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Archive for July 11th, 2017

The LiquidSky 2.0 beta is live today in the Google Play Store , promising to let you play any game on any Android device via the magic of cloud streaming. Want to cruise around Grand Theft Auto 5 on your Pixel XL? Or maybe you’d rather wreck some fools in Overwatch on your Galaxy Tab S2? That’s what this update is all about. LiquidSky gives each user a unique, virtual PC where they’re able to download new games and access their existing libraries via any storefront, including Steam, Humble Bundle, GOG, Origin, Blizzard and the ‘net. This unique PC shows up on any supported device (no Apple love for now), allowing folks to play everything from 8-bit adventures to AAA blockbusters on otherwise underpowered platforms. Today’s LiquidSky 2.0 update brings the Android version on par with the ongoing Windows beta . LiquidSky takes advantage of IBM’s public cloud infrastructure, tapping into data centers around the globe and scaling in real-time alongside demand. This approach addresses the scalability problem that crippled cloud-gaming companies like OnLive in the early 2010s: Without global cloud systems, OnLive had to purchase and install servers around the world as each new user logged on. It was an unsustainable approach and OnLive shut down in 2015. “You have a million users flood in, you buy all these servers with massive capital up front, and those users are in different locations. There’s too much latency, and the only games you can play are Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars , ” LiquidSky CEO Ian McLoughlin told Engadget in January. “So you’re left with this massive data center that you can’t do anything with, so they started essentially giving things away for free. Even then, they couldn’t get the users to enjoy the catalog. It was too soon before its time.” LiquidSky has another advantage over game-streaming companies of yore: It’s free to access. Users have the option to watch ads (that’s the “free” version), purchase credits as they go (bundles start at $10), or pay monthly (at least $20 a month). LiquidSky is, essentially, a streaming service, and the company recommends users stick to ethernet when possible. But, that completely misses the point of an Android version. So, if you’re going mobile, LiquidSky suggests 5Ghz WiFi or 4G — assuming your data plan can handle it.

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Elon Musk buys his old X.com domain from PayPal

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The most famous single-letter domain owner is without a doubt Elon Musk, whose company X.com eventually became PayPal . Unfortunately, when Musk was pushed out , the domain (with its aught-tastic logo, above) stayed behind with PayPal. However, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO has bought it back for an unknown sum, according to Domain Investing and a tweet by Musk. Nobody’s saying how much he paid, but as a term of reference, Z.com sold for around $6.8 million three years ago. Whatever the price, the transaction seems to have been done on friendly terms. Musk’s tweet says “Thanks PayPal for allowing me to buy back X.com! No plans right now, but it has great sentimental value to me.” I’d be sentimental too — the $165 million he earned from PayPal, though it seems quaint nowadays, helped him launch SpaceX and Tesla, companies now valued at around $15 billion and $50 billion, respectively. Thanks PayPal for allowing me to buy back https://t.co/bOUOejO16Y ! No plans right now, but it has great sentimental value to me. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2017 X.com has been inactive, but Domain Investing noticed that the Whois had switched from PayPal to “private, ” and the domain moved from MarkMonitor to GoDaddy. After the site reached out to PayPal, it eventually replied that “we are delighted to sell the domain X.com back to its previous owner, Elon Musk.” The purchase price could come up in an SEC filing if it’s in the high seven or even eight figures, since both PayPal and Tesla are public companies. As for what Musk will do with it, he’s not saying, but this is a guy who dreams up things like Hyperloop in his spare time, so expect something from beyond left field . Source: Domain Investing , Elon Musk (Twitter)

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Ubuntu Linux is available in the Windows Store

Posted by kenmay on July - 11 - 2017

Here’s a statement that would have been unimaginable in previous years : Ubuntu has arrived in the Windows Store. As promised back in May , you can now download a flavor of the popular Linux distribution to run inside Windows 10. It won’t compare to a conventional Ubuntu installation, as it’s sandboxed (it has limited interaction with Windows) and is focused on running command line utilities like bash or SSH. However, it also makes running a form of Linux relatively trivial. You don’t have to dual boot, install a virtual machine or otherwise jump through any hoops beyond a download and ticking a checkbox. Microsoft hasn’t said exactly when you can expect to see Fedora and SUSE Linux, the other two distributions coming to the Windows Store. Nonetheless, this is a big milestone that reflects Microsoft’s dramatic shift in attitude over the years. Where it used to be interested in protecting Windows sales at all costs, it’s now much more interested in pushing services . The addition of Linux is a logical extension of that strategy — developers and IT managers might be more likely to use Microsoft cloud offerings if they know that familiar Linux commands are a few clicks away. Via: The Verge Source: Windows Store

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