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At the end of July, Windows XP fell below 50% OS market share. Between June and July, Windows' market share in general dropped 0.63 percentage points (from 88.29-percent to 88.76-percent), whilst Mac OS games 0.22 percentage points and Linux gained 0.03 percentage points. Mobile operating systems have also, most obviously, gained market share. In the same period, Windows 7 gained 0.74 percentage points whilst Vista slipped 0.28.
By the end of 2010, Windows 7 nabbed 20% of the market and by the end of April 2011, it had 25%. Last month Microsoft reported they had sold over 400 million licenses in 21 months which means they're selling no less than 20 million per month. Back to school season is approaching which should see these numbers stay solid until at least 2012.
Blizzard have released some drips of information for their upcoming keyboard/mouse-thrashing RPG, Diablo 3. First off, Diablo 3 will be online-only, Blizzard believe that a high number of users have access to permanent internet connections anyway, and even though piracy was a concern it was not "a deciding factor" in making the decision. Blizzard instead claim that internet connectivity will be necessary due to a cache of Battle.net features that complement the game.
Things like persistent character saving server-side and the possibility of opting in/out of co-op play, persistent friends list, party system and matchmaking, the game's achievement system, and an auction house system that will allow real world currency to purchase items. Blizzard is not planning on selling any items directly through the auction house, instead, they'll let players list items for which they will charge a fixed fee.
The point of this is, real money auctions will be allowed along with in-game gold and normal item trade. Players will be allowed to rock up at the auction house at any time, with instant transactions of nearly everything, inclusive of characters themselves. Finally, Diablo 3 will not include support for bots or mods which Blizzard say is for a "variety of gameplay and security reasons."
Three years ago, Mirror's Edge arrived and created a new way of seeing the gaming world through parkour. EA have recently announced a sequel was currently being worked on. But according to CVG, the Official PlayStation Magazine now has a scoop that should start creating buzz for the new Mirror's Edge title:
OPM is now reporting on insider whispers which add more credence to the idea of Faith hop, skip and jumping onto Battlefield 3's stunning engine.
"The Frostbite 2 engine will pave the way for Mirror's Edge to make a free-running return," says the mag, much to our delight.
Frostbite 2 is responsible for the gorgeous graphics you've seen in Battlefield 3 demos and alpha videos. I truly look forward to see what DICE can pull off with Frostbite 2 and Mirror's Edge!
Apple has won a decision in the federal court that stops Samsung from selling their Android-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until patent disputes are resolved. What this means is that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 won't launch here in Australia next week and further expansion to the legal battle over 10 Apple-owned patents covering the touchscreen and "look and feel" of the iPad. Apple and Samsung are currently duking it out in courts across the world including the US, Germany, UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, South Korea and now Australia.
Apple is still trying their best to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and other Samsung Android-powered phones) blocked in the US, they're currently fighting over court dates. Apple's legal counsel slammed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a "copycat tablet," while Samsung said they would argue some of the 10 patents are not even valid in Australia.
The next hearing is scheduled for August 29, and Samsung is required to supply Apple with three Australian Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 samples before then. Samsung are ordered to stop advertising the Tab 10.1 until the matter is resolved, and Apple pays Samsung damages if they lose.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 1st, 2011
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard @ Motherboards.org
- AMD A8-3850 & Gigabyte A75M-UD2H @ Overclock3D
CPU & APU
- Socket 2011 Futures: A Difficult Road to Perfection @ VR-Zone
- Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz CPU @ Legit Reviews
- Plantronics GameCom X95 Wireless Xbox 360 Headset @ Kitguru
Having only just passed through FCC certification, it's a little surprising to find Sony Ericsson's new mini Xperia headsets on sale so soon, albeit only in Taiwan at this time.
The new Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro are both minature Android based phones with their 3-inch screens. The Pro includes a slide-out QWERTY keypad, but is otherwise much the same as the non-Pro model.
Quickly running over the specs on tap here, they use a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8255 SoC with Adreno 205 graphics, 512MB RAM, 320MB storage space (hmmm, bit small Sony?!), 480x320 3-inch display, 5MP rear camera capable of 720p video recording, 802.11b/g/n WiFi with DLNA support, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA at up to 7.2Mbit/s speed and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76Mbit/s.
Some recent reports have been indicating the launch of Apple's fifth-gen iPhone to be as early as September which has no doubt got many of you super excited, but as the days roll on, we're finding that to be just a little out of whack.
Unfortunately while we wish we could say it's even sooner, it's looking more like a bit longer of a wait for the unveiling; the second half of October so it seems. AllThingsD's John Paczkowski seems to be fairly sure of this and other sources have also mentioned an October release date, but we are yet to get any real idea of an exact date.
At this point sources have only revealed limited details on the iPhone 5 in that it will use the faster A5 processor (which the iPad 2 uses), a Qualcomm dual mode GSM/CDMA baseband and a higher res 8MP rear camera.
Almost 8 months since its introduction at CES, ViewSonic is finally preparing its V3D245 3D Vision-ready 23.6-inch for the market with it hitting North American shelves mid to late this month.
The monitor while being a 120Hz, 3D capable panel bundled with a pair of active shutter glasses, does depend on NVIDIA's 3D Vision experience with its built-in wireless emitter, meaning you'll of course need to be using an NVIDIA based graphics card.
The rest of the monitors specs is much of a standard fare with a native resolution of 1920x1080, dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1, 2ms response and 2W SRS Premium Sound speakers.
ViewSonic has tacked on a $499 USD price tag for the V3D245, which is backed by a 3 year warranty. Refer to the source link below for the official announcement.
ASUS has just dished up a standout graphics card under its DirectCU family with an all-passive cooled HD 6770 powered model.
The first thing that catches your eye with the HD 6770 DirectCU Silent is indeed that chunky passive cooler, which ASUS claims to be 16% more efficient than the reference cooler, while of course being completely silent.
To help with the coolers efficiency, it uses four direct touch copper heatpipes pulling heat away from the GPU. Meanwhile, the card itself boasts a Super Alloy Power design which basically means higher-grade componentry in terms of the capacitors, chokes and MOSFETs, while the rest of the specs shape up with 800 Stream processors, a 128-bit memory interface, 1GB of GDDR5 memory and D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs. The out of the box frequencies on the model are not yet known.