Sphero BB-8: The app-enabled Star Wars droid you’re looking for [Review]

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/sphero-bb-8-star-wars-droid-review/ Star Wars fever is once again high as The Last Jedi arrives in cinemas around the world. Sphero offers a range of Star Wars droids — R2-D2, R2-Q5, BB-8 and BB-9E — which you can control via an app, and which also interact with … Read more

While you’re watching streaming video, your browser is secretly mining cryptocurrency

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/13/while-youre-watching-streaming-video-your-browser-is-secretly-mining-cryptocurrency/ There’s a cryptocurrency goldrush on at the moment. People are investing insane sums, and also making good money — Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin are all doing phenomenally well. However, some sites are turning to mining cryptocurrency as a way to supplement falling ad revenue, … Read more

You can now pre-order apps for your Apple devices

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/12/you-can-now-pre-order-apps-for-your-apple-devices/ In an effort to build up hype, and also gauge demand, developers can now make their future apps available for pre-order on the Apple App Store. If you’re excitedly awaiting the arrival of a new app from your favorite developer, you can now buy … Read more

Microsoft unveils the first Always Connected ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/always-connected-arm-powered-windows-10-pcs/ Today, at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, Microsoft and Qualcomm officially unveiled the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops. These devices, referred to as Always Connected PCs, are always on, always connected (via LTE), and promise “incredible” battery life. How incredible? Well, depending on how … Read more

Get ‘Windows 10: All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition’ ($19 value) FREE for a limited time

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/get-windows-10-all-in-one-for-dummies-2nd-edition-19-value-free-for-a-limited-time/ Windows 10: All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition includes all the guidance you need to make the most of this latest update of Windows. This freshly updated resource cuts through the jargon and covers everything you need to know. It shows you how to set up multiple … Read more

Back from the dead: Unofficial Kodi add-on provider TVAddons now has 12 million monthly active users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/kodi-tvaddons-12-million-monthly-active-users/ TVAddons has had a tough year. The site, which provides access to unofficial Kodi add-ons, and for a time had a custom build of Kodi called FreeTelly, has been sued, had its site closed down and its domains and social media accounts seized. On … Read more

Vivaldi browser now available for Raspberry Pi and other ARM based Linux devices

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/vivaldi-browser-available-for-raspberry-pi-and-other-arm-based-linux-devices/ Vivaldi, the new web browser from Jon S. von Tetzchner, the former co-founder of Opera, is already available for Windows, macOS and Linux (x86/x86_64), but from today you can now run it on ARM based Linux devices, including Raspberry Pi. The speedy browser offers … Read more

Get ‘Getting Started with PowerShell’ ($20 value) FREE for a limited time

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/get-getting-started-with-powershell-20-value-free-for-a-limited-time/ Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed specifically for system administration. This ebook can teach you the fundamentals of PowerShell, enabling you to build reusable scripts and functions to automate administrative tasks with Windows. SEE ALSO: Get ‘Windows 10 for … Read more

Popular Start menu replacement Classic Shell is dead

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/popular-start-menu-replacement-classic-shell-is-dead/ When Windows 8 arrived there was one thing that everyone wanted to know — “Where’s the Start button gone?” In removing the traditional Start menu from its reimagined tiled OS, Microsoft managed to immediately alienate the majority of its user base. It was, unquestionably, … Read more

Steam: Windows 7 now nearly three times more popular than Windows 10

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/steam-windows-7-way-more-popular-than-windows-10/ While Windows 10 still lags behind Windows 7 in terms of market share, there’s one section of user that has embraced the new operating system since day one — gamers. That’s no surprise of course, as they like to run the latest and greatest … Read more

Anti-piracy firm’s scaremongering attack on Kodi boxes should make you angry

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/scaremongering-attack-on-kodi/ You can’t have failed to notice, but copyright holders and anti-piracy groups are waging war on Kodi — and “fully loaded” Kodi boxes in particular — at the moment. And as is the case in all wars, the first casualty is truth. A new … Read more

NetMarketShare: Windows 7 has been losing share faster than we thought

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/windows-7-losing-share-faster-than-thought/ Each month, analyst firm NetMarketShare releases numbers showing the state of the desktop operating system market, and we report on it. This month, it showed the gap between Windows 10 and Windows 7 narrowing significantly (although the two operating systems aren’t quite as close … Read more

StatCounter: Windows 10 fails to overtake Windows 7, but edges slightly closer

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/01/statcounter-windows-10-fails-to-overtake-windows-7-but-edges-slightly-closer/ When StatCounter released its operating system usage share figures last month it showed the gap between Windows 7 and Windows 10 had narrowed significantly. It looked, based on that data, as if the new operating system would overtake the old one during November, but … Read more

NetMarketShare: Windows 7 still well ahead of Windows 10

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/01/netmarketshare-windows-7-still-well-ahead-of-windows-10/ According to the latest figures from NetMarketShare, Windows 10 is edging closer to Windows 7’s usage share, but it still has a way to go until it overtakes it. In October, Windows 10 saw its slowest growth in months, posting a gain of just … Read more

Windows 10 is now on 600 million active devices

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/11/29/windows-10-is-now-on-600-million-active-devices/ At 2015’s Build developer conference, Microsoft announced that it anticipated over 1 billion Windows 10 devices to be in consumers hands within 2 years, but thanks to the failure — and ultimate death — of Windows 10 Mobile, that was clearly never going to … Read more

Bad news for Windows 10 testers — you may not get access to all future features

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/11/28/bad-news-for-windows-10-testers/ Microsoft is working in earnest on the next feature update of Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4. It’s already released a number of builds to Insiders in the Fast ring, and today the software giant revealed some of the big new features users can look … Read more

Microsoft reveals some of the exciting new features coming to the next version of Windows 10 (Redstone 4)

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/11/28/microsoft-reveals-future-windows-10-features/ Windows Insiders get to test up and coming Windows 10 features before anyone else. New features and updates appear in Insider builds on a regular basis, often with little warning or fanfare. Terry Myerson, EVP for Windows and Devices, today provides an insight into … Read more

Fall Creators Update already on over 20 percent of Windows 10 PCs

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/11/28/windows-10-fall-creators-update-on-over-20-percent/ Microsoft released the Creators Update for Windows 10 back in April, but it was a glacial, and at times problematic, rollout. A fortnight after the initial launch, Microsoft warned users to wait until they were offered it, rather than opting for a manual update, … Read more