on the desktop front.</p> <p>Unlike its predecessor <a href="" target="_blank">14.04&nbsp; LTS (Trusty Tahr)</a>, Utopic Unicorn is built on Linux kernel 3.16. Further, there’s a new version of the Mesa graphics library and the latest stable version of GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). Also contained in 14.10 are a number of updated packages like Firefox 33, Thunderbird 33 and LibreOffice, etc.</p> <p>It is clear from the <a href="" target="_blank">lack of new features</a> in this latest release that <a href="" target="_blank">bringing the first Ubuntu smartphone to market before the year is out</a> has, for now, become the number one priority for Canonical. The good news on that front&nbsp; is that the company says it is “on track to have Ubuntu phones in the market this year.”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> canonical distro gnome linux OS Software ubuntu 14.10 unity 7 Utopic Unicorn News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:06:21 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28782 at Activision Recommends Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or Higher to Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cod_advancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Is your system up to snuff?</h3> <p>Activision caught a few gamers off guard when it posted <a href="">minimum system requirements</a> on Steam for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Specifically, the 6GB of RAM and 55GB of hard drive space seemed like steep requirements just to meet the minimum. Ready for some good news? You won't need any additional storage space to meet <strong>Activision's recommended system requirements for CoD: Advanced Warfare</strong>. However, you will need a well equipped machine.</p> <p>As a refresher, here's a look at the minimum requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.6GHz</li> <li>6GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>DirectX compatible sound card</li> </ul> <p>And here's a look at the <a href="" target="_blank">newly posted</a> recommended requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz</li> <li>8GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 @ 4GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>100 percent DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card</li> </ul> <p>While the storage space didn't change, there's a bump in RAM to 8GB, along with the recommendations for a faster CPU and GPU combination.</p> <p>This could be where newer games are trending. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Neogaf</em></a>, the Korean distributor of Ubisoft Korea listed minimum and recommended specs for Assassin's Creed: Unity, and they're pretty burly. More specifically, you'll need an Intel Core i5 2500K or AMD FX-8350, 6GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970, and 50GB of storage space to meet the minimum, and an Intel Core i7 3770 or AMD FX-8350, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290X to meet the recommended requirements.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> activision call of duty: advanced warfare Gaming Hardware Software News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:01:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28774 at Nvidia GeForce 344.48 WHQL Driver Now Available to Download <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_gpu_2.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GPU" title="Nvidia GeForce GPU" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />New driver release brings Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) to Kepler and Fermi</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today made available its "Game Ready" GeForce 344.48 WHQL driver</strong>, which among other things brings support for Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) to desktop graphics cards based on the company's Kepler and Fermi architectures. DSR is a featured that was rolled out with Nvidia's Maxwell launch, and what it does is render games at a higher, more detail resolution and then shrinks them down to the resolution of your monitor.</p> <p>The GPU maker's bold claim is that DSR can give you 4K (3840x2160) quality graphics on any screen, including your Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panel.</p> <p>"Enthusiasts with compatible monitors and technical know-how refer to this process as Downsampling or Super Sampling. DSR drastically improves upon this process by applying a high-quality filter specifically designed for the task," <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia explains</a>. "DSR also makes the process simpler with on/off integration built directly into GeForce Experience and it's compatible with all monitors, removes the need for technical know-how, and is integrated into GeForce Experience's Optimal Playable Settings."</p> <p>You can view a demonstration of this technology <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> -- drag the slider left and right to see how DSR affects the visual quality of the grass.</p> <p>Nvidia's latest driver also adds a bunch of application and 3D Vision profiles, along with 3D compatibility mode support for Dead Rising 3 and Strife.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Driver Download</a><br /><a href="" target="_blank">Release Notes (PDF)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> driver Gaming geforce 344.48 nvidia Software whql News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:10:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28765 at Best Free Hardware Monitoring Tools <!--paging_filter--><h3>Apps that regulate your rig’s internals</h3> <p>Making sure your rig’s temperatures, hardware, and clock speeds are running correctly is a good way to monitor your PC’s health. We always recommend stress-testing your shiny-new rig, or checking your hardware if you experience any stability issues that occur out of the blue. We’ve gathered up a list of the best free utilities you can use to make sure you have a healthy PC.</p> <p>Know of any other free monitoring tools? Let us know in the comments section below!</p> <p><strong><a title="CPU-Z" href="" target="_blank">CPU-Z:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/cpuid_cpu_z.png" alt="CPU-Z" title="CPU-Z" /></p> <p>CPU-Z tells you what’s going on with your CPU by giving you readouts of your Core Speed, Multiplier, Bus Speed, and your different cache levels. It also tells you the make and model of your motherboard and video card, along with your RAM speed and capacity.&nbsp;</p> <p>We recommend using this tool if you have a preconfigured system from an OEM like Lenovo, HP, or Dell and need to find out your motherboard’s model number (if it isn’t printed on the board). The tool can also be used to monitor your CPU’s voltage, so it's overclocker friendly.</p> <p><strong><a title="GPU-Z" href="" target="_blank">GPU-Z:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/gpu_z.png" alt="GPU-Z" title="GPU-Z" width="560" height="637" /></p> <p>GPU-Z gives you detailed readouts of your GPU’s clock speeds and memory size. You can use this tool to make sure that your video card is running at PCIe 3.0, as some boards run in 2.0 instead of 3.0 by default. You’ll look at the Bus Interface box to check out your video card's PCIe configuration.</p> <p><strong><a title="Furmark" href="" target="_blank">Furmark:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/furmark.png" alt="Furmark" title="Furmark" width="600" height="453" /></strong></p> <p>Got GPU problems? Furmark is a fantastic tool if you’re getting blue screens during games and want to find out if your video card is the culprit. The utility gives your GPU a workload to max-out your video card. You’ll also see a temperature read from it, so you can see if your card is running hot.</p> <p><strong><a title="FRAPS" href="" target="_blank">FRAPS:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/fraps.png" alt="FRAPS" title="FRAPS" width="600" height="370" /></strong></p> <p>Getting weird frame rate issues after freshly installing BF4 or Assassins Creed Black Flag? FRAPS will give you readouts of your real-time frame rate in-game, so you can see when and where you rig is starting to stutter. We like using this utility when a game is running poorly, so we can keep an eye on our frame rate during gameplay. We also use this tool to capture average frame rates of games that don’t come with benchmarking tools like BF4, Far Cry 3, and Crysis 3.</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="Core Temp" href="" target="_blank">Core Temp:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/core_temp.png" alt="Core Temp" title="Core Temp" width="351" height="388" /></strong></p> <p>Unlike other utilities in this round-up of free apps, Core Temp tells you the individual temperatures of each of your CPU’s cores. We use this tool to make sure our processor isn’t running too hot. Core Temp also tells you the TDP, voltage, and power consumption of your&nbsp; CPU.</p> <p><strong><a title="AMD Catalyst Control Center" href="" target="_blank">AMD Catalyst Control Center:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/amd_overdrive.png" alt="AMD Catalyst Control Center" title="AMD Catalyst Control Center" width="600" height="573" /></strong></p> <p>AMD video card users can use AMD’s Catalyst Control center to monitor their video card’s performance. You’ll be able to change your GPU’s core and memory clock speeds by using AMD’s Overdrive utility, which is found in the performance tab of AMD’s Catalyst driver. You can also adjust your video card’s fan speed here.</p> <p><strong><a title="Prime 95" href="" target="_blank">Prime 95:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/prime_95_running.png" alt="Prime 95" title="Prime 95" width="600" height="378" /></strong></p> <p>Prime 95 puts your CPU through its paces by giving it a workload that will max-out your processor’s cores. We suggest using this utility if you’re having blue screen errors or freezing issues to make sure that your CPU isn’t the offender behind those infuriating messages.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="3DMark" href="" target="_blank">3DMark:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/3dmark_demo.png" alt="3DMark" title="3DMark" width="600" /></strong></p> <p>3DMark is great for benchmarking your system’s overall performance, and the free demo version also shows you where your rig stacks up with other systems that have similar hardware. The paid version lets you run the Extreme benchmarks, which run in 1080p instead of the demo’s 720p default.</p> <p><strong><a title="Rainmeter" href="" target="_blank">Rainmeter:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/rainmeter.png" alt="Rainmeter" title="Rainmeter" width="600" /></strong></p> <p>Rainmeter is a simple widget that displays your CPU and RAM usage and also tells you how full your hard drive and/or SSD are.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="EVGA Precision X" href="" target="_blank">EVGA Precision X:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/evga_precision_x.png" alt="EVGA Precision X" title="EVGA Precision X" width="600" height="471" /></strong></p> <p>Precision X is made by EVGA exclusively for Nvidia video cards. The tool allows you to check out your GPU clock speed and temperatures, and adjust your fan speeds, too. You can also overclock your GPU with the sliders, seen above. This tool displays your GPU's load, which we find quite handy.</p> apps benchmark components cpu id free furmark gpu z Hardware Hardware monitoring tools overclock pc monitor heat Software News Features Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:41:16 +0000 Chris Zele 27117 at Google Gets Moody with Play Music App <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_play_music.jpg" alt="Google Play Music" title="Google Play Music" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />What music are you in the mood for?</h3> <p>What started off as a somewhat barebones streaming music app is developing into a fleshed out package with new features being rolled out every so often. We're talking about Google Play Music, which is Google's version of Spotify. In a continued effort to make the app more spiffy, <strong>Google for the first time is making use of its Songza technology acquired this summer to offer users music based on mood</strong>.</p> <p>"If you’re a Google Play Music subscriber, next time you open the app you’ll be prompted to play music for a time of day, mood or activity," Google announced in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "Choose an activity to get options for several music stations to make whatever you’re doing even better—whether it’s a station for a morning workout, songs to relieve stress during traffic, or the right mix for cooking with friends. Each station has been handcrafted—song by song—by our team of music experts (dozens of DJs, musicians, music critics and ethnomusicologists) to give you the exact right song for the moment."</p> <p>Like other stations and songs, provided you're an All Access subscriber you can download these new stations for offline listening, view the song queue, remove or re-order tunes, or start a new station based on any of the songs.</p> <p>You'll find these new mood stations on the redesigned Listen Now page, which now features cards for all of your recently played music, new releases of potential interest, and radio stations based on what you like to listen to, Google says.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apps Google google play music Software songza streaming News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:42:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28760 at Steam Posts Minimum System Requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/codadvancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare needs 6GB of RAM</h3> <p>If you've been wondering what it takes to run <strong>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you'll be happy to know that Steam has now posted minimum system requirements</strong>. All in all, you'll need a fairly respectable system to run the game -- among the requirements are 6GB of RAM and 55GB of free hard drive space, and that's just to get your foot in the door. What else do you need?</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Steam's listing</a>, you'll need an Intel Core i3 530 processor clocked at 2.93GHz or an AMD Phenom II X4 810 clocked at 2.8GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 450 or ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, DirectX 11, broadband Internet connection, and Windows (Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, or Windows 8.1 64-bit).</p> <p>As for recommended system requirements, Activision is still mum on that front.</p> <p>CoD: Advanced Warfare releases to the public on November 4. Unlike previous CoD games, Advanced Warfare won't make use of a traditional heads-up display and will instead use holographic projections from whichever weapon you have equipped.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> call of duty: advanced warfar cod games Software Steam News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:58:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28754 at Are Chrome and Android About to Merge? <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Chrome-Android Merger" title="Chrome-Android Merger" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Recent management change suggests so</h3> <p>Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the <a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, such a <strong>merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.<br /></strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering at Google’s Android division, has now also been entrusted with the task of overseeing the Chrome engineering team. Google previously had Linus Upson in this role. </p> <p>This move shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. We have now finally begun to see some synergy between the two platforms, with Google last month bringing the first batch of Android apps — Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine — to the cloud OS. These apps run on Chrome using using the App Runtime for Chrome (beta), a project the company announced at Google I/O in June. The company is now “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.” To us, it looks more like the “Androidifcation” of Chrome than a merger. What do you think?</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Chrome Story</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on<a href="" target="_blank"> Google+</a></p> android app runtime for chrome chrome os Hiroshi Lockheimer linus upson Software News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:42:56 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28746 at HP to Stick a Fork in webOS, Preps Complete Shutdown of Services on January 15, 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/webos_glasses.jpg" alt="webOS beer glasses" title="webOS beer glasses" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Somebody start playing Taps</h3> <p>Palm had a potential winner in webOS, the mobile operating system that truly could have been awesome. Unfortunately, a series of missteps led to webOS falling out of relevance as Android and iOS raced to the front of the pack, so now all we can do is look back at what might have been. Oh, and make no mistake, webOS is pretty much history at this point -- so much so that <strong>HP announced plans to shut down its App Catalog and cloud services support for remaining webOS devices effective January 15, 2015</strong>. For the three or four of you who this affects, mark your calendars.</p> <p>"We appreciate your loyalty to the webOS platform," <a href="" target="_blank">HP said</a> in a succinct statement accompanying the announcement. There's also an <a href="" target="_blank">FAQ</a> that sheds more light on HP's decision to call it a night.</p> <p>HP explains that it's part of an ordelry end of life program, noting that it announced the end of webOS devices (phones and tablets) over three years ago. The company kept its services running as a courtesy to its customers, but now that the "user count has dwindled," HP says it's no longer viable to keep doing so.</p> <p>For those of you who still own a webOS device, it will continue to work beyond January 15, 2015, though you won't be able to download new apps or updates, backup or restore from the cloud, setup new devices, or recover lost passwords. If you purchased an app but have yet to download it, now is a good time to snag it -- the HP App Catalog will be unavailable after the shutdown.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Lisa Brewster)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> hewlett-packard hp mobile operating system Palm Software webos News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:55:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28732 at Microsoft Windows Boss Elaborates on Decision to Skip Windows 9 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10.jpg" alt="Windows 10" title="Windows 10" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Toe the company line</h3> <p>Somewhere out there is a hidden warehouse filled with missing software. In it you'll find such titles as Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies, Ultima X: Odyssey, and Windows 9. The location will remain a mystery until the end of time, though the decision to fill it with certain pieces of software is more readily known. <strong>With regards to Windows 9, Microsoft's Tony Prophet shared some additional details about the decision to skip it</strong> and go straight to Windows 10.</p> <p>Quoting Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Prophet took to the stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco and said simply, "It came and it went." That's really the only explanation anyone needs, though Prophet offered up some additional insight into the matter.</p> <p>"Windows 10 is not going to be an incremental step from Window 8.1," Prophet said, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Times of India</em></a>. "Windows 10 is going to be a material step. We're trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox."</p> <p>Microsoft doesn't want anyone associating Windows 10 with Windows 8/8.1. One of the keys to getting it right this time around is allowing users to try out the OS much earlier in the development process than before. The stated goal of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is to collect feedback.</p> <p>"The reason we're doing that is so we can listen to our customers," Prophet says, adding that Microsoft is especially interested in what enterprise customers have to say.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS Software tony prophet windows 10 windows 9 News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:41:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28710 at Microsoft's Windows Insider Program for Windows 10 Hits 1 Million Registrants <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_10_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Over a third of Windows 10 users are running the OS on a virtual machine</h3> <p>Microsoft caught the tech community off guard when it skipped over Windows 9 and <a href="">jumped directly to Windows 10</a> -- so for much for those rumors of Windows 9 being a <a href="">free upgrade</a> for Windows 8 users! Alternative theories aside (such as lazy coding), the move to Windows 10 is a marketing ploy, and if the goal is make users curious, it's working. <strong>Over the weekend, Microsoft's Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants</strong>.</p> <p>Signing up for the Windows Insider Program is a prerequisite to downloading the <a href="">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a>, and while Microsoft didn't provide specific download figures, the company stated in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a> that those 1 million registrants "equates to a lot of people" using the new OS.</p> <p>Microsoft's goal with the Technical Preview is to get feedback from users (or if you're wearing your conspiracy theory cap, it's to <a href="">spy on users</a> and collect personal data). In the less than two weeks since Windows 10 has been available to the public, Microsoft has collected over 200,000 pieces of feedback submitted via the Windows Feedback app.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, "only 36 percent" of Windows 10 Technical Preview installations are on a virtual machine (VM); the rest are on actual PCs. While Microsoft says it's "cool" to use a VM if you want, the amount of users running the OS on an actual PC makes the company confident that the majority of feedback is based on "medium-term" use rather than just a few minutes of experimentation.</p> <p>Other fun stats -- around 68 percent of Windows 10 users are launching more than seven apps per day. A quarter of Windows 10 users have been launching more than 26 apps per day, while 5 percent average 68 app launches on any given day.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS Software technical preview windows 10 News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:02:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 28708 at Ryse: Son of Rome Lands on PC Supporting 4K, Gets Panned for Repetitive Gameplay <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ryse_0.jpg" alt="Ryse: Son of Rome" title="Ryse: Son of Rome" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" />Xbox One launch title makes its way to PC</h3> <p>Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as a launch title for the Xbox One back in November of last year. However, Crytek <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> a little over a month ago that it would ship to PC on October 10, and in case you missed it, <strong>Ryse: Son of Rome is now available on Steam for $40</strong>, along with a pair of hotfixes to address freezing cutscene issues.</p> <p>The port to PC comes with 4K Ultra HD resolution support, along with supersampling and other eye candy, ultimately allowing for superior visuals than you'll get with an Xbox One connected to a Full HD 1080p television. However, the same criticisms apply -- gameplay is repetitive.</p> <p>While we have yet to post our own review of Ryse, our sister site/magazine <em>PC Gamer</em> scored Ryse a <a href="" target="_blank">57 out of 100</a>. Short and to the point, <em>PC Gamer</em> concluded that "Ryse: Son of Rome's combat and incredible graphics are entertaining, but it's too narrow and repetitive, even for a short ride." Bummer.</p> <p>In any event, you can watch the 4K launch trailer below, and if interested, <a href="" target="_blank">pick Ryse up on Steam</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 4k Crytek games ryse: son of rome Software Steam ultra hd News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:38:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28706 at