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Today, Apple has released the latest version of its Mac OSX operating system in the form of Mountain Lion. This is the ninth major release of the OSX operating system. The latest operating system is available as an upgrade from the Mac App Store for just $19.99.
Droid Life is reporting that the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will soon receive its Jelly Bean update, and will arrive as Android 4.1.1 Build JRO03H. This build is slightly newer than what is on the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 has been updated to build JRO03D, but this new build is slighter newer, but what is included shouldn't be much different to the Nexus 7's updated JB.
But, the XOOM receiving Jelly Bean would make it the first 10-inch tablet to receive the OS, meaning we get to see what the "full tablet experience" of Jelly Bean will feel like compared to the Nexus 7's 7-inch screen size. The update has been delayed for the XOOM Wi-Fi, and should hopefully be out any day now.
Intel has confirmed that they are working with Google in order to support newer versions of their mobile OS, Android, including the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on smart devices that are powered by Intel Atom processors.
Intel didn't unveil a time frame for when the Jelly Bean port would be complete, or when the OS would be deployed on Atom-powered products, but we should see current devices get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich first. Currently, Intel's presence in the mobile market is not that big of a deal, compared to their x86 processors for desktops and laptops, where they are the undeniable king.
Intel is continuing to push forward with plans to break into the mobile market, where earlier this year we saw the company release the first Intel-based smartphone for the consumer market, the Lava Xolo 9000, in India. After that, we saw the release of an Orange-branded Intel-powered handset launched in the UK and another from Lenovo in China.
During Apple's earnings press release earlier today, the Cupertino-based company announced that OS X Mountain Lion would officially launch tomorrow, July 25. Apple CEO Tim Cook said:
We're thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We've also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we've got in the pipeline.
OS X Mountain Lion will be priced quite well, at just $19.99 and will be made available through the Mac App Store. I would love to install it and see what it's like, but my 2011 edition MacBook Pro died a few days ago, and I'm still in the mourning stage.
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.