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.
Analyst Opinion - Microsoft just released videos of the “Mojave
Experiment”, which basically was a survey session aiming to convince a
bunch of folks that Windows Vista is not as bad as they may have heard:
People with a negative opinion about the software were shown what they
thought was the next generation of Windows code-named Mojave. They
loved this product and raved about it, only to find they were actually
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?
Opinion - Vista is to Microsoft as heart bypass surgery is to the old. Yes, it will keep you alive, but it’ll suck the life out of you in the process. There was a time when there were people who knew how to make a personal computer. You would have thought that Microsoft would know, but Vista proves that they don’t get it. On the other hand, nature abhors a vacuum, unless it is a Dyson, so where are the new computer makers? Is anyone going to make a computer to replace the comatose PC?
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.
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.