Command a powerful force of mechanized walkers and crush enemy bases in Dawn of Steel, an action-packed real-time strategy game. Your...
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Amazon rolled out an update for its Fire OS to most Kindle Fire tablets. The update further removes owners from the Android experience.
Some have accused Apple of copying the user experience of its competitors for the latest version of its mobile OS. Some are complaining that the changes are too drastic, or have not gone far enough. The reality is that the future of computing has one ultimate and common goal, which is to eliminate the user interface altogether.
BlackBerry 10 users now have a choice of more than 100,000 apps - which includes Android apps ported to the platform. But do users really care about the difference between ports and apps built specifically for the platform?
The Z10 is a nicely designed handset with a superb touchscreen and good specifications that include LTE and NFC support. The new BlackBerry 10 OS offers a decent user experience once you get used to it, although we'd like to see a physical home button.
Two new mice and a trackpad greatly improve the Windows 8 experience for those looking to upgrade to Microsoft's latest OS.
KidzinMind is a secure digital playground for children 1-6. It helps parents control their childs iOS experience while they play expertly...
The GNOME project, which is facing heavy criticism over usability issues, is to build a touch-capable 'GNOME OS' as a way of improving the overall experience for users and developers
Lenovo will be offering a Windows 8 tablet in October when the OS goes live. The ThinkPad brand will bring a full Windows 8 experience to the Tablet 2.
The controller for the ultimate party games! Push-It lets you connect to all available Push-It enabled games from Redwind Software....
The second update to Symbian in six months brings the mobile OS closer in user experience to Android or Apple's iOS and will appear on three new handsets, the Nokia 600, 700 and 701
I want to like my MacBook Air. I really, really do. But OS X is making the transition from Windows extremely tough. Read all about my experiences thus far.
Aqua Connect brings Mac OS X experience to Apple's iPad.
No doubt, Windows 7 users will find that the latest update to the Microsoft client operating system sucks less than Vista. And so they should after all the time, effort and budget line items put into the fixes (and let's not forget the pain in the user base). One of Apple's latest ads counter by recalling past promises with of Redmond for a better experience, which reminds me of a time when a certain Mac OS also "sucked less."
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, who was scheduled to speak at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this morning, has been bitten by a flu bug and didn't make it to center stage today.
The Linux desktop experience is now closer to the Windows environment than before, but the gap in mainstream adoption for the open source OS will not close anytime soon, says an industry analyst.
Frugal Friday: Hewlett-Packard Tech Support, Amazon as "Big Brother", Apollo 11 40th Anniversary, Scientific Linux
Frugal Networker Ken Hess and I talk about my experience with Hewlett-Packard's service and support, Amazon's "Big Brother" approach to Kindle digital content rights management, the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and talk with Troy Dawson, one of the lead developers of Scientific Linux, a free clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS.
Now that the iPhone 3G S is out and available half of the premium smartphones coming to us this Summer are ready for people to purchase and try out. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is coming next month, the HTC Touch Pro2 devices should be coming in July too, and the BlackBerry Storm 2 will be coming at some unknown date. We do have the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G S, and Nokia N97 and I personally purchased all three of these devices with one being returned so far. One of my evaluation criteria for a smartphone is its ability to work with my Exchange account. Windows Mobile sets the bar for Exchange support since Exchange is a Microsoft client and this is one area where Windows Mobile does things right. A bit surprisingly, the new iPhone 3.0 OS found on the iPhone 3G S offers the second best Exchange experience with only one thing left to add for me to be truly happy and no longer reliant on a Windows Mobile phone.
We have now taken a look at the iPhone 3G 3.0 and the Palm Pre, HTC Magic, and BlackBerry Storm. The iPhone, Pre, Magic, and Storm all have capacitive touch screens and the last one in my series with such a display is the Samsung OmniaHD. The Samsung OmniaHD (aka i8910) is the first S60-powered capacitive touch screen device following the Nokia 5800 and N97 resistive touch screen S60 devices. The use of capacitive displays generally makes for a better user experience, except when looking to use handwriting recognition or small stylus-optimized keyboards. The OmniaHD is also one of only a few S60 devices made by Samsung. Let's take a look at how the Samsung OmniaHD stacks up to the iPhone 3G running the 3.0 OS.
Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6.5 today at Mobile World Congress in Spain and as a fan of the Windows Mobile OS, I have to say I am pretty disappointed with the update and the 9+ months we have to wait to actually see it on any device. I have seen a few demos of 6.5 in action and in my opinion it just adds the UI enhancements we saw on Standard (non-touch screen) devices with Windows Mobile 6.1 and makes it more finger friendly. There is also an improved web browser (Opera Mobile already gives us a superior browsing experience) and some services that will be supported on 6.5 devices. I am sure we will see some cool devices come out in late 2009, but honestly there is nothing I see here that compels me to start saving up to run out and buy a Windows Mobile device.
The excitement surrounding the Palm Pre and WebOS announcements is still quite high and is definitely the talk of CES 2009. Today, Palm posted some details on the Mojo application framework that developers will be able to use to write applications for the new device and OS. The hardware of the Pre is nice, but others have outstanding hardware as well. The success of the Pre and Palm comes down to the user experience, services, and developer support.
Having my hands on the beta 1 of Windows 7 over the holidays has been an interesting experience because it's allowed me to show the OS to people and get feedback from a broad range of users as to how they feel about Microsoft's upcoming operating system.
One of the three pillars of Paul Maritz's VMworld Keynote address (see Notes from VMworld and Maritz: VMware’s Virtual DataCenter OS, VMware View is better next gen operating system than Windows and Hyper-V) focused on virtualizing the user desktop computing experience. He spoke of this like it was a new idea and yet there are a host of vendors who have been offering components of this vision for quite some time.