After having attended last week’s OpenText Enterprise World 2013, I though it would be fun to take a look back at the upgrade path of the various versions of Content Server.
Following Tuesday’s surprise iPad mini with Retina display launch, Apple released a number of updates for iOS devices, Apple TV, and iWork for iCloud.
iOS 7.0.4, iBooks and iTunes U
iOS 7.0.4 is a minor maintenance update for all current generation iOS devices that fixes a potential issue with FaceTime calls. The 37MB update also addresses other unspecified bug fixes and improvements. iOS 7.0.4 is available for the iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, and 4; iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, and 2; iPad mini with Retina and iPad mini.
In addition to iOS 7.0.4, iBooks and iTunes U finally received their iOS 7 makeovers.
iOS 6.1.5 Update for 4th Generation iPod touch
What, what?! The iPod touch 4th generation also go a little bit a love today with the release of iOS 6.1.5. This minor update for the iPod touch which cannot be upgraded to iOS 7, received a similar FaceTime update.
Apple TV 6.0.2
Apple TV also received such a small update that there was no mention of what was fixed. I did not notice any new channels or new features after the update was applied.
iWork for iCloud Beta Update
If all of the iOS love wasn’t enough for you, iWork for iCloud received some much needed collaboration updates. Document editors can now see who else can collaborate on a document and where their cursor is positioned inside the document.
During the October 22 keynote address, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the new iPad mini with Retina display would be available in late November. It would seem then, that Christmas has come early this year.
The Retina iPad mini has gone on sale only at Apple’s online store and is not yet available at the company’s retail locations.
Supplies are clearly limited. The Space Grey and White/Silver 16GB Wi-Fi only models are available for shipping in 1-3 days. If you want a 64GB, 128GB, or any model with a cellular modem in it, you will be waiting 5-10 business days to get your new iPad.
If you are planing on getting one of the new iPad mini with Retina tablets for someone on your Christmas shopping list or for yourself, I would strongly suggest that you click the “Buy Now” soon.
The personal pickup option has gone live for the iPad mini with Retina display at Apple Store locations.
Yesterday, Apple released an update for their OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mail and iBooks applications.
The update to the Mail application is a welcomed relief to customers who use the Mail appellation with Google’s Gmail email service. With the introduction of OS X 10.9 Mavericks on Oct. 22, customers have been reporting a number of usability bugs with the Mail application.
iBooks received a minor update to squash a few bugs an to improve stability.
Both updates are available in the Mac OS X App Store’s updates section.
“However, delivery of the most anticipated advance, a 64-bit mobile Application Processor, was pushed out indefinitely into the future at the company’s “Analyst Day” event, offering scant hope for an Android answer to Apple’s A7 anytime soon.”
“[Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun said] that upcoming Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphones will be more powerful and faster by confirming that they would have 64-bit processing capability.
“Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” Shin said, adding he followed the media coverage of Apple’s new iPhone.”
Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet.com the other day:
“A month ago, Microsoft execs basically confirmed Office for iPad exists, but said it wouldn’t be released until after Microsoft delivers its own, touch-first set of core Office apps, which I’ve been calling “Gemini.”
I’ve been wondering whether Microsoft was simply sitting on Office for iPad, delaying it to give its own Surface tablets a leg up. A year ago, Microsoft’s ARM-based Surface RT shipped with Office RT bundled for free, and this October, the ARM-based Surface 2 shipped with Office RT plus Outlook RT, bundled for free.
After digging a bit, I’ve heard from my sources that Microsoft’s “delay” in releasing both its own “Gemini” apps, as well as touch-centric versions for the iPad and Android tablets may be about a new and evolving product strategy as much (if not more than) about internal politics.”
Microsoft is clearly a company in desperate need of a strong corporate leader and visionary.
Yesterday I was poking around the Google Android website for an updated version of their SDK, and stumbled across the KitKat features page. Starting with Android 4.4 KitKat, Google will begin bundling their Quickoffice software into the update.
Quickoffice is Google’s mobile productivity office suite for the Android operating system. With the current version of Quickoffice, available from the Google Play Store, you can read and edit Microsoft Office documents from your smartphone or table.
So the question I have is: With free office productivity suites available for both Google Android and Apple iOS, why is Microsoft waiting to get the real deal Office on to people’s devices? Sure there is an Office Mobile application for the iPhone, but you must already have a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 service to use it. And what about a version optimized for the iPad?
If anything, the automatic deployment of Quickoffice to any Android device that receives the 4.4 KitKat upgrade is putting even more pressure on Microsoft to get Office on more devices. In the past, Microsoft’s our-platform-or-no-one-elses strategy for Office is really hurting them. As a business customer, I rely on Microsoft’s Office suite to get my job done, but on smartphones and tablets, I hardly miss them.
And that, I feel, is Microsoft’s problem. The inclusion of Quickoffice with KitKat alongside of the free Google Docs web application, Google isn’t just going after a mobile productivity suite for mobile, they are working to actively destroy Microsoft’s long establish revenue staple – Office.
Only time will tell if mobile Office document editing will gain any real traction with prosumers or not.
Over the weekend, hard drive manufacture Western Digital, sent out an email advisory to some customers alerting them to a data loss problem according to ZDNet.
Western Digital is “urgently investigating” customer reports “and examining a possible connection with its own software, notably the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications.”
Western Digital customers using these applications on their Macs running Mavericks are urged to uninstall the suspect applications to mitigate the risk of data loss.
Read the full story on ZDNet.com.
BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker and services company, received an 11th hour save yesterday.
“[…]John S. Chen will be appointed Executive Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and, in that role, will be responsible for the strategic direction, strategic relationships and organizational goals of BlackBerry. Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax, will be appointed Lead Director and Chair of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee and Thorsten Heins and David Kerr intend to resign from the Board at closing.”
“Today’s announcement represents a significant vote of confidence in BlackBerry and its future by this group of preeminent, long-term investors,” said Barbara Stymiest, Chair of BlackBerry’s Board. “The BlackBerry Board conducted a thorough review of strategic alternatives and pursued the course of action that it concluded is in the best interests of BlackBerry and its constituents, including its shareholders. This financing provides an immediate cash injection on terms favorable to BlackBerry, enhancing our substantial cash position. Some of the most important customers in the world rely on BlackBerry and we are implementing the changes necessary to strengthen the company and ensure we remain a strong and innovative partner for their needs.”
“I am pleased to join a company with as much potential as BlackBerry,” said Mr. Chen. “BlackBerry is an iconic brand with enormous potential – but it’s going to take time, discipline and tough decisions to reclaim our success. I look forward to leading BlackBerry in its turnaround and business model transformation for the benefit of all of its constituencies, including its customers, shareholders and employees.”
Mr. Chen is no stranger to corporate turn arounds. The last time we saw him, he was CEO of Sybase, Inc, a database and corporate software company. When Sybase was purchased by SAP AG, in 2010, the company sold for $5.25 billion.
In the interest of full disclosure, I earned my Sybase ASE and Rep Server merit badges as a DBA in the early 2000’s and I though that Mr. Chen, hearing him speak at two of the Sybase’s annual user conferences, did a good job of turning Sybase around leading up to it’s sale to SAP. I’m interested in seeing what he can accomplish with BlackBerry.
You can read the full press release on the BlackBerry website.
Yesterday afternoon, Apple released updates to their Remote and AirPort Utility apps.
Evident from the app descriptions, the AirPort Utility did not receive an iOS 7-like remake. It still looks like it’s older iOS 6 version of the add. The jump to 64-bit native code should make the app run smoothly on the new iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and the soon to be released, iPad mini with Retina Display.
The Remote app, received a complete iOS 7 design make over. While the functionality of the software does not appear to have changed, the UI has. Remote now has the Help screen overlay that flies in when you tap the help question mark icon located at the top right of the screen. The Menu button now appears a circle icon with a text label “Menu” at the bottom center of the screen, with additional playback controls on either side. The large “track pad” area still dominates the majority of the screen, however, now appears as a frosted pane allowing you to “see” your wallpaper in typical iOS 7 blurred effect fashion.
Both applications are available in the iTunes App Store for free.
If you like in-depth product reviews, and you just happen to be a Mac user, you’ll want to read John’s OS X 10.9 Mavericks review.
John is well respected in Apple circles and his latest OS X review is smart, accurate and a great read.
You can read it on the Ars Technica website, but I chose to purchase the iBooks version so I can not only get the iBooks features while reading the review, but to also throw some cash his way.
If you haven’t read his review already, you should check it out.