Apple only pushed out iOS 6.0.2 a few days ago, but it looks like there are already people reporting issues with the latest iteration of the "world's most advanced mobile operating system".
TidBIT, and others, are reporting that iPhone 5 and iPad mini users on the Apple discussion forums are complaining that the latest iOS release is draining battery life much faster than before. It has been reported that the battery drain issues could be in relation to the devices working harder to scan for Wi-Fi access points, which is what the release of iOS 6.0.2 was meant to fix: Wi-Fi connection problems.
This isn't the first time an update has been released and affected battery life, but it sure would be annoying for a company to claim it's the "world's most advanced mobile operating system", and they still, to this day, experience these issues.
If you bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2nd 2012, then you are entitled to an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. The upgrade has been quite easy to obtain until now.
Before all you had to do was enter the name and manufacture of your Windows 7 PC. Consumers wishing to upgrade now must enter their Windows 7 licence key to obtain the cheap upgrade to Windows 8.
We are unsure as to why the further validation is required but we are speculating that it is the result of users abusing the upgrade system.
TechCrunch has gotten the scoop from mobile ad exchange MoPub that the adoption of iOS 6 has increased 29 percent since the release of Google Maps on iOS. It looks as though the lack of the app may have kept people from updating to the latest iOS version. MoPub supports 12,000 apps and says they saw a 29 percent increase in unique iOS 6 users.
MoPub's CEO told TechCrunch, "[that]we observed since the launch of Google Maps for iOS 6 a 30 percent increase in unique iOS 6 users, and we think it's related to Google Maps. It verifies the hypothesis that people were actually holding back to upgrade until Google Maps was available."�
This is good news all around as developers have to deal with fewer users on the older OS's, Apple can sell more iPhone 5s, and everyone can get to where they are going safely. Did you hold out on upgrading to iOS 6 because of the lack of Google Maps? Have you upgraded now that it is out? Let us know!
My iPhone 5 is busy downloading the new update from Apple, which brings it up to iOS version 6.0.2. The new version only offers up one area of improvement in the download box: "Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi" I had noticed that my Wi-Fi connection occasionally would drop out, so I'm hoping this fixes it.
Apple isn't very specific in saying what the update fixes, so I'm going to have to assume this is it. You can pick up the update OTA, or via iTunes. It's a 60+MB download, which doesn't take very long on a decent DSL connection.
With BlackBerry 10 being RIM's last ditch effort to compete with the too-powerful Apple and Google, leaked screenshots are now here to try and help would be customers to get excited.
The leaked shots show off the BlackBerry 10 L-Series, which has been revealed by some people on the Tinhte Vietnamese forums. The new pictures show off the updated UI from RIM, and show off the new "BlackBerry Hub" which is an all-in-one message center that sports a voice interface.
You'll see that the pull-down menu looks suspiciously close to Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean, and the home screen just looks like a poor mans version of iOS and Android. Personally I'm not enjoying what I'm seeing and I already see RIM as a sinking ship - do you think this will turn them around? Do the leaked shots excite you at all?
Most of our readers will know the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, though your average consumer may not. This was exactly what a top Dell official was worried about when he suggested to Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, not to call the new tablet version of Windows "Windows RT."
His argument went as follows: The Windows brand signifies that the operating system can run Windows applications, something Windows RT is not capable of doing. Thus it follows that the operating system should not be called Windows RT, but something else. Ballmer replied that the Windows brand was too important not to use.
Neil Hand, VP of Dell's tablet business, believes that education would still be needed: "Making sure we educate the market place on the differences was going to be a necessary action no matter what. Just calling it something different is not going to solve the problem."
Well, this doesn't bode well for Google lovers, like myself, or Windows 8. Clay Bavor, Product Management Director over at Google Apps has said that the Mountain View-based company will not be shifting over native Gmail or Google Drive apps to Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.
Bavor has said that Google have "no plans to build out Windows apps" and that they are being "very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8".
This isn't bad news for just consumers, but also Microsoft. Microsoft only recently launched Windows 8, and with a considerable amount of people tied to Google apps like Gmail and Drive, it's going to be a hard decision to abandon those apps and dive straight into Microsoft. I know I'll be holding off for now, Windows 7 does everything I need it to do.
Welcome back, gifting! Apple has returned the ability to send a paid app as a gift to another person in the iOS version of the App Store. When iOS 6 came out, it distinctly lacked the ability to send paid apps as gifts. Well, Apple has now quietly added that feature back into the App Store with one minor change.
When gifting, you can schedule the gift to be sent for up to 90 days in advance. This way you can do all your shopping for the next three months on just one day. To send a paid app as a gift, you select the share button from within the App Store and then select the "Gift" option that is combined with a giftbox picture.
While not a major update, it's definitely keeping with the times as more and more people do their shopping from their mobile devices.
Microsoft's latest ad takes swipe at competition, says they have more Windows licenses sold than Android, iOS and OS X combined
Another week, another ad from Microsoft trying to push their latest operating systems. The latest ad is titled "Windows 8: Introducing a New World of Apps", which goes for two minutes and tries to show off the fact at just how powerful their new OS is, and can be for the future, all while swiping their claws at Apple and Google.
There are some quotes MS use within the ad, such as "A worldwide app store with over 1 billion potential users!". Yes, Microsoft, welcome to all the other app stores. Also, "Over the last 2 years, more Windows licenses have been sold than Android, iOS and Macs combined". Again, a great statement - but MS are hurting compared to Google and Apple's complete stranglehold on the mobile market right now.
The video seems suited to developers, so much so that if they weren't already coding for Windows, they should because there's endless possibilities with the platform.
With the release of Android 4.2, Google started including a malware scanner that was designed to warn users if an app tested to be a possible malware app. A computer scientist at North Carolina State University decided to put the scanner to the test and found some interesting results.
Xuxian Jiang found that just 15.32 percent of samples were detected as malware. Jiang used a new Nexus 10 tablet and exposed it to 1,260 different malicious apps. Sadly, the built-in detection system detected just 193. He then pitted the Google system against anti-virus apps from the big names: Avast, Symantec, and Kaspersky .
He found that the third-party apps detected 51 percent to 100 percent of samples picked from the 49 malware families. Google's service found just 20 percent of the same samples. He notes that Google's method of detection can be easily bypassed. Google uses a cryptographic has signature of the app to identify those that have been found to be malicious. .
"This mechanism is fragile and can be easily bypassed," Jiang wrote. "It is already known that attackers can change with ease the checksums of existing malware (e.g., by repackaging or mutating it). To be more effective, additional information about the app may need to be collected. However, how to determine the extra information for collection is still largely unknown-especially given user privacy concerns."
Samsung is only just now pushing Jelly Bean out to some of their Galaxy S III owners, but it looks like round two is coming with SamMobile reporting that Android 4.1.2 is being pushed out to the international 3G models.
The new update is said to include multi-window support, something we saw on the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Something else to be excited for is the Galaxy Note II's gallery application, Smart Rotation and other apps and features may also be included.
Don't worry if you haven't received a notice of an update yet, as the rollout is only just beginning. Do let us know if you get the update and notice the multi-window support and various other features.
Google's latest iteration of their mobile OS, Jelly Bean, has enjoyed a good start so far - but just how much of the mobile OS market share has it stolen from its siblings?
In the last thirty days alone, Jelly Bean has had a nice boost in scooping up more market share thanks to people buying Jelly Bean-based devices like the incredible Nexus 4 which comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board.
Since November, Jelly Bean has seen a huge 4% jump in market share - reaching 6.7% total. Splitting hairs, 5.9% of those are on Android 4.1 and the remaining 0.8% are on Android 4.2. Ice Cream Sandwich users (Android 4.0) enjoyed an increase of just 1.8% with a total of 27.5%.
Apple has seeded the latest beta of iOS6.1, bringing the beta count to 3. Beta 2 has been available now for two weeks. If you identify with the registered developers for iOS, by which I mean you are a registered developer, you can now download the latest iOS 6.1 beta from the developers portal.
Developers who have the previous beta installed, iOS 6.1 beta 2, will be able to receive this update as an OTA update. The major additions seem to be APIs to allow developers to integrate Apple Maps into their own apps. This serves Apple in two ways. For one, it will get more exposure to Apple Maps, hopefully getting more people to like it.
Second, more people will, theoretically, be using Apple Maps, which should result in more accurate maps. This is the way that Google has made their maps so great over the years. As more people use the maps, more people are available to submit corrections and updates to make the service more accurate.
Google has updated their Google Play services API to version 2.0, and with it have brought one of their most requested upgrades. The new API will allow Android app developers to implement many of the new features of Google Maps directly into their apps. It will be supported on Android Froyo and beyond.
"The new API uses vector-based maps that support 2D and 3D views, and allow users to tilt and rotate the map with simple gestures." You can expect to see many new apps come out and existing maps get overhauled to make use of the new features now available. If you're a developer, you can head on over to the source link to check out the nitty-gritty of implementation.
The home button-sporting original Galaxy Note GT-N7000 smartphone from Samsung has received a leaked update in the form of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The leaked version is just a testing version, and doesn't include support for the S-Pen features.
There is, however, a bunch of new cool stuff, such as:
- Android 4.1.2 - Build JZO54K
- Project Butter
- Multi-View (can also be disabled)
- Page Buddy
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- New Additions in Notification Panel
- Smart Rotation
- New Samsung Keyboard
- Samsung's Cloud services
- Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play Features
- New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
- 2 Home screen modes
- New Notifications bar
- Google Now
The official ROM should arrive later in the year, and if not, early January. There's no news on whether we'll see the US versions of JB for the Note any time soon, either. You can find out more, and grab the leaked release, here.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, address the company's annual shareholders meeting today and talked about the uptake of Windows 8. Citing the 40 million licenses already sold, he said "We know for sure that people get it, and like it." I count myself among those who don't like it.
Of course, shareholders were a bit more worried about Google and Apple than they were Windows 8. When questioned about whether or not the younger generation is Apple focused, he responded that "it's a tough competitive market out there, and we certainly think that with the products that we and our partners are delivering to market...we have an opportunity."
Microsoft took just four days to reach four million sales of Windows 8 machines, and it looks like the 30-day mark has blessed them with some great numbers. We're looking at 40 million Windows 8 licenses being sold in a month - not bad at all.
In terms of upgrades, Windows 8 is beating Windows 7, but considering Windows 7 passed the 600 million copies milestone in June, Windows 8 has a huge, huge job in front of it. Microsoft are having a good run right now, also announcing 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles sold over the Black Friday weekend.
Lacking from these numbers - Surface sales. If Microsoft were doing well, we'd be hearing all about it - so I have a feeling Surface isn't doing too well, but I'm sure that surprises no one.
Android 4.2 had a pretty annoying bug. While it didn't break the device in a catastrophic way, it did prevent users from entering the month of December into anything that used that native date picker in several apps. This meant that birthdays, anniversaries, and the like could not be entered into a contact's information.
Google has begun rolling out updates to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 to fix this bug. The update will bring the device's Android version to 4.2.1 and should hopefully make this strange bug extinct. While most of the media was focused on this December bug, all of Android 4.2 seemed a big buggy, with problems extending to Bluetooth and other areas.
The update comes in at a tiny 1.1MB, so it's unlikely to come with any exciting new features. The update appears to address only the problems and bugs that were present in 4.2. It's nice to see a company work quickly to resolve issues that are present in the software it produces as sometimes companies can be slow to respond to issues reported.
A few users of Android have had to deal with a bug for two and a half years now prompting some to question Google as to why it hasn't been fixed as of yet. Well, all of this questioning has finally made some progress with Google as they have now promised to fix the bug in the next version of Android.
The bug is a very specific and limited bug that only affects a few groups of users. In April 2010, it was discovered and reported that Android wouldn't allow a given device to resolve a hostname to the correct IP address on a local domain. This bug is only really a problem for some university students and IT professionals.
Since it had limited scope, Google wasn't in a rush to fix it as they had more pressing matters to attend to. However, Google has finally stated that a fix for this bug is coming...in the next version of Android. Unfortunately for those experiencing the bug, Google missed putting the fix into Android 4.2, so they'll have to wait for 4.3.
"Guys, it was a matter of prioritization and resources. We don't have people to put on every requested feature and we certainly were not idle during this time," a Google employee stated. "I apologize it took so long. I can't say what the next version will be (neither know it nor can discuss it) but it will be after 4.2, which has already gone out."
Windows 8's store adds 7,000 apps in two weeks, nearly 18,000 out of the 20,000 in the store are free
It has nearly been a month since Windows 8 has launched, so just how is Microsoft's Windows Store faring? Well, they've seen 2,000 more apps added to the store, bringing the total to over 20,000 apps.
Better yet, nearly 18,000 of those apps are actually free - an impressive feat. But, are all of those apps worthwhile? That's the real question. Win App Update keeps tracks of the totals, posting on Twitter that the milestone was probably passed on Tuesday. Not all of the apps are available in all regions and languages, with your particular market sporting much less than that 20,000 apps market.
Out of the 20,000 apps, Win App Update says that almost 18,000 of those are free. Breaking them down into locations, the US has nearly 13,000, Canada has almost 14,000 and the UK sits pretty with just 11,000.
For those of you running the 'yakju' international GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, you should be receiving the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA (over the air) update right about now. If not, the factory Android 4.2 JB image is also available, if that's how you roll.
The only Galaxy Nexus receiving this update is the above-mentioned 'yakju' version, which is the version available in Hong Kong and the UK, the "takju" Galaxy Nexus owners had their updates last week, but at the moment the Verizon or Sprint bound updates are nowhere to be seen.
If you want to download the new update, check out this link courtesy of Android Central, they've also been kind enough to offer up a guide.