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Windows 10 Will Receive Various Patches at Launch

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 3, 2015 08:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft pushed quite a bit of patches to Windows 8 the day of its release, in order to polish the operating system up even further and fix various bugs that affected users. From the looks of it, Microsoft will do the same when Windows 10 launches at the end of next month, with the company expected to release several patches for the latest Windows operating system. The latest build of Windows 10 reportedly suffers from an unresponsive Start Menu at times as well as driver crashes, and with the release to manufacturing process coming up later this month for Microsoft, the company is running out of time to include performance improvements and bug fixes before launch. Any updates not included in the RTM version of Windows 10 are expected to arrive on the July 29, which is when Windows 10 is scheduled to be publically available.

Source: WCCFtech



Windows 10 Arrival Date and OEM Pricing Now Available

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 1, 2015 06:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Terry Myerson, the Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, Windows 10 will be made available for PCs and tablets on July 29, 2015. The announcement comes weeks after it was revealed that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and almost a month since it was publically stated by Jerry Nixon, an employee at Microsoft, that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. Users of prior Windows operating systems that are deemed eligible for the free upgrade offer from Microsoft should receive a "Get Windows 10" icon in the system tray on their machine, which provides users with the ability to reserve their free copy of the next version of Microsoft’s operating system.

While Windows 10 is fully expected to arrive on July 29, Newegg has just leaked OEM pricing for Windows 10 Home and Professional versions. The Home and Professional versions, which are expected to be released on August 31, 2015, according to the Newegg site, feature a price tag of $109.99 and $149.99, respectively.

Source: Windows Blog and ZDNet



Android M Expected to be Announced at Google I/O This Week

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 25, 2015 02:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The annual Google I/O conference is taking place this week and it is expected that the company will reveal its next version of Android, Android M. Android L, or Lollipop, was revealed at the conference last year and another reveal this year would make sense. At this time the new version carries a codename of Macadamia Nut Cookie, though it will likely be changed to something shorter as previous version of Android have been. The new version of Android joins the also rumored Android based OS Brillo, targeted at Internet-of-Things based systems, and should provide for an exciting Google I/O this year.

Source: PC Mag



Google Working on New Android Based OS

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 21, 2015 04:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to the latest rumors, Google is working on a new version of its Android OS targeted at low-power devices. These devices fall into the Internet of Things category and usually have very little processing power and resources. The OS is currently identified under the Brillo codename and will work on devices that have as little as 32MB of RAM. The targeted devices "need to boot up, use an SoC, handle input and output, and communicate over a network," a process that is currently handled by the manufacturer of each device. Google wants to create Brillo to handle these tasks and plans to give OEMs free access to the OS. More information is expected to be revealed at the Google I/O conference next week.

Source: The Information via Ars Technica



Windows 10 Will be Available in Six Different Versions

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 14, 2015 08:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Windows 10 will apparently be the last major version of the iconic operating system, Tony Prophet, the Corporate Vice President of Windows and Search Marketing at Microsoft, has revealed that Windows 10 will be offered in six different versions, not including the three embedded and Internet of Things versions. The six versions that Windows 10 will be available in include Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Mobile, and Mobile Enterprise. The Home version will be focused on the mainstream consumer market, while the Pro version will cater to power users, technology enthusiasts, and mobile workers. The Enterprise edition of Windows 10 will be available to volume-licensing customers and feature the ability to only receive new security updates that Microsoft pushes out, and the education version will be available through academic volume licensing and is developed for staff, administrators, teachers, and students. The Mobile version is developed for small Intel and ARM tablets, as well as Windows Phones, and the Mobile Enterprise version is catered towards volume-licensing customers and offers the latest security and feature updates to users.

Standalone pricing, licensing specifics, and detailed feature sets have not yet been revealed by Microsoft regarding its six versions of the Windows 10 operating system.

Source: ZDNet



Windows 10 Set to be 'Last Version of Windows'

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 7, 2015 08:06PM
Author: bp9801

Windows 10 is set to arrive this summer at some point, but apparently it's going to be the last version of the venerable OS. That is according to Jerry Nixon, an employee at Microsoft, who had this to say: "Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10."

Apparently that means there's no follow-up to Windows 10 in the works right now, like with two years ago when Windows 10 was being worked on as Windows 8.1 rolled out. Microsoft is going to play up Windows as a service, which so far doesn't have any real information behind that statement. Windows 10 is a fundamental shift in how the company created an operating system, so it is feasible that it really is the last full OS and everything after is just an update to it. There's already a Windows 10.1 update in the works, so why not do similar updates later on as technology changes? Apple already does that with OS X, so Microsoft could do the same with Windows 10. Various software for Windows 10 is being designed to handle regular or even monthly updates, such as Mail, Office, and Xbox. That could be the strategy for the OS as a whole, which is not a bad idea if it means things like greater expandability, acceptance, and compatibility.

Whatever the exact plan is for Windows 10 now and in the future remains to be seen, but I imagine a yearly or so upgrade would be far preferrable than a brand new OS every two or three years.

Source: The Verge



Ubuntu Plans to Switch From Debian Packages to Snappy in 15.10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 28, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It appears that the next version of Ubuntu, 15.10 to be released in October, will be offered in a Debian package version and a Snappy version. The move was announced by Ubuntu Desktop Engineering Manager Will Cooke who said, "Our plan for 15.10 (which is still being finalised, and will be discussed in more depth at UOS in a couple of weeks) is to have a build based on Snappy Personal and so the current .deb based Desktop Next image will be going away and will be replaced with the new Snappy version." Ubuntu will still be built on the Debian OS but the change to Snappy should provide "faster and guaranteed upgrade and increased security due to the confinement of apps." Ubuntu Snappy will still be available in two versions, Core for server installs and Personal for desktop users. Ubuntu engineers have stated that developers should have an easier build process for creating Snaps compared to Debian packages and users will be able to get more frequent updates to their applications.

Source: IT World



AMD Earnings Call Reveals Possible Windows 10 Launch Month

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 20, 2015 01:01AM
Author: bp9801


During AMD's recent earnings call, an interesting piece of information slipped out concerning Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10. According to AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, Windows 10 is expected to arrive by the end of July, which is something the company believes may delay back-to-school deals/bundles/promotions. This is the first time anything definitive has been associated with the release of Windows 10, as so far Microsoft has only said a summer release is likely. The end of July would certainly put it within that time frame, and would mean the arrival of DirectX 12, Project Spartan, and an overall unified OS, plus hopefully one more friendly to gamers. We'll just have to see if this proves to be true and how soon Microsoft will come out with some kind of statement concerning the release, but either way, we shouldn't have too much more to go to get our hands on Windows 10.

Source: WCCFtech



Windows 10.1 Expected to Launch in 2016

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 8, 2015 04:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Microsoft has yet to release Windows 10 to manufacturers, the company is already working on what will be known as Windows 10.1. The recently unveiled version of the Windows operating system, which is codenamed Redstone, is expected to be similar to what Windows 8.1 was to Windows 8. Features that get cut from the RTM version of Windows 10 will likely be featured within Redstone, which is expected to roll out to Windows Insiders before it makes its way to the general public in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to begin in June 2016, while the second phase is expected to take place in October 2016, although the time frames could change due to Redstone being over a year away and included features and bug fixes being unknown at this time.

Source: Neowin



Windows 10 Technical Preview Now Compatible with 36 Lumia Models

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 30, 2015 04:57AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Starting in February of this year, Microsoft made its Windows 10 Preview program available for a limited number of smartphones. The small number of smartphones that were listed as compatible with the technical preview program was due to the system partition sizes configured by manufacturers simply being too small. In order to make Windows 10 available on additional smartphones, Microsoft had to work on a feature known as Partition Stitching, which allows partitions to be resized to support the upgrade. With work on this feature now complete, Microsoft has announced that its Windows 10 Technical Preview is now compatible with a total of 36 Lumia models. While this number may change based on device specific bugs, making the full list preliminary, it is nice to see that additional devices are supported with the next flight.

Source: Windows Blog



Windows 10 May be Released This Summer

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 18, 2015 04:08AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has revealed at its reborn Windows Hardware Engineering Conference that consumers can expect Windows 10 to be officially released this summer. While a more definitive timeframe was not announced, a summer release is better than the previous announcement that Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, made in December of last year, when he stated that Windows 10 would be released to users in the late summer or early fall. Microsoft is touting that Windows 10 will have a fairly comprehensive launch, with the latest operating system covering 190 countries in 111 languages.

The news of a summer release for Windows 10 comes alongside the announcement of Windows Hello, which allows users of Windows 10 to log into their computers with their eye’s iris, their fingerprint, or their face.

Source: PCWorld


Latest Windows 10 Preview Includes P2P Support for Windows Update

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 16, 2015 03:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Screenshots obtained from the latest leaked build of Windows 10 show off that the next Microsoft operating system will feature peer-to-peer support when it comes to Windows Update. While Windows Update itself has been used for some time now to deliver operating system and application updates, the ability to download the updates from sources other than Microsoft’s own servers is completely new. As long as the feature remains included in the final version of Windows 10, users of the operating system will have the choice to download application and operating system updates from Microsoft and PCs on a local network, or from a combination of local PCs, internet PCs, and Microsoft’s own servers.

Source: The Verge



Microsoft Looking To Work With Cyanogen On Custom Android Version

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 30, 2015 01:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Bloomberg is reporting that a source has revealed that Microsoft is in talks with Cyanogen to create a "version of the Android mobile-operating system that’s more friendly to Microsoft services." As part of the arrangement, Microsoft would invest in the startup and enter into a commercial partnership. Cyanogen is known for creating a version of the Android OS that gives users the ability to customize the OS to their liking, and this experience would be great if Microsoft is hoping to expand its offerings on Android. Representatives from both companies declined to comment on the speculation.

Source: Bloomberg



Introducing Project Spartan, Windows 10's New Browser

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 21, 2015 02:24PM
Author: bp9801


Right before 2014 ended, a rumor appeared that Windows 10 will have a new browser in addition to Internet Explorer. Well, it is no longer a rumor now, as Microsoft has officially revealed Project Spartan as Windows 10's new browser. Project Spartan is simply the browser's codename, but it already is shaping up to be the exact opposite of Internet Explorer. The new browser is quick, doesn't take up a lot of resources, and is secure; all upgrades over IE. Microsoft built Project Spartan with a new rendering engine (presumably Trident) and not WebKit, like what Chrome and Firefox use, so getting things to work in it may take a little bit of work.

Luckily, the new rendering engine means a lot more features can be added to it, like snapping, which lets you freeze a web page to add comments or notes to send to a friend/coworker. Web pages can also be reorganized to be more reader-friendly and resemble a book, much like what Apple's Safari browser can do. Project Spartan also features built-in Adobe Reader support for PDFs, so no more separate downloads of a PDF viewer. One other built-in feature is Cortana, Microsoft's voice-search tool that will be even more similar to Google Now with its predictions.

Windows 10 PCs will get Project Spartan first (another reason to catch that free upgrade during its first year), with Windows Phone 10 devices getting it later on. Internet Explorer is still going to exist for compatibility reasons, but for all intents and purposes, it won't be of much use to anyone otherwise. Expect more news on Project Spartan as we get closer to Windows 10's arrival, and exactly what Microsoft is going to call it.

Source: Engadget



Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Within the First Year

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 21, 2015 02:09PM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft is kicking off its Windows 10 event today in grand fashion, as the company announced the new OS will be a free upgrade for a year to any device running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. For one year after Windows 10 arrives, users can upgrade to it for no cost at all, which is rather generous of the folks in Redmond. Exactly how the upgrade will be handled isn't known considering the wide-range of hardware Windows 7 is on, but presumably a hardware check to ensure compatibility will be part of it. At any rate, a free upgrade to Windows 10 certainly should not be missed, especially since it already sounds like a simpler way to get the new OS instead of dealing with a multitude of versions.

Once the first year passes, upgrading to Windows 10 will set you back some money, although an exact price is not known at this time.

Source: The Verge



Windows 10 May Have a New Browser in Addition to Internet Explorer

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 30, 2014 01:56AM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is shaping up to be a worthy successor to Windows 7, if the technical preview is anything to go by. Recently a new rumor has appeared that is rather interesting, as it looks like Windows 10 may not use Internet Explorer when the OS arrives in 2015. There has been a "Spartan" Web browser in the talks for a while, which many just thought was a codename for Internet Explorer 12. However, it may be a brand new browser in its own right, with Microsoft designing it to more resemble Chrome and Firefox than IE. It should be based on Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine, with even two versions of Trident in the works for two different browsers.

When Windows 10 arrives in full, it could very well have Internet Explorer 11 for backwards compatibility, and then Spartan for the new offering. Remember, Spartan is just its codename, with the folks in Redmond more than likely figuring out what best fits with the new browser. Microsoft may want to distance itself from any negative connotations with the IE name, so making a new browser with a new name would be the best option for Windows 10.

There is a chance we'll receive our first look at Spartan when Microsoft reveals more of Windows 10 on January 21, but it could also be a little too early for that. It could also be too early for the Windows 10 January Technical Preview update, with an early build of Spartan arriving in February or March. Whatever the case may be, we may finally see an end (or at least the beginning of the end) to Internet Explorer when Windows 10 launches.

Source: ZDNet



Apple Releases the First Automated Security Update for Macintosh Computers

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 23, 2014 08:47AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple, which always releases security updates through its regular software update system that typically requires user intervention, has confirmed that it has pushed its first automated security update to Macintosh computers. The update addresses vulnerabilities surrounding the network time protocol component within the company’s OS X operating system, after the bugs were made public by the Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute in security bulletins released last Friday. According to both entities, the vulnerabilities of the network time protocol within OS X could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines. Bill Evans, a spokesman for Apple, stated that the update itself is seamless and that the fix does not even require users to restart their machines. Evans also noted that Apple is unaware of any cases where Macintosh computers were targeted for exploitation due to the network time protocol bugs.

Source: Reuters



Microsoft Releases Patch That Removes Faulty Windows 7 Update

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 15, 2014 09:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has officially released a patch that removes the faulty KB3004394 update, which was pushed to the public on December 10 through Windows Update. The problematic update does not affect Windows 8 and 8.1 users, but causes various issues for Windows 7 users, including the inability to install programs, Windows Defender launch failures, various errors with User Account Control, and problems with running VirtualBox. The KB3004394 update may even prevent Windows 7 users from installing future updates released by Microsoft. Users of Windows 7 are being urged to download the latest patch which will remove the faulty KB3004394 update automatically, or to uninstall it from their machines manually.

Source: PCWorld



Microsoft Will Reveal More Windows 10 Details on January 21, 2015

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 12, 2014 08:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Last September, Microsoft held an incredibly limited attendance event at which it pulled the wraps off Windows 10, its latest operating system that is currently under development. The event was mainly focused on business applications and experiences, though many interesting features were revealed to the technology industry during the unveiling. Microsoft has announced that a second event for Windows 10 is coming soon, which will focus more on the consumer experience, according to an individual familiar with the plans of the company. The event, titled "Windows 10: The next chapter," will take place on January 21, 2015 and will be held in Redmond, Washington.

Source: CNET



Windows XP Usage Lowers Thanks to Windows 8.1

Category: Operating Systems, Modding
Posted: December 1, 2014 11:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to StatCounter, Windows 8.1 has officially overtaken Windows XP usage. Windows XP is now used by 10.69 percent of the total desktop market, dropping from 11.95 percent in October, while Windows 8.1 is now utilized by 10.95 percent of all users, up from 9.31 percent in October. The growth of Windows 8.1 is likely due to the recent back-to-school season, along with the surge of holiday shopping. Additionally, more users may be moving to Windows 8.1 due to the free upgrade that Microsoft has continued to offer Windows 8 users.

Despite the growing amount of people now using Windows 8.1, Windows 7 continues to represent the majority of the total market, with the five-year-old operating system now accounting for 50.34 percent of the total market.

Source: PCWorld



Retail Sales of Windows 7 and 8 Stopped by Microsoft

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 3, 2014 10:18AM
Author: bp9801

If you were hoping to still pick up a computer with Windows 7 pre-installed, you are sadly now out of luck. Over the last few days, Microsoft has officially put an end to sales of computers with most copies of Windows 7 pre-installed, and even Windows 8. The only version of Windows 7 that can still be pre-installed is Windows 7 Pro, as Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate have met their fate. In a related move, Microsoft is also cutting out PCs pre-installed with Windows 8. All of this means that the only copy of Windows you can find pre-installed on new PCs, be it desktops or laptops, is Windows 8.1. Older stock that has yet to be moved should still have the discontinued copies on it, but there's no telling for how long.

The move is likely to get people to jump to Microsoft's most recent operating system, and based on recent numbers, looks like Windows 8.1 is starting to gain ground. It can also be to get people ready to move over to Windows 10 when that arrives next year, which is a combination of the best parts of Windows 7 and 8.

Source: BBC



Windows 8 Gains Significant Market Share

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 3, 2014 09:58AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While adoption of the latest Microsoft operating system has been quite slow since its initial release, it looks like that trend is beginning to change. According to NetMarketShare, which reports market share for mobile, browsers, operating systems, search engines, and social media, Windows 8 and 8.1 were at 16.8 percent market share combined for the month of October, while Windows XP sat at 17.18 percent. Compared to September, when Windows 8 and 8.1 were at 12.26 percent and Windows XP was at 23.87 percent, Microsoft’s latest operating system has gained considerable market share in just one month. The growth for Windows 8 and 8.1 is likely due to the back to school season, where virtually all new devices are shipping with the current version of Windows.

Source: PCWorld



webOS Support to End Next Year

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: October 17, 2014 01:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to end support for webOS cloud services on January 15, 2015 as "the user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running." The end of support won't cause webOS powered devices to stop working, but will disable several device features including cloud backup. Users will also be prevented from new app purchases through the HP App Catalog, and only apps purchased by November 1 will be available for download up to the shutdown date. Another key feature that will no longer be available is password recovery and HP is encouraging users to keep their passwords "in a safe location or turn off the device locking function."

Source: IGN



Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 30, 2014 07:58PM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft took the wraps off its newest Windows operating system earlier today, but it bears a name that isn't what everyone thought it would be: Windows 10. It was expected the new version would be Windows 9, considering Windows 8 is its predecessor, but Microsoft decided to change things up a little. Microsoft's Terry Myerson, the executive vice president for the Operating Systems Group, explains the new name is because of a shift in the company's approach to the operating system, with everything as "one tailored experience", and how Windows 9 wouldn't fit with that idea. Windows 10 does, however, hence the name change. The new OS is a blend of the best of both worlds, as it combines the traditional elements of Windows 7 with the touch features of Windows 8, along with some new goodies.

A familiar Start menu appears when you click the Start button, just with the addition of Live Tiles from Windows 8. As seen in the preview video, the Start menu and Live Tiles are customizable, with both the menu and Live Tiles able to be resized. The Start menu can even be expanded beyond the borders of your screen, so you can scroll left and right to see every app (just like in Windows 8). Metro apps now appear in a resizable window instead of fullscreen, so no more having the weather app dominate until you close it. The taskbar has been updated too, as it can now show all running apps in each virtual desktop. Your current desktop is the primary one, but you can switch between several others (or add new ones) for different tasks; so one may be for work, another for play, and others for video chats or anything else you wish. There's still the familiar Alt + Tab command, but it brings up every running app in every desktop now.

Microsoft wasn't willing to divulge every little detail about Windows 10, but expect more of that over time. The touch features weren't really expanded upon in today's event, although we do know of a feature called "Continuum" that switches the system's behavior based on the hardware. So say you're using something like the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet; Windows 10 will show its touch interface. If you then hook up the keyboard cover, Windows 10 switches into the traditional desktop mode that's keyboard and mouse-friendly. Microsoft is still tweaking Continuum, but it sounds exceptionally promising.

Windows 10 is expected to launch sometime during the middle part of next year, but starting tomorrow a Technical Preview will be available through Microsoft's Insider Program. If you're interested in checking out Windows 10 and giving Microsoft your feedback, head here to do just that.

Source: Ars Technica [1] & [2], and Engadget




Amazon Releases Fire OS 4

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 18, 2014 11:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon has pushed another update to its Fire operating system, which currently runs on a variety of devices such as the Amazon Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablets. The latest update that brings Fire OS to version 4 adds in the ability to have separate profiles on the same device, scan information from tablets with Firefly, and share paid applications, books, and Prime Instant Videos with family members located at the same billing address. Fire OS 4 aims to improve battery life with a new smart suspend mode that activates when a device is idle, and also contains the infamous ASAP technology that predicts and loads video content in advance. Other improvements that Fire OS 4 brings are a preloaded version of WPS Office, print support, and private browsing through the Silk browser.

Fire OS 4 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and will be pre-loaded on Amazon's latest tablets, come to the Fire Phone early next year, and be released for Kindle Fire HDX tablets sometime in the near future.

Source: PCWorld


See How You Can Adapt Windows 9's Start Menu to Your Liking

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 15, 2014 04:52PM
Author: ClayMeow


Last month, multiple sources reported that Microsoft plans on unveiling Windows 9 (codename "Threshold") at a preview event on September 30, with a "technology preview" releasing around the same time. While Windows 9 will reportedly blend the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 together, along with a few new features, the best news for many people is the return of a true Start menu. If you don't want to wait until the end of the month to see what Microsoft has in store, German site WinFuture has posted a video demonstrating how the Start menu will work in Windows 9. The nearly-three-minute video shows that the Start menu is now a mix of a traditional application list with Live Tiles; the latter of which can adapt on-the-fly as you drag them about.

If you don't like the Live Tiles, don't fret! WinFuture posted a second video that shows you can fully remove the Live Tiles and just have the traditional list:

Source: WinFuture via The Verge




Android Wear Continues to Improve

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 5, 2014 01:50PM
Author: Brentt Moore

As more and more devices make their way towards utilizing Android Wear, it is inevitable that the platform will improve overtime, showcasing new and exciting features as updates are released. One of the updates that brings forth a few changes has just been announced by Google. The latest Android Wear update, which will be available in the coming months for the Moto 360, Asus Zen Watch, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3, and smartwatches unveiled earlier this summer, brings offline music playback, GPS support, and the option of downloading customized watch faces. Smartwatch owners will be able to listen to music stored on their device via Bluetooth headphones, while devices with built-in GPS sensors will be able to track location, recording information such as distance and speed. With the downloadable watch faces, smartwatch owners can change what type of information is presented on the home screen.

Source: Google Blog


Windows 9 "Technology Preview" to Launch Publicly Late September?

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 21, 2014 02:28PM
Author: ClayMeow


Last month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to unify Windows across all its platforms: Windows for PCs and tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox One. That time may come sooner than anticipated. According to The Verge, Microsoft plans to unveil the next major version of Windows, codename "Threshold", at a preview event on September 30, with ZDNet reporting that multiple sources confirm a "technology preview" will be made available to the public in late September or early October.

Threshold, or Windows 9 if you prefer, will supposedly improve Windows' usability on non-touch devices, along with a slew of new features: "a new 'mini' Start Menu; windowed Metro-Style applications that can run on the Desktop; virtual desktops; and the elimination of the Charms bar that debuted as part of Windows 8. Cortana integration with Windows Threshold is looking like it could make it into the OS, as well." General consensus seems to indicate that Microsoft nails it every other major consumer iteration (Win98 good, WinME bad, WinXP good, Vista bad, Win7 good, Win8 bad); so based on that, Windows 9 should be superb!

Source: The Verge and ZDNet via PC Gamer



Amazon Releases Fire OS 3.5.1 for Fire Phone

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 18, 2014 04:47PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although the Amazon Fire Phone was announced just two months ago and was released shortly afterwards, Amazon has just pushed out a software update for the phone’s operating system. The latest update for the Fire Phone brings the Fire OS to version 3.5.1, and with the new version comes various fixes and updates. Some of these include Quick Switch, application grid folders, carousel pinning, enhanced carousel email, improved video sharing, and 11 frame lenticular photos. Amazon has also improved the battery life of its Fire Phone, with the latest Fire OS update providing dozens of updates that address the issue.

Fire Phone owners can update their device by navigating through the settings menu, or by downloading the update on a computer and transferring the file onto their phone via the included USB cable.

Source: Amazon



Microsoft Looks to Unify Windows Across Platforms

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 23, 2014 04:25PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed in the fourth quarter earnings meeting this week that the company is hoping to combine Windows for PCs and tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox One to "enable apps that span all types of devices and that are available in a single Microsoft store." More information is planned to be revealed in the coming months, though no set date was mentioned. Support for applications across all three OS versions could be a great advantage to both developers and consumers that have multiple Microsoft devices. Nadella added, "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

Source: Network World



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