Apple has just posted its second private beta for the upcoming iOS 5. The major update was first unveiled back at WWDC 2011 and promises a slew of much requested new features including a revamped notifications system and tight integration with the new iCloud. The final release of iOS 5 is expected for this fall.
Microsoft's Windows 8 may be nearing beta with new screenshots leaked today from a Milestone 3 copy. The interface was first demoed at the D9 conference by Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky and even shown running on prototype tablet hardware at Computex 2011. For developers anxious to get a hold of the beta build of Windows 8, rumors suggest the full leak could be coming soon.
The recent unveiling of Google Wallet revealed that the coupon and deals program called Google Offers would play a significant role in the new mobile payment system. Google Offers was announced back in April when it started taking early signups in the areas of Portland, New York, and San Francisco. Today, the beta version of Google Offers has officially gone live Portland.
It was leaked back in January that Google was busy at work on a Groupon rival called Google Offers. At the time the service appeared almost identical but later leaked reincarnations suggested that Google may be taking a slightly different approach. Today, however, will be the first day that folks may get a more definitive look on exactly what Google has to offer. Their new coupon service gets an official beta launch today starting in Portland with San Francisco and New York to follow.
If you're interested in developing apps for the HP TouchPad, now's the time to get on board with HP. At the WebOS CONNECT event in London today, HP announced that they are releasing the WebOS 3.0 Beta SDK to their Early Access developers.
People are always connected now and it doesn’t take much effort to find out what your friends are feeling or doing, or for them to know the same about you. Facebook is the ultimate place to disregard common privacy concerns and now with the launch of a new questions-and-answers service, you can let the whole Facebook universe see and help with what you're pondering. Dubbed "Facebook Questions," the service has been in beta testing since July.
RIM today launched a 2.0 beta version of their Facebook for BlackBerry app that's available for download via the BlackBerry Beta Zone. This new release has a revamped interface and incorporates many new features including an improved news feed, new navigation controls, and support for Facebook Chat.
For web designers, being able to track users' eye movements and behavior while looking through a web page is very helpful for determining which parts of the layout attract attention and which don't. But to do this can be difficult and may require special equipment that could be expensive. A startup company just announced today at LAUNCH a new web-based solution called "YouEye" to simplify this process.
Microsoft Windows 8 seems to be moving along as various information leaked so far suggest a September beta release. The new OS will primarily target tablets with a more touch-aware interface and will support ARM processors. It may also focus on gaming and feature an adaptive 3D interface.