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Happy iOS 8 day!

September 17, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple's latest mobile OS, iOS 8 will be available sometime today, September 17th. Two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, all Apple users will get a refresh with the latest OS, which is all about convergence with Mac OS X Yosemite and Apple Pay. For a full list of what to expect, check out the Apple iOS 8 page. Via techradar and Apple

Tom Hanks launches typewriter passion project for iPad

August 20, 2014 by Tom in App News, Other Tablet, Software / OS with 1 Comment.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks loves typewriters. He can't get enough of the click-clacky manual machines. Not one to be outdone in the digital age, Hanks has launched Hanx Writer - a writing tool app for iPad that replicates classic typewriter tones and layouts. The app shot to number one in the App Store and is available for free but offers in-app purchases for additional features and themes. Hanks wrote about his love of typewriters in the New York Times last summer and thanks to the App Store, we can all share his passion. Via pocket-lint

Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 OS looks familar

August 18, 2014 by Tom in Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Apple users might notice an ever so slight resemblance to iOS 7 in the new OS from Chinese company Xiaomi. If imitation is the most sincere for of flattery, MIUI 6's direct lift if almost everything shows true love. Check out below for side-by-side comparisons. To its credit, it looks quite nice, despite the obvious influences. Via gizmodo

iOS 8 beta round-up – what to expect in the fall

August 8, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Other Phone, Phone, Software / OS with No Comments.

Pocket-lint has complied a comprehensive guide to the changes made in iOS 8, which has recently been released in beta form. Changes include fine-tuned notification options, embedded Podcasts app, Family Purchases displayed in the App Store, a "Raise to Listen" option for Messages, WiFi calling for selected networks, lots of Health changes, credit card scanning for online purchases, and much more. Check out the full list here at Pocket-lint.

Ahoy m’hearties: pieces of iOS 8

June 3, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Software / OS with No Comments.

At today's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple called the forthcoming new mobile operating system, iOS 8, a "giant" release. Hyperbole is a key note in keynotes, but there are still going to be some notable differences and some cool new features linked to the upcoming Mac OS Yosemite. Not all the details have been announced but so far we know there will be changes to Notifications Centre: the swipe-down menu will have more swipe gesture controls and added widgets, such as weather, calendar, eBay, etc. Contacts has been buffed with circles that indicate who you've been in touch with recently' mailis all about added gesture controls; Spotlight takes in the world around you to tailor search results to location-based options as well as phone-based; QuickType has got smarter; G

Your touchscreen patterns are unique enough to be used as security

April 19, 2014 by Tom in Software / OS with No Comments.

You're so predictable. The way you jab your tablet and phone is just soooo typical of you. That's what researchers at Georgia Tech have found out, and from that they've developed software that locks down your tablet if the usage isn't in-keeping with your usual patterns. Called LatentGesture, the software constantly monitors usage to develop a 'touch signature' and uses this familiarity to make sure it's still your fingers tapping at it. Accuracy has been up at 98% for smartphones and 97% for tablets, which is pretty impressive. Even at this stage it can accommodate multiple users on a single device. There's thought that it could become a secondary security solution after the lock code's been broken. Via gizmodo

Firefox OS 2.0 screens point toward more mature build

April 11, 2014 by Tom in Software / OS with No Comments.

The current incarnation of Firefox OS for mobile hasn't set the world on fire(fox) but new screens of the Firefox OS 2.0 update look promising. Simple, sleek and seemingly intuitive, mockups of the 2.0 version appeared on the Mozilla blog, which also explained new features for the update. Alongside the graphics and UI tweaks are new features such as selecting, copying and pasting text, music controls and notifications on the lock screen, a FindMyFox phone locator, Firefox account integration, smart typing input and more. Via cnet

MIUI now on tablets – Nexus 7 first adopter

March 18, 2014 by Tom in Android News, Android Tablet, Software / OS with No Comments.

The popular Android ROM MIUI is now available for tablets, and rather than a straight port, it's been designed with tablets in mind and is optimised for larger displays. Nexus 7 owners can try it out now but downloading it from the MIUI site. Let us know how it goes! Via gizchina

Cortana Announced as Microsoft’s answer to Siri

March 3, 2014 by Tom in Microsoft, Software / OS with No Comments.

"What can I help you with?" Siri's been asking this question for a while, and the answer is usually, "Nothing, I clicked you by accident." Siri's still in the novelty stage, rather than taking on a Her-style Scarlett Johansson life partner role. Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced Cortana - the latest digital personal assistant, this time named after the AI character in the company's hit Halo games. Cortana is a circle that changes when its 'thinking' or speaking and it's hooked into Bing, Foursquare and other services to act like Google Now. It's not clear whether it will be onboard right away with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 but Cortana's on its way and Siri had better step up its game now there's a new AI in town. Will Microsoft's Cortana be an improvement on Siri? Disc

Video: Is Google Turning Its Back On Android For Chrome?

August 10, 2011 by Alex in Software / OS with No Comments.

With the introduction of Google's Chrome OS for tablets which was originally used in Chomebooks, the end of Android OS could be nigh. Seeing as Android Honeycomb hasn't exactly 'entertained' its blood-thirsty audience, it looks like Google might be introducing their newer champion into the ring in its place. However, champion might be a bit of an overstatement. Find out why after the break. Google Chrome is all fine and dandy as an internet browser, however as a tablet optimised operating system, it's unfortunately not (yet, anyways). The OS only works when connected to the internet which creates obvious limitations. Despite now being able to fit on smaller screens as well as work with touch input, basic tasks like playing games and writing a document will only work when connected

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