Mac OS X 10.6 to take advantage of GPU acceleration

As expected, Apple has previewed the next version of Mac OS X, code-named Snow Leopard. We were somewhat surprised to hear that there will be no new features, but focus on performance instead. However, if you consider performance a feature - and most of us probably will – the Apple prepares a real treat: GPU acceleration.

WWDC 2008: MobileMe - "Exchange for the rest of us"

In depth - Mobile who? Apple is replacing its ailing .Mac suite of pricey online services with a rebranded service dubbed MobileMe. It delivers improved a web interface and enhanced over-the-air data syncing between a Mac, a PC, the iPhone and the iPod touch. Unfortunately, its pricing may be overly optimistic and may scare away many potential customers.

No new features in Mac OS X "Snow Leopard"?

Opinion - News that Apple may announce an early build of Mac OS X 10.6, code-named "Snow Leopard", at next week’s WWDC, targeting January 2009 as the release date for the final. Rumor has it that 10.6 will not deliver major new features, but focus on code optimization instead. Really? Our bet is that Snow Leopard will integrate multi-touch as one of its key selling features, beating a similarly equipped Windows 7 to the market.

Taiwanese temptress lures us to Corel’s suite

Did you know that Corel now owns WinDVD?  We sure didn’t and we thank Corel’s 5-foot tall, squeaky chipmunk voiced, oh so cute as a button ambassador for leading us to the company’s suite to enlighten our minds.  Actually, we were just randomly jumping from floor to floor checking out the most interesting rooms the Grand Hyatt during the Computex tradeshow in Taipei.  We exited at the 11th floor and there she was holding a sign that was probably bigger than she was.  “Welcome to Corel, please visit our suite,” she mustered in her best Chinese-accented English.  How could we resist?

Lost in Spaces? OS X 10.5.3 will take you home.

Feature – The Spaces feature introduced with OS X Leopard has been advertised as a huge time-saver, but its actual implementation only contributed to windows clutter, instead of reducing it. Luckily, a subtle change in the recent OS X 10.5.3 update has addressed this problem, turning Spaces into a valuable tool that you can finally use to group several application windows into task-oriented virtual desktops.

Firefox 3 RC2 now available

Mozilla has posted the second release candidate of its Firefox 3 web browser this morning. The software is currently only available through the organization’s FTP server.

IE8 beta 2 coming in August, Firefox 3 RC2 tomorrow

Microsoft today said that it will be rolling out the second beta of Internet Explorer later this summer and make the software available in 20 languages. Meanwhile, it appears that the Mozilla team has hit roadblocks, which prompted the developers to delay its next-gen browser. There will be at least one more release candidate before Firefox 3 final can be downloaded.

Adobe Acrobat 9: PDF gets movie support, goes SaaS

Adobe today released a new version of its document management software Acrobat. Flash movies are now natively supported and can be embedded into PDF documents and viewed through a new version of the free Acrobat Reader. Perhaps even more significant is Adobe’s continued push into the software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment, introducing a fancy interface for a simple online word processor, a screen sharing applications as well as a file sharing platform.

Mozilla prepares Firefox 3 for launch

A new web page that popped up on Mozilla’s site today suggests that the launch of Mozilla 3 is imminent. The developers announced that they will soon be announcing the availability date of the software and are rallying users to take Firefox 3 into the Guinness Book of World Records – as the most downloaded software within 24 hours.

Apple releases OS X Leopard 10.5.3 update

Apple has released a hefty 420 MB update for its current operating system. Leopard 10.5.3 delivers a myriad of improvements, patches as well as general stability and reliability enhancements.

Ballmer, Gates show off Windows 7

He may be stepping down from day to day duties at Microsoft, but Bill Gates can still hold a crowd.  Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took center stage at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference last night in Carlsbad California and fielded tough questions along with demoing an upcoming touch-sensitive version of Windows, but it was Ballmer who did most of the talking.  He emphasized that Vista is not a failure and that Microsoft was still pursuing some type of partnership with Yahoo.

No completely new kernel in Windows 7, Microsoft says

Microsoft squashed hopes that the next version of Windows will come with a completely new kernel – a new kernel that had been discussed and presented as “micro kernel”. The foundation new operating system, apparently due for launch in early 2010, will be an evolutionary step over the Windows Server 2008 kernel, which is based on the Windows Vista kernel, an executive said in an interview.

Photoshop to get GPU and physics acceleration

GPU acceleration is one of the most significant trends in today hardware industry, opening the doors to an entirely new class of software. It appears that the next Photoshop will be one of the first mainstream applications that will tap into the GPU for a speed up. And, at least from what we have seen during a first demonstration, the progress is simply stunning.

Microsoft to add PDF, ODF support to Office 2007

Microsoft announced that it will extend the file format range supported by its Office 2007 package. ODF 1.1, PDF 1.5 and XPS will be added with the next service pack, but the integration of Microsoft’s own and recently standardized Office Open XML will be delayed until Office 14.

Nvidia takes cautious first step into graphics-accelerated mainstream programming

Back when we first saw the capabilities of Nvidia’s CUDA technology and Tesla acceleration cards, it was clear to us that the company had all the tools necessary to change the way we use computers today – the enormous computing horsepower of graphics cards open up possibilities we have talked about for some time, but didn’t think were possible in the foreseeable future. The company now challenges developers for the first time to exploit the hidden potential graphics cards in a mainstream application.

Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 available for download

It’s time to start your downloading as Mozilla has released a brand new pre-release version of the upcoming Firefox 3 browser.  Release Candidate 1 is available for Macs, Linux and of course Windows machines in an amazing 45 languages.

Microsoft deals Office Service Pack for Mac

Microsoft has unveiled its first Service Pack for the Mac version of Office 2008, adding new features and security enhancements to the Apple-specific release of the productivity software suite.  A couple of the bugs that pertain to all Office products were that text boxes and certain shapes would periodically mess up a file, and when copying an Office 2008 file into an Office 2004 program the software would freeze.  Service Pack 1 patches these issues.

Firefox 3 RC 1 released to closed beta testing

Mountain View (CA) – Mozilla announced on Saturday that it has put the finishing touches on the Release Candidate 1 code of Firefox 3. The developers are optimistic that RC1 is pretty much the final code of the new browser: If there are no unexpected bugs, RC1 will turn into Firefox 3.

Office 2007 SP1 to be released to automatic update in mid-June

Microsoft continues its practice to announce Office service packs that are scheduled to become available via Microsoft Update automatic distribution at least 30 days in advance. SP1 for Office 2007 has been released in December of last year and is now ready to be distributed via the company’s Automatic Update service.

Windows Vista hits sales of 140 million

More than 140 million Vista licenses have now been sold, which averages out to around three copies every second since it went on sale last January.  "That's a very rapid sales rate," said Bill Gates in a news conference, reports the Wall Street Journal.