Hands-on: Using Parallels 13 to run Windows on Mac with ease [Video]

If you’re a Mac user who needs quick and fast access to a Windows installation, then in many cases it’s a good idea to go with a Virtual Machine. Parallels is one of the most popular virtualization options for Mac users wishing to run Windows, and the latest version, Parallels 13, makes it ridiculously easy to get up and running.

Via what essentially amounts to an unattended installation of Windows 10, Parallels 13 can have you up and running, from download to usage, in just a few minutes. Watch our brief video walkthrough for a demonstration.

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When it comes to running Windows on the Mac, there are quite a few options to explore. You can now with a tried an true Windows Boot camp installation, a Windows To Go install, or one of the many virtualization options available.

There are free virtualization options available, but if you’re looking for sheer ease of use and dead-simple installation, Parallels 13 is hard to beat. You can go from not having Windows, to having a Windows 10 installation in just a few clicks. Best of all, the majority of the install process is completely unattended, so you can just set it and forget it.

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As you might expect from a major new release, Parallels 13 includes several new features that are enhancements over previous versions of the software. Most notably, it also officially supports macOS High Sierra.

One of my favorite new features is the new Picture-in-Picture mode, which allows you to keep a virtual instance on screen at all times. This is handy for being able to monitor one more more virtual machines simultaneously, while still working in macOS.

There is also extensive utilization of the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Parallels 13. Although I no longer own a machine donning a Touch Bar, users can expect to be able to interface directly with Windows applications using the dynamic input method.

There are other new items in Parallels 13, including People Bar integration directly in the macOS Dock. This features allows users to have one-click access to frequently used contacts, and comes with more overall flexibility in the Parallels environment than it does on Windows itself.

But of all things included with this latest version of Parallels, I most appreciate the sheer ease-of-use provided by the software. Installing Windows, frankly, couldn’t be easier, and being able to run multiple virtualized software instances via Picture-in-Picture is a very nice feature to have.

Some may have rightly questioned my decision to upgrade my 5K iMac with 40 GB of RAM, but such a choice pays off when running more than one virtual machine. In that case, the more RAM the better, since  you must individually assign each instance with resources from your overall system pool. It also means that the upcoming iMac Pro’s 8, 10, and 18-core processor options will be well-suited for virtualization. Just be sure to get as much RAM as you can, since it won’t be user-replaceable.

To be sure, Parallels 13 is an investment, especially when you consider that using Boot Camp, or software like Virtual Box is free. However, you’re paying for sheer convenience in the case of Parallels. There’s no need to restart your Mac into Windows, and installation is more or less effortless. Performance won’t be as good as running Windows directly, but virtualization has made significant strides over the past few years. For example, Parallels will even be able to take advantage of external GPU resources once Apple unlocks that ability in macOS High Sierra next spring. If you value convenience, then the $80 price of admission may be worth it to you.

We’re giving away two copies of Parallels 13 for free. Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment on our @9to5Mac Parallels 13 Instagram post telling us how you plan on using the virtualization software. The first two valid replies will receive a free activation code via Instagram DM, so make sure you follow us there.

Update: giveaway winners (@_dlmc88_ and @derexed) have been selected. Thank you to all who entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways.

‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ (ALL) Adds Transform Races, Double GTA$ & RP, Smuggler’s Run Discounts

Switch between the interconnected lives of Michael, Trevor and Franklin as they embark on a series of heists across Los Santos and Blaine County in the biggest, deepest and richest open world experience yet, with game world enhancements that include new wildlife, upgraded weather and damage effects, and an array of new details to discover.

The new generation upgrades also extend to Grand Theft Auto Online, an ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe. Rise through the criminal ranks by banding together to complete Jobs for cash, purchase properties, vehicles and character upgrades, compete in traditional competitive modes, or create your own content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto community.

Transform Races is now available for free download in the dynamic world of GTA Online.

The next evolution of Stunt Racing in GTA Online, Transform Races enable players to instantly morph between land, sea and air vehicles mid-race, creating radical new track designs and race types. Switch between a wide array of vehicles across various classes – from nimble planes like the Besra and Molotok to speedy Super cars like the Vagner and Zentorno, and even versatile Special Vehicles like the Ruiner 2000 and Rocket Voltic. Courses include 15 new Rockstar Created Races, with more to be added later this fall, as well as the ability to concoct your own brand of madness with the Race Creator.

Rockstar Created Races

  1. Gauntlet II – There’s the surgically precise fighter pilot, and there’s the maniac with his foot on the floor of a Phantom Wedge. You’ll need to be both here. Featuring the Molotok, Motorcycles, the Phantom Wedge and the Oppressor.
  2. Get Wrecked – Get creative above the Los Santos Docklands on this destructive lap Transform Race. Featuring the Seashark, Shotaro, Super cars, the Mallard, and Havok.
  3. Home Run – You haven’t thrown a real San Andreas no-hitter until you’ve taken five vehicles through the land, sea and airspace of Blaine County. Featuring Super cars, the Vortex, Mallard, Seashark and Havok.
  4. Junk Yard – When the apocalypse finally gets underway in San Andreas, and the world lies in ruins, you can bet there will be some interesting racing opportunities in amongst the wreckage. Get practicing for the big day. Featuring Motorcycles, the Seashark and Mallard.
  5. McKenzie – If you want all the highs and lows of Blaine County with none of the itches and nosebleeds, this point to point Transform Race that starts on Motorcycles is for you. Also featuring the Besra, Blazer Aqua, Zentorno and Trophy Truck.
  6. Mixed-Up – Watch as the docklands, airport, business district and Legion Square all bleed into a single migraine-inducing blur in this Lap Transform Race. Featuring Super cars, the Besra, Ramp Buggy and Rocket Voltic.
  7. Neon Mountain – Ever wondered what it would be like to drop a few tabs and race through the title sequence of some vintage 80s sci-fi? Featuring Motorcycles, the Besra and Seashark.
  8. Plummet III – Make short work of the stratosphere in a really expensive sports car – with a twist or four. Featuring Sports cars, the Besra, Blazer Aqua, Havok and Akuma.
  9. Separation – Start off strapped into the lovechild of a supercar and a space shuttle. Throw in a tightly-wound stunt plane and a herd of pocket-sized helicopters, and your multitasking better be up to scratch. Featuring the Rocket Voltic, the Mallard, Havok and Motorcycles.
  10. Slalom – Whether you’re weaving through obstacles on two wheels, four wheels or two wings, the fundamental skills are the same: balance, precision, and dodging the flaming wrecks of your former competitors. Featuring Motorcycles, the Mallard and XA-21.
  11. Slam Dunk – Line your shot up perfectly, let the pressure slide right off you, and hit nothing but net. Then watch the guy behind you screw it up by a few feet and see his flying muscle car explode on the rim. Featuring Motorcycles, the Ruiner 2000, Besra, Blazer, Hauler and Whippet.
  12. Split Personality – You’ve only got a few seconds of hurtling down Mount Chiliad on a BMX to make that age-old decision. Left or right? With the pack or on your own? Jet-powered super car or flying motorbike? Featuring BMXes, the FMJ, Rocket Voltic, Besra, Oppressor and Parachutes.
  13. The Dragon – What could be more appropriate for a diverse and cosmopolitan city like Los Santos than a race track in honor of the Chinese year of the Giant-Dragon-with-a-Fighter-Jet-in-its-Mouth? Featuring Compacts, the Faggio Sport, Molotok and Vagner.
  14. Vinewood Thrills – Cruise under the Vinewood sign and ride an antique sailboat off the coast – inside a five minute lap with an executive chopper and a supercar joining the dots. Featuring Motorcycles, the Swift, Marquis, Seabreeze and Vagner.
  15. Warped – You’re in a freefalling supercar above the business district. You blink, and you’re piloting a jet fighter. Blink again, and you’re not quite sure if this is a rocket-powered Super or a flimsy ultralight. Featuring Super cars, the Molotok, Rocket Voltic, Ultralight and parachutes.

Experience the chaotic and competitive nature of Transform Races with the added benefit of Double GTA$ & RP now through Thursday, October 26th. And look for more Rockstar Created Transform Races to be added later this fall, as well as the ability to concoct your own brand of madness with the Race Creator.

MASSIVE SMUGGLER’S RUN SALE AND MORE IN THIS WEEK’S BONUSES

Solidifying the benefit of having friends in low places, keep an eye on your iFruit for Lamar’s Contact Missions, now paying out Double GTA$ & RP through October 26th. Plus, make the most of your illicit earnings with big discounts on the following Smuggler’s Run aircraft, now through October 26th:

  • LF-22 Starling – 25% off (both Buy it Now and Trade Price)
  • V-65 Molotok – 25% off (both Buy it Now and Trade Price)
  • Buckingham Alpha-Z1 – 25% off (both Buy it Now and Trade Price)

Legendary Motorsport is also getting in on the action this week, discounting a pair of popular Super cars:

  • Grotti Visione – 25% off
  • Ocelot XA-21 – 25% off

And if you’re looking to make a few tweaks to your new set of wings or wheels, be sure to take advantage of the following discounts:

  • Engine Upgrades – 25% off
  • Turbo Upgrades – 25% off
  • Suspension Upgrades – 25% off
  • Handling Upgrades – 25% off

PREMIUM RACE & TIME TRIAL SCHEDULE

October 17th – 23rd

  • Premium Stunt Race – “45°” (Locked to Motorcycles)
  • Time Trial – “Down Chiliad”

October 24th – 30th

  • Premium Stunt Race – “Green Machine” (Locked to Super)
  • Time Trial – “Del Perro Pier”

Launch Premium Races through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square. The top three finishers will earn GTA$ and you’ll get Triple RP regardless of where you place. To take a shot at the Time Trial, set a waypoint to the marker on your in-game map and enter via the purple corona. Beat par time and you’ll be duly rewarded with GTA$ & RP payouts.

To celebrate, Transform Races will be delivering double GTA$ & RP now until Monday, October 26th. Also live this week are massive discounts on Smuggler’s Run aircraft and much more.

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Technologies of the Long run Consider Centre Stage at Etisalat All through Gitex Engineering Week 2017

Robot Sophia With Her Fans

Robotic Sophia With Her Supporters

Retaining up with its topic ‘Driving the Digital Future’ at GITEX Engineering Week, readers took a journey experiencing all futuristic systems at Etisalat stand during this 7 days at the party.

Etisalat aimed to develop an unforgettable existence at GITEX Engineering Week by showcasing a outstanding array of innovations and concepts pushed by its innovative infrastructure, good applications and methods. The topic this year ‘Driving the Digital Future’ signified the company’s mission to develop a hugely linked potential for the UAE. GITEX attendees this year witnessed impressive suggestions, concepts and methods pioneered on by way of the company’s digital platforms, infrastructure and interaction. To Etisalat, creating a digital potential means enabling a linked way of living for the men and women as very well as providing a myriad of hugely successful techniques for govt and organization entities alike.  

From a humanoid robot ‘Sophia’ speaking to readers to a robot conducting operation above 5G, robotics were being 1 of the main highlights at Etisalat stand. Robotics manufactured its existence in retail wherever a robot assists you to shop and complete your buying expertise. There is a robot Einstein, a genius in maths and science is an academic robot chatting with children on temperature, famed men and women, and many others. In health care, the 5G robotic operation is a demo that highlights mission critical use scenario for use of human capabilities remotely by utilizing the ability of the network.  

In Clever household, robots exhibited their capabilities in cooking and ‘Buddy’ the companion robot that protects your household, entertains children and helps remain linked with family and close friends.

Augmented and virtual fact manufactured their existence felt in all features of lifestyle, at GITEX this year Etisalat highlights the use of these systems in retail, schooling and in large-scale market. In retail, augmented fact technology helps in selecting your favourite design on your footwear, garments and items. In schooling, augmented and virtual fact, collaboration and sharing emphasize innovation in the classroom. IoT methods also employed augmented fact interfaces that could be employed across industrial purposes.

Another technology that has manufactured its existence across the different verticals is artificial intelligence (AI). In systems for the visually impaired ‘Drishti’ formulated by Accenture has good glasses that recognizes objects and say what it sees by way of an audio to the particular person sporting the glass. AI also showcased in schooling wherever a digital library interacts with students to find the answers to their inquiries. In this article the library recognizes the voice and responds back appropriately. In retail, the AI reception welcomes readers, with a virtual assistant speaking to you and a confront recognition digicam recognizing the visitor.  

Nvidia (NVDA) Stock Has More Room to Run, Goldman Sachs Says

Nvidia (NVDA) has been a tricky stock. For one that is up more than 600% over the past two years, it had been surprisingly quiet for a few months leading up to its temporary breakout in mid-September. After jumping higher to new highs, Nvidia stock quickly settled down again.

On Tuesday the company announced some new state-of-the-art self-driving car hardware. The news was enough to boost Nvidia stock to new all-time highs near $193, before it ultimately closed near $189. While it ended positive on the day, many were looking for those gains to extend, not deflate. Now investors are wondering where Nvidia is heading — up or down — and whether it can hit $200 per share before its November earnings report.

If confidence is waning, it’s not on the analyst front. Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari has a conviction buy rating on Nvidia, but raised his price target to $217 from $193. The price target implies about 15% upside from current levels.

Shares of Nvidia were near flat in premarket trading, but jumped to $190 only to give back gain early in the session.

So what’s got Hari feeling better about Nvidia than he already did? After attending the GTC Europe 2017 conference, he came away feeling more positive about Nvidia. The company is better positioned to “address the Inferencing opportunity with its GPU architecture, Volta and high-performance deep learning inference optimizer, TensorRT.”

After unveiling its new self-driving hardware on Tuesday, TheStreet’s founder Jim Cramer, who also manages the Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust portfolio, had a chance to size up Nvidia. His takeaway? This new technology is “going to change everything,” he reasoned.

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Samsung Galaxy X: Samsung’s foldable smartphone to launch in 2018, will be a limited run

The Samsung Galaxy X is a strange one. Its existence is still something of a mystery – we know it’s definitely a thing (we’ve seen the concepts) and we know that it bends. The thing is, we don’t know how it achieves this technical wizardry, or know any concrete details surrounding Samsung’s fancy-pants smartphone for that matter.

There is one thing we do know, though: the Samsung Galaxy X will launch in 2018. Expected to make an appearance during the CES consumer technology show in January, Samsung is primed to make the grand unveiling. 

How do we know this? Well, just last month Samsung’s president of mobile business, Koh Dong-Jin, said the firm will launch its foldable smartphone next year under the Note brand, according to Bloomberg.

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Not only that, but recent internet rumblings indicate that the Samsung Galaxy X will be a limited run – exclusive only to South Korea with only 100,000 units produced. It seems the South Korean launch will be a test, and a way to drum up interest on Samsung’s foldable handset.

The Galaxy X has also recently passed certification in South Korea, too. According to Let’sGoDigital, the handset’s model number – SM-G888NO popped up in a certification filing from the Korean National Radio Research Agency, following a filing for its Bluetooth certification, and again popping up at the Wi-Fi Alliance, again for certification.

There’s no word yet on what this bendy phone will be called, so we’re sticking with the codename Galaxy X for the time being, at least until we hear any concrete details. That being said, here’s absolutely everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy X, including UK release date, UK price, specs and noteworthy features.

Samsung Galaxy X: Everything you need to know

  • Samsung Galaxy X slated for 2018 release
  • Limited 100,000 units at launch
  • Possibly a smartphone/tablet hybrid

Samsung has been teasing us with a foldable mobile for some time. In spite of this hype, the likelihood of Samsung planning a triple hit following the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 reveals earlier this year was always very low.

Now, our initial hope – although fleeting – was that the Galaxy X would get a mention during the Note 8 unveiling back in August 2017, but alas, there wasn’t even the faintest of whiffs.

Following that, IFA Berlin was cited as the next big tech event where we could see Samsung’s elusive foldable. Reports pointed at a grand unveiling at the annual tech conference but again, there was no such mention. Our next hope? The Galaxy X will be discussed early next year at CES.

Samsung Galaxy X: A hybrid design?

  • 5in mobile screen and rumoured 7in tablet display
  • Device might be 4K 
  • Patented on screen hinge technology

Samsung likes to keep people guessing. A 2016 Bloomberg report suggested they’re not just working on a Samsung Galaxy X but another folding device. The first glimpse of this concept was actually shown back in 2014 through a teaser video that demonstrated a “Flexible OLED Display Phone and Tab Concept”. More recently, leaked patents have shown something resembling a slightly more typical Galaxy device but with folding functionality.

Screen size has been hotly debated, leaked patent images via SamMobile suggest it’s altered through development. The hybrid model alone is suggested to have been cut from 8in to a 7in foldout screen. While the phone screen is rumoured to be in the 5in-5.5in ballpark. These claims give weight to reports Samsung have multiple devices in development. Samsung might even still be pondering what one will make it into the public’s hands.

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The tablet hybrid has seen popularity from audiences already, the latest fan concepts revealing how such a device could work can be seen in this video.

Samsung Galaxy X UK release date: When does it come out?

  • Reports suggest Q2 2018 reveal
  • Initially limited to 100,000 units
  • 2018 release

Given the unique stature of Samsung’s rumoured foldable, current speculation is that the company will only release a limited run of 100,000 devices seems valid. So, who’s going to nab one? According to SamMobile, the device will release in selected regions first to test interest prior to a wider push. Listing nine territories in total, the Samsung Galaxy X will reportedly hit the UK and US, as well as Poland and Samsung’s home of South Korea.

This could signal exclusivity with selected networks, akin to Apple’s O2 deal for the original iPhone. This is speculative at the moment, but Samsung did opt for this model last year with the Galaxy S7 Active, naming AT&T as sole US carrier. After all,100,000 units isn’t much for a brand used to owning roughly 40% of the smartphone market.

Galaxy X slated for 2018 release

The latest news suggests the Galaxy X will launch in 2018. The new details comes straight from the horse’s mouth itself, with Samsung’s own Koh Dong-Jin speaking to journalists on 12 September 2017. According to Bloomberg, the president of mobile business discussed the Galaxy X, and its 2018 release date: “As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” he said, continuing: “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.” Here’s hoping that 2018 release doesn’t get pushed back.

Samsung Galaxy X specs: What’s inside?

Details on what specs the Samsung Galaxy X will bolster remains very hush hush but those “close to the matter” are trickling out the odd bit of info via the Korea Herald. One outlandish claim in this report predicts the Samsung Galaxy X will feature a 4K resolution screen, certainly making it quite a showstopper. However, 4K seems ambitious for something utilising what is very new technology.

More plausible than 4K, the Galaxy X could bolster a Samsung prototype shown at SID Display Week 2016. A video filmed by SlashGear reveals a 5.7in, 1080p OLED display on an automated arm control, with a pixel density of 386ppi. Considering this was just last year, it does seem odd Samsung would not incorporate into a future product.

In terms of design, one of the crucial elements in various patent images is the hinge that would allow Samsung’s device to function as a foldable. In July 2016, Patently Mobile released a series of images for both a mobile and tablet concept showing how foldable tech would work. One Galaxy X design demonstrates a central fold in the middle of the screen, allowing the device to go into a compact mode. In November 2016, SamMobile released new patent images showing what is assumed to be the Samsung Galaxy X in much more detail. They give an even more in-depth view of the centrefold technology. However, these images didn’t seem to indicate a tablet hybrid (at least in this model).

Samsung Galaxy X: Dual-cameras?

One of the latest rumours from the Samsung Galaxy X rumour mill is the possibility that the foldable will boast a dual camera setup. While not much else is known about this, it would pit the Samsung Galaxy X against other highly rumoured smartphones that are also set to have a dual camera. The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 may also have this feature. After all, Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note 8 – the firm’s first dual-camera smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy X: Who else is making a foldable?

  • LG could also reveal a foldable device
  • Lenovo pegged as another frontrunner

That’s not to say other companies aren’t also eyeing up foldable phones as the next big thing. So far we know LG are keen to take on Samsung in the early days of foldable smartphones, following a leaked patent from TrendyTechz that suggests it will also produce a phone/tablet hybrid. Patent images show a 7in folding tablet that can alter to a 5in phone at will, much in the same vein as Samsung’s rumoured hybrid. LG might even reveal at the same time as Samsung; the company did demonstrate a highly flexible screen back in 2014, with promise it could go into production sometime in 2017. At that time, LG’s folding tech was made with a special film instead of a standard plastic, although whether an LG hybrid will use this is unknown.

Lenovo is also penned as a frontrunner in the foldable phone game. Last year the company showed off a folding device, albeit in very early stages, doubling up as a wearable and a phone. All bets still point to Samsung firing the starting gun with the Samsung Galaxy X, but reports are putting others hot on their heels.

We will update this page as more is known about the Samsung Galaxy X.

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ can run Windows 10 far more effortlessly than prior to

The services was previously offered when the Galaxy S8 and its docking station released earlier this yr.

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ can run Windows 10 more easily than before. (Image Credit: Samsung Mobile/YouTube)

Samsung first unveiled its Galaxy S8 line-up in February this yr. A number of months afterwards, the smartphones were being made offered for sale. At the time of the start, the handset highlighted its have #Docking Station – DeX that supported #Windows 10 operations also. Therefore, it was previously doable for a person to run Windows 10 prior to. In accordance to Tech Radar, Samsung has now teamed up with Ingram Micro (distributor of technologies solutions) to give DeX buyers comprehensive access to Windows Desktop on their smartphones.’

Ingram Micro has also teamed up with Amazon for the same purpose. This will make managing Windows 10 operations on handsets a lot a lot easier than it used to be.

Ingram immediately integrates Amazon WorkSpaces and Microsoft Windows Desktop on Samsung’s smartphones, Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Observe 8. Following the prosperous set up, a person can effortlessly have a virtual desktop expertise on their equipment. Persons can even hook up displays through the handset’s HDMI port. They can hook up a mouse and keyboard and all the other extras that symbolize a completely-functional Computer system.

The Amazon-Microsoft collaboration does appear across as astonishing. The two businesses are arch-rivals when it comes to cloud computing services. Their digital assistants – Cortana and Alexa are also in a neck to neck competition. Regardless of their discrepancies, Amazon’s World wide web Solutions gives the Windows 10 solution for buyers, which is an appealing transform.

Persons can now set up Samsung’s DeX with Amazon WorkSpaces and run the Windows 10 method on their smartphones.

By this, the people today will be capable to have out all the actions that they usually would on a desktop. This involves storing files and managing sure purposes. These types of a feature especially comes handy to these buyers who vacation a whole lot. They can just set up their workstation anywhere they come to feel like.

It is well worth noting that this is the first that a cellular system-based Windows cloud DaaS is becoming available to Samsung DeX shoppers specifically. This merchandise is specifically qualified in the direction of three diverse groups of customers – college students, entrepreneurs, and freelance contributors.

Amazon has made a 30-working day free of charge demo of its WorkSpaces offered for use to Samsung smartphone buyers. Customers from diverse regions of US, British isles, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, and France can access the free of charge-demo and verify out the expertise. If buyers want to avail the offer, they can do so by installing the Windows Desktop (free of charge demo) on #samsung galaxy Application Retail outlet.

AIM Is Going Away after a Pioneering 20 Year Run

AIM—short for AOL Instant Messenger—is shutting down on December 15th, 2017. The announcement was made by Oath, the Frankenstein merger of AOL and Yahoo! created by now-parent company Verizon.

RIP AIM

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AIM was a big deal back in the day. It was one of the earliest cross-platform instant messaging tools, and it emerged from the original AOL community itself. TMO used AIM extensively for years to communicate with each other, and Apple embraced it early in Mac OS X.

But AIM was eventually overshadowed by the rise of social networking. Everything from Twitter to Facebook to Snapchat and scores of other networks lured people away from AIM and the other early instant messaging services. The rise of SMS as an ubiquitous means of communication also took its toll.

AIM Low

Of course, the real news from Friday’s announcement for many may be something more like, “Huh, AIM is still around? It is, but on December 15th, it will be shuttered permanently.

“After December 15, you will no longer have access to AIM and your data will be deleted,” the company said in an email notification. “If you use an @aim.com email address, your email account will not be affected and you will still be able to send and receive email as usual.”

On My Oath

The email notification and the FAQ Oath posted for AIM’s closure repeated (a lot) various versions of how excited the AIM team is to, ” focus on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products.”

As often as it was echoed, if feels like marketing drivel written by attorneys, but that’s corporate life in 2017.

A Big Thanks to the AIM Engineers!

I would personally like to thank the AIM team for making a platform that brought me and many people I worked with and loved closer together. There’s a direct path between AIM and Apple’s iMessage, in my mind, and either way the lessons learned by AIM have permeated throughout the social networking experience.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones can now run Home windows 10 far more easily

You can now run Home windows 10 desktop on Samsung’s most current flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8, the S8+ and the Note 8 much far more easily than just before.

Even though the services was available when the Galaxy S8 and its docking station, DeX, released previously this 12 months, this time all around Ingram Micro, the world’s greatest distributor of know-how solutions, has teamed up with Samsung and Amazon to deliver a simplified resolution that allows Samsung DeX buyers to entry a total Home windows Desktop from their mobile units.

Ingram Micro Cloud’s resolution automates the set up of Amazon WorkSpaces and Microsoft Home windows Desktop as a Support (DaaS) for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and DeX prosumers so that they can established up and run a virtual desktop on their smartphones in just a couple quick steps.

By making use of the Samsung DeX Station, Galaxy Note 8 and S8/S8+ consumers can hook up to any kind of display screen with an HDMI port and use a mouse and keyboard to obtain a total desktop expertise suitable from their smartphone. 

Astonishing tie-up with AWS

It truly is well worth noting that Amazon World-wide-web Services alternatively than Microsoft’s extremely have Azure provides with that resolution, an additional indication probably, that soon after the recent Cortana and Alexa, Amazon and Microsoft are warming up to every other in spite of their rivalry in cloud computing.

When Samsung Dex is blended with Amazon Workspaces, consumers can have entry to a total desktop expertise entire with their have Microsoft Home windows virtual desktop that allows them to use all of their files and applications.  

This is the first mobile machine-dependent Home windows cloud DaaS staying made available straight to Samsung DeX buyers and now learners, freelancers and entrepreneurs can entry a total Home windows-dependent desktop straight from their Samsung DeX station and smartphones.

A 30-day free of charge demo of Amazon Workspaces will be available to all Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8/S8+ consumers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, the US and the United kingdom so that they can try it out for themselves.

The provide can only be accessed via the Home windows Desktop Free Trial DeX Application on the Samsung Galaxy Application Retailer.

Grand Theft Auto Online Adds Bombushka Run Mode

With Grand Theft Auto Online‘s Smuggler’s Run update out now, the video game developers at Rockstar Games have decided to keep the content train rolling right along with even more free DLC for the open world crime title. To be specific, the studio just recently added the new Bombushka Run mode alongside the brand new RM-10 Bombushka plane for players to enjoy in GTA 5‘s online multiplayer component.

For starters, Bombushka Run is a fresh team-based mode involving two squads of up to four players which pits one gunship that’s armed to the teeth against a fleet of agile and aerially nimble Buzzard Attack Helicopters. Both teams will have the chance to pilot the plane, and whichever one survives the longest while flying the Bombushka scores a win. Plus, in order to celebrate the launch of this brand new game mode, Bombushka Run will be issuing out double payouts to Grand Theft Auto Online players from now through September 25, 2017.

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As far as the aforementioned gunship in Grand Theft Auto Online‘s Bombushka Run is concerned, the plane is officially called the RM-10 Bombushka. In addition to having room for six and front, top, and rear-mounted turret gun positions, the Bombushka also will provide players with an array of available upgrades from the Hangar Workshop. Those looking to upgrade the plane to its full potential will be able to add Explosive, Gas, Incendiary and Cluster bombs.

In order to remain consistent with the aerial theme involved with Grand Theft Auto Online‘s Bombushka Run update, fans will also see a bunch of different aircraft weapons and supplies go on sale this week. To be specific, players will be privy to 25% off Hangar Workshops, Aircraft weapons, Liveries for cars and aircraft, Resprays for cars and aircraft, Mobile Operations Center Cabs, and Executive Offices.

Without a doubt, Grand Theft Auto Online has brought Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive a huge amount of revenue, thanks in part to constant updates like Bombushka Run. as GTA Online fans are aware, the developer is constantly adding new vehicles and game modes, expanding the title well beyond the the wares that were available in the base game at its launch in 2013. So, taking all of this into consideration, it will be interesting to see exactly when the companies decide to follow through with plans to rest the game’s updates.

Grand Theft Auto Online and all of its latest updates are available now in Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Call of Duty: WWII will run at 4K with HDR on Xbox One X

Details on Call of Duty: WWII’s Xbox One X enhancements have quietly emerged, promising both 4K and HDR on the console.

Call of Duty, one of the largest shooter franchises of today, is returning to its roots later this year with a new World War 2 themed title. Unsurprisingly named “Call of Duty: WW2,” the game moves away from recent trends in the series, by abandoning near-future warfare in favor of a historical setting.

As a part of a marketing deal with Sony, the game’s publisher, Activision, has been keen to promote PlayStation 4 (PS4) versions of the game. This has left few details on what to expect from the rival release on Xbox One – let alone the enhancements in store for the upcoming Xbox One X. However, following a recently updated listing from UK retailer GAME (via charlieINTEL), specific details on Xbox One X enhancements have surfaced.

For many titles launching with visual upgrades on Xbox One X, box art designs are being reworked to highlight these features. Icons for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) have been spotted on the latest retail packaging, indicating these upgrades will be available at launch on the console. Amidst a close marketing deal with Sony is comes as no surprise Activision has remained quiet leading up to the Xbox One X launch, however, this should be a welcome sight for those picking up the device this November.

In the months since its unveiling Activision has highlighted a slew of changes in the pipeline for Call of Duty: WWII – most notably a shift toward “boots on the ground” combat. When paired with new single player mechanics, multiplayer tweaks and the return of Nazi Zombies, the game is making one of the most inventive games (at least for Call of Duty) in some time.

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