Steam’s upcoming Greenlight will let gamers choose which titles are added

Valve’s upcoming feature for Steam, the worldwide PC games download service (also intertwined with multiplayer, social networking, and in-house Valve games), will allow users to vote on which games are added to Steam. The feature will be called “Steam Greenlight”, and will not immediately just allow for users of Steam to decide on the spot which games get added, but basically will let the developer (and Valve) know what games they are interested in playing, and obviously the developer (if they’re really thinking about what the market thinks) will follow suit.

The Steam Greenlight service will launch in late August. Via: Steam

Microsoft will officially release Windows 8 at the end of October

After plenty of waiting and programming (with testing all sorts of builds), Windows 8 will be available to everyone at the end of October, according to Microsoft’s Tami Reller during the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada on Monday. Windows laptops and desktops will share Windows 8 with Windows RT, the tablet version of the operating system. And since Microsoft and other PC manufacturers will have access to Windows 8 starting in August, preparations will be on-time for the late October launch. Via: The Windows Team Blog

UK Judge says Galaxy Tab design ‘not as cool’ as iPad, so it does not infringe it

You have to love the High Court of Justice’s Chancery Division. Today it ruled that the Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon the iPad’s design. In fact, UK Judge Colin Biriss said that Galaxy Tab models “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” continuing with the rather entertaining claim that “they are not as cool.” He also went on to say that “the view from the front is really very striking. The Galaxy tablets are not identical to the Apple design but they are very, very similar in this respect.” However, differences in the styling of the backs of the tablets and “the thinness of the Galaxy tablets” overcame all other similarities.

It’s a timely and earned victory for Samsung in the UK, considering that in the United States the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was served an injunction, despite sharing identical characteristics between the American and United Kingdom models.


Brevity Review: Bang & Olufsen Form 2 Headphones

Bang & Olufsen. Not the brand name that comes to mind immediately to one looking for high-quality, over-ear lightweight headphones, but by all logical and statistical means, do not allow brand naming to completely govern technology (well, at least not excessively). B&O have delightful pair of headphones called the Form 2, available in numerous colors (the unit tested is in red), weigh 68 grams, and have a frequency range of 40 to 20,000Hz. The method of distributing sound in the Form 2 is the dynamic drive variant, which according to B&O, “gives you a true and well-defined soundstage, with a good bass, a focused middle and precise highs.”

B&O Form 2 Photo Shots

That actually speaks for itself. Not exemplary bass, astounding middle and perfect highs, but just enough audio performance to justify the cost of the Form 2 ($105), while keeping it lightweight. Now, what the Form 2 does well is deliver pretty good sound, whether it be via a music app on your smartphone or through a laptop. However, it sometimes causes discomfort (for my ears and head, at least), for not being entirely ergonomic, but more so modern and minimalism. An example of this is the length adjustments, which don’t always stay in place. Also, there is no remote on the wires, allowing you to pause/play or skip songs.

All in all, the Form 2 delivers good sound and representation, is both detailed and balanced, but has the tendency to be uncomfortable if used for too long. It’s an acceptable pair of lightweight headphones.

Score: 7/10

Available at Bang 7 Olufsen or Amazon for $105.

Galaxy Nexus Now Back At The Play Store, For The Interim

Following the ban started for Google’s Galaxy Nexus on the 29th of June, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit suspended the injunction. Now with the ban lifted, Samsung and Apple will have to play it all in court, where a decision will be made if the Galaxy Nexus has to stay banned during the entire trial. But with Jelly Bean 4.1 and additional software update to cut out the alleged infringement on Apple’s search system, the Galaxy Nexus’ shelf life seems to be a little more lively than before.

Via: Galaxy Nexus @ Google Play

Twitter Adds Search Autocomplete To Web, Perfect For Wimbledon Tweets

The Twitter team issued an update to their web version: autocomplete search, as well as a less amateur-looking search system. All searches will be handled in a nice little box, complete with autocomplete results by typing only parts of words or hashtags. It’s a quiet update that both the Android and iOS versions have had in some capacity now, but as it currently stands, is a complete and new feature. And hey, it looks pretty useful for those Wimbledon matches this year. Via: Twitter

HTC Reports Q2 2012 Results: Dropping, Dropping, Dropping By 57.8%

The HTC One X may be the very one handset to be such a showstopper against the iPhone 4S, alongside the Galaxy S III, but HTC has not converted this into confident results. Due to all of the customs issues for the One series, paired with weak European sales, and statistics like this Q2 if 2012 totaling T$7.4 billion ($250 million), down from T$17.52 billion this time last year. It’s more of the same when you compare the T$30 billion from last month, unchanged from May and 33.4 percent less than June of last year.

Ouch. ViaReutersHTC (PDF)

Google Is Trying To Bring The Galaxy Nexus Back, By Next Week

It turns out that Google has little tolerance (quite understandably) for not having their flagship Android phone on sale in the States, so without further delay, engineers at the company are busy creating an update that would nullify the charges that put the $96 million bond and injunction by Apple in place — by next week. This would allow for the ban to be lifted and Google to continue selling the Galaxy Nexus on their Google Play Store.

Ambitious, but possible. Via: ABC