Microsoft is already looking ahead to Windows 9, but still hopes its struggling Windows 8 operating system will replace older versions. Windows 8 accounted for 6.28 percent market share while Windows 8.1 had 7.09 percent market share in August, according to Web analytics company Net Applications.
Meanwhile, Windows 7 still leads with 51.21 percent market share, and Windows XP - the recently retired OS - still accounts for 23.89 percent market share, as it continues to slide. Despite a large marketing campaign, including pushing its value-added resellers (VARs) to sell Windows 8/8.1-powered devices, Microsoft has struggled to entice users to the touch-centric OS.
Microsoft "Threshold," which will be Windows 9, is expected to launch in preview mode at the end of September - and a full release is scheduled for April 2015. The software company will include a Start menu and has made changes to try to woo users away from Windows 7.
The FBI is now investigating the celebrity hacker that posted numerous photos of celebrities on the Internet over the weekend. Many of the images, originally posted on 4chan and later shared on Reddit, Twitter and Imgur, featured celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Jenny McCarthy, and Mary Winstead.
Here is what the FBI noted: "The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter," said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokesperson, in a statement. "Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
Apple also is investigating the incident, as many of the images were reportedly stored online using its iCloud service.
Ahead of its press event later this month, Apple reportedly has agreed to partnerships with American Express, Visa and MasterCard, in an attempt to turn the upcoming iPhone 6 into a mobile wallet. Not surprisingly, consumers will have to wait until the official Apple event for confirmation of the deal - but it could help usher in mobile payments to casual users.
Using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology coupled with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the mobile payment system would be more secure. If implemented properly, customers would be able to make purchases at select retailers just with their fingerprint.
"Love it or hate, Apple drives a lot of standards in the industry," said Ben Majarin, Creative Strategies analyst. "They are the mover in these markets. When they do something, the industry seems to follow."
AMD has just announced that it is dropping the price of its Radeon R9 295X2 GPU to just $999, down $500 from its original price of $1499, through a series of retailer-specific promotions.
Normally these kinds of deals are for distrbutors and OEMs, where the price savings aren't as big for consumers - well, not this time. The $999 deal on the Radeon R9 295X2 is open to all, but just limited to specific retailers. The Radeon Rewards package is still included, so the $999 price still includes over a dozen free games.
If you were waiting on a single card to drive your high-res monitors, or 4K display, the $999 price on the Radeon R9 295X2 shouldn't last too long.
Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski, where the latter company has cut crystals so that they will "perfectly complement the chic, curved design of the Gear S."
The strap that is shown above is manufactured using a new process called Crystal Fine Mesh, which will "integrates the crystals directly into the Strap's metal mesh making it one of the most exclusive products in the Swarovski assortment," so there's no need to worry about the crystal arrangement.
Swarovski teases that it is also working on its next collaboration with Samsung, something that will see the company make back covers for its next flagship smartphone - anyone want to take a guess at what that will be?
Microsoft China has just unofficially teased Windows 9 through a post on Weibo the company asked "Microsoft's latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?: and teased the Windows 9 logo, below.
The post was quickly removed, but this is the Internet - so now we have a very clear look at the possible logo for Microsoft's next desktop operating system. Microsoft is holding a press event on September 30 where it should announce Windows 9, with a Technology Preview to be made available to developers and enterprise users sometime late this month or early October.
ASRock has unveiled its new X99-based motherboards, with one of the top-end boards being the new X99 Extreme 11 motherboard which features an insane 18 SATA ports.
The ASRock X99 Extreme 11 motherboard is built on the same Super Alloy design that has been deployed on the rest of ASRock's X99 motherboards, with the PCB being built on a high-quality design and components, with the XXL aluminum alloy heat sinks being placed across the board. In order to cool down the extra storage and PCI-e controllers near the PCH, ASRock has provided an active fan cooling solution, bringing back memories of yesteryear.
Up to 128GB of DDR4 memory can be installed onto the X99 Extreme 11, at up to 3300MHz for the overclockers out there. Power requirements sit at the usual 8-pin EPS and 24-pin ATX connectors, but let's get to the 18 SATA ports. 10 of the SATA ports are powered through the PCH, while the remaining 8 are powered through a separate SAS controller, but each and every SATA port is of the SATA 6Gbps variety. We also have two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers at the bottom of the board, too.
What's a new X99 motherboard without expansion slots? Where we have enough spacing and slots to provide four-way GPU support, with five PCI-e x16 slots on the board in total. Storage fans should already be happy enough with 18 SATA ports, but ASRock has also deployed two Ultra M.2 slots which support NGFF SSDs for even more storage.
Jerry Shen, the CEO of ASUS has teased that its first wearable, the ZenWatch, will be priced at under $199 when it's fully revealed in October. ASUS should unveil the ZenWatch at IFA 2014 which kicks off in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday.
The new ASUS ZenWatch should be running Android Wear, will support English-based voice recognition, something that Shen revealed at a media briefing in Taiwan. Before the end of the year, we will see Chinese language for voice support from ASUS, too. We will hear more on the ZenWatch and ASUS products at IFA during the week.
Disney studios and the Australian Government have come to an financial agreement, which will see the fortchoming sequel in the 'Pirates of the Carribbean' franchise, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' filmed in Australia.
The Federal Arts Minister Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has agreed to provide Disney with a $21 million tax break to lure the production away from the United States to the Gold Coast, which will stimulate the Australian film production sector which has been relatively quiet with international productions due to the high dollar.
Notable productions to film at the studio in the past include 'Peter Pan', 'Scooby Doo' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader'.
'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is expected to begin production in 2015, for a 2017 release and will see Johnny Depp return in the iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will share directing duties.
The upcoming League of Legends 2014 World Championship will be a sell out according to Riot Games' EVP of eSports Dustin Beck, with the championship taking place in Sangam Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
Beck spoke to Polygon, where he said that the venue can take 65,000 people, but after Riot is done with its epic stage design the stadium will take 45,000 people. He added: "We do expect to sell out. Our early ticket sales have all sold out. We're trying to create more capacity and flexibility, but so far so good."
Last year's World Championship was held in Staples Center in LA, also selling out, but could hold a little over 12,000 people. The finals drew a huge 32 million viewers online last year, with a peak of 8.5 million concurrent viewers.