Valve Software Chief: Windows 8 a “Catastrophe”

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The head of Valve Software, the company behind the Steam platform, has called Windows 8 a “catastrophe” for the PC games market. Gabe Newell predicted that Microsoft’s changes with the new system could be a major deterrent for games manufacturers. He warned that Windows could become far less open and in turn would stifle innovation. […]

YES: Steam Games Coming to Linux

Valve has revealed that it’s working on bringing its Steam gaming system to Linux computers. It’ll hopefully mean an end to awkward attempts to run Steam games via Windows emulators. The project is very much in the early stages and the idea will be to get it working well with one specific set-up before spreading […]

Microsoft Introduces its Tablet: The Surface

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Microsoft has stepped into the bloodsport Kumite known as the tablet market and has announced more details for The Surface. With Apple dominating this corner of the world, other manufacturers were quick to develop their own hardware to varying reception. The ever popular Blackberry introduced their Playbook hoping to trump the other projects, but sadly […]

Google’s speedy new Chrome Computers

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With the same name as what has now climbed to #1 browser, Google released its own Chrome OS a few years ago. The operating system was marketed for its speed, web/cloud integration and streamlined usability – which are still the main focuses for the new Chromebooks and the “Chromebox” they have released with Samsung. Here’s […]

Court Orders Refund for “Windows Tax”

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A French man has become at least the fourth person to gain a refund for a copy of Windows that came pre-installed on a new computer. This looks to be the first case, though, where a court has ordered the refund. Microsoft’s general policy is that it sells Windows to the retailer and the retailer […]

The Future of the Menu: Say Hello to Ubuntu’s Upcoming Head-Up Display [Video]

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This will speed up common operations by sooooo much… I can’t wait to give the HUD a try! This is the HUD. It’s a way for you to express your intent and have the application respond appropriately. We think of it as “beyond interface”, it’s the “intenterface”. This concept of “intent-driven interface” has been a […]

Nyan Windows 98 [Video]

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Yep, this pretty much sums up my former relation with Windows 98… [Via]

Building Windows 8: Reengineering the Windows Boot Experience [Video]

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With continued innovation in the hardware ecosystem, the biggest shift in firmware in 30 years, and software changes leading to boot times of ~7 seconds on machines with solid-state drives (SSDs), we decided it was time to bring the PC boot user experience into the 21st century. In a previous post by Gabe Aul, we […]

Windows 8 Boots Fast… Really Fast! [Video]

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Now here’s the key difference for Windows 8: as in Windows 7, we close the user sessions, but instead of closing the kernel session, we hibernate it. Compared to a full hibernate, which includes a lot of memory pages in use by apps, session 0 hibernation data is much smaller, which takes substantially less time […]

XP Gets Yet Another Death Sentence

In the latest in a series of unconvincing announcements, Microsoft is claiming Windows XP really will die in 2014. All those previous announcements were just for show, but this time the company really means it. Honest. Microsoft’s Stephen Rose has issued a statement that is, perhaps unwittingly, extremely telling about the company’s history over the […]

Introducing the ChromeBook [Video]

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Haven’t heard about the ChromeBook yet? Here’s a fun and informative video that will teach you everything you need to know about the new Chrome OS-powered laptops. Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook