Microsoft is finally ready to talk about its next version of Windows
Up to this point, we've mostly had to rely on leaked photos and videos 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. Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for a "Windows event" it plans to hold on September 30, 2014, in San Francisco.
If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that your PC is a fine-tuned piece of 64-bit technology, customized to the hilt and purring like a kitten with a belly full of formula. Yup, she’s a beaut, and attacks your daily tasks like a Belgian Police Dog going after a fleeing perp. All is well in the world, until one day when you sit down, fire it up, and realize something is different. That extra bit of snap when programs open is missing, and encoding video seems to take longer than it used to. Even downloading files seems to require more patience than you’re accustomed to exhibiting. It’s at this very moment that you silently say to yourself, “What the FRACK???”
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Maxthon developers claim Nitro is the fastest PC browser in the world
Growing tired of the same collection of browsers? If you're looking to try something new and aren't already familiar with Maxthon's offerings, you can download the beta of Maxthon Nitro (MxNitro), supposedly the fastest browser available for the PC, according to the developers. Compared to the previous version, it loads three times faster, and compared to whichever browser you're using now, the developers say it fetches and loads webpages "considerably quicker."
See Windows 9’s Notification Center, Start Menu and multiple desktops in action
Microsoft may not have officially lifted the curtain on Windows 9 (a.k.a “Threshold”) but if sites like WinFuture continue to have their way, the Redmond-based company will have very little new to show us when it finally does get down to unveiling its next desktop operating system. (We don’t have an issue with these leaks, though.) The German site, which recently posted a bunch of allegedly leaked screenshots of the rumored-to-be-upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview, has now taken to posting videos that showcase some of the upcoming OS’s features.
With all due respect to the PC gamers who, after waiting so long for Grand Theft Auto V to be ported to Windows with nary a peep from Rockstar Games, have understandably lost interest, this is a big day. At long last, Rockstar has finally picked a release date for GTA V on PC -- January 27, 2015 -- and I couldn't be more excited. Why? Partially because I've played the game with delight on the Xbox 360 and was totally drawn in, and also because I'm anxious to see the improved graphics and new features.
These are the screenshots we've been waiting to see
Yes folks, it looks like the Start Menu is indeed making a long overdue comeback in Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold). A German-language website posted a bunch of screenshots of the Windows 9 Technical Preview that's due out either later this month or in early October, according to previous rumors. One of those screenshots shows the Start Menu as it will appear on the Desktop.
Take your time deciding if you like an Android app or not
You may have noticed that Google's been a bit more lenient with its refund window for Android apps. Unlike Ron Burgundy who was able to immediately regret his decision to jump into the bear exhibit, some of us take a bit longer to evaluate the situation. Officially, Google was giving users 15 minutes to uninstall a purchased app for a refund, though unofficially, it's been a bit longer for at least a month. Now Google has gone and updated its support page to make its two-hour refund window an official policy.
Jelly Bean still dominates, but KitKat is on the rise
Android 4.4.x KitKat is now baked into about a quarter of all Android devices nearly a year after it was first released -- KitKat debuted on Google's Nexus 5 handset on October 31, 2013. With 24.5 percent of all Android gadgets running KitKt, the latest release is second only to Jelly Bean and enjoys a larger market share than all previous versions combined (Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Froyo, Donut, and Cupcake).
If you're a PC gamer, there's a good chance your Steam library is filled with titles that you purchased at a discount but have yet to play. It's hard to pass up those sale prices, especially when they come so frequently, but are we hurting the industry by turning our collective noses up at titles when they're full price? According to NPD Group, half all PC gamers wait for a sale before picking up a game.
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.