It's an eerie view, Windows 8 Beta/Consumer Preview, (opens in new tab) running on an iPad but that has been made possible thanks to a company called Splashtop which launched an app called Win8 Metro Testbed. Strictly speaking though, the OS doesn't run on the iPad. Instead, users can remotely control the OS from a slave machine using swipes, gestures and classic keyboard entries.
It seems fitting that the first batch of Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab) computers landed in the UK in the hands of school children based in Leeds as what many consider as another wave of grassroot computing revolution, another BBC Micro 2.0, begins. The Raspberry Pi has been designed from scratch to get anyone interested in computer programming to do so without forking out much; the base unit can connect to a television like the Commodore C64 or the Sinclair ZX81.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone on Vodafone (opens in new tab) can rejoice as the mobile phone operator is rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the popular handset. The update comes with Samsung's own TouchWiz UI v4.0 user interface and takes only a few minutes to be implemented. Just go to "settings" and "software update" to kickstart the process which promises to be fairly painless.
Barclays has unveiled the country's first person to person service (opens in new tab)for sending and receiving money using only mobile phones. The service, which is available to customers of all major financial institutions in the UK (banks and building societies) is free to use and doesn't require bank details to be exchanged.
Last August, Google made the largest acquisition in its 14-year history (opens in new tab): it bought Motorola for $12.5 billion. At the time, analysts believed that Motorola's set of 17,000 patents was the main reason for the purchase. Aside from the patent wealth though, Motorola also has over 20,000 employees in its 92 major factories spread across 97 countries. Moreover, Motorola's cumulative losses in the past few years have been around $5.3 billion.