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If you have been putting off upgrading to Windows 8 cheaply, your time is running out. At the beginning of February the price of an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost you $200 instead of the introductory offer of $40.
Redmond is claiming that it has already sold a whopping 60 million copies of Windows 8, but there is no word on how many of those licenses have actually been activated.
Like Windows 7 there are several editions of Windows 8 which will be priced as follows: Pro will be the top dog at $199.99, Windows 8 upgrade edition at $119.99, and Windows 8 Pro Pack at $99.99. If you have any interest in upgrading to Windows 8, I highly suggest you jump on the current $40 offer.
Siri, iOS' personal assistant, can do a lot of different things. She can set timers and alarms, find out scores of sports games, and even tell you a joke--sort of. Siri started out as a Pentagon-funded artificial intelligence research project, but has now grown into so much more. But, Apple's not content.
A posting by Apple on LinkedIn is looking for "someone who combines a love for language, wordplay, and conversation with demonstrated experience in bringing creative content to life within an intense technical environment."
The end result Apple is looking to achieve is spelled out in the posting: it will "evolve and enrich Siri...known for 'her' wit, cultural knowledge, and zeal to explain things in engaging, funny, and practical ways."
If you have what it takes and want to help make Siri better for users around the world, you can find the LinkedIn post here.
About a week ago, reports surfaced of a workaround that allowed unsigned ARM-based applications to run on Windows RT, and now a member at the XDA-Developers forum has created a jailbreak tool that automates the process, making it easy for non-tech savvy users to run unsigned apps.
The jailbreak tool is based on the same tethered technique shown by the hacker "clrokr", meaning that the jailbreak will have to be applied each time the device is rebooted. While not ideal, this saves you from having to modify the Windows kernel.
x86 programs cannot simply be installed using this technique, they still must be recompiled for the ARM architecture. Still, this hack opens up huge doors of opportunity for the home-brew crowd, as well as developers and hackers alike. It is still up in the air if Redmond will issue a patch, effectively blocking the crack, or if they will embrace the DIY community and leave sleeping lions lying.
CES 2013 - Canonical was in attendance of CES 2013 and at the show they had Galaxy Nexus devices running its new Ubuntu mobile OS. I got a chance to take some video of the device, though I was not allowed to touch it at all. A Canonical employee walked me through the device in the video embedded below.
To be quite blunt, I'm ready to buy the device. I'll toss my iPhone in the trash and buy this thing tomorrow, if it were available. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until the end of the year for devices running the operating system to be available, but until then, the operating system should continue to be polished even further than it already is at this stage of its development.
The video is definitely worth watching as it demonstrates the interface of the operating system, which is quite a bit different from the other operating systems available. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Android adoption continues to expand at rapid rates, but as quick as it's expanding with new devices sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, or older devices coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, older revisions of Android are seeing declines in market share.
It wasn't too long ago that Android 2.3 Gingerbread enjoyed more than 50% of the Android market share on devices, but that has now shrunk to 47.3%. Android 4.1 has scooped up 9% of the market share, with Android 4.2.1 seeing just 1.2%. Gingerbread's share of the Android OS market is expected to decline in the future as more devices ship with updated versions of the Android OS. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and higher) versions of Android now represent over 40% of the entire Android OS market share.
Google, and their partners like Samsung, LG and more will continue to push out Jelly Bean-based devices which will only see Jelly Bean's numbers increase. As consumers upgrade to these devices, Gingerbread's market share will continue to drop - which is great, as it's a very old OS. Android has come a very long way since Gingerbread, and it looks like users are noticing this, and upgrading.
Apple has acknowledged a bug in iOS 6 that prevents scheduled Do Not Disturb from turning off in the morning. The bug was first discovered yesterday when the new year rolled around. Apple has said that the bug will automatically fix itself next week, so until then they recommend manually turning Do Not Disturb off and on.
"Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013," Apple said in the support article. "Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off."
Canonical, the creators and maintainers of Ubuntu, a Linux operating system, has released details about their new phone operating system Ubuntu. Wait, what? That's right, Ubuntu will soon be coming to phone near you. The Android-based operating system is billed by Canonical as "more immersive [and] less cluttered."
They are also saying that it will be powerful enough to be used as a desktop system, though that sort of phone-as-a-PC thing didn't work out too well for Motorola. The mobile OS space is fairly crowded, with iOS and Android dominating and Microsoft trying to make Windows Phone viable, so it will be a tough battle for the fledgling operating system.
Mozilla is also working on bringing out a mobile operating system and Samsung, Intel, and others are working on the Linux-based Tizen. Smartphones using the operating system aren't expected to ship until 2014, so it will likely be even more difficult for the OS to gain traction. With that said, you miss every shot you don't take.
Windows 8 has taken a huge beating in the media since it's release, and some feel that the ill will towards Microsoft's current operating system is unwarranted. In a recent interview, Acer president Jim Wong said that Windows 8 is actually very good and that consumers will adapt to it int he coming months.
"Windows 8 is a major milestone for 2012, but it is also a new system that consumers must learn and the learning process will prevent the operating system from taking off quickly," Wong said. "However, many of the concerns and criticisms concerning Windows 8 have been rather unfair."
Personally I am mixed on Windows 8, I feel that Windows 7 is still a viable operating system that is technically still cutting edge when it comes to operating systems. I will give it to Microsoft though, my mother was unable to use her netbook with Windows 7. Once I upgraded it to 8, she took to the Metro UI very quickly and now uses the small laptop for everything.
I've got to admit, this is the first version of Windows that has come out that I have just not had any interest in. Usually I have the beta of the latest version, then the RC, and then the RTM at the first second I can get them from TechNet. Windows 8? Not so much.
It looks like most consumers are having the same apprehensions, as the next-gen, touch-optimized OS from Microsoft has had a bad uptake when compared to Windows Vista. Windows 8's uptake has now fallen behind Vista's in the same point in it's release according to Net Applications' data.
Windows 8's online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PCs, which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista sported at the same two-month mark after its release. The data was collected up until December 22, so there's still just over a week of data until the end of the year to collect. But I'm sure that by then it won't make a difference.
Microsoft's Windows Phone seems to be doing well with 75,000 apps and games being certified by Microsoft this year. Microsoft also approved over 300,000 app updates this year, which shows that developers aren't giving up on the apps they release for the platform, something that can either make or break an ecosystem.
Microsoft has been doing their best to entice developers to come to the Windows Phone platform, because without them, Microsoft will have a tougher time selling devices. Carrier billing has been a big part of the Microsoft Store's success as well, as it has led to over 2x paid downloads vs credit card billing.
Convenience is key, as the carrier billing shows. Microsoft devices saw an average of 54 apps downloaded per phone and revenue has jumped 40 percent in the 30 days since Windows Phone 8 SDK was released.