IE8 gaining traction quickly, can’t stop IE’s overall decline

Time for a mid-month browser market share update: All major browser give up average daily market share in the first half of the month, Chrome settles well below 1% and Microsoft’s recently released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 shows its impact, but has trouble making up for the losses of older IE browsers. 

Apple releases iPhone 2.1 software

As promised, Apple posted the iPhone 2.1 software update today. The new firmware is expected to resolve 3G connectivity problems, avoid sudden application crashes and patch a bunch of reliability and security issues. Here is a summary what the update includes.

Facebook gets a facelift

Opinion - The updated website layout and design for the popular social networking site Facebook is causing quite the buzz across the Internet. In fact, people have never really been fond of changes to Facebook since the site first started. I personally was more comfortable within the exclusive confines of only college students, and as the site has grown you live, and you get used to the change.

Apple posts 2.1 firmware for iPod touch, schedules iPhone version for Friday

The 2.1 firmware update may be the most critical update for the iPhone yet, even Steve Jobs dedicated only two minutes of time to the software during yesterday’s Let’s Rock event. The update is already available for the iPod touch and is expected to be posted for the iPhone on Friday. According to Jobs, the 2.1 update addresses "lots of bugs" and finally fixes 3G the iPhone 3G’s connectivity issues such as dropped calls.

Apple intros iTunes 8, adds HD content and Genius

Apple today introduced new features in the updated version of its media jukebox software for Macs and PCs. iTunes 8 comes with a new music recommendation engine called Genius, support high-definition TV shows that can now be watched on the computer. iTunes 8 also marks the return of content from NBC.

Microsoft announces widely supported virtualization initiative

Kicking off a global series of special free event summits held around the world today today, Bellevue, WA played host to Microsoft's latest virtualization product lines announcement.  Expected to reach more than 250,000 people, the upcoming availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 were announced.  The company also handed out a package to event attendees providing the new Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 as a no-cost download.

Week 1 Testdrive conclusion: Google Chrome needs work

Feature – We have had three days to digest Google’s take on the future web browser. We took it through its paces, found bugs, hidden folders and lots of irregularities that you would expect to see in any beta software. We have read lots of opinions – how great and how bad Chrome is, some even suggested it shouldn’t get the name of a polished product, but should be called “Rust” instead. But if we take a step back, it is clear that Chrome isn’t entirely black and white. That of course means that the company sparked some ideas, but will have to adjust the browser as well. We published an article on what is great about Chrome earlier and finish the week with what we believe needs to be changed.

Pimping Chrome: Google includes theme support

Chrome’s browser interface is a dramatic change from the overloaded interfaces we have been used so far. But not everyone may like the minimalistic look and feel and Google’s light blue color choices. And if you don’t like it, it seems you don’t have to as Chrome already includes support for themes that can change the look and feel of the user interface.

Picasa 3 offers spooky facial recognition

Google’s newly released beta of Picasa 3 includes facial recognition that can pluck out people pictures from your virtual piles of photos.  The popular free photo editor and uploader also contains a host of other improvements including screen capture, name tagging and a retouch tool that can make almost anyone look like Jessica Alba.  Just be careful because Picasa’s face recognition could be an evil tool in the hands of your jealous girlfriend or wife.

Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 delayed, Alpha 2 now available

Mixing into the wave of news surrounding Google’s new Chrome web browser is a note from Mike Shaver, director of Ecosystem Development at Mozilla. According to Shaver, The code-freeze for Beta 1 was moved from August to September 30. Beta 2 will be frozen about one month later, setting the stage for a late 2008 public availability of Firefox 3.1.

Why Chrome is a fantastic browser

First Look - We have had a chance to have a thorough look at Google’s new Chrome and run the browser to range of usability tests. Our initial conclusion is that the Chrome beta reveals a much more ergonomic and useful browser than what the available versions of today's established browsers can offer. Yes, it is very rough around the edges, but we are officially impressed with what we've seen so far. Here are our top five observations of features we believe are proof that Chrome is here to stay.

Google releases Chrome browser as a mini OS

Google just posted its brand new web browser, and maybe slightly more. Chrome offers a fresh new look at the web browser with a focus on running applications and not just displaying text and pictures. Of course, that claim makes Chrome much more than a browser, but extends a trend we have witnessing in the cloud computing space: Chrome may actually conceal what may evolve into a cloud operating system for client and thin client computing devices.

Google to launch Chrome web browser on Tuesday

Google had a big Labor Day announcement – stating that the company would launch at beta version of its “Chrome” web browser in more than 100 countries on Tuesday.

IE8 Beta 2: Great new features, old annoyances

First Look – Microsoft today released the second beta of its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 web browser with a boatload of new functionality compared to the first beta that made its debut in March of this year. The company highlights 50 features that address usability, security, compatibility, manageability and a couple tools that are unique to IE. The outcome is a browser which engineers clearly designed with innovation in mind. In some parts that works, in others it does not. Expect a browser that is vastly more complex than its predecessor and that offers a completely different browsing experience than Firefox.

Adobe pushes deeper in SaaS space with new Photoshop.com service

Adobe today launched Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7 for Windows as two new more affordable ways to edit pictures and videos with a touch of Photoshop and Premiere. But the real news is that Adobe is ready to get consumers used to the fact that buying a software is only half the story. What you really want is to buy a service and renew it every year. The question is: Will you bite? 

IE8 adds “over-the-shoulder” privacy features

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 is due within a few days and will not only bring bug fixes, but a range of new security features that are likely to lift the browser above Firefox, but also represents a new level of complexity how the security of a browser has to be managed by a user. At the core of Microsoft’s security ideas is the term “InPrivate”, which is designed to either block an “over-the-shoulder-view” when browsing or reveal what is happening in the background.

Divx releases H.264 encoder alpha

DivX is joining the high-definition era: Following its first H.264 decoder, the company today announced the alpha version of its first H.264 encoder. The software is part of what eventually will become Divx 7 and beta testers are invited to try out what the company has come up with so far.

Nvidia CUDA 2.0 delivers Photoshop plug-in acceleration

Nvidia today released the second generation of CUDA, the company’s C-based programming environment that enables developers to tap into GPUs to accelerate their applications. There are several new features included, most interestingly a Photoshop plug-in example that provides guidelines how to design plug-ins that run on the GPU.

Microsoft’s Photosynth pimps 3D picture puzzles

Photosynth has been one of Microsoft most creative consumer projects in some time. Developed by the company in collaboration with scientists from the Graphics and Imaging Lab (GRAIL) at the University of Washington, the technology – previously also known “Photo Tourism” - uses a number of pictures to create a sketch of a three-dimensional landscape filled with high-resolution images: Upload your pictures and you could end up with a dramatic 3D world. Conceivably, Photosynth could easily be imagined to be one evolutionary step above Google’s Street View Maps feature.

Copy and paste for the iPhone now available, not from Apple

If you think about it, it is somewhat surprising that Apple has not yet managed to add the good old copy and paste feature to its iPhone software. Help comes from the developer community with a free framework that provides copy and paste features on a system-wide level. At least three developers are already implementing the feature in their applications, one of them being a WordPress blogging tool, and several others are apparently in the queue.