Verge Open Thread: August 2nd, 2012
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The final Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code will now be delivered to the company's hardware partners within the next few days to ready PCs and tablets with the new operating system in time for general availability on October 26th.
In the final version shipping to PC makers, Microsoft has added a guide during the setup process of Windows 8 which is designed to highlight a "new way to use Windows."
Though it's worth noting that Gingerbread still accounts for the lion's share of active devices, comprising more than 60 percent of the Android market, with Froyo a close third, at 15.5 percent.
Hampus Jakobsson, who founded currently RIM-owned UI developer group The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), just announced that he has left RIM to pursue other projects.
A new Google Wallet app is available now that supports all MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit and debit cards.
Jim Keller designed chips for AMD over a decade ago, but he's spent the last several years working as chief architect at Broadcom and — most recently — director of platform architecture at Apple, where he helped lead development of the A4 and A5 system-on-chip used in iOS devices and the Apple TV.
It appears as though you won't be able to discover a great deal of content from within the app — Amazon says only a 'selection of top Prime Instant Video titles' is included. Instead, users will need to visit the Amazon website to add items to their Watchlist.
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