Oculus Rift Confirms "Pause" in OS X, Linux Development, Some Devs are Mad

From DailyTech: In its recent publication of the "recommended requirements" Facebook Inc.'s (FB) head mounted display (HMD) subsidiary Oculus VR raised a couple eyebrows in putting a requirement pertaining to Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) "Windows 7 SP1 or newer" -- and then making no mention of Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) OS X or popular (sort of an oxymoron, granted) PC Linux distributions. Early on Oculus VR had promised cross platform support for Windows -- but also OS X and Linux. Had something changed? Indeed it had.

Google looks ready to join the 'buy' button trend

From ComputerWorld: Google will include a "buy" button in its search results on mobile devices in the coming weeks, said a report on Friday in the Wall Street Journal, a move that could give online shoppers an easier way to buy products on small screens.

The change might also give consumers an alternative to mobile apps from companies like Amazon and eBay, though it might jeopardize retailers' ability to directly market to their customers.

Microsoft's latest on Windows 10 to pirates: No deal

From InfoWorld: Microsoft on Friday retreated from earlier statements that owners of counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 this summer.

Now the company says they won't.

"Our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to non-genuine Windows devices," said Terry Myerson, the head of Windows, in a May 15 post on a company blog that was as definitive as Microsoft has been thus far.

"Non-genuine" is Microsoft-speak for illegal copies, whether pirated or otherwise illegitimate licenses.

Nvidia says its GeForce drivers are Windows 10-ready

From PC World: Windows 10 isn't ready yet, but when it does roll out this summer most Nvidia GPU-toting gamers will be ready for it. Nvidia recently announced its GeForce DirectX 12 drivers for the GeForce 600 series and up are now certified by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Qualification Lab. WHQL certification means Nvidia's drivers have Microsoft's stamp of approval for use with the new OS. WHQL-certified software can also be distributed through Windows Update.

15-inch Force Touch MacBook Pro may go on sale Wednesday

From CNET: Those of you looking to buy Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro with the Force Touch trackpad might finally get your wish in just a couple of days.

French blog site MacG reported the news, pegging the information on "reliable sources," as translated by 9to5Mac. If the rumor is true, the updated laptop would likely include the new Force Touch trackpad, which responds differently based on how much much pressure you apply to the surface. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro would join the 12-inch MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro in offering the new Force Touch trackpad.

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Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 256GB Review (Page 1 of 8)

This NHL season has been one of the most interesting seasons. Personally I saw my beloved team, the Calgary Flames, make the post-season after a six year hiatus. There was also an increased interest in advanced statistics. For example, one of the newer metrics is Corsi. This refers to the number of shots on goal, the number of missed shots, and the number of blocked shots. This can be applied to a team or to a specific player. As such, there is a Corsi for and a Corsi against. For comparison's sake, the Corsi percentage is the positive Corsi for a team or a player over the total Corsi. On paper, a stat like this makes a ton of sense. More shots, and more blocked shots compared to the competition, will result in a generally better goal differential, and therefore more wins. On the ice, however, the stats do not always line up. This season, the Calgary Flames ended the season with a Corsi percentage of 44.3%, ranking 28th in a league of thirty teams. Yet, they headed into the playoffs, while twelve other teams with better Corsi ratings sent their players golfing. The fact is these statistics do not take into regard the intangibles, like attitude or heart. The Flames played with a "never quit" mentality at all times, and truly believed they could win. They got timely goals when it mattered. In the end, it shows you can have all the statistics on your side, but the real metric to measure is performance in a classical manner. Today's review is of the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 256GB, a USB 3.0 flash drive with speedy numbers. It does not take advanced math to understand Patriot boasts read and write speeds of up to 400MB/s and 300MB/s. However as we have read, statistics only matter if they can translate into actual results. Will this USB flash drive actually outmatch the competition? Are there other factors to consider than just the speed? Let us read on to find out if it really delivers supersonic speed to become the new rage among enthusiasts!

BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Review (Page 1 of 4)

If you have had the opportunity to attend a Basic Economics 101 class, you will have most likely been presented with the basic definition of what economics is. In a nutshell, economics is the study of how individuals, firms, governments, and nations make choices to allocate their scarce resources to satisfy their unlimited wants. Because of this scarcity, we as individuals are forced to allocate our resources efficiently. The limited resources in the case of an individual is vastly different from the limited resources of a nation. Sources of our resource limitations can originate from different things like money, space, and energy. Hence, we must make informed choices between different items to fulfill our wants. These choices that we make are done by giving up or trading off one want to satisfy another. Applying this knowledge, I can see a similar struggle when choosing which fans to install in a computer system. On an aside, thankfully, this is more of a first world problem, since you have a computer to play around with: When users are looking for a fan, their first and foremost want is a solution that is cool, both literally and figuratively. Secondly, they hope their fans are quiet. Looking good with vibrant lights and flashy colors may also be another desire, but it is not necessarily as high of a priority. The limited resources playing into factor is money and physics. The real first world problem is the struggle between performance and noise. Will the Spectre Pro LED be the faster and quieter fan that users will want to get for their system? Read on to find out!

Bing joins Google in favoring mobile-friendly sites

From InfoWorld: Microsoft is adjusting how it ranks Bing search results for mobile users, prioritizing sites that display better on smaller screens to accommodate the increased use of mobile search.

The changes, announced Thursday, come less than a month after Google started prioritizing mobile-optimized sites in its search results. Both companies are looking to attract more users by providing a better search experience on smartphones and tablets.

Slammed by phone rivals, Sharp pins hopes on in-car displays

From PC World: Struggling display manufacturer Sharp, reeling from fierce competition in smartphones, will push automakers to incorporate vehicle dashboards that have gestural commands, thin bezels and other next-generation features.

It’s hoping cars will be controlled, in part, through high-resolution displays that can fit any two-dimensional surface area, such as dashboard panels with rounded contours.


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