Windows 8 to release on 25th October

Apple has been in the news for launching events- The latest one being the iPhone 5. But Windows 8 is something people have been waiting for from a very long time. Infact millions of Consumer preview copies were also downloaded but finally the date has been declared.

Windows 8 is going to launch on 25th October

image via Engadget

 

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.

Sprint outs new iPhone 4S ad: Unlimited iPhone (video)

Just a couple of days after Verizon’s AT&T-mocking iPhone 4S advert, Sprint has released one of their own, titled Unlimited iPhone. The video (below) is just another tactical move in the ongoing three-way war between Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — all of whom are trying to attract as many customers as they can with each claiming to provide lower rates and better call quality with less downtime.

Apple releases iTunes Match with iTunes 10.5.1

Following several quick-fire beta releases in the past few days, Apple has now released iTunes 10.5.1 final to the public, bringing along iTunes Match as well for the Americans. With iTunes Match, users can now sync their music from their iTunes libraries to iCloud for $24.99 a year. Apple has explicitly said only songs that are available on iTunes can be synced and no songs from outside will be allowed. There’s no limit to your uploads so get downloading iTunes 10.5.1 from Apple’s site here, or from your iDevice’s Software Update option, and begin making your illegal music legal.

P.S. Despite the public launch, Apple is still labeling iTunes Match as a beta product. Developers who have tested iTunes Match will continue receiving a free three months with their yearly subscription.

Mozilla unleash Firefox 8 for Windows, Mac and Linux [DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK]

…Sort of. Though set to open for public tomorrow, Firefox 8 final has hit Mozilla’s ftp servers already and includes speed and performance enhancements among other updates. This update is part of Mozilla’s quick release plans in which they plan to release updates pretty frequently to users so they can keep up with the latest. Hence, its no surprise that Firefox 8 comes just weeks (6 to be precise) after Firefox 7, which in turn came around a month after Firefox 6 hit the web.

Firefox 8: Change Log

  • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added Twitter to the search bar
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
  • Improved performance and memory handling
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues
Firefox 8: Windows, Mac, Linux

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch get native Gmail application. Finally.

Google has finally released a native Gmail application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, just as we reported yesterday. The app, which is available for devices running iOS 4+, allows you to:

  • Receive notification badges for new messages
  • Read your mail with threaded conversations
  • Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
  • Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
  • Auto-complete contact names as you type
  • Send and receive attachments
  • Search through all your mail

Says Google:

We’ve created a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. It’s designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And it’s one more reason to switch to Gmail.

A full-fledged, feature-rich native Gmail experience was indeed missing on iOS. Thankfully, not any more.

iPhone Screenshot 2

 

Apple releases three new iPhone 4S TV commercials: iCloud, Siri, Camera (videos)

Apple has release three brand new TV commercials to promote its newest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. The commercials are dedicated to showcasing Apple’s iCloud, Siri and camera features individually and include good real life examples to convince you into purchasing the iPhone 4S — if you haven’t already.

First up is the iCloud commercial:

Camera:

Siri:

These three new TV commercials are in addition to last week’s solo release — the first iPhone 4S Siri advert, which demonstrated Siri and its benefits to the world.

iPhone 4S Jailbreak tools to be ready soon

We have some good news for jailbreakers: the iPhone 4S has been successfully jailbroken by the Dev-Team, though there is still a lot of work which is yet to be done before the tools are made available for public consumption. Nonetheless, its a good sign and an indication that a public release is not too far away. Here’s what famous iPhone hacker and Dev-Team member MuscleNerd had to say on Twitter:

VERY preliminary 4S JB: twitpic.com/76vcp4 twitpic.com/76vct2 (Huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left)

Here’s a screenshot to prove his word:

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone gets official, looks cute

As expected, Nokia followed the “first real Windows Phone” with the unveiling of a cute second, the Lumia 710, which is a lower-end device compared to the higher-end Lumia 800. Powered by the same 1.4GHz CPU found in the Lumia 800, the Lumia 710 sports a 3.7 inch ClearBlack display and comes in “stealthy black” and “crisp white,” with replaceable back covers. It is priced at around €270 ($375) and is expected to hit France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November and Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the close of 2011. Any additional markets can forget about it till the first part of 2012.

Press Release

Signals new dawn with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone

Introduces a range of stylish, smart mobile phones, superior Nokia Maps, partnership for co-branded accessories with Monster, and more

London, UK – At Nokia World, the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers, Nokia demonstrated clear progress on its strategy by unveiling a bold portfolio of innovative phones, services and accessories, including the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences. The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.

Nokia also launched four new mobile phones which feature stylish design, a rich social experience and location-aware technology. The Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 blur the line between smartphones and feature phones, offering QWERTY and touch screen experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.

“Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

“Since Nokia’s major strategic shift only eight months ago, the company has found a new energy. It has provided substantial improvements to Symbian, managed to differentiate on Windows Phone and it continues to build on its strong portfolio in mobile phones,” says Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Canalys. “Nokia is delivering on its pledges, and is clearly demonstrating its path to future success.”

The first Nokia Lumia smartphones
First two smartphones based on Windows Phone introduce a range of new experiences designed to make everyday moments more amazing.

Nokia Lumia 710
The purposely built, no-nonsense Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalized with exchangeable back covers and thousands of apps to bring the Lumia experience to more people around the world. The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for instant social & image sharing, and the best browsing experience with IE9. It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 delivers high performance at an affordable price. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster, a recognized leader in high performance audio. Both products provide a fresh listening experience and are the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is scheduled to be available first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan toward the end of the year alongside the Nokia Lumia 800, before becoming available in further markets in early 2012.

Nokia also announced its plans to introduce a portfolio of products into the US in early 2012 and into mainland China in the first half of 2012. In addition to the existing products, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans LTE and CDMA products to address specific local market requirements.

For more info visit the product page at Nokia. For a hands-on video visit Engadget.

Apple releases first iPhone 4S Siri commercial (video)

The first Apple iPhone 4S TV commercial has gone on air. The advert concentrates on Siri, the 4S’ intelligent personal assistant, giving a few real-world uses of the feature. Some Siri examples from the commercial:

  • Looking up Google Maps directions (to a hospital)
  • How to do something (tying a bow tie)
  • Checking the weather
  • Location-based reminders
  • Playing music from the iPhone music application
  • Setting up alarm clocks
  • Sending text messages

Apple exhales iTunes 10.5

Apple has finally released iTunes 10.5 after releasing several beta updates to it. The download is around 103MB heavy and includes the following new features:

• iTunes in the Cloud. iTunes now stores your music and TV purchases in iCloud and makes them available on your devices anywhere, any time, at no additional cost.

– Automatic Downloads. Purchase music from any device or computer and automatically download a copy to your Mac and iOS devices.

– Download Previous Purchases. Download your past music, TV, app, and book purchases again, at no additional cost. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer on the iTunes Store.

• Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5.

• Wi-Fi Syncing. Automatically sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes any time they’re both on the same Wi-Fi network.

Download iTunes 10.5 from here.