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Cyanogenmod 9 is now available for the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X

Owner of an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered HTC One X? Been waiting for Cyanogenmod 9? Today is your lucky day! Cyanogenmod 9 has been released for the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X, with the interface offering a much more stock Android 4.0 ICS feel, with HTC's Sense 4.0 UI locked back in its closet.

 

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With Cyanogenmod 9 loaded, the HTC One X looks more like Samsung's stock GALAXY Nexus, which isn't so much of a bad thing if you're not a fan of HTC's Sense 4.0 UI. The people behind the release, TripNRaVeR of the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering team are the ones who released this particular build, and whilst they've used the open-source Cyanogenmod 9 files, the release is not 'officially sanctioned' by the Cyanongenmod 9 group.

 

Most functions work on the HTC One X, apart from the camera and Wi-Fi hotspot functions. There is one revision the Cyanogenmod 9 build brings to HTC One X users, is that it remaps the device's hardware buttons. The multitasking button has been reworked to initiate the 'menu' function, whilst the multitasking menu is now made available by holding down the home button.

T-Mobile and Verizon's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedules have been leaked

Connected to Verizon, or T-Mobile and waiting on an Ice Cream Sandwich update to your Android device, well, you might enjoy some leaked scheduled update maps. Of course, as usual, this isn't confirmed by either provider, so for now it's just a rumor.

 

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Verizon should be rolling updates to the following handsets soon: HTC Rezound, Motorola Razr, Razr Maxx, Xoom 3G and Xoom 4G. The "pull" dates for those handsets are between May 9 and 23, whilst ROMs for the Xoom have yet to be determined. For those on T-Mobile, Samsung's GALAXY S will receive ICS after May 14, with teh HTC Amaze 4G and Sensation 4G getting their ICS updates after June 16.

 

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Of course, these dates and models are always subject to change, especially when it comes from leaked schedules.

Telstra unleash Ice Cream Sandwich upon the GALAXY S II

Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived on the GALAXY S II with Telstra, and there's only a few steps between your old Gingerbread life on the GSII and your new Ice Cream Sandwich-rocking life. Do it now!

 

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You'll need to visit this website if you want to do it, as there's a few steps you'll have to do. If you're still running the older Android 2.3.3, you'll need to upgrade to 2.3.6 before you can upgrade to ICS 4.0.3. Other than that, have at it!

 

It can be done OTA (over-the-air), or you can chose to upgrade it through Kies. This method would require that you backup all personal data, just in case. Before any update, I would suggest backing up personal data, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Apple's Tim Cook takes a swipe at Microsoft's Metro UI

Apple may have quite a bit of power in the smartphone and tablet sector, but we all know that all kingdom's eventually collapse. Before that, the King's make big speeches and Apple is no different. Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out from yesterday's earnings call to take a swipe at Microsoft's plans for WIndows 8, where he likening them to combining a toaster to a fridge.

 

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Cook had a question-and-answer session that followed the earnings call, and was asked if Apple had any plans to merge their tablet and laptop efforts, as Microsoft are doing with their upcoming Window 8 OS. Cook replied with:

 

You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren't going to be pleasing to the user.

 

Cook snapped again, saying that any sort of convergence between tablets and laptops would result in a dilution of both, where he added:

 

We are not going to that part, but others might from a defensive point of view.

 

But, we all know Apple are big at talking and then going back on their word. If you'll remember when the iPhone was first released under Jobs' leadership, Apple made a very big deal of claiming that their then-new iOS operating system was, at heart, the same as its OS X desktop. Where they have now gone back on that word. Comparing iOS to OS X is just silly... iOS is even more closed off than OS X and is quite basic in comparison.

Near-final "release preview" version of Windows 8 is due in early-June

Microsoft have confirmed that a near-final "release preview" of Windows 8 is expected to drop in early-June, says Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky, where he made the announcement at at Windows Developer Days event held in Japan earlier this week.

 

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This should mean the release could arrive at the time of Computex, which would be a perfectly timed show off period for the Redmond-based company. All eyes will be on the releases as they hit as Microsoft push Windows in a new direction.

 

Windows 8 should be quite the all-in for Microsoft, as they're not only trying to keep desktop-based customers happy, but notebooks, newly-arrived Ultrabooks, and then tablets and smartphones. Microsoft want to combat Apple's iPad, but right now have nothing to even compete with. Windows 8 will change all of this.

 

On top of the OS being able to run on traditional x86-based processors, it'll work on low-powered ARM-based solutions, too.

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3

Apple are today seeding registered members of the Mac Developer Program the latest, third developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion. The new version is Build 12A178q, which is up from the previous 12A154q version.

 

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There are various changes baked in which have yet to be discovered, but the lucky ones with access to the Developer Preview will surely swim through the sea of changes to find out just how Mountain Lion ticks, or roars. Apple has a list of known issues with the latest build:

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Microsoft veteran says that ALL Windows Phone 7 devices would get an upgrade to 8

Microsoft Evangelist Nuno Silva was involved in a video interview that has been posted by Portugese site Zwame, where it's been suggested that ALL Windows Phone devices, even those from the first-generation will get an upgrade to the next-gen OS.

 

 

Outside of this interview, Microsoft have barely whispered about the future of Windows Phone, whether its even in development or not. It's believed that Windows Phone 8/Apollo could break the mould on how Windows Phone 7 behaves. There could be enough code compatibility with the desktop that its apps could run on Windows 8 with minimal porting. Wouldn't that be nice?

 

Of course, we should expect new features in the next-gen OS that would require next-gen hardware. But the underlying OS should work on lower-end devices, but would most likely include restrictions. Apple does this on their devices with iOS versions, same with Google's Android OS.

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Microsoft announce three Windows 8 Editions

We all know Windows 8 is baking very nicely in Microsoft's ovens right now, and they're just some more information surface now in the form of the editions we should expect. Microsoft are going to release Windows 8 in three editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT.

 

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The differences? Well, the first two edition's are for x86-based systems, both in 32- and 64-bit. Windows 8 will be the OS for most people, as it includes most of the features you need, plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support as well as the ability to switch languages on the fly, which was previously an exclusive feature to the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows.

 

Next up is Windows 8 Pro, which is designed for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals. It includes all of the features of Windows 8 as well as encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center is now considered an economical "media pack" add-on for Windows 8 Pro. Finally, we have Windows 8 RT. This is the newest member of the Windows family, which is something Microsoft have been calling Windows on Arm, or WOA.

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Google's Chrome OS begins to take shape, looks more like Windows than a browser

Google's Chrome OS has been in development for quite a while now, and has since late-2010 had the same system interface, until now. The latest developer version of the operating system sports a major redesign in its UI, and it is not only looking great, it's looking more and more like Windows, which isn't a bad thing.

 

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The first thing people are going to do with Chrome is think "is it Windows?" and once they realise its not, they're going to attempt to use it. If they've never used the Chrome browser before, it'll feel very alien, much like OS X does the first time you use it after using Windows for X amount of years. Chrome OS now looks like a traditional OS, with a full-blown desktop and window manager instead of just a browser and tabs.

 

Chrome's next-generation use interface framework, known as "Aura", makes its public debut with the new developer version of Chrome OS. This is a huge change, as previous iterations of Chrome OS were just an operating system, within a browser that very closely resembled Google's popular web browser. This is a great move, something that I applaud Google for doing. You can sometimes think outside of the square, but sometimes floating outside of that square makes you think you require a triangle to be 'better' or 'evolved', a simplistic UI will go a long way to ensure that Chrome OS is a serious contender for the OS wars to come.

Microsoft to drop Windows Vista, Office 2007 mainstream support, XP's head arrives on the chopping block in two years time

We all knew this day was coming, mainstream support for Windows Vista will end on April 10 with Office 2007 receiving the same fate today. Windows XP and Office 2003 will enjoy another two years before being cut.

 

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Microsoft divides its support lifecycle in two stages: "Mainstream" and "Extended". Within Mainstream, software receives the full range of free security updates, stability improvements, bug fixes, and occasional new features. Within the Extended phase, only security updates are made available, though companies with paid support contracts can receive other fixes.

 

Currently, Windows XP and Office 2003 are in their "Extended" support phase, which ends in 2014. Once this hits, they'll cease receiving even security updates, leaving anyone still running that software open to whatever malware the Internet throws upon them. Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be in Extended support from now until April 2017.

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