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.

AMD Driver Autodetect – AMD Catalyst Drivers for Radeon

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 2 Comments

Download the AMD Driver Autodetect from SoftwarePatch.com to easily install and update the latest:

● AMD Catalyst™ Drivers for Radeon™ R9 200 and R7 200 Series
● AMD Catalyst™ Drivers for Radeon™ HD 8000, HD 7000, HD 6000 and HD 5000 Series
● AMD Mobility Radeon™ Notebook Drivers

AMD Driver Autodetect detects your graphics card and Windows operating system. If there is a new driver, the tool will download it with a click of a button and start the installation process.

The auto-detect tool gives you the option to download the latest official driver.

» Click here to download AMD Driver Autodetect for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions.

Apple creating a red Mac Pro

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The new Mac Pro, launched by Apple just last week, is due for a redesign – albeit a limited one. In aid of charity (RED), Jony Ive and Marc Newson created a red version of the world’s most powerful desktop computer, with it due to go up for auction at Sotheby’s in late November.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the black Mac Pro, which CNET memorably described as what could be “Darth Vader’s bin”, the red Mac Pro looks very appealing. Unfortunately, its price tag might make you reconsider. With the original Mac Pro retailing at the jaw-dropping price of $3000, its red version is said to be going at somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000. You may have to reconsider that one…

 

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Land on the Moon – with Google Earth

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Google Earth is a great way to discover our planet, using either the browser plugin or the standalone version. But the browser plugin is more than just a map plugin to scroll around, as it has got some exciting features if you know how to use them.

One example of the funny features can be tried on the website of PlanetInAction. In this mini applet you can try your skills as an astronaut and land your spacecraft on the Moon in the exact same circumstances as Neil Armstrong faced during the Apollo 11 mission.

During the final landing phase it became apparent that the computer was steering directly towards a crater and big boulders, with only seconds of fuel to spare. We know that Neil Armstrong landed safely – but can you? Download the latest Google Earth plugin, and open the link above to prove your skills!

By Gergely Sumegi