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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zuckerman To Facebook Users: Trust Us : NPR

Mr Mark Zuckerberg AKA Mr FacebookImage by Carlo Nicora via Flickr
Zuckerman To Facebook Users: Trust Us : NPR

This week Facebook hit a landmark number: 500 million registered users. Put into geographical context, Facebook has enough members to be the third most populous country in the world. At the head of this virtual country sits 26-year-old Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, which he started while attending Harvard just six years ago. And while he may have never finished Harvard, no one can call him a quitter.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Apple - iPhone 4 - Case Program

Apple - iPhone 4 - Case Program

Follow these steps to apply for a Bumper or case.

Download the iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store.
Launch the app on your iPhone 4 and sign in using your iTunes Store account or Apple ID.
Select your Bumper or case.
For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 by September 30, 2010.

Google to rev up Chrome release schedule | Browsers & Add-Ons | Macworld

Google to rev up Chrome release schedule | Browsers & Add-Ons | Macworld

Google on Thursday said it will pick up Chrome’s release pace by issuing a new version of the browser about every six weeks. According to Anthony Laforge, a Chrome program manager, the new schedule will put a a new “stable” version of the browser in users’ hands roughly twice often as in the past. The picked-up pace will debut over the next few months.

Google calls the production line of Chrome its “stable” build, but also maintains two other release editions—“beta” and “dev”—that produce more frequent updates.

Laforge said Google had several goals in mind for the move, including getting new features to users faster, releasing updates on a more predictable schedule and taking pressure off its developers to finish features.

Increasing the frequency of Chrome releases means programmers won’t have to rush a feature to make an every-three-month deadline, delay the next browser release if they wanted to squeeze in the new functionality or ship the browser with the new feature switched off, said Laforge.

“With the new schedule, if a given feature is not complete, it will simply ride on the next release train when it’s ready,” he said in an entry on the company’s Chromium project blog. “Since those trains come quickly and regularly (every six weeks), there is less stress.” More...

Apple 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini Review | Apple | Mac|Life | Mac|Life

Apple 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini Review | Apple | Mac|Life | Mac|Life

This mini is mighty
Apple’s been pouring its design magic into handhelds lately, but now the lowly Mac mini joins the ranks of unibody hotness, complete with a glossy, almost liquid-looking black Apple logo on top. The smooth aluminum brick has zero screws or visible seams, just a round black hatch on the bottom that pops off with a twist, letting you upgrade the included 2GB of DDR3 memory to a maximum of 8GB. Gone and not missed is the sweaty pleasure of prying open a previous-generation mini with a putty knife. More...

Apple starts taking free iPhone 4 case orders, by app | Accessories | iPhone Central | Macworld

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Apple starts taking free iPhone 4 case orders, by app | Accessories | iPhone Central | Macworld

If you’ve been awaiting the free case for your (non-white) iPhone 4 that Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised last week, your wait is over. Well, your wait for asking for a case is over—of course you’ll still have to wait for the case to wing its way to your door. Apple on Friday released iPhone 4 Case Program, a free app—that’s right, it’s an app—that allows you to place an order for your free case.

After you download and install the 0.8MB app, you’ll be prompted to enter your iTunes or Apple ID password, after which you will be presented with a list of cases to choose from. More...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Skype on iPhone: Does it Save Money? - PCWorld

Skype on iPhone: Does it Save Money? - PCWorld

Sticking it to The Man just got a little easier with Skype for iPhone's addition of multitasking support and elimination of plans to charge for calls over 3G. But can the ability to receive Skype calls any time really save you money? Let's look at the numbers and find out.

For People Who Don't Talk Much

AT&T won't let you get an iPhone data plan without voice minutes, so at the very least, you've got to pay $40 per month for 450 minutes. If you're not routinely talking for longer than that, Skype probably won't help you. Still, consider having long phone conversations over Skype just to reduce the chances of going over 450 minutes. This will help you collect rollover minutes as well.

For People Who Talk a Lot

Things get interesting when you regularly exceed 450 minutes per month. To truly replace your expensive voice plan, you'll need both a Skype subscription and an online number (formerly SkypeIn), which any phone can call.

A subscription for unlimited U.S. and Canada Skype calls costs $3 per month, and the number costs $12 for three months after a 33 percent discount for having a subscription. By committing to longer subscriptions, you can reduce the price even further: A full year's Skype subscription costs $30.48, and the discounted rate for a year of online number service costs $30.

Long story short, you can pay $60.48 per year, or roughly $5 per month, for unlimited calls to and from your Skype number. So instead of paying $60 for 900 AT&T minutes or $70 for unlimited minutes, you'll pay $45 for a basic 450-minute plan and Skype. More...

AppleInsider | AT&T defensively publishes private dropped call data

AppleInsider | AT&T defensively publishes private dropped call data: "While Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs said AT&T wouldn't let him reveal its proprietary data about dropped call statistics for competitive reasons, the mobile provider has revealed some numbers in an effort to defend its network from poor dropped call scores collected by ChangeWave.

ChangeWave published the results of a March survey which indicated AT&T had much higher dropped calls than its US competitors: 4.5 percent compared to 2.8 percent for T-Mobile, 2.4 percent for Sprint, and just 1.5 percent for Verizon Wireless." More...

Safari 5 Supports Asian Video Sites That previously Required Internet Explorter

I just happened to try to view one of my wife's favorite Chinese video sites that always required Internet Explorer to view.  Previously it did not work on any Mac supported browser including Safari 4, Firefox 3.5 or Chrome 5.  To my surprise these sites are now viewable using Safari 5.  Here is an example of a popular Chinese video site which is supported by the new version of Safari;  If you have a Mac and have been forced to run Windows on your machine, in order to use Internet Explorer, to view Asian websites try Safari 5.   It is, in my opinion, a much better browser than Internet Explorer 8.  It is much faster, rarely if ever crashes and implements tabs in a far superior way.  It is built on the same webkit engine that underlies the Chrome 5 architecture.  By the way these sites are also viewable on the Windows version of Safari 5.

John H. Armwood

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Skype - The Big Blog - iPhone update: now supports multitasking, no additional charges for calling over 3G

Skype - The Big Blog - iPhone update: now supports multitasking, no additional charges for calling over 3G: "In May, we upgraded our iPhone app to allow users to make calls over 3G data connections. Today, I’m pleased to introduce a brand new version of the app. It allows you to make calls with high quality sound, and supports multitasking. This means you can receive Skype calls while other apps are running, even when your iPhone is locked. And during a call, you can keep the conversation going while you switch to another task, such as checking a movie listing or reading an email. We’ve also updated the app’s graphics to support iPhone 4’s Retina Display." More...
In other words Skype has dropped its plan to charge for 3G calling through the Skype network.

John H. Armwood - Microsoft Previews Windows Phone 7 Smartphones from Asus, LG, Samsung - Microsoft Previews Windows Phone 7 Smartphones from Asus, LG, Samsung

Microsoft Previews Windows Phone 7 Smartphones from Asus, LG, Samsung
by Jacqueline Emigh - 7/21/2010
Without stating whether or not its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) phones are still scheduled to show up in retail stores by year's end, Microsoft took a big step forward this week in announcing a "technical preview" involving the delivery of prototype phones from Asus, LG, and Samsung to application developers.

"Starting today, thousands of prototype phones from Asus, LG and Samsung are making their way into the hands of developers over the next few weeks," according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft's CVP for Windows Phone Engineering.

"Combine that with the beta release of Windows Phone developer tools, and I can't wait to see how our developer partners take advantage of our new approach to smart design and integrated experiences," he wrote, in a Microsoft blog post.

WP7 to Compete with iPhone and Android OS
Faced with rising competition from Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry, and increasing numbers of phones based on the Android OS, Microsoft unveiled plans in February to recast its smartphone platform on an entirely new software code base.

At developer events since then, Microsoft has worked hard at drumming up interest in WP7, in hopes of starting to catch up in smartphone apps.

Early last week, Microsoft released the beta code for the Phone 7 0S, a smartphone environment that will center around six separate activity hubs: People, Pictures, Games, Music & Video, MarketPlace and Office.

Other features will include GPS with mapping and turn-by-turn voice navigation, along with integration between Facebook and Microsoft Outlook that will let users navigate Facebook pages from within Outlook.

Three Developer Models
The initial Asus model running WP7 has a tablet shape with a minimalistic design. It has two cameras, though, one front facing.

Samsung's first Windows Phone 7 model also has a tablet shape, and its design includes lots of chrome.

LG's has a sliding landscape oriented keyboard, but is still be just a bit thicker than an iPhone. It has a trackpad below its touchscreen, and also sports a front-facing camera.

US-CERT Current Activity

US-CERT Current Activity: "Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6.7

The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 3.6.7 and Firefox 3.5.11 to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, obtain sensitive information, bypass security restrictions, or conduct cross-site scripting attacks. Some of these vulnerabilities also affect Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Foundation security advisories released on July 20, 2010, and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks."

Monday, July 19, 2010

Analysis: Apple takes on antenna issues | Phones | iPhone Central | Macworld

Analysis: Apple takes on antenna issues | Phones | iPhone Central | Macworld: "Analysis: Apple takes on antenna issues
Posted on Jul 16, 2010 5:10 pm by Lex Friedman,

In Friday's hotly-anticipated Apple press conference, CEO Steve Jobs talked plenty about the iPhone 4 and its attenuating circumstances. But did the company's announcements genuinely address Antennagate?
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To answer that, we need to study what Jobs said more closely—specifically, the key points the company tried to drive home Friday." More...