Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pokemon iPad App

Nintendo Co.’s shares rose 4% Monday after it unveiled a Pokemon trading-card game for Apple Inc.’s iPad, a move some investors interpreted as a break with the company’s longstanding hesitation about putting its games on other companies’ devices.

Nintendo shares rose as high as ¥12,125, the highest level since July 30, during Monday trading in Tokyo.

The new iPad app is similar to a version of the Pokemon Trading Card Game that is already available on Windows and Mac computers. It was introduced at the Pokemon World Championship, a tournament held over the weekend in Washington, D.C., said a spokeswoman for the Pokemon Co., an affiliate of Nintendo.

“Investors took the reports as a sign of a change in Nintendo’s stance of avoiding developing full games for smartphones and tablets,” said Yusuke Sakai, a senior trader at T&D Asset Management.

A Nintendo representative in Japan confirmed the new app on Monday but declined to discuss its implications for Nintendo’s business strategy. The Pokemon spokeswoman said the app’s release date hasn’t been decided. She said the company wasn’t preparing a version for the iPhone or for Android smartphones.

Nintendo has kept a cautious stance toward smartphones, although game players are spending more time on mobile devices these days.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sales of Chromebooks

Sales of Chromebooks -- mostly portable devices running Google's Chrome OS -- are expected to reach 5.2 million units in 2014, according to Gartner. That represents a 79% increase from 2013. By 2017, the research firm predicts, Chromebook sales will reach 14.4 million, nearly triple the current unit sales. That's about 2 million less than the number of Mac computers that Apple sold in all of 2013.

Google said in July that schools had purchased more than a million Chromebooks during the second quarter of 2014. That same month, Dell said its Chromebook 11, targeted at schools, was unavailable due to strong demand. The device remains out of stock on the company's website.

But Chromebooks appear to be ready to move beyond the education sector. Gartner says that more than half of Chromebook sales in 2014 will be to consumers. Chromebooks accounted for 35% of all US commercial laptop sales during the first six months of 2014, according to the research firm NPD.

On Monday, Acer launched its Chromebook 13 model, which ranges in price from $280 to $380, in a bid to appeal to consumers.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zorin OS 9 Lite is Released

Zorin OS has announced the release of Zorin OS 9 Lite and Educational Lite.

These releases are the latest evolution of the Zorin OS Lite series of operating systems, designed specifically for Linux newcomers utilizing old or low-powered hardware. This release is based on Lubuntu 14.04 and uses the LXDE desktop environment to provide one of the fastest and most feature-packed interfaces for low-spec machines. This new release includes newly updated software as well as new software inclusions for the best lightweight desktop experience.

The Educational Lite edition adds educational software to the desktop, making it the ideal choice for students, teachers and schools with low-powered hardware.

All Zorin OS 9 editions are Long Term Support (LTS) releases which means that you’ll continue to get software updates and security fixes until 2019, making it the ideal choice for large-scale deployments.

You can get Zorin OS 9 Lite and Educational Lite here.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Does MSFT Want to Get Out of the OS Business?

Microsoft will not, contrary to some expectations, put a name to its next Windows 8.1 update, a decision that not only reflects a scaling back of ambition for the reputation-plagued OS but also indicates a different approach to all Windows' releases, analysts said today.

On Tuesday, Microsoft said that future feature updates, whether new tools or improvements to existing parts of Windows 8.1, would be parceled out in smaller chunks.

"Rather than waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, customers can expect that we'll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements," said Brandon LeBlanc, a Microsoft spokesman who regularly posts to the company's Windows blogs.

Windows 8.1 Update 1, which shipped in April, was a minor upgrade from Windows 8.1 of October 2013; together, the pair were designed to make the original Windows 8 more palatable to traditional desktop and laptop owners who control their desktops with a mouse and keyboard.
But Windows 8.1 Update 1 will not be followed by an Update 2, as many had thought until recently. "Despite rumors and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 'Update 2,'" LeBlanc confirmed.

From now on, Microsoft will not even dignify its Windows 8.1 updates with a name, but simply toss them into the Windows Update machinery long used to serve up vulnerability patches on the second Tuesday of each month. Microsoft prefers the less-negative label of "Update Tuesday" for that day, but the rest of the world refers to it as "Patch Tuesday."

Sunday, August 10, 2014


We would like to alert all of our faithful readers that our office will be closed and we will be on a “light” blog posting schedule for the next week. If important news comes to our attention we will be sure to pass it on as soon as we can but don’t expect our usual in-depth blogging.

We’ll get back to our normal schedule after our batteries get recharged!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Timex Smartwatch

While the budding smartwatch industry has been dominated by tech names, at least one big-name watch company wants in on the action.

Timex this week is announcing the cellular-connected GPS One+, a $399 watch that will go on sale this fall. Built in collaboration with AT&T and Qualcomm, the device uses the former’s network and the latter company’s Mirasol display. Mirasol offers a color display, but with the low battery consumption typically offered only on E-Ink devices, meaning the device’s screen can remain on.

Although it has its own wireless connection, a Dick Tracy watch this is not. It doesn’t make phone calls, instead using the cellphone network to transmit location data to friends and exchange email-based messages. The device also allows runners to upload their data to social networks and has 4GB of storage for playing music via Bluetooth headphones. An SOS feature allows watch owners to send precise location information to a predefined list of contacts.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Zorin OS Business

Zorin has  announced the release of Zorin OS 9 Business.

Zorin OS 9 Business pairs the latest and greatest software with powerful and extensive tools to help you run your business. Updated software and bug fixes ensure that your computer runs better than ever while improved hardware support and entirely new software ensures that you’re getting the best experience, no matter which computer you’re using.

All Zorin OS 9 editions are Long Term Support (LTS) releases which means that you’ll continue to get software updates and security fixes until 2019, making it the ideal choice for large-scale deployments. More information about Zorin OS 9 changes can be found here.

You can get Zorin OS 9 Business here.
We hope that you will enjoy using it.