Apple today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in just one year from App Store, which is claimed to be the largest applications store in the world.
The App Store is growing has more than 65,000 apps and more than 100,000 developers in the iPhone™ Developer Program.
Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said:
The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality, with 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.
The revolutionary App Store has more than 65,000 apps available to consumers in 77 countries, also allows the developers to reach tens of millions of iPhone and iPod touch users around the world.
The App Store works with both iPod touch and iPhone including the new iPhone 3GS, the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet. Recently Apple has shipped over 40 million of these devices that run apps from the App Store.
Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications.
Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.
Windows 7 have not yet signed off. It will be available when it’s ready. It is expected Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July.
There are three major reasons, why RTM is not there yet,
1. Windows 7 will be available in many languages from around the world. So there are certain considerations to make RTM “done”, it requires that all languages be completely finished. So there is a lot of work that needs to take place for Microsoft to finalize all languages of Windows 7 (Lame!).
2. Microsoft also need to get to a point of “global readiness” with their partners. Partners being ready for Windows 7 is extremely important to RTM (Partners being ready, or what).
3. Another reason of the delay is a specific build internally of Windows 7, there is an extensive step-by-step validation process to ensure quality. This process takes time (I didn’t know that).
RTM is essentially the final “stage” of engineering for Windows 7 before it hits the market at General Availability. General Availability will be on 22nd October.
Steven Sinofsky mentions in a blog post in May,
RTM is not one point in time but a “process” as from RTM we enable the PC manufacturers to begin their processes of building Windows 7 images for new PCs, readying downloads for existing machines, and preparing the full supply chain to deliver Windows 7 to customers.
At RTM partners begin their final preparations for Windows 7, including testing and building images for new PCs.
The Mozilla Labs team was working on an update to Jetpack considering all of the feedback they received. Yesterday, the team announced the release of Jetpack 0.3. Jetpack 0.3 focuses on adding some new abilities along with refining existing API’s. There are around 60,000 users who have the Jetpack platform extending their browsing experience. Many of these Jetpacks have been written by first-time extension developers.
New features include selections and clipboard. The Mozilla Labs blog explained the new features as below:
One common design pattern in Jetpacks has been performing an action on or upon a selection. For example, looking up a selected word on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, getting the currently selected text, or figuring out when a selection has occurred used to be far easier said than done. Now it’s super simple. Take a look at the demo and API documentation.
You can now get and set text from the system clipboard. Check out the demo and the API documentation.
While on the other hand, Updated items are explained as below:
Slide bars have been very well received, with dozens of Jetpacks implementing on top. Based on the feedback we got, we’ve dramatically revised the API. We’ve also added new features, like the ability for a slide bar to notify the user of an update in a fun but non-obtrusive way. Check out the demo, or see the API for changes.
Note that Jetpack 0.3 includes a slidebar API that is incompatible with the previous API. All slide-bar-based Jetpacks will need to be updated.
Jetpack.storage.simple is now synchronous (we got a lot of great feedback about the treachery of being asynchronous) and sports a great new API. See the demo and the API documentation.
Especially noticeable on OSX, status bar Jetpacks now look a lot better by default.
Mozilla Labs are working hard to facilitate such a huge audience and make them feel cool using its products.
What this service will do is that it will allow users to stream music for no cost at all and users will also have the option to download the music tracks they desire. Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN, Microsoft’s news and entertainment portal said:
Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently. It will be a similar principle to Spotify but we are still examining how the business model will work.
Spotify users are able to stream tracks for free from the web service which is supported by advertising. In order to avoid interruption caused by adverisements, user has to pay for a Spotify subscription of £9.99 a month.
Bale also gave a hint that this upcoming music streaming service could be tied with Microsoft’s Xbox gaming network, Xbox Live. However there was no confirmation as to how Microsoft will go about in linking the service. What will Microsoft charge for this service and whether it would provide ad-supported service freely or not remains a gray area. With the passage of time more details will become available.
Six out 10 companies in a survey plan to skip the purchase of Microsoft’s Windows 7 computer operating system, many of them are much much happier with their current OS, and others over concern about compatibility with their existing applications.
As we all know, Windows 7 will be released on October 22, but it is far better than its disappointing current version, Windows Vista. Many companies have already rejected Windows Vista as it’s much much unstable.
Many of the more than 1,000 companies responded to a survey by ScriptLogic Corp say they have economized by cutting back on software updates and lack the resources to deploy Microsoft’s latest offering. ScriptLogic Corp help the companies in managing their Microsoft Windows-based networks.
The survey found about 60 percent of those surveyed have no plans to deploy Windows 7, 34 percent will deploy it by the end of 2010 and only 5.4 percent will deploy by year’s end. Forty-two percent said their biggest reason for avoiding Windows 7 was a lack of time and resources. 35 percent had already skipped upgrades. Another 39 percent of those surveyed said they had concern about the compatibility of Windows 7 with existing applications.
Sean Angus, a senior personal computer technician at Middlesex Hospital, said:
The IT department must complete thorough testing to ensure that the applications we rely on each day, specifically radiology information systems and financial applications, will be compatible, before deploying any new platforms or software to our 1,500 desktops,
While writing this post, I said and wished that I had an O2 connection. After going through this post, I am sure you might wish for the same. Well here is the news. Starting from first day of August, O2 will be offering its UK based customers free twitter alerts via SMS. A spokesperson from O2 has confirmed the fact that O2 has teamed up with Twitter to turn Twitter updates into free text messages meaning @replies and direct messages just got a little more direct.
From the beginning of August, each and every customer of O2 will be able to switch on text notifications within Twitter and also be able to receive replies and direct messages. In additon, users can also send updates to Twitter as part of their normal text message bundle or for the cost similar to that of a text message. Once users have enabled this amazing service, users will receive alerts whenever there is an @reply or a direct message.
Want to turn off notifications at certain times. Well you can also do that. O2 is also placing a fair use policy for Twitter texts. The company wants its users to respect and urge them to stay below 600 messages per month.Antony Douglas, Head of Content at O2, believes that step was taken considering the increasing use of mobile for connecting to social networking sites. His words were:
We believe that mobile will soon become the most popular way of accessing social networking sites, giving real time access to tweets and status updates wherever you are.The agreements we now have in place with Twitter and the other key sites brings this a step closer, making it quick and easy for O2 customers to access their favourite social networks straight from their mobile.
Razorfish is a digital advertising agency by Microsoft. Razorfish is based in Seattle and have 2000 employees worldwide.
Rumors have circulated for months that Microsoft was looking to sale Razorfish. Now a report claimed that Microsoft is formally moving ahead with the plan, hiring Morgan Stanley to help them find a buyer.
It is also been reported that the discussions are not only limited to selling Razorfish, but also to utilize Microsoft ad technologies and purchase “hundreds of millions of dollars” of ad space across its Web properties.
Razorfish’s clients include Travelchannel.com, Levi Strauss and Starwood Hotels which will make Razorfish an interesting playing card in Microsoft’s pursuit of Google in the online advertising world.
Potiential buyers include WPP, Omnicom, Publicis Groupe, Interpublic Group and Dentsu. reported by The Financial Times.
The Wall Street journal reports that those ad companies should be carefull if they are entering in deep partnership with Microsoft.
Aligning too closely with Microsoft could pose a threat to a big advertising company’s status as a neutral third party supposed to seek out the best deals for marketers. The winning bidder could have a conflict of interest when choosing between search engines to buy ad time on, for instance. said Reporter Emily Steel.
The Wall Street journal also reported that Razorfish could only fetch as little as $400 million to several hundred million dollars based on the other advertising elements of the deal. Whereas previously, The Financial Times reported that Razorfish could sell for $600 to $700 million.
Microsoft acquired Razorfish as part of its $6 billion acquisition of aQuantive.
Mozilla’s Firefox is a widely used browser for internet suffering. It save temporary Internet files on user’s hardisk while surfing the internet. Firefox provides a menu to clear out the junk files after browsing.
The process is too simple.
1) Click on the menu bar item Tools, then on the Clear Private Data item
2) In the dialog box select the time range to clear and items to be cleared. Select from browsing history, Cache, Cookies, Offline Website Data, Saved Passwords, or Authenticated Sessions. Items can be selected and unselected before the ‘Clear Now’ button is clicked.
3) Click on ‘Clear Now’ button.
Users can also let the Firefox do the same by enabling the feature of ‘Clear history when Firefox closes’ in the option’s privacy tab.
Doing so will let the Firefox clear everything as soon as you close the Firefox window.
I use Twitter everyday, but I never noticed all Google accounts on Twitter. Do you want to know and follow every Google tweet on Twitter? In order to do so, Google’s Karen Wickre, offered this list earlier today:
twitter.com/Google – Google’s central account
twitter.com/Blogger – for Blogger fans
twitter.com/GoogleCalendar – user tips & updates
twitter.com/GoogleImages – news, tips, tricks on image search
twitter.com/GoogleNews – latest headlines via Google News
twitter.com/GoogleReader – from Google’s feed reader team
twitter.com/iGoogle – news & notes from Google’s personalized homepage
twitter.com/GoogleStudents – news of interest to students using Google
twitter.com/YouTube – for YouTube fans
twitter.com/YouTubeES – en Espanol
twitter.com/GoogleAtWork – solutions for IT and workplace productivity
twitter.com/SketchUp – Google SketchUp news
twitter.com/3DWH – SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse
twitter.com/Modelyourtown – 3D modeling to build your favorite places
twitter.com/EarthOutreach – Earth & Maps tools for nonprofits & orgs
twitter.com/GoogleMaps – uses, tips, mashups
twitter.com/GoogleSkyMap – Android app for the night sky
twitter.com/AdSense – for online publishers
twitter.com/AdWordsHelper – for AdWords questions and tech issues
twitter.com/AdWordsProSarah – Google Guide for AdWords Help Forum
twitter.com/GoogleAnalytics – insights for Website effectiveness
twitter.com/GoogleAdBuilder – re building display ads
twitter.com/GoogleRetail – for retail advertisers
twitter.com/TechnologyUK – for U.K. tech advertisers
twitter.com/InsideAdWordsDE – for German AdWords customers
twitter.com/GoogleAgencyDE – for German ad agencies
twitter.com/AdSensePT – info for Portuguese-language publishers
twitter.com/AdWordsRussia – AdWords news & tips in Russian
twitter.com/DentroDeAdWords – Spanish updates from the Inside AdWords blog
twitter.com/AdWordsAPI – AdWords API tips
Developer & technical:
twitter.com/GoogleResearch – from research scientists
twitter.com/GoogleWMC – Google Webmaster Central
twitter.com/GoogleCode – latest updates for Google developer products
twitter.com/GoogleData – Data APIs – protocol for reading and writing Web data
twitter.com/app_engine – Web apps run on Google infrastructure
twitter.com/DataLiberation – initiative for complete import/export of all data
twitter.com/GoogleMapsAPI – about using Google Maps embedded in Websites
twitter.com/GoogleIO – Google’s largest annual developer event
twitter.com/googletalks – notes from our @Google speaker series
twitter.com/googlejobs – the voice of Google recruiters
Country or Region:
twitter.com/googlearabia – news from the Google Arabia Blog*
twitter.com/googledownunder – Google activities in Australia & New Zealand
twitter.com/GoogleDE – Google in Germany
twitter.com/GoogleLatAm – Latin America (en Espanol)
twitter.com/GooglePolicyIt – Notes on Google policy issues in Italy
But my all time favorite account is twitter.com/Google. All of Google events are kept here. It is also been good for a few story tips.
There are certain questions questions for you guys:
Do you follow Google on Twitter?
If so, what is your favorite Google Twitter account and why?
Will you follow Google Twitter accounts now that you have the account list?
If so, which one(s) and why?
Many of you will surely be available of the browser offered by Google: Google Chrome. This post is related to Google Chrome. The news is that the developer version of Chrome has enabled the updated new tab page. This recently updated tab page is more customizable and allows you to remove, reorder and pin thumbnails and has got interesting things within it.
One of the new sections of new tab page is Tips and Suggestions. Currently it is empty. However a recent Chromium build brought to light the functionality that this empty container might provide:
Google shows popular web pages from the iGoogle gadget “What’s popular”. The gadget uses algorithms to find interesting content from a combination of your submissions and trends in aggregated user activity across a variety of Google services, like YouTube and Google Reader.
No one will discourage the suggestions part of this new tab page, but one thing which many will expect is that it should be related to the user’s browsing history. Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer 8 provides a feature called suggested sites which monitors the browsing activities of a user and based on that shows related web pages. Google itself has a Web History service which uses Google Toolbar to track the visited web pages, and at the same time offers searchable browsing history, stats and recommended web pages.