Apple's Developer Conference is next week, and with it comes all the hype and expectation one would expect from an Apple event.
There seems to be a build up in expectation that Apple will replace most, if not all if it's Mac line-up.
New MacBook Pro's, MacBook Air's, iMac's and Mac Pro's are all being predicted to launch next week after a supposed leak in Australia. There's no news on the Mac Mini, but there also seems to be a whole load accessory updates too.
There's less than a week until the Keynote speech, so it's not too long to wait!
Despite high end compact cameras improving significantly over the last couple of years, there's still a big gap to DSLRs in terms of sensors and picture quality. Sony hopes to bridge that gap and challenge the Canon G1X.
Membership of clubs is often like credit cards, the more you use it, the higher they bump you. Samsung today became part of the exclusive Platinum Club.
Along with the likes of IBM, Intel and Oracle, in return for giving lots of cash to the Linux Foundation and promising to be a more 'open OS organisation', Samsung will be able to help shape how Linux develops. This might help tie things up with it's support for Tizen in the mobile arena.
Sad news that Ray Bradbury, one of the key Sci-Fi authors, has died, aged 91. He wrote amazing, and thought provoking books such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, and also contributed to The Twilight Zone.
Google seems to preparing a new front in it's battle with Microsoft. Google has bought many people's favourite mobile productivity suite.
Not a lot is known yet as to what Google plan to do with it, but one would presume that Google Docs and Android could benefit. In Google's Blog, they go on about interoperability between different formats...
Some bloke called Rafe Blandford has noticed that there are now 100,000 apps available on Windows Phone Marketplace.
Microsoft have achieved this feat in surprisingly quick time, given how long it took Android and Blackberry to achieve the same result.
Even more surprising, is that they were not all fart apps!
There's a healthy spread of different types of apps, but as iOS and Android owners know, you shouldn't confuse quantity for quality. This does suggest though that Microsoft may be starting to gain the big 'Mo', especially with Windows / WinPhone 8 launches this autumn.
See the source for a very thorough analysis.
Computex is a huge computer exhibition in Taiwan, home to many manufacturers. They're therefore very keen to show off in their own backyard. And they have been busy!
Hybrid devices seems to be the theme this year. Manufacturers are looking to combine the attraction of tablets, with the practicality of new breed of ultrabooks (think Macbook Airs).
Here's my pick.
These resemble Asus' first gen ultrabooks, the Zenbooks, but with a novel twist, shut the cover and it's got another touchscreen on the outside! They come with Ivy Bridge i7 processors and 1080p displays in 11" and 13" flavours. Also really good for games of Battleships...
Asus 610 and 800
Think Asus Transformer Prime, but now running Windows 8, and not Android. The 610 runs on an ARM processor, whilst the 800 runs on an Intel Medfield processor. Both are 11.6" hybrids with 1366x768 displays and 2GB memory and all the other usual frippery.
UPDATED: In the last few days Microsoft have started pushing Windows 10 Insider build 17133 to both the slow and Release Preview testing rings; and have named the update "Feature update for Windows 10, version 1803".
These moves fairly strongly suggest that build 17133 *is* going to be released as the long-awaited (and overdue) "Creators Spring Update", otherwise known as Windows 10, version 1803.
UPDATE: It turns out Microsoft were intending for build 17133 to be the Spring Creators Update, but they discovered some issues which could lead to a "higher instance of blue screens (BSOD) on PCs". As a result, they've now pushed build 17134 to insiders in the Fast ring for testing.
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