There is a huge post on the MSDN blog about Windows 8, and how they are improving the setup experience. Microsoft are really working hard on perfecting Windows 8 and after reading the blog I'm 100-percent confident they are on the road to success.
They've got some big challenges ahead of them, and are committed to get more PCs working with Windows 8 than any previous version of Windows was capable of. With more than 450 millin PCs that will be Windows 8-capable, Microsoft expect that many systems that are currently rocking along with Windows Vista and even Windows XP will be eligible.
Windows 8 will also now be offered through an online installation, with a "pre-key" inside the setup image that is downloaded to a unique user, this means that you won't even need to enter the 25-digit product key during installation. In pre-installation, Windows 8 will scan your PC to determine compatibility, resulting in a summary report that shows what programs and devices on your system will/won't work, and what items require your attention.
Apple switched from NVIDIA to AMD for their current 2011 MacBook's, but it is rumored they'll be switching back to the green team for the 2012 MacBook's claims sources for SemiAccurate. In the last few years Apple have relied on a mix of AMD and integrated Intel graphics in their systems.
Apple are reportedly switching back to NVIDIA after a failed attempt on the most recent MacBook Air with an AMD Llano processor, which gave issues because of AMD's supply capacity. Apple is said to make the change next spring with Macs based on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform.
Of course, we take it with a pinch of salt, but then again, we know Apple like to change things up sometimes. If Apple is peeved with AMD, their only alternative for serious GPU power is NVIDIA. Next year should prove interesting times for Apple. Next-gen iPads, a switch back to NVIDIA for GPUs, iPhone 5, and we'll see how Tim Cook as CEO goes over a longer period.
It's holiday season once again and while everyone is dodging each other for that latest and greatest smartphone or tablet, Google would like to remind you that there are other options. Options such as their Chromebook, which they've now commenced a fresh push on, including an updated interface and some much more competitive, and festive pricing.
Google are slowly changing their Chrome OS to be more like a Windows laptop, or as user-friendly as an iPad. In May, Google introduced a file system and laptops with working SD card slots, which is a huge upgrade from the once only cloud-based launch. While Chrome OS and Chromebooks are still cloud-heavy, you can now side-load files and even download them to an easily accessible file area on the system.
Whilst most people are enjoying Battlefield 3, there are some issues. Usually I hate issues on big AAA titles, but I forgive DICE for this. Battlefield 3 really pushes most boundaries of games these days, scale, graphics, audio, detail, etc. It's hard to release a game that looks this good, on consoles too, without some bugs.
But, DICE are preparing a major PC patch full of tweaks and improvements. A post on the EA blog explains it a bit more:
So what's in the PC patch? You'll see improved polish, stability, weapons balancing, squad control functionality, user interface enhancements, and several feature enhancements that address feedback the community has provided to date - plus we're removing the so called "negative mouse acceleration" that some of you have experienced.
For those of you running SSDs in RAID0, you have to lose TRIM. But, not for long. Intel is finally bringing TRIM support to their SSDs when running in RAID0. Right now, the only way for TRIM to function on an SSD is to have it operate in ACHI mode.
If it's not run in ACHI mode, and you enable RAID0 with another SSD, it loses the ability of NAND cleaning benefits which could decrease speeds over time, or as the drive fills up. Intel has stated that current RST versions don't yet support TRIM, but come RST 11.5, they will.
It was noticed in a release statement for Intel's RST 11.5 Alpha release, with the following line:
Our App of the Day today is Google Search 188.8.131.5217 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.
Google has just released its Search 184.108.40.20617 app for iOS users and it brings with it some strong new features for iPad users as well as some bug fixes and full-screen mode for iPhone and iPod touch users.
The new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad
Search the web faster and easier with the latest Search app from Google. Get exclusive search features only available in this app for the best search experience. Completely redesigned for the iPad.
The latest version of the app includes the following changes:
What's New in Version 220.127.116.1117
New design for the iPad
- See search results and websites side-by-side to browse pages and results
- Get to the right answer faster with Instant Previews and Google Instant
- See images full-screen with image browsing
- New visual UI for search history
- Easy access to other Google apps
New for the iPhone
- Minor bug fixes
- Full-screen mode for search results and pages
Note: Gmail notifications are now part of the new Gmail app.
The latest happenings from around the web - November 21st, 2011
- Interview Intel's Anna Cheng - X79 @ Kitguru
- ASUS X79 Rampage IV Extreme Socket 2011 Motherboard @ Hardware Canucks
- Crucial DDR3-1600 8GB @ Monster-Hardware
- Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Division 4 Edition 32GB 1600MHz Quad Channel Memory @ HiTechLegion
- Roccat Kulo Gaming Headset @ tbreak
- CM Storm Sirus True 5.1 Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
Our Download of the Day today is TeraCopy 2.27.
TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user a lot of features:
Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skips the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
Full Unicode support.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Dynex DX-WBRDVD1 Wi-Fi Built-in Blu-ray Player for $49.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: $49.99 with free shipping buys a Dynex DX-WBRDVD1 Blu-ray player with WiFi built in and Netflix, Pandora, and CinemaNow compatibility.
We just got done updating the TweakTown Admiral PC SBG for the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E platform. Of course being our top-dog system with no budget limitation, the Admiral PC gets the best. We have switched out the old CPU, motherboard and RAM.
As for the motherboard, incoming is the impressive ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (bundled with BF3) and of course the CPU of choice is the mega expensive yet super fast Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Extreme Edition (3.3GHz up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost) Six-Core processor and for the RAM we have no less than 64GB of Corsair Vengeance memory.
Hit on up the Admiral PC over here!