Operating Systems archive

  • HTC looking to ditch Android in favour of own OS?
    Phones

    HTC looking to ditch Android in favour of own OS?

    By 12 September 2011

    HTC, the undisputed king of Android before Samsung came along and stole all the glory, could be looking to buy its own OS, in a move that could lead to it ditching its Google ties. Speculation has heated up due to Cher Wang, the chairwoman of the Taiwanese...

  • Jelly Bean touted as the next Android update
    Phones

    Jelly Bean touted as the next Android update

    By 12 September 2011

    The next version of Google's Android OS (or rather the next version, after the next version) is going to be called Jelly Bean. Probably. Possibly. That's the message from a report by This is My Next who, on the one hand, has a "trusted source" telling...

  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango coming 15 September?
    Phones

    Windows Phone 7.5 Mango coming 15 September?

    By 12 September 2011

    Windows Phone 7.5 - aka Windows Mango, aka Microsoft's latest big mobile hope - is to begin rolling out on 15 September, according to the the Windows Phone Dev Podcast team. This date has been mentioned before, although we're not entirely sure what a...

  • Nokia CEO says Google Motorola deal creates uncertainty for Android ecosystem
    Phones

    Nokia CEO says Google Motorola deal creates uncertainty for Android ecosystem

    By 9 September 2011

    Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has come out all guns blazing in defence of Nokia's decision to jump aboard the good ship Windows Phone 7, rather than taking the Android path. Speaking in China, Elop said that the Google/Motorola deal has caused some big waves...

  • Sonos fixes Mac OS X 10.7 Lion support for Controller
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    Sonos fixes Mac OS X 10.7 Lion support for Controller

    By 6 September 2011

    Sonos Controller now works with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. When the new operating system was launched, Mac-touting Sonos owners discovered that they couldn't stream music to their devices from their upgraded Apple computers any more. The Sonos Controller software...

  • Samsung CEO: We will "never' pursue webOS
    Phones

    Samsung CEO: We will "never' pursue webOS

    By 2 September 2011

    Samsung’s CEO, Choi Gee Sung, has said that the company will "never" pursue a deal with HP over licensing the company’s webOS platform for its smartphones and tablets. The comments, made at IFA in Berlin, Germany, is likely to be a blow to HP if...

  • iOS 5 heads to the finish line with new beta update for developers
    Phones

    iOS 5 heads to the finish line with new beta update for developers

    By 1 September 2011

    Apple has released yet another build of iOS 5 beta for developers. The new build, iOS 5 beta 7, continues to improve the company’s yet-to-be-released mobile phone operating system. Looking at leaked details about what the new beta 7 update offers, it...

  • PEGI age rating hits Windows Phone 7
    Gaming

    PEGI age rating hits Windows Phone 7

    By 31 August 2011

    Worried that your kids are playing games that perhaps they shouldn't on their mobiles? Microsoft is too, it seems, as it has introduced PEGI age ratings to its Windows Phone platform. The PEGI system is the standard form of classification for video games...

  • Macs get ready for Mango
    Phones

    Macs get ready for Mango

    By 31 August 2011

    Windows Phone 7 Mango, Microsoft's latest update to its mobile phone operating system, is almost upon us; that means getting yourself ready for the big push if you are an Apple Mac user.   For Mac users, Microsoft has just released an update for its...

  • Samsung Bada 2.0 SDK goes live and three new Wave phones coming
    Phones

    Samsung Bada 2.0 SDK goes live and three new Wave phones coming

    By 25 August 2011

    If you thought that Samsung was putting all its eggs in one basket by announcing Samsung Galaxy Android phones for every letter of the alphabet and their pro, plus and LTE variants then think again, because a new version of Bada is coming, along with...

  • First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...
    Phones

    First Windows Phone 7 mango mobile released...

    By 24 August 2011

    The first handset to be armed with the new WP7 7.5 (Mango) operating system has been released in Japan. The handset, which has been launched to retail by Fujitsu and KDDI au, goes by the catchy name of the Fujitsu IS12T and details we've gleaned from...

  • Symbian Belle is all systems go with three new handsets from Nokia
    Phones

    Symbian Belle is all systems go with three new handsets from Nokia

    By 24 August 2011

    Not once, not twice, but thrice does Nokia thrust Symbian Bell-based phonage upon the fair public, the new handsets taking the form of the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701. Symbian Belle, the new version of the Symbian OS, brings features including...

  • HP on webOS: It is not dead yet
    Phones

    HP on webOS: It is not dead yet

    By 22 August 2011

    If you’ve been following the tech news you’ll know that HP has recently killed a number of smartphones, including the TouchPad, Pre and Veer, that it has only recently launched around the world.  For many, that news meant that webOS was being killed...

  • Dropbox, now Lion friendly
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    Dropbox, now Lion friendly

    By 22 August 2011

    Dropbox, the cloud based file sharing service for Macs, PCs, and mobile phones, has quietly rolled out an update for Mac OS X Lion users, bringing back a number of features that they’ve probably been missing.  The new update includes integration support...

  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 update out
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    Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 update out

    By 16 August 2011

    Apple has released the first update for its new operating system, Mac OS X Lion, on Tuesday, taking the OS to 10.7.1.  The new update, which is available to all Lion users via the software upgrade path and weighs in at just 17.4MB, promises to fix a...

  • OS X Lion USB thumb drive hits the Apple Store
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    OS X Lion USB thumb drive hits the Apple Store

    By 16 August 2011

    Lion, Apple's newest update to its OS X operating system, has now materialised in thumb drive form on the Apple Store. Weighing in at a meaty 3.49GB as a digital download via the App Store, many have avoided picking up Lion due to their internet connection...

  • 2012 release for first BlackBerry QNX smartphone?
    Phones

    2012 release for first BlackBerry QNX smartphone?

    By 9 August 2011

    Did the "largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in history" leave you wanting more? Are you craving some PlayBook style QNX action on a BB smartphone? If so, we've got good news and bad news for you. The good news - a QNX smartphone is on course...

  • Google accuses Microsoft of jumping in bed with Apple
    Phones

    Google accuses Microsoft of jumping in bed with Apple

    By 4 August 2011

    Google has come out all guns blazing in defence of its mobile OS Android - accusing arch-rivals Microsoft and Apple of teaming up in "a hostile, organised campaign" against the platform. Speaking via the Google blog David Drummond, SVP and chief legal...

  • Android acquires half the smartphone market, but for how long?
    Phones

    Android acquires half the smartphone market, but for how long?

    By 2 August 2011

    Big mobile news has just come in from research firm Canalys, as figures show how the top smartphone operating systems are fairing on the world market. Of particular interest is that Google's Android Operating System has captured 48 per cent of the smartphone...

  • Cloud-based mobile OS goes live in China
    Phones

    Cloud-based mobile OS goes live in China

    By 29 July 2011

    Alibaba, the Hangzhou-based group of internet businesses (not to be confused with Ali Baba - the finest Kebab establishment in Southend-on-Sea), has pipped Mozilla to the punch by announcing a mobile OS that is cloud-powered. Soon to be available in Alibaba's...

  • Firefox OS coming to your smartphone
    Phones

    Firefox OS coming to your smartphone

    By 26 July 2011

    Mozilla has announced plans to build a HTML5 based mobile phone OS, in a project labelled Boot to Gecko. Speaking via a developers forum, Mozilla's Andreas Gal stated that "Mozilla believes that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for...

  • How to turn off natural scrolling in Mac OS X Lion
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    How to turn off natural scrolling in Mac OS X Lion

    By 21 July 2011

    If you believe everything you read on Twitter, you’d think the Apple universe has come unstuck following the arrival of OS X Lion.  “it definitely feels like mac’s version of Windows Vista”, writes @Pizzi, "Oh, Lion. Every time I touch the touchpad,...

  • Apple Mac OS X Lion review
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    Apple Mac OS X Lion review

    By 20 July 2011

    Apple’s latest cat is out the bag and ready to roar. But should you upgrade and is it worth the cash? We’ve been living with the new OS since its first beta outing earlier in the year to find out. And now that the final version is out and ready to...

  • Apple Mac OS X Lion ready to download, USB drive version August, software DVD is dead
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    Apple Mac OS X Lion ready to download, USB drive version August, software DVD is dead

    By 20 July 2011

    Apple’s latest operating system has gone on sale around the world with Apple making the brave move to ditch any physical copies (i.e. a DVD in a box) on launch day, forcing customers to use the Mac App Store that’s available within Snow Leopard to...

  • New Xbox to be Windows 8 powered?
    Gaming

    New Xbox to be Windows 8 powered?

    By 15 July 2011

    Microsoft's Andy Lees has pointed to a unified ecosystem for all of the companies' devices, including Xbox, PC and phones.  Lees was speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference when he said: "We are aiming to provide coherence and consistency...