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Classic Windows 3.1 games and programs live again thanks to the Internet Archive

Feb 11, 2016 - 4:18 PM - by Reverend
After reviving classic DOS games and reminding us how awesome PC viruses used to be, Archive.org has brought back a trove of games and software from the Windows 3.1 era.

The Windows 3.1 collection includes more than 1,000 games, nearly 300 productivity tools, and dozens of other distractions from the desktop PCís infancy. Each piece of software runs a JavaScript version of DosBox, which boots up Windows 3.1 and then loads the desired program.

So far, itís quite the collection. The Windows 3.x Showcase section is a good place to start, with gems like SkiFree, Wheel of Fortune: Deluxe Edition, and even a promotional walkthrough of the upcoming Windows 95. You can also check out a stock installation of the operating system itself, with programs like Write, Paintbrush, and of course Minesweeper.

Beyond just gathering and emulating the old software, a lot of work was involved in whittling down the size of each DosBox instance, Ars Technica reports. In the end, collector Jason Scott and a volunteer came up with a system that doesnít require any optimizations for each individual app, allowing new additions to arrive quickly.

As with Archive.orgís previous classic software dumps, itís likely that some of these programs remain copyrighted. But the site has always argued that thereís a fair use case in offering the programs on a non-commercial basis for preservation, education, and public commentary.

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Feb 03, 2016 - 10:06 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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Samsung outs its Galaxy S7 Edge, then scrubs the evidence

Feb 03, 2016 - 9:56 PM - by Reverend
Samsung may have spilled the beans on the existence of a Galaxy S7 Edge phone.

Images on a Samsung developers site made reference to the expected-but-still-only-rumored Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as to the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus, both of which launched last year. Those images were apparently then tweaked to remove the reference to the S7 Edge.

The Edge differs from other phones because its display wraps slightly around subtle curves on both sides of the device.

Dutch website Galaxy Club, which took screenshots of the developers site before the reference was yanked, posted the images on Tuesday. The images also include ones of an upcoming feature that will appear once Samsung upgrades its phones to the Android Marshmallow operating system. The feature is a vertical, narrow strip of info that will appear along the Edge's side that can be swiped to reveal more details such as sports scores and stock quotes. The S7 Edge would almost certainly arrive with Marshmallow.

The images did not reveal exactly how the design for the S7 Edge may differ from the S6 Edge.

Whatever its specs turn out to be, the Galaxy S7 Edge faces the tough task of lighting a fire under Samsung's smartphone sales. Last year's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge couldn't do it, and the company's mobile device sales slipped 3 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier. Meanwhile, Samsung must contend with surging Chinese upstarts Xiaomi and Huawei and the expectation that Apple will make a splash with its iPhone 7.

Samsung has already set a launch event for February 21 when it's expected to unveil the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. Rumors say the S7 and presumably the S7 Edge may sport a larger screen than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6. The phones might also take a page from Apple's 3D Touch... [Read More]
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Windows 10 finally surpasses XP

Feb 03, 2016 - 9:52 PM - by Reverend
It took half a year, but Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows XP.

In January, Windows 10 had been installed on 11.9% of the world's PCs, according to data tracker Net Market Share. XP had a 11.4% share of the PC market, and Windows 8.1 was installed on 10.4% of PCs.

Windows 10 had trailed both XP and Windows 8.1 in December.

Microsoft's newest operating system still has a long way to go, however, until it surpasses market leader Windows 7, which is present on 52.5% of PCs around the world.

Windows 10 has enjoyed a remarkable run of success since it debuted in late July. It is the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever, already installed on more than 200 million devices. Microsoft is gunning for Windows 10 to be on 1 billion devices by 2018.

Helping boost Windows 10's adoption is Microsoft's new upgrade strategy. Microsoft is allowing anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on their PCs to download Windows 10 for free.

Windows 10 is also vastly improved from previous versions, with modern features that include the Cortana voice assistant, a notification center and an improved Start menu.

Still, Windows XP remains entrenched. Despite the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting updates for Windows XP in 2014, more than one in ten computers are still sticking with the 14-year old operating system.

PC sales continue to slump. Yet industry analysts predict that Windows 10 will begin to make a bigger push forward this year, as corporations begin to upgrade their Windows 7 PCs. Businesses are notoriously slow at updating their operating systems, and most opted to skip the unloved Windows 8.

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Nintendo's first mobile app will launch in March

Feb 03, 2016 - 9:48 PM - by Reverend
Nintendo is finally ready for the smartphone and tablet.

The video game giant announced Wednesday its first app for mobile devices will launch in March. The app, called Miitomo, will be available for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Miitomo has been described as a social experience featuring Miis, avatars created by players for use in some Nintendo games. The avatars were introduced in 2007 with the launch of the Nintendo Wii.

"Users will be able to interact with their friends in an entirely new way that transforms communication into a form of play," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of Americaís head of sales and marketing, in a statement.

Starting February 17, users can create a Nintendo account which they wii use for Miitomo.

The launch of Miitomo is a big step for Nintendo, which has avoided the growing smartphone and tablet market, opting to save its iconic lineup of characters for its home and portable consoles.

Along with mobile, Nintendo has also expressed interest in virtual reality. According to The Financial Times, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima called VR "interesting technology," but noted the company is not planning to launch a device.

USA Today
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Report: Amazon Prepping Standalone 'Spotify-Killer'

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:40 PM - by Reverend
Word has it that Amazon is gearing up to launch its own standalone music-streaming service.

Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post reported that Amazon has held meetings in recent weeks about licensing music for the service, which aims to rival Spotify and Apple Music$9.99 at Apple Store. At this point, the plan is still "at an early stage," but the rumored service will reportedly "feature a much more robust music selection than is now available via Prime," the Post notes.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The online retail giant currently offers more than 1 million songs for streaming via its Prime Music, which is included in a $99 yearly Amazon Prime subscription. That might sound like a lot, but consider that Spotify and Apple Music both offer more than 30 million songs.

Unlike Prime Music, Amazon's new standalone streaming service will reportedly come with its own monthly fee. The Post's sources reckon it may be priced at $9.99 per month, putting it on par with Apple Music and Spotify, however they say Amazon may offer it as part of a discounted bundle that includes its Echo£44.99 at Amazon Wi-Fi connected speaker. The online retail giant reportedly plans to launch the service this fall.

In the meantime, Amazon is set to air its first-ever Super Bowl commercial during the big game on Feb. 7. The spot, rumored to cost $5 million, will star Alec Baldwin and Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino promoting the Echo.

PC Magazine
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CCleaner 5.14.5493

Jan 26, 2016 - 9:40 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.


CCleaner 5.14.5493

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Spotify launches its video and podcasting service for Android and iOS devices

Jan 26, 2016 - 9:38 PM - by Reverend
Spotify is launching its first video and podcasting services.

The music steaming company will have content available on Android and iOS by the end of next week in the UK.

By adding videos to its app, the firm believes it could encourage subscribers to spend more time using it and make more money through advertising.

Spotify first announced that it was working on the project to add entertainment, news and clips from a number of media providers last year.

Since then the Swedish firm has been gradually testing video on its apps with fewer than 10% of users.

Users of the Android app have access to videos now, followed by iOS users at the end of next week in the UK, US, Sweden and Germany.

Videos will only be offered through the app, despite the amount of people who use the system on a desktop.

Shiva Rajaraman, Spotify's vice president of product, said: "Obviously our primary user is a music fan, and they are not necessarily leaning in and looking into the app.

"So there are no particular recipes for how to get this right."

Video and podcasts will be provided by the likes of the BBC, Vice, ESPN and Comedy Central.

The BBC will provide clips from Top Gear, Planet Earth, Doctor Who and Blue Planet.

There will also be BBC News and podcasts on the service for international users but they can't be shown in the UK.

BBC News
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