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In a strategy shift, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. is making a push into software development and telecom services, its latest efforts to seek new avenues of growth as revenue from contract manufacturing slows.

Chairman Terry Gou said Thursday the company plans to hire more than 2,000 software engineers to beef up content, software development and build a data center in Taiwan.

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When Apple said it had a lot to cover today, they were not kidding. In addition to unveiling a new iPad mini and releasing Mavericks as a free update, among other things, the company also revealed new versions of iLife and iWork for its desktop and mobile operating systems.


Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, took to the stage today to introduce the refreshed iLife and iWorks apps, saying, “This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history.”

All apps have been redesigned to take advantage of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, and have been updated to 64-bit and integrated with iCloud. The new software will be free with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device.

ILife, iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band now offer a simpler and cleaner design. Of the apps, Garage Band received the biggest update. Garage Band for iOS now supports 16 tracks (up from eight). If you have an iPhone 5s or a new iPad, that number jumps up to 32. You can also share songs via AirDrop or work on tracks on multiple devices via iCloud. On the desktop version, a new feature called Drummer adds a variety of drummers that can play along with your songs.

In iPhoto, you can now create photobooks on your mobile device and then have a hard copy shipped to you from Apple. Meanwhile, a feature in iMovie called Movie Theater allows you to watch your iMovie clips across multiple devices as long as they’re stored in the cloud. On the mobile side, you also get picture-in-picture and split-screen options, the ability to speed up or slow down clips and other editing tools.

On the productivity side, the new iWork, which includes Keynote, Pages and Numbers, brings full file compatibility and the ability to collaborate with others via iCloud – a move that puts Apple closer in step with Google and Microsoft in this area.


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tizen 2.0 os samsung bada

The Tizen 2.0 source code and SDK has officially been released, according to a post on the project’s developer website. The alpha release came just five months ago, so clearly someone has been putting a lot of effort into the operating system equivalent of the mythological Phoenix. Tizen has been re-born twice already, first transforming from Moblin into MeeGo, and subsequently taking its current form after Samsung stepped in to play the lead role.

The list of new features and updates is an extensive one, though a lot of the changes are under-the-hood and aimed at offering a more attractive platform to application developers. Access to critical hardware like NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi (including Wi-Fi Direct) has been added, and hardware accelerated graphics have been flipped on to provide a performance boost. Tizen also now offers scalable UI tools, which should make the process of supporting multiple screen sizes easier for developers. That’s an important tweak, since Tizen is aimed at everything from phones and tablets to in-dash multimedia systems… and probably refrigerators, knowing Samsung.

Just about every part of the OS has been polished up. On-device encryption hearkens back to Samsung’s not-so-secret desire to gobble up the corporate market once dominated by BlackBerry. New camera, gallery, and music apps have been added, and Tizen’s native web browser (which is, of course, WebKit-based) has been updated to offer drastically improved support for HTML5 and emerging W3C specs like Widgets (Packaged Web Apps), Web Audio, and Touch Events. Tizen’s social networking and messaging core has also undergone an extensive overhaul. In addition to the Tizen 2.0 source code and SDK, the project is offering up an assortment of sample web apps so that testers can quickly get a feeling for what the updated OS can do.

2012 was quite a rollercoaster ride for Tizen. In January, Samsung showed its commitment to the platform by merging the Bada OS code. Samsung had previously pegged Bada as the go-to OS for lower-end smartphones, so the integration seemed to indicate profound interest in doing something commercial with Tizen. After getting a look at all the progress on Tizen 2.0, it’s pretty clear that Samsung is building something that can play a much larger role in its future. With plans in place for Android support on Tizen devices, Samsung may be ready to pull double down on its own software and move away from Windows Phone as a backup plan.

Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE is a bit exercised about Windows 8, an not in a good way. Australian John Hollow is alleging that Microsoft is intentionally misleading retail shoppers with its packaging for the Windows 8 Professional upgrade. Specifically, he takes issue with the fact that the actual word “upgrade” doesn’t appear anywhere on the packaging. Compounding the confusion, says CHOICE, is the fact that Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would be made available as a “full packed product” and then later backpedaled and said that only the upgrade would be sold in stores.

The Windows 8 Pro upgrade can be used to perform a full installation, but the purchaser needs to have a valid license sticker for a previous Windows version. It’s not really a full version, and that’s something that really should be spelled out right on the box.

Hollow and CHOICE aren’t the only folks who think Microsoft could have done a much better job with its Windows 8 editions. After ditching the maze-like product map of Windows Vista for a more focused Windows 7 SKU line-up, it was hoped that Microsoft would keep a good thing going with Windows 8. Yet the reality doesn’t seem to have changed much. Most folks who head to a retail store or pop onto Newegg or TigerDirect are probably going to be confused as to which copy they should buy. It’s still not as simple as it should be for the average consumer to buy Windows.

And with the recent revelation that Microsoft is going to start offering new Windows versions on an annual basis, this is a problem that the company needs to fix now. With Steven Sinofsky gone and Julie Larsen-Green and Tami Reller now in charge of Windows, hopefully finding a permanent solution to version confusion is a top priority at Microsoft.

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