OnLive has struggled in the past with their streaming gaming service - as they had to kill servers to help costs and that impacted performance, and that ultimately killed the desire for anyone to use their service. Well, they are back and bigger and more cross-platform-happy than ever. Now they support Apple, PC and even mobile devices - such as your Android tablet and phone as well of course as your HDTV. The big news is that you don't need hardware from them - at all.
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Windows 8.1 Update Leaked by Microsoft
It's not everyday that a company leaks stuff that they are seriously chapped about getting online early. Microsoft leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 the other day and if you don't want to wait a month for it to hit Windows Update, there are several ways you can go get it. You can do a bit of a registry tweak and then it should download directly. If you're not feeling that adventurous, there are some direct download links as well. Take a look and get your update on if you're feeling a bit brave. It should be all good though as it has been RTM for a while now.
Most of the changes in the update are designed to appease keyboard and mouse users, with options to show Windows 8 apps on the desktop taskbar, the ability to see show the desktop taskbar above Windows 8-style apps, and a new title bar at the top of Windows 8 apps with options to minimize, close, or snap apps. Microsoft is also adding a shutdown button to the Start Screen for non-touch machines, with a new search button present across all machines.
Samsung Jumps Into Music Race - With No Ads
There are a ton of music services available today and most of them either require a paid subscription that can range from $0.99 to $14.99 a month - or they offset the cost of the service with a bunch of advertisements. Today, Samsung enters this race and does it without a subscription fee or ads. Their new music service - Milk Music - is only available on Galaxy phones and is powered by Slacker and includes a mere 13 Million songs at present. Does this have what it takes to get you to buy a Samsung Galaxy S-Whatever? Please post your comments below.
Another benefit is that Samsung promises the service will be free of ads, which can get annoying when listening to web-streaming platforms like Pandora and Spotify. Since it's powered by existing service Slacker, there aren't other features that set it apart from what's already out there. Although it has a website, Milk Music is available on mobile only.
OUYA and Indie Consoles are Dead
Jason has believed that the OUYA was dead about the time it finally launched and he is not alone. It appears that there have been a few other setbacks along the way for these "indie" consoles, but OUYA initially led the charge and is now leading the charge to change from a hardware console to a software platform. OUYA will be available on other consoles - including the new MadCatz Mojo and others. OUYA founder, Julia Uhrman has this to say:
"What makes Ouya is not the physical hardware, but the fact that it is made for games built for a TV," she says, adding that the company will attempt to maintain a "consistent experience" across other devices, which will each have physical game controllers as well. But it feels like the company that sought to bottle up the magic of indie game development in an attractive, inexpensive package is smashing that bottle for good.
Apple and Samsung Growing, Android and Moto, Not
The latest comscore numbers are available and there are some surprising results this time around. This last quarter shows that Apple and Samsung are leading the charge in the USA market. Keep in mind that this is for smartphone subscribers from the ages of 13+ and this represents of course a lot of kids that nag their parents for shiny Apple phones. It would be interesting to see how this compares to people that actually pay for their own devices. Either way, it's interesting to see how things are shaping up for 2014.
Apple still reigns supreme, commanding 41.6% of the smartphone market when compared t other OEMs. Samsung is second, naturally — they hold onto just over 1/4 of the market at 26.7%. LG ranks a distant third with 6.9%, which is just ahead of Motorola at 6.4%. HTC checks in as well, claiming 5.4% of the overall smartphone market.
The release of Windows 9 is still quite a ways away but Microsoft (and others) are hoping it will be the one that can convince Windows XP users to finally make the plunge and upgrade. I guess time will tell, but until then TomsHardware has more talk about Windows 9.
As previously reported, the problem with Windows XP for many may not be with fighting off a Windows 8 upgrade, but replacing legacy software that doesn't play nice with the likes ofWindows 7. For businesses that could be a big expense.
Still, Dell believes that Windows 8.1 and Windows 9 should pull businesses and consumers away from the dying, cobwebbed platform. "When Windows 9 comes out, we're also seeing a lot more interest around developing the transition strategy for their OS," explains end user computing marketing chief Margaret Franco.
Why Steve Ballmer left Microsoft
Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft is old news now, but ComputerWorld has a new article on perhaps why he "left" Microsoft. Apparently Steve Ballmer and the Microsoft board had some tension due to the Microsoft board not being as excited about the Nokia buyout as Steve was and if the report is true things broke down afterwards. This could also just be rumor but it just seemed strange for Steve Ballmer to walk away so suddenly.
Steve Ballmer's famously volcanic temper was the last straw for Microsoft's board, and eventually led to his firing after he berated them so loudly about their not backing his Nokia buyout plan that his shouts could be heard outside the closed doors of a conference room.
The Hoverboard is Here!
This video doesn't need much of an introduction. Doc Brown (from Back to the Future) teams up with Tony Hawk and they are showing off a ridiculously awesome hoverboard. Enjoy and watch Kickstarter to get yours!
Twitter Gets Hacked - by Twitter
If you're a Twitter user and have recently had trouble logging into your account, you need not worry - much. Apparently Twitter is responsible for hacking themselves in a recent system error that reset millions of users passwords. Don't worry, with monkies like this running Twitter, I'm sure that once you reset your password that they reset for you by accident, it will be safe this time.
If you received the email and panicked, don't worry! Several high-profile online security breaches have occurred recently, prompting many users to be extra cautious online. In January, Snapchat’s infamous exploit which revealed the accounts of 4.6 million people showed how vulnerable users are to privacy threats.
DRM Coffee is Coming
This blows my mind. The Keurig company apparently can't make enough money by selling you $0.10 of coffee for $1.25 (plus the cost of the machine) so they have taken to using DRM in their new coffee machines in order to prevent you from using cheaper K-Cups or even using the basket to provide your own grounds to the blend. That's right. They've followed Sony and are putting DRM where it doesn't belong. Next up, is DRM for your private bathroom compliments of Charmin.