operating system

  • Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

    Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

    El Capitan is already something I associate almost by default with Mac OS X, but it was a real mountain before that – millions of years before Apple previewed OS X 10.11, in fact, though it only got its name in 1851. Anyways, it’s the real mountain, not the Apple operating system, that Google now lets you virtually climb in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View… Read More

  • Google Partners With Udacity To Launch Android Development Nanodegree

    At its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google today announced that it has partnered with Udacity to launch a six-course Android development nanodegree. The idea here is to help developers learn how to write apps for Google’s mobile operating system “the right way” up to the point where they could potentially be hired by Google itself. Clearly then, this is not… Read More

  • What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

    What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

    Google I/O begins Thursday, kicking off with the usual keynote from the search giant during which it generally drops a lot of news. We’ll be there to cover it live as it happens, but a lot of info, rumor and speculation has already been making the rounds about just what we’ll see announced. Here’s a round-up of what to expect, what isn’t all that likely, and what might… Read More

  • Tencent Introduces An Operating System For Smart Devices And Wearables

    Tencent Introduces An Operating System For Smart Devices And Wearables

    Tencent today unveiled an operating system for smartwatches, TVs and other Internet-connected devices today. The system, which was first discussed last year, leverages Tencent’s hugely population social services, which includes QQ and mobile messaging app WeChat. Read More

  • Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Build, Promises Faster Updates

    This afternoon, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build for participants in its beta program for the forthcoming operating system. The build (“10041” for those keeping score) includes a number of new features and fixes that we’ll get to in a moment, but more importantly Microsoft has retooled its release program to get new, fresher code more quickly into the market. The… Read More

  • Your Windows 10 Password Will Be Your Face

    Your Windows 10 Password Will Be Your Face

    Microsoft announced this morning two components of Windows 10, its next operating system, that will help users log into both hardware and digital services. Windows Hello will allow users with machines that have the required hardware to log into their computing device using their face, eyes, or fingerprint. Not all machines will run Windows Hello. Microsoft noted in a blog post that computers… Read More

  • Review: Google’s Android OS Might Be Better Suited For Tablets, And The Nexus 10 Is A Shining Example

    Review: Google’s Android OS Might Be Better Suited For Tablets, And The Nexus 10 Is A Shining Example

    This week, Google announced a new lineup of devices that would be running its Android OS, Jelly Bean version 4.2. Those new devices are a phone and a new 10-inch tablet, called the Nexus 10. I’ve had a chance to play with both devices, specifically the Nexus 10, and I actually surprised myself with how the device has fit into my daily routine. Read More

  • Glide: an operating system for the web

    I’ve been opining for awhile now that web-based applications and services are going to become more and more a part of our everyday computing experience. You can create documents, chat, even play Quake all from the comfort of your web browser. There’s a growing segment of web based operating systems, too, which strive to give you a consistent experience regardless of the… Read More

  • Phantom Operating System to kill Windows AND Linux

    Russian programmer Dmitry Zavalishin is working on a revolutionary new concept for an operating system. In Zavalishin’s Phantom OS, snapshots of the entire system will be continually saved to disk, preserving state for running applications and active data. There are no files in the traditional sense, instead a file is merely an object with persistent state. Neat! Read More

  • Intel's new OS for netbooks

    Intel hasn’t had a history of liking the idea of netbooks since the low price point of the Atom processor that most of them are based on doesn’t allow for very high profit margins. Well, it looks like Intel has realized that netbooks are here to stay because they’ve just taken the wraps off their own flavor of Linux optimized for the Atom processor: Moblin. Read More