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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal released

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Following their biyearly tradition of releasing major updates to their OS, Canonical has released the newest version of Ubuntu, 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.

Among the chief new features is the ability to set websites as web apps and pin them to the launcher. You can have websites such as Gmail or Facebook pinned to your launcher and then open them just as you would open an application. Read more »

Microsoft releases Windows 8 teaser ad

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With the release of their next operating system release just over a week from now, Microsoft is working hard to advertise the product and create public awareness. If you’re in the US you may have already seen Surface ads all over the place by now.

Microsoft has now released an ad for Windows 8 that will air on national television, shortly followed by several others. It’s a teaser ad that quickly goes through some of the Windows 8 features, such as the new Modern UI, multi-touch functionality and the ability to run applications side by side. Read more »

Dell announces new Windows 8-running PCs, lets you preorder now

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Dell is introduced its lineup of upcoming PCs, running the new Windows 8 operating system.

There’s the new tablet-slash-ultrabook called XPS 12, the XPS 13 ultrabook has received an Ivy Bridge update, while the XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23 All-in-Ones got touch-enabled screens. All four are available for pre-order in the USA, Canada and select European countries with shipping expected to start on October 25. Read more »

Windows 8 prices revealed, you can pre-order it with or without a computer starting today

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Today we finally get to see all price options for Microsoft’s next-generation computer OS – the Windows 8. The OS will launch on Oct 26, but you can pre-order it on a DVD right now, if you absolutely need to have a disc. For the rest of us, the update would be available online for download and purchase via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for a cheaper price. The full Windows 8 Pro OS will be downloadable as well when you purchase the license separately.

Oh, yes, and the prices, of course. An online upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost you $40, as we’ve seen before. That’s a time-limited offer, valid only until January 31, 2013. But there are other options, too. Read more »

Four Windows 8 ads show up ahead of time, show the flexibility of the new OS

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The launch of the new Windows 8 OS (and probably Microsoft Surface tablets right along with it) is coming later this month and the first crop of Windows 8 ads is already out – even if Microsoft didn’t intend it to be.

The videos showcase some of the new gestures and features of the new OS, check it out after the jump. UPDATE: The videos have been pulled. Read more »

Steam starts selling software through its online store

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Back in August, Steam announced its plan to expand its online store. The plan was to move beyond selling just games and also offer useful software for your computer. Sticking to that plan, Steam has now added a software section with a handful of apps now available for purchase.

The list of software currently includes GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, ArtRage Studio Pro, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11, CameraBag 2 and Source FilmMaker. Other than the first and the last, all other are paid applications and Steam is offering a 10% off discount for the first week. Read more »

Opera releases developer-focused Opera 12.10 beta

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The latest beta build of Opera’s browser is now available for download.

Version 12.10 brings a improved API support, SPDY support, touch optimization for the upcoming Windows 8 and Retina, Notification Center and sharing to social networks in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Read more »

Adobe upgrades Photoshop Elements to version 11, offers new bundles with Premiere Elements

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Adobe today released an update to its Elements and Premiere Elements applications, bringing their version number to 11.

The software is lighter than Photoshop but still pretty powerful. In addition Adobe will offer a discounted bundle of the two services – $150 for new customers and $120 for updating ones. Read more »

Microsoft confirms Office 2013 and 365 pricing

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Microsoft has confirmed the costs of its Office 2013 suite as well as the Office 365 Home Premium and Small Business Premium services.

The subscription-based Office 365 Home Premium will give 5 people access to the full Office 365 features ( Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher) via their individual accounts. For the privilege they will have to fork out $99.99 a year. Read more »

ASUS renames Tablet 600 and 810 to Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT, outs Zenbook U500VZ

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Asus is yet another company to bring joy to the ultrabooks and Windows 8 lovers at this year’s IFA in Berlin.

The company has renamed the Computex-born Tablet 600 and 810 to Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT and announced a 15″ Zenbook with a model name of U500VR. Read more »

Dropbox ups security with two-step login, coming soon to all accounts

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Dropbox is en route to bring a new, optional, two-step login verification to its desktop service.

The verification will be invoked if you or someone else tries to access your Dropbox account from an unrecognized account. Read more »

Windows 8 version of Skype leaked, shows off its “Modern” styling

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An upcoming version of Skype for Windows 8 has leaked showing off an interface optimized for touch interfaces (read: tablets).

It’s styled using the Metro Modern UI, characteristic of the upcoming Microsoft platform. Read more »

SimCity will launch on Mac in February 2013, same time as the PC version

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The next SimCity will come to Macs as well as PCs in February 2013.

This was revealed today by Electronic Arts at its Gamescom press event. Read more »

Next version of uTorrent to include “featured torrents” as a form of advertising

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The makers of popular BitTorrent client µTorrent have announced some changes that they will be making in the upcoming version of the application and how they plan on monetizing it.

So far, the free version of µTorrent offered to install toolbars during installation and that was the only source of revenue for the developers from the free version. The next version of µTorrent, however, will include something called “featured torrents”. Read more »

‘Metro UI’ name dropped in favor of ‘Windows 8 UI’, or is it ‘Modern UI’?

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The term “Metro”, describing Microsoft’s new user interface design gained popularity starting with Windows Phone 7 after its Zune HD beginnings. It really grew into prominence when it became the UI style for Windows 8 and now, not long before its scheduled late October launch date, Microsoft renamed it.

A leaked memo was the first sign that the name “Metro” is on the way out, supposedly due to copyright concerns. “Windows 8 style interface” was suggested as a replacement, but Microsoft may have settled on a simpler name. Read more »