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XCOM: Enemy Within Appears On Ratings Board Website

XCOM: Enemy Unknown fans may soon find themselves with new content to play according to an online listing for something called XCOM: Enemy Within.

Three listings for the new title have appeared on South Korea’s Game Rating Board website, each for a different platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Entries for encrypted Enemy Unknown files containing the phrase “XCOM EW” can also be found on SteamDB, a website that tracks content found on the Steam network.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Dustin Kirkland: I Want a PC, that Fits in My Pocket, and Happens to Make Phone Calls Too

Slashdot article today poses the question:

“It’s interesting to watch the Ubuntu phone development process, even as those who are satisfied with Android phone or iPhones, ask, ‘Why?’ We could ask the same about the Firefox OS Phone, too. Maybe the most realistic answer in both cases is, ‘Because we could.'”

I’d like to take a crack at answering that question…

  1. AndroidiOS, and Blackberry started with a phone, and have spent years adding general computing capabilities
  2. Ubuntu started with a general purpose operating system, and recently added the ability to make phone calls

And frankly, as we’re on the technical cusp of device convergence…

What I really want
is a general purpose PC,
that fits in my pocket,
and makes phone calls too!

I believe that the latter approach will actually succeed in that endeavor.

I want a super speedy user input interface when using the handheld device, but it must also quickly, seamlessly, and ideally, wirelessly, dock into a PC environment with the creature comforts of a huge LCD screen, comfortable keyboard, and mouse.

Is that too much to ask?  Perhaps not

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

After Board Nixes Michael Dell's Deal, Carl Icahn Says 'Let The Desperate Dell Debacle Die'

By Connie Guglielmo, Forbes Staff Billionaire investor and activist Carl Icahn called on a special committee of Dell’s board, which earlier today rejected a $26.6 billion buyout plan proposed by Michael Dell, to let a shareholder vote on the issue take place this Friday and put an end to the “Dell debacle.” Icahn , in an open letter to the PC makers board, said he’s “pleased” that Michael Dell’s $13.75 a share offer has been turned down, but noted that “the Special Committee has proposed to change the record date for the special meeting of stockholders, which would further delay the stockholder vote that was first scheduled for July 18.  To that proposal, we say:  Enough!  The stockholders have spoken – and they do not want to be frozen out by Michael Dell/Silver Lake.  Let the vote happen on Friday.  Michael Dell has said he is “at peace either way”.  We are glad to hear it! It is time to let the proposed freeze-out merger die.” Here’s the text of the letter by Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management, one of Dell’s top shareholders and a vocal opponent of Michael Dell’s plan to take the company private with partner Silver Lake. LET THE DESPERATE DELL DEBACLE DIE Dear Fellow Dell Stockholders and Dell Special Committee: Today we read that the Dell Special Committee will not accept Michael Dell/Silver Lake’s request to amend the stockholder approval requirement previously agreed to by Dell, Michael Dell and Silver Lake. We are pleased to see that the Special Committee heeded our advice. But now, the Special Committee has proposed to change the record date for the special meeting of stockholders, which would further delay the stockholder vote that was first scheduled for July 18. To that proposal, we say: Enough! The stockholders have spoken – and they do not want to be frozen out by Michael Dell/Silver Lake. Let the vote happen on Friday. Michael Dell has said he is “at peace either way”. We are glad to hear it! It is time to let the proposed freeze-out merger die.  If the Special Committee fails to heed our advice to hold the Special Meeting on Friday and let the stockholders finally vote after six months of uncertainty, and instead, they decide to reset the record date and schedule the Special Meeting for the fourth time, it is imperative, AS WE HAVE REQUESTED FOR MONTHS, that Dell also hold the Annual Meeting on that same day and at the same time. LET’S MOVE FORWARD TO END THIS UNCERTAINTY The Dell Board needs to immediately set a record date for the Annual Meeting and announce the date for the Annual Meeting. The current Dell directors have been sitting for over a year. We believe that the Dell Board has a fiduciary obligation to ensure stockholders have the opportunity to make their choice: Do stockholders want to continue with the incumbent directors who have supported what we believe is an undervalued merger with the company’s founder, largest stockholder and CEO?  OR Do stockholders want to …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Batman: Arkham Origins Multiplayer to Skip Wii U

UPDATE: WB Interactive has confirmed to IGN that Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer will only be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

The recently-announced multiplayer portion of Batman: Arkham Origins may not be available on the Wii U version of the game, according to a press release.

Confusion is currently reigning after the press release, which was sent out originally claiming “the online mode will be available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC” and thus omitting the Wii U, was reissued without the offending paragraph.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

"The Kindle Singles Interview" with President Obama

By <a href="/blog/author/Kori Schulman" class="author-name">Kori Schulman</a>

Yesterday, President Obama visited the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee to discuss his plan to create jobs and grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down. Just before speaking to a crowd of Amazon employees, the President sat down for a “Kindle Singles Interview,” a new long-form interview series for Amazon's e-reader.

During the conversation with Kindle Singles editor David Blum, the President explained how his past has informed his policies as President, and discussed his plans to spur growth for middle-class families and create more ladders of opportunity. You can download the interview now at www.amazon.com/kindlesingles.

The Kindle Singles Interview with President Obama is available on Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, Blackberry, PC and Mac. Get the reading apps at www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

Tangled Cables #8: SHIELD Shock

By Jason Evangelho, Contributor

Welcome back to Tangled Cables, the weekly show where we discuss the best in PC hardware, gadgets, and gaming. It’s another Android-heavy hour of discussion with NVIDIA’s SHIELD and the new Nexus 7 launching back to back. On the Nexus 7 end, we detail some key differences and improvements between the original device and the new entry which sees ASUS once again at the helm. We also attempt to narrow down who SHIELD is for — or at the very least who it’s not for — and take a deep dive into the gadget’s killer feature, PC game streaming. All of this, reader questions, and more on this week’s edition of the Tangled Cables Podcast. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Skyrim In Bed: The NVIDIA SHIELD Review

By Jason Evangelho, Contributor

SHIELD is a daring proposition fueled by a split personality. NVIDIA is positioning the handheld as their flagship Tegra 4 device, a dedicated Android gaming console, and a machine promising ultra-low latency wireless streaming of your PC games to any room in the house. Ambitious doesn’t begin to describe it. But as a complete package, is SHIELD a success? More importantly, who is SHIELD for? Let’s take a deep dive to answer those questions. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Intel's first 'open-source PC' on sale for $199

Intel has shipped its first “open source PC,” a bare-bones computer aimed at software developers building x86 applications and hobbyists looking to construct their own computer.

The PC, called the MinnowBoard, is basically a motherboard with no casing around it. It was codeveloped by Intel and CircuitCo Electronics, a company that specializes in open-source motherboards, and went on sale this month for US$199 from a handful of retailers.

It’s the first open-source PC to be offered with an Intel x86 processor, and the board’s schematics and design files are published and can be replicated under a Creative Commons license. Development kits based on x86 processors from Via Technologies are already sold for robotics and other projects, but those boards are not open source.

Intel has also shared server designs through Facebook’s Open Compute Project, but they’re aimed primarily at large companies that design and build servers in-house. The MinnowBoard, which measures 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) by 4 inches, is Intel’s first open-source hardware design for enthusiasts and developers.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Deadpool "Merc With A Map Pack" DLC Available Today

The first DLC pack for Deadpool, Merc With a Map Pack, has been released today on Xbox 360 for 240 Microsoft Points and on PC for $2.99. It will be arriving on PlayStation 3 later today, also for $2.99.

The DLC includes two new maps, GRT Plaza and Inside the Tower, that can be played in both Challenge Mode and Infinite Mode. Playing in Infinite Mode also makes two additional Deadpool costumes available to the player: D-Pooly and Uncanny X-Force.

Merc With A Map Pack was originally a bonus intended for gamers who pre-ordered Deadpool at GameStop or through Steam. A listing for it was mistakenly posted on the Xbox Live Marketplace prior to the game’s release in June before being pulled until its intended release today.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview with VDI, Windows to Go support

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the preview version of Windows 8.1 for enterprises, bringing all of the functionality of WIndows 8.1 to big business, with specific improvements for enterprises.

Microsoft also reiterated that the corporate lifecycle of WIndows 8.1 would remain the same, and extend through January 10, 2023 for both the consumer preview as well as Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Microsoft didn’t say when it would release Windows 8.1 Enterprise for general availability, but did say that the Windows 8 customers would have two years from that future date to shift over to Windows Enterprise 8.1.
 
“We encourage customers to start testing the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview now!” Erwin Visser, senior director for Windows Commercial, said in a blog post
 
Microsoft announced the consumer preview of Windows 8.1 last month, complete with useful features that include a revamped Start screen, the ability to boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop, and other useful enhancements including a reorganized apps screen. All those have been carried over to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, as well as numerous additions that Microsoft believes will benefit enterprises.
 
At the time, Microsoft also revealed several features of Windows 8.1 that it felt would be useful to businesses, including the ability to lock down a device to a single application, known as assigned access; workplace join; and the the ability for businesses to “kill” corporate data that appeared on a user’s Windows 8.1 PC.
 
On Tuesday, Microsoft revealed some additional, enterprise-specific features that will be part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise release: 
  • A Windows to Go creator tool. Windows to Go allows admins to create fully bootable Windows drives allowing employees to port their desktops from PC to PC.
  • Start screen controls that allow admins to control the layout and make sure important corporate apps are easily seen.
  • Direct Access, which allows remote users to access corporate resources without tapping into a VPN.
  • BranchCache, which allows frequently-accessed data to be “cached” in branch offices without the need to constantly re-download it.
  • Virtual Desktop (VDI), which allows users to tap into the power of a Windows Server 2012 to remotely render graphics, use touch devices and USB peripherals without a powerful local client.
  • Apps can now be side-loaded onto PCs, and the client can be locked down to run only apps and files selected by the admin.
A list of other business-specific features is here, Microsoft said.
 
Microsft rode an early wave of corporate client adoption, reporting healthy growth in its Windows division soon after the launch of Windows 8. With the new enterprise features, Microsoft is undoubtedly hoping that hope its key corporate customers remain interested.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Me

By Vick Vaishnavi, Contributor

In a 1996 interview with Wired magazine, Steve Jobs, upset with Microsoft’s domination of the personal PC market, said, “The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages.”  From that quote it appears he’s waving the proverbial white Power Mac, but Jobs would go on to overhaul Apple, ultimately taking the floundering tech company from near-bankruptcy to one of the most profitable corporations in U.S. history. Although not quite the size of the California-based giant, and despite a near-decade of competing in a mercurial IT Security landscape, Aveksa has maintained its position as a leader in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) marketplace since its inception in 2004. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

The power user’s guide to picking the perfect keyboard

Look down at your fingers for a second, then look back up here. Chances are you’re still using the same cheap plastic keyboard that came with your PC, and that’s a pity.

The keyboard is your primary tool, the unsung workhorse of your day. Without it, you couldn’t get anything done—but I’ll bet you haven’t spent 5 minutes thinking about how you could improve your typing experience. If you’re willing to pay for premium PC hardware, finding the perfect keyboard can be worth the investment in time and cash.

Keyboard manufacturers have been refining their craft since IBM made the first Model M, and today the market is chock-full of premium hardware. The only trick is figuring out which model is just right for your particular needs.

Cutting the cord

The first decision you have to make is whether to stick with a wired keyboard. Choosing a wireless keyboard is an easy way to start clearing a cluttered desk, but it has plenty of downsides, too.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass NBT displays coming for touchscreen laptops

Mashing mobile technology together with traditional PC designs has a hit-and-miss track record—cough, cough—but Monday, Corning announced that one of the more practical smartphone innovations out there is coming to touchscreen PCs, in the form of Gorilla Glass NBT.

Gorilla Glass has become a mainstay on top-shelf smartphone releases thanks to its enhanced scratch resistance—a killer property when you’re poking and prodding your device all day long. While manufacturers have dabbled with putting Gorilla Glass coatings on laptops in the past—witness the Gorilla Glass-drenched HP Envy Spectre line, or numerous high-end Dell offerings—Corning hasn’t made a concerted effort to crack the laptop arena until now.

With touchscreens regularly appearing on PCs these days, Corning is trying to transfer its mobile success to the x86 crowd.

Corning says Gorilla Glass NBT offers eight- to ten-times more scratch resistance than the soda lime glass traditionally used on laptops. And if your screen does get scraped, the company claims that Gorilla Glass NBT boasts both reduced scratch visibility and “better retained strength once a scratch occurs to help protect notebook displays from breakage.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Duane Hinnen: Utilite, a $99 quad-core ARM-based PC running Ubuntu

Recently I have been reading about the quad-core ARM-based PC running Ubuntu called Utilite. Utilite packs a single-, dual- or quad-core Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 MPCore processor (up to 1.2 GHz), up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM (1066MHz), an mSATA SSD (up to 512GB), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI 1.4 up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz, and DVI-D up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz, Video Processing Unit supporting multi-stream 1080p H.264, VC1, RV10, and DivX decoding, Graphics Processing Unit supporting OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.1, and OpenCL EP, two Gigabit Ethernet sockets, four USB 2.0 ports, one micro-USB OTG connector, audio jacks (analog and S/PDIF), a micro-SD XD slot and two ultra-mini RS232 serial ports interfaces. All this in a chassis mesuring just 5.3 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches

ports on back

The PC can be purchased with either Ubuntu Linux or Android.

CompuLab and its resellers will start accepting orders for the little computer in August. Originally full pricing wasn’t announced, with CompuLab saying only that “Utilite will be offered in several configurations starting from $99.” I did find this page with Utilite models, specifications and pricing.

To receive notification when Utilite is available for sale, please send us an email to sales@utilite-computer.com or follow Utilite on Twitter or Utilite on Google+

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Dell's Project Ophelia could be more bad news for PCs

Dell is shipping Project Ophelia devices to early beta testers. PC sales are already suffering at the hands of mobile devices, and now Dell’s Android PC-on-a-stick threatens the relevance of traditional PCs from a different angle.

First, a little about Project Ophelia. The device is about the size of a large USB thumb drive. Instead of just flash-based storage, though, Project Ophelia packs a Rockchip RK3066 processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity into that small space. It also has a microSD card slot to add additional storage if necessary.

It runs on Google’s Android mobile OS. The device demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year ran Android 4.1 (a.k.a. “Jelly Bean”), but it seems reasonable to assume Dell will ship the device with the current version of Android before its official launch, which is expected to be the end of this year.

Project Ophelia is not a revolution that will make PCs irrelevant overnight. Android is great at what it does, but much of the business world runs on the Microsoft Office productivity suite and line-of-business or custom applications developed for a Microsoft Windows environment. Project Ophelia is rumored to be a meager $100 and plugs into an HDMI or MHL port on a TV or monitor. HDMI doesn’t transmit power, so it requires a separate USB connection when using that input.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Icahn criticizes Dell for vote rule change on proposed deal

The takeover bout for Dell resumed on Monday, with investor Carl Icahn sounding off on the proposal from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners to change rules governing the shareholder vote for a revised bid to take the PC maker private.

Company founder Michael Dell and his buyout partner, Silver Lake, last week offered shareholders US$13.75 per share for the company, an increase from the $13.65 proposed in February. As part of the revised offered, the parties proposed a change in the shareholder vote in which only “yes” or “no” votes will be counted, and non-votes or abstentions will not count.

Icahn on Monday urged Dell’s board not to support the proposed shareholder vote change as it could disenfranchise voters.

“The plain and simple fact is that Michael Dell and Silver Lake have underestimated the extent of stockholder opposition to the Michael Dell/Silver Lake transaction and are unwilling to pay fair value to obtain approval of their interested-party freeze-out transaction,” Icahn wrote in a statement.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld