Windows 8 stable on ARM, going to developers soon, say sources

Windows 8 is stable on the ARM chip platform and will be seeded to developers soon, sources told CNET. Devices may be priced significantly less than their Intel counterparts, too.

Windows 8 on ARM should go to developers in February, said one source, who had some hands-on time with a high-profile device from a major PC maker, adding that Windows 8 was impressive and stable.

"In October of last year. [Windows 8 on ARM] scared the industry because it was unstable. But what we are seeing now is quite stable," said another source, who also confirmed an expected … Read more

Former colleagues share memories of Steve Jobs

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The first time Steve Jobs went to go buy a suit, it took an entire day to get everything just right.

"Before the Mac introduction, I took him to San Francisco to buy his first suit; he spent the entire day matching colors," recalled Regis McKenna, who was Jobs' marketing mentor during Apple's formative years. "He had to have the right tie, the right suit, the right pants, the right socks, and the right shoes...this was the period before the black shirt and the Chinese uniform."

The anecdote was one of … Read more

Steve Jobs' big lesson: 'Stay hungry. Stay foolish'

Steve Jobs has passed away and what you'll find on these pages and many Web pages like them are planned storylines about the life Apple's co-founder.

That's life in the news business. You plan ahead. Now that we're posting stories, video packages, and other pieces of content it all just feels off. Like way off.

Why? You don't quite know what your reaction will be until the moment actually comes. We all knew Jobs' day would come. We also knew it would come soon. That's why the thoughts that emerged when Jobs stepped down … Read more

iCloud support could be headed to Snow Leopard

Apple frequently saves its newest features for the latest versions of its hardware and software, though a notice on a preference pane from an older version of Mac OS X suggests the company could be adding functionality from its upcoming iCloud service to the previous version of its operating system as part of a future software update.

Macrumors today posted a purported screenshot of the .Mac settings screen from Tiger (the OS before Snow Leopard and Leopard) noting that it's no longer able to sync up to Apple's servers because the account itself has been upgraded to iCloud. … Read more

A beginner's guide to telecom jargon, part 5

The mobile world moves at a breakneck pace, and it's difficult to keep up--even without the technical jargon most industry insiders throw around. And they do love to toss those terms about.

This week, I attempt to explain one of technology's favorite buzzwords, no small feat given its broad use and different interpretations applied to it.

So for some light reading, here are a few terms telecom experts throw around with the assumption that everyone understands them.

Cloud: It's increasingly become one of the most oft-used words among technology circles. At its most basic level, it means … Read more

'Tron: Legacy' pinball looks like a quarter quencher

In "Tron: Legacy," we were once again exposed to the madness of a virtual world created by an eccentric programmer. And now the grid has inspired a new game.

Get ready to load your fanny pack full of quarters. Stern Pinball and Disney recently unveiled a full featured "Tron: Legacy" pinball machine perhaps worthy enough for Flynn's Arcade. The playfield features light cycles, deadly discs, and other notable imagery from the film. The audio doesn't slouch either, as the original Daft Punk soundtrack and character sound clips emit during gameplay.

Well-known names in the pinball industry collaborated on the project: John Borg is the playfield architect, artist John Youssi designed the art, and David Thiel engineered the sound.

After pulling back on the plunger, players take on the role of Sam Flynn, who is attempting to fight off villians Clu and Rinsler. According to Stern Pinball, gameplay features are numerous, including the option to "ride the two ramps for Light Cycle battles on different levels of the Grid; defeat the motorized Recognizer target bank to expose Rinsler's spinning Identity Disc; or fire the ball from Rinsler's Disc to simulate a Disc War."

There's even a limited edition "Tron: Legacy" pinball machine (about 400 will be made) that Pinball News has described in greater detail. The LE model features EL wire lighting, chrome trim, enhanced playfield artwork, an extra playfield toy, and other enhancements.

I'm hoping I can play soon. Anything to get closer to Olivia Wilde (Quorra).… Read more

Hands-on with Second Screen: Bonus Blu-ray features on your iPad

While my iPad has become a second screen in many ways--as an e-reader, social-networking pane, video viewer, and more--a new series of apps from Disney is ready to take that into a whole new direction. Disney's Second Screen is a series of apps that take over your iPad and offer up a second screen of information during movie viewings, acting as a disembodied set of bonus features.

Second Screen is a feature that's currently offered on Disney's "Tron" and "Bambi" Blu-ray discs. Each movie has its own app in Apple's App Store. These apps are free, and hefty, too--the "Tron: Legacy" app clocked in at over 800MB, the "Bambi" app comes in at 498MB. However, you can't do anything with the app without activating a "Magic Code" found inside the Blu-ray disc's box. I made the mistake of downloading the app and leaving the Blu-ray box in the office, taking home the disc in a plastic sleeve. Unfortunately, the disc itself can't unlock the app, so I had to wait till the next day to Second Screen my home "Tron: Legacy"-viewing experience. Bottom line: don't lose that code.

The cleverest part of the whole Second Screen idea isn't its content: it's the app's ability to synchronize with the movie and play its related content alongside a time code of sorts that counts down in the upper part of the screen.… Read more

Welcome to the creepily awesome Tron home

In today's Hollywood, a movie doesn't have to actually be good to be a success. Box office flops and critics' punching bags can live on and prosper with the right marketing and merchandising strategy--or in the case of Disney's "Tron: Legacy," a super cool interior design project.

Disney is teaming with DuPont and a bunch of architects and designers to bring the world of the "Grid" to life, and this time without the use of expensive CGI effects.

Instead, they'll be using Corian--DuPont's trademark solid-surface material most commonly used in countertops--to create creepily sterile-looking furniture and all the other accoutrements you'd expect to find in the home of a Grid denizen... er, program.

Click through the gallery above to see digital renderings of the Tron pad, complete with a home entertainment center, a kitchen that's cooler than anything in stainless steel, and a hot tub you'll want to be sure to unplug for. A real-life version of the "Tron designs Corian" geek abode will exhibit at Milan Design Week from April 11-17, and we even hear Jacuzzi is involved in the project. Talk about a Sea of Simulation...… Read more

'Tron' light cycles come to life, and they're for sale

Show up at the "Tron: Legacy" movie premiere on one of these babies.

Parker Brothers Choppers, of Melbourne, Fla., have built 10 Tron Lightcycles. The $55,000 bike is built on a steel frame, with a fiberglass body and a V-twin Suzuki TLR1000 engine. According to Parker Brothers, it is street-legal.

Each bike weighs a reported 474 pounds and is about 100 inches long and 23 inches wide, with a seat 28.5 inches off the ground. And while the Parker Brothers' design is strikingly similar to the Disney movie light cycle, there are some visible differences, such … Read more

Third 'Tron Legacy' trailer hits, and is amazing

opinion Loyal Crave readers will know that we're losing our collective heads in anticipation of "Tron Legacy," the sequel to the imagination-grabbing original from 1982. We've been covering the toys, costumes, and even the music. Our own Josh Lowensohn even got to talk to The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, a few weeks ago. Why yes, I am jealous.

The first actual trailer, which we saw a year ago, blew us away. Then in the summer we got another. And here is the third, and it is even more awesome than the others. I cannot wait to see Jeff Bridges vs. Jeff Bridges in 3D. … Read more