Topping tech headlines on Wednesday, Microsoft lifted the curtain on Windows Phone 8, a next-generation handset operating system that for the first time will share the kernel that’s underneath the company’s next flagship OS for PCs and tablets, Windows 8.
The new Windows Phone 8 will look and act a lot like Windows Phone 7.5. You’ll still have the live tiles and the same 100,000 apps. The home screen will be enhanced: you’ll now be able to fill the screen with tiles if you like.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all confirmed that they will carry Windows Phone 8 devices. Cricket, MetroPCS and Sprint have stayed coy, and we haven’t heard back from U.S. Cellular yet. For more, see Eyes On With Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.
In other news, Yahoo and Facebook are trying to resolve their differences regarding their patent dispute, according to recent court filings. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” lawyers for Yahoo said in a Tuesday filing. Also on the patent front, a Dutch court yesterday found Apple liable for infringing on one of four Samsung patents.
Meanwhile, in security news, besides allegedly crafting the Stuxnet worm, U.S. and Israeli officials are also reportedly behind the Flame virus that recently hit machines across the Middle East, according to a new report.
Also making headlines on Wednesday:
- When Did Microsoft’s Partners Know About Surface Tablet?: According to a report from Reuters, Redmond only gave companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, and others a three-day heads up before taking the wraps off its Surface tablet.
- RIM Cuts Jobs in Bid to Save $1 Billion: The troubled BlackBerry maker confirmed that it has started laying off employees as part of a company restructuring initiative.
- Waze Traffic App Adds Real-Time Gas Prices: Searching for the cheapest gasoline along your summer road trip route? Look no further.
- Former Googlers Unveil MightyText, iMessage for Android: A pair of former Google workers have launched a new Android app called MightyText, which synchs your phone’s texts and calls to your computer in real-time.
- LinkedIn Sued Over Password Breach: The recent LinkedIn password breach has resulted in a lawsuit that accuses the enterprise social network of failing to properly secure its users’ data.
- Reading Rainbow Returns With iPad App: Take a look, it’s in a book (or on an iPad) — a reading rainbow.
- Global LCD TV Shipments Fall for First Time Ever: In the steepest rate of decline since 2009, worldwide TV shipments totaled 51 million units in the first quarter of 2012, an almost 8 percent drop, according to DisplaySearch.
- Adobe Probes Flash Player Firefox Problems: Earlier this month, Adobe updated its Flash Player to version 11.3, but the upgrade has been a bit of a problem for Firefox users.