Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks.
Talk of Android and Chrome OS merging into a single platform is nothing new. It has been around since the day Google first lifted the curtain on the cloud-based operating system, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitting as far back as 2009 that the two appeared likely to “converge over time”. Now, per the Wall Street Journal, such a merger is looking more and more likely in light of a recent management change inside the software behemoth.
A thumb drive-sized PC powered by a quad-core Bay Trail Atom SoC
ARM clearly has the PC-on-a-stick niche cornered. What’s more, it has enjoyed a near unmolested run at the top in this category. But this might be set to change. Some Chinese suppliers have begun selling a diminutive Bay Trail-powered PC the size of a USB stick.
Microsoft is not the only company to have pinned high hopes on Windows Live Tiles and been let down. The user interface element that has come to be associated with Windows 8’s well-documented alienation of desktop users has been at the center of a patent lawsuit since 2012. A little-known Portland, Maine-based company named Surfcast, which inhabits the obscure realm of “operating system technology” design, suddenly shot to attention a couple of years back, when it filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, accusing the latter of infringing on one of its patents with Live Tiles. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on Monday gave its final written decision in an inter partes review (IPR) of patent 6,724,403 (the “'403 patent”) and sadly for Surfcast, Live Tiles are just as difficult to make money from as ever.
Deck out your desktop with some awesome new wallpapers
Bold 3D wallpapers are a growing trend that we happen to think look extremely cool. Beautifully rendered with gorgeous colors, interesting subject matter, and items that look as though you can reach out and touch them are only a few of the reasons you should get in on the fun. Whether you're looking for some additions to spice up your collection or needing some new desktop adornments, we've rounded up 40 of the best 3D wallpapers we could find, with some fun geeky surprises here and there.
Did your significant other break up with you recently? Are your friends out of town on business trips? Whatever the reason is for your weekend being in need of filling, Steam has you covered. Going on now is Steam's first ever "Free Weekend Weekend," which features 10 games that you can play for free up through Sunday, October 19, at 1 PM Pacific. If you like any or all of them, you can purchase each one at a discount.
Leather-wrapped Chromebook 2 models from Samsung start at $250
If the only thing that's stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is that you're waiting for a company to stitch a strip of leather-like material to the lid, well, you're in luck. Samsung today announced that it's taking pre-orders for its 11.6-inch Chromebook 2. According to Samsung, the build is nearly seamless, supported by a strong metal frame from top to bottom and covered with a leather-like case, giving the system the appearance of an expensive briefcase.
Santa Clara chip designer plans to reduce headcount by 7 percent
AMD's revenue for its fiscal third quarter of 2014 was flat sequentially and down 2 percent year-over-year at $1.43 billion, though the company still eeked out a $17 million profit, or $0.02 per share, along with operating income of $63 million. However, AMD's Computing and Graphics segment -- desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics -- took a 6 percent sequential hit and declined 16 percent year-over-year.
Palm had a potential winner in webOS, the mobile operating system that truly could have been awesome. Unfortunately, a series of missteps led to webOS falling out of relevance as Android and iOS raced to the front of the pack, so now all we can do is look back at what might have been. Oh, and make no mistake, webOS is pretty much history at this point -- so much so that HP announced plans to shut down its App Catalog and cloud services support for remaining webOS devices effective January 15, 2015. For the three or four of you who this affects, mark your calendars.