Firefox 4 Beats IE 9 [K.O.]


IE 9 Vs Firefox 4

IE 9 Vs Firefox 4

Users downloaded nearly 7 million copies of the new Firefox 4 in the 24 hours since its launch yesterday, Mozilla’s running tally claimed.

That number was almost triple the 2.4 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) that Microsoft claimed were downloaded in its browser’s first day of availability last week. (Also see “Browser Feature War: IE9 vs Firefox 4 vs Chrome 9.”)

Mozilla officially launched Firefox 4 Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. EDT, bagging an even million in the first three hours. According to Mozilla’s real-time calculator , about 6.5 million copies of Firefox 4 had been downloaded by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

But while Firefox 4’s first-day count trounced IE9’s, it fell short of the record established by Firefox 3.0 in mid-2008 when that browser was downloaded more than 8 million times. Then, Mozilla had pushed for a Guinness World Record with a “Download Day” campaign that urged users to flood its servers with requests. Firefox’s Guinness record still stands.

Mozilla

Not surprisingly, Firefox 4 is doing best in Europe, long a Mozilla stronghold.

Of the 7.6 million downloads counted by 11:30 a.m. ET, 44 percent went to users in Europe, while North America accounted for 26 percent. Asia came in third, with 20%, with South America, Africa and Oceania all in single digits.

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A Whole New Tablets War [iPad 2, Galaxy, Xoom, Playbook, TouchPad]


This detailed comparison will help in your decisions on which tablet will meet your specific need, or in your decisions on which gift to get for your family/friends, this is courtesy of PCWorld.com

 

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iPad2, Xoom, Playbook, TouchPad, Galaxy Tab

So the choice is yours, even as the war rages on 🙂 , feel free to drop a comment.

iPad 2 [Latest Rumours]


iPad 2

iPad 2

With Apple’s iPad 2 event less than 48 hours away, the rumor mill is spinning faster than ever. What’s the wisdom of the Web predicting? A thinner, lighter iPad with at least one camera and beefier hardware.

The consensus is that iPad 2 will be more of an evolution than a revolution from the original iPad, of which Apple has sold more than 15 million.

As usual, Apple has been disciplined about not releasing any information before their big press event. That has led the Web to spend much of its time digging, speculating and daydreaming about what may be coming. Some of the rumors make more sense than others, but as always, you should take them with a pinch of salt.

thinner and lighter iPad 2 is almost a sure bet. Apple likes to shave the fat off its mobile devices with every iteration, and with complaints that the iPad can be too heavy when held up for a longer time, a more svelte iPad 2 is very likely. Also, brace yourself, as there might be a white version of the iPad 2 as well (though given that the company still hasn’t managed to ship a white iPhone, a white iPad may be too much to hope for).

The iPad 2 could also have a slightly thinner screen bezel, though the screen is likely to remain unchanged at 9.7-inches. A flat back design and larger, stereo speakers are also very likely developments for the iPad 2. Despite previous rumors, the consensus seems to be that there won’t be a Retina display on the iPad 2, but rather a screen that matches the original iPad’s 1024×768 resolution.

iPad 1

iPad 1

It’s very likely Apple will integrate a front-facing camera on the iPad 2 so users can do video chats. But opinions are split over whether we will see a camera on the back too. Other likely hardware changes include a faster A5 dual-core processor and 512MB or 1GB of RAM, as well as a dual-mode GSM CDMA chip inside the 3G iPad 2. The original iPad has a 1GHz A4 processor and 256MB of RAM.

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How Does Watson Know What Watson Knows? (via No Pun Intended)


This is probably one of the most amazing inventions yet, i think IBM has great works going in their labs. This is just amazing and great advancement for the Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence World. Nicely done 🙂

How Does Watson Know What Watson Knows? Watson, the IBM supercomputer designed to play Jeopardy!, made his television debut yesterday, and while the game may not be over, it was a very auspicious start. Watson is currently tied with one of Jeopardy’s most successful champions, Brad Rutter, and is currently leading the most famous contestant ever, Ken Jennings. This is pretty amazing on a lot of levels. Computers have been “smart” for a very long time (dating back to at least whenever w … Read More

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App Store Wars (Google Vs. Apple)


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A mere day after Apple met with lukewarm reaction to a subscription model for media apps for the iPhone and iPad, Google announced a rival approach it says will put more money in the pockets of publishers, and will work across the web and on mobile apps — a one-login system to rule them all.

Google’s One Pass system promises to let publishers set up an easy subscription and paywall system so that a user who buys a subscription via their desktop browser can access the same content on a mobile phone browser or in the publication’s apps. Readers will login via their Google account and pay via Google Checkout.

The announcement is clearly Google’s answer to

Apple’s subscription offering — and as usual Google is competing by being more open than Apple.

Google is also setting up a clear choice for publishers — go with something that works for just the popular iPhone and iPad at a steep price (30% of a subscription bought through an app), or go with a system that works for the web and apps, regardless of what device a reader is using, at a much lower price (somewhere in the range of 10%, according to a company spokeswoman).

Many digital publishers see readers new found willingness to pay for mobile phone and tablet apps as a way to actually charge for content in the internet age, counteracting the decline of revenue that many traditional publications have faced in an age where readers expect and get content free on the web.

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Nokia and Microsoft Merge (simply Nok-Soft)


Nokia & Microsoft Merger

Microsoft and Nokia on Friday announced an alliance that pairs the world’s largest phone maker with the software giant in a marriage of convenience as the two combine forces to compete more effectively again Apple and Google in the fight for smartphone dominance.

Nokia says it will build high-end smartphones based on the new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system from Microsoft.

The news comes just days after Nokia’s CEO admitted defeat in the face of Apple iOS and Google Android in a leaked memo to employees, the struggling world leader in mobile phones unveiled a new strategy to bring Nokia to its former smartphone glory.

At a press event Stephen Elop (pictured left), a former Microsoft executive, took to the stage in London with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured right) saying: “Nokia is at a critical juncture, where significant change is necessary and inevitable in our journey forward.”

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Nokia Goes Windows Mobile

In a press release Nokia said it would adopt Windows Phone as its “principal smartphone strategy”, hoping bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies. Nokia and Microsoft would also collaborate in marketing the new devices, while Microsoft’s search engine Bing would power Nokia’s search services.

Nokia will also integrate its Maps software with Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform. Nokia would leverage its vast operator billing agreements to allow purchase of Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low. Nokia’s app store would also be merged with Microsoft’s app store, the company said.

Nokia did not give specific dates of when its first Windows Phone 7 smartphones would arrive, only saying that there will be more news in the “next weeks and months.” Meanwhile, HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell have available devices running Windows Phone 7 software.

Steve and Ballmer

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Google ex-Chief to get $100,000,000


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Eric Schmidt’s role as chief executive officer of Google, Inc. for the last decade will be awarded $100 million worth of stock and options, the Internet company said on Monday.

Schmidt announced last week that he would become Google’s executive chairman after making way for cofounder Larry Page to become the new head of the leading Internet search company beginning in April.

Eric

The $100 million payout will be spread out over the next few years.

According to a regulatory filing, Schmidt also owns 9.2 million Google shares, a stake which is roughly equivalent to $5.8 billion, or 9.6 percent of the company’s voting rights. This instance is the first equity compensation for Schmidt since he became part of the company as board chairman in 2001.

Going forward, Schmidt will still have an influential role in the company in terms of continuing relationships in political circles and other external issues says Google.

Schmidt has been accredited with the growing success of Google. However, in an interview with Reuters, he admits that his decision to step down was not due to competitive forces from players such as social network platform Facebook, Inc., but rather an attempt to enhance internal decision-making processes.

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