Good news for iTunes users, Facebook announced that facebook users can easily purchase iTunes Store Digital gift cards using Facebook Gift Platform. it’s easier way to to share itunes credit with facebook friends & family. Obviously apple may also feel closer relationship with facebook than it did with Google.
“Starting today with Facebook Gifts, you can instantly gift your friends iTunes digital gifts and recommend albums, movies, games, apps, and more available on the iTunes Store.
Search for a specific song or album to recommend, or let your friend decide. iTunes digital gifts are available for $10, $15, $25, or $50”
According to AllThingsD notes Blog Apple and Facebook partnership increase visibility for iTunes and gives facebook a part of what is currently estimated to by $260 million business in iTunes Store gift cards for third-party retailer’s.
Per Apple’s last 10-K, the company generated $7.5 billion from the iTunes Store during fiscal year 2012. Industry sources say that more than $2 billion of that revenue comes directly from iTunes gift cards. Sources also tell us that existing retailers who sell iTunes gift cards (like Best Buy, Target and the like) usually keep around 13 percent of each gift-card dollar sold.
So that adds up to around, say, a $260 million-dollar market size for physical iTunes cards split among participating retailers, of which Facebook will now be an active participant. That pie is small compared to Facebook’s overall revenue ($3.71 billion in 2011), but another digital product with less overhead and high demand is definitely a win for Facebook’s Gifts department.
Maybe there are obvious reasons that Facebook and Apple don’t hate each other. However facebook does not make computers and operating system, tablet, ipad as well as iphones and apple does not have a social networking website like facebook. But we’ve noticed apple and facebook working more closely together recently, system wide facebook integration now packed up with iOS6 and OS X Mountain Lion.
Korean Manufacturer Samsung has announced that, it has sold around 5 million units of Galaxy Notes II. We already knew that, few days ago, Samsung released statement it has sold 3 million Galaxy Note 2 devices. Galaxy Note II played very successful role in hybird devices. Currently, Galaxy Note 2 available in more than 120 countries including United States of America.
Nicolas Gaudois, an analyst at UBS, said in the report:
“The Galaxy Note II has shipped 3 million units in its first five weeks of sales, with sell-through strong in Asia and Europe, and the U.S. gathering pace post-launch. We hence forecast 7 million Galaxy Note 2, compared to our initial expectation of 5 million for the fourth quarter.”
In Fact, Samsung has proved wrong those peoples, who criticized Samsgung Galaxy Note 2 for big size and niche device. if you’re not know about specification, Galaxy Note 2 is packed up with 1.6 quad-core processor, 2GB Ram, 5.5 inch HD super Amoled display, 8MP camera and much more.
Few days ago, Microsoft launched Windows 8 OS as well as Surface tablet. but Microsoft experts are seriously busy to planning for the future support. Recently Microsoft unveiled Windows RT and Surface support will continue at least April, 2017. In on other post extend support for Windows 8 will end January 2013.
Here is list of Microsoft OS and their mainstream and extended support with dates.
- Windows XP: Mainstream support ended, Extended support end date: 8.4.2014.
- Windows Vista: Mainstream support ended, Extended support end date: 11.4.2017.
- Windows 7: Mainstream support end date 13.1.2015, Extended support end date: 14.1.2020.
- Windows 8: Mainstream support end date 9.1.2018, Extended support end date 10.1.2023.
- Windows RT: Not yet communicated.
- Surface with Windows RT: Mainstream support end date 11.4.2017, Extended support end date: not applicable as it is a consumer device.
However, Microsoft current polices offer their users “a minimum of four years Mainstream support for consumer hardware products”
it’means peoples who already bought surface with Windows RT can expect update until 2017. Microsoft Windows RT used in other and upcoming devices, Microsoft said that,
“Microsoft will make software updates, including security updates, available for Windows RT. Additional information regarding the Windows RT life cycle policy will be communicated as available.”
MS Surface is not only Windows RT user device, but expecting DELL, ACER and Samsung are currently using OR interested to adopt Windows RT.
Source: Microsoft support page
it’s really heart broken news for peoples who waiting for Firefox 64-bit versions. Mozilla Engineering Manger Benjamin Smedberg has decided to stop development of 64-bit windows version of Firefox. According to Bugzilla development page, Smedberg said that:
“Please stop building windows 64 builds and tests.”
Smedberg already explainined on Mozilla Google groups, they are facing some plugins issue,
“Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions.”
“The plugins that are available don’t work correctly in Firefox because we haven’t implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common.”
we are not sure Mozilla engineer’s will change decision or not, but windows users need to find out some alternative web browser like Opera, Internet Explorer, Chrome for 64-bit Windows.
Few day’s ago, we’ve posted about Galaxy S2 And Galaxy S3 firmware leaked update on Internet, but peoples are expecting Galaxy Note 2 update will rollout in December or January. But now pre-release version of firmware has been leaked. However, Galaxy Note 2 firmware not brings’ as much feature’s and option like Galaxy S2 and S3. it’s good thing, firmware update is quite stable. According to Sam Mobile the leaked Android 4.1.2 firmware N7100XXDLJ2 was developed by some forum members of vietnamese website.
Here are few notable features of N7100XXDLJ2 update, as mention by Sam Mobile Blog:
Android 4.1.2 – JZO54K
- New Additions in Notification Toggles
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
- Multi-View Can now be disabled
- Browser Is Smoother Then Before
- Status Bar has been changed from Grey to Black
- Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- New Ink Effect On Lock screen
- New Group Cast Application
Here are some more details:
- PDA: N710XXDLJ2
- Modem: N7100XXDLJ2
- CSC: N7100OXADLJ2
Head over to Blog of SamMobile for further details relvant with leaked ROM.
Mozilla announced to introduces support for million more android device out there. In past, Mozilla firefox was supported for Android devices running 2.2 or higher and using ARM v7 processors. But now Mozilla firefox will be supportable for all Android 2.2+ devices using ARM v6 processor.
According to official statements, 50 percent of all most 500 million devices out there running ARM v6 processor. Firefox for android also update with new features and improvements. Few new features TalkBack integration, is screen reader that speak to users & vibration feedback, explore by touch and gesture navigation.
Whats new in Android For Fixfox:
- Support for Android ARMv6 phones with at least an 800MHz processor and a minimum of 512MB of available RAM
- Android (ICS/Jellybean) support for hardware and software decoding of H.264/AAC/MP3 audio and video
- Jellybean support for Explore by Touch
- Android 4.2 instability
- Text deletion issues