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.
Santa Jose (CA) - With Flash Player 10, Adobe is taking Flash-powered web applications to the next level, with eye-candy visual effects, 3D graphics, After Effects-like custom filters and advanced text layout capabilities. The player offloads most rendering tasks to the graphics card so eye-candy should come with little performance penalty.
Tired of the plain virtual keyboard on your iPhone? Here is an
alternative for you: A carbon copy of the elegant black keys and
glowing letters of the MacBook Air.
‘Careful’ is probably the most appropriate term to use when describing
Microsoft’s introduction of a software subscription model to consumers.
Transitioning users from a purchase-to-own to a rental model of its
software has been discussed for many years and now such a product is
officially available. To sweeten the deal, Microsoft throws in a
subscription to its Windows Live One Care service.
First Look - Wouldn't it be great to have an automated backup of your
complete Firefox environment up in the cloud? What about pushing your
entire browsing history, those extension settings, cookies, saved
passwords and open tabs from the cloud to any number of authorized
computers? What about having the same, up-to-date browsing environment
on any computer around the globe? Well, it’s entirely possible: A
Mozilla Labs project dubbed Weave makes it very easy to backup your
browser settings and data and remain in sync wherever you go.
There may be one more reason to create Internet content in Flash soon:
Adobe said that it is working with Google and Yahoo to enable crawlers
to index content currently trapped in proprietary SWF files. The
collaboration is expected to result in a much more relevant search
ranking of Flash content and help those sites that are betting on Flash
to enhance the usability of their site.
Apple has posted the update 10.5.4 for its Mac OS X Leopard operating
system. The company promises that the update delivers security,
reliability and performance enhancements, as well as the code to
support the upcoming MobileMe online service that is set to debut on
July 11. The company also released security updates for Tiger client
and server versions, as well as the Safari 3.1.2 update for Tiger.
Microsoft's Mac Business Unit posted a minor update for its Messenger
for Mac that features a series of bug fixes and promises to deliver
improved support for enterprise environments. Unfortunately, the
application still can’t make audio or video calls to users who are
running the popular Windows Live Messenger on a PC.
It appears that graphics cards have finally found a non-gaming marketing focus: Video.
It was clear yesterday that Mozilla is likely to achieve its goal to
become part of the book of Guinness World Records with the most
downloaded software within 24 hours. The download pace has slowed
considerably on day 2, but allowed the company to cross the 10 million
mark in less than 48 hours.
If everything goes to plan, Mozilla’s record attempt for the most
software downloads within 24 hours should be a done deal. Despite
server problems and a mostly unreachable download page yesterday,
Mozilla indicated that Firefox was downloaded 7.5 to 7.7 million times
on its first day.
Review - Firefox 3 was released yesterday and we have taken the final version
on a thorough day 1 test drive. There is a boatload of tiny tweaks, a
couple of major new features and a completely overhauled engine at its
core are the three major selling points. Our initial take on Firefox 3
final is that that the browser accelerates web browsing and makes your
online activities more enjoyable, more secure and more reliable.
Mozilla has just released the final Firefox 3 version, which promises to
deliver significant speed gains, stronger security features and
increased reliability. Firefox 3 rings in a new chapter in the browser
war with Microsoft, which is preparing to release Internet Explorer 8
later this year.
Feature – Firefox 3 is scheduled to be released at 10 am PST today and
if the organization’s Download Day website is any indication, then you
may have to wait in line until you get the installation file: 1.6
million people have signed up to download their browser today. Here are
our top 10 reasons why we like the new browser why we believe you
should upgrade to Firefox 3 soon.
Mozilla plans to hold its launch party for Firefox 3.0 tomorrow. Behind
the frenzy, the developers are already preparing Firefox 3.1, the first
minor upgrade for the browser scheduled for a release late this year.
The first alpha version of the browser, code-named Shiretoko, surfaced
Mozilla has set June 17 as the official release day for Firefox 3. The
introduction of the new browser marks the beginning of a race for the
title of the fastest browser on the market. With more than one million
people already pledged to download Firefox 3 on the first day of its
release, Firefox 3 could set a Guinness World Record as the most
downloaded software with the first 24 hours of launch.
Apple has given an early beta of the Safari 4 web browser to developers
of the latest SquirrelFish optimization technology. According to Apple,
it will bring noticeable improvements in responsiveness and performance
of web 2.0 sites and web applications.