Although Microsoft hasn’t even launched Windows 8 yet (that’s due to happen Oct. 26), it’s already begun planning the next version of Windows, which it has codenamed “Blue,” ZDNet reports. While some are referring to the next Windows OS as “Windows 9,” it’s likely going to be a relatively minor upgrade — more like a service pack update on steroids — and wouldn’t be called that.
Samsung Selling Tons of Phones
New data from Gartner says mobile consumers are gobbling up Samsung phones, and the company widened its worldwide market share over Nokia and Apple. Samsung now commands 21.6% of the global smartphone market compared with Nokia’s 19.9% and Apple’s 6.9%. For the same period as year Samsung had just 16.3%.
The data includes all kinds of phones, not just smartphones, but Gartner attributes Samsung’s rapid rise to “high-profile smartphone launches,” such as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III. Demand for the latter was “particularly strong,” Gartner says. Samsung is expected to unveil a new smartphone — perhaps an upgraded Galaxy Note — at the end of August.
Air Force Test Craft to Reach Mach 6
The U.S. Air Force is testing a new kind of plane that can reach “hypersonic” speeds within the atmosphere — defined as anything above Mach 5 — CNN reports. The X-51A Waverider will hit Mach 6 for about 300 seconds later today, then crash-land into the Pacific Ocean, transmitting its data back to the testers.
The Waverider propels itself with a combination of scramjet technology, which uses oxygen from the atmosphere as fuel, and its ability to ride the shockwave it generates from breaking the sound barrier. The Air Force hopes future weapons may be able to use the tech to evade anti-missile systems, since no missile can travel as fast.