Category Archives: Announcements

A Chromebook for 249$ from Samsung by Google.

Google is making the case for the Chromebook to become everybody’s second computer with a new model retailing for only $249. Available Monday, the new Samsung Chromebook is based an ARM chip (rather than Intel) which could help to explain the lower cost… only this particular ARM chip may perform better than most any we’ve seen before. It’s a Exynos 5 Dual processor, which makes it the very first device to use ARM’s new Cortex-A15 architecture. As far as the laptop goes, it connects to the internet solely via Wi-Fi, has an 11.6-inch screen, 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and Bluetooth — and it has an SD card slot to expand storage further. It weighs 2.5 pounds and is 0.8 inches thick with two USB ports and an HDMI-out port. All of the internal specs are designed to keep the price down while keeping the speed up — Google is touting that it’s able to run 1080p video at 30fps and SVP Sundar Pichai today showed the product running a YouTube clip at that resolution

Because it’s based on an ARM processor, it doesn’t have a fan — or any other moving parts — and Google says that it will run for 6.5 hours on its battery. We’re grabbing some hands-on time now, but it certainly looks every bit of its $249 price — which is to say it has decent but not inspiring build quality. The design is not unlike a plastic, 11-inch MacBook Air. The keyboard layout is nearly identical, with low-profile black keys. Despite the considerably lower price, however, the keys feel great and are surprisingly responsive. The display, on the other hand, is less inspiring. While offering a decent 11.6-inches with 1366 x 768 resolution, it offers little in the way of brightness and color representation. Hues are subdued and text can be difficult to read with conflicting light sources. With that dual-core Cortex-A15 chip under the hood, the new Chromebook loads and runs HD video quickly, and delivering the 30fps as promised. If Google’s presentation was any indication, however, performance diminishes rapidly when pushed to a projector or external display.

While the Chrome OS remains largely unchanged, Google is offering 100GB of Google Drive storage to new Chromebook adopters, as rumored earlier this year. Those who pick up the new Chromebook, Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, or the original Samsung Chromebook will be able to redeem the additional storage for two years.

We’ll be conducting more extensive testing of the new Chromebook soon, but those eager to see one for themselves can pre-order today or check it out when it hits retailer shelves on Monday.

A post by TheVerge.

iPhone 5 Live Video + Real Time Blog

Heard rumours about iPhone 5 yet? Bet you did. But here is a guy with the live event of Apple streaming. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and now is iPhone 5.

Enjoy. Some rumours are here including that iPhone 5 will include Sergeant – instead of Siri that is similar to Siri. A voice assistant. There have been many concept videos telling that it will contain a concept keyboard and a really large screen. Anyways, the revolution is here. Also, if you don’t feel comfortable with the video of this YouTuber 😐 – You can watch realtime blog! It’s cool and not from any unknown source but from engadget.

Windows 8 Enterprise. Now Officially Available.

Today, We are excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we’ve completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability. For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.

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So when will folks be able to get their hands on the new Windows 8 RTM code?

People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

However, we have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Please note: if a program you are in is not mentioned, please be patient as dates for Windows 8 RTM code availability for other programs will be communicated when the information becomes available.

For more information on what the RTM of Windows 8 means for businesses including Volume License customers, see this blog post from Erwin Visser on the Windows for your Business Blog. This post, also from Erwin, on how Windows 8 will work in your business is also a good post to read.

On August 15th, developers will be able to visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need including the final build of Visual Studio 2012 to designbuild, and sell apps in the Windows Store. Keep your eyes on the Windows Store for developers blog and Windows 8 app developer blog for more information. I am super excited to see the kinds of apps developers build for Windows 8! If you have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed, you can already check out some apps developers have created for Windows 8 today.

In the meantime, if you’d like to give a pre-release version of Windows 8 a test-run, feel free to download the Windows 8 Release Preview! You can also read about my personal experience with the Windows 8 Release Preview here (hint: I put it on all my PCs!).

UPDATE 8/16:

If you are a student and your school or institution has a DreamSpark Premium Subscription, the Program Administrator for your Subscription will have access to Windows 8 as of August 15th through MSDN Subscriber Downloads.

For students with accounts in their school or institution’s DreamSpark Premium ELMS WebStore we are working as quickly as possible to make this available and have a release target of August 24th.

THE POST HAS BEEN ADAPTED FROM THEWINDOWSTEAMBLOG. All credits to the author – Brandon LeBlanc.

Adair File Manager [AFM] Increases Download Speed by 500%. Full Free Open Source.

It all started when I was thinking about making something more bigger, more faster, more efficient, more dynamic, more clear, more crisp, less demanding and I were I reached was a preparing a Download Manager. A Download Manager increases the speed of your file downloads by making them into pieces or just using a little bit of hardware accelaration. Internet Download Manager that used to download files in parts which really helped made me disappointed one day when I was downloading a very heavy file [12.4 GB] and when the download completed, it took a Hell of Time to put the parts back into one file and guess what? My system crashed and everything I had was just a parts of corrupted Downloads.

What is AFM?

AFM stands for Adair File Manager. A software developed by the Adair Team. Adair is a web browser. What AFM does is that it simply downloads the files with Hardware and GPU Accelaration. No No, it does not take a big piece of processor memory and it does not need to Append all downloaded parts into one file.

What is the difference betweeen IDM and AFM?

AFM takes 9,000K processor memory and in other hand AFM takes 6,000K Average. Internet Download Manager while downloading iTunes-Setup.exe for testing had a top speed of 400 KBps average and in AFM while testing it’s speed it gave me a blazing and a surprising 500-600 KBps!

When tested in Adair File Manager.

When tested in Adair File Manager.

When tested in Internet Download Manager

When tested in Internet Download Manager

Although we are working day and night for the development of it’s user interface which is inspired by Windows Metro because it is easy, fast, simple and gorgeous. We are also working on the Cancel, Pause and Stop Buttons and they will be available in the next update. The first release of AFM is 3.6 Beta 2.

Opera 12 Gets Closer to a Release Candidate

A new and much more powerful web browser that will beat Google Chrome. Opera 12 Wahoo gets closer and closer to Release Candidate. Get Ready and start downloading Opera to get your hands set on the Opera BETA’s Now!

Opera just rushed out yet another development build for the upcoming version 12 of the browser. This one touches mostly on performance, the built-in e-mail client and HTML5 drag and drop.

According to the developer, the current snapshot shows significant performance improvements as far as software rendering is concerned, on Intel CPUs with Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (SSSE3) available. In order to make things clearer the development team created a graph that captures the performance difference between the last two snapshots.

The list of repairs in the mail client is extensive and covers issues such as browser crash when checking for messages through POP, MAPI not responding, message printing problems or losing message copies when synchronizing un-subscription from a Gmail folder.

As far as HTML5 drag and drop is concerned, the repairs addressed several crashes that occurred on dragging tabs, buttons, text or sessions.

Google owned Motorola Mobility

This week the news that hits the ears of many Motorola Fans is that Google has owned their company. Now what we can think of is at least better mobile phones buy Motorola. Google buys the Motorola for $12.5bn (£7.9bn).

The deal helps Larry Page, the Google co-founder who took over as chief executive officer last year, push the web company to better compete with Apple’s iPhone and gain more clout for its Android software as it expands in the hardware business.

It also gives Google, the worlds’ biggest maker of smartphone software, a trove of 17,000 patents to protect Android devices in legal disputes with competitors.

The acquisition, announced last year, had already received approvals in Europe, the US and other jurisdictions worldwide.Motorola Mobility had said in a regulatory filing in February that only Chinese clearance was still required.

“Our stance since we agreed to acquire Motorola has not changed and we look forward to closing the deal,” Google said. The company also confirmed it had received word from Chinese authorities of the purchase being approved.

With the acquisition – the largest wireless-equipment deal in at least a decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg – Google becomes a competitor to the other handset makers that make Android devices. In addition to Motorola Mobility phones, the software is used in handsets made by companies such as Samsung and HTC.

As part of the approval, Google needs to ensure that Android software versions are free and open over the next five years, China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website.

Google will report to an independent monitor in China on its efforts to comply with terms of the deal approval, according to the website.

Internet Explorer to come on XBOX 360

The Verge reports that a modified version of the Internet Explorer is currently under testing for the Xbox 360. That’s not all. The software giant has also added Kinect gestures and voice command integration that will allow users to browse the web using the existing Bing voice search tool.The new version of Internet Explorer for the Xbox will draw upon the voice search functionality to develop a full browser for the console. Microsoft hasn’t made it official yet but expectations are high considering E3 is just around the corner.