I can assure you that this title comes straight from my heart. Mashable has for a long time suggested and desired for Internet Explorer 6 to die. The reason is quite simple, IE6 is an old browser that does not possess the capability to support the latest innovations. Strangely, still around 15-25 % of users use it.
Recently a highly reputed group of startups mostly funded by an early stage venture firm Y Combinator, have started a new initiative called IE6 no more. IE6 no more is a simple website that presents the reasons and the problems associated with an old IE. The reasons are:
As any web developer will tell you, working with IE 6 is one of the most difficult and frustrating things they have to deal with on a daily basis, taking up a disproportionate amount of their time. Beyond that, IE 6′s support for modern web standards is very lacking, restricting what developers can create and holding the web back.
It also provides a code snippet through which you can inform users who are using IE6 to switch to a newer version. The code once implemented will have the following impact. Weebly, a website creation company leads this campaign and is supported by more than dozen of popular websites and startups.
There is no doubt that this initiative is for a good cause, but what kind of impact will it have is not so clear. There is a chance that the impact will not be as desired since many users use IE6 because of IT or work restrictions. David, co-founder of Weebly, shared his thoughts on the matter:
We think we can have a huge impact: For those users that are just unaware they are using an old browser (mothers, grandmothers), we’d like to encourage them to upgrade and have a better experience using our sites. For those users in corporate environments, we’d like to start putting pressure on the IT department to upgrade — the more users who complain about seeing the prompts (especially if coming from the top), the more pressure the IT department will have to either upgrade IE 6 or install Firefox side-by-side with IE 6 for compatibility reasons.
I just wonder when will a campaign start which will say “Internet Explorer no more”:P.
Nikon has made history and reached a new landmark. Nikon has launched world’s first ever digital camera which comes equipped with an integrated projector. The integrated projector allows users to share their pictures on any reasonable flat surface which may include wall and other suitable objects. It is a 10 lumen projector which has the ability to project images or video clips in VGA quality. with the size of image as large as 40 inches. It supports maximum distance of 2 meters.
Coolpix S1000PJ is the name of the camera. It has a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 2.7 inch LCD monitor and comes with a remote control and stand. It provides the slideshow feature as well. If the user want to go for this option, camera provides some slideshow effects which can be added to make slideshows more interesting. The slideshow effects can be applied very quickly and easily. This is how Nikon announced it:
The world’s first compact camera with a built-in projector, it offers an exciting way to share your photos or movie clips without the need to connect to a TV or computer. Extremely simple to operate, you only need to touch a button to project your favorites onto any flat surface: be it the wall for a presentation or the ceiling for a bedtime story. Combined with a slim body that offers superb portability and a host of automatic functions that make it easy to take superb images, sharing your stories with family and friends wherever you go was never more fun. The COOLPIX S1000pj – a groundbreaking way to share your moments.
It also has the ability to deal with blurred images in 5 different ways. It also brings some other cool features which are:
- Smile Timer takes the shot when your chosen subject smiles.
- Blink Warning alerts you when someone had their eyes closed.
- Blink Proof shoots two pictures and saves the one where your subject’s eyes are open.
- Skin softening adjusts uneven skin tones on your subject’s face for smoother looking skin.
I myself could not believe the first time I read this news, but believe me this has infact happened. It seems Apple has started blackmailing people to hide their own faults and cover up their mistakes. In just a moment you would know why I am saying all these things. Very briefly, Apple blackmailed a family to remain silent if they wanted to refund their burnt iPod.
An 11 year old girl named Ellie Stanborough had to suffer a horrible experience in which she also ended up losing her iPod. Apparently the girls iPod went 10ft into the air after it overheated and exploded. Ellie’s father, Ken accidentally dropped the iPod, after which the music player started making a hissing noise and went up in a big plume of smoke. Here is how Ellie’s father describes the whole incdient:
I could feel it getting hotter and I thought I could see vapour. Within 30 seconds there was a pop, a big puff of smoke and it went 10ft in the air
The father contacted Apple to refund £162 for the iPod touch, and this is the point where the main event took place. There is an allegation that Apple agreed for the refund but only if the family agreed to remain quiet about the exploding incident. Stanborough even received letter from bosses which imposed a similar condition, but Mr Stanborough did the smart thing and refused to sign the letter. Regarding Mr Stanborough’s feeling about the letter he said:
I thought the letter was very disturbing.They are putting a life sentence on myself, my daughter and Ellie’s mum not to say anything to anyone.If we inadvertently did say anything, they would take litigation against us. I thought that was appalling. We didn’t ask for compensation, we just asked for our money back
The letter asked Ken to agree to keep the existence of this settlement agreement completely confidential and went on to add that the breach of this agreement would result in may result in Apple seeking damages and legal costs.
America’s Consumer Product Safety Commission is said to have 800 pages of documents on cases where iPods started to smoke or burst into flames.
So what next can we expect from Apple, after this incident pretty much any thing can be expected. Is the FCC’s inquiry orders for explaining the reasons for reject Google Voice taking its toll on Apple. Or is Apple doing this to shift people’s attention away from the Google Voice issue. Please do share your thoughts with us.
Yesterday, Mozilla released a security and stability update for Firefox 3.0.x users at 3:03 PT. Mozilla’s developer center claims that it is part of the ongoing stability and security update process. The update is available for Windows, Mac and Linux as free download on here.
Mozilla strongly recommended all Firefox users to upgrade to this latest release. Users with Firefox 3.5 or Firefox 3 will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. Manual updation is also possible by selecting “check for Updaets” from the Help menu.
Toshiba has reached another landmark. It has launched its first ever 3.5 inch external harddisk. It is believed to be a third party drive. The hard drive is capable of holding upto 1 TB of storage and is USB 2.0 compatible and provides eSATA connectivity. With the harddrive comes a USB cable and and an AC adaptor. The device is both PC and MAC compatible.
Normally, Toshiba manufactures its own 2.5 inch drives and uses them in their own laptops. But with this latest 3.5 inch drive, it is believed that it is manufactured by another brand. The news of drive been externally sourced is yet to be confirmed by Toshiba. Director of Toshiba America Information Systems, Michael Cassidy said:
We designed the external hard drive to provide consumers an easy-to-use back up option that not only performs above (the) competition, but is also a stylish accessory for their PC
The external drive comes equipped with a sleek high gloss finish with a vaporized metallic silver rim and LED activity light with white glow effects. It is mounted upright on a cradle stand.
The hard drive is can be purchased now through Toshiba America’s channels, with the prices set at $129.99 for 640GB and $159.99 for 1TB; both these are Toshiba’s suggested retail price. It is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.
LED-backlit is said to be a short-term target for HDTVs until OLED technology become commercially available. These OLEDs are priced too high for most consumers same as the LCDs with 120Hz refresh rates were a couple of years ago.
LG’s new sets along with the new LED model are under discussion these days. That is because the company has eliminated so much of the bezel that it can now advertise an “edge-to-edge” screen. The previous SL80 series with 150,000:1 contrast ratio and LG’s TruMotion 240Hz technology are included in backlit series. The SL90 series is the LED version, with a depth of 1.15 inches. LG has released no details about this model. Even no pricing or availability information is provided yet.
On the other hand, Samsung have these details for its new 8500 LED series, which consist of two models arriving in September. The Samsung 8500 LED series boasts a 7,000,000:1 ratio while offering a 2ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate. This set also include Samsung’s Internet@TV – Content Service, which makes use of the Yahoo Widget platform for networked content like weather/sports updates, Twitter, YouTube and so on. Also it let users stream media from the PCs on your home network to the TC using Ethernet connection in Medi@2.0. The prices are $3,599.99 for the 46 inch UN46B8500 and for the $4,499.99 55-inch UN55B8500.
Looks like LG is getting late in rolling out details about its products which will verily affect LG’s products market in long run.
As I write this news, I am still amazed by what I am going to share with you guys. Without any further delays here it goes. Around 44.5 million people visited Twitter during the month of June. ComScore has come up with these interesting statistics that led to this amazing news. This means that Twitter recorded a 19 percent growth from the month of May 2009. You might be surprised to know that Twitter managed to increase its global reach by 1,460 percent as compared to June 2008 when only 2.9 million people around the world used Twitter.
Around 20 million visitors of Twitter come from America. This means that Twitter’s worldwide audience is about 55 percent and is set to increase even more. ComScore ranks Twitter as the 52nd largest site in the world. Twitter is above ESPN and just behind BBC. The data provided by ComScore only counted traffic or those users that visited traffic. Since a large number of Twitter users use Twitter apps to publish tweets, it can be said that Twitter’s audience is larger than you may think. ComScore just provides a consistent measure and metric of the growth of the most popular microblogging network.
Mozilla on Monday, 3rd August, 2009 at 3:03 PM released a security and stability update for Firefox 3.5.x users. The latest security and stability version Firefox 3.5.2 is now available for Firefox 3.5.x users. This version represent’s Mozilla’s effort to provide secure and stable browsing experience to its users. The latest version is available for users of Windows, Mac and Linux.
So what are the various changes that this latest version brings to you. Well as you can expect it fixes several security issues. The latest fixed security vulnerabilities are:
- MFSA 2009-46 Chrome privilege escalation due to incorrectly cached wrapper
- MFSA 2009-45 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124)
- MFSA 2009-44 Location bar and SSL indicator spoofing via window.open() on invalid URL
- MFSA 2009-43 Heap overflow in certificate regexp parsing
- MFSA 2009-42 Compromise of SSL-protected communication
- MFSA 2009-38 Data corruption with SOCKS5 reply containing DNS name longer than 15 characters
Image Rendering Issue
- Images with ICC profiles now render properly on all monitors.
In totality, 70 bugs have been fixed. You can get the complete list at Bugzilla The bugs (which have been fixed thankfully) which are worth mentioning are:
- Download Manager treats search terms as regular expressions
- Entering Private Browsing mode prohibits keyboard focus on URL location bar
- Importing passwords to mozstorage can fail when signons3.txt is corrupted.
- Firefox needs to register the proper name with session management for restart.
- Very slow startup for Firefox 3.5 due to accessing IE Internet Temporary Files and Windows Temp folder.
- [Mac] Alltabs dropdown lacks scroll arrows
Since this release is more of a security release, it is advised and recommended to get your hands on it as soon as possible. The browser will automatically prompt you for the automatic update in the upcoming 24-48 hours. Only those users who have Firefox 3.5 installed will be prompted for an automatic update. You can always get the update yourself by moving to the Help menu and selecting the Check for Updates option. The link for downloading the latest version is given below
Well, here you go again. WordPress has released version 2.8.3 of WordPress. This latest releases comes out as a security release. It fixes all those issues which were missed by Ryan Boren when he was tweaking and fixing the privilege escalation issues for 2.8.1. The areas which needed improvement were identified by the ever valuable WordPress community. Since the nature of the release is related to security, it is well advised and would be a smart thing to get your hands on the latest version in order to protect your blog. Ryan Boren announced this news in the following manner:
Unfortunately, I missed some places when fixing the privilege escalation issues for 2.8.1. Luckily, the entire WordPress community has our backs. Several folks in the community dug deeper and discovered areas that were overlooked. With their help, the remaining issues are fixed in 2.8.3. Since this is a security release, upgrading is highly recommended.
To get your hands on the latest release, you can either Download WordPress 2.8.3 or you may go for upgrading automatically from your admin.
Ever since Google CEO, Eric Schmidt became part of Apple‘s board of directors, many have voiced their concerns over this matter as it creates conflict of interests since Apple and Google come out as competitor to each other. Google’s Android is directly a competitor to Apple’s iPhone. And with Google’s very own operating system Chrome OS coming soon the competition will be getting tougher.
Apple has been under much pressure due to its rather suspicious rejection of Google Voice and the FCC’s order to respond to an inquiry letter. As you can imagine, the pressure on Schmidt would have increased even more, and as a result, the CEO of search engine giant has decided to step down from the Apple’s board of directors. This news was reported on Apple’s website as a press release in the following manner:
Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.
Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.