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iOS 4.2.1 out today, brings multitasking to iPad

Let the iTunes-powered updating begin: iOS 4.2.1 is here, and ready to install on your Apple device. If you own an iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, iPod touch 2nd gen or newer, or an iPad, you're good to go. Among the big additions to iOS this time around: multitasking and app folder support for the iPad. There's also AirPlay and AirPrint for even more cord-free computing action on your handheld and Game Center...

Apple releases iOS 4.2.1 GM, still no public release of iOS 4.2

Apple customers who are clamoring for iOS 4.2 shouldn't have much longer to wait. Today, Apple released a gold master of iOS 4.2.1 to developers, which should get the gold master software for iPhones and iPads back on the same version after a little snafu with the iPad version of the software last week. 4.2.1 just came out, and there's no changelog, so we don't know whether any features have been...

Chrome OS launch won't happen this year

Last month, it looked like Google Chrome OS was still on track for a Q4 2010 release -- as originally promised by Google when it announced the project. Back in June, VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai told Reuters that it was going to arrive earlier than expected. That didn't happen. Later, our cohorts at TechCrunch got wind of a potential release this week -- but a comment by Eric Schmidt...

Apple releases new Gold Master for iOS 4.2, fixes iPad Wi-Fi bug

We reported earlier today that Apple's iOS 4.2, rumored to be released today, was being delayed because of an iPad Wi-Fi problem, and that a second gold master -- the final version of the OS before public release -- was expected. That gold master has just been made available to developers, for iPad only. With this problem out of the way, we're now looking at a likely Monday release for iOS 4.2. ...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread to get Wii-like motion processing?

Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be the first Android version to have support for the gyroscopes that are starting to show up more and more in high-end smartphones. The new 'sensor fusion' APIs that Google will introduce in Gingerbread include quaternion, rotation matrix, linear acceleration and gravity, and will allow the gyroscope to work together with the accelerometer and the magnetometer. The new...

iOS 4.2 may have been delayed due to an iPad Wi-Fi bug, new golden master could be on the way

iOS 4.2 was supposed to become available today, however new reports are coming in that its release has been delayed again. While the previously rumored delay existed thanks to issues with Japanese characters not being displayed properly, this delay has its roots in something more important -- Wi-Fi connection issues that have been reported by many users of the golden master for the iPad. What...

iOS 4.2 to become available on Friday?

Apple is going to release iOS 4.2 on Friday, November 12, at 10 AM PST, according to what a source within AT&T has told MacStories. iOS 4.2 represents a major update of Apple's operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and will finally get them all on the same version of the OS. It will also make multitasking possible on the iPad. The update was reportedly scheduled to go live...

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5, with tons of little fixes

Apple has released the latest version of its Snow Leopard operating system, Mac OS 10.6.5, which fixes a whole slew of little bugs and quirks, from improving Exchange support to fixing printer issues to syncing Address Book with Google Contacts. Snow Leopard users can get OS X 10.6.5 now by running Software Update. The complete release notes -- much more thorough than Apple's usual vague...

Windows 8 to feature built-in Azure-powered cloud backup?

It stands to reason that Windows 8 would feature some seriously kicked-up cloud integration features, and built-in backup certainly seems like a good place to start. If this new job posting out of Redmond is any indication, Microsoft seems to think so, too. The posting states, "We are currently working on a Windows Azure-based service and integrating with certain Microsoft online services and...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread rumored for November 11 release

The latest version of Google's Android mobile OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, could be right around the corner, according to reports circulating online today. Intomobile.com has pegged November 11th as Gingerbread's release date, based on information from "a trusted source." The source says that's when the Android 2.3 SDK will be out, not the day Gingerbread actually begins rolling out to the general...

Chrome OS: a look at Google's almost-ready operating system

With Google's new 'smartbook' Chrome OS almost ready for prime time, we decided to build a copy of Chromium OS ourselves and give it the once-over. Looking through the gallery, you will notice that Chromium OS really is just a Chrome browser with a new Settings menu.There actually seem to be less features than when Lee last had a look -- gone is the Picasa integration, and Gmail lost its cool...

iOS 4.2 golden master now available to developers

iOS 4.2, the release of Apple's mobile operating system that will finally get the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad back on the same version of the OS, is now available to developers. The big news in iOS 4.2 is multitasking on the iPad, but 4.2 will be available for all iOS devices. Other new features include wireless printing via AirPrint, media streaming to Airport Express devices and AppleTVs, and...

Half of all companies will continue to use Windows XP after it retires in 2014

According to a shocking report, 48% of IT administrators intend to continue running Windows XP after Microsoft officially retires it in 2014. The "IT [sector] just really, really likes the XP operating system," says Diane Hagglund, a senior analyst at Dimensional Research, reporting on the findings of a survey of 950 IT professionals. "They say it's just that good, and don't want to mess with it."...

Russia to develop Linux-based Windows alternative to reduce its US tech dependence

In a move to decrease Russia's dependence on American technology, the Russian government has announced plans to develop a state-sponsored national operating system. Shifting away from Windows would mean both money savings for Russia, and increased digital security. 150 million rubles (5 million dollars) have been set aside to create an operating system that will be based on Linux. It's not yet...

Service Pack 1 Release Candidate for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 now available

Microsoft has announced that the Service Pack 1 Release Candidate for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is now finally available to download and test. The download package is the same for both operating systems. While Service Pack 1 is mainly a collection of all the previous updates the OS has received, there are a couple of interesting additions, namely RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory....