Google’s hotword-activated voice search has been available on Chrome OS for a while now, but in its current form the feature is somewhat limited on Chromebooks. As of now, you can only search in this way from the App Launcher or when you open a new tab. Well, that is unless you like to live on the bleeding edge of technology and have switched your Chromebook to the Dev channel.
Ubisoft is offering a free game to Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass holders
Announced late last month, the free Ubisoft game offer for those who own the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass or Gold Edition is now live. In case your memory needs some jogging, let us remind you that this is not an act of festive largesse on Ubisoft’s part but a form of recompense for the bug-riddled mess that is Assassin’s Creed Unity. But wait! Turns out there’s more to the free game offer than meets the eye.
It's now December 20th, and I've spent a few short weeks at Future working with the Maximum PC team and interacting with the community. I'd thought it would be valuable to our readers if I share some of my thoughts.
So many of you have reached out to me to share ideas and voice concerns. I think when people voice their opinions and concerns, it means they do really care about what they're talking about. I feel that it's our responsibility in return, to be equally transparent and give insight into what goes on behind the scenes and what goes on in my own head.
Free app puts your Android device to work crunching data when it would otherwise be idle
Scientists are hard at work looking for a definitive cure to Ebola, and you can help. More precisely, if you're willing to donate idle time power from your PC and/or Android device, you can help the cause. How? The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has partnered up with IBM and its World Community Grid to form a volunteer computing project called "Outsmart Ebola Together," and all you need to do is install a free app.
Cloud computing and IoT are pushing demand for more storage
Don't feel too bad for storage players as the prices of hard drives and solid state drives continue to come down -- there's still money to be made. Lots of it. By Western Digital's estimation, the global storage market will reach $38 billion by the end of this year, up from $36 billion a year ago. And that's not all -- WD sees the growth continuing into next year and beyond, with 2015 seeing $42 billion in storage sales.
Evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a cyber attack on U.S. soil
After investigating a major cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the theft and subsequent leak of various data, it appears there's enough evidence to suggest that North Korea is the culprit, as was previously suspected. However, U.S. authorities have been debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea of the attack, fearing that doing so would play into the country's hands of seeking a confrontation. According to reports, the decision's been made.
Several U.S. cities eagerly await Google to announce its fiber expansion plans
Just a few locations have benefited from Google's fiber roll out, which allows for up to 1Gbps Internet service (both uploads and downloads) along with the bundling of TV service at relatively affordable price points. More cities are on the expansion roadmap, though Google has decided to postpone plans to launch its fiber service in new territories before the end of the year, the company announced.
Back in January 2013, Asetek filed a suit against CMI USA Inc, formerly known as Cooler Master, for patent infringement on two of the patents held by the company. Asetek requested that CMI must cease and desist the production and sale of its Seidon 120M, 120XL, and 240M liquid cooling systems because the pumps were too similar to its own design. On Wednesday, a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that CMI had infringed on Asetek’s patents.
The acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang by Microsoft for $2.5 billion took everyone by surprise and caused some debate as to whether or not the purchase was worth it for Microsoft. However, the surprise doesn’t stop there as a new game has been announced. Mojang has revealed that Telltale Games is developing Minecraft: Story Mode in collaboration with the Swedish developer and members of the Minecraft community.
More discounts than you can shake a Paypal card at
By my conservative calculations, I'll be approximately 419 years old by the time I play through and finish every untouched game sitting in my Steam library. Maybe you're in the same boat, and perhaps like me, you'll head over to Steam today anyway to take advantage of yet more discounts as part of 2014 Steam Holiday Sale that runs from now until January 2, 2015 (10 AM PST).