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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.