Over a third of Windows 10 users are running the OS on a virtual machine
Microsoft caught the tech community off guard when it skipped over Windows 9 and jumped directly to Windows 10 -- so for much for those rumors of Windows 9 being a free upgrade for Windows 8 users! Alternative theories aside (such as lazy coding), the move to Windows 10 is a marketing ploy, and if the goal is make users curious, it's working. Over the weekend, Microsoft's Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants.
Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as a launch title for the Xbox One back in November of last year. However, Crytek announced a little over a month ago that it would ship to PC on October 10, and in case you missed it, Ryse: Son of Rome is now available on Steam for $40, along with a pair of hotfixes to address freezing cutscene issues.
The reason we're constantly preaching the merits of maintaining multiple backups -- especially when it comes to mission critical files -- is because your data is never safe, no matter where you put it. That includes the cloud. As a sobering reminder of this, Dropbox has been sending out letters to some of its users alerting them to a Selective Sync bug that inadvertently deleted their data.
With the recent launch of Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards, the pressure is on AMD to respond, especially since we haven't heard much about its Tonga XT architecture as of late. One alternative to releasing a new graphics card that's proved popular is giving away free games, and rumor has it AMD is getting ready to announce a new Never Settle bundle.
Want faster Wi-Fi? Well hang onto your shorts because Samsung just announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that it claims will improve today's speeds by a factor of five. Under ideal conditions, you would be able to transfer a 1GB movie between devices in under three seconds. The technology would also allow for uncompressed high-definition videos to stream from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.
Despite all the recent buzz, the fact remains that the immediate commercial prospects of virtual reality head mounted displays (HMDs) aren't nearly as bright as many like to imagine and it could be quite a while before such devices become mainstream — something even Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey admitted a while back. Even that isn’t enough to deter new companies from entering this incipient market, though. The latest entrant is widely renowned German optics company Zeiss.
Over the past month or so, Microsoft’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang has spawned many debates (including our inaugural Maximum Debate article) about its merits and long-term viability. The long-term strategic rationale for the deal may not be readily apparent — if one exists at all, that is — but it’s probably safe to say that bringing Minecraft to Windows Phone is the immediate objective, a fact that is borne out by a recent tweet by the game’s lead developer Jens Bergensten.
At long last, Microsoft gives Surface Pro 3 owners the ability to adjust stylus sensitivity
When Microsoft pushed out an out-of-band Surface Pro 3 firmware update earlier this week, it said the update was meant to enable “additional upcoming configuration options” for the tablet’s stylus, leaving us to wonder as to what those additional options might be. The suspense is now over.
The Core i7-4940MX, which boasts a base frequency of 3.10GHz and a Turbo Boost speed of 4.10GHz, may currently be Intel’s most powerful mobile offering, but apparently even that isn’t quite enough for engineers over at Dell’s Alienware division. Taking matters into their own hands, they have managed to overclock the chip to 4.4GHz and made the souped-up Core i7-4940MX available for purchase as part of their Alienware 17 and 18 gaming notebooks.
"The transition from PCs to tablets has faded..." - Gartner
People are fickle creatures, and if you need proof of this, just turn your attention to the technology sector. Remember when netbooks were red hot? You couldn't go more than a couple of days without seeing a new netbook announcement. They've since disappeared (and arguably returned in the form of Chromebooks), and now tablets are the hot item. Or, they used to be. According to Gartner, the tablet market is showing signs of saturation, causing consumers to fall in love with traditional PCs all over again.