Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Apple has released a new update for iOS that prevents the jailbreak evasi0n released last month. But that hacking tool has already become the most popular jailbreak ever: It's been used to remove the software restrictions on 18.2 million devices in the 43 days between its release and the patch, according to data from Cydia, the app store for jailbroken devices. In its announcement of the update, Apple says it has fixed six bugs and was polite enough to credit the hackers behind evasi0n with finding four of them. At least one of the bugs used by evasi0n remains unpatched, according to David Wang, one of evasi0n's creators. And Wang says that he and his fellow hackers still have bugs in reserve for a new jailbreak, although they plan to keep them secret until the next major release.
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An anonymous reader writes: Miguel de Icaza is at it again. The open source guru who led the Gnome and Mono projects is now talking about the mobile platform wars. De Icaza, who has a history of being anti-Apple, says he originally “dismissed” the iPhone as marketing fluff, but has come around to its charms. And he sees Microsoft remaining a distant third in what he calls the “two-horse race” in mobile between Apple and Google. His latest startup, Xamarin, helps Windows developers write iOS and Android apps in C#, which de Icaza argues makes for more creative and less buggy software. (Xamarin’s most recent release lets developers do this all in Visual Studio.) Is this the death knell for Windows Phone?
redkemper writes: Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 might not offer much in the way of an exciting new exterior design, but inside, it’s a completely different story. The retooled internals on the U.S. version of the Galaxy S 4 were put to the test by benchmark specialists Primate Labs and the results are impressive, to say the least. The Galaxy S 4 scored a 3,163 on the standard Geekbench 2 speed test, just shy of twice the iPhone 5s score of 1,596. That score was also good enough to top the upcoming HTC One, the Nexus 4 and the previous-generation Galaxy S III. The chart below shows the Galaxy S 4s results compared to other leading smartphones tested by Primate Labs...