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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.
Google has updated their Google Play services API to version 2.0, and with it have brought one of their most requested upgrades. The new API will allow Android app developers to implement many of the new features of Google Maps directly into their apps. It will be supported on Android Froyo and beyond.
"The new API uses vector-based maps that support 2D and 3D views, and allow users to tilt and rotate the map with simple gestures." You can expect to see many new apps come out and existing maps get overhauled to make use of the new features now available. If you're a developer, you can head on over to the source link to check out the nitty-gritty of implementation.
The home button-sporting original Galaxy Note GT-N7000 smartphone from Samsung has received a leaked update in the form of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The leaked version is just a testing version, and doesn't include support for the S-Pen features.
There is, however, a bunch of new cool stuff, such as:
- Android 4.1.2 - Build JZO54K
- Project Butter
- Multi-View (can also be disabled)
- Page Buddy
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- New Additions in Notification Panel
- Smart Rotation
- New Samsung Keyboard
- Samsung's Cloud services
- Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play Features
- New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
- 2 Home screen modes
- New Notifications bar
- Google Now
The official ROM should arrive later in the year, and if not, early January. There's no news on whether we'll see the US versions of JB for the Note any time soon, either. You can find out more, and grab the leaked release, here.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, address the company's annual shareholders meeting today and talked about the uptake of Windows 8. Citing the 40 million licenses already sold, he said "We know for sure that people get it, and like it." I count myself among those who don't like it.
Of course, shareholders were a bit more worried about Google and Apple than they were Windows 8. When questioned about whether or not the younger generation is Apple focused, he responded that "it's a tough competitive market out there, and we certainly think that with the products that we and our partners are delivering to market...we have an opportunity."
Microsoft took just four days to reach four million sales of Windows 8 machines, and it looks like the 30-day mark has blessed them with some great numbers. We're looking at 40 million Windows 8 licenses being sold in a month - not bad at all.
In terms of upgrades, Windows 8 is beating Windows 7, but considering Windows 7 passed the 600 million copies milestone in June, Windows 8 has a huge, huge job in front of it. Microsoft are having a good run right now, also announcing 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles sold over the Black Friday weekend.
Lacking from these numbers - Surface sales. If Microsoft were doing well, we'd be hearing all about it - so I have a feeling Surface isn't doing too well, but I'm sure that surprises no one.