Category: Tech News & Updates

Apple Released iOS 6 For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Earlier Apple announced the iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 in June that brings 200 new features including Apple-designed Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation, new Siri improvements, Shared Photo Streams, Passbook app, Facebook integration and many more.
iOS 6
now Apple has released the iOS 6 for the public for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch (fourth generation).

The new iOS6 update would remove the Google Maps apps that would be replaced with the Apple’s own Maps app.

The YouTube app would also be removed, but you can download the new standalone YouTube app. Some features are available only in select countries and select devices.

Apple user can update their Apple devices via iTunes or download the OTA update (iOS5 only) your device from the Settings > General > Software Update.

You can check the complete list of features of iOS 6 via the Apple Site.

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Rogers Releases ICS Update Schedule For Various Devices

As Upgrade is the scenario, there are lot of people who are waiting for their update from the bland old Gingerbread to the new and improved Ice Cream Sandwich.
Device list and Schedule for ICS Updates
Rogers has just released a list of devices that will receive an update to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with approximate timings. The list is given below.

The full handset list and Schedule announced by Rogers for ICS Updates :

  • HTC Raider : Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Now available
  • HTC EVO 3D- Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Now available
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Now available
  • Sony Xperia Arc S (LT18a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Early September
  • Sony Xperia Arc (LT15a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Early September
  • Sony Xperia Mini Pro (SK17a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) : Early September
  • Motorola Razr (XT910) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Late August

Rogers also mentioned that these are “tentative dates” and they will “update often as information is available.”

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Verizon Adds Microsoft Office 365 For Small Business Customers

Verizon Wireless operates the US largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network.
microsoft office 365
Recently, Verizon Wireless has made an announcement at an event in New York City. In the announcement, Verizon said that they have added Microsoft Office 365 to their Small Business Essentials portfolio.

The Small Business customers can now buy Office 365 at the low rate of $6 US per month. With this announcement it is clear that Verizon’s Small Business Customers can now have access to email, instant messaging, video and audio conferencing (via Lync) as well document sharing.

These services all run on the fast Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network as well as you can access Office 365 as the service supports Android, iOS, Blackberry OS and Windows Phone.

According to press release :

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced an enhancement of their mobile portfolio tools for small business customers with the addition of Microsoft Office 365.

Office 365, which is part of Verizon Wireless’ Small Business Essentials portfolio, is Microsoft Corp.’s cloud productivity service that includes email, instant messages with presence, video and voice conferencing, and document sharing. By offering Office 365, Verizon Wireless’ small business customers can take advantage of productivity in the cloud while on the go.

Office 365, which supports mobile operating systems including Windows Phone, Android, iOS and BlackBerry, helps enable businesses to collaborate with customers, co-workers and employees in real time while having access to email, contacts, calendars and other important business data. Information is synchronized across all devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs or Macs.

For small business customers, Office 365 delivers enterprise-grade technology at a predictable monthly price. It also helps elevate mobility and productivity to another level while giving the business integrated mobile device management and robust IT controls when connected through Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

“Our small businesses and entrepreneurs consistently rank two priorities the highest when it comes to using productivity tools to run their business: simplicity and cost effectiveness,” said Michael C. Schaefer, executive director, Wireless Business Solutions, Verizon Wireless. “We included Office 365 with Small Business Essentials to address these needs. Plus, we also want to emphasize it is scalable – which is ideal for companies in the growing segment of up to 50 employees. With all of our SMB-related products and services, our goal is to help customers expedite their workflow so they can work smarter, faster and more efficiently. Customers also have the advantage when they utilize our fast 4G LTE network, which is available in over 330 markets across the United States.”

Many businesses across various industries already utilize Microsoft Office. Now those same tools, plus voice and video conferencing with Lync Online and collaboration with SharePoint Online, enable information to be easily accessed and shared virtually anywhere, on nearly any device on their network.

“With Office 365 included in Verizon Wireless Small Business Essentials, companies are empowered to be more mobile, more productive and more secure,” said Kirk Gregersen, general manager, Microsoft Office Division. “Verizon Wireless’ small business customers will be able to take advantage of this cloud-based productivity solution with minimal investment, leaving them more time to focus on their businesses.”

For internal and external business communications, Office 365 capabilities that are included in Small Business Essentials are:

Office Web Apps
View and make light edits to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents within supported browsers
View business documents in the browser with virtually no data or formatting loss during transfer between PC and browser

SharePoint Online
Public website and design tool with ready-to-use site templates
Private team site for working with colleagues, partners and Customers
Share private sites with external users
Store and back up business documents and data
Access business documents from virtually anywhere

Exchange Online
Premium anti-virus and anti-spam protection
Email, calendar and contacts synchronized across PCs or Macs, smartphones and tablets
Tools for managing email, calendar and contacts
25 GB mailbox, plus up to 25 MB of attachments per email

Lync Online
Rich presence tells you when co-workers are online and available
Instant messaging plus PC-to-PC audio/video calling
Click-to-communicate from Outlook, SharePoint Online and other Office Web Apps
Online meetings and presentations with up to 50 attendees, using PC-audio, video conferencing, desktop and application sharing
Invite external contacts to easily attend online meetings via the browser

Many small businesses have limited IT resources and Office 365 is designed to meet their unique needs. There is no need for expensive, long-term IT hardware installations.

If a user’s device is lost, damaged or stolen, the data can be locked and wiped clean remotely, helping to protect the company’s important proprietary information. When the replacement device is activated and connected to Office 365, all of the user’s email, contacts and calendar data will be available on the new device.

Office 365, included with Verizon Wireless’ Small Business Essentials, is now available at the rate of $6 per month, per user. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/microsoft365.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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Microsoft Surface Tablet To Launch On October 26

Microsoft has confirmed that they will start shipping of Microsoft Surface Tablet line on October 26, the same day they will launch Windows 8 officially.
Microsoft Surface Tablet
This declaration has made in its 10-K filing with the SEC for the June 2012 fiscal year.

In Microsoft annual report filed this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), they said,

“The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.”

No news regarding price of Microsoft Surface Tablet yet by the company. During the official announcement back in June, the company only said that the Windows 8 Pro Surface will be competitive with ultrabooks (~$800+) and the Windows 8 RT Surface with ARM tablets (~$400-$600).

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HTC Preparing Jelly Bean Update For HTC One S and XL In Australia

According to Australian carrier Telstra, the HTC One XL (the global version of the American One X) and the One S have official Jelly Bean updates being “prepared” by HTC. But it doesn’t have a date on when HTC will submit it for testing.

Both of these HTC phones might be among the first HTC devices to get updated to the newest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Moreover, HTC has provided a specific list of devices they plan to update with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although they did mention it will be coming to a variety of their current devices. We think, this only makes sense it will land on their flagship One series lineup first.

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Sprint 4G LTE Launching On July 15 In Five Cities

Sprint has announced that it is finally prepared to flip the switch on its 4G LTE network, starting with five cities-Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, and San Antonio on July 15th, 2012.
Sprint 4G LTE
4G LTE boasts faster data speeds for downloads and streaming, while an improved 3G network should mean better signal strength, fewer dropped calls, and faster data speeds as well. Sprint expects its new network to cover 250 million people in the US by the end of 2013, Moreover Sprint is currently only offering one LTE handset, but it says that it plans to have 15-plus by the end of the year.

“While other carriers are simply rolling out their version of a 4G LTE network, we are rolling out an all-new network that will also significantly improve the 3G and voice experience over time – at no extra charge to the customer”, said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.

According to Bob Azzi, Sprint network vice president, the 4G LTE network isn’t going to be as fast as AT&T and Verizon networks. Specifically, the Sprint network is operating on 5-MHz channels compared to Verizon’s 10-MHz channels. Early tests indicated that the Sprint 4G LTE network in Atlanta will offer download speeds of 9 to 13Mbps and upload speeds at approximately 2Mbps. This is significantly better than Sprint WiMax or T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, but doesn’t compete extremely well against Verizon or AT&T.

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