Apple Rolls Out Mac OS X 10.6.8 Developer Build

Apple has just rolled out the new developer build of its Snow Leopard operating system in released version Mac OS X 10.6.8. The new beta is has been released by Apple who say there are no known issues with the software.

According to reports from developers the new release Mac OS X 10.6.8 has focused on Airport, Graphics Drivers, Mac App Store, Networking, QuickTime and VPN.

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Google Acquires Modu Patent Portfolio For $4.9 Million

Bidding has ended for the bancrupt micro-cell phone company Modu and Google has successfully acquired the Modu patent portfolio for $4.9 million.

Back in 2008 Modu developed a small phone module that could be plugged into different functionality jackets, giving you the ability to keep the core phone technology but upgrade the outer shell of the phone to latest and greatest, without wasting the phone mechanics.

Modu unfortunately had to close its doors in January after running out of money, and before realising its dream. However the idea may still live on, now that Google has acquired the few dozen patents that were held by Modu. Watch a quick view after the jump to see Modu’s initial concept.

 

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HTC Flyer Hits Best Buy 22nd May

The HTC Flyer recently went on sale in the UK and Europe  with retailers Best Buy and the Carphone Warehouse, and it looks like it will be available in the US from Sunday the 22nd of May, from Best Buy, and this new HTC Android tablet will retail for $499.

The HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, it also comes with an optional stylus, and features Android Gingerbread.

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Apple Signs iTunes Cloud Deal With Sony Music And Warner Music

Yesterday we heard that Apple had signed a deal with EMI for it’s new iTunes Cloud music streaming service, we also heard that Apple was in talks with other labels, and according to a recent report Apple has now signed deals with Sony Music and Warner Music.

This now gives Apple three labels which it is reported to have signed a deal with, and it looks like Apple are also close to signing a deal with the Universal Music Group.

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Apple’s Responds To Amazon’s Android App Store

We heard a while back that Apple was suing Amazon for using the term ‘App Store’, for which it holds a trademark, and we also heard that a number of companies, including Microsoft had challenged Apple’s ‘App Store’ trademark in the EU.

Now Apple has denied that their term ‘App Store’ is a generic term and has filed more details in a court in California in their lawsuit against Amazon.

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Microsoft Offering Students Free Xbox 360 With New PC

Microsoft is obviously hoping that its latest offering will encourage people to buy more PCs, as they are offering a free Xbox 360 console to any student who buys a new Windows 7 PC which costs $699 or more.

From the 22nd of May, any student who purchases a new Windows 7 PC which costs $699 or more will receive a free Xbox 360 4GB console, and the offer is available to student who buy a new PC from Microsoft’s online store, Dell and HP.

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HP Pre 3 Coming In June, European Pre-Ordering Open

And people feel bad for Microsoft and Nokia. Hell, their mobile divisions are actually selling some units and they’re even in the press. Even if it’s more because of rumored acquisitions than the outstanding quality of their OS or hardware. Which isn’t to say it’s not, but then again, so was that of the Pre and look where that got Palm. Bought out by HP for $1.2 billion, Hey, that’s not bad, actually.

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AT&T 4G LTE Demo Shows 28.8 Mbps Real World Speed

This sounds like one of those “believe it when we see it” type deals, but AT&T has apparently demoed its LTE connection for several journalists with results impressive enough to write about. How do 28.87Mbps download and 10.4Mbps upload speeds grab you? Well, they do seem rather unimpressive when compared to what LTE can really do when it’s pushed. Only AT&T wasn’t trying to push.

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Google Music Beta Invites Start Going Out

This is kind of a big deal, we suppose, or at least everyone seems excited enough about it so even though as Europeans we probably won’t be able to get anywhere near this in years if Hulu, Pandora and Netflix are any example, we can at least let you lucky US IP holders know about it.

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PlayStation Store Back Up On May 24?

We know you’re anxiously awaiting the return of the errant PlayStation Store, so are we. Not that it has anything to do with the free games we’ve got coming to us. We um just had a hankering for DLC? Okay, yes, it’s totally the game thing and it seems like we can all indulge in some sweet apologetic Sony generosity come May 24th.

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