Dell’s “Stack” was/is the Intel x86 Windows 10 Phone/PC hybrid

Computers and mobile devices are increasingly able to talk to each other, but the companies that make them still have a long way to go before they offer a truly portable experience. Dell and Intel, however, once embarked on a mission that could have offered a big push in making computing more transferable.

The pictures of a thin phone running some version of Windows 10 on an Intel x86 processor as provided by Evan Blass now have a backstory, also provided by Evan Blass. We now have a more detailed look at the phone/PC hybrid that never made it to market.
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Android 7.0 Nougat has made its way to the PC, here’s how to install it

Google and Intel may not be doing much work to make sure that Android can run on devices with Intel processors anymore… but the Android-x86 project continues to release new builds of Android for computers with Intel and AMD chips.

The latest release? A build of Android 7.0 for developers. In other words, you can now run Android 7.0 Nougat on a PC.

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Young Adult Games : Never heard of them?

Over the past few years, “young adult fiction” has become less of a demographic for book readers, and more of a genre in its own right, like sci-fi or true crime. It used to be that young adult fiction was regarded strictly as books aimed at children aged 13 to 17, but many of those titles appeal to a much broader age range. In fact, young adult fiction is hugely popular among grown-ups too, with Nielsen reporting last year that over 80 percent of all YA book sales were made to adult readers.

With such broad appeal, it was inevitable the young adult genre would soon colonize film and television with massive multimillion-dollar franchises. Now YA has taken root in video games too — and it’s thriving.

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Sony Unveils PlayStation Now For PC

There’s been a big push lately to enjoy video games seamlessly on both PC and consoles. For instance, Microsoft revealed their Play Anywhere feature during this year’s E3 expo. Essentially, gamers can enjoy their Microsoft exclusive video games on both the Xbox One and PC. Now Sony has revealed that their PlayStation Now service will be moving onto the PC platform.

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Microsoft wants to make Steam buggy and broken, says Tim Sweeney

It’s no secret that Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Gears of War developer Epic – a once close friend of Microsoft – is not very happy with the company’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

Sweeney criticised the closed nature of the platform in the past, particularly how you couldn’t side-load UWP apps on Windows 10. It appears his fears are much larger than UWP limitations, as a recent interview in Edge Magazine seems to suggest.

“The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP (Universal Windows Platform), then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform,” he told the magazine, as reported by MSPowerUser.

“It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones.

“Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative.

“That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible,” Sweeney added.

Though he believes this to be a possibility, Sweeney said that Microsoft “might not be competent enough” to actually bring this plan to fruition.

“They make a bunch of statements that sound vaguely like they’re promoting openness, but really they’re not promising anything of the sort,” he went on.

SWEENEY THINKS MICROSOFT IS TAKING SMALL STEPS TOWARD KILLING DESKTOP PC GAMES

Sweeney admits that Microsoft is trying to mimic Apple’s software distribution model, but in small steps. Microsoft has been building its UWP effort to create universal apps and games that run across all devices from PCs, to tablets, phones, the Xbox One, and even the HoloLens headset. A number of games published by Microsoft Studios are now starting to show up exclusively in the Windows Store, with titles like Quantum Break not available on Steam.

While Sweeney thinks Microsoft will intentionally break Steam, it seems highly unlikely that Microsoft would want to further damage its Windows platform by driving dedicated PC gamers over to any rival platform.

Remix OS for PC is moving up to Marshmallow

Early this year, Jide Technology continued on their commitment to bring a true multi-window, multi-tasking Android experience to all platforms, including a standard desktop PC, by launching the Remix OS for PC. Remix OS amazing in what it can do and is definitely a legit Android option, but it was only in February this year that Jide launched a version of Remix OS for 32-bit desktop PCs. Now they’re bringing the Remix OS for PC up to Marshmallow.

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Windows 10 won’t make Microsoft’s predicted one billion installations by 2018

Microsoft isn’t going to make its self-imposed deadline of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by mid-2018, company officials have conceded.

A little over a year ago, with much fanfare, Microsoft execs drew a line in the sand, predicting that Windows 10 would be installed on 1 billion devices by mid-2018.

But Microsoft officials conceded on July 15, that they likely won’t make that deadline.

Windows 10 has been a big success on PCs, at least in term of the rate of adoption: It’s far and away the most widely-used OS on Steam, and back in May was reported to have been installed on 300 million active devices, a big jump from the 200 million installations reported at the beginning of the year. But Microsoft Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement sent to ZDNetthat changes in its business mean it no longer expects that pace to hold.

“Windows 10 is off to the hottest start in history with over 350 million monthly active devices, with record customer satisfaction and engagement,” Mehdi said. “We’re pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices—and increasing customer delight with Windows.” ”

The “phone hardware business” is a factor because the original prediction was based on installations across all devices, including PCs, tablets, and mobiles. But back in May, Microsoft cut 1850 jobs in its mobile hardware division, most of them at Microsoft Mobile in Finland, and effectively gave up on the hardware side of the business—and on the device lineup it had counted on as a guaranteed platform for its OS. The looming end of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer on PCs won’t help, although I would guess it won’t be too much of a drag either, since by now everyone interested in taking advantage of it has almost certainly already done so.

(Speaking of which, consider this your last-minute reminder: The Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29, after which it will cost $119.)NK5onxJwAvtQTxbkwSUoG8-650-80.png

 

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