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If you're still rocking BlackBerry 7.0, your wait has been worth it. BlackBerry wants you to upgrade to the newer BlackBerry 7.1 and is willing to give you 10 paid apps for free if you do. If you upgrade before June 30, 2013, BlackBerry will give you apps that span the games and utilities categories.
The offer, which is only available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the UK, includes the following apps:
- EA SPORTS FIFA 13 - Electronic Arts
- The Sims 3TM Supernatural - Electronic Arts
- BeWeather - Bellshare GmbH
- Screen Muncher - Motek Mobile
- Color ID FREE - Motek Mobile
- InstaPhoto - Smarter Apps
- DriveSafely Pro - iSpeech
- N.O.V.A for BBM - Gameloft
- UNO and Friends - Gameloft
- Photo Studio PRO - KVADGroup
All a user has to do to take advantage of the offer is upgrade your BlackBerry Curve 9260/9380, BlackBerry Bold 9790/9900, BlackBerry Torch 9810/9860, or Porsche Design P'9981. You'll get new features in BlackBerry 7.1 including Mobile Hotspot, FM radio, BlackBerry Tag, and WiFi calling.
Apple has released today an exclusive update for iPhone 5 devices. The update, which brings the version number up to 6.1.4, is exclusively for the latest iPhone and contains rather minor changes. The update is available over-the-air and comes in at a rather small 11.5MB.
The update brings with it an "updated audio profile for speakerphone." Between both the size of the update and change log, we're convinced that this is an extremely minor update. Of course, updating to the latest version will break your jailbreak and we doubt an updated audio profile is enough to make you want to lose your jailbreak. For everyone else, you can grab the update OTA or by clicking your device version:
It looks as though people might have jumped the gun a bit in regards to whether or not Google will debut Android 5.0 at Google I/O. According to some leg work done by AndroidPolice, it's much more likely that Google will debut an updated Android Jelly Bean version at I/O going by the version number 4.3.
A build going by Android 4.3 JWR23B has been showing up in their server logs. They then traced down the IPs that they were coming from to Google. More specifically, AndroidPolice claim that the IPs are associated with two employees that are heavily involved with Android.
The build has been showing up on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices. Typically, Nexus devices are the first to get a new version of Android. Finally, AndroidPolice cites several bugs that have cropped up in the Chromium bug tracker that list JWR23B as the build.
We'll know for sure as soon as Google I/O happens in about three weeks.
It looks as though the iOS 7 team is in crunch time as WWDC approaches. According to an AllThingsD source, Apple is "borrowing" engineers from the OS X 10.9 team to work on iOS 7. If the rumors we've been hearing about iOS 7 come to fruition, it's not completely surprising they're in need of a few extra engineers.
iOS 7 is reportedly undergoing some massive UI tweaks and changes. Gone are the days of skeuomorphic design cues. Instead, we should be facing a flatter, more Jony Ive-style interface. According to one source, "Put it this way. You know Game Center's green felt craps table? Well, goodbye, Circus Circus."
We'll be reporting on all the changes in iOS 7 when it eventually makes its debut. Until then, what would you like to see in the new iOS 7?
With the first quarter of 2013 out of the way, it's time to reflect on those Windows 8 numbers, isn't it? Net Applications' latest data shows that April was a good month for Windows 8, but for Windows as a whole, not so much.
Worldwide OS market share for April 2013 showed that Windows 8 gained 0.53% from 3.31% to 3.84%, whereas Windows 7 dropped 0.01% from 44.73% to 44.72%. Windows 8 isn't growing much at all, gaining just 0.66% OS market share since December, four months ago now. Windows Blue, or Windows 8.1, is going to meet the same fate, unfortunately.
Google has updated Chrome OS with a new Managed Public Sessions feature so that Chromebooks can more easily be set up as public kiosks. The new feature allows users to surf the web without requiring any sort of login, all the while providing Administrators the tools they need via a web-based management console.
Google points to examples of where this could be useful. For instance, a retail store could set up a kiosk so customers could order out-of-stock merchandise. They could also be used in the business center of a hotel. The uses are really quite endless.
Administrators can easily customize any Chrome device to be a public session device using the web-based management console. The features that you'll find in the console include the ability to set the default sites and apps a user sees at login, custom brand the homepage, block sites and apps that shouldn't be accessed, configure device inputs and outputs, and set timed log-out sessions. For security reasons, public session data is cleared on logout so the next user starts fresh.
Apple will announce OS X 10.9 this June at WWDC and this morning we are learning of a few new features that the OS will see. The updated operating system is said to include two very sought after features. Tabbed browsing in Finder as well as tagging. The update will also bring forth iOS style multitasking and a new version of Safari.
The new version of File Explorer will allow users to switch between multiple folders via tabs which removes the hassle of multiple Finder windows. Users will also be able to tag documents and files from within Finder, making searching for items much easier.
The update, which is codenamed "Cabernet", will also see a Safari refresh that is said to improve speed and efficiency, but I suspect Google Chrome will still be the better choice in browsers. Finally the update is said to bring forth a very iOS-esque style of multitasking where background apps will be paused when not in the active window.
It's an interesting time for Windows-based systems, as there are mountains of Android- and iOS-based devices being sold every minute of every day, with no sign of slowing down.
DigiTimes' latest report is that major PC vendors are joining Intel in their push for Android-based convertible touch-based devices. Yes, Android-based devices are wanted from Intel, with it looking like they're slowly shifting away from Windows. Lenovo are the ones reportedly leading the pack, where they'll release an Android-based version of their Yoga, an 11-inch convertible tablet.
Acer, ASUS, HP and Toshiba are all preparing Android-based devices, which we should see more of heading into Computex and even more in Q3 2013. DigiTimes' sources have said that the "sweet spot" for Android notebook pricing is at around $500, which means we should see some pretty powerful devices similar to what we see from Apple and their iPad, and Samsung and others with their current Android-based slates.
When Microsoft killed the start button with Windows 8, many long time users were appalled, and cried foul. This morning the Verge is reporting that we will see a reappearance of the start button in the Windows 8.1, but don't get too excited yet.
If you were hoping for a start menu along with the revived start button, you will be sadly disappointed, the new start button is essentially a reskinned copy of the charm that appears when you mouse over to the right hand side of the desktop. Clicking the new start button will open the live tile interface.
News of this addition comes shortly after the announcement that Windows 8.1 will include a "boot to desktop" mode that will let users log directly into the desktop interface and forgo ever having to look at live tiles again.
Windows 8.1 has seen its third leak, arriving to file sharing websites as build 9374. Build 9374 of Windows 8.1 doesn't seem to include any huge changes, but there is one interesting new addition: Kiosk Mode.
Kiosk Mode can be found in the PC settings menu, and seems to be a way of locking down a device to a single Windows 8-style application. These apps can be selected to launch at login, with the app lockdown in place for user accounts. Kiosk Mode seems destined for business users, or someone who wants to set it up in an embedded-like terminal that runs a single application.
Retail units could be deployed to run a single application, or business devices that allow employees to run a line-of-business application.