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Microsoft says 'don't call it Metro', call it 'Windows 8', we say call me, maybe?

ZDNet are reporting that Microsoft have finally decided what terminology to use for their Metro/Windows 8-style UI, where it will simply be referred to as "Windows 8", according to their sources. ZDNet's sources have said that:

 

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Anything currently/formerly known as a "Metro-Style application" (with or without a hyphen) will now be known officially as a "Windows 8 application." References to the "Metro user interface" will now be replaced by "Windows 8 user interface." And instead of saying "Metro design," the Softies and those adhering to their official guidelines will be using the words "Windows 8 design."

 

Microsoft have been having quite the identity crisis on what they want to name their new UI, where it sat on Metro for quite sometime, but due to a trademark dispute, they changed it to "Windows 8-style UI". This news would make sense, and they've now changed it to something much more simple, "Windows 8". I don't see what all the fuss is over, personally. It's a UI, it's part of Windows 8, why even give it a name and have this much air time about it? Free publicity, maybe?

iOS 6 beta sees new option "Wi-Fi Plus Cellular"

I'm sure we've all been there. You see an open Wi-Fi connection and connect to try to save data from your cellular plan. Unfortunately everyone around you has the same idea and the connection slows to a crawl. If you haven't experienced this, consider yourself lucky. Clearly enough have as Apple has added an option for apps to default back to the 3G connection if the Wi-Fi isn't working.

 

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The new feature is a godsend for some and not a big deal for others. If you're anything like me, you want your e-mail and you want it now. When the option is enabled, some more important apps that have trouble communicating through the Wi-Fi connection will automatically switch back to the cellular network until the problem is resolved.

 

These apps that are capable of using this feature, as of right now, are iCloud Documents, iTunes purchases, Passbook and Reading Lists. Furthermore, the feature will attempt to keep FaceTime video calls from dropping on the iPhone 4S and above. It's not clear, as AppleInsider points out, just how the cellular companies will react to this.

Apple to soon release the first build of OS X 10.8.1 to developers

It looks as thought Apple is ready to begin seeding builds of OS X 10.8.1 out to developers. 10.8.1 will most likely include some bug fixes that were found in the recently-launched Mountain Lion, so we're not talking of big changes, just minor fixes.

 

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OS X usually receives maintenance updates pretty quick after the initial builds land, which is due to the company wanting to push major bug fixes out to the public as quick as they can. The final version of OS X Mountain Lion was fixed two weeks ahead of the public launch, which means the Cupertino-based company was most likely working on 10.8.1 for quite a while now.

 

To compare this to other versions of OS X, 10.7.1 launched 27 days after the launch of OS X Lion, where OS X 10.6.1 launched 13 days after the launch of OS X Snow Leopard.

RumorTT: RIM could license BB10 OS to Samsung

We all know Research in Motion (RIM) is in trouble, and one of, if not their only safe haven, is their forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. But now there's some new spark to rumors that the troubled company could be saved by Samsung.

 

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This is all according to Jefferies analyst, Peter Misek, who believes that RIM's strategic review will end up with a decision to license the company's BlackBerry 10 OS, and that the company best suited to handle it, is Samsung. Misek wrote in a note to clients:

 

Given recent management comments in the press, it now appears that RIM is realizing what Wall Street has been saying for some time: they are a subscale manufacturer and desperately need a partner. We believe RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal.

 

Does it seem far fetched? Not really, considering that RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins said that licensing BB10 was definitely an option under serious consideration at RIM, and considering the stress the company is under right now with the competition from Google and Apple, it seems like a viable option. Heins said:

 

We don't have the economy of scale to compete against the guys who crank out 60 handsets a year. To deliver BB10, we may need to look at licensing it to someone who can do this at a way better cost proposition than [we] can do it.

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iOS 6 could add an extra row of icons, I hope you were sitting down for that one

So, Apple have cut YouTube out of iOS 6, and now they've added an extra row for icons. There just doesn't seem to be anything worth drooling over for the next-gen mobile OS from Apple. BGR reports from a 9to5Mac post that we could be looking at a fifth row of icons on iOS 6.

 

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Using Apple's Xcode development application, BGR used a simple tweak to show what iOS 6 would look like when the resolution is bumped up to 640x1136, as shown above. 9to5Mac says that five rows of icons will fit on the screen instead of 4 on the current iPhone's, and that apps will scale accordingly to take advantage of the extra height.

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"Xbox Windows" branded games are invading Windows 8

Windows 8 is bringing a lot of new changes to the Windows operating system. Beyond a completely new Start/desktop interface, Microsoft has fully integrated Windows and Xbox as shown by the new "Xbox Windows" branded games. These games will live separately from the Games for Windows Live service.

 

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The games that fall under this banner will provide in-game achievements which award Gamerscore to players. This way you can boost your Gamerscore while killing time at work. As of right now, the games that fall under this title give up to 50 Gamerscore and are Microsoft productions: Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Majong.

 

Minesweeper provides the most chance to increase your Gamerscore with a possible 50 spread out over 4 achievements. You get 5 Gamerscore just for being blown up by your first mine. Solitaire provides up to 40 Gamerscore with 10 being awarded for just flipping over your first card. Majong has 25 Gamerscore with 5 being awarded for changing the game's theme.

 

Microsoft has promised to not drop support for the Games for Windows Live brand and instead promised "new investments in Metro style games" such as Minesweeper, presumably. Windows 8, with all these new features, will be released on October 26.

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 packaging

The Verge has been the first out of the gate with exclusive pictures of the retail packaging of Microsoft's upcoming, and already leaked OS, Windows 8. Packaging has been shown off for Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro, which will be the only boxed versions of the OS to hit retail shelves.

 

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Microsoft have opted to show off their Windows 8-style UI on the boxes, which looks quite delicious, if I may say so myself. Windows 8 sports a brighter styled package in white, with the Professional version shown off in black. Both are looking very nice indeed.

 

Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT will be available either on new PCs, and tablets from October 26. Upgrade versions will hit stores, or as a download on the same day. What do you think of the newly-styled Windows 8 boxes?

Windows 8 won't be allowing you to boot to desktop, you'll have to say hello to the 'I'm not Metro' homescreen first

If you were looking forward to booting directly to the desktop in Windows 8, you're going to be sorry, because Microsoft won't be allowing this. This means that users will be totally forced to look at that "Windows 8-style UI", aka Metro, before you can hit that usual desktop screen you're used to.

 

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We don't know if this will effect all users, but right now it looks like it is a possibility. If the move is concrete, we can see just how serious Microsoft are at pushing their new Windows 8-style UI, or Metro, and how its going to effect Microsoft going forward. The Windows 8 Start Screen isn't just a feature that can be ignored, but will be a component of every single system that sports the OS. Maybe it sounds annoying now, but when we're used to it, we could have tiles for temperatures, e-mail, and the like, and we'll totally get over it.

 

But, Microsoft have also been talking about this type of move since BUILD, with it looking like it's going to be a staple feature of the OS now. The more I think about it, the more it doesn't directly effect me, as I don't fully turn off my PC all that often anyway.

Microsoft tightening Windows 8 activation policy to curb piracy

There's no denying that piracy is a huge problem for Microsoft. Just two days after Windows 8 was released to OEMs, the operating system showed up on file sharing sites for download. Microsoft has declined to comment on the leak, but there's little reason to think it was someone other than an employee at an OEM.

 

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This isn't the first example of piracy for Microsoft. Almost every previous product they have released has been pirated to some extent. While they won't be able to get the problem completely stamped out with the changes they are making, it should at least close some loopholes and make it harder for pirates to do what they do best.

 

The changes relate to how OEMs active Windows on pre-built machines. Windows is activated at the factory so that consumers don't have to take any additional steps when they purchase a computer. Prior activation schemes saw OEMs using a single activation key on all machines so that they could use the same image across them all.

 

Now, however, OEMs will be required to write a unique code into the BIOS of the machines based upon the hardware configuration. Furthermore, this key isn't generated by the OEM. Instead, it will be delivered by Microsoft via electronic delivery and factories will have to file production reports detailing licensing compliance so they can no longer avoid paying licensing fees.

Windows 8 RTM supposedly leaks out just two days after release

Windows 8 isn't due out for consumers until October 26, yet it appears a final version has already been leaked out onto the web. Even early access people, those with TechNet, MSDN, and other subscriptions and contracts don't get access until August 15 at minimum, so if this a true version, it had to come from a hardware manufacturer.

 

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"It looks like our first leak has occurred, as Windows 8 Enterprise N has appeared on torrenting sites and has been confirmed by several that it's the real deal," said winbeta.org in a post earlier today. Winbeta.org is a site which follows Windows betas. They throw out a disclaimer: "Remember, we are yet to confirm this as real or fake."

 

Of course, Microsoft would encourage you not to download a copy for several reasons. One, they have no control over what's contained in the package, so it could be packed full of malware. Two, they'd much rather sell the operating system to you than have you get a copy for free. Microsoft declined to comment on this issue.

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