iOS 5.0.1 seeded to developers, ‘fixes bugs affecting battery life’, will expire in a month

Apple has seeded iOS 5.0.1 build 9A402 to developers, featuring battery life fixes, multitasking gestures on the original iPad, improvement in Voice recognition for Australian users, and other bug and security fixes. In Apple’s words:

iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
– Fixes bugs affecting battery life
– Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
– Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
– Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
– Contains security improvements

iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.

The update weighs in at 811MB and is available to download from the Developer Center.

Also, interestingly, iOS 5.0.1 expires for developers on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00PM Eastern Standard Time. Any specific reasons, Apple?

Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C57 to developers

Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C57 to developers, focusing on AddressBook, GraphicsDrivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight and Time Machine.  No known issues were detected in the 790MB Combo Update. Get downloading.

Microsoft unveils Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview With .NET Framework 4.5, has us on the floor already

If you’ve been following us religiously you might have noticed our recent exploits from BUILD, Microsoft’s developer-oriented conference, being held at present where they have showcased numerous new technologies, including the big fish — Windows 8. Apart from the new operating system and its employment on a tablet (comparison with iPad 2 here), the next major news to break from the event has to be Visual Studio 11 (developer preview, of course) with .NET Framework 4.5.

Visual Studio has always been at the cornerstone of Microsoft’s product-related strategy for it appeals to beginners and hardcore developers alike thanks to its ease of operation and seamlessly user-friendly environment. Ever since 1995, the system has changed in the face of evolving Microsoft software, growing and advancing once again as a new era under Windows 8 looms upon us.

Visual Studio 11 has seen a major overhaul with a lot of new complex solutions easily attainable, making effortless Windows development a reality. This new release includes .NET 4.5 Developer Preview, and support for many of Windows 8′s new features, including the ability to develop Metro-style apps, which are displayed on Windows 8′s new “Start Screen”, support for HTML5, CSS3, enhancements for game development, Code Clone Analysis, Code Review Workflow with Team Explorer, Exploratory Testing and Enhanced Unit Testing.

Windows 8 Start Screen

More than just support for Microsoft’s newest platform, however, Visual Studio 11 makes the job of developing applications easier for developers, especially graphic intensive ones. For starters, there’s a new built-in image editor that supports alpha blending: gone are the days when you had to use separate tools for your app’s graphical needs. There’s also a new debugging tool that allows developers to track down visual flaws in a 3D environment and diagnose the problem. Hot!

Visual Studio 11

It doesn’t end here. Following the current trend of transitioning offline services to the Internet, known as the ‘cloud’, Visual Studio 11 includes several features that make it easier to create apps that interact with an online back-end.  Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business President Satya Nadella chirps:

Developers have long been the cornerstone of Microsoft’s success, and that relationship is now more important than ever. In today’s world of connected devices and continuous services, we are focused on helping developers build the next generation of client applications that are tethered to a back-end cloud.

It still doesn’t end here. There’s a plethora of information we can give you about Microsoft’s new IDE. But since it won’t be feasible, we suggest you check out what’s new in VS 11 at the MSDN Blog to get a good idea of how hard Microsoft is working behind the scenes to provide us with the best software for development.

You can  download VS 11 developer preview either from the MSDN site (requires MSDN subscription), or get a 64-bit developer preview of Windows 8 (includes all development tools), or just wait for the standalone release which will come out anytime today.

Do share with us your experience of using VS 11 after you download it or any project / website you have developed with any version of Visual Studio. We would love to hear from you!

iPad 2 with iOS 5 vs Windows 8 slate (video)

Microsoft recently unveiled a few Windows 8 slates at BUILD, a developers conference, showcasing the power of the new Windows operating system, Windows 8. While it is still quite some time away from a final release and launch, it hopes to take on Apple’s iOS 5 and iPad 2, a device that is already established in the market and is already awaiting its successor. So, can Windows 8 slates take on iPad 2s running iOS 5? WinRumors helps us:

Would you be purchasing a Windows 8 slate when it launches next year?

Windows 8 Developer Preview (Direct Download Links)

As you might be aware, Microsoft gave a first glimpse of their new, “game changing” OS, Windows 8 yesterday at BUILD. They had also promised that a developer preview would be available soon and that it will be accessible not only to developers but to everyone. Fulfilled.

Microsoft is making the same Windows 8 developer preview it handed out to developers at BUILD yesterday available to users all around the world, free of charge and without requiring any registration — a big step forward from previous occasions where registration was required and then too it was available to everyone only after the first beta.

There are 3 version available to download:  a 64-bit version with all the developer tools built-in, along with sample Metro apps to get developers started; a 64-bit version only with the sample apps and without the tools; and a similar 32-bit version without any developer tools. All of these three versions should operate in a similar fashion, so unless you’re aiming to develop Windows 8 apps, you’ll probably be fine with either one of these.

Download (ISO)

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) with Developer Tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) without the developer tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (32-bit)

Are you downloading Windows 8 developer preview? Which one of the three?

Windows 8

Windows 8 Tablet: First Glimpse

A first Windows 8-running tablet from Samsung has been displayed by Microsoft at BUILD, a developers conference, today. The new OS + tablet combo arrives on the scene sometime early next year, being suitable to compete with Apple’s iPad, which will be in its 3rd avatar by then. Here’s an overview from Joanna Stern at the Verge.

By the way, you really have no idea how lucky the attendees were…

Apple seeds iOS 5 Beta 5 build 9A5288d to developers; Beta 6 expected for August 17

Apple has seeded the fifth beta of iOS 5 with build 9A5288d to developers  as well as a new delta update available OTA which weighs in at 128mb. Apple says that to do the OTA update, you’ll need to do a hard reset of your device:

To install iOS 5 beta 5 using over the air software update, you must first erase all content and settings on your device by choosing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Over the air software update can be initiated on devices running iOS 5 beta 3 and later by choosing Settings > General > Software Update.

…but we are hearing from many tipsters that it is completely optional.

Anyway, apart from iOS 5, iTunes and Xcode also received some love from Apple.

OS X 10.7.1? Apple jumps to OS X 10.7.2, seeds build 11C26 to Developers

In a strange and confusing move, Cupertino giant, Apple has skipped OS X 10.7.1 to directly seed OS X 10.7.2 build 11C26 to developers, which isn’t available as a direct update and needs a special URL to step into. With everyone speculating this interesting behavior from Apple, the company quickly pulled down the developers page, probably pointing to something even more interesting (The dev site is still down).

Was it a mistake from Apple? Will there be no 10.7.1? Will we see iCloud taking center-stage? Lots of questions…

Apple releases iOS 5 beta 2 Build 9A5248d, brings in several changes

Apple has released the 2nd beta of iOS 5 with Build 9A5248d, bringing in a host of changes with itself to enhance the functioning of your iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Weighing in at a hefty 817MB, the update includes several changes like:

WiFi sync now works with iTunes for Mac

iCloud logo becomes silver in settings

Lockscreen notifications got an update from the UI department

Support for Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates via 3G networks

iOS 5: Wi-Fi Sync Exposed from Jeff on Vimeo

Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6.8 build 10K531 to developers

Apple has seeded another build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to developers — 10K531 — which is now available for download. The latest build focuses on AirPort, Networking, Graphics Drivers, Mac App Store, QuickTime, and VPN. We are also hoping there is a fix in there for the deadly Mac Defender malware/phishing scam. There are no known issues with this seed.

You can download the update from the Mac Developers Center.