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%.
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.
The general release builds of CyanogenMod 10.1.3 are hitting the tubes that flow the Internet to our homes, and with it, brings a few nice features to the modded Android OS.
We have support for CM Account built into the release, which was previously only available for the 10.1 nightlies, which allows users to remotely locate and wipe their missing devices. This is something that is pretty identical to the Android Device Manager, but we can't complain about that, it's a great feature.
CyanogenMod 10.1.3 should be the last of the Android 4.2-based builds, with everything shifting to Android 4.3 from CyanogenMod 10.2 onwards.
Last week we broke the news that Valve was prepping for three big announcements this week surrounding its Steam gaming platform, and today the company released its first announcement by unveiling a new operating system. The new SteamOS is a free, open-source operating system that is designed around steam and built on Linux.
Valve says the new OS is capable of running on "any living room machine" which presumably means custom-built HTPCs, Laptops, and almost certainly the mystical Steam Box many industry insiders expect to be launched during one of the company's next announcements on Wednesday or Friday. Unfortunately Valve did not clue us in on an actual release date, but did say that the new OS would be available for download "soon."
"As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself," Valve stated. "SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines."
We saw a tease yesterday of the new status bar with gray icons in Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we have another look from 9to5Google, which gives us a closer look at the redesigned stock apps on Android 4.4.
You can see from the images above that we have the Messaging app, and the Dialer app, which both look quite nice in their updated form. Controls for the Messaging app have been shifted to the top right of the app, and the Dialer app gets a much more streamlined look, with a nice blue color scheme. We should expect Android 4.4 KitKat to arrive mid next month on the rumored Nexus 5 handset.
The New York Police Department seem to share boxes of donuts with Apple, going as far as being crowd control at and around Apple stores on iPhone launch days, for example when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launched over the weekend.
Thanks to the new iPhone's being announced, the NYPD is expecting an increase in theft of Apple's latest smartphones. Apple's iOS 7 features new security measures that help deter theft, with the NYPD and other police agencies in the US using it to secure their smartphones, making their jobs easier.
The new feature that the NYPD likes is the Activation Lock, which forces anyone who has your phone to enter an Apple ID and passwords before they can turn off the "Find My Phone" security feature, erase it, or reactivate it. Because this happens, someone who steals your phone would need to enter in their secure information, which most would do in the excitement of nabbing themselves a new iPhone.
Apple may have launched its iOS 7 platform, but it is receiving mixed responses if my Facebook news feed has anything to do with it. Well, on the other side of the field we have Google with its Android 4.4 KitKat OS which is set to hit Android devices in the near future.
The latest tease, in the shot above, shows off a new status bar with gray icons versus the current blue. I dig it, as it is more visible on the screen than blue is. We are to expect Android 4.4 KitKat to have a refreshed UI, which is something I'm quite excited to see. What to expect? We don't know just yet, but I expect we'll see much more in the coming weeks, where I hope we'll see the Nexus 5 unveiled with Android 4.4 KitKat on board.
If you're one of the many millions of people who have just updated your iOS device to iOS 7, you might want to read this news. There is a rather large security hole in Apple's latest mobile OS, which lets anyone access your device directly from the lockscreen.
The video above shows just how easy it is to bypass the lockscreen, where all someone has to do is access your iDevice's "control center" and then open up the alarm clock. It sounds stupidly easy, and that's the problem. Holding the phone's sleep button will bring up the option to power the device off with a single swipe, but instead someone can tap "cancel," double click the home button and access the device's multitasking screen.
This gives the person access to the device's e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, photos, and Flickr account. Apple knows of the issue, and said to Forbes: "takes security very seriously and we're aware of this issue. We'll deliver a fix in a future software update."
Cyanogen has secured $7 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures, with the main goal of CyanogenMod becoming a major player in the mobile OS arena.
A major player, you ask? Yes: Cyanogen wants to compete directly with the big boys, and wants to overtake Windows Phone and BlackBerry to become the third most used mobile OS in the world. The statement comes directly from Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, who talked to The Verge, where he said: "There's always been lot of talk around who's going to be the third dominant mobile computing platform. Windows Phone would probably be No. 3 now. If you look at what our actual user base is, we might be equal to or greater than that."
Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik also had something to say: "The mobile devices out there, they're just not meant for anybody to use. They're essentially mobile cash registers. We want to help you get stuff done, and use these things to their fullest potential."
According to CNET, the open-source OS known as Tizen, would be featured on Samsung's range of TVs in 2014. Co-CEO of Samsung, Boo-Keun Yoon, has confirmed that the open-source OS will work with mobile devices, TVs and appliances, too.
Rewinding back to 2011, where Intel and Samsung joined forces to work on Tizen, with the first release arriving in January of 2012. Intel is working away on its own Tizen-powered devices, but Samsung has been hush-hush about any Tizen devices. I would say this is because of its tight relationship and massive reliance on Google's mobile OS, Android.
The current Samsung Smart TVs, one of which I own, are bloated and slow. Tizen could change all of this, in the hopes of a faster, and smarter TV for Samsung and its consumers in 2014.