Analyst Opinion - Unless you have been living under a rock, you already know that
Microsoft’s latest operating system has not been a big success. Apple
takes great pleasure in Microsoft’s struggles and has been rolling a
competitive campaign that not only makes fun of the product, but
appears to make fun of Microsoft’s founder as well, typically not in a
very nice way. As you might imagine, Microsoft employees don’t find
this situation pleasant and Steve Ballmer, who both runs Microsoft and
considers Bill Gates one of his closest friends, is less than amused.
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.
Opinion - When we published an article detailing Nvidia's advantage in
3DMark Vantage, we had a good feeling that data might spark some
controversy. Using GPU for physics calculation in a CPU benchmark
highly suspicious thing in any way you look at it. And in fact, it all
appeared that Nvidia has been caught with its hands in a cookie jar.
Finger-pointing was the result, but as it turns out, there are always
two sides to the story and the benchmark maker has an entirely
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.