HTC One promises an update to KitKat within 90 days
Android 4.4 (KitKat) has arrived, having hitched a ride on top of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone that was made available to order yesterday. That's great if you plan to purchase a Nexus 5, but what if you already own a smartphone and aren't in a position to upgrade? More specifically, what about HTC One owners? Well, the good news is that HTC apparently confirmed plans to port KitKat over to its One smartphone.
Latest Catalyst driver from AMD makes BF4 more stable
AMD has been busy belting out beta drivers as of late, both because the company launched a new line of graphics cards (Radeon R7 and R9 Series) and to improve performance in Battlefield 4, one of the most anticipated games of the year. We know it can get old installing GPU drivers all the time, but if you're experiencing crashes in Battlefield 4 under Windows 8, you should considering loading up the newest AMD Catalyst 13.11 beta driver.
It's official, Steam is more popular than Xbox Live
Valve today announced that its Steam digital distribution platform is experiencing tremendous growth and is now home to over 65 million accounts. Active accounts are up 30 percent during the trailing 12 months on Steam, which offers over 3,000 games and software titles. The achievement gives Steam bragging rights over Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which currently boasts 48 million members.
We know that installing beta software can be scary. You never know what kinds of bugs might pop up or if stability will be an issue. At the same time, if you're wielding dual AMD graphics cards in a CrossFire configuration and play Battlefield 4, it's probably worth taking the risk on AMD's Catalyst 13.11 beta driver for Windows. This is the 7th beta release for this driver family, so any early bugs should have already been rooted out.
Suffering from a severe case of the Mondays? Should you decided to blow off work and get in some extended game time instead, you can boost your GeForce graphics card's performance in a handful of titles by downloading newly available drivers. Nvidia just released its GeForce R331 Game Ready driver (331.65), which is WHQL certified. Double digit percentage performance gains are there for the taking in select titles.
Try Windows 8.1 for 90 days and you may find you actually like it (or not)
It takes some time to get used to the new interface introduced in Windows 8. After all, it represents the most drastic change to Windows since XP and there's an obvious bias towards touch computing. However, underneath the surface are some nice security and performance tweaks, and with the launch of Windows 8.1, it's an even better experience than before. Is it for you? If you'd like to find out without investing your hard earned money, just give it an extended test drive.
Update applies to Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012
One of the most anticipated feature updates introduced with Windows 8.1 was the upgrade to Internet Explorer 11. The new browser was built with touch computing in mind and included several nifty upgrades, such as the ability to have 100 tabs open per window, side-by-side browsing, support for plugin-free HTML5 video, a Reading View, and more. Unfortunately, it also introduced some quirks, which Microsoft hopes to fix with a new patch.
During Apple's press event earlier this week, the Cupertino company took advantage of its stage time by taking subtle digs at Microsoft over its Surface strategy and software costs. Apple chief Tim Cook pointed out that Microsoft "tried to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets," and Apple made sure to point out the price tag of Windows 8.1 and Office when announcing that OS X Mavericks and iWorks would go the pro bono route. If Apple was hoping to elicit a response from Microsoft, well, it got one.
As badly as we all want Rockstar Games to throw us PC gamers a bone and at least confirm that Grand Theft Auto V is being ported over to our platform of choice, there's just no substitute for patience. Unfortunately, impatience can lead to bad decisions, like trying to illegally download a version of a game that doesn't yet exist in hopes that it turns out to be real, only to find out you have a real mess on your hands.
Nearly everyone owns a smartphone these days, and if you're rocking an Android or iOS handset, you can turn your device into a handy gaming peripheral simply by downloading and installing Roccat's new Power-Grid app. The free app is currently in beta, and when used with accompanying host software, which runs on Windows, Power-Grid effectively turns your smartphone into a customizable remote for PC gaming, or just for navigating your PC.