Microsoft dumps the Metro branding over fear of lawsuit

It’s very odd and sudden. Metro, the naming designation used for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 products just got nicked. How so? It all seems apparently due to the random fact that a German company also has the same name — “Metro”. This could cause a potential lawsuit, so Microsoft has not only told developers to stop referring to the versions of their upcoming applications “Metro styled”, but also will be moving away from the name entirely.

As for a new name? The “transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog” will introduce a new name (supposedly) to the design interface of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 to 8 devices.

Otherwise, it’s all colorful tiles for now. Via: Verge, Giz 

Valve has a new policy: sue us and lose access to Steam

Warning all agents: Valve Software, the firm behind immensely popular gaming portal Steam has edited the subscriber agreement to state that by subscribing to Steam (thus using it), users agree not to file lawsuits against the firm itself. In fact, Valve went on to say the following:

“It’s clear to us that in some situations, class actions have real benefits to customers,” Valve said in the statement. “In far too many cases however, class actions don’t provide any real benefit to users and instead impose unnecessary expense and delay, and are often designed to benefit the class action lawyers who craft and litigate these claims.”

Thus, this is the double-edged blade that Valve has created. Play games, don’t sue, is Valve’s new ball game.

Via: Kotaku

Ice Cream Sandwich now on 16 percent of all Android phones, Android 4.1 just 0.8 percent

So, here’s the real problem with Android: the phones are all beautiful and powerful and could eat an iPhone for breakfast at Wimbledon, but they don’t all run the same software, causing not only problems for developers to create apps, but to update the smartphones, too. So now, ce Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is now running on 15.9 percent of all Android devices, which if you consider how old Android 2.3 Gingerbread is (with more than 60 percent share), then you’ll realize Google and Android smartphone makers are all behind. And the latest version of Android? Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) is now on 0.8 percent of all Android gadgets — the Motorola Xoom and all the Google Nexus devices. Pie chart of all the versions of Android after the break.

Via: Android Developers

Chrome now works on Retina displays, looks good doing it

It’s all good. Retina display users on Macbook Pros — thus being Mac owners — can now take advantage of the new high resolution Google Chrome browser. And now, with all of the epic pixels, you can enjoy everything there is on the web, just many, many times sharper. Also added to Chrome 21 (for those of you keeping track), webcams can be accessed without asking permission or using Adobe Flash, which is both a great addition but a security concern. Anyways, get the new Google Chrome here. ViaGoogle

Samsung Music Hub Launching In The United States, Built By mSpot

The new Samsung Music Hub is built around the idea that Samsung wanted a very centralized way of providing music to their own Samsung devices. By doing this, they’ve used California-based company mSpot. The music service features several features that keeps users busy, including turning queues to playlists on the fly, a recommendation engine, up to 100GB of uncached storage for songs uploaded, lyrics listings for songs from the Music Hub or your own library, caching music if not near a wireless cell connection (as well as pre-caching for the next song in a playlist), and what is really described as a “gapless music experience”. Users can also import their music or to change audio quality (the standard being 64kbps and the higher quality will be able to gain access to 160kbps sound quality).

Currently, only devices on AT&T and U.S. Cellular will have access to the Music Hub (Galaxy S III phones get a 30-day free trial), while Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile availability has been unannounced.

It’s a decent start to Samsung having their own music service ready for their top-of-the-line devices. Better yet, there is also a web player which has access to the catalog and to cached songs. In the press release after the break, Samsung explains the different features available at different tiers, including the $10 monthly premium fee that gets you the music locker, as well as scan and matching songs for upload from your personal library.

Spotify for Android now has free radio streaming, like iOS does

Previously available for only iOS and desktop users, Spotify Radio has been added to the Android version of the app, and features the exact same qualities. There are a limited amount of skips per month and an occasional advertisement, but it’s probably the best radio you cam get right now. Plus, it’s free for all users, including premium users that already pay for Spotify. Radio stations are generated through the user “liking” and artist or picking an artist from a list. Songs you give a “thumbs up” will be saved to their own playlist, so it’s all really neat and organized.

ViaGoogle Play Store

Google Makes Google+ Hangouts Default As The New Gmail Video Chat


In what probably can be described as being uniform and clean, Google has replaced its existing video chat system in Gmail with Google+ Hangouts. This actually is pretty useful, because previously you could only video chat with Gmail users, but now Google+ Hangouts works on iOS or Android devices, including other Gmail and Google+ users, and even has screen sharing and collaborating on documents. It’s all good at Google; video of the new feature is after the break. Via: Google

Apple says Mountain Lion is the “most successful OS X release ever” with 3M downloads

Since Mountain Lion has been available for only 4 days now on the Mac App Store, it’s seen 3 million downloads. On top of the low $20 price for upgrading, the new features and ease of upgrading also easily draws users in. As Apple put it:

“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said in a released statement earlier today.

Check out the launch of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion here.