Mozilla releases alpha version of Firefox 3.1

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 today.

Firefox 3 set to ship on June 17

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.

WWDC 2008: Safari 4 seeded to developers

Apple has given an early beta of the Safari 4 web browser to developers at its WWDC. Safari 4 promises JavaScript acceleration through the use 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.

Comparing Apple and Microsoft keynotes and Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard

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. 

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.

Why Firefox 3 matters

Review – According to Mozilla, Firefox 3 final is just days away from its release and there is every indication that the RC2 released today may actually represent the final version of the browser. That was reason enough for us to give Firefox 3 RC2 a thorough test drive and single out the most important  improvements you can expect over Firefox 2.0.x.

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.

Microsoft to feature four product lines at Computex

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.

Quark announces QuarkXPress 8

Adobe teases parts of CS4 suite

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.