No matter the year, there are always anticipated game releases to look forward to. 2011 is no different, and there are plenty of blockbuster titles slated to hit the shelves. Perhaps the most anticipated release for 2011 is Metal Gear Solid: Rising. Other notables include Socom 4, Tomb Raider, Crysis 2, and Batman: Arkham City.
Sandy Bridge and Oak Trail SoC processors from Intel
Intel has a pair of new processor lines for 2011 that will power the ever-growing number of smartphones and tablets. The company's Sandy Bridge and Oak Trail chips will be released to compete against the ARM processors that currently dominate the mobile processing landscape. The Sandy Bridge will reportedly offer support for 3D video, while both chips are said to provide faster performance and better graphics, all while consuming less power.
An update to the Windows Phone 7 OS
Early this year, owners of new Windows Phone 7 devices can look forward to an updated version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. The improvements expected to come in the update are said to be rather pedestrian, but they will help elevate the OS to somewhat of a more equal ground with its iOS and Android competitors. Some of the upgrades set to ship include turn-by-turn directions from Bing, copy and paste capability, and better support for multitasking.
Windows 8 public beta
If Microsoft does come out with a public beta version of Windows 8, it probably won't happen until late this year. While many believe that Windows 8 won't even come out until the last half of 2012, some are pointing to recent actions by Microsoft to back their hopes for a beta version in 2011. Microsoft has been busy asking for feedback on its newest OS software, leading some to speculate that the software giant has something special brewing. Some of the rumored improvements over Windows 7 included optimized power management, quicker start-up time, a simpler interface, better integration between the home, office, and mobile arenas, and an app store.
Mac OS X Lion
Expected during the summer, Mac OS X Lion will reportedly bring several refinements to the Mac landscape that Apple implemented in its popular iOS devices. Such a move would bring a lot of familiarity to avid Apple followers and owners of the iPhone and iPad, as they could look forward to a Mac App Store, improved organization of apps, files, windows, and other objects, and a greater variety of multi-touch gestures to exercise with their touch pads, all in a different environment.
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