Best Buy is offering $100 worth of credit for old XP laptops, which means if you have one laying around, you can grab a brand new Chromebook for only $99. Not a bad deal.
There aren’t any major catches, you just need to trade-in by 4/19, and your XP laptop must still turn on and not have a cracked screen, etc.
I’m a big fan of Chrome OS, and it’s awesome to see it growing so fast. Switching to the Dev builds gets you an OS update every week or two, which is insane. It recently received the ability to three finger swipe the track pad to show all windows, just like Mac’s exposé which was what I was craving the most, so I’m a happy camper!
Just found this little bonus feature: Alarms created from Google Now, such as “OK Google, set an alarm for 6 pm,” are now treated as temporary alarms, and will delete themselves once finished. No more endless lists of alarms in the Clock app from all those times you wanted to remember to take the pizza out of the oven!
I can’t say whether this is from a Google Search update or if it depends on Android 4.4, however I’m guessing the latter.
Fragmentation on Android is overblown, but existent. If only the last three releases are allowed on the market (especially with how minor the last three changed), then everyone wins, except those damn, lazy OEMs.
A little Very late to the party, but at least it exists. It’s been so long I assumed Google just wasn’t interested in offering the feature. What took so long? The feature will support all the way back to Android 2.2, so it’s not like it was 4.3 that finally was capable of doing this.
Will be using that “Ring” feature everytime my phone falls into the couch.
Kudos: Mozilla unveils ‘aggressive’ Firefox OS schedule: Quarterly feature releases, security updates every six weeks.
It baffles me as to how slow Android is for getting updated. I understand companies like Samsung and HTC taking their time with updates, but why isn’t Google pushing out more frequently on the Nexus devices? Compare Android to their Chrome OS, which is updated every 6 weeks (and that’s the stable channel). There are plenty of minor bugs, squash them!
So, kudos to Mozilla for speeding up the game! Ironically, it was Chrome that made them get on the six week schedule, but let’s see if now Google can learn from Mozilla learning from Google.
I wonder if the quarterly feature releases continue once Firefox OS gets settled in. That seems a bit difficult to pull off, unless they aren’t very big changes.
I can not wait for the huge explosion of videos to start popping up from the next generations of consoles. I’ve been subscribed to the Battlefield 3 subreddit and there are always amazing videos coming out there, but in reality, they are coming from such a small, small subset of players. It will be incredible to have so many people able to share moments from games.
By the way, tl;dr for the linked article: PS4 constantly has the last 15 minutes of gameplay in the buffer to be shared, Xbox One has 5 minutes.
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Awwww yusssss. I actually quite like Roboto on Android (especially when thin) and so I’m glad to see it getting some tweaks! Plus, with Android 4.3 not finished yet, there might still be more changes to the font to come.
I only hope that when it does become official, it makes it into Google Web Fonts fast.
After E3 I came to the decision that the PlayStation 4 would be the better console for me. While the internet seems to have made their decision for PS4 based on the fact that they could buy used games, to me that really wasn’t a big deal. To be quite honest, I think the philosophy behind Xbox One’s (now gone) policy actually made some sense. The policy was in place to make used games being bought have the money go not to places like GameStop, but to the people who actually made the games. While I’ll agree Microsoft really did mess up the process in which they tried to force that, the idea actually is sound. Really, it should be the game publishers striking some deal with used game resellers so that a cut of each sold game actually goes to the proper developers.
But anyways, Microsoft cancelled that, and essentially just mirrored the Xbox 360 method. You can share all you want, no online check-ins, but once again must have the disc in the Xbox One tray or else no playing.
So, NOW what are the differences between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4? Well, the exact same issues that finalized my decision at E3. There are two focuses here: hardware and software. On the hardware side the choice for me is too easy. The PlayStation 4 has better or equal specs across the entire board. And not that it’s a big deal for me, but the PS4 is way smaller which is weird since not only is it more powerful, it is also $100 less! What happened Microsoft?
Watched the Xbox One announcement today, I still have no idea how I feel about it. The presentation was slightly over one hour long, and almost none of it appealed to me whatsoever. I’ve never been a huge PlayStation fan, and loved Xbox Live since Xbox one the first Xbox, but I’m still undecided as to what console is next for me. My gaming life has become pretty much all about playing Battlefield, and so I definitely want to be on a next-gen console for Battlefield 4, but so far both Sony and Microsoft aren’t exactly wowing me. Today Microsoft’s focus was all about the Xbox becoming the main device in living rooms, but I really don’t care much about that. The gestures and voice controls seem like gimmicks to me, and what in the heck is up with all this cable integration?
This Xbox presumably will be around for around 7-10 years, and I would love to see just where exactly Microsoft sees cable TV going in that time. I’ve personally seen it as on it’s way out, especially in the younger generations, but Microsoft made it one of the first and longest featured points in the show today. Amazon and Netflix seem content on making it obsolete with their own shows, and now even Microsoft is bringing original shows, starting with Halo, to the Xbox. Microsoft is helping to kill its own feature!
So one rumor I’m starting right now is that the Xbox One might even play games, but that feature was pretty hidden today, and while they plan on showing more of that at E3, perhaps a little bit more info on that wouldn’t have killed them? EA Sports announced that their standard set of games are coming to the Xbox One, I’m sure a lot of jaws dropped at that one. Forza was shown off, you can’t launch a console without a racing game to “cheat” at having good graphics, and also some Quantum Break game was shown which I legitimately thought was going to be a comedy game as the trailer went on. And then they finished off with Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was essentially the opposite of what I was hoping to see, waiting for Battlefield 4 to appear.
Anywho, Microsoft just didn’t impress me yet, I’m hoping for a better showing at E3, but I’m afraid it will mostly be about how using the new Kinect will let me shake my arms or something in Call of Duty to pet dogs. While Sony didn’t even show the PlayStation 4 at their announcement, their one feature of having a share button on the controller is cooler to me than the Kinect gestures and being able to Skype while I watch TV. The two good things that Microsoft did announce were that 1) They didn’t fuck up the controller, a legitimate huge concern of mine as they’ve pushed more and more forward with Kinect, and 2) The thing, although reminiscent of a VCR that had sex with PS3, at least is rectangular so I can put my other stuff on top it.
DICE, just tell me which to buy. I just can’t join the PC Gaming Master Race, so just tell me which console will be better for Battlefield.