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Apple has released the OSX Mavericks update for its Mac line of computers. This update is available for download free of cost starting today. Want to know what’s new in Apple’s latest operating system? Here are eight features that OSX Mavericks will brings your Mac…

iBooks, Maps integration
Apple has integrated its iBooks and Maps app in Mavericks operating system. You can zoom into locations, check out Flyover view and get real-time traffic conditions. Addresses given in emails, calendars and contacts can be opened directly in Maps app on the desktop.

With the addition of iBooks library in OSX, you will be able to access booksiPads and iPhones right on the desktop. You can open multiple books in the app simultaneously.

Finder
The Finder will be available in full-screen mode, showingFinder tabs in a single window. The layout will be customizable and files can be moved between tabs with a simple drag-and-drop move.

Notifications
The Notification menu in OSX Mavericks will allow you to perform tasks without opening the specific application. You can reply as well as to messages and emails, attend FaceTime callsthe Notification Centre. You can also sign up for web updatesauction alerts, news, sports scores etc rightthe Notification Centre, without opening the browser.

Multiple displays
While multiple displays had been supported in previous versions of OSX, the Mavericks update brings more functionality to them. Instead of one display acting as primary and the other as secondary, Mavericks OS brings the menu bar to both of them.

You can also run multiple apps in both displays or use a single app in full-screen mode and use several apps in the other one. Apps can also be moved between the two displays via AirPlay in the new operating system.

iCloud Keychain
iCloud Keychain will rememberyour passwords, credit card numbers, contact information etc acrossApple devices running on iOS 7 and Mavericks operating system. It will fill forms automatically and suggest hard-to-crack passwords as well.the passwords are encrypted by 256-bit AES encryption for data security.

Safari
Safari browser is faster in Mavericks, while consuming lesser power and RAM than previous versions. The browser also gets a redesigned Sidebar, which has three tabs – Bookmarks, Reading List and Shared Links.

While the first two are similar to the versions seen in OSX Mountain Lion, the third feature is new. Justin iOS 7, Safari in Mavericks aggregatesthe links shared by people and pages you follow on Twitter in one pane. It integrates the links shared by LinkedIn contacts too.

Tags
You can tag files in applications as well as iCloud with OSX Mavericks. If you are working on a project, you can markthe documents, videos, photos etc with the same keyword to easily locate them via Finder.

Lower energy consumption
Apple says that Mavericks operating system is more power efficient than predecessors despite being faster than them. It compresses memory for faster response time, slows down processing of apps that you are not currently using and groups low-level operations so that the CPU enters low-power mode more frequently to conserve battery life.

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The Ubuntu community is developing a Facebook application for Ubuntu smartphones ready for launch later this year. It will be an Ubuntu Web App, which takes web based applications, such as Facebook, and enables them to act just like native applications. Web apps integrate with the Ubuntu phone’s interface for functions such as launch, notifications and controls. This means that you can launch Facebook directly from the homescreen and see new messages and notifications in the “messages” bar on the screen without ever having to launch the application.The Facebook web app will also integrate with Ubuntu online accounts, which lets users register their Facebook details so that Ubuntu can automatically authenticate the app while using Ubuntu. This gives a hassle-free way to manage applications, so you don’t have to enter details each time you log in and it keeps you in control.

The judging is finished and the scores are in, we now have the winners of this year’s Ubuntu App Showdown! Over the course of six weeks, and using a beta release of the new Ubuntu SDK, our community of app developers were able to put together a number of stunningly beautiful, useful, and often highly entertaining apps.

We had everything from games to productivity tools submitted to the competition, written in QML, C++ and HTML5. Some were ports of apps that already existed on other platforms, but the vast majority were original apps created specifically for the Ubuntu platform. Best of all, these apps are all available to download and install from the new Click store on Ubuntu phones and tablets, so if you have a Nexus device or one with a community image of Ubuntu, you can try these and many more for yourself. Now, on to the winners!

Karma Machine (Original Apps)

Machine is wonderful app for browsing Reddit, and what geek wouldn’t want a good Reddit app? Developed by Brian Robles, Karma Machine has nearly everything you could want in a Reddit app, and takes advantage of touch gestures to make it easy to upvote and downvote both articles and comments. It even supports user accounts so you can see your favorite subreddits easily. On top of it’s functionality, Karma Machine is also visually appealing, with a good mix of animations, overlays and overall use of colors and layouts. It is simply one of the best Reddit clients on any platform (having written my own Reddit client, that’s saying something!), and having it as an original Ubuntu app makes it a valuable addition to our ecosystem. With all that, it’s little wonder that Karma Machine was tied for the top spot on the judges list!

Saucy Bacon (Original Apps)

Something for the foodies among us, Saucy Bacon is a great way to find and manage recipes for your favorite dish. Backed by food2fork.com, this app lets you search for recipes from all over the web. You can save them for future reference, and mark your favorites for easy access over and over again. And since any serious cook is going to modify a recipe to their own tastes, Saucy Bacon even lets you edit recipes downloaded from somewhere else. You can of course add your own unique recipe to the database as well. It even lets you add photos to the recipe card directly from the camera, showing off some nice integration with the Ubuntu SDK’s sensor APIs and hardware capabilities. All of this mouth-watering goodness secured developer Giulio Collura’s Saucy Bacon app a tie for the #1 stop for original Ubuntu apps in our contest.

Snake (Ported Apps)

The game Snake has taken many forms on many platforms throughout the years. It’s combination of simple rules and every-increasing difficulty has made it a popular way to kill time for decades. Developer Brad Wells has taken this classic game from Nokia’s discontinued Meego/Harmattan mobile OS, which used a slightly older version of Qt for app development, and updated it to work on Ubuntu using the Ubuntu SDK components. Meego had a large number of high quality apps written for it back in it’s day, and this game proves that Ubuntu for phones and tablets can give those apps a new lease on life.

Go and get them all!

The 2013 Ubuntu App Showdown was an opportunity for us to put the new Ubuntu SDK beta through some real-world testing, and kick off a new app ecosystem for Ubuntu. During the course of these six weeks we’ve received great feedback from our developer community, worked out a large number of bugs in the SDK, and added or plan to add many new features to our platform.

In addition to being some of the first users of the Ubuntu SDK, the app developers were also among the first to use the new Click packaging format and tools as well as the new app upload process that we’ve been working on to reduce review times and ease the process of publishing apps. The fact that all of the submitted apps have already been published in the new app store is a huge testament to the success of that work, and to the engineers involved in designing and delivering it.Once again congratulations to Brian Robles, Giulio Collura and Brad Wells, and a big thank you to everybody who participated or helped those who participated, and all of the engineers who have worked on building the Ubuntu SDK, Click tools and app store. And if you have a supported device, you should try out the latest Ubuntu images, and try these and the many other apps already available for it. And if you’re an app developer, or want to become an app developer, now is your time to get started with the Ubuntu SDK!

 

Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this. But the sweeping reorganization announced Wednesday made it clear that Microsoft is now his company.

But in the various memos and news releases, the company emphasized that while Windows remains crucial to its future, it’s no longer the way Microsoft wants to define itself. The company is now about “devices and services,” Ballmer said in a memo.

“Ballmer has definitely placed his stamp on Microsoft, meaning the ‘Gates era’ has come to an end,” said Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy. “He is fundamentally shifting the company from an operating system company to services and devices company. In a world where operating systems are free, as in the case of Android, iOS and Linux, Windows is a lot less important.”

To accelerate that shift, Microsoft is collapsing the number of divisions from eight to four. Ballmer wants to promote more collaboration at a company often seen as internally fractious.

It’s a radical push to remake the company. But there’s no arguing that the reorganization is the capstone to one of the most remarkable years of transformation we’ve seen at a technology giant.

Under Ballmer, Microsoft has engaged in a historic upheaval of nearly every part of its massive product line.

Much of that has been documented in bits and pieces. The biggest news was the redesign that came with Windows 8. But there’s also the launch of Outlook.com, the new Windows Phones, the new Xbox One coming later this year, a new cloud-based version of Office.com. And the list goes on.

And, of course, there’s been the push to build its own tablet, the Surface. In the announcement, Ballmer promised to continue working with third parties as it has traditionally done, but also to keep looking for ways to build more of its own devices.

Many of these moves have come in for heavy criticism. Sales of the Surface have not been stellar. Windows 8 has failed to stem a steep decline in PC sales.

But from the point of view of the new Microsoft, all this matters less than you think. With the new guiding philosophy, Windows is not the sole benchmark by which to measure its success or failures. Rather, the company wants to be given credit for the enormous breadth of things it does for both consumers and enterprise, and how well all of those things work together.

Indeed, while some of the consumer offerings have failed to catch fire so far, the enterprise side of Microsoft has been growing quite nicely in recent months.

So much so, that investors seem, at least for the moment, to be optimistic that this new, post-Windows Microsoft, has a fighting chance. The stock in mid-day trading Wednesday was up $0.67 or 1.93% to $35.37. The stock has been on a decent run this year, up more than 24% and coming close to the $36 per share mark it last reached in 2007.

Of course, for all the major surgery at Microsoft, it remains to be seen whether this will translate into a company that can grow at the pace investors want over the long term. Or whether it can regain any sense of leadership in the fast-moving worlds of mobile and cloud technologies, where so far the company has been outflanked by rivals such as Apple and Google.

Ballmer’s legacy is now firmly tied to these remarkable changes. Whether he’s remembered as a transformative corporate visionary or a bumbling, misguided chief executive will depend more on what happens in his second decade running the company than his first.