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Microsoft have just updated its support policy for their two latest OSs, Windows Vista and Windows 7, where they'll now be offering extended support to the consumer versions of the two operating systems.
Until now, Microsoft had provided 5 years worth of 'mainstream support' for consumers, where business users enjoyed an additional 5 years of support. Now, all Windows users will get security updates for 10 years after the operating system's release.
This takes Windows Vista's consumer support all the way through to April 11, 2017, and Windows 7 support gets a nice bump up to January 14, 2020.
BGR have gotten their dirty mits on "what is said to be" Apple's iOS 5.1 GM, which should hit users over-the-air (OTA) around March 9th or so, and BGR have thus confirmed two changes that have been baked into iOS 5.1.
First off, we have the lock screen for iOS 5.1 sporting a fixed camera button which is found next to the slide-to-unlock button, and instead of tapping on said button to launch the camera, in iOS 5.1 all you do is drag the entire unlock section up to reveal the camera finder - nifty.
Siri has also taken a trip to learn a new language: Japanese. BGR have confirmed this in the picture below where you can clearly see Siri now sports Japanese. BGR have learnt that there "are no roadblocks" and this is a release candidate that should hit in a few weeks time.
RumorTT: Google could launch Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" in Q2 of this year, would run alongside Windows 8
Android 4.0 arrived with quite the hard thud late last year, whilst it looks pretty cool, the Android-based smartphones and tablets just did not adapt quick enough. Most smartphone and tablet makers really dragged their feet, with even flagship products such as the phone that rocks along in my pocket, the Samsung Galaxy S II, not receiving it yet.
But, this could all [hopefully] change with the release of Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean". Google know that 2012 spells stronger competition in the OS market, with Microsoft releasing Windows 8 this year, and Apple will surely announce iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 (that's my guess, anyway). All of this is "according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers", thanks, DigiTimes.
Android 5.0 is said to be further optimized for tablet PCs, as well as having Chrome integration system functions to push dual-operating system designs. What does sound amazing, is that brand vendors can choose to adopt just Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices, allowing the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut the device down. Take that, Apple.
Google hope to enter the notebook and netbook markets with Android 5.0, and if you can sport Windows 8 and Android 5.0 at the same time, this is going to be a kick-arse year for Google, and Microsoft.
Apple have just announced they've released a developer preview of their upcoming OS, Mountain Lion. Touted as the ninth major release of the 'world's most advanced operating system', Mountain Lion will introduce popular apps from the iPad to the Mac, such as Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring.
On top of these iPad-related features, OS X Mountain Lion will sport iCloud, which allows for easy setup and integration with said apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also intros Gatekeeper. What is Gatekeeper? It's a 'revolutionary' security feature that helps keep you safe from malicious software by giving you complete control over what apps are allowed to be installed on your Mac.
Because Mountain View includes Messages, this means that iChat is now gone. Messages will continue to support services such as AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk. If you want to try it out on your Lion-based Mac, you can download the beta of Messages, here.
Because Mountain Lion has Twitter integration, you can sign on once and tweet directly from Safari, Quick Look, Photo Booth, Preview and other third-party applications. AirPlay Mirroring ushers in a new way to wireless send a secure 720p video stream of what's on your Mac, directly to an HDTV using Apple TV.
Leaked images have floated onto the surface of the waves of the Internet in the past 24 or so hours of Research in Motion's next-generation BlackBerry 10 Operating System, and boy do they look nice. BlackBerry 10 OS will sport home screen "widgets" which will allow you to call up apps and mini-apps, video chat capability, improvements to the e-mail clients design, just to name a few.
CrackBerry.com are behind the images, where they've reported they received a 14-page presentation featuring BlackBerry 10-powered BlackBerry's from "a tipster". Of course, we have to question whether these images are indeed legit, but they do seem to be. BB 10 OS is shaping up to look quite swish, and it seems RIM have worked hard at this latest OS.
RIM aren't just dressing to impress, either, it seems they are baking in some useful features such as a clock icon that continues to show the time of the day, but also what time the alarm will go off. It is the detail in the little things that make it stand out. Another feature showed off in a screenshot is RIM's Universal Inbox, which is thanks to The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) which RIM acquired back in 2010.
During CES 2012, Research in Motion (RIM) announced the PlayBook OS 2.0 would arrive "next month", with that next month being February. At the end of this month, Mobile World Congress starts up and we should see quite the flurry of announcements and unveilings, one of which should be RIM's PlayBook OS 2.0.
RIM's Senior Brand Manager, Jeff Gadway, has assured PC Magazine that they're sticking to their promised timetable, and PlayBook OS 2.0 will ship "very soon". Very soon, and MWC seem to line up quite well, and RIM should have a decent presence at the show.
PlayBook OS 2.0 will arrive as a 400MB update, and brings a bunch of important features to the OS, including an Android App player, a native e-mail client, calendar, and contact apps. We should hear and see more about PlayBook OS 2.0 in the coming weeks, or when MWC hits.
I'm sick of writing about Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 and not rocking it on my Samsung Galaxy S II, boo. Boo! Well, Android 4.0.4 has found its way onto the tubes this week, first hitting Sprint's Nexus S 4G, and now has hit the CDMA/LTE-powered Galaxy Nexus from Verizon.
Obviously this isn't available over-the-air (OTA), but it's available to those who have unlocked their bootloader. The ROM is said to be very fast, with speed gains also reaching the web browser, and the device's boot times, too.
The release includes a new radio file that offers more seamless transitions between the CDMA and LTE networks. Most of the other baked-in changes are relatively minor, so this is only for those of you who want to live on the edge. If you too, want to live on the edge, check it out here.
Get ready to dust off your OS, people, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is nearly upon us, and according to CNet News, Microsoft have now revealed the date and time of the launch (excusing the time zone weirdness as its launching in Barcelona): February 29 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM CET (or 9:00 and 11:00 AM EST).
Microsoft are set to host at event at Mobile World Congress, in the aforementioned Barcelona, Spain. MWC is a mobile conference, but then again, Windows 8 is not solely for desktops and notebooks anymore, with the OS set to land on mobile devices as well. The Verge have said that some Metro apps will feature on the Consumer Preview, with Calendar, Camera, Mail, Messaging, Music, "People," Photos, SkyDrive, and Video being included.
The Verge's information comes from "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans" so there's a few grains of salt thrown in there. Will you be trying out the Consumer Preview? I want to try it out, I hope it installs in Boot Camp on my Apple MacBook Pro. Ha.
Microsoft launched one of the most recognisable components of computing, the Start button. It was launched 17 years ago, with a huge advertising campaign, where its hard for people to not know the Start button now.
When it comes to Windows 8, Microsoft are changing it up, not just a bit, but considerably. The removal of the Start button marks a serious change, where the Start button is replaced by the "hot corner." Instead of clicking the Start button to show the full-screen Metro-style Start Screen, you just flick your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, or touch it with your finger, and voila - Metro-style Start Screen.
Why would Microsoft do such a thing? Well, they save some on-screen pixels by removing it. That's it. Imagine long-time Windows users, booting up for the first time, not aware of this news and virtually unprepared for there to not be a Start button. They would think the OS is faulty, or a non-legit version. New users, would be OK, but how would they know to push to the bottom left of the screen to display the Metro interface?
Apple is ready to unleash a new update for OS X Lion, dubbed version 10.7.3. The new update resolves some lingering issues that Lion currently has, and includes some other things, too.
First up, it'll fix the annoying Wi-Fi connection resume issue when the system has gone to sleep (which I experience myself and it is annoying), it also addresses a bunch of issues: when using smart cards to log into OS X, compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing, printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup, graphics performance issues after the system goes to sleep on earlier ATI-based iMacs and finally, an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network.
v10.7.3 also adds new language support with Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai and Ukrainian support now included. RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras is included, too.
Apple recommends using Time Machine before updating, and you can either download it by choosing Software Update on your Mac, or you can manually download the installer, here.