Operating Systems archive

  • Windows 8 on ARM officially detailed by Microsoft
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    Windows 8 on ARM officially detailed by Microsoft

    By 10 February 2012

    We all knew that Windows 8 would be ARM compatible but up until now the details of exactly what the move might entail have been sketchy. Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky has now come clean with all the official details, solving a few mysteries and confirming...

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview goes live 29 February
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview goes live 29 February

    By 9 February 2012

    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview, ie, the first time that Joe and Joanna Public will be able to take Microsoft's new baby for a spin, will go live on 29 February. The launch date has been confirmed courtesy of a Mobile World Congress invite which is set...

  • Samsung folds Bada into open-source Tizen Project
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    Samsung folds Bada into open-source Tizen Project

    By 16 January 2012

    Samsung is merging its Bada mobile phone operating system with the Tizen Project, an open-source Linux Foundation software platform, aimed at a broad range of devices, including smartphones. "We have an effort that will merge Bada and Tizen", Tae-Jin...

  • BlackBerry OS 10 to get February reveal at MWC
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    BlackBerry OS 10 to get February reveal at MWC

    By 5 January 2012

    Research In Motion will show off its new operating system, BlackBerry OS 10, in February at Mobile World Congress. Although the company has said that BB OS 10 devices won't be in the hands of consumers until later in 2012, it has told Pocket-lint that...

  • BT hits at the heart of Google, sues for widespread infringement
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    BT hits at the heart of Google, sues for widespread infringement

    By 19 December 2011

    British Telecom (BT) has filed a lawsuit against Google, which states the online information giant is infringing six of BT's patents; something that spans right across Google's portfolio, including Google Search, AdSense, Google+, Google Docs,Google Maps,...

  • Windows Phone SMS bug leaves handsets open to attack
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    Windows Phone SMS bug leaves handsets open to attack

    By 13 December 2011

    A bug within the Windows Phone 7 operating system has been uncovered which can be exploited by attackers, allowing a Denial of Service attack to be sent via SMS which will disable messaging on the device. This flaw is apparently targeted at Windows Phone...

  • Windows Phone 7 officially lands on iPhone and Android ... sort of
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    Windows Phone 7 officially lands on iPhone and Android ... sort of

    By 30 November 2011

    Ever wondered what Windows Phone 7 might look like running on your iPhone or your Android smartphone? Well, wonder no longer as Microsoft has set up a mobile site which emulates the latest version of the OS, Mango, right on to your Apple or Google powered...

  • LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?
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    LG Ice Cream Sandwich lineup confirmed: Is yours in the list?

    By 29 November 2011

    LG has confirmed which of its mobiles will be getting the upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and, as expected, the list mainly consists of LG's higher-end handsets. Pocket-lint brought confirmation at the beginning of November...

  • Kinect for Windows PCs moves tech to new level in 2012
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    Kinect for Windows PCs moves tech to new level in 2012

    By 23 November 2011

    Microsoft Kinect, the no-hands gaming peripheral for Xbox 360, is to see a move over to Windows PCs come early 2012, and in the process it'll be gaining new hardware improvements. We've seen the Kinect on a PC many times before with hackers porting the...

  • Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report
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    Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report

    By 21 November 2011

    Android has been outed as the worst OS for malware attacks according to McAfee's third quarter threat reports, highlighting some of the difficulties associated with the Google's "open source" mobile operating system. Although the Q3 report comes as no...

  • iOS 5 tweak reveals hidden Android-style auto-complete keyboard
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    iOS 5 tweak reveals hidden Android-style auto-complete keyboard

    By 10 November 2011

    Following the news that there's a hidden panorama camera mode hidden within the depth of iOS 5, it was only going to be a matter of time before some clever so-and-so uncovered another useful feature that didn't make the final cut for the platform's release....

  • RIM's BBX mobiles to break from current BlackBerry form factor, will support BES
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    RIM's BBX mobiles to break from current BlackBerry form factor, will support BES

    By 10 November 2011

    The new set of smartphones that will be coming from RIM next year will be changing style, bringing PlayBook like resolution and screen ratio to its mobiles. Along with this change of direction in terms of styling, it's been confirmed that RIM will be...

  • Mozilla developers building entirely web based mobile OS
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    Mozilla developers building entirely web based mobile OS

    By 7 November 2011

    Mozilla is working on a new entirely web based operating system called Boot 2 Gecko. Pics of the B2G interface appeared on the Mozilla wiki and show an icon based OS, not unlike Apple's.  Developers are currently testing B2G and its "proprietary, single-vendor...

  • Apple finds battery-life bugs in iOS 5
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    Apple finds battery-life bugs in iOS 5

    By 3 November 2011

    Apple has confirmed reports that since the iOS 5 update there have been issues affecting the battery life of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handsets. There have been numerous complaints across the web, especially on Twitter, of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 battery...

  • LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands
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    LG Optimus Android Gingerbread update lands

    By 1 November 2011

    LG has finally brought Android Gingerbread 2.3 to its range of Optimus handsets; the new version of the operating system replaces Android Froyo and  will be rolling out to three handsets during the November. After the initial three, more premium handsets...

  • iPhone 4S poor battery life due to location services bug
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    iPhone 4S poor battery life due to location services bug

    By 31 October 2011

    User tests are suggesting that the iPhone 4S's poor battery life could be down to a bug in iOS 5, specifically the "Setting Time Zone" within the Location Services settings. The issue of poor iPhone 4S battery life has come up on numerous occasions with...

  • RIM stalls for time, as PlayBook 2.0 OS given Feb 2012 launch date
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    RIM stalls for time, as PlayBook 2.0 OS given Feb 2012 launch date

    By 26 October 2011

    RIM has just issued written explanation on its blog stating that PlayBook customers waiting for its PlayBook 2.0 OS update will have to wait a little longer, as it will now launch in February 2012. Not only that but the much sought-after BBM service for...

  • BlackBerry BBX demo shows PlayBook running Android apps (video)
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    BlackBerry BBX demo shows PlayBook running Android apps (video)

    By 24 October 2011

    RIM recently showed off and detailed its new BBX OS platform at Devcon 2011, in San Francisco, but now a video has emerged of the new BlackBerry OS running Android apps - something that will bring mass appeal to the platform. The BBX OS is based on the...

  • Andy Lees talks Windows Phone 7 hardware for 2012 and NFC
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    Andy Lees talks Windows Phone 7 hardware for 2012 and NFC

    By 20 October 2011

    Talking at Asia D, Andy Lees spoke of the possibility that 2012 will see the introduction of NFC and the and a way that hardware manufactures can "add value" and extend and vary hardware on Windows Phone 7. This comes on the back of a feeling by many...

  • Windows Phone 7 Mango update roll-out now available to virtually everyone
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    Windows Phone 7 Mango update roll-out now available to virtually everyone

    By 19 October 2011

    Microsoft has said that its Windows Phone 7 Mango rollout has now been opened up to virtually all users on the first iteration of the company’s software. "Today we’re fully opening the spigot —slightly ahead of schedule—and making Mango available...

  • Ice Cream Sandwich brings Android Beam to Galaxy Nexus
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    Ice Cream Sandwich brings Android Beam to Galaxy Nexus

    By 19 October 2011

    Android Beam is just one of the little tweaks to come out of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich update, and with it comes the ability to nudge data across phones - essentially, tap-to-share functionality. Admittedly this is nothing new as it was a function of...

  • HTC responds to Ice Cream Sandwich Android update
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    HTC responds to Ice Cream Sandwich Android update

    By 19 October 2011

    HTC has responded to Google's launch of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, with an official statement, which gives very little away in terms of its plans to update future HTC handsets. And it's fair enough really considering the reaction of HTC handset...

  • BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 detailed
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    BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 detailed

    By 18 October 2011

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has confirmed that it will be releasing a new operating system update for the BlackBerry Playbook at the company's Devcon event in San Francisco.  The new operating system update will be available to developers from...

  • iOS 5 integration triples Twitter sign-ups
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    iOS 5 integration triples Twitter sign-ups

    By 18 October 2011

    The advent of Apple's new operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, iOS 5, and, in particular, its Twitter integration, has tripled the amount of sign-ups to the social network. In addition, the site now serves around quarter of a billion tweets...

  • Motorola Xoom to get Android Ice Cream Sandwich update?
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    Motorola Xoom to get Android Ice Cream Sandwich update?

    By 17 October 2011

    The Motorola Xoom could be the first tablet to get updated to Google's soon-to-be-released Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. According to Fudzilla, the Motorola Xoom will see the hybrid phone and tablet operating system pushed out as an update imminently....