It didn't take long before the latest version of Microsoft's flagship product,
Windows 8, to have its public beta, known as the Consumer Preview, to receive 1 million downloads. In fact, it only took 24 hours to reach this milestone. Now, while Windows has had higher adoption rates in the past, it is unusual for a non-production ready operating system to get this kind of attention.
This, however, is no normal Windows. In fact, it almost doesn't feature windows in its appearance, save for the Desktop, which has been relegated from its front-and-center position to an application running within the native environment. The primary interface sports the new universal Microsoft user experience, known as Metro, which is already in use on Windows Phone 7 and the new
Xbox Dashboard. This is what is driving all of the interest in the preview.
I can tell you we have been testing Win8 here in the office since the original Developer Preview was released, and we installed the Consumer Preview immediately upon launch on Wednesday. I definitely understand why people are so excited about Windows 8.
So, are you one of the million who had it day 1 or are you planning on trying it out soon? Let us know in the comments!
Let's take you back almost two years ago. The iPhone 4 was among the newest of the iCraze to be announced and in the hands of the massive amount of people who simply wanted something that "just worked." It just worked, except when you wanted to make a phone call; then the antenna wouldn't work at all. Why? It was because the phone was designed so poorly that your hand would naturally hold the area of the phone that Apple put the weak spot.
The fix? Leave it to Apple to
say everyone has this problem even though their developers knew about this issue well before release and chose not to fix it. Apple also said to buy a rubber bumper to put on your phone to fix the problem. Perfect.
As you could image, some people weren't too happy about this and actually received a settlement from the whole ordeal. These were the users who didn't want to exchange their phone, didn't want the stupid bumper and didn't want a voucher.
So what was the settlement? Find out after the break.
In an age where spectrum and cash are king, wireless carriers need to be able to stay afloat financially, but also need to be able to innovate and move forward with the technologies. For companies like Clearwire,
financial troubles have been plaguing them for over a year now. Sprint was going to leave them for 4G company LightSquared, except last week LightSquared ran into a roadblock called the FCC and it may put a permanent halt on rolling out a 4G LTE network.
This week we learned that LightSquared is trying to stay ahead of the financial troubles it will inevitably encounter due to no production as billionaire Philip Falcone, who backs LightSquared financially, is going to cut 149 of its 330 jobs, roughly 45 percent of the entire workforce. The majority of the jobs being axed are the ones who were going to be responsible for rolling out the actual network.
On what's going to happen during this downtime, check after the break.
We've known for a while now that Mozilla has been working on a new mobile operating system known as Boot2Gecko. What we didn't know, however, was how close to being complete they were. If rumors are true, it would appear that they are at least to the Developer Preview stage.
Before we get to the rumors, let's cover what Boot2Gecko is. This mobile operating system is both revolutionary and derivative, all at the same time. Its revolutionary in that it will be the most open OS in the mobile world, and it will also be able to run inside of any browser. While the fact that it will run in any browser might seem new, this is not the first mobile OS to be entirely based on web technologies (webOS). webOS, however, runs inside of a WebKit environment, whereas Boot2Gecko can run anywhere. Certainly an interesting concept.
However, will Boot2Gecko suffer the same fate as webOS, or will its starting out open help it avoid a slow, painful death? Hit the break to find out.