Microsoft are finally adding native ISO mounting support to their upcoming OS, Windows 8. Microsoft have said that in Windows 8, double-clicking an ISO file will automatically mount it as a virtual optical drive. This works in the same way Daemon Tools and Power ISO work, which I have used for the better part of my life. Microsoft will also built in support for Virtual Hard Disk files that are used with virtual machines.
It is in the same fashion with a double-click, it will mount the image automatically. Instead of coming up as an optical drive, it will detect as a separate hard drive, with an eject button. I'm not only surprised, but I'm also so very happy that Microsoft are finally supporting ISOs in Windows. I have a NAS at home and for years now (5+) I have not used an optical disc. When I do, I'll get it to my HDD and make it an ISO. It's much easier to manage, much, much easier and Microsoft have impressed me by adding this support.
How will game companies react? Only time will tell... piracy still does, rule. Even though game revenue is higher than ever, I'm sure people like Cevat Yerli from Crytek will... cry about this news.
American internet users rejoice! YouTube requests might get delivered faster today with Google, OpenDNS and several content delivery networks announcing the Global Internet Speed Up effort. Finding ways to speed up the internet and deliver ever-increasing high quality streaming and downloads to users across the globe is getting harder. The Speed Up effort tries to dodge around this by making sure a user's request for content goes to a server near it, making delivery faster and more efficient from a bandwidth perspective.
At the center of this new wonderful speed up is the creation of a standard that attached location data to a DNS request so a user's request for content goes to a server nearby. This is definitely an upgrade as usually the content comes from the address of the DNS server and not the user's location. For example, an Austin, Texas-based customer who types in the URL for a YouTube video will share part of his IP address as part of the DNS request.
This way, the domain system server can route the request to a Google data center in Dallas, as opposed to one in Ireland. A simple solution, but would net great gains for people who have servers close to them. The new code goes into effect on Tuesday with 30 million OpenDNS users and Google's Public DNS service users visiting content hosted on the participating CDNs will immediately benefit.
Apple has seeded iTunes Beta 6.1 to developers in the US, it includes a new feature you should be on the look out for, iTunes Match. iTunes match allows users to upload music to Apple's beta service of iCloud. This will allow users to store their entire collection online in the iCloud for $25 per year. It also has something quite nifty, say you own an album and it's on your computer - but this album is also on the iTunes servers, it will shift it from the servers to your iCloud account. This saves valuable time and most importantly, bandwidth.
This also allows you to get access to the 256kbps AAC version from within the iCloud, even if your copy was in lower quality. Does this mean people can rip Apple off? How would you do that? Well, if you had an illegally obtained album of music, you could sync it with iTunes and iCloud and have it in your account. How would Apple tell between your illegal music and purchased music? Considering they're making $25 per year from potentially hundreds of millions of customers, are Apple supporting piracy?
If you want to get your mits on iTunes 10.5 beta 6.1, you'll need to be an Apple developer which is a $99 per annum fee.
Fusion-IO are hot off the press from the acquisition of IO Turbine and three weeks after said acquisition already have a retail ready product called ioCache. ioCache is set to compete in the market of products that boost the performance of virtualized apps. The secret herbs and spices of this product is IO Turbine's software that helps virtualized servers manage their access to Flash memory, and enables companies to put workloads such as databases that require fast access to memory in the cloud.
As Flash memory becomes more common inside corporate data centers, we're seeing more and more competition in the market, with companies such as FlashSoft competing too. Because Fusion-io [who primarily builds hardware] purchased a company that does software, they were two peas in a pod. With companies such as Facebook deploying servers with Fusion-io cards inside, this creates a network of distributed storage that needs to be managed.
It just so happens IO Turbine's software can do that, the software works with any solid state drive that uses flash (or even hard drives) and Fusion-io will offer it bundled with its components or on a standalone basis.
Our App of the Day today is Foursquare 2011.08.29 for Android 1.6 and up.
The latest version of Foursquare for Android brings special new features including events attached to places, in-line photos, a venue and check-in details page redesign.
Foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards.
While on the go, you can easily tell friends where you are, share pictures, get their comments ("I'm right around the corner, I'll stop by to say hello"), and get insider tips ("order the Lobster Ravioli; it's the best dish by far."). Tons of places offer discounts and freebies to foursquare users, and you earn points and badges for doing the things you love.
Have fun exploring!
This week we have teamed up with the folks over at Kingston who are giving away a bunch of new products.
Need a notebook memory upgrade? Kingston comes to the rescue with its 4GB 1866MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 SODIMM (Kit of 2) HyperX Plug n Play (KHX1866C11S3P1K2/4G) memory kit. Next up is the new Kingston Wi-Drive 16GB Wireless Flash Storage for iOS devices. Not enough storage on your iPhone or iPad? This device should come in handy!
Everyone loves a new SSD, right? Kingston's third prize this week is the 64GB SSDNow V100 aka SV100S2/64G. Last but not least is the 16GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2. Everyone can do with an extra pen drive.
Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.
Our Deal of the Day today is the eBay - [Buy.com] NEW Acer AS5742-6682 15.6" Notebook PC w/ Intel Core i3-370M for $359.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Buy.com (via eBay) is selling a new Acer AS5742-6682 15.6" Notebook PC for just $359.99 shipped free! It features:
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3-370M Processor
- 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
- 15.6" LCD WXGA Display (1366 x 768)
- 320GB Hard Drive
- DVD Writer & HDMI Out
Our Download of the Day today is Thunderbird 7.0 Beta 1.
Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.
Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.
An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail
Lightning fast search
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 7.0 Beta 1
* Several user interface fixes and improvements
* Several fixes to attachment handling
* Ability to print a summary of selected email messages
* and numerous other platform fixes
The latest happenings from around the web - August 30th, 2011
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Video Card @ LegitReviews
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution Performance Test @ Techspot
- Sapphire HD6850 Vapor X Edition Graphics Card @ Kitguru
- Genius SP-HF2020 Hi-Fi Digital Wooden Speakers @ ThinkComputers
- CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset @ Techreaction
Rockstar have teased us all with new screenshots of Max Payne 3 and as a huge fan of the series, I cannot be more excited. These screenshots show that Max has had a shave and lived on just his pain pills alone, as he's lost a fair amount of weight. We can also see, what looks like slow mo bullet trails in one of the shots. Please, Rockstar, release some gameplay movies on this - show off the next-gen slow mo, now.