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It seems like operating systems have been the talk of the techworld over the last month or so. First Steam announced its all new Linux-based Steam OS that is focused on gaming. Then Microsoft released an updated version of Windows 8 that is said to fix most of the issues users had with the previous version. Not to be left out, Apple has just released the latest version of its desktop operating system as well.
OS X Mavericks was launched today during Apples fall launch event. Unlike the recent offering from Microsoft however, Apple has decided to give away OS X Mavericks at the "revolutionary" price of FREE! OS X Mavericks was first introduced at Apple's developers conference back in June, and promised a new way the system handles memory. Mavericks can now adjust system memory allocation based on the task at hand, which means more memory for graphic or processor intensive task, and less when the system is at idle or low resource usage periods.
OS X Mavericks also includes a new version of the iBook app that lets photos and graphics "pop out" of the textbook being read. Additionally, OS X Mavericks includes the new iCloud Keychain app that lets users sync payment information across all Apple devices for quick and easy online purchasing. What do you think about the new OS X Mavericks? Let us know in the comments below.
Over the weekend, Microsoft pulled its Windows 8.1 RT update from the Windows Store due to many reports coming in about devices failing to boot after installation. Today Microsoft has released a recovery image that will restore bricked devices to the original state it shipped in.
Installing the recovery image is quite simple and all that is needed is a USB drive with a capacity of 4GB or larger, and a PC running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Instructions are included with the recovery image on how to install it on your device an the complete package can be found below.
Today Canonical released Ubuntu 13.10, and included in the release was the first full version of Ubuntu Touch. While this first version of the mobile OS is intended for OEMs and and silicon vendors, Ubuntu Edge is supported by several Android smartphones and tablets including Google's Nexus 4 and Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.
"Thanks to our passionate community of early adopters and designers we've built a unique experience for end-users and for developers: one UI framework that scales across all the personal computing form factors," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical said.
Todays release of Ubuntu 13.10 includes the full SDK for Ubuntu touch, and some additional resources, templates, and extensions that should help jumpstart app development. If you want to check out Ubuntu 13.10 or Ubuntu touch, just head over to the source link that has been listed below. We want to know if you are going to or have already installed Ubuntu Touch on your compatible device. Let us know in the comments below.
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%.