WLM to take early retirement

Microsoft has announced its intention to “retire” Windows Live Messenger and replace it with Skype’s messaging tool. Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype, the communications software developer, just 18 months ago.

Nexus news

Google has announced a new range of Nexus hardware, with new models of the Nexus 7 tablet including a 3g option, a Nexus 4 phone and a 10″ tablet. Plenty of choice for Christmas! Nexus

Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has formally launched the Windows Phone 8 operating system and boasts that the system’s internet Internet Explorer 10 browser is the fastest on any mobile and that it offers the closest integration with video chat app Skype.

Management shake-up at Apple

Apple has announced a major shake-up of its management, with two senior executives to leave the company, and follows embarrassing problems with its new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.

iPad Mini is here

Apple has finally unveiled its latest offering, a 7.9in tablet, the iPad Mini. The device is 7.2mm thick and weighs 300 grams. The entry wifi-only model, with 16GB storage, will cost £269 in the UK and will be available on 2 November. The iPad Mini is expected to compete directly with cheaper similar-sized tablets recently launched by Google, Amazon, Samsung …

More rumours about the iPad mini

If rumours are to be believed, and there have been plenty circulating recently, the Apple iPad Mini will start at €249 (£201) for an 8GB version and go up to around €649 (£520) for a 64GB version with WiFi and mobile connectivity. That’s quite a price tag for a 7″ tablet. There has been no news from Apple themselves, all …

Firefox bug

Mozilla has taken the latest version of its Firefox browser offline after a security vulnerability was discovered. Users who had upgraded to version 16 were advised to downgrade to the previous safe release until Firefox developers released a fix.

iPhone 5 released

Apple has introduced the iPhone 5, the latest version of its best-selling smartphone. It is taller, thinner, lighter and has faster mobile broadband (4G) access and an upgraded camera.

Hootsuite acquires Seesmic

Hootsuite, the social media application, has just acquired fellow application Seesmic and users will need to migrate. Seesmic became a ‘freemium’ application not that long ago – free for limited use, pay if you want full use/tools etc – just as Hootsuite did a long time ago. What I found most interesting was the following text:

Nexus 7 with 3G rumoured to be imminent

It is widely expected that a 3G version of the Google Nexus 7 will be released within the next six weeks with the manufacturer, Asus, already working on the tablet.