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As Windows 8 edges closer to release, we're seeing more and more new things leak out. Win Unleaked recently released some new screenshots of the freshest build of Windows 8, RTM build (8518).
It looks as though Windows 8 is taking on more of a square look, and ditching the curved window borders, Start menu and taskbar from the last two iterations of Windows (7 and Vista). First up, we have the original Windows 7 look pictured above, and the Windows 8 look, below:
It's not a big change from Windows 7, but it does look better in my opinion.
It looks like HTC will be slapping Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' onto two of their smartphones, the HTC One XL and One S. The news comes from my favorite Australian telco, Telstra. Telstra are claiming that "HTC is preparing an update but is yet to confirm the date it will be submitted for Telstra testing".
But, does that tease really mean we should be seeing a leap to Jelly Bean? Maybe. Owners of the Tegra 3-powered One X isn't one of the phones listed for the JB update, but that is most probably because Telstra don't offer that model, and it's more likely that HTC are working on a JB update for the One X, too.
Once there's an official announcement, or a surprise release, you can be sure that we'll let you know.
Well, it looks like the wait is nearly over, folks. Microsoft have just slated in Windows 8's release on their Windows Team Blog for October 26. This means that the OS is just two and a bit months away from being in our grubby little hands.
Microsoft stated on the blog:
October 26th, 2012! That's right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft's annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 - whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC - starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It's on mine!
Will you grab Windows 8 on release? I'm personally going to grab a copy, because I'm just a tech addict, but I'm thinking it will really shine on touch-based systems. I wouldn't mind seeing a high-res Ultrabook to keep up with the Retina MacBook Pro, but be touch-based, too.
Apple's iOS 6 Beta 3 has hit developers today, and it looks like the company updated their change log, revealing that they're in the first stages of moving over me.com e-mail addresses and Apple IDs available under MobileMe to new addresses using icloud.com.
icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.
MobileMe was discontinued on June 30 in favor of iCloud, but MobileMe users are still able to transition their accounts to iCloud, but for a limited time only.
Apple released iOS 6 Beta 3 to developers today, with the next-gen mobile OS set to hit users' devices sometime "this fall", most likely with the new iPhone that is rumored to be announced on August 7.
iOS 6 Beta 3 is Build 10A5355d, which is released only three weeks after the previous dev version which was Build 10A5338d. Users are the ones that really add juice to this news, thanks to forum discussion and blogs. One of the additions to this new beta is a new section in the Settings app for Maps, which now allows users to change the volume of the navigation voice, set distances to display in miles or kilometers, set map labels to display either in the local language or always in English, and finally, to set map label sizes to either "normal" or "large".
Other changes found in iOS 6 Beta 3 include:
- Roadwork and traffic accidents showing up in Maps app
- Answer and Decline buttons for FaceTime calls have returned
- iMessage on iPad now accepting phone number as valid contact info
- Greater 3D Flyover coverage in Maps
- Glyphs for bookmarks, Reading List, and history in Safari
- Auto-brightness changes gradually
Windows Phone 8 seems to be adding a fair amount of notches to its belt, before its even released. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore talked about the mobile OS at the WP Summit a few weeks ago, but there are also leaks and more around, too.
Then, a rumor has been floating around that Windows Phone 8 is to support "USB Mass Storage", which is the ability to simply plug your phone into your computer and transfer files. But, WPCentral says that this is no rumor, and that it is 100-percent truth, as Microsoft talks about this with the site, and a few other news outlets, pre-Summit. Secondly, WPCentral says you can watch the video yourself with Joe Belfiore briefly discussing the feature at the 14-minute mark in the Summit video.
Google released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mostly on their $199 Nexus 7 device, which we should hopefully receive a sample of for a review soon, with one of the main features being Project Butter, and Google Now, but there are little things that slip through the cracks in terms of bragging points.
Jelly Bean allows you to share photos and videos through Android Beam via Bluetooth as well as sporting additional options for vision impaired users, and USB audio support. Automatic disabling of background data while using a Wi-Fi SSD that has been designated as a mobile hotspot and an easily accessible Windows-like safe mode. Some nifty features indeed.
At the moment, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is only officially available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the aforementioned Nexus 7 tablets, but it should slowly be baked onto other devices in the coming months.
It looks as though Microsoft is going for a big change in regards to how they'll be selling their upcoming next-gen OS, Windows 8. Previously, Microsoft had sold Windows in full retail, on retail shelves, at retail stores. This was on top of the already-available OEM system builder and upgrade versions of Windows.
But, "Netcast" video show, Windows Weekly 269 carried an interview with Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite, as well as Mary Jo Foley of AllAboutMicrosoft.com, that things are about to change. They've said that Microsoft will completely drop the full retail version of Windows 8, as anyone who wants to buy Windows for a PC that's never had Windows on before, or a newly-built PC, will just purchase the OEM system builder version.
The Redmond-based company has re-thought how they sell the Windows OS when it comes to upgrade pricing and availability. Anyone with a copy of Windows XP or newer on their PC is eligible for pretty decent upgrade pricing to Windows 8 at $40. This is definitely the way Microsoft need to take it, and it really shows how much they've come 180-degrees on the previous years, and their rules. People who buy PCs with Windows 7 on them now, have an even better deal: an upgrade price of just $14.99, available until next year.
Apple's next-generation OS X Mountain Lion comes out later this month, with the OS hitting Golden Master status just 24 or so hours ago. This means the company has locked in which Macs will support the upcoming OS. Apple have listed which Macs will support Mountain Lion:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Google have announced the rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which first arrives on Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices. If you haven't yet heard of the wonderful Jelly Bean OS, with its Project Butter and new features, you should definitely read up on it, especially if you're rocking a handset that is ready to receive the OS.
If you're rocking a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ device, you should hopefully soon receive a prompt notifying you to update the handset over the coming days. Jelly Bean is set to hit other devices shortly, such as all Galaxy Nexus', Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and the Nexus 7, which will ship with Jelly Bean on-board later this month.
Some stand out features of Jelly Bean are Project Butter, where the engineers at Google have made Jelly Bean buttery smooth, the OS runs at a constant 60fps, which is just impressive. Something else to get excite over is Google Now, which can tell you today's weather before you start the day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, or your favorite sport team's score as they're playing.