Archive for the ‘Operating Systems’ Category
  • BlackBerry Storm getting legit 5.0 upgrade this Sunday, October 25th.
    by Mike
    Posted October 24th, 2009 at 10:30 am
    While not much can be done to save the not so greatness that plagues the first gen BlackBerry Storm, those looking to ride out the storm (no pun intended) and continue on with their trusty device have a few fixes coming their way this Sunday, October 25th. It is on this magnificent day that RIM will officially release the OS 5.0 upgrade. For CrackBerry fanatics needing a more specific number, note this OS as 5.0.0.328. Besides some subtle UI tweaks here and there, users can expect to see thre...
  • Apple giving up on ZFS?
    by Mike
    Posted October 23rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    Those looking forward to a new storage format for OS X will be sorely disappointed. ZFS which was to be the successor to the current HFS+ sometime down the road appears to have been shelved indefinitely. As 9to5 Mac highlights a comment from ...
  • Protect Yourself: Make bootable install disc from your Windows 7 Student Upgrade download
    by Mike
    Posted October 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 am
    With so many of your precious memories and important files stored in digital only form, having a back up is always a good idea. Much the same way, having a way to quickly and easily re-install your OS in the event of a catastrophic meltdown is again, something worth acquiring. Students often get some pretty good tech deals due to the fact manufacturers realize the cash strapped state students often find themselves in. The bone they throw however small is often well received. Microsoft's la...
  • HTC Magic ROM upgrade brings Sense UI onboard.
    by Mike
    Posted October 23rd, 2009 at 7:40 am
    HTC Magic owners lusting after the eye candy and graphical supremacy that is the Sense UI can now make use of an updated Magic ROM via HTC's support site. Besides including the Sense UI, this updated ROM, version " 3.03.715.4", comes complete with Android 1.5 Cupcake. Not quite as exciting as 1.6 (Donut), though better than nothing at least. Talk of HTC Magic's getting the Sense UI have been discussed before as has the lack of T-Mobile/Google branded MyTouch 3G's from receiving this same ...
  • HTC gives Hero/Android kernel away. Developers cry a tear of happiness.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    It seems HTC is looking to make good on Android's open roots. While certain manufacturers try everything in their power (and epic fail it everytime) to stop the public from tweaking the code as they see fit, HTC is taking a more friendly "let's be friends" approach. Such a partnership will make happy developers whom will intern make happy users. It's a nice fluffy bunny hugging circle. So far, the few manufacturers who have really tweaked Android such as HTC with Sense, Motorola with BLUR, a...
  • Windows 7 and Boot camp not on talking terms. For now.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    Reports out of Cupertino are showing that Windows 7 junkies looking to have the latest and greatest dual-booting machine will have to wait until dear old Saint Nick pays them a visit. According to Apple, current versions of Boot Camp do not support Windows 7. Instead, dual-booting hopefuls will have to wait until "the end of this year" as well as sport a Snow Leopard equipped computer. One other stinging realization is that first gen Intel machines spanning 9 actual machines and 3 product...
  • Access Else LiMo prototype phone shows off fan-like UI
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    In the age of glitz and glam from the likes of iPhones and Android devices, LiMo, Androids cousin gets left out of the lime light. LiMo, which is a string of Linux, has so far suffered from slower adoption than it's once equally small cousin Android. Perhaps the Access Emblaze Else shown above can get that ball rolling hmm? The fan-like interface pictured isn't quite my style as it's a bit dark and bland. But you can't please everyone. What's your take? Does it need more work or are you di...
  • Steve Ballmer: “I’m happy with where Windows Mobile 6.5 is now”
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 10:02 am
    Only an idiot blindingly defending his company after he knows he and those under him failed would claim such a thing. The overall consensus on WinMo 6.5 is it still sucks while looking a tad prettier. In Gizmodo's multi-part interview with Microsoft's captain, Ballmer defends Windows Mobile saying he's "happy with where 6.5 is at now". But that isn't the only laugh inducing comment. No sir. Not by a long shot. Even more surprising if not ridiculous, he goes on to say that "at the end of ...
  • Windows 7 Whopper: 7 Pattiest of beef. 7 clogged arteries. Japan only.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 am
    If you find yourself a local of Japan looking for something to eat on your fine Thursday afternoon and also happen to be in the festive mood due to Microsoft's grand release of Windows 7 today, why not kill two birds with one stone. Or you could sling a 7 pattied whopper at them. A joint effort between Microsoft and Burger King of Japan has created one of the more "tasty" marketing campaigns for Windows 7. The special editition Whopper features all the usual toppings of a normal whopper + 5 a...
  • Apple patent of doom: Ads becoming native desktop annoyance — God help us all.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 5:55 am
    Think those one or two pop ads you always encounter when online are bad? That's nothing if a patent from Apple gains any traction. An OS full of annoying pop ads and annoying placement may very well soon be coming to your desktop. Though in the age we live, patents and copyrights have become more tools for preventing innovation and saving your ass from lawsuit by filing patents years in advance of a planned release...if a public release is even ever planned. Why ruin the desktop environment...
  • The original Windows 6.5.1 — now 7 mockups spied!
    by Mike
    Posted October 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    Images Property of Pocket Now **Update: Just in case....the bottom images are the new, leaked goodness. The top images are irrelevant relics of a dying dinosaur. I didn't think I would ever construct a sentence, in any language which consisted of Windows Mobile and "pretty damn good" in the same sentence. Based on physical looks alone, Microsoft is finally moving into 2008 with the mockups seen above. One things that is certainly eye brow raising is that according to Pocket Now's tipster,...
  • Google bringing their own Android phone to market (end of 2009)? Chrome OS netbook in 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted October 20th, 2009 at 1:55 pm
    Apple uses a totalitarian approach with the iPhone. Microsoft offers a mad grab for developers and hardware vendors alike. The two methods at which these two companies provide mobile services are complete opposites. Each have their pro's and con's. Apple's uniformed approach brings tight integration and unparalleled compatibility. Microsoft's approach with Windows Mobile allows a daunting list of choices as well as easier access for developers. Until now, Google has taken more or less th...
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