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NVIDIA Optimus On Ubuntu 13.10 Linux vs. Windows 8.1
     Tue, Dec 24 2013 | 8:59A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With having picked up an ASUS Zenbook Prime UX32VD recently that features Intel HD Graphics 4000 and the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M graphics, I decided to run some benchmarks seeing how the currently available Linux solutions for supporting NVIDIA`s Optimus technology are comparing to Windows 8.1. The benchmarks in this article compare the performance of this Core i7 3517U ultrabook between its stock operating system to Ubuntu 13.10 with its stock open-source packages, to using DRI PRIME, and then lastly using the Bumblebee solution with the NVIDIA binary driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Headset for iOS
     Thu, Dec 19 2013 | 4:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Mad Catz makes multiple versions of the Tritton Kunai headset for different devices. Today we have the opportunity to review the version compatible with various iOS devices. Officially certified to meet Apple’s standards, these are said to deliver a comfortable, high-quality audio experience for mobile gaming, phones, and tablets. The Tritton Kunai features 40mm drivers and swiveling ear pads with provided memory foam padding. The in-line controls are supposed to make on the fly volume adjustments, answering calls and controlling music from the attached media device easy. Available in Blue, Green, Orange and Black, will this Apple compliant headset gain the attention of computer enthusiasts? Read on to find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Intel Linux Driver Almost Neck-And-Neck With Windows 8.1
     Sun, Dec 15 2013 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel released a big Windows graphics driver update that for Haswell hardware now provides OpenGL 4.2 support -- while the Intel Linux driver just hit the milestone of OpenGL 3.3 support. To see how the latest Windows and Linux Intel graphics drivers compare, I ran some new benchmarks on Windows 8.1 against Ubuntu 13.10 to see how the performance pans out in various OpenGL game benchmarks and other graphics workloads."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid Review
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asus Transformer Book T100 packs an impressive list of features into a diminutive chassis and companion keyboard dock. After working with system, it's clear that Asus is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle, for the second time. It's been six years since Asus launched the first Eee PC and kicked off a miniature revolution in mobile computing. Eee PC models weren't fast, they weren't particularly well-featured, and they didn't have the best displays. Even so, these lightweight boxes were the harbingers of the netbook bonanza that kicked off in earnest with the launch of Intel's Atom processor. The Transformer Book T100 isn't a netbook but it's impossible to look at the system and not see netbook DNA. Don't be fooled, though. This is the evolved form, complete with Bay Trail and Windows 8.1...
  FULL STORY @ TRANSFORMER

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:18P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first generation of Microsoft's homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is today, of course. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we're reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Performance With Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows 8.1 Is A Mixed Bag
     Thu, Nov 07 2013 | 4:35P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this week I published an extensive set of results from thirteen discrete AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards benchmarking various OpenGL games and comparing the Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 performance when using the official AMD and NVIDIA drivers for each operating system. Those results were very interesting for both the AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, but now it`s time to see how the Intel graphics are performing under Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 Pro x64. Making things even more interesting here is that Intel has only an open-source Linux driver and no closed-source solution."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Accessing Network Storage from Windows 8
     Thu, Nov 07 2013 | 2:35P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Having a large focus on network attached storage here at C.O.D., we get a lot of questions regarding NAS. Lately, we have been getting some questions about NAS and Windows 8. The latest, and one of the more interesting ones, was how to interact with your NAS after moving your Windows 8 profile to a Microsoft connected account. Although there isn’t really a clear and easy way to get around having two different profiles, one on NAS and one on Windows, there is hope.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

 
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sun, Oct 27 2013 | 11:45A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 8.1 sticks to Microsoft`s strategy of delivering an operating system that`s equally at home on tablets and full-power desktop PCs, but many of the flaws of Windows 8 have been fixed."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Thu, Oct 24 2013 | 8:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OS X remains the best consumer-level desktop operating system, despite Microsoft`s impressive catch-up in Windows 8.1. Top-notch, unobtrusive security is a major plus, as is tight integration with social media and the ability to run Windows applications through third-party apps."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

The AMD Radeon Performance Is Incredible On Linux 3.12
     Sat, Oct 19 2013 | 9:29A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the weekend I released benchmarks showing the Linux 3.12 kernel bringing big AMD Radeon performance improvements. Those benchmarks of a Radeon HD 4000 series GPU showed the Linux 3.12 kernel bringing major performance improvements over Linux 3.11 and prior. Some games improved with just low double-digit gains while other Linux games were nearly 90% faster! Interestingly, the AMD Radeon Linux developers were even surprised by these findings. After carrying out additional tests throughout the weekend, I can confirm these truly incredible performance improvements on other hardware. In this article are results from ten different AMD Radeon graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Ready For Windows 8
     Thu, Oct 17 2013 | 12:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Logitech revealed its new Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 last month, it immediately caught my eye. After upgrading my home theater PC to Windows 8, I've often thought it would be nice to take advantage of some of the new gesture controls while browsing the web and using my HTPC from the comfort of my couch. I looked at keyboards a little bit after upgrading but hadn't found quite what I wanted so I put the idea of getting a different keyboard on hold. When I was given the chance to test the TK820 for myself, I jumped at the opportunity and hoped this could be the keyboard I had been searching for...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

iOS 7: Six Things Apple Got Right And Six That Are Still Missing
     Tue, Oct 15 2013 | 12:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite how much people claim to like change, at the core we are creatures of habit. Described as the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 7 has been available to the general public for roughly two weeks at this point. That’s given everyone plenty of time to get accustomed to all of the changes and vent about them, but for us, it’s served as an evaluation period. Looking beyond the flat UI and the animated background, has that much really changed in Apple’s mobile OS? What did Cupertino get right with the update and what areas or features are still missing? Here's our take.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Apple iOS 7 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Wed, Oct 09 2013 | 11:36A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
iOS 7 marks a major turn for Apple`s mobile operating system, both visually and in all it has to offer. Users will embrace the long list of new features with open arms, and the design is a breath of fresh air. There`s still room for improvement, to be sure, but iOS has truly blossomed in this release."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

iconBIT NETTAB Mercury XL (NT-3504M) Mobile Phone Review @ Madshrimps
     Mon, Sep 02 2013 | 3:38A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NETTAB Mercury XL (NT-3504M) smartphone from iconBIT is powered by a Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, with PowerVR IMGSGX544. The 4.5 screen comes with a 1280x720 resolution and we also have a 2MP sensor for the frontal camera and 8MP for the back."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

Microsoft Reacts But Did It Get Windows 8.1 Right?
     Sun, Aug 18 2013 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For Windows users of all kinds, the Windows "Blue" 8.1 update has been long-awaited. Those who've been using the base OS since launch have no doubt been anticipating some of the enhancements that are coming, while many others have been waiting patiently to see if the update manages to right enough wrongs to help persuade them to make the move. Has Microsoft succeeded in either of these cases? That's what we hope to find out. At the moment, Windows 8.1 is available only as a preview, and if you are looking to give it a try, there are a couple of things to be aware of...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OS X Mavericks
     Wed, Jul 31 2013 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A hands-on preview of the latest operating system coming to Macs: OS X Mavericks. The next version of OS X adds power, flexibility, and features to the existing version, OS X Mountain Lion, but if you upgrade from the most current version, you won't notice much of a difference at first glance."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

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