If you're a Windows user, then it's unlikely that you missed the deadline for Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 10, which passed by over a month ago. You got plenty of reminders. In fact, it's pretty likely that you upgraded to Windows 10 whether you wanted to or not.Read More
If you have Windows installed on your computer, then you already know that you can get a free upgrade for Windows 10. That free upgrade expires tomorrow. Here are the reasons for and against upgrading.Read More
As fun as it is to witness Lara Croft’s rise as a Tomb Raider, nothing beats trekking into a tomb dressed in the famous ensemble of blue tank top, brown shorts, and boots and hunting for ancient relics.Read More
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We here at Geekosystem are too young to say a look back on Windows v1.0.1 is a trip down memory lane, but it's a nice jump through the time warp to see how computers worked in the before time, in the long long ago, and a new browser emulation lets us do just that. Why not go back in time and try it for yourself?Read More
Next maybe he'll have something to say about the blue screen of death.
The "three finger salute" of Control+Alt+Delete has been a part of Microsoft lore since it was first put into the Acorn computers in 1981 by developer David Bradley. It's also used to log in to Windows 7 and below, which annoys users to this day. Gates is real sorry about that, as it turns out.Read More
If you can't go a day without bolstering your knowledge of malware prevalence, step out off that ledge, for Sophos has just the informational tidbits you've been seeking. Researchers at the firm have found that one in five Macs contain Windows malware, and one in thirty-six Macs contain Mac malware.Read More
Microsoft has announced that Kinect for Windows will be made available starting less than a month away, on February 1. The hardware and software will release in an array of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain, at a suggested U.S. retail price point of $249. If you're wondering, GameStop is selling a 4 GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle for only $50 more than the Windows Kinect, at $299.Read More
When done right, nothing is more instantly recognizable and associable as a catchy sound bite. Once upon a time, instantly recognizable jingles were the backbone of the advertising industry. Today, audio clips are a little more pervasive, considering our seeming dependence on electronic devices. Receive a phone call? Catchy audio clip. Get an email? Catchy sound bite. Turn on just about any modern electronic device? Memorable tune. We're living in a world where companies and devices need to differentiate themselves from the competition as much as possible, and an instantly recognizable sound bite is a three-to-ten second mean to that end. So, come with us as we check out some of the most instantly recognizable, brand differentiating, nostalgia inducing sound bites in tech.Read More
Microsoft released screenshots of the new redesign of the Explorer in the upcoming Windows 8, and the design seems a little odd, to say the least. The file display panes are fine and are pretty much the norm for Windows for a few iterations now, but the Ribbon -- what Microsoft calls the toolbar and menus at the top -- is reminiscent of a cluttered browser toolbar that installs itself without one's permission. At a glance, one may quickly jump to the conclusion that the screenshots circulating around the web are some pranksters satirical take on the Windows Explorer, but these screenshots have come from Microsoft itself, along with a lengthy post explaining exactly why the toolbar and menus look like they do.
Normally, if you have to heavily explain a design choice, whether it be aesthetics or naming conventions, not only did you not quite achieve the whole point of an efficient design in the first place, but the very fact that you had to overly explain your decisions probably means you know it. It seems that is what is happening over on the Microsoft blog post on which the screenshots released.Read More
While it might seem reasonable to assume that Company A makes more money from sales of its own product than from those of its competitor, Company B, thanks to the magic of licensing, it's actually possible for the reverse to be true, especially if Company B has a much larger market share. Spoiler alert: Company A is actually Microsoft, and Company B is actually Google, and the products are Windows Phone and Android, respectively. According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, to date, Microsoft has actually made five times as much money from Android as it does from Windows Phone. Here's how the math works:
A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft. Microsoft has admitted selling 2 million Windows Phone licenses (though not devices.) Estimating that the license fee is $15/WP phone, that makes Windows Phone revenues to date $30 million.Does that mean Microsoft should just give up and concede the mobile market to Google? Absolutely not: Most analysts agree that the smartphone market will be much bigger five years from now than it is today, so fighting for that market share still matters. (Asymco via BGR. title pic via GottaBeMobile.) Read More
Feel like studying isn't really essential to the college process? Well, neither does Microsoft! Through the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, Dell.com, and HP.com, students can now obtain a free Xbox 360 4GB console when they purchase a PC over $699 at one of the aforementioned participating retailers, gaining two gaming platforms for the price of one, successfully disrupting their college career. If purchasing the PC through an online retailer, the student simply supplies their .edu email address. If said student does not have a .edu email address or prefers to purchase the PC from a walk-in store, said student simply needs to show their student ID. The offer is available in the United States starting May 22 and end dates vary by retailer, so Microsoft suggests if one were to take advantage of the deal, to do it sooner rather than later. Those details you're wondering about? Like how one proceeds to actually get the Xbox 360 after purchasing the computer? Microsoft suggests you see the individual retailer where the computer was purchased for details. (via The Windows Blog)Read More
In the video above, Andrew Tait takes us on a trip down (virtual) memory lane by sequentially installing every major version of Windows on one computer, and seeing what happens to existing files and settings along the way. Starting with MS-DOS 5 to allow installation, Tait takes us through Windows 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, XP, and Vista, asking the important questions -- such as "can it still run Doom and Monkey Island? -- along the way. The ill-received Windows ME is the one major Windows build not installed, though we doubt anyone who has ever used ME would complain too much. (via Reddit. Thanks, Nick!)Read More
Using 500 copies of his "My Favourite Landscape" print, which is based off the common Windows XP desktop wallpaper, artist Paul Destieu recreates a common Windows error that we all know and
love hate. Check past the jump for another photo of the real life error.
At a press event in New York today, Microsoft finally unveiled its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, a much-anticipated, long-overdue serious push into the smartphone market by a company that admits it's far behind Apple, Google, and RIM.Read More
Yesterday, Facebook launched its Foursquare killer, Places, a service that allows Facebook users to broadcast their location to their social network. At least, if you live in America and have an iPhone.
Compatibility with Windows and Android phones is promised but not available yet. In the absence of a Facebook feature to turn to, it looks like some of those non-iPhone or non-American consumers who didn't realize they needed a geolocation based blogging platform in their lives until now have already found a replacement.
That is, Foursquare, which had its biggest single day of new user sign ups ever yesterday.Read More
THINQ.co.uk is reporting that Apple has pushed out a significant OS X software update, designed to improve performance and visual quality in the Mac version of Valve's Steam client. Since Steam was released for the platform three months ago, many sources have lamented the performance of the games compared to their Windows counterparts. Some have even gone as far as to set up Windows partitions using Boot Camp to avoid the reduced frame rates in the Mac client.
That's all changed now, thanks to the Apple's graphics update and some Steam optimizations added by Valve. By tightening up some software inefficiencies pertaining to how the OS drives the graphics hardware, the games no longer have such a pronounced reduction in frame rate when running at higher resolutions or with cranked-up visual settings. One of the most hyped of these visual improvement is known as an "occlusion query," or as the guys at Valve put it:Read More
Low-E, or low-emissivity windows, are catching on among homeowners for their ability to insulate houses with great efficiency; they let light pass through while keeping heat on the side from which it's coming in, thus making it cheaper and more eco-friendly to keep cool during the summer and warmer during the winter. Recently, there was a flap in Boston over low-E windows allegedly melting the vinyl siding on some neighboring houses. The diagram above shows just how hot the refracted light from one window was: The infrared scan to the right shows temperatures as high as 247 degrees Fahrenheit; yikes.
Unsurprisingly, neighbors whose homes were partially melted by these windows were not too pleased. One woman poignantly told WCBVTV "It's so upsetting I could cry. I'm not kidding you. I cry all the time. It's buckling, it's lifting off the house, it's curling up, it's just totally ruined."
However, upon closer inspection, the problem may not be the windows' emissivity, but their shape:Read More