Microsoft has announced that they will be upgrading Office 2011 with features found on OS X Lion, such as fullscreen mode, autosave, versioning, and more. The update will likely be released in “months”, so don’t expect to upgrade anytime soon, but it’s great to hear that Redmond is working to make the productivity suite more integrated with Apple’s latest OS. Microsoft also notes that Office 2004 “will not (ever) work on Lion“, so if you depend on Word or Powerpoint on your Lion machine, it’s time to purchase Office 2011, or download one of the many alternatives.
Two days ago, TechCrunch learned of “Android’s dirty secret” from “a person familiar with handset sales for multiple manufacturers.” If proven to be true, the secret itself is astounding. According to their source, some Android device returns range from 30-40%. Compared to the iPhone 4′s Antennagate issue of 2010 which was merely 1.7% in returns, this is absurd.
TechCrunch explains the reason for this as Android not making sense to the non-nerd folk. They say that “For us nerds, Android makes a lot of sense. It’s ostensibly open platform (but not really) that offers far more flexibility to the programmer, carrier, and, ideally, the user.” The problem is that for the “average” phone user, (more…)
Twitter will begin to roll out “Promoted Tweets” starting today in effort to monetize the popular microblogging service. At the moment, users will only see promoted tweets for specific brands if they already follow them, but we expect Twitter to eventually (more…)
In a report published by research firm Nielsen, in which just over 20,000 people participated, it was found that Android is the most common operating system used by smartphone users across the United States. It is unsurprising that Android holds the top spot over others mobile operating systems, sitting at a 39% share, as the open-source platform is used by several handset manufacturers including HTC, which accounts for 14% of Android’s share, Motorola (11%), and Samsung (8%). (more…)
Nintendo announced Thursday a $80 discount on the suggested retail price of the Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming console. The Nintendo 3DS, which has retailed for $249.99 since its release in March, will now sell for just $169.99 beginning on August 12. The price reduction of the 3DS follows poor sales of the gaming device, which Nintendo places at 830,000, as well as increasing competition from both Apple and Sony. Nintendo, once a dominant force in the gaming industry, faced poor financial results during the past fiscal quarter with reported losses of over $300 million. (more…)
LockLauncher is a jailbreak tweak that allows for you to place icons onto your iPhone or iPod touch’s lock screen, which in turn lets you launch those apps directly after waking your device. Don’t be mistaken, however, as the icon that you tap on the lock screen won’t automatically launch the app you desire. Instead, the tweak will place that app into a queue of apps that will open once you slide to unlock your device. This is a good security measure because it means that if you have a passcode set on your device, it can’t be bypassed. The home button is used to switch between apps in the queue of apps that you created based on the order of icons that you tapped. LockLauncher is available on the Cydia Store for one dollar and doesn’t support the iPad as of yet.
The China Times claims that the iPhone 5 will be released in the second week of September. At this point, Apple has only given a vague ”Fall” release date for iOS 5, and it is widely believed that the iPhone 5 will be released alongside it. The refreshed MacBook Air launched on the same day as Lion, and Apple has been known to release new hardware and software simultaneously for maximum impact. Apple usually launches a new lineup of iPods in September, so it is very likely that they will continue the tradition in 2011 with the iPhone 5 joining the group.
It seems that Google’s new social network is already starting to slowly lose its users. According to Experian Hitwise, the site’s total visits fell 1.79 million last week which is 3% less than the week prior’s 1.86 million visits. This is not at all surprising since the visits rose 283% the week before. The average amount of time that each user spent on the social network during the week also declined 10% to 5 minutes and 15 seconds.
In other news, GOOG fell 2.5% – $15.30 – on the stock market last week.
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The IEEE 802.22 WRAN standard has been finalized to allow the use of white space—the part of the wireless spectrum in between TV channels—for internet access. This will allow 22Mbps “Super WiFi” to blanket a theoretical 62 mile radius using just one transmitter. As noted by Ars Technica, only 307 stations would be needed to cover the entire United States under optimal (but not realistic) conditions. It’s unknown how long it will take to become ubiquitous, but combined with LTE, WiMAX, and WiFi hotspots, a constant data connection anywhere in the world is becoming a very real possibility.
Samsung’s new flagship handset has make its way through the FCC, bringing it one step closer to a US release. Sprint’s model, the Within, will feature WiMAX in its impressive specs sheet, but it’s still unknown if Verizon will be able to brag about the same. The device will also be available on AT&T as the Attain. Despite the identity crisis, the three models are expected to be identical, though the internal cellular chips will obviously vary for GSM and CDMA carriers.
An official release date for the Galaxy S II has not been set, but it is expected to land stateside in August.