If you've been following the tech press at all, you've no doubt heard the term "Windows Blue," which refers to the next version of Microsoft's desktop-and-or-tablet operating system. Though the moniker is likely just an internal code name for the software, Microsoft executives have acknowledged that it does indeed exist. But what is it exactly? Michael Muchmore walks us through some of the expected Windows Blue features, based on leaked pre-release code and on videos obtained from internal company meetings. Among other things, Windows Blue will likely bring more touch capabilities, more snapping options, added apps, and Internet Explorer 11. Read on for more details.
We're still a year away from its release, but Google Glass is already exhilarating many members of the public. And, just weeks after announcing its "If I Had Glass" campaign, Google has now begun sending invitations to the special few who will trial the wearable computers in the Glass Explorer project. Notifications of acceptance into the programme began appearing through hashtag notifications (#glassexplorers) to applicants on Twitter and Google+, with successful applicants including users who've said they plan to use the device to watch sports, capturing their wedding day, and teach science.
2K Games' latest title, Bioshock Infinite, has been making waves all week since its release on 25 March. But does it deserve the mountains of early praise? Tobias Henry took the first-person shooter for a lengthy spin and found that it is indeed worthy of the accolades - so much so that it got ITProPortal's coveted 'Best Buy' honor. "[I]ts real triumph is as a work of rich, interactive storytelling, where you still play the leading part, but in a drama full of beautiful art and intelligent ideas. Like Bioshock, it's a game that lives on in the memory long after you've put down the controller, and that will inspire more titles and developers to raise their game," he concluded.
With Internet speeds slowing for users all over the world, it emerged yesterday that one of the largest cyber attacks ever seen had severely hit our online infrastructure, raising fears over the wider implications of DDoS assaults. Distributed denial of service attacks, to give them their full name, may not be anything new in the security landscape, but the growth of the underground economy dealing in cyber attacks is adding increasing severity to their impact. Arguably harder to foil than intricate hacks, DDoS barrages have broken the security systems of some of the world's largest organisations, and the Cyberbunker incident demonstrates the extent to which the attacks can affect the wider Internet, and in turn, global business. Follow the link for more on this growing cyber threat.
Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry has released its first all-important earnings report since the launch of its BlackBerry 10 OS and handsets, and while financial return is encouraging, the firm may be concerned by a drop of three million users. BlackBerry posted an operating profit of $94 million from $2.7 billion revenue for the last quarter, up $80 million from the $14 million posted in its previous report. But despite the long awaited arrival of the BB10 platform, BlackBerry's subscribers have fallen from 79 million in Q3 to 76 million in Q4. Will the forthcoming BlackBerry Q10 with that trademark QWERTY keyboard win back the users, or is the BlackBerry revival over before it has begun?