Yahoo introduced a new open location-based services (LBS) platform
called Fire Eagle that helps users publish their current location to
the Web, while giving them the ability to control how and where their
location data is shared. Geodata are shared with authorized
applications on the Internet, mobile and desktop applications. It is
easily the best LBS approach we have seen so, and easily the front door
to a privacy nightmare scenario for people who do not fully understand
the concept of online privacy and its implications.
Google's online translation service is one of the most valuable free
translation tools available today. However, it did not work very well
on mobile platforms until recently, forcing travelers to bring their
pocket translators along. That scenario, however, could change with a
Google Translate version that is optimized for the iPhone.
This one does not come unexpected. An application that poked fun at the
fact how much money people are shelling out for their iPhone and the
wealth that the AppStore has created for some developers was yanked by
Apple early Thursday: The $1000 “I am Rich” application that got
famous through thousands of media articles published around the web is
no longer available.
Considering the big news coming out of Intel this week (Larrabee) and
the expected big News from Nvidia within the next two weeks (x86 CUDA),
AMD is under pressure to match its rivals: AMD is making substantial
changes to its GPGPU software strategy and announced at its GPG CTO
Technology Day that it will ditch its Close-To-Metal platform and switch
IBM prepares a big rollout of its Lotus Symphony office suite and what
better marketing to support the launch than an anti-Microsoft pitch?
IBM said it has “joined forces” with big Linux distribution providers,
such as Canonical and Novell, to deliver “Microsoft-free personal
computing choices“ by 2009. There are always reasons why you should
love to hate Microsoft, apparently.
Apple has begun to more aggressively update its Mac OS X operating
system and is now patching the operating system with regular minor
security updates and incremental updates pretty much one a month. The
fifth update for Leopard was handed to developers last week and will be
making its way as Mac OS X 10.5.5 to end-users soon.
Adobe has updated its free online image editing and sharing service
Photoshop Express (PE) with new features such as drag-and-drop image
uploading, tagging, one-click resizing presets, improved printing
options, music tracks, refreshed web galleries and an integration with
an online photo printing service.
Sun Microsystems released today a preview version of JavaFX, a set of
tools to create Java-based Internet applications. The first full
version of JavaFX for Desktop is set for delivery this fall. JavaFX for
Mobile is expected to debut next spring.
Adobe today announced Lightroom 2.0, Adobe’s first native 64-bit
application using OS X Cocoa APIs. The new version of the workflow and
photo management software, is first out of the gate in this discipline,
ahead of Aperture, Apple's own photography post-production application
that remains at 32-bit for now.
The Microsoft CEO has Apple, Yahoo and Google in his sights and will
deliver a $300 million ad campaign to address any lingering doubts
about Vista. He will try to copy-cat Apple's vertically integrated
approach; turn Microsoft into the leading enterprise software company
in the world, and squash Linux. He will push into subscription software
services and will make sure that the cloud remains an extension of
desktop applications, not a replacement. He stressed that Microsoft is
still after search, against Google, with or without Yahoo. To show that
he means business, he let one of his key generals leave, split his
division into two and reshuffled executives. This is the summary of
Steve Ballmer's leaked memo aimed at boosting his troops' morale. It
also offers unique insight into Steve Ballmer's new head. Still as
shiny as the old one, but perhaps a little wiser, and maybe more
determined. Or, have we heard it all before?
Gears is one of the lesser known technologies from Google but people who live in the cloud have found it invaluable to bridge the divide between offline and online applications. The technology enables offline functionality in Gears-enabled web applications, meaning you can continue to use both web application and your online content while you are not connected to the Internet. The search giant currently offers offline functionality in Reader and Google Docs but Gmail and Google Calendar are next.
Microsoft painted a rosy picture of increasing Windows Vista demand
during its most recent quarter conference call, but the reality may
look different, if the results of a survey of systems management
appliance is somewhat correct: Apparently, six out of ten IT Managers
have no plans to replace an older Windows operating system with Vista
and almost all say that the recently released Service Pack 1 did not
change their opinion and almost half of respondents said that they may
be considering other operating systems as alternatives to Windows
Vista. Is Microsoft gambling the huge enterprise client market away?
Last week, Apple offered customers that were hit with performance
issues of the fancy new service one month of free service. This week,
the company follows up and offers another free month to those affected
by outrageous preauthorization charges for free trial accounts. It
appears that MobileMe is finally back on track.
It took just ten days of iPhone 3G availability until the iPhone Dev
Team announced the release of its PwnageTool 2.0, which enables iPhone
owners to jailbreak the device’s 2.0 firmware. However, don't get too
excited as the group has not yet found a way to unlock the iPhone 3G
from AT&T’s network.
If you have been using the MobileMe free trial or paid membership since
day one, then you know that the service did not have an exactly stellar
launch. Now that the most annoying service issues have been resolved,
we were able to take a closer look at what is missing, what is not
working and which features we can hope to see with future service
Apple's new MobileMe cloud service has been hit with a series of
unexpected performance and reliability issues that spoiled the Friday
launch. While the company struggles to iron out various issues it is
finally stepping forward to acknowledge problems. In an email letter
sent out to all MobileMe users, Apple says that the .Mac to MobileMe
transition was "a lot rockier than we had hoped."
Apple’s MobileMe payment processing system is causing frustration among
users as increasing number of people around the world report that they are being
charged the full membership fee or more for supposedly free trial
accounts. The support team of the company appears to be overwhelmed by
the problem and is delaying replies to angry emails from customers.
After initial hiccups, Apple's new online service MobileMe is now
live. Dubbed "Exchange for the rest of us", the service delivers push
email, contacts, calendars and bookmarks to Mac/PC and iPhone/iPod
touch devices and keeps data in sync.
Yahoo is offering a re-engineered version of its search API that allows
individuals and organizations to create their own search engines based
on Yahoo’s technology. The new Build-your-On-Search-Service (BOSS)
removes annoying limitations from the previous API and even enables
developers to reconfigure the ranking of search results an change the
way search results are presented. And yes, the engine is still provided
free of charge.
Google has discovered the world of avatars and launched a new 3D
environment that has its origins in, you may have guessed it, one of
the company’s 20% projects. You can use your Google login to create a
virtual character to interact and chat with other users. Virtual rooms
can be easily embedded into websites.