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Windows 10 has been installed on 53 million devices so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It hasn't even been a month since Microsoft released Windows 10, but there have been 53 million installations of the new operating system so far.

 

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According to StatCounter's data, Windows 10 now accounts for 4.95% of the OS market share, with Windows 10 being installed on 1500 machines per second at its peak. NetMarketshare is reporting that Windows 8.1 had 13.09% of the market by the end of July, while OS X 10.10 had 4.74%. Windows 10 has, in three weeks, surpassed Apple's most recent desktop OS.

 

The best numbers will come directly from Microsoft, with the only announcement so far being 14 million installations. It would also help that most people installing Windows 10 are upgrading for free, from previous versions of Windows.

Apple learned from 'Bendgate,' improved physical design of iPhone 6s

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The likely announcement of a new Apple iPhone has its customers excited, even after the infamous "Bendgate" fiasco from the previous iPhone's launch. The new iPhone 6s is rumored to launch in late September, so carriers in the United States are preparing marketing and sales campaigns to get customers to upgrade.

 

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Carriers aren't the only ones preparing, as Apple has reportedly made a few critical improvements based on lessons learned following Bendgate:

 

"Each new iPhone launch should hopefully be an all-around improvement, with a focus on more than just the 'bells and whistles,'" said Stacey Vogler, US managing director for Protect Your Bubble. "To avoid a repeat of last year's Bendgate, Apple appears to be looking a a stronger frame this time around."

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LG bets the farm on OLED displays, investing over $8.5 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

LG has just committed a rather large $8.5 billion into developing OLED technology over the next three years, where it wants to see OLED panels in everything from TVs to wearables.

 

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The company has said that the investment is a goal for them to "pioneer this untapped OLED market" and to "keep the competitors at bay". The investment into OLED production will benefit LG in the long run, as the competition in the TV and display space against Samsung heats up over the next couple of years.

Tesla Model S owners are now testing out autonomous driving features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Right now it seems that nothing can stop Tesla Motors, with the electric car maker now testing out its latest Autopilot system with a beta test group of Model S owner-volunteers.

 

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These Model S owners will test out the autonomous features, before Tesla begins rolling the feature out to its consumers, and the rest of the Model S customers. The new Autopilot v7 software is capable of better lane-keeping, following distance, braking and acceleration than the previous iteration of the software.

 

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk teased that the upcoming Autopilot software for the Model S would be capable of summoning your car from your smartphone or smartwatch, on private properly only. But, all beta tests of Autopilot v7 will have to oversee all operations, as well as registering their alertness (so the car knows you're not asleep at the wheel) before touching the turn signal indicator to change lanes. Musk said in a recent call with analysts: "We don't want to set the expectation that you can basically pay no attention to what the car is doing".

Google dubs Marshmallow nickname for Android 6.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We knew it was coming, but we didn't know what the 'M' in Android 6.0/Android M stood for. Well, now we do: Marshmallow. Before the announcement, there were rumors that the 'M' stood for macadamia, but marshmallow is definitely more appropriate, especially when considering the previous nicknames for Android releases.

 

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Google has officially confirmed the delicious new iteration of Android as Marshmallow with a new Android mascot holding a bigger-than-life marshmallow at its Mountain View-based HQ. Every release of Android since the original Alpha and Beta versions have sounded just as delicious, with Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and now, Marshmallow.

 

The search giant has said that while the Android 6.0 SDK is final, the system images that are available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are developer preview versions, and are not intended for consumer use. As always, use at your own caution.

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Project Ara, the modular smartphone from Google, delayed into 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

One of the most ambitious things that was meant to happen to smartphones this year, Project Ara, has been delayed until next year. Google's modular smartphone was meant to debut this year, has been delayed until 2016.

 

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The reason? There were "lots of iterations" of Project Ara, "more than we thought" according to the team behind the modular smartphone. There were a few posts on the official Project Ara Twitter page, where they said "where are we headed next? We are looking at a few locations in the U.S.".

 

At least we're only a few months away from 2016, I guess.

New 3DS 'tubehax' homebrew launcher released, exploits YouTube app

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Jordan "Smealum" Rabet, a prominent Nintendo 3DS hacker, has released the "tubehax" exploit that launches homebrew software within the handheld's free YouTube app.

 

 

Using tubehax 3DS players can get access to a slew of homebrew content including old-school SNES ROMs running on the handheld's latest 9.9 firmware. The exploit also lets users run region-specific gamecards and set custom themes in the handheld's home menu. Rabet affirms that tubehax "does not in any way let users run pirated 3DS software", but NES and SNES games are a different story.

 

Smealum is notorious for finding innovative games and apps to manipulate into acting as doorways to homebrew, and frequently targets free and easy-to-download content. Nintendo has always been fast-acting to close these doors as soon as possible, and just recently the Japanese gaming titan removed the free-to-play game Ironfall: Invasion from the eShop because of Smealum's "ironhax" expoit--but not before thousands upon thousands of users snagged it.

 

 

 

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Windows 10 can block pirated games and unauthorized hardware

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

UPDATE: According to a report from Know Techie, Microsoft will only disrupt access to pirated Xbox One or first-party games that attempt to utilize one of its many services like Xbox LIVE of the Xbox app. The publication relates this measure to any online DRM mechanism such as not being able to directly update fraudulent games on Steam or the PlayStation Store.

 

In the freshly updated EULA, Microsoft effectively stipulates that if you use its software it can effectively search your Windows 10 devices for fraudulent games and "unauthorized hardware peripheral devices" and disable access to said content.

 

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"We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices," reads section 7b of the Updates to the Services or Software and Changes to These Terms subsection.

 

All Xbox One games and Microsoft's first-party PC games can be scrutinized and locked down, but the company's definition of "unauthorized hardware peripheral devices" is a bit ambiguous. Will modded Xbox One controllers suddenly be locked out and rendered useless?

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Witcher 3 modding toolset is all modders get, no updates incoming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

CD Projekt RED won't be releasing any more mod support for The Witcher 3, and it looks like modders are stuck with the current toolset.

 

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A few days ago CD Projekt RED enjoyed unanimous praise from PC gamers upon the release of The Witcher 3's modding tools...at least until the modding community realized how "light" the toolset is compared to The Witcher 2's beefier REDkit.

 

"First of all, the modding tools we are releasing are not an editor," CDPR told Gamespot in a Q&A session. Instead of creating and editing world spaces gamers can extract and manipulate the files of the game, including adding custom textures and skins to characters as well as changing up animations and sounds. Plus modders can manipulate Witcher 3's scripts, opening a lot of potential for mods that tweak gameplay aspects like difficulty modes and altered quests. So far the Witcher 3 Nexus is filled with HUD alterations, graphics optimizations and small in-game convenience tweaks.

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