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Apple has unveiled iOS 9 at its developer conference in San Francisco, but the Cupertino-based giant has also unveiled WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, and OS X El Capitan for Macs.
First up, iOS 9 is set to deliver some big improvements to features found in iOS like Siri and Spotlight, as well as the usual performance improvements, and revamping the experience of iOS for iPad users. Apple has completely revamped Spotlight Search, with some Google Now-like features. A new screen will show users relevant information based on external factors such as your location or the time of your day, just how Google Now works.
One of the areas that iOS users should be happy with improvements is Apple Maps, where maps of transit routes and public transportation maps now available on a city-by-city basis. This will expand as time goes on. Apple Maps in iOS 9 is lso capable of showing you information on nearby stores, where you can then search by category, as well as look at detailed information on businesses like their phone number, opening hours, and whether or not they support Apple Pay.
Microsoft will publicly release Windows 10 on July 29, with the company making an announcement courtesy of its "Blogging Windows" blog. Windows 10 was expected sometime during the summer, and Microsoft wants to make good on its promise.
However, there could be a mad scramble to upgrade starting on July 29, and Microsoft is preparing for possible chaos:
"One of [the] things that we can do for people who reserve is pre-download some of the bits to their PC so that those people aren't blocked on the Internet pipe trying to deliver lots of and lots of Windows bits starting on (July 29)," said Joe Belfiore, corporate VP for the OS group at Microsoft, in a statement published by USA Today.
I'm sitting here using my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, which runs Windows 8.1, and have just noticed a little Windows logo in my taskbar. Microsoft is now offering free upgrades to users, where you can "reserve" your copy of Windows 10.
Once Microsoft makes Windows 10 available, you can download the new operating system, and download it to your device. You can either install it right there and then, or schedule a time that is better for you. Microsoft says that Windows 10 will require 3GB of download, and of course, your Internet connection.
A reported 500 million or more Android phones have current issues within their factory reset procedures, with Cambridge University researchers Laurent Simon and professor Ross Anderson reporting that all of your data may not be completely wiped when carrying out this operation.
These researchers were able to recover data even when full-disk encryption was switched on, reporting the ability to recall data at will after factory resets were carried out. They further discovered that the file storing decryption keys on the tested phones were not removed through a factory reset, meaning that with access to this file, a hacker is able to recover the 'crypto folder' enabling them to "brute-force the user's PIN offline and decrypt the device" as reported by IT news.
The 500 million phone number is an estimate and is coupled with an estimate of 630 million phones not properly deleting SD card data.
With the launch of Windows 10 not too far away, some leaked pricing has just popped up on Newegg through a search for Windows 10, with two OEM System Builder packages for sale.
Windows 10 Home OEM will cost $109.99, while Windows 10 Professional OEM will be $40 more at $149.99. Both of the listings has an on-sale date of August 31, with these prices being $10 higher for the Windows 8 Home OEM and Windows 8 Professional OEM when it launched.
The question remains: will you be upgrading to Windows 10 for free? Or will you be spending the $100-$150 on Microsoft's new OS?
It is possible OEMs will begin receiving Microsoft Windows 10 in July, so they have time to prepare the OS for a summer launch to consumers. Windows 10 has been promised sometime this summer, and an exact release date was never released - but Russian leaker Wzor reportedly said the Windows 10 RTM will begin shipping by the end of July.
RTM is an acronym that points out the release to manufacturing, which is the OS version that PC OEMs use to test their hardware - and to install on PCs, notebooks, and other products that will be sold to consumers. A typical roadmap typically provides a couple of months between the RTM and final consumer release, so any bugs and early issues can be quickly worked out.
Here is what Microsoft told CNET: "Microsoft has said Windows 10 will launch this summer. We have nothing additional to share."
Worldwide PC shipments will drop 6.2 percent in 2015, marketing the fourth consecutive year of declining market volume, according to the IDC research group. Microsoft will release Windows 10 this summer for the PC, and additional rollouts will take place shortly after, the company has confirmed.
"Microsoft and PC vendors still need to convince users of the advantages of the new OS and new PCs, which will take some time," said Loren Loverde, VP of worldwide PC trackers at IDC. "In addition to educating clients, they'll face tough competition from other devices, and weak spending in many regions. As a result, we see PC shipments stabilizing in 2016, followed by limited growth for the next few years."
Looking ahead, Microsoft expects Windows 10 to be on more than one billion devices in just three years, and will help consumers upgrade. When do you plan to install or upgrade to Windows 10?
Google I/O 2015: Google has kicked off its Google I/O 2015 conference, where the Mountain View-based giant has just unveiled Android 6.0 'M'. The new operating system won't be big on features, as the company has said that "the central theme of M is improving the core user experience".
Google will be using improvements that OEMs have been using in their custom builds of Android directly into Android 6.0, with six things that Google is baking into Android M. First, we have App Permissions getting overhauled. It will be similar to how the iPhone does it, with a smaller set of permissions for your device, where apps will not only ask you permission when you use the feature, instead of when you very first install the application.
The company has also allowed developers to bake Chrome into apps now, which is something Google referred to as "Chrome custom tabs". This allows Chrome inside of Chrome, or Chrome inside of an app. This Chrome-in-a-Chrome also supports saved passwords, autofill and all of the rest of Chrome's features.
During Google I/O 2015 later this week, the Silicon Valley company is expected to unveil Brillo, its Android-inspired OS designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). Connected devices typically have a lower amount of RAM, and should be able to operate on low-power, which are two considerations Google is addressing with Brillo.
Google has owned Nest Labs, a company known for smart thermostats, since early 2014 - and could provide a good test opportunity for any IoT-based operating systems.
There is a growing trend of software and hardware companies preparing their own IoT offerings, as analysts believe the sector will become more disruptive. Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other companies will be able to create unique software to help connected devices collected data and communicate with one another - and must be prepared for the expected increase in IoT-centric purchases.
Microsoft is expecting big things with Windows 10, and could have more than 410 million PCs running its new OS within 18 months, according to Net Applications. The largest migration will be from Windows 8 and 8.1 users, with three-fourths of them migrating to Windows 10 in less than two years - with a smaller number of Windows 7 also choosing to upgrade.
There will be a major push by Microsoft to get users to upgrade, though it could be difficult to convince users to leave behind Windows 7 at a fast rate.