If you're like me, you're probably really excited about the prospect of an iOS6 and 6.1 untethered jailbreak. The Evasi0n website has been updated to say that the tool has entered private beta for the Windows and Mac versions, with a Linux version "still in the works." The website advises users to "come back soon!"
We're getting awfully close to the rumored Sunday launch and it appears that a launch on Super Bowl Sunday isn't out of the question. The jailbreak is said to work with every iOS 6 device, so you'll be able to jailbreak your 3GS all the way up to your brand new iPhone 5. Let's hope nothing delays the jailbreak.
If you have been putting off that upgrade to Windows 8, today is your last chance to do so before the price increase takes effect tomorrow. Since Redmond released the next-generation operating system back in October, the upgrade price has been $39.99, and after today that price increases drastically.
As of tomorrow, upgrading to Windows 8 will cost you $199.99, which equates to a 400% price hike. If you have been on the fence about upgrading, now is definitely the time to make the decision.
In addition to the $199.99 Windows 8 Pro license, Microsoft is offering a regular Windows 8 upgrade for $119.99 which can be upgraded to Pro for $99.99 at a later date. Right now Windows 8 Pro will let you add Media Center for free, but tomorrow and forward, Media Center will cost you about $10.
Users stuck on a jailed iPhone 5 or tethered jailbreak of iOS 6 can rejoice. News of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6/6.1 and iPhone 5 possibly releasing Sunday has been supported by the release of a website and name for the jailbreak. Introducing evasi0n, produced by Evad3rs team.
The website says that they are currently finishing up the GUI and that the next step is private beta testing. The jailbreak is said to be compatible with all iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, and the iPad mini running iOS 6-6.1. Here's to hoping that the jailbreak does release on Super Bowl Sunday!
If you haven't picked up Windows 8 Pro quite yet, you should really consider doing it before the end of January. The upgrade is currently available for $39.99 online, but that price will soon be going up. Students won't be left completely in the woods, though, as starting February 1, they will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99.
While that price isn't quite as good as the current $39.99, it will be better than the regular price of $199.99. If you can afford to buy the upgrade now, you should, even if you qualify for the student price. You don't have to install the update before February 1, you just have to have purchased it.
Windows 8 offers the best for work and play and with the new Start screen that makes it super easy to organize, access and find what matters most to you. With Windows 8, students can download apps from the Windows Store like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote for taking notes in class or Skype to stay connected with friends and family.
Just as soon as the words were out of my mouth looking for a jailbreak in the iOS 6.1 announcement post, Planetbeing has tweeted that iOS 6.1 "appears to be vulnerable to the exploits we are planning on using." This is good news for those of us looking for a jailbroken iPhone 5 as we should soon be getting some love.
Other jailbreakers chimed in on Twitter, dropping a possible hint that the untethered jailbreak could be coming Super Bowl Sunday. In other words, we could be getting a jailbreak for our iPhone 5s within six days. MuscleNerd tweeted:
Hey, did everyone know the Super Bowl is this Sunday? What will you be doing? /cc @evad3rs
Nothing is completely confirmed right now, but all signs are looking good. I know I've been frustrated by the lack of a jailbreak for my device. If the Evad3rs team can come through, I, along with most iPhone 5 users, will be extremely happy. If you're an iPhone 5 user, hold on for just a few more days, it looks like we're almost there.
Apple has made available the latest version of the iOS operating system, iOS 6.1. This update brings with it a few minor features, such as LTE support for more carriers, the baility to purchase movie tickets through Fandango by asking Siri, a button to reset the advertising identifier, and the ability for iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud.
The update comes in at 86.7MB for the iPhone 5 and should probably be downloaded over Wi-Fi. The update can be installed over-the-air or via iTunes, like most updates. Hopefully now that iOS6.1 is out, some of those jailbreaking groups will get running with the new version finding bugs and eventually producing a working jailbreak for the iPhone 5.
Previously, these jailbreaking groups have said they have about four bugs and working jailbreaks in-house, but didn't want to publicly release them for fear of losing the bugs and possibly being locked out of the system completely. Most groups have said that a jailbreak will likely be made available for the iPhone 5 once iOS 6.1 came out.
The Register is reporting that Redmond-based software giant, Microsoft, is blaming OEMs for the slow sales of their Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft believes that vendors didn't adhere closely enough to their hardware recommendations, with manufacturers producing mostly non-touchscreen computers that didn't show off Windows 8's touchscreen side.
This information, as usual, comes from a "well-placed" source "familiar with the matter". Since Windows 8's launch on October 28, and the end of 2012, Microsoft claim to have sold around 60 million copies of Windows 8. Windows Vista took around six months to reach the same number, but statistics are only one side of the story.
Official numbers on Microsoft's sales of their tablet, Surface, have not been unveiled by the Redmond-based company. OEMs aren't sitting back taking all the heat, either, with some OEMs coming out and saying that Microsoft is to blame for the slow Windows 8 sales. The biggest reasons computer manufacturers didn't follow Microsoft's internal guidelines is that few companies were willing to spend the money on expensive, high-end devices that consumers weren't guaranteed to purchase - not every item can be an iPad, after all.
We keep hearing different things about Windows 8, on one hand it's not doing so well, but on the other hand, it's chomping up some OS market share. Net Applications' latest data reveals that Windows 8 is now on 2.25% of computers, up from December's numbers of 1.64%.
With Windows 8 at 2.25%, Microsoft are quickly chomping on the heels of Mac OS X 10.8, which enjoys 2.43% of the OS market share pie. Windows 8 Touch and Windows 8 RT Touch collectively added 0.08% to Microsoft's OS market share. Take a guess who is enjoying the most share of the OS market - what's that you say? - Windows 7, well you'd be right. Windows 7 is hogging a hefty 45.35% of the OS market.
Windows XP is still chugging along with 38.71%, with Vista sitting on 5.06%. Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 are looking at 1.93% and 1.92% respectively. Linux, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Windows 98 all combined scoop up the remaining 2.35% of the OS market share.
The launch date for Microsoft's Office 2013 has finally been set. The January 29th launch date info comes from a pre-order page on a Canadian retailers website.
Office 2013 is Microsoft's latest installment in its legendary productivity suite. Office 2013 has been available to businesses since November and it has been available for consumers to preview for quite some time now, with a version of the preview being installed on all Windows RT-based tablets.
The company had previously revealed that its Office 365 subscription service giving users access to the Office 2013 suite would cost $99.99 per year, while different standalone versions of the suite will range from $139.99 to $399.99.
If you have been putting off upgrading to Windows 8 cheaply, your time is running out. At the beginning of February the price of an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost you $200 instead of the introductory offer of $40.
Redmond is claiming that it has already sold a whopping 60 million copies of Windows 8, but there is no word on how many of those licenses have actually been activated.
Like Windows 7 there are several editions of Windows 8 which will be priced as follows: Pro will be the top dog at $199.99, Windows 8 upgrade edition at $119.99, and Windows 8 Pro Pack at $99.99. If you have any interest in upgrading to Windows 8, I highly suggest you jump on the current $40 offer.
Siri, iOS' personal assistant, can do a lot of different things. She can set timers and alarms, find out scores of sports games, and even tell you a joke--sort of. Siri started out as a Pentagon-funded artificial intelligence research project, but has now grown into so much more. But, Apple's not content.
A posting by Apple on LinkedIn is looking for "someone who combines a love for language, wordplay, and conversation with demonstrated experience in bringing creative content to life within an intense technical environment."
The end result Apple is looking to achieve is spelled out in the posting: it will "evolve and enrich Siri...known for 'her' wit, cultural knowledge, and zeal to explain things in engaging, funny, and practical ways."
If you have what it takes and want to help make Siri better for users around the world, you can find the LinkedIn post here.
About a week ago, reports surfaced of a workaround that allowed unsigned ARM-based applications to run on Windows RT, and now a member at the XDA-Developers forum has created a jailbreak tool that automates the process, making it easy for non-tech savvy users to run unsigned apps.
The jailbreak tool is based on the same tethered technique shown by the hacker "clrokr", meaning that the jailbreak will have to be applied each time the device is rebooted. While not ideal, this saves you from having to modify the Windows kernel.
x86 programs cannot simply be installed using this technique, they still must be recompiled for the ARM architecture. Still, this hack opens up huge doors of opportunity for the home-brew crowd, as well as developers and hackers alike. It is still up in the air if Redmond will issue a patch, effectively blocking the crack, or if they will embrace the DIY community and leave sleeping lions lying.
CES 2013 - Canonical was in attendance of CES 2013 and at the show they had Galaxy Nexus devices running its new Ubuntu mobile OS. I got a chance to take some video of the device, though I was not allowed to touch it at all. A Canonical employee walked me through the device in the video embedded below.
To be quite blunt, I'm ready to buy the device. I'll toss my iPhone in the trash and buy this thing tomorrow, if it were available. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until the end of the year for devices running the operating system to be available, but until then, the operating system should continue to be polished even further than it already is at this stage of its development.
The video is definitely worth watching as it demonstrates the interface of the operating system, which is quite a bit different from the other operating systems available. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Android adoption continues to expand at rapid rates, but as quick as it's expanding with new devices sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, or older devices coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, older revisions of Android are seeing declines in market share.
It wasn't too long ago that Android 2.3 Gingerbread enjoyed more than 50% of the Android market share on devices, but that has now shrunk to 47.3%. Android 4.1 has scooped up 9% of the market share, with Android 4.2.1 seeing just 1.2%. Gingerbread's share of the Android OS market is expected to decline in the future as more devices ship with updated versions of the Android OS. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and higher) versions of Android now represent over 40% of the entire Android OS market share.
Google, and their partners like Samsung, LG and more will continue to push out Jelly Bean-based devices which will only see Jelly Bean's numbers increase. As consumers upgrade to these devices, Gingerbread's market share will continue to drop - which is great, as it's a very old OS. Android has come a very long way since Gingerbread, and it looks like users are noticing this, and upgrading.
Apple has acknowledged a bug in iOS 6 that prevents scheduled Do Not Disturb from turning off in the morning. The bug was first discovered yesterday when the new year rolled around. Apple has said that the bug will automatically fix itself next week, so until then they recommend manually turning Do Not Disturb off and on.
"Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013," Apple said in the support article. "Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off."
Canonical, the creators and maintainers of Ubuntu, a Linux operating system, has released details about their new phone operating system Ubuntu. Wait, what? That's right, Ubuntu will soon be coming to phone near you. The Android-based operating system is billed by Canonical as "more immersive [and] less cluttered."
They are also saying that it will be powerful enough to be used as a desktop system, though that sort of phone-as-a-PC thing didn't work out too well for Motorola. The mobile OS space is fairly crowded, with iOS and Android dominating and Microsoft trying to make Windows Phone viable, so it will be a tough battle for the fledgling operating system.
Mozilla is also working on bringing out a mobile operating system and Samsung, Intel, and others are working on the Linux-based Tizen. Smartphones using the operating system aren't expected to ship until 2014, so it will likely be even more difficult for the OS to gain traction. With that said, you miss every shot you don't take.
Windows 8 has taken a huge beating in the media since it's release, and some feel that the ill will towards Microsoft's current operating system is unwarranted. In a recent interview, Acer president Jim Wong said that Windows 8 is actually very good and that consumers will adapt to it int he coming months.
"Windows 8 is a major milestone for 2012, but it is also a new system that consumers must learn and the learning process will prevent the operating system from taking off quickly," Wong said. "However, many of the concerns and criticisms concerning Windows 8 have been rather unfair."
Personally I am mixed on Windows 8, I feel that Windows 7 is still a viable operating system that is technically still cutting edge when it comes to operating systems. I will give it to Microsoft though, my mother was unable to use her netbook with Windows 7. Once I upgraded it to 8, she took to the Metro UI very quickly and now uses the small laptop for everything.
I've got to admit, this is the first version of Windows that has come out that I have just not had any interest in. Usually I have the beta of the latest version, then the RC, and then the RTM at the first second I can get them from TechNet. Windows 8? Not so much.
It looks like most consumers are having the same apprehensions, as the next-gen, touch-optimized OS from Microsoft has had a bad uptake when compared to Windows Vista. Windows 8's uptake has now fallen behind Vista's in the same point in it's release according to Net Applications' data.
Windows 8's online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PCs, which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista sported at the same two-month mark after its release. The data was collected up until December 22, so there's still just over a week of data until the end of the year to collect. But I'm sure that by then it won't make a difference.
Microsoft's Windows Phone seems to be doing well with 75,000 apps and games being certified by Microsoft this year. Microsoft also approved over 300,000 app updates this year, which shows that developers aren't giving up on the apps they release for the platform, something that can either make or break an ecosystem.
Microsoft has been doing their best to entice developers to come to the Windows Phone platform, because without them, Microsoft will have a tougher time selling devices. Carrier billing has been a big part of the Microsoft Store's success as well, as it has led to over 2x paid downloads vs credit card billing.
Convenience is key, as the carrier billing shows. Microsoft devices saw an average of 54 apps downloaded per phone and revenue has jumped 40 percent in the 30 days since Windows Phone 8 SDK was released.
Whoever is working over at HTC on Christmas Eve should receive a new bonus this year, as the group have just pushed out an update for the international version of the HTC One S handset.
This update weighs in at a hefty 612MB, and shoots the software version up to 3.16.401.8. The update includes:
- Android 4.1.1 and HTC Sense 4+
- Enhanced UI with better performance in Camera
- New landing page and event/map view in gallery
- Power management improvement
Lawyers are making some serious bank these days with the countless lawsuits between tech giants Samsung and Apple, but it looks like the former is suing Apple for their Notification Center.
In their home country of South Korea, the electronics giant are suiting Samsung for the feature that debuted with iOS 5. There is some risk, though, as the Notification Center isn't a standards-essential patent, so if Samsung loses, they'll be coughing up some money to Apple.
At the moment it's not known if Samsung are defending a patent they have in possession or whether they have enhanced an existing patent that some other company had received before Apple launched the Notification Center. Keep in mind that Samsung can't sue for something that Google patented, and considering Samsung run Android and not their own custom OS, this could get interesting.