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Microsoft opens the doors to Windows 8 upgrade for Windows 7 PCs, just $14.99 and available until Feb 28, 2013

If you've only recently bought a Windows 7-based PC, and would like to upgrade to the upcoming Start menu-less Windows 8, Microsoft have opened up the registration page in order to do so. The Windows Upgrade Offer will upgrade you to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

 

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It's available to anyone who purchased, or will purchase a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. If you'd like to take part in the upgrade to Windows 8, you'll need to provide your 25-digit Windows 7 key as part of the online registration process.

 

Starting October 26, Microsoft will then send out promotion codes via e-mail, which can be used in the checkout within the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

Apple responds to iOS SMS flaw, suggests using iMessage instead

Apple continues to show that it's not the most security-focused company with its response to a security vulnerability found in all iOS versions, including iOS6 beta 4. The vulnerability is that a text can be sent with a "Reply-to" number which is different from the actual sender number. This results in messages in which the sender can be spoofed.

 

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Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they're directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.

 

As you can see, there is no mention or commitment to fix the vulnerability. Instead, they take the chance to promote their iMessage service. Unfortunately, everyone in the world would need to be using iMessage (a dream for Apple) for this to effectively take care of the vulnerability present.

 

It wouldn't be very hard for Apple to fix this issue. They could easily show the sender's number and that would pretty much negate the entire issue. It's unclear why they wouldn't fix this seemingly easily to resolve vulnerability, but they have made no commitment to do so as of yet.

Windows 8 is now available for MSDN & TechNet subscribers, also as a 90-day trial for everyone else

Microsoft's RTM build of their forthcoming OS, Windows 8, is now officially available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This is the same version that will reach the general public on October 26. Microsoft Software Assurance customers will get their hands on the RTM tomorrow, and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase the OS through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1.

 

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Microsoft have also offered some good faith here to the general public, offering up a 90-day trial version of Windows 8 Enterprise. This is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions and are available to anyone as a free ISO image in many languages. This version, however, cannot be upgraded to a full retail version once the 90-day period expires.

 

The Enterprise version of Windows 8 includes all of the features found in the Pro edition, plus some business-based options like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, and RemoteFX virtualization. What are your thoughts on the OS so far? Are you going to hit up that 90-day trial?

RumorTT: Windows Phone 8 could see a release as early as next month

Microsoft could release their next-generation mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, if unnamed sources of PocketNow are to be believed. The site is reporting that Windows Phone 8-based devices could see a release much earlier than previously known.

 

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Windows Phone 8, until now at least, was though to reach RTM in September, and not make its way into the market until November. NeoWin is also talking about it, where they've said:

 

Microsoft has given heavily guarded Windows Phone 8 handsets to developers that were identified as "star developers" or "VIP's" during the Windows Phone 7 lifecycle.

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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.

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