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Windows 7 market share increases over XP

XP has long held the most market share out of any operating system. That was the case until it was overtaken in August by Windows 7 and a small margin. However, that once tiny margin has continued to grow and Windows 7 is now nearly 3 percent higher than XP in terms of market share and it shows no signs of stopping.

 

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For the month of September, Windows 7 saw 44 percent of all web traffic, as recorded by Net Applications. XP was a close second, taking 41.2 percent. XP was a great operating system when it came out and businesses, who are slow to change, flocked to the operating system. Now, 10 years later, those businesses have reached their refresh cycle and are starting to upgrade to Windows 7-based devices.

 

Microsoft is helping to push the transition along, making Internet Explorer 9 and 10 not supported on the older operating system. The long-term support will also cease in April 2014, so users will no longer receive patches and bug fixes. Microsoft is also pushing the end of Vista, but not as hard as it only has 6 percent of the market.

CyanogenMod ditches ROM manager, will go to an over-the-air system

After sitting on a ROM manager, CyanogenMod are moving to an over-the-air (OTA) updating system. Android Police report that the CyanogenMod team wanted to go down the route of an update solution that didn't revolve around closed source software.

 

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This will make the entire ecosystem of the OS completely open source, so the team decided to build one themselves. The new updater is a revised version of the older version, which we saw in CyanogenMod versions 5 and 6. CyanogenMod 9 and above, will have the system look for an update at pre-selected times, and download the ROM if it is new.

 

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The new updater will come backed into an update that should be available pretty soon - after you flash to the new update, go into Settings, then About, where you'll be able to set your update preferences.

Windows 8 gets the nod of approval from Bill Gates

Getting the nod of approval by someone like Bill Gates should make yourself feel quite proud, with the co-founder of Microsoft saying that he is happy with Windows 8, and is already using it, according to his recent interview with the Associated Press.

 

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The AP was interviewing Gates to talk about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's participation in a global mission to end polio, where he also talked about the upcoming OS from Microsoft.

 

Gates' comments were in favor of the touch-friendly OS, and he believes that Windows 8 will be a big thing when its out, because hardware partners are doing "great things" to take advantage of Windows 8's new features.

Minecraft creator disses Windows 8 again, after Microsoft asked Notch to help certify Minecraft for Windows 8

We know that Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson isn't too happy with Windows 8, but in the last few weeks the developer was asked by Microsoft if he wanted him certifying Minecraft for Windows 8.

 

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He declined, telling the company to instead stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform. That wasn't all, either - Notch also took to Twitter to say that he'd rather have Minecraft not work on Windows 8 at all, than to play along with Microsoft.

 

Notch hopes that he can swing the decisions of others too, swaying users from Windows 8. I personally will only be moving because I'm a tech junkie, and I want to test it out - but I have absolutely no plans to push my multiple systems to the new OS. I wouldn't mind buying a new Windows 8-based Ultrabook, but that's completely different.

Apple's release of iOS 6 has seen a drop in satisfaction from iPhone users

Apple released iOS 6 last week, just ahead of their iPhone 5 and since then we have seen an absolutely mind-blowing 100 million iOS device owners update to iOS 6. According to mobile customer research firm On Device, iPhone satisfaction with users on iOS 6 is lower than it is with users on iOS 5.

 

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A survey of 16,000 US iPhone owners was conducted by the firm, where they've said that customer satisfaction average dropped from 7.75 (iOS 5) to 7.65 (iOS 6). On Device CEO, Alistair Hill, says that the company has "always seen an increase in device satisfaction as consumer upgrade their mobile operating system from one version to another", and that it is unusual that iPhone satisfaction decreased with iOS 6.

 

The drop is tiny, so it's nothing to write home about - but it is something to consider. The iPhone, and its reception, has usually increased, as On Device have found - but with iOS 6 it has dropped. Could it be that people expected more? The whole Google Maps app debacle? Something else entirely?

Full list of official iOS 6 changes and additions by Apple

Here is a full list of official changes and additions by Apple as presented in the update process in iTunes.

 

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iOS 6 Software Update

 

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

 

• Maps

◦ Apple designed vector based maps

◦ Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)

◦ Real-time traffic information

◦ Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metro areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation)

◦ Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews, and available deals

◦ Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route

• Siri improvements

◦ Sports: scores, player stats, game schedules, team rosters, and league standings for baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey

◦ Movies: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts

◦ Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information

◦ Send a Tweet

◦ Post on Facebook

◦ App launch

◦ Eyes Free in supported automobiles

◦ Local search available in Siri supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)

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Apple iOS 6 is live and ready for your downloading love!

Apple has just let iOS 6 out to the world and I'm sure it's servers are getting a thrashing right about now. Keep in mind the rollout will occur at slightly different times. If it's not ready for you now, keep trying.

 

Below is a list of some of the new features found inside Apple's latest mobile OS which has been designed mainly for the new iPhone 5 smartphone.

 

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iOS 6 can be installed over-the-air via a Wi-Fi connection, but you may be required to be connected to AC power. Otherwise, make sure you have iTunes 10.7 and you can update the old fashioned way.

 

We'll have a review of iOS 6 as soon as we get our hands on our pre-ordered iPhone 5, but until then, get downloading and tell us what you think by commenting below.

iOS 6 expected to be pushed at 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific

Apple is doing final preparations for the release of iOS 6, their latest iteration of the now-famous mobile operating system. iOS 6 comes with many new features including Passbook, tighter Facebook integration, and even a more educated Siri. The following time table is the expected release time around the world. Take a look and find a city near you:

 

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It's not clear if the update will be an OTA like some of the iOS 5 updates were, or if it will need to be synced to a computer. I am hoping for the former as my device is currently synced to a system.

Windows Phone 8 hits RTM, gets handed over to hardware partners

According to two sources close to WPCentral, Windows Phone 8 has reached a milestone: release to manufacturing (RTM). The news comes with a photo that is reportedly from a Windows Phone 8 team member, that shows individuals autographing a sign that shows that the mobile OS has reached the RTM stage.

 

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Microsoft's latest mobile OS is now ready for hardware partners, who will bake the OS into their latest slew of handsets. It is now time for OEMs to get the OS onto their devices and work through any problems, as well as optimize drivers for their smartphones.

 

This means that we will see Windows Phone 8-powered devices in early-November with The Verge confirming this themselves.

Intel have completed Jelly Bean port for Atom-powered smartphones

I think we're going to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean explode onto many more devices in the near future, with news that Intel has completed their port of the mobile operating system to Atom-based smartphones.

 

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There's no news on when the port would be made ready, but mobile group general manager Mike Bell has told CWorld that the Medfield-native Android 4.1 build is not only complete, but it's running on Intel workers' devices.

 

Bell has said that phone makers and carriers still need to go through the usual process of signing off on any upgrades. Existing owners shouldn't have to wait too long, but it is definitely an exciting time to be an Atom-based smartphone owner right now.

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