With so many people clinging to Windows XP despite Microsoft's repeated attempts to bury the legacy OS and the lukewarm (at best) response to Windows 8, it didn't seem like the latter would ever overtake the former in market share. Never say never, right? For the first time ever, the combined share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is higher than that of Windows XP, based on the latest data provided by Net Applications.
Intel may be pairing with Google Glass, replacing Texas Instruments as the supplier of chips that power the wearable device. The Santa Clara chip maker is said to be producing processors for a new version of Google Glass that's expected to come out next year. If true, this would give the chip giant a vested interest in a wearable platform that hasn't seen much media attention lately.
QNAP Systems has unveiled the TS-451S Turbo NAS (network-attached storage) device, a 4-bay NAS appliance that it says is its response to increasing consumer appetite for SSDs (solid-state drives). Featuring a quad-core Intel Celeron processor clocked at 2.0GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.41GHz) and 4GB of DDR3L RAM (upgradable to 8GB), the NAS vendor’s latest offering packs four 2.5-inch bays, having been designed with high-speed SSDs in mind.
When Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 Technical Preview back in October, it requested ordinary consumers (i.e. humanity minus enterprise users and enthusiasts) to steer clear of the new operating system until the release of the consumer preview. However, it did not give a specific date for the release of the consumer preview, only saying that it would be sometime during early 2015. A much more specific time frame for the release of the consumer preview has now emerged.
Asus recently announced a new gaming headset called the Strix 7.1. While it retains the same “iconic” owl-eye design as the Strix DSP that the company announced in July, this newest member of the Strix family differs from the DSP in one big way. Unlike the DSP, which has two massive 60mm drivers, the Strix 7.1 has as many as ten discrete drivers.
Numbers point to a powerful yet efficient graphics card
Ever since Nvidia launched the GM204-based GTX 980 a couple of months back, there has been a great deal of speculation around AMD’s likely response. And with the company itself remaining tightlipped on this subject, speculation and rumors are pretty much all that we have got at this stage. That being said, we are willing to tolerate rumors as long as they come from a credible source and are sufficiently juicy.
Ubisoft’s recent record and actions might give a different impression
It has been a rough year for Ubisoft when it comes to the games that have been released. Earlier this year the PC version of Watch Dogs suffered from a number of issues while the recent launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity resulted in free DLC and Far Cry 4 receiving a patch for a variety of issues. However, The Crew’s lead game designer Serkan Hasan has “confidence in the stability of the game and its performance,” according to an interview he had with The Metropolist.
When it comes to Microsoft's upcoming successor to Windows 8/8.1, the company seems to be hitting the right notes in many ways. So the latest bit of news should excite audiophiles everywhere now that it has been revealed that Windows 10 is going to support FLAC straight out of the box, according to Gabriel Aul who is the head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group’s Data and Fundamentals Team.
The drone market is increasing both for consumers and large businesses. After all, Amazon is looking to employ drones to deliver packages while smaller businesses develop consumer drones such as the Nixie. But according to unnamed sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, GoPro is developing its own line of consumer drones.
Since it was released on November 11, Assassin’s Creed Unity has been plagued by a plethora or issues. The game has suffered from so many bug, glitches, and technical issues that the third patch will have around 300 bug fixes. To make amends for the launch, Ubisoft has apologized and announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity’s upcoming DLC will be free.