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Apple unleashes iOS 7, arrives on September 18 for most iOS devices

By the end of this month, Apple will have passed the 700 million iOS devices shipped milestone, but before then we should expect the release of iOS 7, the company's next-generation mobile OS.

 

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iOS 7 looks gorgeous when compared to iOS 6, and finally brings it up to the multi-tasking, gorgeous UI that we've come to expect from the various Android 4.x iterations of Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3). It looks great, and has some new features, such as Siri being able to search Tweets, as well as Siri being capable of searching Wikipedia, inline web search and photo search.

 

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We have textured ringtones, and improvements made to system sound alerts. Apple has made it easier to share on iOS 7, with a new "Share Sheet" which lets you push out to Twitter or e-mail, as well as the ability to use AirDrop to share with people close to you over "P2P Wi-Fi". iOS 7 also has iTunes Radio, which Apple describes as "the best way to experience new music."

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Apple to reportedly launch Mac OS X Mavericks late next month

Apple should have a few good months starting September 10, with its next-gen iPhone event, but in late October the Cupertino-based giant will be unleashing OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

 

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The news is coming from anonymous sources, who have said that Apple will stick with its previous tradition and launch the software the day that it releases its fourth quarter earnings report. Mavericks brings a few new features to OS X, such as enhanced multi-display support, browser-like finder tabs, and more.

 

We should also see Mavericks introduce reduced power state transitions that will take CPU utilization down by up to 72%. OS X Mavericks is also capable of compressing inactive memory to free it up for other applications that might require it. Mavericks will deliver over 200 improvements to OS X.

September Android numbers are in, Jelly Bean takes 45.1% now

Google has released the latest Android platform distribution numbers, where Android 4.1 and 4.2 have taken the lead in terms of Android OS market share. Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean combined enjoy being on 45.1% of all Android-based devices.

 

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The previous Android OS that took up the most market share was Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which now has 30.7% of Android users. Android 1.6 and 2.1 have been dropped from active tracking as they don't work with the latest version of the Google Play Store, which is where Google scoops up the distribution numbers from.

 

Jelly Bean saw increases of 4.6% total between Android 4.1 and 4.2, but all other versions of Android saw drops, showing the dominance of the best version of Android finally taking the lead. We will see more of this as Samsung has just announced some future top-selling devices, such as the Galaxy Note III and the upcoming Galaxy S5.

RumorTT: Windows 9 and 10 specs leak as 8.1 nears retail launch

Everyone loves a good tech rumor, right? More so, everyone loves a good tech rumor regarding future releases of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Today, website WinBeta has managed to beat all the odds and gain insider information on what we might expect to see in Windows 9 as well as Windows 10. Of course, with Windows 8.1 not even officially released to the public, it would be best to take everything you're about to read with a very fine grain of salt.

 

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The leaks come from a source simply named "WZOR" that the website claims has been correct on countless Microsoft leaks in the past. The mysterious--and apparently infamous--WZOR states that Windows 9 will be more closely related to Windows 7 than it will to Windows 8, but no explicit details were given. He says that Windows 9 will continue the Aero-based desktop OS that so many of us techies missed gratefully.

 

"According to WZOR, Windows 9 will be similar to the desktop OS we know today. He claims that Microsoft is planning to bring the old Aero interface back, but not as we all know it. That's all he teases regarding the Aero interface, but he also claims that Windows 9 will make an appearance in a years time, much sooner than expected," reads the WinBeta article.

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Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 officially ready to launch

Microsoft confirmed today that it has completed Windows 8.1 and has started releasing it to manufacturers. This means that Windows 8.1 can now be loaded onto systems slated for launch on October 18. Unfortunately, Redmond is still going to make everyone wait until the 17 for their digital download or upgrade.

 

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Unfortunately, those with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions will also have to wait until the general release date of October 18 to download Windows 8.1. And although the updated operating system is technically "finished," Microsoft will use the next few weeks to put the "finishing touches" on the new OS. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge that the software giant is "working with a limited set of partners who are building apps that will showcase the new functionality of Windows 8.1; however, we have nothing more to share at this time."

 

So there you have it; Windows 8.1 is finished and for all intents and purposes is ready to be installed on millions of PCs worldwide. It will be interesting to see what "polishing" Microsoft does to the OS between the preview copy and the released copy. But to be quite honest, Windows 8 still does nothing to excite me.

RumorTT: Apple to make iOS 7 available to the public on September 10

We know that there's an Apple event coming soon, on September 10, where we should meet the new iPhone 5S (and possibly, the cheaper iPhone 5C), but we should also hear about iOS 7, too.

 

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Well, it looks like a developer named Owen Williams has received an e-mail stating that iOS 7 will be released to the general public on September 10. The e-mail in question comes from Nuance, who are best known as the company who behind the curtains of Apple's voice assistant, Siri. If iOS 7 is to drop on September 10, it opens the doors of possibility to same-day availability for the new iPhone...

It looks like Microsoft has Windows 8.1 all primed and ready to go

Windows 8.1 isn't far away, but it looks like Microsoft's refreshed OS has just reached its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage on August 23. The news is coming from veterans of Microsoft reporting: Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott.

 

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They've both cited sources close to the Redmond-based giant who have confirmed that Windows 8.1 reached RTM status on August 23, with a final build number of 9600.16384.130821-1623. But why didn't Microsoft announce they had reached RTM? Well, its CEO Steve Ballmer did announce his retirement in the last couple of days, which could be a very valid reason.

 

Let's hope he leaves on a high note with Windows 8.1, and doesn't regret it like he did with Windows Vista.

Apple seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers

Apple is inching closer to the official release of OS X Mavericks, seeding out OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers over the last 24 or so hours.

 

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In Apple's release of Developer Preview 5, the Cupertino-based giant introduced both the Mac iMacs app and a new beta version of iPhoto. OS X Mavericks, which is expected to be released in the fall, will include multiple new features such as a tabbed Finder, full-screen dual-monitor capabilities, Safari improvements and a new Maps app.

 

Developers can grab the update through the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store.

Windows 8.1 build 9477 leaked online, is a near-final version

Microsoft's "oh crap, we'd better update our new OS because everyone hates it" otherwise known as Windows 8, is to soon get updated to Windows 8.1, but now there's a new leaked version online in the form of build 9477.

 

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Windows 8.1 build 9477 was seeded to OEMs three weeks ago, and has since leaked online. Microsoft will unleash Windows 8.1 to the world on October 18, and will be a free downloadable update to those running Windows 8. Windows 8 build 9477 is in Chinese, and "available online". This should be one of the last leaks we'll see, but there have been sightings of build 9484, too.

 

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We're close, and hopefully consumers enjoy Windows 8.1 more because if not, it looks like Windows 9 could take a big step backwards, or a totally different jump forwards.

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