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Windows 8 was released to the public almost 1 year from today, and this morning Microsoft released its first major update to its flagship operating system. Today the company released Windows 8.1 globally for digital download, with retail boxed copies going on sale tomorrow.
Many new changes, updates, and features come with the 8.1 refresh, but none are more exciting than the new Windows 8 Start Button. Yes its true, Microsoft has seen the error of its ways and has returned the start button back to its rightful place... sort of. The new start button will not bring up the familiar start menu that Windows fans loved for so many years, but will instead bring up the start screen.
Have you upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet? Personally I am still clicking away on Windows 7 and see myself doing so for the foreseeable future. Having tried Windows 8, I just feel that Windows 7 is a much more robust OS for the gamer, developer, and general PC enthusiast like myself. Maybe I will give 8.1 a try, who knows, I may just like it...
Linux is definitely getting into the headlines more lately, with the huge push that Valve is making with SteamOS but now we have DICE's Creative Director, Lars Gustavsson saying that DICE would love to get into Linux.
During an interview with Polygon, Gustavsson said "We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason. It took Halo for the first Xbox to kick off and go crazy - usually, it takes one killer app or game and then people are more than willing [to adopt it] - it is not hard to get your hands on Linux, for example, it only takes one game that motivates you to go there."
He added "I think, even then, customers are getting more and more convenient, so you really need to convince them how can they marry it into their daily lives and make an integral part of their lives," he explained, sharing that the studio has used Linux servers because it was a "superior operating system to do so."
I think Gustavsson brings up a good point with Halo, but you have to remember Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64. That was the first, first-person shooter on a console that felt good to play with the console controller. We all know how that worked out for Nintendo and FPS titles on its console. Sure, Halo made consoles go crazy for first-person shooters, but it also took away from PC development, something DICE is guilty of, too.
I must admit, I'm typing this news article on a Windows 7-based PC, still not moving to Microsoft's successor to the OS. It looks like Toshiba wants to high-five me, as it has stated during an interview with ZDNet that "Windows 7 is clearly the enterprise operating system at this time."
The news comes directly from Toshiba's business-to-business product manager, Cindy Zwerling. Some businesses have moved onto Windows 8 tablets, but Windows 7-based machines make up 99% of Toshiba's business sales. Zwerling also said that migrating an entire business to a new OS is a "huge undertaking" and that most businesses feel like they only just moved to Windows 7 recently.
Apple has just posted its OS X Mavericks Developer GM seed, which should be finding a new home on OS X developers' Macs very soon. The Cupertino-based company has also seeded the GM build of Xcode 5.0.1 for building applications in Mavericks.
The company is still aiming for a late-October launch for Mavericks, with Apple now training AppleCare staff on the new OS this week. Sources of MacRumors have said that training on Mavericks must be completed by October 11.
If you have been waiting to get your hands on Windows 8.1, then you are in luck! Today Microsoft opened up pre-orders for its updated operating system which will launch later this month, on October 18th. Today's announcement comes shortly after the company wrapped up development back in August.
Over the last month and a half, Microsoft says that it has been focusing on fine tuning the OS and tweaking everything to make the entire user experience even better. The Redmond, Washington based company says that Windows 8.1 will retail for $119.99 for the standard version, while Windows 8.1 Pro will set consumers back $199.99. Pre-Order links can be found below.
iOS 7 may be doing well in terms of adoption rates and selling iPhone 5S and 5C units, but the latest mobile OS from Apple is making people physically ill. Yes, as in throwing up and being sick.
The source of this is actually iOS 7's many zoom animations, mixed with the slight parallax effect that iOS 7 uses in order to create the illusion of 3D display layers such as home screen backgrounds. A poster on an Apple forum said: "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache. It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car. Any way to turn off iOS 7 navigation animations?"
There were more than a handful of users who were complaining of plenty of problems, such as "nausea", "headache", "motion sickness", "dizzyness", "eye strain", "vomit", "vertigo", "blurred vision", and "seizure" all over the thread. So, as you can see, it's not an isolated issue.
It looks like lots of people are updating to Apple's iOS 7 platform, hopefully they don't think by updating their iPhones that they will become waterproof, but that's another story.
Mixpanel has been tracking the iOS 7 adoption rate since the mobile OS went live last week, where it has reported that it quickly saw itself being installed onto 29% of iPhones out there. Over the weekend, iOS 7 had been downloaded to more than 50% of iPhone owners, but yesterday, that number passed 60%.
According to the blog, NVIDIA engineers have been "embedded at Valve" to help them out with the development of its Linux-based SteamOS platform. NVIDIA's engineers are helping to improve OpenGL performance, and optimizing overall performance for NVIDIA's GeForce GPUs. NVIDIA is also helping Valve port the Source engine over to Linux, as well as reduce input lag in SteamOS.
This shouldn't come as a surprise for most, with AMD securing contracts in all three next-gen consoles, NVIDIA needed to have done something: and this something is quite extraordinary. This is a big move for PC development, especially with NVIDIA and Valve working together. I think I've died and gone to heaven.
Oh gosh - I don't believe I'm actually reporting on this, but here we go: a fake Apple ad has been making its way around on social networks, pushing people to "update to iOS 7 to become waterproof."
The ad tries to 'sell' iOS 7 to you, in a salesman type of way, by stating: "In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone's delicate circuitry." Countless people fell for it, destroying their iPhones in the process. I can't help but laugh (please don't take offense if you're on of these people), but one angry person who thought a software update would make their iPhone waterproof said: "Ok whoever said IOS7 is waterproof GO F*** YOURSELF."
I do have a question for these iDiots: if you thought a software update would magically make your iPhone waterproof, can I have the same update for my car? Maybe I can firmware flash my car and have it 10x better on mileage. Maybe I could firmware flash myself and have the ability to fly? Apple fans, officially reaching a new low.
It looks like Apple has had great success with iOS 7, which has seen over 200 million installations since it was released. Within 72 hours of its release, iOS 7 overtook iOS 6 as the most-used mobile OS on Apple devices.
Apple noted in its press release that "more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history." So it looks like Apple struck... gold, with its iOS 7 release. 200 million users downloading and installing any product, not just a mobile OS, is a massive number in itself.