Windows 8.1 Arriving To PC Makers In August

Love it or hate it, Windows 8 has been one of the most talked about Windows OS, and it’s getting its first update as soon as August.  Microsoft announced Monday that they will send the final version of Windows 8.1 to PC manufacturers later this year.

Windows 8.1 is the first major update to the Windows 8 Operating System and according to earlier reports, it will available as a free download to current Windows 8 customers.

With the update comes a host of new or improved features.  Click here to see what’s coming.

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Windows 8 continues to be a popular with upgrades from earlier versions of Windows said to be at a good pace.

Are you a Windows 8 user?  Are you thinking about upgrading?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Apple Shocks Users, Calls Purple Haze On iPhone 5 Camera “Normal”

 Steve Jobs may not be at the helm, but it appears the same arrogant mentality that bought you “just avoid holding it in that way” is still very firmly embedded in the Apple Ideology.  If you’re not familar with that infamous quote from Steve Jobs, take a read here about the problems the iPhone 4 had after being released.

iphone5-purple-hazeThe iPhone 5 is now here and once again the product has bugs and flaws.  Or at least, that’s what everybody in the world except Apple would call them.  One of the biggest issues with the iPhone 5 is the hated “Purple Haze” effect that for some reason is happening with the iPhone 5 camera.  Those who have been around cameras long enough would know that two of the biggest causes of Purple Haze are either faulty hardware or a low quality product.  It’s hard to imagine Apple using low quality products, right?

So it must be a fault with the hardware (iPhone Camera) itself.

Apparently not.

Gizmodo reader, Matt Van Gastel purchased an iPhone 5 and like many of his fellow iPhone users, contacted Apple Support to complain about the “fault” with the camera.  He, like many others had experienced the Purple Haze on the camera.  This is what Apple responded to him:

“Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera.

xlargeApparently Apple Support think their users are not too smart, because a little research reveals that the Purple Haze has been happening no matter where the light source is in relation to the photo.  Indoor shots, outdoor shots, night shots, they’ve all experienced that horrid haze.

But don’t expect a fix anytime soon.  It appears Apple are very firm in their belief that the haze is “normal behaviour”, and history shows that Apple are just arrogant enough to actually not listen to their customers.

As Stan Schroeder of Mashable put it, “The world according to Apple is, apparently, simply a bit more purple than you imagined.”

Helpful references:

Game & Guide – Apple says camera haze is “normal behaviour”
Yahoo news – Purple Haze, “it’s normal”
Tech Spot – Camera haze is “normal behaviour”
Apple Insider – Users claim camera is defective


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Look Out Nokia! Samsung Gain Ground Fast

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The competition (Apple) may have slammed the breaks on Samsung from hitting the tablet market, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from reporting a record number of sales this year.

According to a report from Reuters, Samsung surpassed their 2010 sales figures of 280 Million Mobile units sold, and recently passed the 300 Million Units milestone, and they still have the busiest month of the year ahead of them.

These sales figures puts Samsung as the #2 Mobile Manufacturer in the world.  The leader, Nokia, surpassed 300 Million sales in the third quarter of the year and is expected to stay well ahead of Samsung as the year closes out.

In a report by the Social News site, Mashable;

Samsung, however, has been one of the main handset makers that has been transforming the “lower end” market for feature phones, with its proprietary Bada operating system, complete with app store and other content services, that effectively gives users a smartphone experience with a lower-specced and less expensive device. In Q3, Samsung’s Bada actually outsold Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices, according to Gartner. (Source: mashable)

With the recent injunction against Samsung lifted in Australia and other countries, it will be interesting to see how Samsung do against Tablet giant, the Apple iPad.

Read the full Mashable article here

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Ebooks Or Printed Books – Which Are Better?

It’s a question that has been asked time and time again; what is better for you, reading from a traditional book or reading from a digital book (e-reader)?

Ebook Vs BookVeena Bissram, a communication specialist recently posted a great article on the Social Media website, Mashable, which highlights a study on the issue of reading.

The study, undertaken by Research Unit Media Convergence of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with MVB Marketing highlights that at the end of the day, it makes absolutely no difference.

“There are no disadvantages to reading from electronic reading devices compared with reading printed texts,” the study showed. Professor Dr. Stephan Füssel, chair of the Gutenberg-Institute of Book Studies and spokesperson for the Media Convergence Research Unit at JGU also states that in reference to cultural issues regarding reading, “There is no (reading) culture clash – whether it is analog or digital, reading remains the most important cultural technology,”.

So what bought this study about? According to Veena Bissram,

The study was conducted after readers in Germany became skeptical about reading from electronic devices like ereaders and tablet PCs compared to traditional printed books.

Participants in the study read a variety of texts with different levels of understanding on an Amazon Kindle 3, Apple iPad and in print. Their reading behaviors and brain activity were examined using an EEG machine and eye tracking tools.

Be sure to head over to Mashable and read the full story today.

Read my review on the Sony PRS-350 SC Pocket Ebook Reader.

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8 Ways To Reduce Your Site’s Bounce Rate

Bounce RatesGetting visitors to your website isn’t enough, you need those visitors to stay on your website and read your content. Keeping potential customers/clients on your site is not always an easy task, however it is vital that you work towards reducing your website’s bounce rates.

Mashable has a great post today talking about this very topic. The article talks about bounce rates and offers 8 suggestions that could help reduce your bounces, such as:

  • Making data informed decisions
  • Using profiling to better monitor your bounces
  • Maintaining keyword integrity
  • Improving loading times
  • Being mindful of Social Media

As a web designer, good quality analytics are important to me and my clients. One of the most overlooked analytic dataset is the bounce rate, yet it is a statistic that has a major impact on the overall success of your website.

If you own a website, ask yourself, do you use good quality analytics? More importantly, do you study them? Next time you look at your website analytics data, take the time to really study the bounce rate data and find out where your visitors are leaving your site.

Source: Mashable

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