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Dropbox. Seriously, I can't live without it, and you probably couldn't either. There are plenty of free, and paid cloud storage services around, but Dropbox is one of the best ones available. You really should use cloud storage if you're constantly accessing the same files across multiple machines and operating systems, that's for sure.
You can read more on our Dropbox Tweakipedia article right here!
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.
Valve pushed an updated version of Steam into the warm hands of gamers across the world yesterday, but most don't realize that this is actually quite a milestone for the world of virtual reality, or VR.
The latest version of Steam allows you to use a VR headset, such as the Oculus Rift, with Steam's Big Picture interface. Big Picture was originally made for the living room, but with a VR headset on, the interface has a curved screen which hovers in front of your viewpoint, where you can see all of it between games.
This is an interesting development, considering Steam Dev Days starts today. Steam Dev Days will see Valve embrace the world of VR, with rumors of the company unveiling its own VR headset. I don't think we'll see that, but more of a close embrace of all companies working on VR, such as Oculus VR. We should also see Oculus VR's Palmer Luckey on-hand at the event, but unfortunately, no press are invited to the event.
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.
We're only days away from Valve hosting its Steam Developer Days, but it looks like the maker of Half-Life is set to unleash its VR SDK into the hands of developers around the world.
The company has hinted that VR support is coming for the few VR headsets and controllers on the market, with a Steam-linked software development kit, or SDK. We should see the VR SDK unveiled during Valve's Steam Dev Days which will take place January 15-16 in Seattle, Washington.
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.
Storage Visions 2014 - We ran into Axle Video at the 2014 Storage Visions conference being held in Las Vegas, NV. We had a chance to briefly speak with them about some exciting video software deigned to radically simplify browser based video management.
Charles spoke with Axle's CEO Sam Bogoch who clued us in on what his company's software does, and how versatile it is for media management. Bogoch says that Axle works with SAN, NAS, local storage and many of the industries leading archival services. Stay tuned to TweakTown for a more indepth interview with Axel in the coming days.
Back in November we reported that AOL had decided to shutdown Winamp for good. This news sparked a ton of outrage across the internet with long-time Winamp users feeling betrayed. Today it appears that Winamp may not on its death march after all, as the Winamp website URL has been transferred to a new company.
The Winamp.com domain has been owned by AOL.com since 2011 when the company purchased it from Spinner.net. A new record has been released that shows the URL has been transferred to a new name server owned by Radionomy.com. Many industry analyst are speculating that Radionomy has purchased Winamp from AOL and will keep the service alive. Radionomy is a company that specializes in tools and infrastructure for radio producers, and is partnered with more than 6,000 radio stations nation wide. This leaves me wondering if Radionomy is planning on repurposing Winamp into a DJ console for radio stations or something similar!
On the heels of the release of the new Mac Pro, Apple has began pushing out an update to its Final Cut Pro software. The update brings the software up to date with current trends in professional video editing. The update also optimizes Final Cut Pro to fully utilize the power that Apple has packed into the Mac Pro.
Final Cut Pro 10.1 adds support for 4K video, and features monitoring across Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI displays. Auto fade handlers have been added for each channel, and improvements have been made to workflow organisation via the addition of Libraries. A new API has also been added that allows users to build custom share options. Finally, the entire program has been optimized to take advantage of the dual GPU setup featured in the new Mac Pro. Head to the source link below to read the full change log.
AMD has released its Catalyst 13.12 WHQL set of drivers just in time for your gaming needs over the holidays. It supports the latest AMD R9 series of GPUs, as well as the usual improvements and bug fixes across multiple games and GPUs.
There's some improved CrossFire scaling for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Saints Row IV, and Metro: Last Light. For Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 owners, the intermittent black screen and display loss issues should hopefully be fixed. Some problems with Starcraft have been fixed, as have some issues with Autodesk Investor 2014.
You can get the new drivers right here. AMD even teases the release of the Catalyst 14.1 Beta, which should hit early next year.
Today Futuremark announced the release of an update to its 3DMark benchmarking software for Windows. The update adds in support for Ice Storm Unlimited testing which will allow users to compare scores from mobile devices with their PC. The update also integrates the GPU-Z library which improves hardware detection and restores clock speed and temperature monitoring during testing.
With the integration of Ice Storm Unlimited, I am curious to see how some of the new Surface Pro 2 tablets and convertibles stack up against some of the desktop CPUs with integrated GPUs. With mobile connectivity and productivity becoming a bigger necessity with every passing day, the ability to run powerful apps such as those in Adobe's Creative Cloud, or even AutoDesk programs is more important than ever. With a benchmark that can compare mobile devices to desktop's figuring our what works with what just got easier.
There are those of you out there, like us, that would be using MemTest86 to test if your RAM is faulting, or stable at a certain speed. Well, PassMark Software, the developer behind MemTest86, has announced that MemTest86 V5 is out.
Version 5 includes a bunch of new features, including UEFI BIOS support, secure boot support, a native 64-bit binary, "significant" speed improvements, ECC RAM support, and the ability to write test reports to the bootable USB drive itself. The biggest feature to take away from this is the 64-bit binary, because up until today, every other version of MemTest86 was 32-bit only.
There are now two editions of MemTest86, the first is a free edition, but the Pro edition is $49, and comes on a pre-made USB drive. Pro edition supports ECC RAM and custom reports. You can read more on MemTest86 V5, and get it for yourself, here.
NVIDIA has just pushed out the GeForce 331.93 beta drivers, which should fix some browser-related stability issues that some people were experiencing on Fermi-based GeForce GPUs.
There's also an updated SLI profile provided for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which will provide more performance obviously. There's the usual performance and stability improvements, too. You can get the new drivers here, and read more on the new GeForce 331.93 beta drivers' release notes.
If you like to live on the bleeding edge of hardware and software, and you're running a new AMD Radeon R9 video card, these new Catalyst drivers are built for you.
AMD has released its new Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.4 drivers, which fix some of the black screen or display loss issues experienced on the new Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 GPUs. Also, there are some CrossFire scaling performance increases for the multiplayer side of Call of Duty: Ghosts, too. Here's a full list of what to expect on the new Beta 9.4 drivers:
- Includes all Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.2 Driver
- May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 video cards
- Improves AMD CrossFire™ scaling in the multi-player portion of Call of Duty: Ghosts
- AMD Enduro Technology Profile updates:
- "XCOM:" Enemy Unknown
- Need for Speed Rivals
You can read more, and grab these new drivers, here.