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Half of Windows 8 users still prefer 7

With Windows 8 just around the corner, a new survey is showing that only about 25% of people who have switched to Windows 8 already actually prefer it. 53% of users surveyed say that they still like Windows 7 more and 20% still prefer Windows XP. Also interesting to note is the fact that 26% of people surveyed said that system requirements were an issue and 25% said that incompatibility was a problem. You can read more about this over at TGDaily.

Even the most ardent, up-to-date Windows aficionados are having a tough time with the newest version of Windows.

Microsoft's latest operating system is proving to be a problem for more than half of the people who have already made the transition, according to a new survey from independent help site Forumswindows8.com.

 

 

Amazon's App Store Still the Underdog

Amazon unveiled its App store last year, and after a few bumps in the road along the way is now finally hitting their stride. Amazon is still trailing the Apple App store and Google Play, but they've finally got things figured out and are doing decently. The success of the Kindle Fire has really helped them out and I think it would be a safe bet to say that they will continue to improve this service. ReadWriteWeb has the full story,

When Amazon announced its Appstore for Android last year, a lot of people were left scratching their heads. Despite the seeming strangeness of Amazon running an Android Appstore, mobile app developers were cautiously optimistic. The Android Market (now Google Play) at the time was a disorganized and difficult-to-monetize quagmire. A curated, third-party app store with the might of Amazon behind seemed to offer a unique opportunity. But the e-commerce giant had to learn to navigate the world of mobile apps just like everybody else.

 

Apple News

The big news story continues to be Apple and their iOS 6 problems. According to a new report from Snappli users, they are saying that only 1 in 25 iOS users are using Apple's Map service, which is not too surprising considering the crumby response they've been getting about it. Gigaom has that story.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has already apologized for the quality of Maps in iOS 6, which certainly acknowledges the issue. But how big of an issue is it? According to data from Snappli’s iOS app, people quickly adopted Apple Maps only to leave it even faster.

 

Also last week Apple has dropped their claims about their iOS 6 maps being "The Most Powerful Service Ever", apparently they'd like you to forget they ever said that as it has become obvious that it isn't the most powerful service ever. PCMag has that story.

It goes without saying: Apple's Maps app has been a bit of a disaster since its launch with iOS 6 earlier this month.

Although Tim Cook said it anyway in a note recently posted to Apple's website — "We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better." — those words didn't exactly gel with how Apple described its Maps app elsewhere on the site. 

 

And last but not least, because Apple doesn't have enough things to deal with, some users that have upgraded to iOS 6 on their iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices are reporting that their batteries are draining super fast, up to 10% per hour even when the device is idle. It appears that it isn't all users having this issue, but for the ones that are I'm guessing they'd like to get it fixed really quickly. Mac Observer has that story,

For many iPhone 4 and 4S owners, iOS 6 has been a mixed blessing. The features are terrific, but many users are reporting huge amounts of battery drainage that never was the case before the system upgrade.

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme LCS

Water 2.0 ExtremeWe have just taken a look at the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme Liquid Cooling system.  This kit has a large 120x240mm radiator, monitoring and control software as well as a lot more.  If you are looking for a high performance cooling system for your toasty CPU - either this generation or last generation, this kit will perform.  Take a look and see how it all shakes down in our review.

Hot on the heels of our reviews of both the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro and Water 2.0 Performer kits, we have a look at the Big Daddy - the Water 2.0 Extreme.  This kit is the beefy father - or maybe more like the hired muscle.  While it has a pump that looks very similar, it comes with a USB connection and some software for monitoring fans, liquid temperatures and overall performance.  This kit features a dual-radiator that is big enough to put two 120mm fans on one side and it supports all current and last-generation CPUs.


Graphics Card Action

One of the best things to improve your computers performance when gaming is to snag a new graphics card.  They don't have to be super expensive, and we've got a nice selection of reviews.


Your favorite GIFs with sound

Maybe its because its Friday, maybe its because I can't find any more relevant tech news, either way I present for your Friday watching pleasure, GIFs with Sound!



Apple is sorry for iOS 6 maps

In an extremely rare move by Apple, they've come out and apologized for the built-in maps program in iOS 6. The apology comes from Tim Cook himself and says they are working on it and it will get better over time. He also suggests some alternatives if you want to use a map program that works properly. AllthingsD has the full apology.

 Here’s how seriously Apple is taking criticism of MappleGate: Via a public statement on the company’s Web site, an incredibly rare admission of fallibility from CEO Tim Cook, which includes an apology


Mozilla's Firefox OS

The rumors have been floating around for a while that Mozilla has been working on a mobile Firefox OS. Over at the Mozilla blog they've started to show screenshots of this OS and some of the features they are building into it. Overall I'd say some of the design resembles other currently available OS's, however, overall it looks pretty sleek and functional. You can head on over to Mozilla's developers blog to check it out for yourself.

 It all started like a “skunks works” project, we had a few people working on many parts… I was contributing a few hours a week, and Josh Carpenter @joshcarpenter was tasked on penning the entire UX with the Visual Design in about a week for the MWC demo, which is a near impossible feat! But our showing at MWC was success…


Steam for Linux beta starting shortly

We posted a story about this a few months back, but next week will be the official start of the beta for Steam on Linux. This is good news if you are a Linux user as you'll be able to get access to a larger assortment of games. Steam still hasn't announced all of the games that will be coming to Linux, but Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the flagship games that will be coming to Linux. Develop has more details.

Valve is set to begin the beta for the Linux version of its digital distribution platform Steam next week.

The Valve Linux Steam team will start by running an internal beta on the service, extending this to a private external testing period for 1,000 users later in October.

The external beta will include testing for Steam itself, one Valve game and support for Ubuntu 12.04 and above. The testing period will not yet include Big Picture or additional Valve games.


AMD Trinity Gets Benchmarked

AMD has released a new APU that is making waves today.  They claim Core i5 performance with Core i3 prices.  That sounds pretty good for the mainstream market, but how does it actually hold up?  Tom's Hardware has some information on the new A10, A8 and A6 products.

About a month ago, AMD took the wraps off of its Trinity-based APU. Hotly-anticipated, all eyes turned to see how the second-generation amalgamation of x86 cores and graphics processing resources performed. Why were so many enthusiasts interested in a decidedly mainstream piece of hardware?


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