Verizon on Monday announced it has gone and tripled the speed of its FiOS service to 150/35 megabits per second (Mbps), making it the fastest mass-market broadband service in the country.
"The new 150/35 Mbps FiOS Internet offer establishes a new benchmark for high-speed Internet in America, and paves the way for a flurry of emerging bandwidth-intensive applications to reach mainstream status," said Eric Bruno, Verizon vice president of product management.
We have to call out Verizon for touting this as a mainstream option, because at $195/month (with a one-year service agreement), the little old lady who lives down the street isn't going to jump on this, nor will most other residents around the block. But for those who do pony up for the fastest Internet service around, Verizon says they will be able to download 20 high-resolution photos (100MB) in less than a five and a half seconds. Uploading those same photos would take less than 23 seconds.
"Our new 150/35 Mbps offer will also support burgeoning bandwidth-intensive applications such as Internet video to TV and PC, 3D TV and movie downloads, high-definition and real-time video conferencing, and online data backup," said Bruno.
It never fails: Someone always sends you a link to grab materials off of (or upload materials to) an FTP site the moment that you’re away from your desktop which, of course, has your favorite FTP client of choice just sitting right there in the start menu. Sure, you could manually try to connect to a FTP site via your browser (or Windows explorer), but you’re kind of stuck if you want to do anything more than just download a file or two. Or two hundred.
Try not to fret, however, for FTP applications can receive the same kind of "web app" treatment as most software applications nowadays! And I'll be taking a look at one such app after the jump.
The latest release also includes enhanced support for advanced Web standards, like HTML5 and WebM video, search suggestions for selected providers has been fine tuned, and Opera can now prompt you to share your location to make better use of geolocation-supporting sites.
In addition, Opera Software vaporized a box full of bugs, everything from goofiness with the user interface (no more Opera Link freezing on startup, for example) to a handful of security fixes.
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Is there a special, unwritten set of rules for downloading freeware? I’d like to think there are—for me, at least. For even though I’m “that guy” at Maximum PC, perhaps the only (former) editor to actually come close to pushing past one’s monthly Comcast bandwidth limits, I still have to keep my trips through freeware land in some kind of perspective. And you should too.
So what, gentle sir or madam, compels you to grab a particular piece of software?
That’s the crux of what I’ll be tackling in this week’s column—the first in a long time, mind you, thanks to an unruly show schedule on my part (I missed you too). But I digress. In my non-writing time, I’ve been doing a bunch of downloading, analyzing, and tweaking on the various devices I own, and I’ve noticed that all of my extended file-hunting sessions always have a few themes in common.
AMD has made available its ATI Catalyst 10.9 software suite, which you can download directly from AMD or access via your Steam account.
There are only a handful of performance improvements in the latest release, including double digit gains in Stalker: Call of Pripyat benchmark for HD 5700 and HD 5800 graphics cards owners, and single digit performance gains in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for HD 4800, HD 5700, and HD 5800 owners.
Some new profiles have been added and updated (Aliens Vs Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, F1 2010, Kane & Lynch 2), as well as a handful of resolved issues for Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
According to numbers compiled by the blokes over at the Official Charts Company (OCC), Britain went and passed the 500 millionth digital download mark, and these are of the legal variety.
"There are nearly 70 legal music services, more than any other country, and consumers continue to embrace the choice, value, and innovation on offer," said Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music industry body BPI.
"Five hundred million downloads is an astonishing achievement especially given the ongoing backdrop of widespread illegal downloading the music industry still faces."
By the end of August, the OCC had recorded 102 million legal downloads, and is on pace to record 170 million by the end of 2010. That would surpass 2009's 150 million downloads and 2008's 110 million.
Don't expect Adobe to give up on its Flash platform any time soon. Adobe is as enthused about Flash as it ever was, but that doesn't mean the company is going to ignore the whole HTML5 thing, either. On the contrary, Adobe just went and released an add-on pack for its Illustrator software that converts it into an HTML5 authoring tool. Here are some of the highlights:
Export named character styles as CSS
Export artwork appearances as CSS
Included selected Graphic Styles as CSS in SVG
Created parametrized SVG (vector graphics tagged with variables)
Create multiple-screen SVG (leveraging media queries to serve up design variations)
According to Adobe, most of the creations designed with the add-on pack will work in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and will probably be compatible with Internet Explorer 9.
"I'm curious to see whether this news makes it onto the Mac sites that've beaten Adobe up for a perceived lack of enthusiasm about HTML5 (tough, as it just doesn't fit that sterile, stupid narrative)," John Nack, Principal Product Manger, Adobe Photoshop, wrote in a blog post. "The funny thing is that these changes build on the SVG support that Illustrator has been shipping for ten years. Sometimes it just takes a while for the world to catch up."
We guess that Apple-induced chip on Adobe's shoulder is still there.
In a blog post on Thursday, Capcom announced that Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has claimed the crown as the fastest selling Xbox Live Arcade game of all time.
"Capcom is happy to announce that its recently released downloadable title, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, has broken all records on Xbox Live with the best week one unit sales in the history of all content distributed through Xbox Live Arcade," Capcom said.
Capcom stopped short of disclosing hard numbers for its Dead Rising prequel, but unless someone's abacus is busted, it would have to be at least 200,000 copies, which is how many Epic Games' Shadow Complex sold in its first week when it broke the one-week sales record for a single player game.
A lot can be said about Google Chrome. And most of it should come as no surprise to you, the die-hard PC user that likely has more browsers installed within your operating system than games on your hard drive.
That’s not intended to be a disparaging statement; it’s celebratory. You’re a geek. You want to get the best browsing experience possible, which often involves jumping from browser to browser depending on what extensions or add-ons you like using, how you like pages rendered, and other miscellaneous—yet important—facets of the many available browsers you can choose from.
Well, a lot has changed since Chrome’s debut in late 2008. The gap between Mozilla’s extension library and Google’s has narrowed considerably. In fact, you can pretty much replicate an identical experience in each browser—for the most part, you’ll find extensions to fit just about anything you want to do.
But that certainly doesn’t help you when you get to the brass tacks of it all: Which extensions should you use? On a new installation of Chrome, what’s the top-ten list of items you need to download before you run your first Google search; read your first Maximum PC article; chuckle at your first lolcat?