Microsoft’s own CarPlay is predictably called Windows in the car

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2014

At the annual Build conference in San Francisco last week, software giant Microsoft unveiled its upcoming new platform for automotive, Windows in the car. The software, which appears to have borrowed some ideas from Apple’s CarPlay, could succeed Sync, Microsoft’s ill-fated in-car solution running on the Windows Embedded Automotive operating system.

Microsoft’s largest partner for Sync, Ford, in February announced plans to stop producing Sync-equipped vehicles. Seeing where things were heading, coupled with weak support from car manufacturers, probably played an important factor in the decision to come up with a connected car software of the future, from scratch… Read More


Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5 with compatibility improvements and bug fixes

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014

Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.5. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with only a handful of improvements.

Those improvements include a fix for a problem that may have been causing iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected, as well as better compatibility with iBooks for users on OS X Mavericks… Read More


Apple sold more Macs and iOS devices than all Windows PCs combined last quarter

By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2014

Apple may not have impressed Wall Street with its holiday quarter, but it did reach a major [symbolic] milestone. During the 3-month period, the Cupertino company sold more Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches than the total number of Windows computers combined.

According to data gathered by analyst Benedict Evans, this is the first time Apple has surpassed the PC market in hardware sales. Now this doesn’t include Windows Phone. If you add that in, the two are more or less exactly equal, though Apple still wins in average selling price… Read More


How to jailbreak iOS 7 using evasi0n7 [Windows tutorial]

By Cody Lee on Dec 22, 2013

As we just told you, the evad3rs have released a new jailbreak tool called evasi0n7, and it allows you to easily jailbreak iOS 7. The good news is that the hack works with all flavors of iOS 7, which includes iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7.0.2, iOS 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, and 7.0.6 (iOS 7.1 cannot be jailbroken at this time).

As usual, the evad3rs have made the utility fairly easy to use. But also as usual, we know there will be folks out there looking for a bit of help using it, so we’ve created an easy-to-follow tutorial to show you how. This is our Windows guide (our Mac guide can be found here)… Read More


Microsoft launches official Remote Desktop app for iOS

By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2013

Earlier this month, Microsoft issued a press release detailing its plans for a number of software releases this fall. Among the titles mentioned was a new Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android, which it said was coming later this month.

And today, Microsoft made good on that promise. The official Remote Desktop app has landed in both Apple and Google app stores, giving Windows users the ability to access their Windows machines from their smartphones and tablets… Read More


Specs of Nokia’s alleged Windows RT tablet tipped

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2013

The struggling cell phone giant Nokia has been notably absent from the tablet market despite talk of a Nokia-branded tablet being in the works. It appears the elusive product may be nearing completion, according to both leaked specs and a Nokia patent filing which outlines a tablet-like device sporting the familiar-looking detachable kickstand and keyboard combo reminiscent of the Touch/Type covers for Microsoft’s own Surface tablet.

As Nokia switched to Windows Phone for its smartphones, little wonder that the upcoming tablet is said to run Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1 operating system built for the power-efficient ARM architecture. The biggest drawback: Windows RT does not run any of the legacy Windows apps written for Intel chips… Read More


Post-PC news: China zooms past US in PC sales, netbooks on life support

By Ed Sutherland on Apr 30, 2013

For US PC buyers accustom to receiving items from China, here’s a switch: new research indicates more computers are being shipped into China than America. After China became the largest PC market in terms of buyers, the country is now also the world’s top market when it comes to shipping.

According to IHS iSuppli, in 2012 69 million PCs were shipped into China, compared to 66 million units headed for the United States. Despite its size, China still has some catching-up to do with the rest of the world. For instance, while most countries have moved on from desktop computers, a full half of PCs shipped to China are desktops.

That’s just one of many intriguing differences in the world’s largest PC market… Read More


sn0wbreeze v2.9.14 released

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 18, 2013

The latest version of sn0wbreeze, version 2.9.14, was recently released, and it brings with it support for the iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak for A4 devices. This latest version of sn0wbreeze also supports APTicket validation, in light of the recent issues with APTickets. If you’re a Windows user (sn0wbreeze is for Windows only), and are looking for a way to jailbreak iOS 6.1.3 on your pre-A5 device with a tethered jailbreak, then this latest version of sn0wbreeze is your ticket to freedom. Read More


$149 MYO armband brings wearable gesture control to Macs and iDevices

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2013

Here’s an accessory that looks like something straight out of a James Bond movie, or Minority Report for that matter. A company called Thalmic Labs has just launched a sci-fi gesture control for Mac and Windows PCs via its new armband called MYO. Connecting to your desktop or mobile device via low-power Bluetooth, the $149 gizmo detects the electrical activity produced by your muscles, translating finger and hand movement into user interface interactions, Kinect style.

For example, you could use a circular hand motion to control the volume of iTunes playback, scroll up and down a web page by lifting or lowering your hand, switch between running tasks by swiping to the left and right with two fingers and more. What’s best, the MYO is a standalone accessory in that it doesn’t require a camera to interpret the user’s gestures. The video certainly looks promising… Read More


evasi0n iOS 6 untethered jailbreak released

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 4, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s finally here. After much anticipation, the hard working team of hackers that make up the evad3rs have released their iOS 6 untethered jailbreak tool to the public. The tool is called evasi0n, and it will let you jailbreak your iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Evasi0n is an untethered jailbreak, and it works on every iOS device capable of running iOS 6, with the exception of the Apple TVs. That means that you can now jailbreak the iPhone 5, the iPad mini, the iPad 4, the iPad 4, iPad 3, the iPhone 4S, and various other iOS devices with evasi0n. Check inside for more information along with the download link. Read More


How to jailbreak iOS 6 using evasi0n [Windows tutorial]

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 4, 2013

We’ve already shown Mac users how to jailbreak iOS 6 using evasi0n, and now it’s your turn Windows users! Inside, you’ll find a step-by-step tutorial that shows how to jailbreak your iOS device on your operating system of choice.

In this example, I’m using Windows 8, but this should work on virtually any version of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows Vista, and even Windows XP. Take a look inside for our guide… Read More


evasi0n moves closer to release, now 80% complete

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 1, 2013

Sunday is not that far away. Depending on where you are in the world, it could be as little as a day away. With that in mind, it’s great to see status bar on, which signifies the completeness of the upcoming jailbreak, continue to rise.

Earlier today we reported that the status had approached 75%, with the Linux version of evasi0n still being in the works. Now, the Linux version is completed, and private beta testing is proceeding full steam ahead… Read More


The evasi0n jailbreak progresses further – Windows app and Mac app completed

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 31, 2013

If you’re keeping your eyes locked in on the evad3r’s Twitter account, then perhaps you saw the second tweet hit the wire just a while ago. Indeed, yet another step in the progress of the evasi0n jailbreak tool has been finished.

Now that the tool’s GUI interface has been completed for both Windows and Mac OS X, a few super fortunate, and uber trustworthy individuals, get to perform a private beta test with the tool. 68% completed, only 32% remaining! Read More


Microsoft’s post-PC trouble: capturing the profits of bygone days

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 18, 2012

Before PC demand dwindled, software giant Microsoft was happy with licensing its Windows software to computer makers. Now that we are taking the first steps into the post-PC era, the Redmond firm still wants its profit. But how do you charge a $50 per-tablet royalty fee when the device itself costs $199?

Enter the $499 Surface, says one independent analyst. While Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire both sell for $199, the Surface carries the much higher price tag because Microsoft stubbornly refuses to give up the 30 percent profit margin it’s accustomed to receiving for Windows and Office software licenses… Read More


iPad growth puts breaks on PC replacement cycle

By Ed Sutherland on Nov 13, 2012

Memo to PC makers: Your best days are over. That’s the word from one Wall Street observer who says tablets such as Apple’s iPad are reducing the need to regularly replace laptops and other computers. Indeed, the PC replacement cycle relied upon by computer makers will be one to two years longer, resulting in a loss of 50 million to 100 million PCs shipped annually, by 2015. By contrast, tablet sales are expected to skyrocket from 182 million in 2013 to 300 million by 2016 – with Apple the major beneficiary… Read More


How to jailbreak iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1 with Sn0wBreeze 2.9.7

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2012

If you’re a Windows user, and you’ve been dying for an update to Sn0wBreeze, then your wait is over. As we posted earlier, Sn0wBreeze was updated to 2.9.7, and with it comes tethered support for pre-A5 devices running iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1

For those of you who’ve been holding off until a Sn0wBreeze update, we’ve created a handy tutorial for you to follow, which shows you how to jailbreak iOS 6 and iOS 6.1 using Sn0wBreeze on Windows. Take a look inside for the full details… Read More


The iPad mini means ‘very tough’ holiday for Windows 8 sales

By Ed Sutherland on Nov 2, 2012

Yes, the iPad mini is indeed going to be competitors’ worst nightmare. But Apple’s new 7.9-inch tablet won’t be terrorizing Android tablets as much as the last vestiges of PCs – many now with Microsoft’s new Windows 8. On the eve of sales of Apple smaller tablet, the Sterne Agee analyst said Apple has its bulls-eye on PCs and Windows. Clarifying his earlier “nightmare” comment, Wu said observers who believe the new device is chiefly aimed at Android tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD or Google’s Nexus 7 “miss the point”Read More


Samsung bets on Windows

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2012

Say what you will about Samsung, but it’s always been a multi-platform player. True, the company’s bet on Android has paid off big time, but Samsung also maintains another smartphone operating system, its own Bada software, and pledges to build a plethora of desktop and mobile products driven by Microsoft’s new Windows 8 desktop operating system and its Windows Phone 8 counterpart.

The South Korean conglomerate currently makes Windows-based Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, in addition to a Windows Phone 8 tablet and smartphone. All are marketed under the new ATIV moniker (whoever thought of that one?). I kinda like how the commercial above highlights different usage scenarios for these devices. By the way, what’s up with the evident James Bond theme to advertising recently? Read More


Surface pricing revealed, 32GB base model to start at $499

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2012

As Microsoft is gearing up to launch its highly-anticipated Surface tablet next Friday, October 26 (just three days following Apple’s iPad mini keynote), the company began teasing the public with the first Surface commercial Cody told you about. And now, the Windows maker has officially revealed price points for the tablet: the ARM-based entry-level Surface RT will start at $499 for the 32GB model, the same asking price for Apple’s third-generation iPad with sixteen gigabytes of storage… Read More


First Windows 8 ads leak ahead of October 26 release

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2012

As Microsoft gears up to launch Windows 8 later this month, arguably the most important software release in Redmond’s history, first television commercials have surfaced, revealing how the company will communicate the benefits of its first touch-focused operating system to the general public.

Windows 8 has a new tile-based interface consistent with the Metro design language, can run both legacy apps and those optimized for the touch interface, includes a digital store akin to the Mac App Store, features a unified kernel and scales up from the tiniest to the biggest screens and much more.

True to its form, Microsoft plans to offer Windows 8 in a bunch of flavors, including ARM and x86-based tablet versions, Windows Phone 8 for smartphones and standard desktop and server versions. Three more ads are right below the fold… Read More

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