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Companies and individuals alike have been hoping to see an official Microsoft Office port to Linux for years now, and it looks like those wishes may be coming true sooner rather than later.
Whispers of Office on Linux were floating around the FOSSDEM conference last weekend like little birds flying in the wind. An unnamed individual from Brussels is reported to have talked to several companies present at the open source software conference. Nothing official has come from Microsoft yet, but this information suggests that company officials are considering the pros and cons of porting the productivity suite to the free OS.
This move would make perfect sense for the Redmond based company, though. Reeling in Linux users to the company's new Office 360 subscription service would most definitely bring in more revenue and it wouldn't really have much competition as the open source alternatives are not that great when compared to applications like Excel and more advanced Word users.
Apple has just released the iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 build to developers. The thought on my mind, and likely many others, is whether or not it patches the exploits used by the recently released Evasi0n jailbreak tool. We'll have to wait just a bit for the developers to dive into the operating system, but I have a feeling they haven't pushed out patches quite yet.
If you're a developer, you can download the latest iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 build from the Dev Center. The new version of iOS brings with it improvements to the mapping of Japan. Pronunciation of roads, optimization of routes, and other tweaks have been included in the new beta build.
If you have access to the beta, it's not recommended to upgrade a jailbroken device as 6.1.1 could break the jailbreak. For everyone else, the release of this beta means iOS 6.1.1 isn't too far off in the distant future.
Now that RIM has evolved into just being called BlackBerry, we have some interesting news just days after - Microsoft's Windows Phone platform expanded to see more mobile OS market share in the US in Q4 2012.
The data comes from Strategy Analytics, but there's a very big point to push here - Microsoft had released Windows Phone 8 late last year, while RIM (now BlackBerry) at the time were still working on BlackBerry 10, which was only released in the last couple of days. The more interesting thing will be to see how things go in the next quarter, where BlackBerry will either sink or swim.
The Android Developers Dashboard has a new report, unveiling the latest data on just how many devices are running differing versions of Android. The data is good up to February 4, with the data coming from the number of users accessing the Google Play Store in a 14-day period.
As we can see in the above shot, Android 4.x is getting very close to a 50% adoption rate, broken down into 29.0%, 12.1% and 1.4% for Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2, respectively. Android 2.3 is still kicking ass, with 45.6% but we're finally seeing Android 4.x nipping on its heels. This would mostly be thanks to the slew of new devices shipping with Android 4.x on-board.
The Android Open Source Project has left version 4.2.1 revision 1.2 out of the gates, which includes just a small change log of fixes. It will arrive as version JOP40G, and include some power management fixes as well as a tweak in the way Android handles file creation on EXT4 partitions.
These fixes aren't for any specific device, so we should expect the update to arrive on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. Some users have been experiencing their devices shutting off when they remove them from charge, so this update should hopefully fix that.
According to a document posted up by Android Police, which has since been removed, Android's next major operating system, known as Key Lime Pie, will be launching this spring. The document, which apparently belonged to Qualcomm, had details that suggested just this. The removal request could indicate the details were accurate.
Google's I/O conference is scheduled for May 15-17, which would be a great place for the next version of Android to debut. Who knows, maybe they'll hand out upgraded Nexus 7's running Key Lime Pie. We'll be sure to keep looking around for details regarding the next version of Android, including features that will be included or possible release dates.
If you're like me, you're probably really excited about the prospect of an iOS6 and 6.1 untethered jailbreak. The Evasi0n website has been updated to say that the tool has entered private beta for the Windows and Mac versions, with a Linux version "still in the works." The website advises users to "come back soon!"
We're getting awfully close to the rumored Sunday launch and it appears that a launch on Super Bowl Sunday isn't out of the question. The jailbreak is said to work with every iOS 6 device, so you'll be able to jailbreak your 3GS all the way up to your brand new iPhone 5. Let's hope nothing delays the jailbreak.
If you have been putting off that upgrade to Windows 8, today is your last chance to do so before the price increase takes effect tomorrow. Since Redmond released the next-generation operating system back in October, the upgrade price has been $39.99, and after today that price increases drastically.
As of tomorrow, upgrading to Windows 8 will cost you $199.99, which equates to a 400% price hike. If you have been on the fence about upgrading, now is definitely the time to make the decision.
In addition to the $199.99 Windows 8 Pro license, Microsoft is offering a regular Windows 8 upgrade for $119.99 which can be upgraded to Pro for $99.99 at a later date. Right now Windows 8 Pro will let you add Media Center for free, but tomorrow and forward, Media Center will cost you about $10.
Users stuck on a jailed iPhone 5 or tethered jailbreak of iOS 6 can rejoice. News of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6/6.1 and iPhone 5 possibly releasing Sunday has been supported by the release of a website and name for the jailbreak. Introducing evasi0n, produced by Evad3rs team.
The website says that they are currently finishing up the GUI and that the next step is private beta testing. The jailbreak is said to be compatible with all iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, and the iPad mini running iOS 6-6.1. Here's to hoping that the jailbreak does release on Super Bowl Sunday!
If you haven't picked up Windows 8 Pro quite yet, you should really consider doing it before the end of January. The upgrade is currently available for $39.99 online, but that price will soon be going up. Students won't be left completely in the woods, though, as starting February 1, they will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99.
While that price isn't quite as good as the current $39.99, it will be better than the regular price of $199.99. If you can afford to buy the upgrade now, you should, even if you qualify for the student price. You don't have to install the update before February 1, you just have to have purchased it.
Windows 8 offers the best for work and play and with the new Start screen that makes it super easy to organize, access and find what matters most to you. With Windows 8, students can download apps from the Windows Store like Microsoft OneNote or Evernote for taking notes in class or Skype to stay connected with friends and family.