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Leaked: Windows 7 Service Pack 1

Hopefully Microsoft wasn’t hoping to surprise anyone with their Service Pack 1 release for Windows 7 and Server 2008 — because it has been leaked online. The version number comes in at 7601.17514.101119-1850, features both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and packs mostly bug and performance enhancements. Full spec sheet after the jump…
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Full Changelog For iOS 4.3 Leaked.

Fancy a look at what Apple has in store for us iOS users come iOS 4.3 release time? Lucky you, someone with itchy fingers let loose the full changelog of Apple’s upcoming iOS update. And as we saw on the recently announced Verizon iPhone, there are numerous references to WiFi hotspot mentioned throughout the changelog. Other than that, it looks like a lot of nothing. Feature freaks, iOS 4.3 is not all that exciting. But if you must, full list of updates/bug fixes after the break…
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iOS 4.3 Seeded To Developers. New Features Abound.

Apple iOS developers waking up this morning have a new treat by way of iOS 4.3. Notable new features include the unshackling of the AirPlay API for 3rd party apps, the much talked about mobile hotspot feature shown off on Verizon’s recently unveiled iPhone 4, new FaceTime icon for iPod Touch, full-screen iAds (yay…), new MobileMe-dependent “Find My Friends” feature, and last but certainly not lest, the re-introduction of user-customizable lock switch. That’s right, Apple has changed courses again and given back the ability to use the lock switch as a mute switch or orientation lock switch. Happy?

Correction: Android 2.4 Is Real. Coming This Summer As “Ice Cream”.

Just a few hours ago, we wrote an article quoting Sony’s Rikard Skogberg, stating that the Android 2.4 seen floating around on a few SE Arcs at CES was nothing more than a “misconfiguration”. We also mentioned how we weren’t completely convinced with Skogberg’s statement given Sony’s track record of denying the truth. With that said, Pocket-Lint is reporting that a source of theirs has confirmed that Android 2.4 is real, that it will be called “Ice Cream”, and that it will launch sometime this summer — June/July specifically.

What about Honeycomb (3.0)? Many believe that Android Honeycomb will never make it to smartphones in it’s current form, and that it will stay solely on tablet devices. That leaves the door open for a different OS version for smartphones later on down the line. Splitting Android like that isn’t likely to quiet those decrying fragmentation. But at this point, it’s nothing more than speculation save for the new information regarding Android 2.4 (Ice Cream). Stay tuned, the announcement for Ice Cream is rumored to be at the Google I/O conference in the not too distant future.

Spied Android 2.4 Arc Firmware Not Real — “Misconfigurations”.

A few days back we wrote about a mysterious Android 2.4 OS version that was showing on some of Sony’s Arc phones. Sony’s Rikard Skogberg has seen said reports and cleared up any rumors swirling about concerning an upcoming minor update to Gingerbread — it’s not real. Specifically, Rikard said:

peria arc phones – As I have been informed that is due to a misconfiguration in some samples and nothing to get too excited about really, sorry.

So there you have it. Though I still wouldn’t write off a mythical Android 2.4 just yet. Sony is notorious for blindly denying rumors even if there’s picture proof. Though in this case, software bugs in pre-release products seems believable, at least for now.
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HTC ThunderBolt System Dump Weighs in at 140 MB!

One of the greatest features of Android phones and the OS overall is that once new phones are released, it doesn’t take long to get new features dumped and ported to other devices. The HTC Thunderbolt is but days old and has already suffered at the hands of eager Android enthusiasts. The source link comes from Android site 911HTC and gives us a 140 MB system dump full of awesome goodies: BitBop, Nav, MobiTV, Mogstup, Rhapsody, Rockband, Skype, Sling, UStream, VCast Music, and VCast Videos. There’s also Blockbuster and Adobe apps (among many others) as well as numerous live wallpapers and other UI treats.

Being that the system dump of the HTC Thunderbolt is so large, you’ll have to download three separate parts. No worries, we’ve assembled them for you already. See below. Let us know how it goes!

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Windows Phone 7 Update Coming in January.

Steve Ballmer may have been light on information regarding the big Windows Phone 7 update scheduled for release in early 2011, but thanks to an URL given out by Microsoft themselves we now have a pretty good guess on when it will actually be pushed out. The URL:

Besides copy/paste functionality (which we saw last night at Microsoft’s keynote), improved speed throughout the operating system, improved search, and other general tweaks here and there make up the first maintenance release of Microsoft’s new mobile OS. If there’s still some doubt in your mind, check out the loose-lipped link yourself.

Any more questions?

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Apple Mac App Store and OS X 10.6.6 Officially Launched Today.

The much talked about Mac App Store is officially live. Accompanying the new desktop-based app store front is a fresh version of OS X — 10.6.6. It’s worth noting that 10.6.6 is needed if you want to take advantage of the new Mac App Store. If you’ve ever used the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you’ll be right at home with the new Mac App Store as it incorporates many of the same UI features and categories. As for the update, it weighs in at 114.8 MB and besides the new Mac App Store, features several performance improvements and bug fixes. You know how it is, business as usual.

Let us know how the process goes for you!

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Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Video Released. Pulled. Saved.

Google officially launched the Honeycomb 3.0 at CES 2011. To aide any questions the eager press and consumer audience may have, a video walk-through was posted earlier today- and then Google made it private shortly thereafter. But never fear for the eagle-eyed and snappy folks at Engadget were able to save a downloaded copy before Google locked it away. There isn’t anything surprising that we haven’t already seen. But for those who want a little more of an understanding of what Honeycomb has to offer, it certainly helps to give it a look. 1080p Full HD video after the jump…

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