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Windows 7 market share increases over XP

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:02 pm

XP has long held the most market share out of any operating system. That was the case until it was overtaken in August by Windows 7 and a small margin. However, that once tiny margin has continued to grow and Windows 7 is now nearly 3 percent higher than XP in terms of market share and it shows no signs of stopping.




For the month of September, Windows 7 saw 44 percent of all web traffic, as recorded by Net Applications. XP was a close second, taking 41.2 percent. XP was a great operating system when it came out and businesses, who are slow to change, flocked to the operating system. Now, 10 years later, those businesses have reached their refresh cycle and are starting to upgrade to Windows 7-based devices.


Microsoft is helping to push the transition along, making Internet Explorer 9 and 10 not supported on the older operating system. The long-term support will also cease in April 2014, so users will no longer receive patches and bug fixes. Microsoft is also pushing the end of Vista, but not as hard as it only has 6 percent of the market.

YouTube to cover Presidential debates

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 1:56 pm

Political fans of the United States, be prepared for a long month. With election day just around the corner, the campaigns are kicking into overdrive to get their message out. This includes the three debates that they will be having, and one Vice Presidential debate. And now, YouTube will be airing them and allowing them to be viewed live and after the fact.




YouTube has partnered with ABC to gain coverage of these events, as they will be getting the feed from the ABC News YouTube channel. The debates can be found along with political speeches, news and other coverage on YouTube's Elections Hub which debuted in August.


The first Presidential debate will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. To help with their coverage, YouTube will feature commentary from its eight Election Hub partners. This means you'll get to see analysis and commentary from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Larry King, Al Jazeera English, and ABC News.

Apple Maps usage plummets, according to data management company, Snappli

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 9:32 am

Apple is really going through a hard time with Maps, the navigation app that was baked into their new iOS 6. According to data management company Snappli, just 4% of users are running iOS 6's Maps app.




In order to get this data, Snappli looked at data usage from their 5,000 users in the days after iOS 6 was released, where they found that 64% of its users in the US and UK had moved over to iOS 6. Before iOS 6's release, 25% of Snappli's users were using Google Maps at least once a day.


After iOS 6 dropped, 35% of the company's users were using Apple Maps - with that number now plummeting to just 4%. This is just Snappli's figures, and doesn't reflect on the entire iOS 6 user base.

Microsoft opens four new retail stores, has a store count of 45

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:28 am

Microsoft opened up four new physical retail store locations in the last few days, with two of them in New York on Friday, and the other two in New Hampshire and Delaware on Saturday.




The retail stores will show off the Redmond-based company's hardware and software offerings running on their Windows platform. These new stores add to Microsoft's retail store tally, pushing them up to having 45 retail stores open.


There were cheering crowds at the Microsoft store openings at all four locations, where the company gave out free prizes including a Samsung Series 9 notebook, Xbox 360 console and other goodies. Microsoft are looking to open up stores in Puerto Rico and Canada in 2013.

Maingear unleash 17-inch customizable gaming notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 7:32 am

Maingear has just unleashed their Nomad 17 customizable gaming notebook, which offers a choice of six sleek "custom automotice paint jobs", a Full HD 1080p matte display, multi-touch trackpad with gesture support, and dual speakers with a built-in subwoofer.




Getting to the good stuff, we'll find a third-generationg Intel Core i7 processor running at up to 3.8GHz, options for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 675M or 680M, Blu-ray drive, up to two 512GB SSDs or dual 750GB 7200RPM drives, and up to 32GB of RAM.


Connectivity isn't left out either, with HDMI, DVI-I, Firewire, Ethernet, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Maingear's Nomad 17 starts at $1,700 on the base configuration and will begin shipping on October 14.

Microsoft introduces new Xbox Live Rewards program, wants you to play on your Xbox more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 6:33 am

The Xbox 360's Gamerscore has been around for such a long time, it has really lost its bragging rights - until now. Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards program is now offering gamers special perks if they have higher Gamerscores.




The rewards are then split into three categories, Contender, Champion and Legend. The first category, Contender, rewards gamers with a Gamerscore of 3,000 to 9,999 with a "special gift" during their birthday month - this gift is valued at $0.25 and would most likely be an Avatar item.


Champion level is higher, with Gamerscores between 10,000 and 24,999 and these Champion's will receive a special gift, as well as a 1% rebate on Xbox Live Marketplace purchases every month. Finally, Gamerscores exceeding 25,000 and higher get access to Legend status, which includes everything the Champion levels get, but an increased rebate: 2% versus 1%.

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Sony start to rollout ICS to Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 5:29 am

Sony are unleashing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto three of their Xperia-branded smartphones: Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go. These three phones were all released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as they were more aimed at the entry-level market.




Sony are now rolling out ICS updates to these three entry-level handsets, which should provide them with the following new features:

  • Lock screen with better functionality
  • Resizable widgets
  • Improved control of data consumption
  • New ways to experience your Sony content in WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • The Xperia Sola will also be getting 'glove mode', which will add Sony's "floating touch" technology to make it work well while wearing gloves


The update should be made available between now and a few weeks from now - depending on where you live, phone version, and more.

CyanogenMod ditches ROM manager, will go to an over-the-air system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 4:31 am

After sitting on a ROM manager, CyanogenMod are moving to an over-the-air (OTA) updating system. Android Police report that the CyanogenMod team wanted to go down the route of an update solution that didn't revolve around closed source software.




This will make the entire ecosystem of the OS completely open source, so the team decided to build one themselves. The new updater is a revised version of the older version, which we saw in CyanogenMod versions 5 and 6. CyanogenMod 9 and above, will have the system look for an update at pre-selected times, and download the ROM if it is new.




The new updater will come backed into an update that should be available pretty soon - after you flash to the new update, go into Settings, then About, where you'll be able to set your update preferences.

Windows 8 gets the nod of approval from Bill Gates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:32 am

Getting the nod of approval by someone like Bill Gates should make yourself feel quite proud, with the co-founder of Microsoft saying that he is happy with Windows 8, and is already using it, according to his recent interview with the Associated Press.




The AP was interviewing Gates to talk about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's participation in a global mission to end polio, where he also talked about the upcoming OS from Microsoft.


Gates' comments were in favor of the touch-friendly OS, and he believes that Windows 8 will be a big thing when its out, because hardware partners are doing "great things" to take advantage of Windows 8's new features.

RumorTT: Apple are experimenting with carbon fiber components

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:43 am

If reports from Japanese site Macotakara are to be beleived, Apple and Foxconn have been trying to source unknown parts from a company who deals in carbon fiber materials:




According to my source, some engineer of Apple and Foxconn Technology came on Japanese company, which has carbon production in mid-March, and they requested to develop some sample.


I don't have information which is ordered by Apple, source told the number of parts is too large to be called "sample".


Apple have been toying with the idea of carbon fiber-based products for a while, with rumors a few years ago we could've seen, or could still see, a carbon fiber-based MacBook Air. With carbon fiber being stronger material, while weighing less, it would make sense for Apple to build a MacBook Air with carbon fiber.

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