Forge of Empires

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Forge of Empires is a free, browser based game developed by InnoGames.
In the game, you can build your own city and develop it throughout the ages, from stone age to the modern and finally the postmodern era.

To advance from one era to the next, you have to explore new technologies to unlock new ways to develop your city. In the meantime, you can conquer neighbouring areas for new resources, or you may contact them peacefully.

Click here to read more info and tips about the game.

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Microsoft set to reintroduce the full Start Menu with Windows 8.2

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Microsoft acknowledged the backlash against Windows 8 by launching 8.1, and it seems they are about to go a step further. For those who absolutely hate the whole Metro UI, they can look forward to the return of the full Start menu with Windows 8.2. The desktop mode will integrate the Start menu Windows users have known and loved since Windows 95, while incorporating Metro apps to float on the desktop screen. While it may not be enough to appease the more hardcore of anti-Windows 8 users, it is an even bigger step forward (or backward, whichever way you look at it) than 8.1 was.

Apple participating in “Hour of Code”

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Apple is taking part in the international Code.org project this Wednesday. The project, which is designed to get even the most basic of computer users to grips with computer programming, is designed to offer free one-hour sessions to both adults and children. Apple will hold sessions across all its US stores throughout the day. “It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming,” the tech giant explained on its website, before quoting former vice president Al Gore. “‘The ability to code and understand the world of programming is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connecting world.'”

Source: iOS App Store

Microsoft ending Windows 7 sales

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

According to the Microsoft website, retail sales for Windows 7 have ended, and have been over as of October 30. The next deadline for Windows 7, which reflects PCs with it preinstalled, is October 30 2014. This is standard practice for Microsoft, whose policy is to stop selling an older operating system in retail one year after the launch of its successor (2 years to stop shipping to OEMs). With Windows 8 having launched in October last year, the time is ripe for Windows 7 to start being phased out to make its successor the default.

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Spotify to introduce free, on-demand service

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

There is a huge emphasis on mobile-specific on-demand services right now, and music streaming service Spotify has taken note of this. The company currently offers unlimited mobile music streaming for $10 a month, but has recently penned deals with labels like Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with the view to up their ad-based services and offer free streaming instead. While Spotify has a similar service available for desktop and laptops, this doesn’t include unlimited music streaming. Mobile users opting for the free service will also find limitations – although they will be able to choose what tracks to listen to, they will only get a limited number of on-demand songs per month. More details will be revealed during a press conference next week.

Toyota to start offering wireless charging thanks to new deal

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Toyota has just signed a deal to begin offering wireless charging with its future vehicles, it has been revealed. The deal was carved out with WiTricity, a creator of wireless charging systems, and will be available with Toyota’s line of rechargeable plug-in hybrid electric and fully electric cars.

WiTricity’s mission is to make wireless charging available as widely as possible, and this announcement is a significant step toward accomplishing that mission,” said WiTricity CEO Eric Giler in a statement. “We envision a world in which wireless charging accelerates the adoption of green, clean electrified vehicles. To have Toyota, the world’s leading carmaker, licensing our intellectual property, underscores the importance of the technology.”

Toyota had previously spoken of its plans to add wireless charging to the Prius line of hybrid cars, but this is the first time WiTricity has been mentioned in association with it – although the Japanese automaker has been an investor in the company since 2011. WiTricity is one of many companies producing wireless vehicle charging technology, but theirs will the first to be widely adopted due to the Toyota deal.

Sony has sold over 2.1 million PS4s since launch

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

(Source: digitaltrends.com)

Sony has revealed the numbers for the PlayStation 4, and it’s looking fantastic for them. As of December 1st, 2.1 million consoles were sold worldwide since the US launch on November 15 – 700,000 were generated by sales in Europe and Australasia two days after the PS4’s release in those regions. “PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history,” stated Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment President and group CEO. “Demand remains incredibly strong and continues to overwhelm the supply worldwide.”

Rivals Microsoft have yet to reveal their own figures for the Xbox One (launched a week after the PS4) in November. However the Xbox One has matched Sony in that it has also sold 1 million units in 24 hours.

Apple purchases Topsy for $200 million

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The Wall Street Journal has reported Apple’s acquisition of social media analytics startup Topsy in a deal claimed to be worth more than $200 million. The start-up specializes in analyzing Twitter data and providing insights into trending topics. The purchase is an unusual move for Apple, who at this present point do not seem to have a use for Topsy’s raison d’etre. However, the tech giant has made a habit of buying technology to be used in future products – it did just that with PrimeSense Ltd earlier this year, which eventually led to a new line of processors for the iPhone and iPad.

When asked for comment, Apple refused to divulge any details aside from confirming the purchase; and Topsy did not respond.

New technology means your sweater can tell everyone what mood you’re in

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

If you’re one of those people who feels uncomfortable expressing your feelings to other, then help is on the way – and is very technological about it. Design lab Sensoree has created the GER mood sweater, or wearable tech that will change colors according to the mood you happen to be in.

The crux of the technology is in the funnel-shaped collar of the top, where Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) is built in. GSR works by connecting the wearer’s hands to the collar through sensors, creating the so-called “Galvanic Extimacy Responder”. Moods are displayed through to use of LED light, which makes use of the aforementioned color changes. Green represents “Tranquil – zen” for example, and red “Nervous – in love”.

The sweater has already been revealed in specialist shows and exhibitions globally, and one hundred pieces are set to go to market in March. You may be wearing your heart on your sleeve sooner than you think.

Windows XP expiry date countdown clock

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The support of Microsoft XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will officially end on April 8th, 2014, so we have created a countdown clock (using the time zone of Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington) to remind you of the approaching date if you are using any of the expiring products.

To upgrade your operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, click here.