Steam on Windows 10

Steam on Windows will progressively get worse over time according to Tim Sweeney, the co-founder of Epic Games.

From Slashdot.

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 seem 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. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan but they are certainly trying,” Sweeney said. He adds the outcome of this would be forcing every app and game to be sold through the Windows Store alone. “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. 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,” he claims.

New Google Map

Google has updated Google Maps. From the Verge:

Google spruced up its Maps app on Android and iOS yesterday, as well as its web counterpart, in a bid to make it easier to understand. The updated Google Maps has removed road outlines and changed typography, alterations that Google says make it easier for users to see traffic information and make out points of interest, train stations, and other key spots easily. The company is also taking advantage of this cleaner look to highlight new areas of interest, shading districts with a lot of stuff to see and do in orange, and allowing users to explore their contents. These areas of interest are determined algorithmically, using an automated process to pick out areas with the most stores, restaurants, or bars, but Google says it’s also using a “human touch” in high-density areas — like New York City — to point people to the coolest locations. The app’s color palette has also been tweaked slightly. Freeways and highways are now shaded in oranges and yellows, hospitals and schools in beige and gray, and parks and water features in green and blue, respectively. You’ll see these changes live in both the app and web version of Google Maps now.

Check out Google Maps.

Xbox One Only $249

Microsoft is now selling the 500GB Xbox One for just $249. Will you get one? The reason for the price cut is, there’s a new version of the Xbox coming out in a few days. It’s scheduled to be released in stores by August 2. The new Xbox version is called Xbox One S. The 2TB model will retail for $399. In addition to the 2TB model, there will be two other models with less storage. The 500GB models will sell for 299, while the 1TB model will retail for $349.

As far as the older 500GB Xbox One, Dell has quite a deal at the moment:

Alongside a 500GB Xbox One, gamers can choose the digital download code for one of four titles—Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider (pictured), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay$29.99 at Dell. The bundle also includes a black wireless controller, AC power cable, HDMI cable, and 14-day free trial of Xbox Live Gold.

Verizon Buys Yahoo

Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion per ArsTechnica.

Those assets will form part of a new publicly traded company that will be spun out of Yahoo as a separate business. It’s unclear who will head up that firm, however.

Verizon CEO Lowell Adam said: “Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators, and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.”

Yahoo will be thrown into the mix with AOL—also a faded Internet star that burned brightly in the ’90s.

The business will be steered by Verizon’s Executive VP Marni Walden, the company said.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer—in a carefully worded statement that made no mention of her future at the company once it joins AOL in the Verizon fold—said:

Apple Watch Sales Down 55%

Apple Watch sales are down 55% since the device was launch in 2015. Apple sold 3.6 million units in the first 3 quarters since its debut. Apple sold 1.6 million units just in the last quarter. Experts are expecting a newer refresh of the product next fall. A newer versions of the watchOS will be introduced promising new features and faster performance. Anyone ready for Apple Watch 2?

Microsoft Azure Double Compute Usage

Microsoft announced this week that Azure has doubled its cloud compute usage over a year ago. Azure is currently ranked #2 behind Amazon AWS in terms of cloud computing usage and revenue. Microsoft added that revenue growth rates has doubled over a year ago. Microsoft’s meteoric rise has been mostly due to its support of Linux platforms. Azure compute usage have shot up since Linux distros have been made available.

Linux is 25

Linux is 25 years old in 2016, but no one really knows when it really started. From CW.

We could consider Linux’s 25th birthday to be August 25th. That’s because on that date in 1991, Linus Torvalds made his announcement to the minix community to let them know that he was working on a modest new OS. He had started the work in April. By October 5th, he felt that his new OS was usable and ready for the community at large.

Whether you count the announcement (8/25/1991), its readiness for use/testing (10/05/1991), or Linus’ initially getting his project off the ground (April 1991) as the official birthday, Linux turns 25 sometime this year. And what is most amazing is what has happened since. All manner of Linux OSes have come into being.

Is it August 25th, 1991 or was it sometime in April 1991?