Upgrade to Windows 8 before it Jumps up in price, counting from February 1st Windows 8 upgrades will become a bit more pricey. That means you have less than two weeks to take advantage of introductory online upgrade pricing of $40 (for the Pro version), before the price jump to $ 200.
Fortunately, you’ll be able to utilize current pricing for the rest of January, including a DVD Pro upgrade available at retailers for $70. After the switchover, you’ll pay $200 for a Pro upgrade, a standard edition of Windows 8 will cost you $120, the Pro Pack will be available for $100 (upgrading from standard to Pro) and a Media Center Pack will cost $10.
Additionally, Microsoft will cut off those who just purchased a Windows 7 PC—that upgrade price is $15 to Windows 8—on Feb. 28.
You could, of course, stick it out with Windows 7 or Vista or even XP for the indefinite future, but if a fresh OS is in the cards, now’d be as good a time as any to make the jump.
Big news in instant messaging Facebook Messenger Facebook social network as it is now accessible to all without necessarily having a Facebook account!
Simply download the application, giving his name and phone number and your address book is immediately synchronized to find other users with whom Facebook Messenger chat and exchange photos.
In a first step, update Facebook Messenger application will be deployed on Android and iOS later on. With this new feature, Facebook attack not only SMS but also other services sector as WhatsApp, KIK or even BBM.
Current Windows Phone 7 owners might have to wait until Q1 of next year to get their 7.8 update, but at least now we have some idea of what the update will bring. Microsoft officially promised a WP8-like start screen with resizable tiles, but leaked in-house training materials from Nokia give more details.
The lock screen will be customizable – users can pick an app to update the lockscreen periodically, something that sounds a lot like WP8’s Live Apps service.
Internet Explorer will be updated with enhanced security, but it seems like Windows Phone 7.8 will keep using IE9 and won’t get IE10. Another perk of the updated OS will be the MP3 editor that can be used to create ringtones out of songs. There will be more system colors available too, for a total of 20.
Phone makers will be adding their own touches to the 7.8 update. Nokia, for example, will add support for sharing media files over Bluetooth (for non-DRM protected files), update the Contacts Transfer app and enhance the ringtone editor.
Windows Phone Italy’s Facebook page also promised support for Rooms (a new feature in WP8), SmartGlass and Xbox Music.
We shouldn’t have to remind you that neither leaked training materials nor Facebook posts are particularly solid information, but until Microsoft officially spills the beans on the Windows Phone 7.8 changelog, it’s all we have to go on.
The iPhone 5 launch was “and still” big, that it turned out so big that it slowed the growth of Android in the US and the UK, according to Kantar World Panel.
The rest of the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) saw just the opposite – Android’s share went up, iOS went down.
It should be noted that iPhone 5 was on sale for only a week in Q3 (even less in some markets) and is yet to launch in China and Brazil, so Q4 is bound to bring big gains for iOS.
Anyway, during this year’s Q3, the market share of iOS in US went up to 35.7%, compared to 21.5% during the same period last year. That’s a massive increase of 14.2 percentage points. Meanwhile Android dropped from 66.4% to 57.5%. Another notable decline is that of BlackBerry, which is now below Microsoft’s OS (which is currently at 2.9%).
In the UK, iOS market share increased by 9.9 percentage points to 18.1%, but Android went up too – from 53.4% to 58.2%. RIM still holds a respectable 8.8% there, while the WP share more than doubled. Symbian practically went extinct in the UK.
iOS shares declined in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia, while Android’s shares increased in these markets. In Germany and Spain in particular, it’s almost complete domination with 77.8% and 82.7% respectively. In Brazil Android went from controlling a fifth of the market to half of it.
In EU5, iOS remained relatively constant, buoyed by its conquests in the UK, while Android went up by 16.2 percentage points. Windows saw decent gains, now controlling about 5% of the market, ahead of the former king, Symbian.
If you want to see all the numbers for all OSes, you can download the PDF from Kantar.
Skype for Mac and Windows has just received an update to version 6.0 with an alternative sign in and extended Microsoft-integration in tow. A Windows 8 and RT-specific version of Skype will be coming in a few days, but current Mac and Windows users are getting an update now.
Now you’re able to log in “without” a Skype ID and opt for using a Microsoft Live ID or a Facebook one instead. There’s also Retina support for Mac, visual changes and more.
Signing in with a Microsoft account will let users chat with their contacts from Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com directly from Skype. The Skype team is also working to bring video calling between Skype and Windows Live Messenger contacts and says the feature will be available in the coming weeks.
The user interface has been refreshed and “flattened” for a less cluttered look. The “currently online” account has been removed too. On the Mac side of things there’s an option for multiple windows for individual chats.
You can downlaod the latest version of Skype, by following the source link, and for more info hit the Check for updates button (listed under Help in the app itself).
Source : Skype
Last few days (in Europe) there was an outage in Amazon Web Services on the US East Coast caused disruption of some major online services that we all use and love. Websites and apps such as Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, and Viber have all been non-responsive. The outage has been felt the worst by users in Asia and the US, where the downtime was actually running through the day.
A member of the collective hacker group called Anonymous went public on Twitter to claim responsibility. Later on, an Amazon spokesperson stated this is not the case and Amazon servers had not been under attack.
Of course, it’s anyone’s guess what actually had happened. The good news is that by Tuesday morning in Europe most of the servers functionality was up again. Some services may be still experiencing slight hiccups, but that’s due to the high number of users trying to connect back and no longer due to a malfunction in Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.
Via : Cnet
Back to previous rumor we’ve been seeing a mysterious Android 4.1.2 update mentioned in a unreleased devices in the past few hours.
Now Google makes thing in the right way, and released the new Android OS updates, carrying the digits 4.1.2 .
Google’s Android Open Source Project chief engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has posted word via the Android Building group that version 4.1.2 of Android is being released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today.
Here’s the words :
” We’re releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update
on top of 4.1.1.
As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7:
please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity. Future variants of
the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components
(the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1.The build number is JZO54K, and the tag is android-4.1.2_r1.
Conley and JBQ
Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru
Technical Lead, Android Open Source Project, Google. ”
Still, we haven’t seen the update reach our own devices yet, however some Nexus 7 owners already report getting 4.1.2 on their tablets with a pleasant surprise in store: in addition to the expected bug fixes and performance boosts, the software lets the home screen rotate to landscape mode on the smaller Jelly Bean slate.
Via : Android Police , Google Groups , [Image credit : EETimes]