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.
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.
Opinion – AMD pitches an enticing idea that takes advantage of the
massive horsepower hidden in the company’s graphics card. A second
generation cinema, could the result, merging convincing cinematic
digital effects with real time interactivity. But we wonder how
successful such a Cinema 2.0, as AMD calls it, could be.
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.
Analyst Opinion - You really don’t get a sense for Microsoft’s breadth
of products unless you attend an event like TechEd. At the conference
you are introduced and trained on a product list longer than your arm
only to realize that TechEd basically represents only one division of
the company. The respective keynotes of Steve Jobs and Bob Muglia, who
runs Microsoft’s server and tools business, are showcasing the
fundamental differences between the two companies.