Is his the desk of the future? if so I’d like one. With Windows 8 Metro style arriving soon this could be the natural evolution of Tablet computing. At least you won’t get such tired arms whilst using this touch interface, a problem I mentioned in my post on Windows 8.
Picture Source: “Tableg” concept by Wunderman Design
Cloud storage is a popular topic at the moment with online storage options coming from, among others, Apple, Microsoft, DropBox, Samsung and Amazon. This week a new option arrived on the scene, Google Drive. If you sign in with your Google account you can request notification when your Drive is ready to use.
I have been using Windows 8 for a month or so and can’t decide if I like it or not.
I ran a clean install initially of Windows 8 but I could not find some of the drivers required for the integrated devices, so I installed a vanilla version of Windows 7 and then upgraded to Windows 8 Consumer version and all devices are now successfully installed.
With windows 8 release due in 2012, you can have a play with the new version for free before it’s released.
You will need to download the Release To Developers version which is free to install. This is not a Beta version and the software may change before the final release, also I would not recommend installing it on anything other than a test PC as it is not an upgrade and once installed you cannot revert to a previous installation of Windows. If you do not have a spare PC with the right specifications you could always install it on a virtual machine for free and play with it there without sacrificing a current windows installation.
Duqu became known in October when Symantec discovered a virus that used code similar to another virus called Stuxnet. Stuxnet was thought to have been used to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program…. I wonder where that came from??
The Techy guardians and cyber police are now trying to understand the virus and stop the spread, hoping it won’t become the biggest threat yet to our corporate and government computer infrastructures.
A new movie service called Ultraviolet went live in October bringing “buy once watch anywhere” to life.
If you purchase a DVD or Blue Ray disc with the Ultraviolet logo on it as well as getting the disc you will also be able to use online apps and services to stream or download the movie to your other devices. Currently you can use the services to watch it on Apple iPad or iPhone, Android devices and Pcs and Macs.
Nokia display their new Windows 7.5 (Mango) Phones.
Nokia unveiled the Lumia 800 and 710 touchscreen phones this week in London. Nokia hopes to make a dent in the market using Microsoft Windows 7.5 and a minimalist design and also feels that the design and superior navigation features will be preferred to the recent Windows “Mango” phones.
At Microsoft’s BUILD keynote event last week Windows 8 was on view and lucky attendees got a free Samsung tablet with Windows 8. The OS is designed to run on tablet and normal PC and supports both ARM and x86 architecture. No release date has been given yet but rumours are that it will be in the second half of 2012.