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Oh gosh - I don't believe I'm actually reporting on this, but here we go: a fake Apple ad has been making its way around on social networks, pushing people to "update to iOS 7 to become waterproof."
The ad tries to 'sell' iOS 7 to you, in a salesman type of way, by stating: "In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone's delicate circuitry." Countless people fell for it, destroying their iPhones in the process. I can't help but laugh (please don't take offense if you're on of these people), but one angry person who thought a software update would make their iPhone waterproof said: "Ok whoever said IOS7 is waterproof GO F*** YOURSELF."
I do have a question for these iDiots: if you thought a software update would magically make your iPhone waterproof, can I have the same update for my car? Maybe I can firmware flash my car and have it 10x better on mileage. Maybe I could firmware flash myself and have the ability to fly? Apple fans, officially reaching a new low.
It looks like Apple has had great success with iOS 7, which has seen over 200 million installations since it was released. Within 72 hours of its release, iOS 7 overtook iOS 6 as the most-used mobile OS on Apple devices.
Apple noted in its press release that "more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history." So it looks like Apple struck... gold, with its iOS 7 release. 200 million users downloading and installing any product, not just a mobile OS, is a massive number in itself.
The general release builds of CyanogenMod 10.1.3 are hitting the tubes that flow the Internet to our homes, and with it, brings a few nice features to the modded Android OS.
We have support for CM Account built into the release, which was previously only available for the 10.1 nightlies, which allows users to remotely locate and wipe their missing devices. This is something that is pretty identical to the Android Device Manager, but we can't complain about that, it's a great feature.
CyanogenMod 10.1.3 should be the last of the Android 4.2-based builds, with everything shifting to Android 4.3 from CyanogenMod 10.2 onwards.
Last week we broke the news that Valve was prepping for three big announcements this week surrounding its Steam gaming platform, and today the company released its first announcement by unveiling a new operating system. The new SteamOS is a free, open-source operating system that is designed around steam and built on Linux.
Valve says the new OS is capable of running on "any living room machine" which presumably means custom-built HTPCs, Laptops, and almost certainly the mystical Steam Box many industry insiders expect to be launched during one of the company's next announcements on Wednesday or Friday. Unfortunately Valve did not clue us in on an actual release date, but did say that the new OS would be available for download "soon."
"As we've been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we've come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself," Valve stated. "SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines."
We saw a tease yesterday of the new status bar with gray icons in Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we have another look from 9to5Google, which gives us a closer look at the redesigned stock apps on Android 4.4.
You can see from the images above that we have the Messaging app, and the Dialer app, which both look quite nice in their updated form. Controls for the Messaging app have been shifted to the top right of the app, and the Dialer app gets a much more streamlined look, with a nice blue color scheme. We should expect Android 4.4 KitKat to arrive mid next month on the rumored Nexus 5 handset.
The New York Police Department seem to share boxes of donuts with Apple, going as far as being crowd control at and around Apple stores on iPhone launch days, for example when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launched over the weekend.
Thanks to the new iPhone's being announced, the NYPD is expecting an increase in theft of Apple's latest smartphones. Apple's iOS 7 features new security measures that help deter theft, with the NYPD and other police agencies in the US using it to secure their smartphones, making their jobs easier.
The new feature that the NYPD likes is the Activation Lock, which forces anyone who has your phone to enter an Apple ID and passwords before they can turn off the "Find My Phone" security feature, erase it, or reactivate it. Because this happens, someone who steals your phone would need to enter in their secure information, which most would do in the excitement of nabbing themselves a new iPhone.
Apple may have launched its iOS 7 platform, but it is receiving mixed responses if my Facebook news feed has anything to do with it. Well, on the other side of the field we have Google with its Android 4.4 KitKat OS which is set to hit Android devices in the near future.
The latest tease, in the shot above, shows off a new status bar with gray icons versus the current blue. I dig it, as it is more visible on the screen than blue is. We are to expect Android 4.4 KitKat to have a refreshed UI, which is something I'm quite excited to see. What to expect? We don't know just yet, but I expect we'll see much more in the coming weeks, where I hope we'll see the Nexus 5 unveiled with Android 4.4 KitKat on board.
If you're one of the many millions of people who have just updated your iOS device to iOS 7, you might want to read this news. There is a rather large security hole in Apple's latest mobile OS, which lets anyone access your device directly from the lockscreen.
The video above shows just how easy it is to bypass the lockscreen, where all someone has to do is access your iDevice's "control center" and then open up the alarm clock. It sounds stupidly easy, and that's the problem. Holding the phone's sleep button will bring up the option to power the device off with a single swipe, but instead someone can tap "cancel," double click the home button and access the device's multitasking screen.
This gives the person access to the device's e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, photos, and Flickr account. Apple knows of the issue, and said to Forbes: "takes security very seriously and we're aware of this issue. We'll deliver a fix in a future software update."
Cyanogen has secured $7 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures, with the main goal of CyanogenMod becoming a major player in the mobile OS arena.
A major player, you ask? Yes: Cyanogen wants to compete directly with the big boys, and wants to overtake Windows Phone and BlackBerry to become the third most used mobile OS in the world. The statement comes directly from Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, who talked to The Verge, where he said: "There's always been lot of talk around who's going to be the third dominant mobile computing platform. Windows Phone would probably be No. 3 now. If you look at what our actual user base is, we might be equal to or greater than that."
Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik also had something to say: "The mobile devices out there, they're just not meant for anybody to use. They're essentially mobile cash registers. We want to help you get stuff done, and use these things to their fullest potential."
According to CNET, the open-source OS known as Tizen, would be featured on Samsung's range of TVs in 2014. Co-CEO of Samsung, Boo-Keun Yoon, has confirmed that the open-source OS will work with mobile devices, TVs and appliances, too.
Rewinding back to 2011, where Intel and Samsung joined forces to work on Tizen, with the first release arriving in January of 2012. Intel is working away on its own Tizen-powered devices, but Samsung has been hush-hush about any Tizen devices. I would say this is because of its tight relationship and massive reliance on Google's mobile OS, Android.
The current Samsung Smart TVs, one of which I own, are bloated and slow. Tizen could change all of this, in the hopes of a faster, and smarter TV for Samsung and its consumers in 2014.