Saturday, November 1, 2008
No sooner had we taken our UK T-Mobile G1 out of its box when someone shouted out, "Does it have 3G then?" It does indeed have 3G, but what's more interesting is that during testing it has been found out that it's faster than the iPhone 3G's connection.
Friday, October 31, 2008
OpenOffice.org has released two patches that repair older versions of its open-source office productivity suite.
The two vulnerabilities do not affect OpenOffice.org's latest 3.0 version, released earlier this month. Software versions prior to version 2.4.2 are affected.
A new feature called Contact Picker is designed to make it easier for users to look up contacts when writing an email. And, similar to Google’s Gmail, Hotmail now uses predictive text when a user starts typing in an email address.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This week, developers at the Professional Developer Conference (PDC) not only got their hands on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, they also got Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0.
Battered by its highly expensive lawsuit with Oracle and shaken by the uncertain economy, German software giant SAP has pulled its guidance for 2009 and taken a step back in its predictions for the rest of 2008.
During the company's third-quarter earnings call this week, co-CEO Henning Kagermann blamed the uncertain market and reduced customer spending for the pullback.
Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates officially retired in June, but his technology torch has been taken up by his hand-picked successor, chief software architect, Ray Ozzie.
Nowhere since Gates' retirement has that been as clear as during Ozzie's dual keynotes during this week's annual Microsoft developer confab in Los Angeles.
While Apple and Google grab most of the smartphone headlines for the iPhone and G1, respectively, Microsoft has quietly gone about the business of expanding the already sprawling ecosystem around its own Windows Mobile software.
"One thing we get asked a lot by media and analysts is 'What's going on with Windows Mobile?'" said Scott Rockfeld, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) group product manager for Windows Mobile.
In response, Rockfeld and Microsoft can point to the fact that Windows Mobile-based devices continue to proliferate, even while Google's big plans for Android loom.
After a brief experiment in the education market, HP on Wednesday is set to introduce a whole line of netbooks for mainstream consumers.
The HP Mini 1000 comes in three versions, with starting prices ranging from $379 to $699, and will be available at retailers worldwide starting Wednesday.
In particular, Microsoft is focused on improving the time it takes for Windows to start up and shut down. In addition to its own work, Microsoft has been working directly with computer makers to address all of the factors that affect system performance.
As far as other features, Windows 7 features support for multitouch input and a new taskbar that makes it easier to manage multiple open Windows.
Long-term unemployment is on the up for UK IT contractors and job security fears are increasingly on their minds.
The economic gloom and financial turmoil seems to have worried some IT freelancers. Research by contractor services provider, giant group, finds more freelancers are now ranking job security as a top priority than three months ago - 20 per cent compared to 16 per cent in the second quarter of 2008. Meanwhile, long-term unemployment has increased 11 per cent in the past three months, to 5.3 per cent of contractors, compared to 4.7 per cent in the second quarter.
Now that the initial Microsoft PDC pixie dust has settled, developers are trying to digest exactly what Microsoft’s cloud platform is. Here’s my attempt to explain it.
Microsoft layed out its “Azure” foundational infrastructure for the cloud during the keynote kick-off on day one of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) here in Los Angeles. The goal of Azure is to provide developers who want to write applications that run partially and/or entirely in a remote datacenter with a platform and set of tools.
This is what Microsoft’s cloud looks like, from an architectural diagram standpoint:
That's an issue that Microsoft needs to put to rest if it wants Windows 7 -- the heir to Vista as Microsoft's officially blessed client operating system -- to get a better reception.
Microsoft Corp. today said that it would expand testing of Windows 7 to the general public in early 2009.
As it told attendees at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles that they would receive an alpha edition of Windows 7 later today, Microsoft also said that it would issue a public beta of the Vista successor early next year.
The beta will be available to anyone for download, Microsoft said, according to several real-time blogs covering the event, including one at LiveSide.net where several noted Windows bloggers collaborated.
In the wake of Microsoft 's Windows Azure announcement on Monday, it seems Yahoo will not be left out of the cloud-computing buzz.
Yahoo's Zimbra is tapping into the cloud to deliver a collaboration platform for educational institutions. Through Zimbra Hosted, universities now have access to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite without having to manage on-premises software and hardware.
The security vulnerability, detected by researchers at Baltimore, Maryland-based Independent Security Evaluators, follows last week's release of Google's T-Mobile G1 phone Oct. 22, which is powered by the Android operating system.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Net profit for the quarter dropped to €388 million compared to €408 million for the same period ending Sept. 30 last year. The company also reported nine-month results, with net income for the first three quarters of the year of €1.57 billion, a 4 percent decrease over last year's net of €1.62 billion for the same period.
Windows 7 is aimed at making the use of networks easier and radically improving the way people can use devices and peripherals. It will also give better performance than Vista on the same hardware, according to Microsoft.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
OpenOffice.org 3.0 was downloaded 3 million times in its first week, with about 80% of the downloads by Windows users, an official with the group said in a blog post last week.
The successful introduction of the open source office suite came despite the group's download servers being temporarily overwhelmed by demand for the new software last week.
Gmail now has emoticon images. You can include these icons in your message if you’re in rich-text composing mode. The French Zorgloob blog says there were no emoticons there just a brief while ago. You’ll find two main types of icons (static round ones and square animations), with symbols ranging from laughter to sadness to a cake or a broken heart.