Minecraft creator disses Windows 8 again, after Microsoft asked Notch to help certify Minecraft for Windows 8
We know that Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson isn't too happy with Windows 8, but in the last few weeks the developer was asked by Microsoft if he wanted him certifying Minecraft for Windows 8.
He declined, telling the company to instead stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform. That wasn't all, either - Notch also took to Twitter to say that he'd rather have Minecraft not work on Windows 8 at all, than to play along with Microsoft.
Notch hopes that he can swing the decisions of others too, swaying users from Windows 8. I personally will only be moving because I'm a tech junkie, and I want to test it out - but I have absolutely no plans to push my multiple systems to the new OS. I wouldn't mind buying a new Windows 8-based Ultrabook, but that's completely different.
Apple released iOS 6 last week, just ahead of their iPhone 5 and since then we have seen an absolutely mind-blowing 100 million iOS device owners update to iOS 6. According to mobile customer research firm On Device, iPhone satisfaction with users on iOS 6 is lower than it is with users on iOS 5.
A survey of 16,000 US iPhone owners was conducted by the firm, where they've said that customer satisfaction average dropped from 7.75 (iOS 5) to 7.65 (iOS 6). On Device CEO, Alistair Hill, says that the company has "always seen an increase in device satisfaction as consumer upgrade their mobile operating system from one version to another", and that it is unusual that iPhone satisfaction decreased with iOS 6.
The drop is tiny, so it's nothing to write home about - but it is something to consider. The iPhone, and its reception, has usually increased, as On Device have found - but with iOS 6 it has dropped. Could it be that people expected more? The whole Google Maps app debacle? Something else entirely?
Here is a full list of official changes and additions by Apple as presented in the update process in iTunes.
iOS 6 Software Update
This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:
◦ Apple designed vector based maps
◦ Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)
◦ Real-time traffic information
◦ Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metro areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation)
◦ Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews, and available deals
◦ Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route
◦ Sports: scores, player stats, game schedules, team rosters, and league standings for baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey
◦ Movies: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts
◦ Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information
◦ Send a Tweet
◦ Post on Facebook
◦ App launch
◦ Eyes Free in supported automobiles
◦ Local search available in Siri supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
Apple has just let iOS 6 out to the world and I'm sure it's servers are getting a thrashing right about now. Keep in mind the rollout will occur at slightly different times. If it's not ready for you now, keep trying.
Below is a list of some of the new features found inside Apple's latest mobile OS which has been designed mainly for the new iPhone 5 smartphone.
iOS 6 can be installed over-the-air via a Wi-Fi connection, but you may be required to be connected to AC power. Otherwise, make sure you have iTunes 10.7 and you can update the old fashioned way.
We'll have a review of iOS 6 as soon as we get our hands on our pre-ordered iPhone 5, but until then, get downloading and tell us what you think by commenting below.
Apple is doing final preparations for the release of iOS 6, their latest iteration of the now-famous mobile operating system. iOS 6 comes with many new features including Passbook, tighter Facebook integration, and even a more educated Siri. The following time table is the expected release time around the world. Take a look and find a city near you:
It's not clear if the update will be an OTA like some of the iOS 5 updates were, or if it will need to be synced to a computer. I am hoping for the former as my device is currently synced to a system.
According to two sources close to WPCentral, Windows Phone 8 has reached a milestone: release to manufacturing (RTM). The news comes with a photo that is reportedly from a Windows Phone 8 team member, that shows individuals autographing a sign that shows that the mobile OS has reached the RTM stage.
Microsoft's latest mobile OS is now ready for hardware partners, who will bake the OS into their latest slew of handsets. It is now time for OEMs to get the OS onto their devices and work through any problems, as well as optimize drivers for their smartphones.
This means that we will see Windows Phone 8-powered devices in early-November with The Verge confirming this themselves.
I think we're going to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean explode onto many more devices in the near future, with news that Intel has completed their port of the mobile operating system to Atom-based smartphones.
There's no news on when the port would be made ready, but mobile group general manager Mike Bell has told CWorld that the Medfield-native Android 4.1 build is not only complete, but it's running on Intel workers' devices.
Bell has said that phone makers and carriers still need to go through the usual process of signing off on any upgrades. Existing owners shouldn't have to wait too long, but it is definitely an exciting time to be an Atom-based smartphone owner right now.
Our latest poll had 4,000 people who answered, Are you going to buy or upgrade to Windows 8?
I have to say these results were fairly interesting. Only 20% of TweakTown readers are sure they will upgrade to or buy Windows 8 when it is released later this year.
18% said no, they will not and a massive 54% seem happy with Windows 7 and don't intend on upgrading. Finishing it up 5% said they won't consider Windows and 3% said they were Apple computer users.
Google's Director of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, has taken to his social network page over on Google+ to announce that Android devices have now passed the 500 million install milestone. That's right, 500 million Android-based devices are in the wild.
Google are pushing more than 1.3 million Android-based activations each day. This announcement is absolutely mammoth, and I can't really even imagine 500 million Android devices out there, the number is just insane.
Google's Android team should be having celebratory drinks right now, but it looks like my invite was somehow missed. Hopefully Google can send out a private plane for me?
According to the latest data Google have taken during a 14-day period ending on September 4, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still rules the roost with 57% of devices running the ageing mobile OS. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sits in second place with a little under 21% of Android devices.
Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS isn't doing too badly, with 1.2%, but this should grow quite rapidly with more and more new devices being announced with the OS on-board. Android 3.1 Honeycomb is sitting with just over 2%, and was a release-and-forget-it OS from Google, as it was only on tablets, and was definitely not popular at all.
Ice Cream Sandwich adoption has been growing rapidly in the last six months, from 1% or so to its current 21%. The last three months in particular have been great for Android 4.0 ICS. I'm expecting Jelly Bean distribution to go from 1.2% to around 4-5% by the end of the year, and ICS to jump to around 30-40% in this time. Gingerbread will probably drop from 57% to less than 50% in this time.
Yesterday we heard rumors that Sprint would be pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G, where today this news has been confirmed. The updates should already be hitting handsets, or will any minute now.
Jelly Bean updates will provide a bunch of new features such as Google Now, which is a Siri-like assistant, an improved notification and voice search system, offline dictation, and more. One of the better features of Jelly Bean is 'Project Butter', which makes the entire OS' UI move at 60fps.
I've been using Jelly Bean for only two days now on my recently-acquired Nexus 7, and it truly is beautiful. If you're a Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus S 4G owner, keep checking your phone for that JB update!
Microsoft have just outed Windows Server 2012, which is offering simplified licensing. The new server OS comes in four different versions, Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation, all aimed at different markets and customers.
The new server offerings include training on the new features baked into the OS, as well as a 90-day trial period running on Microsoft's Azure cloud-based service. Microsoft's Windows Server general marketing manager, Mike Schutz, says:
One of the things we tried to do for this launch was simplifying the licensing. We've simplified it to two core SKUs: Datacenter edition and Standard edition. We used to have multiple licensing models -- some were per server, some were per processor -- and the feature differentiation was spread through the editions. We got feedback that sometimes it was too complex for customers to choose which version.
It seems that if a consumer were to purchase new PC with Windows 8 and not like it, Microsoft are offering a downgrade to the OS to Windows 7 or Vista. Of course, there is small print, and this has also happened before, with Windows 7 Pro, which allowed a downgrade too.
The software license agreement for the version of Windows 8 Pro that will arrive as an OEM on new PCs says: "Instead of using the Windows 8 Pro software, you may use one of the following earlier versions: Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business."
I think we're going to see more than a handful of people downgrading if the offer is there, it's also a nice sales tactic. If a customer was weary of the new touch-friendly Windows 8 Pro, they could always be offered a Windows 8 Pro-based PC that would allow for the downgrade, which would be a nice cushion to fall on if you didn't like Windows 8.
Windows XP isn't included in the list of operating systems that can be downgraded to, the downgrade only allows you to go back down the OS ladder as far as Vista.
We all know just how great Windows 7 is, but Microsoft's OS from yesteryear, Windows XP, has still enjoyed being the OS market share king, until now.
With the latest market share data in hand, Net Applications says that Windows 7 has passed Windows XP completely in OS market share. Windows 7 now enjoys 42.72% of the OS market share pie, leaving XP with 42.52%. We're not talking much, but its enough to claim the #1 spot.
Windows 7 will most likely be the Windows XP to Windows 8 when its released. Windows 8 will be great, but it won't have the same push that 7 did. It will be strong on smart devices, but until the screen tech gets cheaper (bigger screens, higher resolutions, touch compatible), that push won't be there for the end user.
As always, Microsoft is offering its typical cheap upgrade period just before the launch of a new operating system. Microsoft usually offers a period during which a new PC can be bought and later upgraded to the latest version of Windows for cheap. They do this so as to not kill sales right before the launch.
The period started back in July and the end date has now been extended to around February 14, 2013. For a mere $14.99, you can update from Windows 7 to the latest and greatest, in some people's opinion, Windows 8 operating system. If you're planning on doing this, you can check out the full details from Microsoft's page describing the process.
KitGuru has reported the change, though the official Microsoft page is still saying January 31. Until Microsoft confirms the change on the above linked page, I would live by the January 31 date.
It looks as though Microsoft will be getting an exclusive sneak peak into your computer if you install Windows 8, as the Redmond-based company will be contacted each time you install a new application, according to software hacker Nadim Kobeissi.
Kobeissi noticed the news when running a network packed analyzer under Windows 8. Don't fret: this can be disabled quite easily. Known as Windows 8's SmartScreen feature, it acts as a protector to users from malware, and other things that can be otherwise harmful to your PC. The technology was first featured and introduced with Internet Explorer 8, as an extension of IE7's phishing filter.
When Microsoft released IE9, SmartScreen gained Application Reputation, which is a set of algorithms used to analyze the trustworthiness of downloads through digital signatures, heuristics, and information collected by the company. The technology works by using Microsoft's database of software trustworthiness, but the company collects information about user-driven downloads in the process. This data is obviously kept on Microsoft's servers.
As we get closer to the release of Microsoft's latest touch-orientated OS, Windows 8, we celebrate a milestone in Microsoft's history. The company's first graphical user interface (GUI) powered version of their OS, Windows 95, turns 17 today!
Windows 95 ushered in a completely dominant lifestyle for Microsoft, with its powerful GUI, much-improved "plug and play" system that helped hardware installations and reduced conflicts, as well as moving from a 16-bit architecture , to a 32-bit architecture which bought with it a multitasking-friendly architecture.
Windows 95 pushed Microsoft into an antitrust case in 1998, where a later revision of the OS included Internet Explorer 4.0, which plaintiffs claimed gave Microsoft a monopoly in the browser market. Competitors such as Netscape Navigator and Opera required a download, over slow dial-up connections, or purchased in store, compared to IE which came included with the OS.
Windows 95 was supported by Microsoft until December 31, 2001.
Apple are still seeding out OS X 10.8.1 to developers, where they'll hopefully address some of the bigger issues with the initial release of Apple's latest OS, Mountain Lion. But, it looks as though some users have received notifications telling them that Apple are preparing to seed builds of OS X 10.8.2 for testing.
Join us for 10.8.2!
You are invited to participate in the next Mountain Lion Software Update seed project, 10.8.2. Apple will provide you with the pre-release software. Once builds are available, we ask that you install and test each build to help us make sure that this is a high quality release!
Apple seem to be moving pretty quick from OS X 10.8.1 to OS X 10.8.2, meaning that they're looking to clamp down on issues found not only in the original OS X Mountain Lion release, but 10.8.1. The issues in the OS X 10.8.1 are probably not that big to begin with, but it's good to see Apple moving quickly with updates.
Have you moved over to OS X Mountain Lion? I personally haven't bothered, there's no stand-out features that make me want to take the dive to the new OS. If I owned an iPhone, and synced it a lot, then maybe. But I don't even sync my iPad, so I haven't wanted to upgrade.
Microsoft opens the doors to Windows 8 upgrade for Windows 7 PCs, just $14.99 and available until Feb 28, 2013
If you've only recently bought a Windows 7-based PC, and would like to upgrade to the upcoming Start menu-less Windows 8, Microsoft have opened up the registration page in order to do so. The Windows Upgrade Offer will upgrade you to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.
It's available to anyone who purchased, or will purchase a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. If you'd like to take part in the upgrade to Windows 8, you'll need to provide your 25-digit Windows 7 key as part of the online registration process.
Starting October 26, Microsoft will then send out promotion codes via e-mail, which can be used in the checkout within the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
Apple continues to show that it's not the most security-focused company with its response to a security vulnerability found in all iOS versions, including iOS6 beta 4. The vulnerability is that a text can be sent with a "Reply-to" number which is different from the actual sender number. This results in messages in which the sender can be spoofed.
Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they're directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.
As you can see, there is no mention or commitment to fix the vulnerability. Instead, they take the chance to promote their iMessage service. Unfortunately, everyone in the world would need to be using iMessage (a dream for Apple) for this to effectively take care of the vulnerability present.
It wouldn't be very hard for Apple to fix this issue. They could easily show the sender's number and that would pretty much negate the entire issue. It's unclear why they wouldn't fix this seemingly easily to resolve vulnerability, but they have made no commitment to do so as of yet.