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Jelly-Bean-011For developers who have been clamoring to get their hands on Google’s latest mobile OS, Jelly Bean 4.1, the day has come. Since announcing Jelly Bean’s existence at Google I/O, we’ve been waiting for this day.

Here’s the announcement post from Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead, Android Open Source Project:

  • We’re releasing Android 4.1 in AOSP today.
  • The name of the tagged release is android-4.1.1_r1.

Microsoft's next-generation operating system will be available in October as the software giant strives to stay relevant in a blossoming mobile era centered on tablets and smartphones.Windows 8 release date confirmed as 'late October'

"This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said at an annual gathering of gadget makers and other partners in the Canada city of Toronto.

Scientists at CERN have today announced that they’re 99.99% sure that they’ve found a new sub-atomic particle, and that it is likely to be the elusive Higgs boson – often referred to as the “God Particle”. That’s all well and good, but what does it all mean? Let’s break it down…

What is the Higgs boson?

The Higgs boson is a type of particle which is a part of what’s called The Standard Model of particle physics. This is a set of rules that lays out our understanding of the fundamental building blocks of the universe.

Dr. Andreas Krassnigg, a physicist with the University of Graz in Austria, explains: ”This Standard Model describes a set of particles from which we can

VR_girlIn a slightly creepy but undoubtedly impressive feat of DIY electronics, an evidently lonely Japanese hacker has put together a virtual girlfriend through a combination of motion-tracking hardware, video goggles, and some scavenged 3-D game assets.

A video on YouTube, originally posted at Hack a Day, shows the view through a pair of video goggles that have been augmented with an Asus Xtion motion-tracking tool, essentially an off-brand Microsoft Kinect. This helps track his motion and the environment, and is assisted by some augmented-reality software that places virtual items on the image.

Alai_Kenya_policeThe official Twitter account of Kenya Police (@KenyaPolice) last week stunned followers when it tweeted a commercial with contact details of Robert Alai, a popular Tech blogger in the country. 

"HTC One X 16GB at Ksh 57,000 and 32GB at Ksh 60,000. Email alai@techmtaa.com," read the tweet from @KenyaPolice.

virus-520x245A new mobile virus capable of racking up large bills on Android-based phones has reared its ugly head in China, where it has already affected more 100,000 devices and nine app stores in the country.

Identified by mobile security company TrustGo — which named it ‘MMarketPay.A’ — the malware can order content from China Mobile’s app store, and TrustGo found evidence that it has already infected content in the following third party app stores: nDuoaGFanAppChinaLIQUANFONESoft.3g.cnTalkPhone159.com and AZ4SD.

There seems to be significantly less hype among users about Windows 8 than there was three years ago about the then-unfinished Windows 7. The new numbers from California-based Net Applications indicate a lukewarm reception for Windows 8.

yahooYahoo had sued the social network in March claiming 10 of its intellectual properties had been infringed.

Facebook subsequently bought 750 patents from IBM and counter-sued. It later bought hundreds more patents from Microsoft to strengthen its defence.

The firms said they would now cross-license innovations from each other and collaborate on future projects.

Social media statistics company known as Socialbakers have recently released a report on the most Socially Devoted countries on Facebook, the report places Kenya at number two on the countries with socially devoted brands on Facebook with 83% response rate while South Africa comes in at a global position of sixth. Kenya and South Africa are the only African countries represented on the top 10 countries. According to Socialbakers, the data was taken from brand Facebook pages in these countries from 30th of March 2012

Amazon, the maker of the Kindle Fire tablet, is reportedly preparing its own smartphone to rival Apple’s iPhone.

Amazon is working with manufacturer Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that also manufactures the iPhone, to create the smartphone.