Microsoft releases Windows 8 previewFacebook adds Timeline to brand and product pages, iPad 3 secrets are reveled next week, and Microsoft takes a leap with Windows 8.
It's Wednesday, February 29, 2012. I'm Bridget Carey on cnet.com and it's time to get loaded. Windows has unveiled its newest operating system, Windows 8. It's a complete overhaul from the previous look of Windows as it uses measure tiles similar to the interface on Windows Phone or Xbox 360. It's the first operating system that works the same on both the tablet and the PC. The experience is very out driven as users swipe between tiles and programs, users can save their data and settings through the cloud and jump between computers. It's also very social with tools for sharing and filing updates from friends and if you want, there's also the option to go back to a traditional desktop look. A consumer preview at Windows 8 is free to download in all apps in the Windows store or also free during this period and you can watch our in depth video walk through of the new features on cnet.com. Next week, we'll finally know the details on the iPad 3. Apple is holding an event on March 7th to reveal the newest iPad and it could go on sale about a week or so after the announcement and always expect the new iPad to have a higher quality screen display, faster processor and better camera. Apple has still more than 55 million iPads since the introduction of the tablet in 2010. But if Android is more your style, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 goes on a sale this week. The latest tablet from Samsung will be sold on March 1st through Verizon for $500 for the 2 year data contract. They could tap it through Verizon's 4G network speed, had a 1.4 Gigahertz dual core processor, 3.2 Megapixel camera on the back and a 2 Megapixel front camera for video chatting. Facebook has launched its new time line layout for brand and product pages. Facebook is getting page owners a few weeks to previewing, cleaning up their pages to prepare for the new look. On March 30th, all pages will be forced into the new time line design. The subscription Music Service MOG isn't playing up heavy tune these days. CNET has learned that MOG is up for sale. MOG competes against (spodefying?) rhapsody and it's one of the smaller players in the additional music sector. Some iPhone apps could have access to your private photos. While testing an unpublished IOS app, one developer found they could access the user's entire photo library just by asking for permission to access their location. Then Europe Times reported the security loophole but notes that it's unclear that this prompt exists in any live apps currently in the app store. Apple did not respond to request for comments. Sony's new 10 (time?) gaming system, this PlayStation Vita has so more than 1 million units worldwide since it hit the stores 2 months ago. More than 2 million games and programs have been sold for the Vita in stores and through the online PlayStation network. The Vita starts at $250 for the WiFi only version and $300 for the 3G connection. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for cnet.com and you've just been loaded