Let's be frank, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform isn't anywhere close to threatening Android in the mobile space, nor is it hot on the heels of iOS. Microsoft knows this, though the Redmond company is finding reasons to be optimistic, especially when viewing the mobile race as a marathon and not a sprint. One of those reasons is that the Windows Phone Store has surpassed 9 million transactions per day.
Unique software solution keeps track of energy costs
Thermaltake has come out with a new kind of power supply (PSU), one that will let you monitor and control its vitals to provide your system with clean and stable power, and to help you keep track of how much juice it's sucking from the wall. The new units are the Toughpower DPS 850W and 750W, both digitally controlled via a free software download (DPSApp) available on Thermaltake's website.
Microsoft is planning to cut off support for Windows XP in April 2014, just a few months shy of the legacy operating system's 13th birthday. Many computers have long moved on from Windows XP and are now rocking Windows 7 or Windows 8 (or even Vista), though it's estimated that between 20 percent (StatCounter) and 33 percent (NetMarketShare) of PCs around the world haven't yet upgraded. What happens to all those users come April?
Gamers are holding out for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4
According to data released by The NPD Group, gamers in the U.S. spent a little less on game content in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year. That's not to say gamers suddenly turned stingy -- overall game sales totalled $2.88 billion, a hefty sum, but down 3 percent from the same quarter in 2012. The primary reason is that there were less new titles to choose with new console launches on the horizon.
Tiny PC supports a variety of open source platforms
Teeny tiny PCs like the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone are finding fans among the modding community, which in turn is leading to some interesting and unique projects. It's also fostering competition in the fun-size PC market. One of the newest entries to the of field mini computing is SolidRun and its CuBox-i line of open source systems starting at $45. That gets you the CuBox-i1 with a 1GHz single-core ARM processor.
Android's lead over iOS is diminishing in the U.S.
No matter where you pull your data from, it all points to Google's Android platform being the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and usually by a wide margin. However, things get a little more interesting when you zone in on specific territories, including the United States where iOS appears to be quickly gaining ground on Android. The gap between the two is now less than 8 percent on smartphone devices, according to data derived from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA.
The chefs at Google have decided against going with the codename Key Lime Pie to describe the next version of Android and instead have entered into a licensing agreement with Nestle to dub Android 4.4 "Kit Kat" after the popular chocolate candy bar. Google's Sundar Pichai spilled the beans in a Google+ post in which he also announced that Android has now surpassed 1 billion device activations.
Consumers may finally be warming to the idea of Windows 8 and its new interface. Though there's been a bunch of bellyaching up to this point, Windows 8 has slowly been gaining market share and jumped up 2 percentage points last month. That's the largest month-to-month gain in share since the operating system debuted in October of last year, and it was enough to propel it ahead of Mac OS X for the first time.
We are not too far away from finding out the fate of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update, which is being seen as a great opportunity for the company to redeem itself — especially by those who don’t have greater expectations from Ballmer's departure. The word on the street is that Redmond has already released Windows 8.1 to manufacturing and the update is on track for a general release in October.
Feedly Pro introduces a search function to RSS feeds
Feedly quickly emerged as the front runner to replace Google's now defunct Reader service, giving RSS users a serviceable alternative to keep on trucking with. For those of you who made the jump to Feedly but perhaps wanted a few more features to play with, Feedly Pro is now available for everyone. It costs $5 per month or $45 for an annual subscription, the latter of which saves you $15, equivalent to three free months.