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Windows 8 usage still below that of Windows Vista, XP and 7 continue to be leaders

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:32 pm

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system continues to be somewhat of a flop. Usage data from Net Applications show Windows 8 usage is still behind that of Microsoft's last flop, Windows Vista. Windows XP and Windows 7 continue to be top contenders, even though XP was initially released over 11 years ago.

 

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Windows 8 is used on 3.17 percent of computers, up from 2.67 percent in February. Vista, on the other hand, is found on 4.99 percent of systems. Windows XP is still found on 38.73 percent of systems and Windows 7 is the largest used operating system, found on 44.73 percent of systems.

 

Mac OS X 10.6-10.8 combined is found on below 7 percent of systems. Windows 8 uptake is likely to increase and is predicted to eclipse that of Vista within the year.

YouTube co-founder debuts MixBit, allows collaborative content creation

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:04 pm

One of YouTube's three co-founders has debuted a new video sharing site. MixBit, introduced today on the heels of YouTube's "closing announcement", will allow the sharing of videos, much like YouTube, as well as the ability for content creators to collaborate and work together on projects.

 

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Since @YouTube is ending, we're launching a new video site... Welcome to http://MixBit.com ! @MixBitApp This time it's not a contest!

 

MixBit.com isn't available just yet, though they note that "the future of video is launching soon!" The site was first teased during an interview at SXSW during which he said MixBit would provide "flexibility for people to work together and create content."

 

Details of the new site are still a bit scarce, but they will surely be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

Amazon updates Cloud Drive with file syncing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:32 pm

Amazon has updated their Cloud Drive service to support file syncing, a step that is desperately needed for the service to become a viable alternative to SkyDrive and Dropbox. Cloud Drive originally launched in May of last year without file syncing capabilities, meaning that files had to be manually placed in the Cloud Drive and updated after editing.

 

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Today's update brings with it the ability for files and folders to sync across all of your linked Cloud Drive devices. Amazon is still offering 5GB of free storage for users, so now may be as good as time as any to switch. You can learn more and download Cloud Drive from Amazon's website.

Say hello to NVIDIA's new mobile GPU line, 5 new mobile chips announced

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 9:02 pm

NVIDIA has debuted five new mobile GPUs for the mainstream and performance segments of the market. Ranging from the new GT 720M all the way to the new 750M, these GPUs all support NVIDIA's "GPU Boost 2.0" technology. GPU Boost dynamically changes the clockspeed of the GPU to save power when possible.

 

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The new GT 720M and 735M compose the mainstream segment and the GT 740M, 745M, and 750M are destined for the performance user. While your current system may be a generation behind, it's highly unlikely that your older 680M will be eclipsed by the new 750M.

 

NVIDIA says that the new line of GPUs will be supported by all major notebook manufacturer in the coming months.

Users have no right to resell purchases iTunes songs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:31 pm

A judge has ruled that users do not have the right or ability to resell songs purchased through iTunes as one might do with used CDs or DVDs. This is one of the on-going arguments that relate to digital media and ownership. Much like software, it would appear that users are granted a license, rather than an owned copy, to use a song.

 

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This ruling comes about from a lawsuit between ReDigi and Universal Music Group's Capitol Records. Universal sued the start-up saying that the company was violating the former's copyrights by enabling users to resell purchased iTunes music.

 

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan's ruling says that (paraphrased) without explicit permission from a copyright holder, you are not allowed to resell a digital media file. The full decision is available US' Archive site.

More details surface on HTC's Facebook phone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 8:01 pm

AndroidPolice managed to get their hands on a system dump from the HTC Myst Facebook Phone. Most of the features are as you would expect, through there are some surprises packed inside. It makes use of a special Facebook app that isn't currently available anywhere else.

 

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The system appears to be a mid-range HTC device that features a dual-core MSM8960 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p 4.3-inch screen and a 5MP rear-facing camera. All of this hardware is powered by Android 4.1.2, through it appears it could be a heavily modified version of Android with deep Facebook integration.

 

The special build of the Facebook app bears a new package name as well as a host of new permissions. All of these new settings seem to be ones mainly used by home screen apps. HTC's own home screen app, "Rosie", isn't even installed on the device meaning Facebook's new app will likely take care of home screen functions.

 

There are also some hints that this version of Facebook might be released on the Google Play Store meaning that any Android device could replace their home screen with the Facebook version.

Raspberry Pi Model A goes on sale in the US for $25

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 5:32 pm

It's been a long and drawn out wait for the Raspberry Pi Model A to be released, but it is finally here and on sale in the US for a mere $25. Surprisingly the Model A is not being launched at Element14 as everyone might think.

 

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Allied Electronics, a Texas based component supplier appears to be the first to market with the new $25 credit card sized Linux computer. The Model A is a dumbed down version of the vastly popular Raspberry Pi model B and differs in just a few missing components such as the LAN interface.

 

Unfortunately it appears that Allied has already sold out of the Model A's which leads us to wonder, why do these component houses not order several tens of thousands of units. They always blame supply, but Arduino was able to overcome supply shortages faster than Raspberry Pi has seemed to. If you know your product is going to sell in the hundreds of thousands almost overnight, why not scale up production to meet that demand?

AMD hints at an early Steamroller arrival, could be here a year early

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 4:34 pm

In a recently released presentation, AMD has hinted that its new Steamroller micro-architecture is on track to be released this year. This comes at a surprise as most industry insiders thought that the new architecture would not arrive until mid to late next year.

 

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In a presentation slide titled "AMD Opteron Technology: Delivering multiple generations of greater functionality and improved performance," it was hinted that AMD will be releasing server-class Opteron chips based on the new technology later this year.

 

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X-Bit Labs is reporting that AMD has pushed forward its plans for Steamroller and the new chips will be compatible with current sockets and that the new server microprocessors will support PCI-E 3.0. Desktop chip's featuring Steamroller technology will most likely not be seen until next year though.

RumorTT: HTC is building a Windows tablet in the 10.1-inch full HD class

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 3:39 pm

The China Post is reporting that HTC is already deep into production on a Windows based tablet. If true, this would be the first tablet from HTC since its 7-inch Android based Flyer disaster crashed and burned.

 

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The Windows based table is said to already be in production at a Pegatron manufacturing facility and is in the 10.1-inch class. The screen is said to be full 1080p and should run Windows 8.

 

No other details have been mentioned yet, and we are still unsure if the device even exist. I personally will give the rumors the benefit of the doubt as supply chain leaks usually turn out to be true.

Mobile ads are about to get 100-percent more annoying with the addition of voice integration

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2013 2:45 pm

I honestly have no problem with advertising on the web, as it fuels free services that I love such as YouTube, Facebook, and Gmail, but when companies find clever ways to inject ads into the content on my mobile devices, I start to get a little steamed.

 

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Nuance, announced this morning that it hast started a venture with advertising agencies that will bring voice integration into mobile ads. "Mobile has a monetization challenge," Nuance's Mike McSherry said in an interview last week with AllThingsD. "By introducing voice you can transcend the small screen size."

 

In a demo, McSherry showed off a fictional commercial for a deodorant company that followed a "Magic 8 Ball" theme. McSherry asked the ad if he should get a Tattoo, and it responded by asking his age. When McSherry replied, the app sarcastically suggested that he get a Chinese character that translated into something different than what McSherry thought. It then rolled a slogan based ad that recommended the deodorant product.

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