Yesterday, Red Hat released a new version of its OS named Fedora 11. Fedora happens to be an open source and a free Linux operating system. Red Hat happens to sponsor this open source project. It is claimed that it boasts to have major improvements in terms of speed. It is said that it takes only 20 seconds for startup, quite amazing if that is the case.
One more interesting feature is that it has the ability to perform a minimal install which requires around 500 MB of space. This feature will appeal and attract users running servers or those using machines with older hardware. But all is not well, since this feature comes at a cost of reduced features.
PackageKit, a software management application that was introduced with Fedora 9 gets a major upgrade. Besides automatically installing new codecs as required, now the application has the ability to include new fonts and Internet media types. With Fedora 11, audio and video setup gets an improvement. Now Fedora 11 includes the PulseAudio sound server which performs the task of simplifying audio control. Also the Kernel Modsetting (KMS) feature for expedited graphical boot has been extended to include and support increased number of graphics processors from Intel, Nvidia and ATI.
Fingerprint scanning has been simplified and now it provides a single authentication mechanism. Presto has been included, that simplifies the package updating process. Presto happens to be a yum plugin that decreases the amount of data required to be downloaded for the updates.
With Fedora 11, ext4 has been used as the default file system replacing ext3. Besides that it includes
- Improved virtual console.
- Better and improved support for Asian languages with the iBus input method
- WinGW cross-compiler for developers.
There might be users who might be thinking of upgrading to Fedora 11. So for that to happen, they must be using Fedora 10 so that they can update through Yum.
Google has just introduced Google Translator Toolkit. Google Translator Toolkit is a service that enables you to translate documents by editing the translations automatically generated by Google. This service allows you to translate documents that are stored on your computer’s hard disk, web pages, Wikipedia articles and Knol Articles. In short it can be defined as:
Google Translator Toolkit allows human translators to work faster and more accurately, aided by technologies like Google Translate.
The features that this application provides include:
- Correct automatic translations in an easy-to-use editor.
- Search past translations to find words for new translations.
- Publish translations to Wikipedia™ or Knol.
- Collaborate with other translators.
- Use advanced tools like translation memories and multilingual glossaries.
The service works by first importing the file, then generates the specified translation for it. The translated version is showed right next to the original text. Just select a sentence from the original content and Google will let you edit the translation for the selected sentence.
Google Translator uses the collaborative feature from Google Docs. What this feature does is that it allows you to invite other people and let them view and if desired or required edit your translation. Currently the service does not display the collaborator(s) that are editing your document.
Another interesting feature is the translation memory which can be defined as a database of existing translations. This is how it is defined:
As you translate new sentences, we automatically search all available translation memories for previous translations similar to your new sentence. If such sentences exist, we rank and then show them to you. Comparing your translation to previous human translations improves consistency and saves you time: you can reuse previous translations or adjust them to create new, more contextually appropriate translations.
My take on this service is that it is simply awesome, and I enjoyed using it. What about you? Please share with us your experience of using this amazing service.
Apple yesterday among other important announcements, made an announcement that it will be launching its next operating system called Snow Leopard in September. To build on that announcement they also declared that the upgrade would cust just $29. Besides that they will also be providing a Family Pack which will cost $49. The Family Pack includes five licenses to the new OS.
If apple stays firm on its September release date, it will beat their long time rivals Microsoft and go ahead in terms of market. During the course of last week or so, we informed you about October 22 as the release date for Windows 7. On Monday, Craig Federighi, Vice President of Mac OS engineering, during the WWDC keynote presentation said:
Leopard was $129 but we want all Leopard users to upgrade to Snow Leopard, so we’re pricing it at $29.
During the last year’s WWDC, Snow Leopard which is also known as Mac OS X 10.6 was introduced. Bertrand Serlet, senior VP of software engineering said regarding Leopard and Snow Leopard:
We love Leopard, we’re so proud of it [that] we decided to build upon Leopard.We want to build a better Leopard, hence Snow Leopard.
The senior VP went on to brag the fact that their engineers refined more than 90% of Leopard’s code to create Snow Leopard. The engineers as told by the VP rewrote the Finder and went on to add new features such as Expose integration with the Dock. Other notable changes to the Snow Leopard include:
- Improved Performance
- Applications provided by Apple such as Mail get faster.
- Added In-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
- Synchronization support for applications namely Mail, Calendar and Address Book on the Mac from Exchange.
Let us see how the people respond to Snow Leopard, whether it is able to gain maximum advantage of releasing the OS before Windows 7. May be Microsoft might release Windows 7 before the announced date as they did with Bing by releasing the Bing preview a couple of days before it was announced. Who knows, I might be wrong altogether. Be sure to provide us with your input regarding this interesting matter.
Nokia has unveiled the N97 converged touch device from its N-Series. The N97 is a S60 5th edition mobile computer with a large 3.5″, bright TFT color display and 640 x 360 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio.
It provide user experience for internet and entertainment by combining a ‘qwerty’ keyboard with touch user interface and home screen functionality. The N97 connects to the mobile broadband using WLAN or HSDPA (3.5G).
More features include direction and location finder with integrated A-GPS included maps, game titles with N-Gage, a 5 mega pixel camera with dual LED flash and automatic geotagging of images and videos, FM player transmitter, MP3 player, etc.
The Nokia N97 is the first device to ship with Ovi Store (a one-stop shop for a full catalog of applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services, etc).
Specifications of the N97:
Screen: Resistive TFT touch screen, 16M colors, 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches with handwriting recognition
Connectivity: GPRS Class 32, HSCSD ,EDGE Class 32, 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB, GPS with A- GPS
OS: Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5
CPU: ARM 11 434 MHz processor
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, video light
As we reported previously in a blog post that WordPress 2.8 is expected to be available on 10th June. The latest development regarding the WordPress 2.8 is that Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. It appears that WordPress 2.8 is on schedule to be released tomorrow. RC1 might be the only and final RC released before the final release. This is what the official WordPress blog had to say about the RC1:
With Release Candidate 1, we think WordPress 2.8 is ready and complete. Download it, test it, and tell us what you think. If you don’t uncover any bad bugs, 2.8 will be released on Wednesday the 10th.
You might have read our post regarding what are the features that can be expected with the arrival of WordPress 2.8. These include:
- Loading would occur at a faster pace
- Using Widgets would become easier
- Improved Plugin Search
- A new scheme and theme for administration
- Search for themes
Besides this the WordPress will also provide:
- Add custom headers
- Syntax Highlighting for Plugins and Theme editor
- Configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options
- Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment
To get a look at the complete list of all the changes please see the changelog. To download and experiment with the RC1 of WordPress 2.8 please download by clicking on the link mentioned below:
During the much awaited WWDC 09, Apple announced that it has made the final changes to its browser Safari 4 and released its web browser. The web browser is available as a free download for both Macintosh and Windows users. Safari 4 was released way back in February as a Beta version. The browser contains a few interface enhancements such as Cover Flow and Full History search.
The thing which is new in Safari 4 is that it had added the support for HTML 5 and advanced CSS effects. The browser also provides you with the ability to do a Full Page Zoom. The zooming process takes place and enables the user to take a closer and deeper look at the webpage without degrading the quality of the site’s text as well as the associated layout.
The successful beta release helped us fine tune Safari 4 into an even better, faster version that customers are going to love.
Currently around 70 millions users located globally use Safari. Safari 4 for Mac OS X poses the requirement of a Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.7 or Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.11 and Security Update 2009-002. The minimum space required is 256 MB.
WWDC is live now, you can watch the live coverage at different sites which are stated below, if you people are looking for the best live-blogs for following today’s Apple announcement? Keynote is here.
There are certain questions arising in my mind, and of course you will be thinking them as well.
Will we see next generation iPhone handware?
Will Apple release iPhone 3.0 or just more features for iPhone 3.0?
Will MobileMe 2.0 be good to go?
Will we have to sit through 8 excruciatingly long app previews like the last 3 iPhone keynotes?
Will Scott Forstall say “blow us away”?
Will Steve Jobs show up in some way, shape, or Mobile iChat form to give that perfect “Boom!” or “One more–” accent to the show?
Here are the ones that we’ll be tracking. Come back to Fast Company during and after the event for more news and analysis.
Gizmodo: The sharpest photos, auto-update, and the most dependable crew in the gadget business. http://live.gizmodo.com/
GdGt: Written by pros, with instant analysis. http://live.gdgt.com/2009/06/08/live-wwdc-2009-keynote-coverage/
Macrumors: Good photos and insta-punditry. http://www.macrumorslive.com/
Engadget: Relaying a near-transcription of the announcements, with photos. http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/08/phil-schiller-keynote-live-from-wwdc-2009/
Two builds of Firefox 3.5 RC1 were posted in the nightly section of Mozilla’s public ftp server yesterday, suggesting an official release of RC1 this week.
The first Release Candidate of Firefox 3.5, codenamed Shiretoko, is just around the corner. The RC development milestone means that Mozilla is extremely close to wrapping up the successor of Firefox 3.0.
The Windows version of the almost complete build, the name of the build is Firefox 3.5 “Beta 99″ almost a size of 7.6 MB as a self-extracting archive for Windows 2000 through Windows 7.
There were no immediately noticeable changes to the browser interface since beta 4, which is no surprise, given that release candidates are usually stability and bug-fix updates meant for mainstream testing before an imminent product release.
According to Mozilla, final quality assurance testing will address everything from last minute bugs to the flawless functionality of extensions, plugins, accessibility, the automatic update feature and the top 500 websites.
Given the small number and low severity of remaining bugs on Bugzilla, the release candidate will likely mark the last test version of the browser before the final release, and is therefore on-track for release by the end of June. Or maybe before that.
According to a report, Government of China has plans of enforcing a constraint that requires all PCs sold in the country starting from July be shipped with a software that blocks access to certain websites. This news was collected from a report in The Wall Street Journal. This move is expected to give government a unique control (I say unique because this is the first instance of such nature) and would enable them to control how their people access the Internet.
The Chinese government has informed global PC makers of the requirement but it is yet to make this requirement public. According to the Chinese government, the move is taken with the intentions of protecting young generation from harmful content. According to the main developer of the software, the main target is the pornography. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology did not respond to requests for comment.
The Chinese name for the software is Green Dam-Youth Escort. The word Green is used in Chinese to describe Web surfing free from pornography and other inappropriate content. The software is intended to link PCs with a database of banned sites and block the access to these addresses. The database is updated on a regular basis.
The software is developed by Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co, while taking input from Beijing Dazheng Human Language Technology Academy Co. Bryan Zhang, founder of Jinhui informed that his company collects, compiles and maintains the list containing the addresses of the blocked sites. The list is only focussed on pornography sites. He added the fact that software will permit blocking other type of content as well. The software can be turned off or uninstalled.
The company will be using an Internet update system to transmit the updated addresses of banned sites to PCs. According to a spokesperson from Hewlett Packard:
The company is working with the government authorities and evaluating the best way to approach this. Obviously we will focus on delivering the best customer experience while ensuring that we meet necessary regulatory requirements.
This requirement has placed PC makers on a hot seat. They have to decide whether to reject a government regulation in a major market or accept the censorship requirement.
According to different sources it has been revealed that an official WordPress BlackBerry application has been confirmed by WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg.
Now then BlackBerry users can keep track of their blogs and make posts in so little time. It is thought that it will be similar to the WordPress iPhone application and although there has been no announcement of an official launch date, Mullenweg has said that it will be there soon.
The iPhone WordPress application has apparently received [a] considerable amount of popularity, thus the chances of success on the BlackBerry increases.
Businesses which have adopted blogging as a form of communication with potential customers and as a way to expand their brand will definitely benefit from the BlackBerry WordPress application.
Dianna Dilworth, of DM News, recently said:
Professionals in marketing need to view mobile and email marketing as one entity
Consumers are increasingly using their mobile screens to access information – which could include a company WordPress blog – and so marketing campaigns should be formatted to be read on such a device.
Hopefully, the application will be nothing like the iPhone app which is virtually useless. The iPhone version has no picture placement settings, html code manipulation, or video embedding.