iPhone nano knockoffs already on sale in Thailand (photos)

Saturday, December 27, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Those eagerly anticipating next month's Macworld and the prospects of a smaller iPhone should beware, as a slew of tiny clones are introducing confusion as they reach store shelves.

While silicone case molds have surfaced that allegedly hint at a smaller iPhone in the works, a rash of similarly-sized dupes made by anonymous southeast Asian firms have added to the confusion.

How many e-mails do you have in your Inbox ?

Friday, December 26, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

Hello and Good afternoon guys !

Well,I wanted to have fun since it’s holidays time,so I figured out why not to make an article just to see who has got the biggest Inbox ?

1st I’ll talk about my Yahoo!Mail :

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It has 1031 e-mails because I had it 3 years  ago and I love it so much :D  .

2nd My Hotmail :

Untitled3  It has got 529 because I just don’t use it enough and my friends won’t e-mail me anywhere else but Hotmail >_< which honestly sucks.

3rd my Gmail :

Untitled2  It has only 149 because as much as Iove it no one wants to e-mail me on it :s except for 2 people !!!

Well,that’s it for me , but how about you guys ? I’d love to know how many e-mails you have in your Inbox .

Thanks guys and See you soon.

Randa

Predictions for Google's 2009

Thursday, December 25, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

These predections are from Google Operating System and I just opied them here so you can know about them ;)


iPhone Nano Concept Photo?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I found this useful information at MacRumors :

It seems the "iPhone Nano" is the rumor that is going take the spotlight ahead of this year's Macworld, and while MacRumors is publishing these photos and rumors, we have some serious doubts about the likelihood of such a device. These doubts are based both in the quality of the sources as well as the practicality of introducing a new form factor to the iPhone/iPod Touch platform.

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Continue reading HERE

iJustine’s song on my mobile phone

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hi !

So Justine did this video/song about Christmas which you can download from her blog,and I decided to put it as my default ringtone…..

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Isn’t it awesome ?

Thanks iJustine

Happy Holidays and Marry Christmas very body ;) !

Randa

Sorry guys !

Sunday, December 21, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

Hello,every one !
I want to apologize for not writing any thing for a while,I'm so sic , I'm trying to write this post right now without mistakes :s .
As soon as I'll be better,I'll come back with my tech news.
Take Care and happy holidays
Randa

Posting from my Yahoo!Mail

Friday, December 19, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

And yep,I'm accepted in the Beta testing for Yahoo!Mail , even that I had my Connections on the Welcome page 3 days ago, now I've got the application section :D.
Here's how it looks like :
My application section
Wordpress app
is available to both Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org .

I hope you'll enjoy it too :).
Randa ;)

New Yahoo! Mail

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

What an amazing day today !


I logged in to find that my Inbox has been celected in the Beta tests , well guess what , I LOOOOVE it so much ;).


Here's the artical from the official Y!Mail blog :



As you may have heard, we’ve been working on a new smarter inbox to help make your life easier. We’re happy to announce that today, some of you will begin to experience the smarter inbox, and we wanted to give everyone a chance to see what it looks like and what it can do.


The smarter inbox experience features a new Yahoo! Mail Welcome Page which surfaces messages, information and activity updates you care about most, as well as an updated inbox and folder view that filters messages from your personal connections.



Continue reading HERE

Yahoo Announces Next Steps in Open Strategy

Monday, December 15, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Yahoo! has an amazing plans for us (spcially it's users :) ), and this is quote to show you what it'll be looking like :





Yahoo has invited the press to an event in San Francisco today where it will announce the next steps in its open strategy (details found here).


As GigaOm speculated over the weekend, we should be hearing details about the deployment of applications on Yahoo Mail. We’ll post the details here as they become available, starting within the next few minutes.


WordPress CEO Toni Schneider is here, along with someone from Xoopit, which suggests that both companies will have integrations to announce.



Read the hole entry HERE


Randa

Gmail tip

Monday, December 15, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hello,readers !

So,here’s the video

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Randa

I’m done with my French project

Saturday, December 13, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

So, after almost 3 days,I finished my French project :).

Here’s some photos of it :

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And here’s the video :

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Randa

My series of introduction:N°3 : “Google”

Thursday, December 11, 2008 3 Comments A+ a-

Google Inc. is an American public corporation, earning revenue from advertising related to its Internet search, e-mail, online mapping, office productivity, social networking, and video sharing services as well as selling advertising-free versions of the same technologies. The Google headquarters, the Googleplex, is located in Mountain View, California. As of 30 September 2008 the company has 20,123 full-time employees

Google Chrome finally out of beta

Thursday, December 11, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Today Google reported that it's browser is officially out of beta ;



Since we first released Google Chrome, the development team has been hard at work improving the stability and overall performance of the browser. In just 100 days, we have reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product. We're excited to announce that with today's fifteenth release we are taking off the "beta" label!



Read the rest of the entry here .

Me today

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hi guys !


Yesterday and today are holidays , so here's a me today video that I just did.....Enjoy


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Randa

Google Reader’s new hot look

Friday, December 05, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

What an awesome week ^^…

First, Windows Live ,now WordPress 2.7 , and Just in this second the new Google Reader !!!

It’s so cool,have a look :

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Try it out because you won’t regret ;) .

Randa

My first blog post from the New WP 2.7

Friday, December 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

And Yeeepeee ^_^


The New WordPress 2.7 really rocks ! I adore it,it's clean,cool and good looking too.


Here's how my Dashboard looks now:


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And soon,I'll do a video showing what I love about it :)


Enjoy it


Randa

The gOS ; The new operating system <<< short introduction

Thursday, December 04, 2008 6 Comments A+ a-

So, Good OS LLC released it's fist operating system "gOS: Cloud" , I haven't tried it yet , but a YouTube user did , so here's the video :


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Tell me What you think


Randa

The cool “Twitter Mail”

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

Today , I’ve been so exited to be done with

exams,so I’m back to my Tech world.

While I was surfing the Windows Live

website,I found an amazing Tip about

using Twitter with Hotmail or any

other e-mail provider.

Go to Twitter Mail and sign in with

your Twitter ID and Password , it will

show you an e-mail address , this e-mail

address is only for you,add it to your

contacts,and each tie you’re using mail

you can send an e-mail to that e-mail

address and the body message will show

up in your Twitter updates.

It also sends  to you an e-mail with

@name if somebody replies to you.

I already tested it and it really works

good,so give it a try.

Randa

Vista OS X uninstalled

Friday, November 28, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

And here's why...
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Malicious Setting Up of Filters in Gmail?

Sunday, November 23, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I was reading my Reader feeds , and I found this important post about Gmail ,and I thought it would be good if you get informed as well.



Brandon at GeekCondition reports of a Gmail security vulnerability which lets an attacker set up automated filters in your Gmail account, provided the attacker manages to lure you onto a page of theirs first. Brandon does not post the full exploit (obtaining a certain variable for this exploit “is tricky but possible”, Brandon says, adding that he’s “not going to tell you how to do it, if you search hard enough online you’ll find out how”), and I’m not sure if this works on just any browser. As automated filters can trigger mail addressed to you to be forwarded to someone else (and trashed in your account), some already had their domain name kidnapped due to this issue. To Gmail users, Brandon suggests “Check your filters and make sure that nothing seems out of the ordinary.”



Copied from HERE

I’m using Vista OS X again

Saturday, November 22, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hi !

So,after formatting my computer because Vista OS X package corrupted my system files,I reinstall it yesterday because of it’s new version.

Here’s the link and the video I've done today.

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Hope to see you soon

Randa

What e-mail provider should I use ?

Thursday, November 20, 2008 4 Comments A+ a-

Hello , So these days I'm so confused on which e-mail provider should I use ?


Can you help me by voting please ? you can say why should i use that in a comment.


Tanks


"Randa"


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My series of introduction : N°2 “Apple”

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 6 Comments A+ a-

So, here’s probably your favorite company : APPLE.

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Apple is really a great company. It was found in California,USA on April 1st 1976 as Apple Compute, Inc.

It’s products are : Mac,iPod,iPhone,Apple TV,Mac OS X,Mac OS X Server,iLife,iWork,Cinema Display,AirPort .

formerly Apple Computer, Inc., is an American multinational corporation with a focus on designing and manufacturing consumer electronics and software products. The company's best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of personal computers, the iPod line of portable media players, and the iPhone. Apple's software products include the Mac OS X operating system, iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio- and film-industry software products. The company operates more than 200 retail stores in eight countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold.

From: 1976-1980,The company produced 2 computers called : Apple 1 and Apple2 .

From: 1981-1985,In 1984 Apple lunched the Macintosh. Its debut was announced by the now famous US$1.5 million television commercial.

From: 1986-1993,Having learned several painful lessons after introducing the bulky Macintosh Portable in 1989, Apple introduced the PowerBook in 1991, which established the modern form and ergonomic layout of the laptop computer.The same year, Apple introduced System 7, a major upgrade to the operating system which added color to the interface and introduced new networking capabilities. It remained the architectural basis for Mac OS until 2001.

My series of introduction: N°1 “Microsoft”

Monday, November 10, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

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Microsoft has a great history , let’s get to see how much she changed.

Microsoft was founded on April 4,1975 By Bill Gates and Paul Allen,it has a lot of products: Windows such as Windows xp,Windows Live Services such as Hotmail and messenger, MSN which is known every where,Microsoft Office, The XBOX 360,Windows Mobile,Zune,Microsoft Servers,Developer Tools,Microsoft Expression,Business Solutions.

In the present,Microsoft is developing it’s new OS “Windows 7”,trying to compete with Apple’s new “ Mac OS X Leopard ” and it’s in the way OS “Snow Leopard”.

The company is also developing it’s XBOX , Windows Mobile  and it’s Windows Live services as well .

Microsoft tried to buy Yahoo!Inc. so many times but Yahoo! Declined.

In the future, if Microsoft will really work hard (like:Apple,no offence but I steel like Apple even that I’m using Microsoft products.), I think it’ll be more popular than any other products.

Now , My opinion : What can Microsoft do more to compete with the others such as Apple,Yahoo!,AOL…?

- It can develop it’s search engine known as “Live Search”,to be honest ; I like it’s images search, and the way they show up , but ; to search content or website,Google is steel the leader.

- It’s OS “Windows Vista” is quite good,not too good but not too bad,I hope “Windows 7” will be better and will fix Vista’s problems,from what I’ve heard,it looks that it’s going to be a good one.

I think this is how I can describe Microsoft in a simple,small way so every one can understand and read without getting bored.

Hope you liked it and see you in the next introduction.

Randa

My series of introduction

Saturday, November 08, 2008 4 Comments A+ a-

Hi guys !

A lot of this blog readers requested me to write my own reviews instead of COPY/PASTE <<< I hate copy/paste too but it’s way easy since I’ve got school and I give the charges to the owner of the article at the end of each one.

Now,this series are completely written by me ; so if you copy/paste don’t forget to link back here .

These series are 4 because they’re about 4 popular companies : Microsoft ,Apple,Google and Yahoo!.

In these series I’ll Talk about their history(the companies),their present and their future from my perspective.

So,stay tuned ,they’ll be out soon.

Thanks for you all for supporting me and I promise I won’t disappoint you:).

See you soon;).

Randa

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Arrives: Sleek but Slow

Saturday, November 08, 2008 3 Comments A+ a-

This morning the stork dropped off one of the most highly-anticipated netbooks of the year. Everyone wanted to see and touch the Inspiron Mini 12 because it’s the first netbook with a 12-inch display. How good was the keyboard? How bright was the display? How fast did it boot?

We have been playing around with the Mini 12 since it arrived and have lots to say about the new slim notebook. We will be posting our full review of the system in the next day or two, but to tide you over here are our initial thoughts and a first video hands-on.

'Mobile Phones Will Shoot Full HD Video in 2012,' Ericsson Says

Saturday, November 08, 2008 3 Comments A+ a-

Ericsson AB of Sweden revealed its efforts in the mobile broadband market at a press conference Nov 6, 2008.

In the area of mobile communications, innovative technologies such as "HSPA evolution," which is the successor to HSPA, and "LTE (long term evolution)," which features high-speed communications of more than 100Mbps, are drawing interest. For both of these technologies, Ericsson intends to proactively develop and market embedded modules, base station facilities and other products.

Steve Ballmer Confirms Existence of Windows Mobile 6.5

Saturday, November 08, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

The possibility of there being a Windows Mobile 6.5 fell in the "rumor" column after Motorola CEO casually mentioned it in a conference call. Now have official word from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that this rumor is reality. This news came as a surprise to the community - as we had our eyes on Windows Mobile 7 and hadn't had any indication that there would be a release inbetween.
If you want to hear his comments, click on to the Telstra Live Webcast, then pick the Q&A Session 2 in the drop down below the video, and go to around 12 minutes, where he answers a question about the next 12, 18, 24 months of Windows Mobile:
With releases we'll make this year - releases we'll make with 6.5 next year, Windows Mobile 7, I think we have a pretty interesting roadmap.
So there you have it - Windows Mobile 6.5 is real, and will be shipping on devices next year! Let the speculation begin =D. Thanks to msmobiles for the keen eye.

From Here

My protecting programs

Thursday, November 06, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hello !


In this video,I show you what are the programs that I use to keep my computer safe from :Viruses,malwares…etc


Enjoy


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Apple Activates Podcast Downloads in 2.2 Firmware

Thursday, November 06, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-


German blog Schimanke.com publishes new screenshots from the iPhone 2.2 firmware that reveal that Apple has activated iTunes and App Store features that will make their debut in the next iPhone update. Prior to this past week, these new features had not been fully enabled.

The new iTunes Store screenshots confirm that Apple will be delivering over-the-air downloads for both video and audio podcasts. According to Schimanke, podcast downloads will be limited to episodes less than 10MB in size when using the cellular network.

OMG! iPhone keyboard! OMG!

Thursday, November 06, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-







This hack adds a third-party mini-keyboard to the iPhone, effectively turning Cupertino’s darling into a Compaq iPaq circa 2001. Does the iPhone really need a keyboard, people?

After using the iPhone for a little over a year, I find that the onscreen keyboard is intuitive and useful. The same can’t be said for many keyboards I’ve tried although I’ll admit a nice little Blackberry Curve keyboard would be a nice addition if it could be unobtrusive. Oh well. Pipe dreams.

From here

Google calls it quits on the Yahoo ad deal; Will Microsoft enter the picture?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Updated: In a move that’s not terribly surprising, Google said Wednesday that it is scrapping its search advertising deal with Yahoo. Google’s decision puts Yahoo’s search business back in play and may bring Microsoft back into the picture.

In a blog post, Google announced it was ending its plans for a Yahoo partnership. In separate statements, Yahoo and the Department of Justice responded. The DOJ noted that it would file an antitrust lawsuit if Google and Yahoo went forward with a deal. Yahoo had planned to use Google’s ads if the monetization rates were better than its own. According to David Drummond, Google’s Chief Legal Officer the headaches just didn’t make sense.

Yahoo’s Stock Spurts on False Rumors

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

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Yahoo’s stock jumped as much as 10 percent on Wednesday morning as rumors flew that it was on the verge of reaching a deal with Microsoft. The rumors, which people close to both companies unequivocally say are not true, seemed to gain legs when a broker sent around this e-mail to dozens of hedge funds:
“Employees at YHOO are said to have just received an internal memo, time-stamped at 8:00 PST, to expect a “major & historical announcement” today some time after 2pm PST. Sources are saying that “Yang has agreed to leave his post effective today and that YHOO is again in late-stage talks to sell the whole company to MSFT”. Deal is imminent and could be done by tonight. Price being mentioned is $17-$19.”

New Samsung Phone: a Real iPhone Killer?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

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To hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talk about Samsung Electronics’ new upgraded smart phone, T*Omnia, Korean consumers will soon get the mother of all smart phones on the planet. “The T*Omnia is at the forefront of this new generation of mobile devices,” declared Ballmer at a Seoul ceremony unveiling the phone on Nov. 3. “I like the T*Omnia phone because it brings together communications, productivity, multimedia, and entertainment in a way that meets the needs of both consumers and mobile professionals.”

Apple's new iTunes surprise: No more jailbreaking

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



You just bought a new MacBook Pro. You can't wait to pull it out of the box and sync it with your shiny new iPhone. Perhaps you travel abroad a lot, and you can't afford to pay AT&T's insane international roaming rates (Who can?). Or perhaps you have an application that Apple won't provide you through its App Store but that can be installed on a jailbroken phone.

Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

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Here we are sitting in the PC Magazine Labs, and it occurs to us: We've got a shiny new Macbook Pro and an early build of Windows 7 on disc, so why not attempt to use one to run the other?

Check out photos, video, and a run down of the process, after the jump.

Microsoft confirms MinWin is in Windows 7, after all

Monday, November 03, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

MinWin — the core of the Windows operating system — is, indeed, in Windows 7. It’s just not part of it in the way many people (including yours truly) initially assumed.

Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, who detailed via a Channel 9 Webcast last week how Windows 7 would  run on up to 256 processors, tackled yet again the MinWin bugaboo during that same episode.

Windows 7 pre-beta hits BitTorrent

Sunday, November 02, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

The pre-beta version of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system released to developers at the Professional Developers Conference has already made it onto prominent BitTorrent sites, where thousands of enthusiasts around the world are currently downloading it.

Well-known BitTorrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and Mininova were at the time of publication Friday hosting multiple downloads of the newly aired operating system--both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

On The Pirate Bay, one copy of the 32-bit build had more than one thousand people uploading it, and almost 7,000 people on the way to downloading it. The 64-bit version was less popular, with the earliest copy available on the site having only around 100 people hosting a copy and around a thousand still downloading it.

Eee PC 1000H Runs Windows 7 Well

Sunday, November 02, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

October 30th, 2008 by Joanna Stern


Here is a confession: I am getting pretty tired of netbooks running Windows XP. So when we got our Windows 7 Beta disc at PDC earlier this week, I couldn’t wait to get it running on a netbook.

This morning we loaded Windows 7 Ultimate (Pre-Beta) on an ASUS Eee PC 1000H. And just as Microsoft said: it works.  The Eee PC running a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM handles the new operating system pretty well, just as it ran Vista pretty well when  we loaded Vista Basic on it a few months ago. We still had a problem getting a few of the Eee PC drivers to work with the system, but for the most part we were able to get all of the features to work using the XP drivers provided by ASUS.

Almost new in Labs: SMS Text Messaging for chat

Sunday, November 02, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Oh snap. Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you chat from your computer and reach your friends no matter where they are. Your friends who are away from their computers get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards. It was pretty cool for a few minutes last night when we were sitting around texting each other.

Then we found a glitch. When you'd try to turn it on, it wouldn't fully enable. We thought about keeping it out there -- bugs and all -- but the experience wasn't that great. So, in the spirit of Labs, we've pulled SMS chat back to fix it, and we'll get it back out to you as soon as it's ready -- probably within 2 weeks, so stay tuned.

From the Gmailblog

Happy Halloween !

Thursday, October 30, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Hi guys !

I hope you’re enjoying your Halloween ^^, and I made a small video :

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Enjoy

The new AOL.com gets all social and stuff

Thursday, October 30, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-



A look at the 'My Networks' widget.



(Credit: AOL)

Social networks are front and center in the latest redesign of AOL's AOL.com homepage, which the company announced Thursday and says it will start to gradually roll out to users over the next few weeks (unless they choose to opt in earlier).

A widget (or module, or gadget, or whatever you want to call it) on the new AOL.com features a tabbed interface with updates from five different social-networking and messaging services: AOL's own AIM and Bebo, MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook. Called "My Networks," the tabs invite members to log into their social profiles and see a limited amount of information--feed and in-box updates from Facebook and MySpace, new Twitter messages, AIM status messages, etc.--as well as links to access the full versions of the apps.

The Facebook credentials, for example, come from the social network's new Facebook Connect service, an extension of its developer API.

These are just the launch partners, AOL executive James Clark told CNET News last week, and more social-networking and messaging services will be added to the lineup over time. "(It's) part of a consistent evolution of opening up," Clark explained, pointing to AOL's addition last month of outside e-mail service alerts to AOL.com. The more dynamic homepage, which also includes an embedded RSS reader, is indicative of a new direction for AOL, he said.

"Traditional portals have gone about as far as they can go," Clark added.

AOL acquired social aggregator Socialthing this year, but has not specifically integrated its technology into the new AOL.com--yet. Clark said that the separate teams have been "comparing notes," though.

From Cnet

Official Windows 7 Screen Shots

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Via Sarah in Tampa I’ve seen my first screen shots of Windows 7 in action.

The best way to describe the images is that "it’s all in the details", as they say.

These images are exactly what I hoped Windows 7 would be - simple and elegant. I wasn’t looking for "innovative" (that term has been used so much it’s completely lost its meaning when applied to OSes these days). I wasn’t looking for "wow". I wasn’t looking for "cool". What I was looking for is something usable, streamlined and functional.

Microsoft Office Comes to the Browser (Finally)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-






Microsoft announced this morning at its PDC conference that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of some of its main office software products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These will be "lightweight versions", but Microsoft told us yesterday that they'll still have rich functionality and will be comparable to Google's suite of online office applications. The apps will enable users to create, edit and collaborate on Microsoft Office documents through the browser. The apps will work in IE, Firefox and Safari browsers (no word on whether Google Chrome will be supported). Update: Commenter Sean, who says he works on the project, said that this will be 100% HTML + AJAX - rather than Silverlight or a proprietary MS plug-in.

WORLD FIRST review of Inspiron Mini 12: Dell’s super-slim netbook!

Monday, October 27, 2008 5 Comments A+ a-

Handed to us by Michael Dell himself, APC has the world’s first Inspiron Mini 12 netbook, so sit back and enjoy as we serve up the spy shots and dig deep into the tech.


Let’s set the scene. I’m in Shanghai attending a regional Dell event with selected media, analysts and partners. During a break between sessions I grab a much-need coffee in the ante room. Also imbibing the juice of the bean is Michael Dell, who’s perhaps the most affable and genuinely down-to-earth technology uber-exec I’ve ever met. Especially for a zillionaire from Texas.

I compliment him on the company’s Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, which is a superb little machine. “Yeah, we’re real proud of that” he beams like an equally proud dad might. “Hey, have you seen this one, the 12 inch model?”

Google Earth brings virtual tourism to iPhone

Monday, October 27, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-


Google Earth for the iPhone can show satellite views of the world in 3D, in this case the Matterhorn, and dots the display with blue squares showing geotagged Panoramio photos.

Google Earth for the iPhone can show satellite views of the world in 3D, in this case the Matterhorn, and dots the display with blue squares showing geotagged Panoramio photos.



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SAN FRANCISCO--Google already has customized some of its Web sites for display on the iPhone, but now the company also dived headlong onto Apple's highly regarded mobile phone with a full-fledge application, a handheld version of its Google Earth geographical software.

Windows Vista No Longer Matters

Monday, October 27, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Make no mistake: Microsoft has moved beyond Windows Vista, which will become all too apparent during this week's Professional Developer Conference. Windows 7 is the future, and in many ways it's the present, too.

Contrary to ridiculous assertions recently made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows Vista is a flop. If businesses aren't buying Vista, after waiting six (now seven) years, it's no success. Yet, during the last day of the Gartner 2008 expo 10 days ago, Steve asserted that Vista "has been extremely successful."

Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!

Sunday, October 26, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!










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Verizon “Big Red” Wireless wants to be better than Santa and prepares a bunch of hot new phones for the Holidays (scheduled to be released in November), an internal document tells us. We’ve heard about them in earlier rumors, but here is the real deal:

The Samsung OMNIA SCH-i910 looks exactly as the GSM version, with the Widgets on the homescreen and optical mouse between the send and end keys. From the few listed specs it seems to be the same when it comes to features, too. Instead of GSM it is a CDMA/EV-DO phone but also runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS and features 5-megapixel camera, 8GB internal memory plus microSD slot, 128MB RAM and GPS (for VZ Navigator). As there is a main menu button on the bottom of the home screen we guess that the Verizon OMNIA will have the same personalized interface as the original.

If you are keen on Windows Mobile but don’t like the OMNIA, don’t worry, Verizon Wireless will spread some HTC magic as well. The CDMA version of the Touch Pro appears as the PCD Raphael C XV6850. We guess that stands for Raphael CDMA (Raphael is the internal name of the Pro) and the carrier will call it Verizon Wireless XV6850, the successor of the XV6800. Features include EV-DO Rev. A support, Windows Mobile 6.1, 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi, microSD slot and VZ Navigator. We hope we’ll see the TouchFlo 3D interface as well, although it is not shown on the picture.
The third new Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone is the Samsung Saga SCH-i770. This is the VZW variant of the Epix and will replace the i760 as a CDMA/GSM hybrid (it is quad-band GSM for global roaming). Saga features EV-DO Rev. A, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD and 2MP camera.











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Oh, it seems Verizon Wireless really is in love with Samsung, doesn’t it? The Korean manufacturer will bring another global phone, supporting both CDMA and quad-band GSM frequencies – the Samsung Renown SCH-U810. It is a clamshell reminding of the Gleam, with 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot and one of the few to offer Visual Voice Mail.

The document of course displays also the first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm.

Which one do you like most? Do you plan on buying for a self-gift for the Holidays? Tell us in the comments section below!

From here

A video about Android

Saturday, October 25, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

I found this video on Youtube and I think it's intresting to watch :









Enjoy

Bugs & Fixes: The iPhone app crash champion

Saturday, October 25, 2008 2 Comments A+ a-

If your iPhone crashes more often than you would like, conventional wisdom typically attributes this to the proliferation of third-party apps on your phone, the ones you added via the App Store. However, this is likely a misconception, or at least an exaggeration.

Recently, I launched Console on my Mac and navigated to MobileDevice -> Ted’s iPhone 3G (the name here will obviously be different for your iPhone). This is where you’ll find a list of every recent iPhone crash, sorted by the name of each process that crashed (the list is updated each time your sync your iPhone).

Somewhat to my surprise, the vast majority of these crashes were due to Apple processes (despite the fact that I have more than 40 third-party apps on my iPhone). The primary culprits were the App Store application itself, Mobile Safari, and Apple’s Texas Hold’em game.

Of course, a few third-party apps also showed up, including one pernicious app that turned out to be the overall “winner” with more crashes than any other: the NYTimes app. It has crashed my iPhone more than 50 times since July. To be fair, I launch this app more often than most others, so it has more chances to crash. But that’s not a sufficient excuse to let this app off the hook. It crashes a lot by any standard. I didn’t really need to check Console to know this. NYTimes crashes almost every time I use it.

Threads in numerous forums, including Apple’s and Macworld’s, confirm that I am not alone here. What is missing from all of these threads, unfortunately, is any suggested work-around or solution. Apparently, the only hope is for the New York Times to release an update that fixes their buggy app.

The only mystery is why it hasn’t already done this. I assume the app’s makers just don’t care enough to make it a sufficiently high priority. There’s an old saying: “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.” The Times should have considered this advice before unleashing their unworthy app on iPhone users.

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta

Friday, October 24, 2008 1 Comments A+ a-

Hi there, Mike Nash here.

As you know we are getting ready to talk about Windows 7 at the PDC next week.  Before we do that, I thought I would give you an update on our latest work for Windows Vista.

We are committed to continually improving Windows, and we've been getting some questions about the timing of the next service pack for Windows Vista.  Following the success of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 last spring, we have been working hard on Windows Vista Service Pack 2. As a part of the development and testing process, we're going to start by providing a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers with Windows Vista SP2 Beta for evaluation next Wednesday, October 29. The final release date for Windows Vista SP2 will be based on quality. So we'll track customer and partner feedback from the beta program before setting a final date for the release.

Windows Vista SP2 Beta contains previously released fixes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues. We expect Windows Vista SP2 will retain compatibility with applications that run on Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1 and are written using public APIs.

Because we've adopted a single serviceability model, these improvements are integrated into a single service pack covering both Windows Vista (client) and Windows Server 2008 (server) versions. This should also minimize deployment and testing complexity for our customers.

In addition to previously released updates since the launch of Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2 contains changes focused on supporting new types of hardware and adding support for several emerging standards:

  • Windows Vista SP2 adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches.

  • Windows Vista SP2 contains the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology.

  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista.

  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration.

  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.


One question I know that you will ask is "should I wait for SP2?" The reality is that Windows Vista SP1 is a great platform that is both available on new Windows PCs and available as a free download for systems that are running the "gold" release of Windows Vista.  While we will recommend SP2 when it ships, your best bet today is Windows Vista SP1.

I look forward to sharing more about Windows Vista SP2 in the future - stay tuned!

From here

A picture is worth a thousand words

Friday, October 24, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Posted by Darren Lewis, Gmail engineer
Here on the Gmail team, we're always thinking of ways to help you communicate. Back in the day, we put chat right inside Gmail. Then along came group chat and more emoticons. And when we realized that late night communication had its downsides, we created a state-of-the-art lucidity test for after-hours email. Anyway, the black and white days of text-based emails have had their day. Following the evolutionary path blazed by colored labels, we present, in all their technicolor glory, emoticons in your mail.

No more will you have to settle for a ;) when you can have a. Out with the "XOXO" and in with the. And of course, when the bad news smells really bad, transcends all words.
So raise yourand welcome in the colorful new world of Gmail
P.S. For those of you who love our chat smileys,
we've also added a whole new set for your enjoyment.

From the Gmail blog

My new diary

Thursday, October 23, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Here's my new diary for 2009 ^^


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New Apple ads avoid Vista, target Microsoft’s ads

Thursday, October 23, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Editor’s Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld’s Macintosh Knowledge Center.

After two months of ad silence, Apple has finally responded to Microsoft’s $300 million Windows image makeover campaign with two new ads that poke fun at Microsoft’s TV ads.

The move is a departure from Apple’s usual tactics during its two-years-and-counting TV campaign, which has been to mock problems in the Vista operating system itself.

While reaction to the ads on YouTube and elsewhere is mixed-to-positive, many tech bloggers feel that the latest ads have brought the back-and-forth sniping between the two companies to a new, undesirable level of ‘inside baseball.’
Apple’s ‘Bean Counter’ ad makes fun of Microsoft’s recent TV spots.

One Apple ad, entitled ‘Bean Counter,’ “appears to assume that you care about Micorosft advertising budgets, and the second one [entitled ‘The ‘V’ Word’] doesn’t make much sense at all unless you’ve noticed the downplaying of Vista in recent Microsoft ads,” wrote former PCWorld editor, Harry McCracken. “Both bash Vista without saying anything positive about the Mac, and they bash it for its promotion as much as for the product that’s being promoted.”

“It’s getting dirty out there folks—we haven’t seen a smear campaign like this since, well, Obama and McCain,” Zach Epstein wrote in his Boy Genius Report blog. “The bottom line is that the whole thing is getting old. Sure, fanboys will still snicker at Justin Long and all of his snappy zingers, but you don’t need to sell fanboys now, do you Apple? …It might be best to get rolling with a new campaign before Justin Long becomes the next Aflac duck or Geico gecko—you know, so hated that people actually vow never to give those companies a single dollar as a result.”

Microsoft declined to comment on Apple’s latest ads.

When Microsoft released its first ‘I’m a PC’ ad last month after its controversial Seinfeld-Gates ‘teaser’ ads, it referred to Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ television campaign by including a lookalike to the frumpy ‘PC’ character whose line was, “Hello, I’m a PC, and I’ve been made into a stereotype.”

Microsoft otherwise took the high road, resisting the temptation to directly attack its smaller tormenter in its ad.

“It’s Marketing 101. It clearly makes sense for the No. 2 guy to pick a fight with the No. 1 guy,” Eric Hollreiser, director of corporate communications for Microsoft told Computerworld last month. “There were some pervasive misperceptions that we needed to address. It’s unmistakeable that we will focus on them. But we will quickly pivot to the positive values of Windows.”

From here

Changing That Home Page? Take Baby Steps

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



Tapan Bhat of Yahoo with a new version of the home page, left, which is being introduced and tested in stages, and the current page, right. Mr. Bhat is leading the redesign.

A FEW weeks ago, Yahoo began what may be its biggest overhaul of its home page. But if you are among the roughly 100 million Americans who stop by Yahoo.com every month, the odds are that you haven’t noticed any changes.



That’s because the job of revamping the Web’s most visited portal page is fraught with risk. If even a small fraction of Yahoo’s audience doesn’t like the changes, the company could lose millions of users and millions of dollars in advertising. So Yahoo is introducing changes in small stages and to small segments of its audience at a time, all while soliciting feedback from its users.

You could call it stealth innovation. The company’s goal is to end up several months from now with a completely different, and presumably better, front page — with its audience intact. The effort is as much art as science and seeks to balance the company’s desire to innovate with its fear of alienating users. And it offers an example of how online services are designed and improved in a world where a rival’s offering is just a click away.

The challenges are not unique to Yahoo. All kinds of Web sites, big and small, face similar issues as they leap from version 1.0 to version 2.0 and beyond. But the largest, most successful sites have the most to lose by springing sudden changes on their users, so they often exercise particular caution. Google, for instance, has said it tries to make changes to its search engine that, on their own, are imperceptible, but that taken together result in a better product over time. With the same goal in mind, eBay once took 30 days to gradually change the background color of its home page from gray to white.

Those who don’t exercise caution do so at their own peril. AOL, for example, set off a user revolt in 2006 when it suddenly transformed the Netscape.com portal into a “social” news service, where users’ votes determined which articles received top billing. By the time AOL reversed course the next year, the Netscape portal had lost half its audience.

“People become attached to the way things are done and don’t like changes,” said Dan Clifford, founder and managing partner of AnswerLab, a company that conducts usability tests for clients like eBay, Intuit and Yahoo. “At the same time, users are pretty vocal about what they like.”

Jerry Yang, Yahoo’s chief executive, has often spoken about its goal to transform itself from an Internet portal to a “starting point” for millions of Web users. To some pundits, it sounded like a distinction without a difference. But to Tapan Bhat, the Yahoo executive charged with transforming the home page, the differences are vast.

Users will be able to customize the new home page, which eventually will include more content from other popular Web sites; applications allowing people to track their activities on places like eBay, Netflix or Facebook; and social networking features.

“We are fundamentally changing the front page into a dashboard for the Web,” said Mr. Bhat, a senior vice president.

In mid-September, after months of research and testing of early prototypes, Mr. Bhat’s team began introducing a redesign of the home page to randomly selected fractions of Yahoo’s audience in the United States, Britain, France and India.

Feedback poured in quickly. Comments like “I hate it” were not uncommon. Users also had more specific complaints, like “You made this more cluttered” and “There are fewer stories.”

Each of the more than 10,000 comments that Yahoo has already received has been read by someone on Mr. Bhat’s team. “You can dismiss it, which is stupid, or you can try to understand what it is that users are telegraphing,” Mr. Bhat said. There were actually more stories on the new page, he said, but because it was less cluttered, some users perceived fewer.

In the new design, Yahoo created an applications module on the left side of the page that included a tab called MyMailboxes and gave users access not only to their Yahoo e-mail but also to accounts they may have on other services. But what Yahoo thought was an enhancement felt like a detriment to some users. Before the redesign, the e-mail icon was in a module on the right side of the page, and many users complained that they could no longer access their e-mail easily.

Yahoo tried many solutions, including putting an icon for mail back on the right side but keeping the MyMailboxes tab in its place.

That seemed to work. As users returned to the page, they rediscovered MyMailboxes and said they liked having access to their other e-mail. “We were able to turn a negative into a positive,” Mr. Bhat said. “Six months from now, we may be able to remove the mail icon from the right.”

Testing of each feature is proceeding in stages. Each group of users, typically less than 1 percent of Yahoo’s audience, is selected for one design change. Other groups of users are picked for other changes. When the new features have been tested and fine-tuned, they are combined into a new page, which becomes the “baseline design” and may be introduced to another, larger group. Then the process begins anew, with more changes.

THIS approach requires flexibility, Mr. Bhat said.

“You have to have a very clear understanding of where you want to go,” he said. “But users will help you figure out how to adjust your course. If you end up going in a completely different direction, you did something wrong” in the design process, he added.

Does the process slow innovation? Not necessarily, Mr. Bhat says. He compares it to lighting a room gradually with a dimmer switch.

“If you go from light to dark by flipping a switch, your eyes may hurt for a minute or two,” he says. “You may end up being able to see faster if you use the dimmer.”

From NYT

Another monday to hate >_<

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

The video will tell you everything
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Lala’s Spectacular New Music Service

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

For a couple of months now, I’ve been using a music service that’s been in a quiet (but open) beta period. It’s been kind of amazing. That service is the all-new version of Lala, and it’s officially throwing its doors open to the public today.

Among other things, Lala is:

–a service that sells MP3s (DRM-free, natch) for 89 cents apiece and streaming-only versions of songs (”Web songs”) for a dime (which can be applied later to the purchase of an MP3). Entire streaming “Web albums” are typically eighty cents. And most downloadable MP3 albums are aggressively priced–ones that go for $9.99 on iTunes are typically $7.49 on Lala, less than even the price-slashing Amazon.com download store charges. (Any download you buy includes a streaming version at no extra cost.)


–a service that will let you listen to scads of new music without paying even that one thin dime per streaming track, since you can stream any song that Lala has–and it has millions, from the four major labels and 170,000 independents–for free the first time you listen. (New members also get their first fifty Web songs for free, period.)


–a service which scans the music on your computer’s hard drive, identifies the songs, and puts them into your online library at Lala for free, so you can listen to them in any browser on any computer. Yes, this is a modern version of My.MP3.com, the nifty service that was killed by the music industry back in 2000. But this time around, Lala is paying the music companies so it’s all kosher. (I’ve wanted MyMP3 back since the day it went away, so I got kind of emotional when I saw that Lala had essentially replicated it for the moden era of digital music.)


–a social network that lets you discover new music by seeing what other folks are listening to, then listening yourself–again, for free if you’ve never heard a track before, and for a dime if you’ve listened once and haven’t already bought the Web version.


–an iPhone application that lets you stream your entire music to your phone; as long as you’ve got an Internet connection, the effect is a little like having an iPod with infinite capacity. (The iPhone app isn’t available yet, but I saw a preview and liked it; the company says it’ll arrive soon.)




What’s impressive about Lala isn’t just the number of things it does, but how well it does them. I’ve been using it for a while, and it works exceptionally well. The browser-based interface for listening to your music mimics iTunes, and it’s easy to forget it’s Web-based: music starts with little or no delay, and keeps playing even if you browse around Lala or bop over to another browser tab or window.



Integration between Lala’s various features is nicely done–for instance, if you’re browsing albums for sale, Lala knows which songs you already have and doesn’t try to sell them to you again. Which makes it easy to complete albums which you own in partial form. (In the screen below, I already own “Break on Through” and “Alabama Song,” so they don’t have Add links.)



The service’s Music Mover application, which puts songs you already own into your Lala collection, is available in both Windows and Mac versions and performed like a champ in my tests. Of about 16,000 audio tracks on my laptop, it identified roughly half and instantly unlocked them in my Lala collection. The other half–which consisted largely of oddball stuff like a 78-rpm Mickey Mouse Club album that a friend transferred and entire seasons of 1930s radio shows–it had to upload track by track; that took a loooong time. But when it was done, I had all my music and other audio stuff in a form I can listen to on any computer that has a browser–even the songs I’d bought from iTunes that are protected with Apple’s FairPlay DRM.

Lala has been around for around two and a half years, and it’s kind of hopscotched from one music-related business model to another. It began as a service for swapping CDs by mail. Then it bought Woxy.com, a popular online radio station in Cincinnati. Then it tried free music streaming. So my instinct is to be cautious about the company’s attention span. But this latest incarnation of the service is downright amazing–I can’t imagine anyone who loves music not going gaga for it. A decade into the digital music revolution, its Music Mover and slick interface make it among the very coolest things I’ve ever seen.

The company’s cofounder, Bill Nguyen, tells me that the company can make a comfortable profit selling songs for a dime apiece in streaming form and for less than most of the competition as MP3 downloads; he also says that the company has the deals in place to offer nearly all the music folks will want to listen to in both Web and MP3 form. (I haven’t done a methodical analysis of what it has and doesn’t have, but I found seven out of the top ten albums in the Billboard 200 in Web form, and eight out of ten as downloads; most, but not all, of the music I’ve tried to listen to has been available.)

Lala’s business strategy, Nguyen says, is to making finding and listening to music so incredibly easy that buying it is irresistible. We’ll see how it turns out–like I say, it’s also possible to get a heck of a lot out of Lala without ever buying anything. I’m rooting for the company–the new Lala is just plain terrific, and I’d like to see it stick around for a long time to come.

From: Here

The Visual Design of 2.7

Friday, October 17, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



It’s finally here, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The long months of your tolerance and forbearance as you suffered through the inelegance of our hacked-together, leftover Crazyhorse interface are almost at an end. (Was it really that painful?)

This week at the Automattic team’s semi-annual offsite meeting (offsite since we have no office), the visuals you have been craving were finally created and approved. We hope you like them. Mad props to Matt Thomas and Andy Peatling for their visual talents. You can expect these designs to be extended to the rest of the 2.7 screens and implemented over the coming weeks.

So now that we finally nailed down the look, how’s it going to work? The menu system in particular has been the topic of discussion on the hackers and testers lists, so I thought I would take this opportunity to explain how we plan for it to work. As you know, one of the goals of 2.7 was to reduce the necessity to load new screens just to access sub-navigation menus; we wanted the most-used screens to be within a click or two at most. If you’ve been using the nightly builds, you got used to the arrow controls that allowed you to expand and contract the menus. Then you got used to the box-style with icons that not only opened and closed vertically, but could be minimized horizontally as well, leaving a remnant of icons to provide a kind of “advanced mode,” though you don’t need to be particularly advanced to use it. Now that we have real button styles (the icons are still placeholders, and we hope to have some new ones soonish), we’ve nailed down the menu functionality.
2.7 New Post Screen, Unfinished

2.7 New Post Screen, Unfinished




Each section header has three parts: the icon on the left, the blue link text, and the area to the right where an expansion arrow appears on hover or in expanded state. You can see that the arrow is contained in a small segment of the header, similar to the way the favorites menu is structured. If you click on this segment, the menu will expand to show the choices in that section. Click again to close the menu. Click on the blue link text and you will go directly to the screen for the first choice in that section, where the section menu will be opened to show you the other section choices. Double-click on the section icon and the menu will close horizontally, leaving the icon list visible. In this state, hovering over the icons will display the menus for each section, so you’re still only a click away from most screens. Double-click on an icon when the menu is closed this way and it will take you to the first screen in that section. The small arrows attached to the dividing lines between menu groups will also act as open/close toggles for using the horizontal collapse/expand function.

This variety of ways of using the menu system aims to accommodate both power user and novice alike. Clicking on blue link text like normal will bring the expected result for the novice, while the advanced user has more options for navigation that allow a more customized experience. We hope you like this result as much as we do, and you can expect to see it implemented in Trunk soon.

The image below is the new Dashboard style, which I’ll save explaining for early next week, but hopefully the preview will get you excited for the new design.
2.7 Dashboard

2.7 Dashboard


From : Wordpress.org Blog


From here and It was written by Jane

Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile…And Make Some Connections!

Friday, October 17, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Yahoo begins the rollout of its new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of the Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS. The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) to Yahoo’s strategy of turning the site into one big social network.

It’s been a long haul for the company, which first talked about the new strategy almost a year ago. More details, and a few conceptual screenshots, were announced at CES in January. A newcomer to Yahoo, VP Communities Jim Stoneham (he joined six weeks ago), is leading the team that’s creating new social features.

So here’s exactly what Yahoo is launching today:
a new look for the user profile, and the ability to create “connections,” which are mutual friendships. That’s it for the front end. Yahoo has also created what they’re calling a “vitality system to share updates” on the back end, which is an engine to run activity stream-like content for future releases. See below for an example of the new profile. The rollout begins now, but some users won’t see it for a few hours. However, if you get someone who has it to add you as a connection, you’ll be in right away.

Over the next few months, they say, Yahoo properties will begin to integrate with the new profile. So if you answer a question at Yahoo Answers, for example, the activity will show up in your feed update. Eventually the front page of Yahoo Mail will show what your friends are up to as well. And one thing I really like - emails from your connections will be highlighted, so you can read them first.

If you have a Yahoo account, you can see your profile at profiles.yahoo.com/[username] (mine is here, but it hasn’t changed over to the new one yet).

The other half of Yahoo’s YOS strategy centers on an open strategy, particularly around search - see our update from April where some of those features were discussed and released.



From: TechCrunch

Firefox 3.1 beta 1 released

Thursday, October 16, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Mozilla’s work on the next version of Firefox reached the beta stage, as the organization released Firefox 3.1 beta 1.

The new version is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering engine, which has been under development for six months. Improvements in the latest release include Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine; added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties; a new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to; and improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search.

Firefox 3.1 also adds support for new web technologies such as the video and audio elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications.

The latest beta can be downloaded from the Mozilla Web site.

From :MacWorld

Reader mail: How can I get your job?

Thursday, October 16, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Question: I doubt you actually read many of these but I figured it was worth a shot. My name is Matthew and I'm an English major with a journalism minor at the University of Delaware. You pretty much have my dream job, and I would love to know how you went about becoming a technology reviewer.Matthew: Thanks for writing in, and I couldn't agree more—this is a dream job, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. And I'm happy to share my story. Strangely enough, though, my advice has little to do with my actual experience in getting here.

Why's that? Well, here's the thing: I graduated from college (UC Davis, to be exact) in 1991, more than (gulp) 17 years ago. Between then and now, something huge happened that changed everything: the Internet.

Well, that's not exactly true—there was an Internet in 1991, it's just that hardly anyone (well, hardly anyone outside of academia, engineering, and the military) knew about it. I certainly didn't.

Now, if I was graduating college today and looking to review gadgets for a living, here's what I'd do:

Start your own tech blog. Right now. Pretend you have an audience of thousands, and write accordingly (i.e., fake it 'till you make it). Blog about the hottest topics, and be as timely as possible. Get noticed—link to other, bigger blogs, score invites to trade events (they're mostly in San Francisco, New York City, and Vegas—you might have to fly, but it's worth it), and chat up some tech editors (hint: they're over at the bar). Lean on your Facebook/Linkedin/MySpace pals (they might know someone who knows someone who knows ... oh, you know the drill). Keep an eye out for job opportunities (the big guys—like Engadget and Gizmodo—post job openings pretty regularly) and apply promptly (and make sure to follow their instructions). Rinse and repeat, until you get lucky; the more persistent you are, the luckier you'll get.

Back in the early 90s, though—when I was just getting started—things couldn’t have been more different. Instead, it was all about internships.

At the risk of sounding like one of those "I used to trudge to school through 10 feet of snow" guys (cue up the "remember when" music), back then you couldn't scour Mediabistro or ping your buddies on Linkedin or Facebook for job leads; instead, you'd go to a job placement office (in person) and flip through three-ring binders—yes, filled with paper—looking for entry-level jobs or (even better) promising internships.

Indeed, I wouldn't be in journalism at all without internships. I got my foot in the door through a summer internship at a small newspaper in Northern California—The Reporter, in Vacaville (and here's a shout-out to then-City Editor Diane Barney, who took a chance on me and essentially launched my career). A year or so later (think 1994), I was hired full-time, and I started on the education beat, writing three-to-five stories a day.

At the Reporter, I learned (again) how to write—and write fast. (Great training for blogging, now that I think about it.) I wrote my stories on a clunky old PC with a monochrome screen—text-only, mind you. And while we got AP wire feeds, there was no Internet—at least not on my terminal. The paper's librarian had a PC with Mosaic, but I rarely looked at it.

Fast-forward to 1997; picture me in another job placement office, this time in San Francisco. I plowed through more three-ring binders, looking for another internship. I found one for Wired magazine, applied on a whim, and luckily (I had little tech experience and no connections), I got it.

I didn't know it then, but my three-month Wired internship was crucial. Once I had "Wired" on my resume, editors started returning my calls, and one of them worked at CNET. By Halloween in 1997, I was a production assistant at Download.com.

Finally, I was doing daily Web publishing—no more print! But no blogging, either. In fact, the very first blog wouldn't appear until December 1997, a couple of months after I got the CNET gig, and I didn't start blogging myself until 2000 (just a personal blog—CNET didn't launch any tech blogs until much later, and Engadget and Gizmodo were still a few years away).

After five years at CNET, I moved to New York, freelanced full-time for a couple of years (lots of articles, but no blogging), went to trade shows (connections, connections) and eventually got a call from a certain Chris Null, of Yahoo! Tech fame (for whom I'd freelanced in the past). The rest, as they say, is history.

So Matthew: I hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane. That said, the best advice I can give is back in paragraph five: Start blogging (and send me the URL once you do). Blog early and often. Make those connections. And keep at it.

Best of luck.

From: Yahoo!Tech

MacBook and MacBook Pro Unpacking, Disassembly and First Impressions

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-

Apple's new MacBooks and MacBook Pros have already arrived at retail stores. A forum user posted photos of the Sydney Apple Store setting up the new laptops.

Engadget posts a series of unboxing shots, and both Engadget and Macworld posted their first impressions. We've also gathered a few other notes of interest:

- MacBook is half a pound lighter than previous.
- MacBook Pro is two-tenths of a pound heavier than previous.
- Trackpad is surprisingly usable: "The click feels similar to the traditional button -- though slightly more resistive -- and you're able to do right-clicking by either a two-finger gesture or assigning one of the bottom corners." (Video demo) - Engadget
- "Place four fingers on the trackpad and flick them up, and Expose hides all your windows and exposes the desktop. Flick down with the same four fingers, and Expose shows all windows. Swipe left or right and the application switcher appears." - Macworld
- Kodawarisan has already posted some disassembly photos of the new MacBook.
- The mystery port from the leaked photos is the battery indicator (now on the side)
- The MacBook does not have Firewire
- The MacBook Pro has Firewire 800 (which supports Firewire 400)
- Apple has posted a manufacturing video (QuickTime) of how the new MacBooks are created from a slab of aluminum.
- The $1299 MacBook does not have a backlit keyboard

From: MacRumors

Apple Announces New Aluminum MacBooks

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-


At their Notebook Media event today, Apple announced two new MacBook models which have adopted new all-metal enclosures, improved graphics performance, and glass Multi-Touch trackpads.

“Apple has invented a whole new way of building notebooks from a single block of aluminum. And, just as important, they are the industry’s greenest notebooks,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The new MacBooks offer incredible features our users will love —like their stunning all-metal design, great 3D graphics and LED backlit displays—at prices up to $700 less than before.”



Features include:

- Unibody enclosure
- Mini DisplayPort for Video out
- NVIDIA graphics
- Instant-on LED-backlit displays
- Glass Multi-Touch trackpad with new Multi-Touch gestures

The old low end $1099 MacBook will remain in Apple's product line and fall to $999, while the new MacBooks will provide the following price points:

- $1299. 13.3" Glossy Display, 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 160GB HD.
- $1599. 13.3" Glossy Display, 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 250GB HD.

There appears to be no Firewire port as previously discussed. More details available at http://www.apple.com/macbook/. The new MacBook will be available in early November.

From: MAcRumors

Apple October 2008 Notebook Media Event Coverage

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 0 Comments A+ a-



Some last minute images showing off the bottom of the new Apple notebook cases and removable battery. Last night, we saw a number of credible details about Apple's expected announcements today:
- More Apple Notebook Details: Clickable Glass Trackpad, GPUs, Pricing
- MacBook Pros with Hybrid SLI, Extra Long Battery? MacBook Announcement?
- Apple's New $899 Product is an LED Display and Not a MacBook
The Apple notebook media event starts at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern. The Apple Store has already gone down for updates. Live keynote coverage can be followed at the following links:
- Gizmodo.com
- Engadget.com
- ArsTechnica
- Macworld
We'll be providing Twitter updates as well as providing summary updates to this news story. MacRumorsLive will return at Macworld San Francisco 2009.

From : MacRumors