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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download today, here’s how to get it

    It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for since everyone realised how awful Windows 8 is. Windows 10, Microsoft‘s apology letter to its disgruntled desktop and enterprise users, goes live today. Well, the Technical Preview, at least. Users who sign up to the Windows Insider Program will have access to the operating system, through it’s pre-natal stage all the way up to retail release, and the adventure starts today. But be warned, your path is marked with potentially crippling bugs and a swathes of unforeseen pitfalls. Those brave enough to advance, hardware required to test the ware is relatively standard. Only 1GB...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft’s Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it’s not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft’s latest stab at this “operating system thing” was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn’t deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We’ve seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a “Windows event” that will likely see the unveiling of the company’s latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple’s terrible attempt. We’re guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don’t know what it’s going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename “Threshold” has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There’s a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft’s most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It’s not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother’s granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • FIFA World online beta released just in time for hungry World Cup fans

    EA Sports has officially taken advantage of the World Cup-hype to open FIFA World for online beta play. The free-to-play title will be available worldwide for Windows PC with Origin installed. FIFA World was previously only available to private beta testers. Perhaps not everyone’s favourite brew, football-based games have taken the world hostage, especially since the World Cup in Brazil is just a few days away. Windows XP SP3, Vista and 7 users running a medium spec machine, with a 1Mb minimum line speed can test out EA Sports’ latest online game. There’s no word on whether the game would run...

  • Meet Nokia’s new flagship (and budget) Lumias… and Windows 8.1

    Boom! There’s a new Lumia in the world. Well, three actually. Nokia announced the new phones at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference, unveiling not only a new flagship device (the Lumia 930), but two new budget options — the dual-sim Lumia 630 and the 4G capable Lumia 635. It also offered a glimpse of the mystical Windows 8.1, which will run on all three of its new phones, and will also be available to any Lumia currently running Windows 8. So, what were the highlights? The Lumia 930 Nokia’s gone big with its new flagship — no, I don’t mean it’s...

  • Nokia Lumia 1020: the best call making camera in town

    On a recent trip to Paris, I took some of the most amazing photographs that I had ever taken on a mobile device. The richness of the colours and the luxurious hues made my images come to life and, quite honestly, delicious to look at it. This was possible because the device I was taking those pictures on was the Nokia Lumia 1020. Design: meet the skinny hunchback I am not going focus on this too much because if you’ve seen one Lumia device, you seen them all. Anyone who has used the 920 or the 925 pretty much gets the...

  • Beast mode: Asus unveils world’s first quad-mode, Dual-OS laptop [CES2014]

    After some 4K TV announcements by LG, Panasonic and Sharp at International CES today, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih jolted us awake with his usual energetic flair, revealing Asus’s 2014 lineup which includes new phones, a gamer-oriented monitor and the craziest four-in-one laptop-tablet we’ve ever seen. What Asus is calling the Transformer Book Duet TD300 is being touted by the Taiwanese company as the world’s first quad-mode, Dual-OS laptop and tablet. Asus, who alluded to the TD300 in a campaign pre-CES, revealed that the Dual-OS laptop-tablet hybrid runs on a fourth generation Intel Core CPU – likely Bay Trail – and...

  • Microsoft rolls back Surface Pro 2 update after battery and crash issues

    Microsoft released a firmware update 10 December for its Surface Pro 2 tablet. Users were reportedly experiencing technical issues when trying to install the update such as reduced battery life while error code 80070490 became more widespread. Microsoft now announced that it has decided to pullback on the update. While technical software issues could easily be exaggerated, some people supposedly experienced a reduced battery life and system crashes. “Firmware failed for me. I have been suffering from Event ID 41(system crashes) during waking or sleeping on occasion,” writes davidb1234 in the Microsoft Community forum. All these issues were apparently addressed based...

  • Running Windows on Mac: a simple setup

    There’s a great legend which has been lost to history, of a war between two colossi: one was a behemoth – a titan known as the Windows PC – and the other, the distinctive underdog known simply, and efficiently, as Mac. Time has been far less kind to this legend: in 2013, a quick glance at any tertiary-level institution sees an abundance of trademark white-glowing Apple logos, and a minimum of varied Windows computers. Unglamorously, the underdog won out between the young and hip – and a long and protracted battle of wits quickly gave way to boring court-case mudslinging...