Operating Systems

Windows 8.1 RTM announced, released on October 18

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Ten months after the company launched what can be described as one of the most controversial releases of its Windows operating system, Microsoft has announced the RTM (release to manufacture) status of its new Windows 8.1 update. The new point release will be released for general use on October 18.
However, in a departure from its normal stance, Microsoft has decided it will hold off the new update from its professional MSDN and TechNet subscribers until the October 18 general release date.… Read more

New rumour has Apple launching iOS 7 to all devices September 10

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It’s that time of year again when Apple rumour numbers start to rocket up as we inevitably get closer to the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5S and its eagerly anticipated ‘budget’ phone, the iPhone 5C. While the latest rumours are that Apple will launch the phones on September 10 for sale on September 20, a new rumour is gathering a head of steam that the Cupertino giant will also launch its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7 at the same announcement.… Read more

Whatever happened to Android for Raspberry Pi?

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One of the earliest operating system projects discussed in the same breath as the Raspberry Pi was Google’s Android. Back on July 31 last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation posted on its blog that ‘Android 4.0 is coming!‘, but unfortunately, apart from some early screenshots of an ‘alpha’ build, no official Android OS for the compact $25 computer has since been released.… Read more

Windows 8.1 release date announced – October 18

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Microsoft has finally announced a Windows 8.1 release date – midnight, October 18, New Zealand-time.
The free update will begin rolling out to all Windows 8-powered systems globally from that point.
The release will mark the first time the software giant has released a ‘.1′ update to a Windows operating system since the days of Windows 3 back in 1992. It’s expected to partially address one of the major complaints of the original release, that being the lack of a Start button.… Read more

Android 4.3 gets new VP8 video encoder – and DRM

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Google’s Android 4.3 release of Jelly Bean seems to have been coming forever, but now that it’s finally released, there are a number of new media features that show Android is just about now all grown up.
The search giant details the new features in its developer’s website and among those features is a new VP8 encoder. VP8 is the video codec Google released to open source back in 2010 after it purchased video codec maker On2 Technologies.… Read more

[UPDATE] Google Chromecast teardown: similar to Rockchip’s $10 Miracast dongle?

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Google has decided to take on the AppleTV with a low-cost option, introducing the Google Chromecast dongle.
Despite its $35 price tag, it’s a somewhat interesting single-function design that will work with any HDMI-ready big-screen TV and allow media streaming from an Android phone or tablet. The hardware itself is surprisingly basic.
The CPU is a Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC CPU, however, there is absolutely nothing on the web about this chip.… Read more

Microsoft Windows 8.1 to go RTM ‘end of August’

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Microsoft Windows boss Tami Reller today announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference that its follow-up Windows 8.1 operating system update will be ‘released to manufacture’ (RTM) by the end of August this year.
At the same time, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) will be able to access the Windows 8.1 release and begin preparing new products for release in time for the festive season, the company announced on its Windows blog today.… Read more

Microsoft Windows 8 App Store hits 100K faster than Google, Apple

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Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store.
— Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013
It’s a fair call to say Windows 8 has been maligned as much as its been applauded since its release in late 2012. One of the brickbats commonly thrown at the Microsoft operating system has been a lack of apps on its Windows Store since the OS was released.… Read more