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Microsoft has confirmed Telstra, Optus and Vodafone customers with a Windows Phone 7 device are now receiving the latest platform update, dubbed ‘Mango’. Continue reading
Telstra has this morning confirmed it has now approved the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 update, ‘Mango’, for use on its NextG network. Continue reading
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Apple has overnight announced the immediate availability of their professional video editing suite, Final Cut Pro X, and an updated Time Capsule range offering an extra 1GB of space.
Final Cut Pro X was first demonstrated earlier this year at a video-editing conference in Las Vegas, but until today Apple had managed to keep the software under it’s secretive wraps and refused to show-off the software and its features to the wider world.
The software, available exclusively through Apple’s Australian Mac App Store (yep – it’s Mac-only software), has been priced at $349 and is the first edition of the Final Cut Pro software to maximise 64-bit architecture offered on most recent Macs.
It’s also accompanied by the immediate release of companion products Motion 5 — for titles, transitions and other motion graphics — and Compressor 4, a powerful encoding program both of which are also available through the Mac App Store for $59.99 each.
“Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said in a statement today.
“We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”
The video-editing software has undergone one of the biggest revamps it’s ever seen, with a completely revamped interface which mimicks that of Apple’s consumer-facing movie editing product, iMovie, which has met with mixed criticism.
Feature-wise, and it now boasts a “magnetic timeline” — a trackless way to add clips to a movie — and “clip connections” — to link overlay media such as titles and audio with clips, so when a clip movies the titles stay in syn — which allow for easy manipulation of videos on a timeline.
It’s also got new content management tools, including “Content Auto-Analysis” which scans content you add to your library and tags it with what Apple calls “useful information”. It’ll also automagically place content into “Smart Collections”, which allows you to easily find groups of videos which have similarities.
Finally the company has also quietly released a range of updated Time Capsule devices, which allow users to backup their Macs automatically to the external hard drive. It now comes with the option of 2 or 3TB of storage (up from the previous maximum of 1TB) at a cost of $319 and $529 in Australia respectively.
Feature-wise there doesn’t appear to be any drastic new changes, and the rumoured iCloud “cache” and support for downloading iOS and Mac updates doesn’t appear to have eventualised, nor does it run Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS.
Microsoft this morning revealed more than 500 new features and changes to the next major upgrade of their mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.
Launched to much fanfare late last year, the platform has struggled to gain much traction in the Australian market, with research suggesting it has gathered a mere 4.4% market share, as rival smartphones running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android software reign supreme.
But Microsoft hopes the latest update, dubbed “Mango”, will propel the company into the competitive arena, with many highly-anticipated and much-needed features such as multi-tasking, Internet Explorer 9 for mobile devices, more social networking integration and improved search functionality.
The company will provide a number of new features for enterprises, in a bid to attract more businesses to the platform — many of which use their Windows desktop operating system and some which used older versions of their mobile operating system, Windows Mobile — including support for hidden wireless networks.
Voice recognition technology was shown off during the event, with users soon to be able to dictate a message to their phones to send to friends via SMS hands-free. While it remains to be seen how well it works in real-life situations, Microsoft says it’s designed to allow users to make the most of their phone and still be able to communicate using it when it’s out of reach.
“One of the last things we wanted to do is really focus on communication when your phone is out of reach,” Derek Snyder Executive Communications Manager, Windows Phone said.
“We do cool things like interpret acronyms and abbreviations. For instance, NYC it actually read as New York City. We do the same thing with BTW and all the normal laugh out loud style phrases that you would use in chat.”
Live tiles will also be updated to feature a new and improved interface, while a new feature called “Quick Cards” allows users to view a summary of information when searching for movies, products, events or places.
Facebook, Twitter and SMS will all become combined to deliver a new experience when staying up-to-date with events, with linked inboxes allowing you to view all your email accounts in one location also set to debut.
Microsoft also confirmed that Nokia would be among the first to deliver Windows Phones running the “Mango” update, while new partners for devices include Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE Corp.
The first 4G or LTE phones to run Windows Phone 7 will also become available when the update is released, the company confirmed — meaning they could be among the first devices to run on Telstra’s 4G network set to launch later this year given the telco’s partnership with Microsoft.
The update will be free for all owners of a Windows Phone 7 device, and will become available in Australia this Spring.
The Motorola XOOM tablet which Telstra will begin selling in Australia on May 24 will ship with Android 3.0 installed a Motorola spokesperson has confirmed, with the tablet to receive an upgrade to 3.1 via an update at a later date.
Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” was the first iteration of Google’s open-source mobile operating system designed with tablet devices in mind. It’s focused on large-screen devices, and featured a completely revamped ‘holographic’ user interface designed especially to create devices to rival the likes of Apple’s iPad in the tablet arena.
The first major update for the tablet-centric edition, announced at Google’s annual developer conference on Wednesday, Google I/O and dubbed Android 3.1 will retain the “Honeycomb” nickname and see a number of tweaks made to the OS including the ability to resize widgets, an improved task manager and an array of different bug fixes.
It’s being rolled out now to XOOM owners who are with Verizon in the United States, but Google says it’ll become more widely available soon.
However with the device soon to arrive on Australian shores with Telstra first and then Optus in June, a Motorola spokesperson has confirmed the updated OS won’t be available immediately here.
“XOOM is shipping on Android 3.0 in Australia and we don’t have any information on upgrades at this point,” a spokesperson from Motorola confirmed to iTech Report.
The XOOM is one of few tablet devices to be made available in Australia running Android Honeycomb, and made waves in the US when it launched just months ago.
It will go on sale through Telstra on May 24, with more details available here.
Microsoft has today confirmed that Telstra has begun rolling out the March update to customers with phones running Windows Phone 7, almost two months after it was released.
The update, no. 7.0.7390.0, was released by Microsoft in late March and bought a number of highly-requested features to the company’s relatively new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.
Included in the update was support for copy and paste, improved speed for apps and games, a number of Wi-Fi tweaks, Facebook integration and changes to the Marketplace including improved search, better support for downloading apps over 20MB and the ability to upgrade from trial to apps.
In response to dismay at the time it was taking for carriers — who must test the Windows Phone 7 update — Microsoft created an update status page, which shows the current stage of the rollout of updates with each carrier.
Optus rolled out the update not to long ago, but it remained in “testing” with Telstra up until now, with Telstra the second last carrier to rollout the update worldwide — as of now, only Spain remains in “testing”.
Telstra users with a Windows Phone 7 device will be prompted to install the update by connecting their phone to a computer and using Microsoft’s Zune software to complete the process (the company has documented the process here).
Unfortunately not all users will receive the update at once — Microsoft explains that “because updates are typically delivered to customers in batches, it might take several weeks before you receive notice that an update is available for you.”
If you’re really keen to receive the update and don’t want to wait to be notified, Microsoft suggests checking for the update from the home-screen of the device, flick left to the App list, and then tap Settings > Phone update.