mystikkman writes: In what is a serious bug, GMail Chat/GTalk/Google Hangouts is sending messages to unintended recipients. ZDNet has confirmed first-hand that the glitch is present within Google Apps for Business accounts, including those that have not yet switched over to Google's new Hangouts platform. Messages appear to be visible on the mobile version of Hangouts. There are multiple reports of this issue.
Given how much of humanity's video content is locked into Youtube, looks like Google needs to append "except on Windows Phone" to their grandiose mission statement: "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful."
mystikkman writes: Gabe Newell of Penny Arcade, Valve and Steam fame has reviewed the Microsoft Surface Pro from a refreshingly new hands-on and real life perspective compared to normal tech industry reviews which give meaningless scores. He talks about his experiences with using it to draw the Penny Arcade comic on vacation and also talks about gaming and battery life. Gabe famously called Windows 8 a catastrophe previously. Surface Pro's release was met with high demand and low stock causing shortages.
mystikkman writes: After selling 4 million copies in just three days, Microsoft announced today that it sold 40 million copies of Windows in the first month of general availability. Also, the upgrade sales of Windows 8 are higher than with Windows 7 in the month since launch. Microsoft says there are already some developers who have made more than $25,000 on their Windows 8 apps. That number is significant because Microsoft gives developers an 80 percent cut on all app sales over that figure, as compared to the industry-standard 70 percent on competing app stores. Other notable milestones include reaching 25 million users of the new Outlook.com and beating the entire multi-hundred million strong Android devices' web usage in just 10 days after launch. What does this mean for the much vaunted post-PC era? Combined with the much awaited Surface Pro coming out in January, will 2013 be the year of Windows 8 desktop and tablet?
mystikkman writes: The iPhone continues to store location data even when location services are disabled, contrary to Apple’s previous claims.The Wall Street Journal did independent testing on an iPhone and found that even after turning off location services, the device was still collecting information on nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points.This discovery challenges some of Apple’s claims. As Wired.com reported last week, the company explained in a detailed letter last year that it deliberately collects geodata to store in a comprehensive location database to improve location services. In the letter, Apple noted that customers can disable location-data collection by turning off Location Services in the settings menu.
“If customers toggle the switch to ‘Off,’ they may not use location-based services, and no location-based information will be collected,” Apple said in the letter. That doesn’t appear to be the case from WSJ’s testing, as well as multiple independent reports from customers who had the same results. While Apple seems to deny it's tracking anyone and blames Android for doing so, the real question is what is the need to store the data on the device at all.
mystikkman writes: In the latest patent suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of the company’s patents. “Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress,” Apple says in its suit, noting that Samsung’s tablet, like Apple’s uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and array of icons. Apple previously sued HTC over Android. If Samsung is found infringing on the software, all the Android OEMs could be vulnerable.
mystikkman writes: Apple has approved updates to the Kindle and Netflix iOS apps despite them not including any provision for in app purchases that must pay out 30% to Apple. Apple has previously rejected the free Readability and Sony e-reader apps for selling subscriptions outside the app store. The new policies received a lot of scorn from subscription sellers like Last.fm. The bigger question is, come June 30 when the new rules are actually supposed to kick in, will Apple pull the Kindle and Netflix apps from the iDevices if they don't cough up 30%?