Ubuntu 11.04 is here and so is Unity along with it. The user experience is going to take a whole new shape with Unity and it's shortcuts; the learning may take a while, to help the user with that AskUbuntu has come up with a wallpaper which lists out all the shortcuts.
Apple has announced that the couple of months old, iPad2 will appear in the Indian market today. While the predecessor took almost about a year to make it to the country, we guess Apple realized that India is a market with great potential and has planned for the quick release of the second version of the tablet which is currently the market leader. The iPad2 was released in about 25 countries on the 25th of March
The Samsung Galaxy tab is already available in the Indian market, and the next version, 10.1 is supposed to be launched somewhere in the month of july. A lot of Indian smartphone brands have plans of coming up with Android tablets this year, Micromax and Karbonn are the prominent ones.
The price list:
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi+3G
Update: The first shipment of iPad2 has been sold out on the first day itself, thanks to pre-orders. Quite a demand eh?. You better pre-order one for yourself because the next shipment is expected in another 10 days or so.
The day has finally arrived. If you're an Ubuntu fan, then you probably can't wait to download Ubuntu 11.04. As we all know, Unity gets to debut in this version of the OS, likes and criticism are obvious. The 3rd version of GNOME(which fedora decided to adopt) also was released earlier and it's said that Ubuntu will also be available with GNOME environment. Lot's of choices eh? Here's a quick guide to what you need to know about this new version, thanks to OMG!Ubuntu!
Google has released the official Google Docs for Android app in Android Market. You will still need an internet connection to run it as it does not support the offline mode.
The user will be allowed to upload contents directly from the phone and also open attachments in his/her Gmail. Everything usual? not really. The app will also allow the user to use his/her phone's camera to click pictures of printed text and convert them into a Google document. Cool?
Google released a video earlier this week showing a tour(umm...kinda) of it's Data Center. The video mainly shows the security aspects which isn't surprising, considering that's the area Google is having most criticism currently.
The video is divided into 3 parts:
Protection of Data
Reliability of Operations
Here's the video; maybe someday Google will release a video telling us what different kinds of data they're really interested in.
Google has lost the suit filed by Bedrock Computer Technologies in June 2009. Yahoo, MySpace, Amazon, PayPal, Match.com, and AOL were also among the companies against whom the patent infringement act was filed upon. The suit was for the violation of Patent 5,893,120, detailing "methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data."
The piece of Linux kernel under question was found as the underlying software in Google's servers. Six months after Bedrock sued Google, the former was sued by Red Hat for making false claims of the patent. Red Hat is the company which provides the software for Google's Search services.
"Many companies using Linux have already been required by the patent holder to pay royalties, and many more will now, based on this jury verdict, elect to pay.", patent and IP activist Florian Mueller wrote on his blog.
CNET news reports that the Android mobile operating system could also come under some trouble since it's based on linux as well.
Google's spokesperson, pertaining to the issue said, "companies are forced to pay millions of dollars defending old, questionable patent claims, and wasting resources that would be much better spent investing in new technologies for users and creating jobs". Yes that may very well be true, but when Google encourages innovation at home, it must learn to do so outside as well.
The red-hat sponsored linux OS, fedora's next version i.e, 15 will be wearing GNOME 3 and not KDE. The beta version of the OS was released this tuesday. Fedora 15 users will witness a lot of changes from it's previous versions.
"Fedora 15 has some pretty large feature changes," said Jared Smith, Fedora project leader. "It is significantly different from the GNOME 2 desktop. It has a different way of organizing things, and will require people to get used to some things being different," Smith said.
A new session manager named Systemd will be donned in this new release which loads programs and services in parallel as the computer boots up; multi core processors will be put to good use here. Fedora 15 also features dynamic firewall management, which offers the ability to make changes to the firewall without requiring a restart to the firewall software.
Snapshot of the beta
Canonical will release the next version of Ubuntu with it's Unity environment moving away from GNOME. Fedora is also said to support Unity. Linux lovers will have to do a lot of testing in the coming month to decide which OS+environment combo, they would like to settle with.
Paul Allen, the man best known to be the co-founder of Microsoft is a lot more than just that. He spoke in an interview with the show 60 minutes. The man speaks of his early days with Gates where they had a craving towards programming and how this interest resulted in the operating system for IBM's first personal computer in 1980.
But Paul says Bill's style of working wasn't one which most employees or partners would enjoy. He says, Gates argued for hours and never backed down and used his personal verbal attacks as weapon; everyone else had to be hell bent to prove their point in front of Gates(the video shows a few clips of Gates at work).
Paul was later diagnosed with cancer and Gates plotted that his shares in the company be brought down to zero, that is when he left the company but held on to one-third of the shares of Microsoft.
The video below shows what Paul has spread his wealth on. Apart from his interests, Paul invested in many startups which failed miserably. Also Paul has a long list of companies that he has sued for patents including Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo.
According to a report in Economic Times, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Department of Telecoms order Telecom Service Providers not to launch Nokia's proposed pushmail/powermail service without putting in place monitoring facilities. Nokia had previously said that it had set up servers in India to allow local security agencies to monitor the Emails sent and received through this service.
The country had previously given a deadline to RIM to provide for a monitoring system for it's enterprise Email service, which hasn't resulted in a solution so far.
HTC's event on April 12th has brought out HTC Sensation(aka Pyramid) to the world. Snappy 1.2 GHz processor with 768MB of RAM the phone comes with 4.3 inches of S-LCD, Gorilla display, 1GB of internal storage, extendible upto 32GB. The Desire HD also had a 4.3inch display to it, but the Sensation is narrower and thinner than the former, which makes it compact and definitely the most sexy in the HTC lineup. The other features are 8MP camera and Bluetooth v3.0
The Sensation is the first HTC phone to come preloaded with Gingerbread. Another interesting thing that cuts HTC above the rest is the Sense UI. Sense now shows live information, like weather, stock prices, and also lets you unlock straight into an app by dragging its link into an unlocking circle. Check that feature out in the hands on video by engadget below.
In a report by eweek, IBM has launched Maqetta, an open-source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces using drag-and-drop assembly, and supports both desktop and mobile user interfaces. Maqetta is written in HTML itself and the need for an extra plugin is removed and since HTML5 is supported by the recent versions of most top browsers.
“The problem in a nutshell is the Ajax ecosystem falls short in terms of tooling as compared to the likes of Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight and similar tools,” said Rod Smith, vice president of Emerging Internet Technologies at IBM, told eWEEK. “We had 120 companies in the OpenAjax Alliance and the biggest complaint was interoperation of the widgets and the need for visual tooling, so we decided to address that,” Boloker said.
"Strong visual tools are essential toward improving IBM's efficiency at delivering compelling and intuitive user interfaces. IBM offers hundreds of leading-edge software applications, nearly all of which provide advanced user interfaces running in the browser." Karel Vredenburg, director of IBM User Interface Design, said in a statement. "Inside IBM, Maqetta will be our strategic tool for designing and reviewing user interfaces, both desktop and mobile.
Maqetta features are:
a WYSIWYG visual page editor for drawing out user interfaces
a drag/drop mobile UI authoring within an exact-dimension device silhouette, such as the silhouette of an iPhone
simultaneous editing in either design or source views
deep support for CSS styling (the application includes a full CSS parser/modeler)
It's been 20 years since Linus Torvalds created the most powerful piece of software, the Linux Kernel. Today Linux runs on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from mobile phones, tablet computers and video game consoles, to mainframes and supercomputers. Linux is a leading server operating system, and runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world; since November 2010, out of the top 500 systems, 459 (91.8%) run a Linux distribution. Linux was also selected as the operating system for the world's most powerful supercomputer, IBM's Sequoia.
Major film studios including Dreamworks Animation, Pixar, Weta Digital, and Industrial Light & Magic have migrated to Linux. According to the Linux Movies Group, more than 95% of the servers and desktops at large animation and visual effects companies use Linux.
Here's a video by the Linux Foundation made on the occasion of it's 20th birthday. Enjoy!
The countdown banner that you see in the top right has been officially chosen as one of the 3 countdown banners for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narhwal. April 28th is what Ubuntu fans are waiting for. While we do, watch the counter tick. To get html codes for the banner, click here. These are the 3 chosen banners.
More than 300,000 devices activated per day globally. Yup, that's the Android numbers; all guns blazing. But the one question that would rise up when you would compare it to BB, "Is it good enough to fit in the corporate world?" With all the questions about security issues recently, Google in an official post yesterday announced 3 new updates for all Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers.
With the new version of the Google Apps Device Policy app, employees can quickly secure a lost or stolen Android 2.2+ device by locating it on a map, ringing the device, and resetting the device PIN or password remotely via the new My Devices website.
Google Apps administrators have an option in the control panel to “Encrypt Data on Device”, which will now include requiring encrypted storage on Android 3.0 tablets.
A new corporate contacts app, Google Apps Lookup, makes it easier to find and contact people in your organization. Type (or speak) the name or email address of a coworker, and then tap to call, email, IM or send a text message. Lookup pulls information from the Google Apps directory, so admins need to enable “Shared Contacts” in the control panel before employees can use Lookup on their Android 2.1+ devices.
Okay so if you lent your ears to rumors, then you surely heard everyone screaming "Android to lose openness". Google said it wanted to keep the Honeycomb source code as unavailable for now until it's completely ready for the devices it's intended to run on(apart from tablets, phones primarily). So with this people started to ask, "Is Google planning on closing doors?".
But today in a blogpost, Google's, Andy Rubin cleared all rumors and said that the reason it has given for not releasing Honeycomb source code is one hundred percent true. The post read:
"We don’t believe in a “one size fits all” solution. The Android platform has already spurred the development of hundreds of different types of devices – many of which were not originally contemplated when the platform was first created."
"As always, device makers are free to modify Android to customize any range of features for Android devices. Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs."
"Finally, we continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready. As I write this the Android team is still hard at work to bring all the new Honeycomb features to phones. As soon as this work is completed, we’ll publish the code. This temporary delay does not represent a change in strategy. We remain firmly committed to providing Android as an open source platform across many device types."
Android 3.0- Honeycomb
So when can we expect Honeycomb to be open? I'd say around the same time when Android's next version for phones, Ice Cream Sandwich is out(which is going to be the best of Gingerbread and Honeycomb). Mid 2011 must be it.
According to a report in the telegraph, Sony's chairman Howard Stringer said that the company will launch Android's Honeycomb based tablet later this year. Sony has previously indicated that it was working on both a PlayStation-accredited “S1” tablet and a folding “S2” version.
Honeycomb seems to be a promising platform for tablets even though the tablets based on it do not have great things to talk about. The first Honeycomb tablet, The Motorola Xoom hasn't had great sales figures so far. Samsung will soon launch couple of tablets based on honeycomb of sizes 8.9 and 10.1 inches. The HTC flyer currently with Gingerbread is expected to get honeycomb very soon; this is one device to keep eyes on. Google itself plans to roll out a tablet in it's Nexus series under the brand name of LG.
Earlier this week, an overview video for the HTC's first tablet, the Flyer was seen, which I thought was brilliant and even the idea of doing such a thing must've been a slap on the faces of those players who would rather go on to make a shiny commercial for their product. The video shows off the unique features that the Flyer offers that makes it NOT just another crab in the bucket.
For now the Flyer will ship without Honeycomb, but recent announcements indicate that Honeycomb is not too far, that will make the Flyer irresistible(atleast among it's Android siblings).
April 12th, HTC is organizing an event at UK which may give us details on the HTC pyramid(since we've reached a considerable amount of leaked pictures). Announcements on Honeycomb tablets may also be a possibility.
Remember when Facebook almost owned the word "like" by putting it all over the web? Great strategy wasn't it? Well, if you did expect Google to do something about it then it has. Google launched the +1 button, a social feature to tell your "circle" of friends that you have something worth giving a look at. The +1'd content will be displayed on your Google Profile.
The +1 button will be available for publishers to install in their sites just like the "like" button by FB. The video below should explain better.