Microsoft skipped Windows 9 altogether! Meet Windows 10!

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

Microsoft just announced the newest version of Windows. It’s called Windows 10. Yes, Microsoft has decided to skip a digit in search of the perfect name. More importantly, Windows 10 will finally span all of Microsoft’s Windows powered devices, from desktops and laptops all the way through to tablets and phones. “Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever,” says Windows boss Terry Myerson.

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

We’re learning about the new operating system right now at a San Francisco event, and Microsoft revealed the name first, so expect us to fill in details in real-time over the hour to come.

First up: Microsoft says it’s aiming at the enterprise first, not regular PC users. The company’s calling it its most managable operating system ever, which is probably not a phrase that makes you drool! “I’m not going to spend much time on fanciful end-user features,” said Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore as he fired up a demo.

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

But here’s one feature you might care about. Sure enough, the Start Menu is back in full force. The jarring Windows 8 Start Screen which obscured everything on your desktop is totally obsolete, because you can add all the same automatically refreshing Live Tiles to this new Start Menu.

In fact, you can customize it however you want: shrink it down to be short and stout, or pull it up to be tall and lanky. No problem.

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

You know what else? Forget about having to deal with icky Windows Store apps that take up your entire screen. Windows is all about windows, and you can run those apps in a window just like anything else.

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

Mix and match “new” apps and “legacy” apps across multiple windows and even multiple desktops if you like, and snap them into place with a new feature called Snap Assist:

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

Snap Assist can grab windows from your other desktops, in case you need to mix and match tasks.

For power users, Belfiore even showed that you can now copy and paste in the old-school Windows Command Prompt using standard keyboard shortcuts.

That doesn’t mean that touch is getting deemphasized, though: Belfiore says touch is the direction that Microsoft sees computers trending towards, and sure enough you can still swipe in from the right side of the screen to pull up the Charms Bar.

In fact, Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be able to intelligently detect when you switch a 2-in-1 device (like the Microsoft Surface) between tablet and laptop modes. Belfiore showed off a demo called “Continuum” where the Windows 10 user interface would shift between two different views when you dock or undock it from a keyboard, and adding a new Back button to help you navigate when the touchscreen is your only option.

Windows 10: One Operating System To Rule PCs, Phones, Tablets

“Yesterday they were driving maybe a first-generation Prius… and we got them a Tesla,” is the vibe of the new OS, says Belfiore. It’s an advanced experience, he says, but it’s still just like driving a car.

Microsoft says it will launch Windows 10 in 2015, and won’t talk about the consumer features of the new operating system (or presumably, the smartphone experience) until early next year. They’re not talking about the business model for Windows 10, or whether we’ll be seeing it a single release of the operating system or staggered for different types of devices.

Microsoft also says that it won’t necessarily require new hardware: Belfiore says the intent is to make Windows 10 available as an update for “the vast majority of devices,” though when and how is still a mystery.

Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 with fix for cellular and Touch ID issues

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Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to the public Thursday night, addressing issues that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users encountered when updating to iOS 8.0.1, as well as several other improvements and bug fixes. The update is available for iPad 2 and newer models, iPhone 4s and newer models, as well as iPod touch 5th generation via an over-the-air update or directly through iTunes.

iOS 8.0.2 fixes a critical issue where iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who updated to iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday lost cellular signal and the ability to use Touch ID. It also addresses a HealthKit bug that prevented apps supporting the new APIs to function propery, as well as several other bugs.

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The full iOS 8.0.2 changelog is as follow:

Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari
The release of iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday incapacitated the devices of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 users who updated immediately. Apple quickly pulled the update but it was already too late for many users who had already updated and lost cell signal as well as the ability to use Touch ID. ECB provided a fix for this, followed by Apple 10 hours later who provided a similar set of instructions and noted the company would release an update rapidly.

Users might feel a little wary about updating to iOS 8.0.2 but we can confirm that we didn’t encounter any issue after updating an iPhone 6.

Hopefully this will ring then end of Apple’s rough week.

Alleged image and details of Nexus 6 make the rounds!

Alleged image and details on the upcoming Nexus 6 made the rounds online. The Motorola device is said to go official next month, and hit the retail shelves a month later, in November.

Also known as Motorola Shamu and Nexus X, the soon to be revealed device appears to carry the exact same design language as the 2014 Moto X. The leaked image reveals similar camera setup with dual-flash, the signature Motorola dimple on the back, as well as the volume rocker and the power/lock key of the device. The last two have been moved down in order to accommodate easier operation of the large display.

Nexus branding is noticeably missing from the above image. However, word is that the design has not been completely finalized. The finished product is certain to carry Nexus branding when it goes official.

In line with past rumors, the alleged specs of the Nexus 6 by Motorola include Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in memory, and 5.92” QHD display with 498ppi. A 3,200mAh battery reportedly powers the handset.

The camera of the Nexus 6 is going to be a 13MP unit capable of capturing 4K video. The front-facing 2MP unit is purportedly the same as the one found in the new Moto X.

As expected, the handset will debut with Android L on board. Motorola’s custom features will not make it to the Nexus 6.