Microsot Edge coming to iOS and Android smartphone

You read it right.

Microsoft announced that their Edge web browser would be coming to iOS and Android – phone only – not tablets for now. On iOS, Edge is based on the WebKit engine, and on Android, the Chromium browser project. Both will probably be released by year end

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More software update issues for Apple

According to users, the most recent iOS update, iOS 9.3.2, is reportedly causing problems for some iPads making them unstable. The update addressed a number of issues such as distortion problem with Bluetooth calls on iPhone SE and a dictionary failure problem. No word yet on a fix by Apple.

Not to be outdone, various Apple forum members have been posting about how MacBook Pro systems will freeze following the 10.11.4 update to El Capitan. Reverting back to 10.11.3 will temporarily solve the issue. No word yet on a fix by Apple.

I don’t remember hearing these problems when Steve Jobs was the president/dictator of the company…..

 

Some Microsoft tidbits….

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 will be coming out at one point. A “Developer Preview” is available as a virtual machine at here.

Internet Explorer 11 will be included as part of Windows 8.1 [scheduled to be release probably at the end of August]. If there is another update after to Internet Explorer for Windows 7, there won’t be too much time left as mainstream support end in just over 2 years.

Meanwhile, Windows NT is celebrating its 20th birthday today [Saturday]. Windows NT came out after Microsoft backed out the co-development of OS/2 with IBM in the 1990s and released Windows NT – which still has a few remnants of OS/2 to this day.

Office for iOS has been released, but there is a catch. You need a current subscription to Office 365 to get it. Some lesser applications are available separately and [I believe] free.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3

If you didn’t get notified yet [assuming you have an iPhone or an iPad], Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to fix the problem with the slide lock and other issues [ https://ebraiter.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/apples-ios-6-1-continues-to-cause-problems/] but it took 34 days to fix the problems.

Wondering how long it will take for 6.1.4 to come out to fix problems 6.1.3 caused? June? July?

[Starting to remind me of the fixing the fixes issues of the Chrome browser.]

Apple getting nervous, trash talks Android

Apple is getting nervous.

On the eve of Samsung’s big announcement that the Galaxy S 4 was being introduced, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, trash talked the Android OS.

On Twitter, he posted a link to a 34 page PDF details the mobile threats that the company has discovered in the last quarter and is basically an indictment of Android – not Samsung.

Hmmmm. Just because there is a lot of malware running around on the Android spectrum doesn’t mean that everyone who has an Android device has an infected device.

He said that Android users are often running old operating systems [15.5% have the latest version] and that the fragmentation in the Android world was “plain and simple.” An estimated 61% of iOS devices are running iOS 6.

Schiller goes on to say, “When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with, They don’t work seamlessly together.” Nine accounts? Maybe he meant up to nine accounts but this is a marketing guy. Marketing people like to play with words.

Schiller cited a survey from research company ChangeWave that found that around 75% of iPhone users say they are “very satisfied” with their device compared with around 50% of Android users. Considering how they Apple users cherish their gadgets, 75% ain’t great. I remember a survey a couple of years ago and I’m sure it was 90% or more.

Schiller said the screen on the iPhone is “still the best display of any smartphone.” Of course he forgets to mention that newer Androids are surpassing the iPhone in resolution with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 leading a new wave of phones that can do 1080p. The rumoured iPhone 5S may not be able to do that still.

Finally, he says that “Given the iPhone 5 is so thin and light, the reason that people are making their devices bigger is to get up to the battery life the iPhone 5 offers.” Huh? First, the advertised 8 hours of talk time or Internet usage that apple advertised isn’t even close to the actual battery life. I don’t think I have ever seen a device that the advertised battery life is near the actual life. And [in some cases], wouldn’t a bigger phone suck up more battery life [with a presumably] bigger screen? I think there were some recent complaints about the iPhone 5 battery life.

Finally, as well on the eve of Samsung’s announcement in New York, Best Buy in Canada dropped the prices on all the iPhone models. I suspect they want to get as many victims to by the old iPhone 5 before the victims hear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be out soon [probably early Q2 in the US and sometime in Q2 in Canada].