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What was your first games console? Sega, Nintendo, Atari or something else, what it was we are sure that you can remember it and how cool it was at the time? However, today, gaming is so different and as for the machines, they are out of this world.
We have two big moments coming, the launch of the Xbox One from Microsoft and the Playstation Four from Sony, it’s this one that we are interested in at the moment and the latest television advert that reminds us of the first Playstation launch in 1995.
The advert is really cool; it follows the timeline of a house in London, starting in the 90’s with the original Playstation and follows the changes in people, decor and even the scenery outside until we reach the present day and the PS4 or Playstation Four #playstationmemories.
So, now it is over to you, what are your memories of the Sony Playstation and what was the first model that you had and what game did you play on it? There are so many good times to remember when it comes to games consoles.
As the market war wages on between Microsoft and Sony’s next generation home consoles, Valve have shaken things up. The major player in the PC gaming market has announced that they will be releasing their own home-based operating system.
Valve have announced the SteamOS, based on the hugely popular Steam digital distribution platform. Designed with living-room based PC devices in mind, the SteamOS is Linux-based and offers users access to its current library of more than 2,000 game titles.
The firm describes the system as “a collaborative many-to-many entertainment platform, in which each participant is a multiplier of the experience of everyone else.”
Users will be able to share games between their TV and Mac or PC devices with the ‘in-home streaming’ feature. This will allow family members to share their Steam libraries between individual accounts.
The announcement continued: “Content creators can connect directly to their customers. Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love.
“In SteamOS, we have achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reduction in input latency at the operating system level. Game developers are already taking advantage of these gains as they target SteamOS for their new releases.”
In addition to this, Valve are also promising to work in collaboration with media services in order to give users access to music and video content. Further details on this have yet to be announced.
The SteamOS will help to make PC gaming competitive again, as sales for tablets are set to outsell laptops six to one by 2017. As the mobile games market continues to grow, gaming sites such as MoneyGaming are migrating to the platform, leaving traditional PC gaming under threat. However, the release of the new Valve operating system could revolutionise the PC gaming experience.
Microsoft has updated its Bing app for iOS powered devices, before the update to Bing; users would have to have used a separate app to include Siri into the Bing experience. However, now that is no longer needed for a smooth Bing on iOS experience. In fact, the Bing app offers the user a much better all round experience with plenty of new features to enjoy.
The newly updated Bing app now features, a homepage with four tiles displaying Popular Now, Nearby, Images and Weather! There is a new sharing button too and options added to the menu that help with finding images and other apps produced by Microsoft, the Bing journey on iOS devices has just become a lot smoother.
The Bing App is available now and can be downloaded from the iTunes app store.
Source: Bing Blog
Until the 27th October owners of the iPad 2, 3 and 4 will be able to trade them in at any Microsoft Retail Store in the US and Canada for at least $200 to spend at the Microsoft Store! Obviously, it the actual amount offered will depend on condition etc, but for anyone looking to switch from the iPad to the Surface it would appear to be a good deal! It is just a shame that the offer cannot be extended to other countries, so that everyone can join in.
According to the special deals page at the Microsoft Store;
The Surface RT starts from $349 and the Surface Pro starts from $799.
Source: Microsoft Store
The question that often pops up is how thin or small can things go, but when it comes to something like a keyboard surely there is limit! However, apparently not, because the Cambridge based company CSR, have come up with what they are calling “world’s thinnest wireless touch interface” and it is very thin too at just 0.5 mm! Sure, it is a touch surface with Bluetooth connectivity, which automatically means it is thin, but nevertheless this is a keyboard that is not much thicker than a sheet of paper and that is just one aspect of what makes this cool.
According to Paul Williamson, Director of Low Power Wireless at CSR, he says in the latest press release that;
Consumers want innovative, portable wireless accessories that just work with their mobile devices. The ultra-thin touch surface we’ve developed is a perfect example of how Bluetooth Smart can give them just that. We’re committed to working collaboratively with developers using the CSR µEnergy platform to help them bring similar next-generation accessories to the market quickly.
It is still early days for this very thin keyboard, so we do not have any information on prices or availability!
So now we know, that the next big thing to come out of Microsoft, the new Xbox One, will be released and available in the stores on the 22nd Nov, which just happens to be eight years to the day when the Xbox 360 was first released.
According to the Xbox Wire YouTube channel, this is;
Xbox’s Yusuf Mehdi discusses the Xbox One launch date and recent momentum as the team heads toward launch.
Source: Xbox Wire
As touchscreen technology becomes more widely used there is a need for a range stylus devices and as such we find ourselves looking at the highly useful Tagtal tStylus. With this device, it is possible to cut and paste without any hassle or fuss. In fact, it would seem that this device is much more accurate than using a mouse and so it seems that the stylus is finally becoming the choice of tool for the tablet owner.
Here are the details on the Tagtal tStylus;
tStylus is a connector of digital and physic world. With tStylus, you pick up everything you see or draw on the screen and drop down it to anywhere you point on screen just in one movement with no pairing at all. And surely, no shouting, shaking or bumping any more.
The Tagtal tStylus is expected to cost around $80 (£52) but for now, it can be pre-ordered from just $29 (£19), now that is what you call a bargain.
For those who can remember gaming was either done on those huge upright cabinet machines or with the stylish low level coffee table style machine, such as this one in a lovely walnut finish! It has a neat nineteen inch display and it even uses those classic games controls with big buttons and toggle controller! It is like taking a stop back in time.
Here are the specs and features for these great looking gamer tables;
Table specification; High-quality real-wood veneer – Domino-joint construction for strength – 6 mm toughened glass – Hand-made in the UK. Software specification; Dedicated 60-in-1 arcade board – Easy to use menu system – Configurable games and interface. Hardware specification; 19″ TFT LCD – Happ stereo amplifier – Sanwa joysticks – Happ arcade buttons
If you would like to see one of these cool looking retro style gaming tables in your home, then it is going to cost you around $3,100 (£2,000).
Source: Surface Tension
Microsoft have come up with a cool offer, buy Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription and get 12 months of Xbox Live Gold thrown in too! From what we tell, it looks like for just £80 for the year or £8 per month you can have both, but this offer is only available in certain countries and the UK is one of them!
According to the special page put up by Microsoft;
If you have purchased an Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription or Office 365 University, just follow the three simple steps below to start enjoying 12 months of Xbox Live Gold. See the offer details and terms for complete information, including eligible countries/regions.
So this means that you can get Microsoft Office and 12 months of Xbox Live Gold for just £7.99 per month or £79.99 per year!
It seems that we have reached that point where technology has become so smart that it will begin to lay down the rules as to who can play and who cannot. The creation of the Xbox One by Microsoft, is just the beginning of this new style of controlling licensing and other regulations, the question is, where will it all end?
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The bad feelings between Apple and Microsoft seemed to have died down recently, probably because they are no longer the only fish in the pond! But now it looks like Microsoft are into giving Apple a taste of their own medicine with a clever video that puts the Apple iPad up against an Asus device powered by the Windows 8 operating system. We cannot wait for Apples response to this!
According to the Microsoft Windows webpage, this is the message;
Get the best of work and play with a Windows tablet. Play games, watch your favourite movies, read, and catch up with family and friends. Plus you can get stuff done with Office, do two things at once side-by-side, and access your files anywhere. An iPad just can’t do all of that.
Software giant and games console maker Microsoft have announced that the cool racing game Forza Motorsport 5 will be the game that launched with all new and cool Xbox One games console. There are no prices or further details yet, but we imagine that things will be moving pretty fast as we approach the launch of the Xbox One games console and the Forza Motorsport 5 racing game, which already has a cool teaser trailer for you to drool over!
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The Microsoft Surface has been around for a while now and so far, we have not featured any cases or sleeves for it! Continue reading →
Computers and technology are great, in fact, many of us could not live without them and yet there are problems that occur occasionally! However, the software is so clever that it will check for a solution to the problem, unfortunately, there never seems to be one and that is very disappointing.
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If your organization is powered by Microsoft Office products such as Microsoft Word and Excel, you may be content to use its built-in encryption software. After all, encryption is always just a keystroke or two away when using these products. However, all is not perfect in the world of built-in encryption software, and this is not one of those network security solutions you can count on.
The problem with using Microsoft Office’s built-in encryption tool is that you must rely on individual users to choose to use it. While it’s not overly difficult, it is yet another task that can make routine work cumbersome. Therefore, some users will opt not to do it. Others users will forget that they have the option to set up the encryption tool. This could cause a major security breach to valuable documents for an enterprise if they end up in the wrong hands.
Encrypting a Word document is easy but users don’t always make the best choices. To encrypt your word document follow these steps: Simply go to File and click on Protect Document. From there, you’ll need to enter a password. If you forget or lose this password, you’re out of luck. The password entry dialog box warns you of this and advises you to keep a list of your documents and their corresponding passwords. Making sure that when writing these passwords to put it in a safe place. Now, not only do your users need to enter the password each time they access a given document, the need to manage a bunch of passwords associated with various Word documents. This can lead to:
In either case, weak passwords can be cracked and a list of passwords posted by the computer simply renders encryption useless. If the same password is used continuously, once someone figures out the password to one document, all other encrypted documents using that same password are now vulnerable to a security breach.
While using Microsoft Word to encrypt the occasional document is fine and has its place, better network security solutions exist. Rather than relying on users to encrypt individual documents, consider comprehensive encryption software that encrypts and protects data in the background without relying on users to do it selectively. This will not only protect your documents but it’ll save users time by not having to remember to encrypt each individual document every time it’s created.
Daniel Gail is the author of thie article on “The Problem with Microsoft Office’s Built-in Encryption Software” and he’s also a columinst on the examiner where he enjoys sharing his knowledge on network security.. Follow him on twitter @wmcsocial for more updates and information on encryption solutions.
Next week on the 25th, gamers will be pleased at the chance to get their hands on the latest DLC from Microsoft for Halo 4. It’s called the Majestic Map pack and it adds three new maps, Landfall, Monolith and Skyline! As well as Infinity Rumble, a sort of free for all where success means the player is able to earn benefits and we all like benefits in Halo! Check out the behind the scenes video below.
This is what to expect from the Majestic Map Pack;
The second instalment of maps in the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass, Majestic Map Pack brings what fans have been asking for: 3 all new small to medium sized maps and a new mode: Infinity Rumble, to the Halo 4 War Games experience.
This DLC is going to cost 800 Microsoft Points unless the gamers already has the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass. Halo 4 (Xbox 360)