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BobbyeM71hxwSymbian Announces New Symbian 3 Smartphone OS

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The Symbian Foundation announced the first fully open-source release of their popular smartphone OS today, the new Symbian 3.

Symbian is the world’s most popular smartphone OS, which is used on phones including the Nokia E72. You will extremely found it common in Europe and Asia, typically AT&T carries one Symbian phone at a time (right now the Nokia E71x and Nokia sells some unlocked phones to individual consumers.

Last week, Symbian announced that the company had made its existing Symbian OS platform open-source and promised that Symbian devices would come to US carriers in 2010.

Symbian’s improvements

The new Symbian 3 works hard to integrate touch-screen support into the OS, something that has seemed awkward on some previous Symbian devices like the Nokia 5800.

The new OS moves to a “single-tap paradigm,” reducing the number of times you have to tap the screen, and implements multi-touch gestures such as flick-to-scroll and pinch-to-zoom. The new OS release also livens up the phone’s home screen with support for multiple pages of widgets and a widget manager.

Symbian 3 supports 2D and 3D graphics acceleration and HDMI video output. And unlike Apple’s iPhone OS, Symbian 3 embraces multitasking third-party applications. The new OS improves low-level memory management by using writeable data paging, which lets apps running in the background, swap their data out to persistent flash storage, and free up RAM when they’re not busy.

According to chairman of Symbian’s Features & Roadmap Council, Ian Hutton, it means more of the data that was stored in RAM can be paged out, giving you more apps running in parallel.

Symbian 3 also takes care of some old Symbian problems. For instance, many Symbian phones and applications tend to get confused about which Internet access method to use if they have several options. “One-click connectivity” in Symbian 3 fixes that. Hutton said, it bashes a load of those dialogs [away] and just essentially does the right thing.

Symbian vs. Google

Symbian 3 will go up against Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile in a bid to attract third-party manufacturers. Both Android and Symbian are at least somewhat open-source, and both OSes rely on an alliance of partners to build phones – the Symbian Foundation and Google’s Open Handset Alliance. But Symbian sees its strength in the fact that the company isn’t shepherded by a single, for-profit corporation.

Symbian also approves of a broader array of development tools than Google does. While Google generally tries to get Android developers to focus on writing for the Dalvik Java engine, Symbian developers can write native code in C and C++ or choose to write in Nokia’s QT framework or Web standards like JavaScript and CSS, according to Hutton.

By the end of the year, Symbian 3 could appear in phones, said Larry Berkin, Symbian’s head of global alliances. And this week, a demo of Symbian 3 will get at Mobile World Congress this week.

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BobbyeM71hxwNuance acquires MacSpeech for undisclosed amount

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Nuance Communications Inc., the speech-recognition software maker, said Tuesday that it has acquired MacSpeech, which makes speech-recognition software for Apple Inc.’s Macintosh computers, for an undisclosed amount.

San Francisco-based MacSpeech makes general-use programs and ones designed specifically for the medical and legal fields.

According to Nuance, which already makes a dictation program for Apple’s iPhone, the deal will help it produce its flagship Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop software for Macs.

Shares of Nuance rose 18 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $14.63.

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BobbyeM71hxwThis Week in Geek: Hacking Your Wii, New AMD Chips, ATI Cards, and Core i7 Rumors

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

This week, the biggest buzz was about Google Buzz, few of the hardware stories that might have been buried under the wave of social-networking stories.

How to Hack Your Wii For Homebrew Apps and Games

Looking to do more with your Wii? The Homebrew Channel provides a thriving community of developers and users looking to bring some amazing new features to the aging Wii console, including emulation, DVD and game playback from other regions, and the ability to run Linux. Mike Keller provides instructions for installing Homebrew on your Wii, which is easier than ever thanks to the mature Homebrew scene. Game on!

AMD Details Speed, Power Saving Features of Fusion

Code-named Llano, the new quad-core AMD Fusion processor running at speeds in excess of 3.0 GHz is due for release in 2011. A hybrid chip that combines a graphics processor and a CPU on a single piece of silicon, Fusion’s integrated graphics processor will natively support DirectX 11, allowing users to view Blu-ray movies or play 3D games. While the heat output from all four cores on a Fusion chip could be 100 watts, AMD’s new power management capabilities allow more efficient control of the chip’s energy draw, ensuring a cool processing and gaming experience.

ATI Introduces Radeon HD 5570, Targets Small Desktop PCs

Right after announcing the affordable Radeon HD 5450 line of GPUs, ATI introduced the energy-efficient, high-performance Radeon HD 5570, which is geared toward small form factor PCs. The new card supports both Direct X 11 and OpenGL 3.2, can drive up to three monitors, and only draws 45 watts when under a full processing load. Newegg is selling the HD 5570s for around $85.

Rumor: Core i7 coming soon to MacBook Pro?

The Apple rumor mill is at it again, but this time it has nothing to do with mythical tablets: Instead, reports are circulating that Apple will release an updated MacBook Pro featuring Intel’s newest Core i7 chips. What leads credence to this rumor? A recent benchmark test spotted on the Geekbench Web site lists a system that identifies itself as a MacBookPro 6,1. Current MacBook Pros identify themselves with “5,x” codes.

Details include a 2.66GHz Core i7 processor and an unreleased build of Mac OS X (10.6.2 Build 10C3067; the current release is 10.6.2 build 10C540). However, the track record of the site that announced this rumor is spotty at best, so your guess is as good as ours as to the validity of this leak.

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BobbyeM71hxwOracle revises plan to shut down Project Kenai

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Now, Oracle will enable projects hosted on the soon-to-be-shut Projects Kenai site to be moved to the java.net site, the company said in a revised of what it had said previously.

Last week in a blog posted, Oracle’s Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president for tools and middleware, cited java.net as the destination for projects being moved off of the Project Kenai hosting site that had been set up by newly acquired Sun Microsystems.

According to Farrell, their plan is to shut down kenai.com and focusing efforts is on java.net as the hosted development community. Farrell also said, we are in the process of migrating java.net to the kenai technology. This means that any project currently hosted on kenai.com will be able to continue as you are on java.net. We are still working out the technical details, but the goal is to make this migration as seamless as possible for the current kenai.com projects.

Farrell advised users to stay on kenai.com for now, let Oracle work through details, and wait for the company to report back later this month.

According to the company, Kenai would be shut down by April 2 and projects should be moved by then.

“I think we did a poor job at communicating our plans for Kenai.com to you. I would like to remedy that now. Our strategy is simple. We don’t believe it makes sense to continue investing in multiple hosted development sites that are basically doing the same thing,” Farrell said.

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BobbyeM71hxwSouthwest is latest airline to deploy in-flight Wi-Fi

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

In the second quarter of this year, Southwest Airlines has ordered equipment for an in-flight Wi-Fi service and will start deploying it on planes in the second quarter of this year.

According to a Friday posting on the Southwest blog, the discount US airline has signed a deal with Row 44 after a number of delays in order to become the latest carrier to offer wireless Internet access in the cabins of its airlines.

Southwest has made its name as a no-frills airline and will be adding Wi-Fi after several other U.S. airlines have at least begun their deployments. For example, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines all provide the service on some planes, and the smaller AirTran Airways and Virgin America offer it throughout their fleets.

But Southwest, like Alaska Airlines, is taking a different route than most carriers, using the satellite-based network of Row 44 rather than Aircell’s GoGo service, which uses 3G to link planes to the Internet. Row 44 received a U.S. Federal Communications Commission license just last month to commercially deploy its latest system, the one Southwest will be using. Southwest and Alaska at one time had planned to launch trials with Row 44 in 2008 but didn’t formally announce their tests until February 2009. Now, Southwest says it has finished testing and signed a contract to buy equipment from the company.

Airlines haven’t provided many hard numbers on the use of in-flight Wi-Fi, which typically costs about $6 for a short flight. During the holiday season in the U.S., Google sponsored a promotion that made Wi-Fi free on Virgin America and in 47 airports around the country that program ended Jan. 15.

According to Southwest, it would disclose the pricing of its service in April. Under the airline’s deal with Row 44, the airline agrees to deliver a certain amount of revenue to Row 44 but can set its own prices for customers, said Gregg Fialcowitz, president and co-founder of Row 44.

Fialcowitz said, the Row 44 service is designed to deliver an average of about 10Mbpsfor all the users on the plane to share. Southwest won’t allow voice calls over the Internet and will filter inappropriate content by preventing passengers from visiting certain sites, according to Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger.

Row 44, based in Westlake Village, California, currently covers North America, from Alaska through Canada and the continental U.S., Fialcowitz said. By the middle of this year it will provide coverage across Europe, with Norwegian Air Shuttle offering its service, as well as supporting services on trans-Atlantic flights and in Africa, he said. By the end of 2012, Row 44 expects to offer service around the world.

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BobbyeM71hxwApple’s IPad, Oracle’s Plan for Sun Share Limelight

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

This week, it was seemed that all eyes were on Apple’s unveiling of the long-awaited iPad, and on the same day Oracle revealed its plans for Sun Microsystems’ technology, while those at Sun braced for the merger and began their public goodbyes. We also had a flurry of financial reports this week and some Internet weirdness associated with President Barack Obama‘s first State of the Union address.

1. Apple announces iPad, Apple iPad: 25 unanswered questions, How does the iPad compare to netbooks? And iPad as netbook-killer concept ignites controversy: After months of rumors, speculation and fever-pitch media hype, Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed off the iPad tablet. While there was plenty of the customary swooning over a new Apple product to be found, the general consensus seemed to be: That’s it?! We’ve been all excited for this?! Jobs insist that the iPad is better than a netbook, but that notion has ignited a debate.

2. Oracle to scale back Sun server line, make other changes Oracle hails Java but kills Sun cloud: Meanwhile, Oracle began to lay out its plans for Sun technologies and products this week.

3. With emotion, Sun’s long good-bye nears the finish and Sun’s Scott McNealy: Thanks for a great 28 years: Sun leaders, including James Gosling, the father of Java, and former Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy offered public farewells to a company they have loved.

4. ACTA talks in Mexico to address transparency concerns: Secret talks that have been ongoing among nations aiming to craft an anticounterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) haven’t seemed to draw a whole lot of attention, but for our money this is some seriously big news. Negotiators got together again this week to work on the measure in Mexico.

5. Congressional Web sites hacked near Obama speech, US House leaders ask for investigation into hackings and No lie! Wilson to respond to State of Union on Facebook: At about the time that President Obama’s State of the Union speech began, dozens of congressional Web sites were hacked. U.S. House of Representatives leaders, predictably given their fondness for holding hearings, called for an investigation into the site defacements. Meanwhile, in an even freakier bit of related news, Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, gave a response to the speech via Facebook. His was not the official GOP response. For those who have forgotten, Wilson was the congressman who yelled out “you lie” during President Obama’s speech on the now-stalled health-care reform.

6. Wall Street Beat: Economic concerns shadow tech profits: IT bellwethers including Microsoft and Apple released quarterly earnings reports this week, with good news from many on the financial front, but IT investors remained skittish.

7. EFF: Browsers can leave a unique trail on the Web: According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, web browsers leave a unique footprint for individual PCs with information that online advertising systems can then gather for purposes that concern privacy experts. The EFF has created a tool that reveals the information that a browser collects. The EFF further warned that users should not be misled into believing that disabling cookies provides real protection.

8. FCC’s McDowell: Net neutrality would face legal challenge: If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission goes forward with net neutrality regulations, its authority in that regard will be challenged in court, Commission member Robert McDowell said.

9. Microsoft posts Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK by mistake: The “oopsie” entry this week comes from Microsoft, which inadvertently posted the WIndows Mobile 6.5 software developers kit online. Some developers downloaded it before Microsoft yanked it off the Web, but had trouble using it, which was a good sign that it really was not ready for release yet. They reported that the SDK includes widget tools and an emulator for the most recent version of Windows Mobile.

10. 419 Internet scams on the increase: This news truly unfathomable, 419, or advance-fee, frauds on the Internet soaked victims for at least US$9.3 billion last year. Most of the scams continued to originate in Nigeria. We’re scratching our heads over why it’s so hard for people to resist responding to e-mails rife with misspellings, typos and bad grammar that want them to advance money to someone they have never heard of who promises the recipient fantastical wealth.

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BobbyeM71hxwFirefox 3.6 Brings Performance Improvements, a Few New Features

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Mozilla released Firefox 3.6, the latest version of its popular browser, but it’s not as big of an update as the more ambitious Firefox 3.5. It includes a number of under-the-hood improvements, and a handful of changes that you might discover as you use it. Here are some of the most notable improvements.

Plug-in Check for Better Security

Firefox 3.6 can now detect whether any of your installed browser plug-ins (Flash, etc…) are out of date. Why is this important? Cybercriminals often use bugs in outdated versions of some browser plugins–particularly Flash and QuickTime–to attack your PC and potentially install malware that can be used to steal your personal information, or turn your PC into a spam bot. In essence, Firefox 3.6 now automatically does what Mozilla’s Plug-in Check page did for earlier versions of Firefox.

Full-Screen Video

Now, you can watch certain types of videos in full screen with Firefox 3.6. If the video is in the Oog Vorbis format, you can right-click the video and select an option to see it in full-screen. To give this a try, check out this time-lapse video of a drive through Downtown Seattle. To view it in full-screen, start playing it, right-click it and select Full Screen from the menu. Just like that, you’re going down the streets of Seattle.

The downside to this feature, of course, is that it only works with certain videos, and unless you pay close attention to video formats, you may be confused as to why this only works part of the time.

Under the Hood

When we last tested browser page loading speed, we found that Firefox 3.5 was a good deal faster than earlier Firefox versions. Mozilla claims that Firefox 3.6 is even faster, with improvements to JavaScript performance in particular, which should result in faster load times for Web pages and Web apps. Firefox also improves support for some of the latest Web design technologies, which should make it easier for designers to create better, more attractive sites.

And, perhaps as a sign of things to come (with tablets starting to gain more attention), if your notebook or tablet (or whatever gadget you’re using) has an accelerometer that detects changes in orientation, Firefox 3.6 will now be able to tell when you rotate your gadget, and it’ll rotate with it.

Skins Come to Firefox

The most noticeable change–at least from a visual perspective–is support for Firefox Personas. Personas are basically interface skins that you can apply with one click, and they’re actually pretty similar to the skins available for the Google Chrome browser. Mozilla has a gallery of personas at getpersonas.com that features over 35,000 designs to choose from.

Applying a Persona is easy: Visit the Personas gallery using Firefox 3.6. To “try on” a Persona, mouse over it; Firefox will temporarily change its appearance to that Persona. If you like it, click it. If you decide to revert to the default theme, select Add-ons from the Tools menu, click Themes, then select Default.

One thing that I noticed is the themes that look better on the Windows version than the Mac version; it looks like Personas were designed to take the Windows titlebar into account, but not the “unified” look of a Firefox window on Mac OS X (where the toolbar and titlebar appear to be one). Also, while Personas won’t necessarily boost your productivity, some of the ones I toyed with make the text in the toolbar difficult to read.

If you use Firefox 3.5, upgrading to 3.6 should be a no-brainer. And if you use an earlier version, you too should upgrade, if for no other reason than to avoid any known security flaws that might affect older versions. It’s a free download (of course) from getfirefox.com.

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LolaTheriotShiny gadget becomes jokes pad

Friday, January 29th, 2010

It’s really wondered, if you have found any women in the room when the marketing geniuses at Apple decided to call the company’s new gadget the “iPad.” Because the jokes about feminine hygiene products are flying.

On Twitter, a joke went “Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?” And a “MadTV” comedy sketch from several years ago about an electronic sanitary napkin called the iPad went viral on YouTube.

So how did the company come up with the product name? And how could Apple have set itself up for such obvious punch lines?

Apple, a company notoriously secret about its product development process, declined to comment about the name or how many women were involved in the launch. Three Apple execs — all men — introduced the iPad at its unveiling in San Francisco.

But brand experts said the name’s not so bad.

Tye Heckler, a vice president at Seattle-based Hecker Associates, said, it fits with what Apple’s been doing consistently. They take literal words that exist and stick an ‘i’ in front of it. And it works for them. It’s not offensive despite the silly jokes, which is responsible for the store names Cinnabon, Panera and Starbucks.

Ira Kalb, associate director of the Center for Global Innovation at the University of Southern California’s business school, said: “Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know this is an Apple product just by the ‘i’ in front, and you know what it does by what `pad’ connotes.”

Kalb said the jokes are probably good for Apple — more buzz — and will eventually pass. He said other names floated for the product — iTab, iSlate or iTablet — would have been far worse. ITablet has too many syllables. ISlate is too ancient. ITab is too confusing.

Apple is all about innovation and ease of use. Those names just don’t go with that, he said.
According to the Patent and Trademark Office database, more than 20 people or companies have tried to trademark “ipad,” “ipads” or “ipads.com” over the years, for such things as vaccines, stationery, makeup remover, bra padding and a host of electronics.

If the iPad sells, it won’t be the first time a company has been mocked for its name, only to have the product fly off the shelves.

Nintendo was swamped with potty-training jokes after it announced its new game console: Wii.

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adminApple’s iPad: New Device, Old Restrictions

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Like most tech enthusiasts, I’ve been devoting a decent amount of thought to Apple’s newly announced iPad over the past 24 hours. Maybe you’ve heard of it; from what I’ve read, it’s already changed the world and broken the Internets — no small feat for a product that’s not even on sale yet.

The Web’s fairly divided when it comes to opinions on the long-fabled Apple iPad. Analyses aside, I think it’s pretty safe to say there’ll be no shortage of folks lining up to buy the thing the night before its debut; I certainly wouldn’t question its potential for appeal among the legions of Apple fanatics. For people not firmly in the Apple camp, however, I would question the value of the iPad over upcoming alternatives, given what we know so far.

Apple’s iPad: A Question of Culture

Here’s the thing: People who love Apple tend to be OK with certain things. They tend to be OK with the fact that their mobile devices don’t allow for multitasking or Flash support; they tend to be OK with the fact that they can install only applications approved by Apple. The lack of a removable battery isn’t necessarily seen as a significant issue. And that’s fine — hey, to each his own.

As an Android user, though, I value the freedom to use my device as I wish. I like knowing that I can install something like Google Voice or an NES emulator without my manufacturer’s blessing; I like knowing that, if I so choose, I can install some random app a friend is developing without having to jailbreak my phone and void my warranty. I like being able to fully customize my phone — and yes, I like being able to run programs like Pandora and Fring in the background while I use other features of the device.

In my eyes, the drawbacks of Apple’s iPad are the drawbacks of Apple’s overall philosophies. The company is all about closed-platformed, tightly controlled user experiences. Those principles can be very restricting on a smartphone. On a tablet PC, I suspect they would be even more blatantly confining for people not wholeheartedly committed to the Apple culture.

Apple’s iPad and Tablet Competition

A slew of new tablets is on the way in 2010, including several running the Android operating system. (Does the design of this 10-inch MSI tablet shown at CES look familiar?) Compared to the iPad, these systems will allow you to run multiple applications at the same time, interact with Flash-driven Web sites, and install any program you want. Even if your primary goal with the tablet is to surf the Web and watch videos, don’t you want to be able to use the apps of your choice to perform those tasks?

(Yes, Apple’s App Store has many wonderful offerings — but we all know there are also many things it doesn’t and probably won’t ever allow.)

Apple has a powerful brand, a brilliant knack for marketing, and a wildly devoted base of fans. And all of those factors will undoubtedly help maximize the iPad’s reach. But I have to wonder — outside of the hard-core Apple disciples — if most casual consumers would be better served with a device that gives them the power to make their own choices.

To me, the shame of it is that Apple could probably build a near-flawless piece of technology; we all know the bright minds at Cupertino have more than enough inspiration and ability. But the company insists on maintaining such a tight grip on its users’ experiences that people are forced to make significant sacrifices in order to reap the benefits the products provide.

JR Raphael is a PCWorld contributing editor and the co-founder of eSarcasm. He has his own theories as tohow the iPad will change the world.

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adminNew Product Arrival- Have it!

Monday, January 25th, 2010

All1Martpro.com is an e-commerce solution/application provider, which is so flexible that it can provide you any design with its fully-featured eCommerce engine. All1Martpro.com is so perfect to sell your Goods online and drive your business to new heights. Being an eCommerce application provider, it powers large Online Shops providing the Performance, Usability and Security that you expect from professional Software.

All1Mart provides you the core system and the Framework that you can use, helping you to use easily a complete Shopping Cart Solution within your own dynamic Website (“Portal”), together with many other Plug-Ins, called Components and Modules, like Forums, FAQ, Guestbooks, Galleries……..

Features

All1Martpro.com offers a lot of Features, some of the standard Features are listed here. You can extend the
Functionality of All1Martpro using Plugins, Components, and Templates to make them do what you need.

General Features
 Ability to use Secure Sockets Layer (https) Encryption (128-bit)
 Flexibility in Tax Models
o Model 1: ShipTo Address-based Tax Calculation
o Model 2: Store Address-based Tax Calculation
o Model 3: EU Mode (Store Owner based Tax Calculation when Customer comes from an EU Country)
 Shoppers can manage their User Accounts (registration required)
 Shipping Address Management
 Able to view the Order History (previous orders and order details)
 Order Confirmation Mail is sent to Shopper and Store Owner
 Capability to change the Multiple Currencies (you can allow Customers to change the Currency and buy using an alternative Currency)
 Multiple Languages.

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