Microsoft, FBI warnings, Steam broadcasting and Not-so-sweet Lollipops

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Well this time the LiveWire got a bit late, but hey, as the saying goes, “Better late than never”. So let’s take a look at what’s happening around us today

Windows 8.1 leaps ahead of Windows 8, Windows XP still strong

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According to statistics released by StatCounter, Windows 8.1 has indeed overtaken its predecessor in terms of internet usage.

In the research conducted, it was found out that Windows 8.1 has increased it’s market share to 7.5%, a whole 1.2% more than Windows 8 in the month of August.

“Following a mixed reaction to Windows 8, perhaps because of its radical new look, Windows 8.1 appears to be winning over users,” said StatCounter’s chief executive Aodhan Cullen

Despite its popularity though, Windows 7 remains the world’s global leader in the operating system space,a little over 50% of the internet usage share.

In other news, Windows XP whose lifecycle officially ended on the 8th of April 2014, still continues its stalwart appearance in the market running second to Windows 7 with a share of 12.9%. Despite having no more updates, patches or quick fixes, the popular OS refuses to go down quietly into the night.

Android Lollipop not as popular as Google hoped it would be

 

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It has been about a month since Google released it’s latest iteration of the Android OS titled “Lollipop”. So far only the Nexus series of smartphones have received it with other manufacturers prepping their own devices for it,

Surprisingly though, Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 to 4.3) remains the most widely used Android version in the market to date with a market share of 48.7% followed by Android 4.4 KitKat with 30.2% and Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%. The now somewhat ancient Android 2.3x Gingerbread still has a somewhat surprising 9.1% of the whole market share.

The interesting part about this is that there seem to be no details regarding Lollipop anywhere. This is especially disconcerting as according to the company’s terms, they are supposed to list down all version of Android with over 0.1% of usage. Pretty much all Nexus devices have received the update and the recently released Nexus 6 ships with Lollipop out of the box.

Steam releases live game streaming in an attempt to compete with Twitch

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Steam released a new beta feature titled “Broadcasting” that allows users to stream your games to your friends (akin to how Twitch does it) directly from withing the Steam client.

The process is what the the company calls being “incredibly simple”,with a press of a button. Users can set the client to preview games either to watch anytime or when invited.

Broadcasting will start when someone starts a game and will end when the game is quit, however users have the option to also broadcast their desktop to stop the stream from ending. Also, Chrome and Safari are the only available browsers for game streams and Steam broadcasts (available on for PC) are only available live at launch meaning they cannot be saved for later.

FBI warns of lethal malware after Sony Hacks.

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We all know that Sony Pictures Entertainment got hacked, badly. now, the FBI has issued warning to all major technology companies regarding a malware that can apparently override data on infected PCs and prevent the PC from booting up. This type of attack called a “wiper malware” is was first used in Shamoon attack against Saudi Oil company Aramco in 2012 and is pretty much same malware used by attackers to get access to the PCs and network at Sony

The malware works corrupting the MBR (Master Boot Record) on a hard drive, thus making it unbootable thereby shutting the systtem down. Sony, who were the victims of this attack were witness to leaks of epic proportions including salaries of its employees, login credentials of its servers leaked on the web. and even copies of several of Sony’s unreleased movie titles.

Believed to be the work of the North Korean regime, The North Korean government has warned the US of “merciless retaliation” against Sony’s upcoming comedy titled “The Interview” if released.. The plot of The Interview revolves around two celebrity journalists played by Seth Rogen and James Franco who score a rare interview with Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un. They later get enlisted by CIA to kill him.

 

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