As the Apple versus Google rivalry ramps up on a handful of fronts, the latest iOS6 beta has revealed that Apple’s next generation mobile operating system will drop its built-in YouTube app. Add that to the news from earlier this summer that the tech giant is dumping Google Maps as its native navigation app, and it looks like a full-on war between the two companies might be underway
Owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note could be due for a pleasant surprise. If the folks at Sam Mobile are to be believed, the South Korean company has successfully tested Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3. Pending some final tweaks by the company’s engineers, an update to the latest version of Android could begin rolling out to those devices as early as this autumn.
Officials in the Ukraine have shut down BitTorrent tracker site Demonoid.com, following last week's DDoS attack that left the site temporarily shuttered. All information from Demonoid's servers has been copied and sealed by investigators, and some equipment was seized. Demonoid's takedown is the biggest BitTorrent-related raid in recent memory, and has knocked out one of the world's largest torrent tracker sites.
Microsoft may be pleased with itself ahead of the launch of its line of Surface tablet PCs, but not everyone is impressed. Acer boss JT Wang has argued that Microsoft’s move into the hardware realm is ill-advised. "We have said think it over. Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction," he said, speaking to the Financial Times. "It is not something you are good at, so please think twice,” he added.
In Olympics news, a Twitter account posting alerts when Olympic tickets become available has been reinstated after a ban on the feed was overturned. The feed, which uses an automated system to detect which tickets are available and publishes a running list to its Twitter account, was banned by LOCOG over the weekend in a bid to stamp out illegitimate sites. Ticketmaster, which co-enforced the ban with the Games’ organisers, has since rescinded its original claim, admitting that the feed would help get more fans to Olympic events.