Apple's getting closer to releasing its new OS, iOS, and iPhone. Microsoft needs to convince users to kick out the old Windows. Facebook has a new Bolt and updated Slingshot, but Messenger's on its own and there are no more Gifts.
Read on for our recap of the software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters. Apple Apple hasn't announced the iPhone 6, let alone given it a release date, but speculation says it will launch on October 14. In the meantime, iPhone owners are wondering if there's a nefarious reason their phones seem slower before the new one comes out. There will be a 1Password extension for third-party iOS 8 apps, so you'll be able to use the password manager to log in to any programs that support the add-on. VideoGhost allows you to watch online videos in the background.
If you have an iPhone and actually use the phone part, there's now a free, open-source software called Signal that encrypts voice calls. filecloudnot there. The next Mac OS, Yosemite, is expected in fall and is now available for public beta also. CNET's Jason Parker is looking at the major features -- this week it's Mail Drop and Markup for Apple Mail. Interestingly, Apple has created its own content delivery network (CDN), meaning that files will come directly from Apple servers rather than from a third-party service like Akamai.
That may mean less wait time for you when new software is released, and eventually Apple might deliver everything from iTunes to Beats from its own CDN. Sunday last, Apple bought Concept.io, makers of the Swell application for podcast discovery; by Wednesday, the iphone app was kaput. turbabitpictures. Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 2 is on track for an August 12 release, but it won't be a big deal or mandatory.
It also won't include the reprise of the Start menu, which is being held for Threshold next spring. Windows XP powers half of businesses still, according to a survey. Patriots Day 1080P Online Movie. Patriots Day 1080P Online Movie on this page. OneNote for Mac and iOS got updates this full week, including the ability to attach PDFs, Office docs, and videos to notes.
Facebook People of the Internet, do not call the police when Facebook goes down. turbabitedge. Facebook has uncoupled Messenger from the Facebook apps. If you want to keep chatting, you'll soon have to use the standalone application (iOS, Android). Facebook's Snapchat-like photo-sharing app, Slingshot (iOS, Android), now lets you react to reactions. Instagram, now owned by Facebook, has also rolled out a Snapchat-esque photo- and video-messaging application called Bolt.
It's available only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now. The Daily Dot reports that Instagram doesn't encrypt all the information it shares with its servers, leaving users exposed to a man-in-the-middle attack. Protect yourself by staying off public Wi-Fi or using Instagram's mobile website rather than the app. August 12 facebook Gifts closes up shop. FN16. But the company will be giving the gift of free Internet services to Zambia via the Internet.org app. Right now only 15% of Zambians have Net access.
Google The 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows is in beta now. utorrentfr on this page. You can test-drive the beta of Chrome for Android also, which has gotten a redesign. Google has patched an Android security hole called Fake ID that could have let malware pretend to be a trusted app -- "could have" for the reason that vulnerability was never exploited.
Love Android but hate Google's preinstalled apps? Ars Technica has your obsessive's guide to running nothing but open-source apps on Android. Good news for business users: Hangouts has been split out from Google , so anyone with a Google Apps account can use the video-chat app now. And it looks like Google 's photography service will be unbundled as well.
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