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Apple Will Launch its Slimmest and Sleekest Notebook in January

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 1:04pm.

DigiTimes reported today that Kenmos Technology and Taiwan Nano Electro-Optical Technology have both started supplying LED backlight LCD Units to Apple and Dell. Nano Electro-Optical is shipping 12.1” LCD (LED backlight) to Dell whereas Apple has validated 13.3” LCD for its notebook. Apple has ordered around 90,000 units for December. According to Appleinsider Apple will design it ultra-portable around 13.3” display even though most ultra-portables have 10” to 12” displays. DigiTimes notes that the component shipments to both Dell and Apple are for high-end models, which rules out the use of these displays for the present 13” Macbook models. Apple will most likely introduce the new notebook at the Macworld on 15th January.

Adobe Adds H.264 Video Support to Flash Player 9

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 12:30pm.

Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3, which includes H.264 video support the same standard used in Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, QuickTime and iTunes video. The new player will support High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio capabilities. The update also features hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced, full-screen video playback for high-resolution viewing across major operating systems and browsers. Two out of three major online video distributing and playing software now supports H.264 video. The one left is Windows Media player and we know Microsoft won’t leave WMV video format even though H.264 is better. You can download the new flash update here.

Mac BU Posts New PowerPoint and Word Highlights of Office 2008

Submitted by lalit on November 28, 2007 - 9:41pm.

For past few months Microsoft’s Mac BU has been posting sneak peeks of upcoming features in Office 2008, which will be released in less the two months. PowerPoint and Word features are getting highlighted this time. PowerPoint gets iPhoto integration, just click on object palette and get quick access to all your iPhoto images to use in PowerPoint. You can also send presentation to iPhoto as slides to be synced with iPod or iPhone and PowerPoint presentation can be controlled with Apple remote control. In Word you can customize backgrounds and add color-coded tabs to organize your notes in Notebook layout. You can also synchronize audio notes to typed or handwritten notes minutes or research. You can use flags to find information and you can easily reorganize notes with the help of color-coded tabs. If you want to get more information about Office 2008 or see what other feature highlights Microsoft has posted visit Mac Office 2008 website.

Windows XP Trounced Windows Vista in All Performance Tests

Submitted by lalit on November 28, 2007 - 7:39pm.

Many users have voiced worries about Vista’s resource requirements and overall system speed compared to XP. Researchers at Devil Mountain Software, a Florida-based developer of performance management tools, have posted data from their most recent Windows performance tests -- and Vista, even after it's been upgraded to the new Service Pack 1 beta package and 2GB  RAM, is shown to be a laggard. The researches compared Vista, Vista SP1 beta, XP SP2 and XP SP3 beta. In all the tests XP  (SP2 and SP3) out performed Windows Vista by a margin of 2X. The tests were performed on Dell XPS M1710 with 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900GS graphics card using OfficeBench software. The researches said on where they have posted the results of the tests “Of course, none of this bodes well for Vista, which is now more than 2x slower than the most current builds of its older sibling and if you've been disappointed with the performance of Windows Vista to date, get used to it. SP1 is simply not the panacea that many predicted. In the end, it's Vista's architecture - not a lack of tuning or bug fixes - that makes it perform so poorly on systems that were "barn-burners" under Windows XP.” So in short if you thought Vista was an upgrade to XP you were wrong.

Google Adds My Location Feature to Mobile Maps

Submitted by lalit on November 28, 2007 - 6:24pm.

Google is adding a new feature to Google Mobile Maps that automatically sets your location even in phones that lack a GPS device. The new beta feature triangulates your approximate location based on nearby cell towers so you don’t have to type in your address. For example you can just type ‘sushi’ rather then typing ‘sushi San Francisco’. The Google Maps will automatically approximate your location based on nearby cell tower. The My Location feature works indoors, uses less battery then GPS does and is faster (mobile GPS can take up to few minutes to get information). The negative side of My Location is its not as accurate as GPS, it can be off by few blocks. According to Steve Lee, product manager for Google Mobile Maps “The performance of the technology, which was developed in-house, will improve the more people use it, We're creating a database of cell tower locations and that database is built from people using Google Maps for Mobile”. The new feature will work with most smart phones except Motorola Q, Samsung Blackjack, Palm Treo 700W and iPhone. I just hope Apple adds this feature to Google Maps on iPhone very soon.

Long Lines for Orange iPhone Launch and iPhone Pricing and Plans for France

Submitted by lalit on November 28, 2007 - 5:57pm.

In few hours Orange will be launching the iPhone in France and long lines have started to form for getting the iPhone. Orange will be selling the iPhone for €399 with a two year contract. There are 4 plans for iPhone: €49 for 2 hours talk time, €59 for 3 hours talk time, €79 for 5 hours and €119 for 8 hours. All the plans will include unlimited Internet and mail access. Orange will also be selling a locked iPhone for €649 without a contract which can be used with Orange service. The unlocked iPhone will be sold for €749 and can be used with any GSM service. Compared to €999 charged by T-Mobile Germany for unlocked iPhone, it’s a bargain.

Rumor: Apple Releasing an Early Version of iPhone SDK to Selected Developers

Submitted by lalit on November 27, 2007 - 8:00pm.

Many websites have reported that Apple has let a few developers get their hands on an early version of the iPhone SDK. The iPhone SDK will be released to the developers in February 2008. There is no information about which companies or develops were the lucky few to get their hands on the SDK. According to sources familiar with the SDK, it will not be same as writing a Mac OS X application and has its clear limits the applications are sandboxed. No other details are known about the iPhone SDK.

MacBook Pro Performance Benchmarks

Submitted by lalit on November 26, 2007 - 9:17pm.

Apple updated the MacBook Pro with a new 2.6GHz processor offering earlier this month. You can configure MacBook Pro with 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo for an addition of $250. There is no drastic improvement in performance when compared to 2.4GHz MacBook Pro because there is only a small increase in clock speed. Overall there was 6% to 10% performance increase. According to Primate Labs “If you’re running a lot of processor-intensive tasks where even a small increase in performance is noticeable (and appreciated) then you might want to consider it. Otherwise I’d recommend adding more RAM instead. More RAM will probably help your MacBook Pro performance more than just a faster processor”. You can get more information about the benchmarks on Primate Labs website.

Rambus Unveils Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative for 2010

Submitted by lalit on November 26, 2007 - 8:45pm.

Rambus has unveiled Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative at its annual developer forum in Japan. Now the question is what is Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative (TBI) and why do we need it? In simple words TBI will take us to 1TB/s local bus transfers. The present DDR technology does 2 data transfers per clock but TBI will do 32 data transfers per clock. Now the second question why do we need more bandwidth, well the bandwidth provided by DDR technology is good for dual or quad core processors. But in the world of 100 core processors that will require at-least 10X the bandwidth provided by current technology we would need TBI to keep all those cores fed. Like Intel’s Terascale initiative, which is also trying to solve the same problem, TBI is still in research phase. The prototype built by Rambus has three 65nm chips, a SoC and Two simulated DRAMs. Rambus was able to get usable signal between the SoC and the DRAMs at 32X data rate. Rambus is planning for products based in TBI by 2010.

Folder QuickLook Plug-in for Leopard Makes Folder Viewing Useful

Submitted by lalit on November 26, 2007 - 7:54pm.

QuickLook in Mac OSX Leopard is a very useful tool for viewing content of a file without opening the actual application but viewing a folder in QuickLook is more or less useless. Using Folder QuickLook Plug-in, which now lets you see a list of the contents of your folder, can change that. The plug-in shows file names, date created, date modified, size and kind. The plug-in also gives option of showing hidden files and time. The plug-in is free and adds an important functionality to QuickLook.