Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 goes full fledged, upgrades at $79

Adobe Inc. today announced full fledged availability of its Aperture competitor Lightroom 4 software for Mac OS and Windows, listing the application at a penny less than $150 for the standalone, or $79 for an upgrade.  Alternatively, customers who purchased Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, or any Creative Suite 5.5 edition can get Lightroom 4 for $99. Previously, Adobe Vice President of Products and Creative Media Solutions Winston Hendrickson billed Lightroom 4 “a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”

More information is available on the Adobe blog.

Apple introduces intelligent voice control system called Siri

You knew everything about it and now it is official – Apple has confirmed that it will be bringing Siri voice control to the iPhone — and, yes, it will still be called Siri. Just ask Siri anything you like and in no time you will be answered. Great!

iOS 5 to come loaded with Find My Friends feature

Apple has announced a new feature for iOS 5 – Find My Friends which does exactly what you think it will: let you easily find friends who have opted to share their location with you. You’ll also be able to invite friends to share their location for a limited time (when they’re driving to your house, for instance, so you can give them directions), and there are naturally some parental controls too.

Apple confirms October 4 event, says “Let’s talk iPhone”

We’ve known this all along but doesn’t it feel ever so nice when you get official backing to your claims? Apple has begun rolling out special invites for their October 4 event which, as rumored, will be held in their own Cupertino campus in California at 10am Pacific Time. The tagline for the event? A cheeky “Let’s talk iPhone.

The tagline suggests new iPhones are surely on the cards (duh!) but also suggests we’ll have something new in the voice department, maybe a new app or something, based on the Let’s talk part of the tagline. Whatever it is, iPhone 4S, 5, Siri integration, iOS 5, iCloud, etc.. we’ll be covering everything. So stay tuned to Firstain to make sure you don’t miss out on all the hoopla!

October 4, Tuesday — mark your calendar.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft beats Apple; Sells 7 copies of Windows 7 every Second!

Microsoft have revealed the figures and by what we read, no one had expected this from them. Certainly not Apple.

Microsoft have managed to offload 150 licenses for Windows 7 to date, with an average of a whopping 7 copies per second! This certainly proves why Win7  is the fastest selling OS in history.

Earlier this month, we had seen a certain Mr. Steve Jobs of the Apple fame announce that the Cupertino Giants have sold around a million devices based on their iOS (iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch) in total since the iPhone 2G was launched way back in 2007. A great achievement right? Now compare that to the 150 million copies of Windows 7 which Microsoft have offloaded since October 2009. And we aren’t even considering all the other versions of Windows.

The stats speak for themselves. In this battle of supremacy between the biggest two tech giants, one thing is for sure is that the customers will benefit. And if you thought that Apple taking over Microsoft as the biggest tech firm in the world was the end of Microsoft, then you were wrong. They are well and truly alive.

Extracts from the Official Windows Team Blog (selected quotes):

“I have a couple of things to tell you about today. First off, we are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date. As I’ve said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second.”

“…approximately 75% of enterprises are looking at Windows 7 for their organization.”

“Starting tomorrow June 24th, we are releasing the beta versions of the new Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Sync.”