June 2012 Archives

In case you missed it, earlier in the week Forbes noticed that Facebook quietly changed the default emails showing on your profile to their proprietary @facebook.com emails. They did it without breathing a word of it. Which is not just borderline deceptive, it's fully deceptive. That said, it's all easily fixed so that you can get the email you want ... [Read]

The Nexus Q is Google's answer to the Android@Home question it asked at last year's I/O conference. The first-ever Google designed and built consumer product is a small, Android-powered computer that Google says is "something unexpected, powerful and mysterious." Right. What they've actually created is a device that connects to a user's media stored in the cloud, and pulls ... [Read]

Google finally confirmed the long-running rumors, and today annoucned the new Nexus 7 tablet. Built by ASUS, it's a 7", quad-core slate designed to showcase the best of the companies digital content, as well as the new features of Android Jelly Bean.    Google's tenets were super thin, light and portable. At just 10.45mm thin it's certainly slim, albeit ... [Read]

Google Play, the app, games, music and movie store formerly known as Android Market, is getting a major content injection. Google proudly announced today that it is home to over 600,000 apps and games, with 1.5 billion installs per month and 20 billion total installs since its creation 4 years ago. (By comparison, Apple touts 30 billion total installs ... [Read]

At today's I/O developer conference, Google made official its latest update to the Android OS. Version 4.1, or Jelly Bean, aims to bring a smarter, faster, more engaging experience compared with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), announced at last year's I/O conference. Speaking of last year, Google announced at the time that there were over 100 million active Android devices ... [Read]

RIM is working hard to stop its piece of the smartphone pie from burning. Its customers are leaving, seeking forbidden fruit or an Ice Cream Sandwich or two. As its smartphone competitors continue to rise, RIM finds itself left behind, not helped by Microsoft's attempts to usurp third-place with its Windows Phone. Even the Blackberry base, business users, are ... [Read]

Google's I/O 2012 kicks off in just a matter of hours -- 12:30 PM EST, to be exact -- and thanks to a post on the Google Developers Google+ page, the company has all-but-confirmed the debut of the next iteration of Android, codenamed Jelly Bean. This continues a long-running tradition of Google mixing numerical and dessert-themed names with its ... [Read]

We've already covered yesterday's Surface reveal in detail, including the new Touch Cover and Type Cover, but for those of you want to see the reveal as it happens, Microsoft has uploaded the entire keynote address to be enjoyed at your leisure. Find the full video available to stream or download from Microsoft here. We've also included an embedded ... [Read]

Microsoft followed up its Surface reveal with yet more goodness from its R&D department -- this time in the form of two covers for the new tablet: the Touch Cover and the Type Cover. The Touch Cover is 3mm thin and pressure sensitive, providing a full multi-touch typing experience akin to that of an on-screen keyboard, albeit, Microsoft claims, ... [Read]

"Something new, something different, it's a whole new family of computing devices from Microsoft." Steve Ballmer today at Microsoft's secret product announcement in Los Angeles, introducing the Surface tablet -- the company's latest arsenal in its Windows 8 onslaught. Designed from the ground up to marry hardware and software in one harmonious package (much like a fruity tech company ... [Read]

"Another slice of cheesecake?" "I need it to power my neural implant." Yes, science may have found a way to help you defend eating carbs. Engineers at MIT have developed a fuel cell that draws its power from glucose -- the same sugar that powers the cells in a human body, and one of the building blocks of dietary ... [Read]

The ubiquitous emoji icons in Apple's mobile operating system have been given a rainbow-themed update in iOS 6, according to Gizmodo. Previously only available to heterosexual couples, the relationship-related icons depicted one couple holding hands and another couple with a son. Now included alongside are two men holding hands, and two women doing the same. Gizmodo raised an interesting ... [Read]

"This will be a major Microsoft announcement -- you will not want to miss it." So reads the invite Microsoft is currently sending out for a press event in LA on Monday. Scheduled just days before it reveals the next major update to its Windows Phone operating system, the focus of the announcement is a mystery. However, AllThingsD has heard word from ... [Read]

WWDC 2012: The Apple of my iOS

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
June 11, 2012 11:48 PM |
Irony. That was the unintended theme of today's iOS 6 launch at Apple's WWDC in San Francisco. For a company knee-deep in litigation against most of its major competitors over infringement of patents held by Apple, it was curious to see so many of iOS 6's new features borrowing heavily from other smartphones. Touting over 200 additions and updates, iOS ... [Read]

Announced today at WWDC, Mountain Lion  is the ninth major release of OSX and is slated to contain over 200 new and improved features compared to Lion, its predecessor. Available in July for just $20, Mountain Lion will follow Lion's lead and be downloadable through the Mac App Store, and will work with any system currently running Snow Leopard or ... [Read]

WWDC 2012: The Mac is back

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
June 11, 2012 5:35 PM |
"To create something that's genuinely new, you have to start again." Apple's chief designer Jony Ive describing his company's latest MacBook Pro, launched today at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Francisco. Featuring a new, svelte design and a high-resolution Retina display, it's certainly a considerable update on the "old" Pro. However, Sir Ive's rhetoric seems lost on a design ... [Read]