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The Chinese government has unveiled its own custom software, the China Operating System (COS), which is aimed at competing against Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X. Based off Linux, COS is a government-funded OS co-designed by the Shanghai Liantong Network Communications Technology and the China Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS).
The OS clearly mimics the Linux-based Google Android operating system, which is extremely popular on smartphones and tablets.
Open source software isn't as prevalent in China, where the government wants to have better control of computer software. Other open source initiatives struggled to take off in China because user interface, input methods, application support, and speech recognition haven't been able to keep up with the demands of the country's estimated 564 million Internet users.
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PC benchmark company Futuremark has rolled out a major update for PCMark 8, PCMark 8 v2.0.191, offering additional tests for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. The Home, Creative and Work benchmarks have all received important updates, including a feature to allow Professional and Advanced Editions to run older versions of each test, which can be used for comparison purposes.
Futuremark wanted to ensure enterprise environments can also be quickly and accurately scored, along with an addition to boost drive performance analysis.
The Steam version of PCMark 8 will update automatically, while the standalone version requires users to download and install the update.
The download link is available here.
Tonight Adobe announced an exciting new feature for its Photoshop Creative Cloud software. The new 3D Printing feature allows users to create, color, and texture their 3D models and then button them up for 3D printing. Photoshop will also build support structure into the model to ensure everything prints exactly as planned.
As a heavy Photoshop user and avid 3D printing guru, this will definitely be something I try out in the coming weeks. While I think I may still prefer the tested methods of modeling an object and then prepping it for printing using a service such as NetFab, but who knows, Adobe could have just changed the game for experienced Photoshop users who are into 3D printing.
Companies that haven't started migrating from Microsoft Windows XP to a newer operating system are running the risk of missing the XP end of support deadline on April 8. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) support will no longer be offered as the 12-year-old operating system is not as secure as Windows 7 or Windows 8.
"Businesses may not realize the complexity of migrating to a new OS," said Brad Mendonsa, Clare Computer Solutions CEO, said in a statement. "Because the migration involves detailed planning, creating a budget specific to a company's needs, testing, implementation and training, it's important for companies to begin now."
San Francisco Bay Area IT firm Clare Computer Solutions provides these four reasons to migrate: some industries face legal consequences if they don't upgrade; Windows XP will face significant malware and other security threats; no more XP-compatible hardware is being produced; and businesses will pay a steep financial price trying to keep using an unsupported OS in the workplace.
Realistically, businesses should have started to migrate from XP sometime last year - and there are significant business operation issues if they don't migrate.
Microsoft has announced it has teamed up with web hosting and domain name company, GoDaddy, in a partnership that will see the two companies offering Microsoft's suite of productivity tools to small business customers.
This deal will also include the ability to easily connect users' domain names to Office e-mail services. It will also see the full suite of Microsoft's Office software, including shared calendars, cloud storage and instant messaging. What do you think of this move? Is it a step in the right direction for each company?
We reported about NVIDIA's latest GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers when they dropped, but in case you've missed out, we've made them today's Download of the Day. The new drivers can be downloaded right here.
The fresh GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers include updated SLI profiles, the latest beta of GeForce ShadowPlay, and much more. If you are a GeForce owner, you owe it to yourself to grab the latest drivers. For more downloads, check out our new Downloads section.
The machine to machine (M2M) industry will grow from a $45 billion market last year to an estimated $242 billion in 2022, according to the Strategy Analytics research group. The healthcare industry, consumer electronics, utilities and vehicles, and emergency all services will quickly control the M2M industry, with companies driving towards better efficiency. M2M helps enable data flow in both wired and wireless systems, with advanced frameworks available for industry specialists needing a customized service.
Healthcare, CE, Utilities and vehicles are areas that will see major revenue growth, through the driving out of inefficiency in existing processes as well as the creation of new service opportunities," said Andrew Brown, Strategy Analytics Executive Director of Enterprise and M2M research at Strategy Analytics, in a statement.
M2M is still in its infancy when compared to the tech market as a whole, but security, mobility, and cost containment are three major concerns. M2M operators need to carefully identify strategic partners and have an appropriate plan to reach newer customers unfamiliar with the benefits of M2M adoption.
NVIDIA has just released its GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers, which include some new SLI profiles, 3D Vision profiles, performance and stability improvements, and more. For some of the latest games, we have some SLI profiles, which will help with multi-GPU gaming.
We have new SLI profiles for Assetto Corsa, EVE Online (DirectX 11), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Thief. We also have 3D Vision profiles for Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Path of Exile. NVIDIA has pushed in some stability improvements, as well as the usual performance improvements for some titles. You can grab the new drivers right here.
CES 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 typically brings about joy for consumers and most companies, but Intel confirmed it would rename the McAfee Security brand. John McAfee, founder of the company that he later sold, now has a name of infamy bringing forth rather negative name recognition. Beyond John McAfee's wild personal issues, including a global search, wild spending and obscure blog posts, Intel is clearly interested in just moving forward.
It was just two years ago that Intel said there were no plans to change the McAfee name, but Intel wants to alter the company's public perception. In addition to a name change, product packaging and marketing will also reportedly be revamped.
During the Intel keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said his company will provide mobile security to smartphones, tablets, wearable electronics, and other mobile devices. Intel will release additional details related to the company's free mobile software for smartphone and tablet owners later this year.
Mozilla wants to push the boundaries of all connected devices, and is shifting focus to the living room with its Firefox OS. The open source operating system offers an opportunity to try and break up the rather proprietary and closed world among today's TVs and home entertainment products.
Mozilla and Panasonic will team up to bring the Firefox OS into the living room on smart HDTVs, with other announcements in the near future likely.
"By producing an OS powered by Web technologies and the Web's principles of openness and competition at every layer of the stack, we're applying the full power and flexibility of the Web to the mobile ecosystem for the first time," said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer, in a blog post.
The mobile ecosystem is evolving rapidly, and Mozilla hopes Firefox OS users find the cloud-based functionality practical.