The Opera Software team on Thursday made available its next generation browser in beta form. Opera 11.10, or "Barracuda," as it's codenamed, jumps on the minimalistic UI bandwagon by introducing a streamlined interface. The Opera team is also talking up an enhanced Speed Dial that provides clearer previews and can dynamically show live content for websites.
The South Australian government is introducing legislation that would make it illegal to post violent or degrading images on the Internet, according to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Having seen so many similar outcries before -- though usually associated with violent videogames -- you would think that Australia's jumping on the bandwagon that such images might turn today's youth into walking clones of in-game bad guys, but that's not the reason Australia is proposing such a drastic measure.
Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and hope like hell you don't get gored. That's the lesson Netflix is learning as it tries to compete with cable channels like HBO and Showtime, both of which attract viewers with original series like "The Sopranos" and "Californication." It appears likely Netflix will also try its hand at producing an original television series of its own, and spend a lot of money doing so.
Barring any last minute bug discoveries or anything else that would cause a delay, the final version of Mozilla's Firefox 4 browser should be ready to download on Tuesday, March 22nd. That's according to Mozilla's Damon Sicore, who posted a note on Firefox's official forum saying there's really no point in moving forward with another Release Candidate.
It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day to log its one billionth tweet. Now, Twitter users whip out 1 billion Tweets each week. We know this not because we counted them all, but because Twitter revealed these and other mind boggling stats in a blog post. To say that Twitter is growing at a record is an understatement.
We know, we know, the Internet police will have to pry Chrome/Firefox (Opera/Safari?) from your cold, dead hands. But for what it's worth, the final version of Internet Explorer 9 just dropped from Redmond and is ready for download. If you're already sitting pretty with the Release Candidate, you may be able to upgrade without having to reboot your system (we've had mixed results), you know, just like the other browsers allow. Otherwise, a reboot will be in order. Is it worth it?
In 2009, the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for criticizing referees via his Twitter account. Since then, comments made via the social networking service have led to a few libel lawsuits. Former Welsch mayor, Colin Elsbury, would have been wise to pay attention, as he's become the first British man fined for a libelous tweet.
Even though you don't pay anything to use Google, Yahoo, or Bing, there's a lot of advertising dollars at stake in the search engine game. Google so far has been the biggest beneficiary, and probably will be for a long time to come, but it is seeing increased competition from Microsoft's Bing.
More and more fliers are joining the mile high Wi-Fi club, which isn't nearly as fun as that other club you can join from 5,280 feet or higher, but at least it won't get you in trouble with security personnel. Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet service rules the skies, but rather than stand pat, Aircell has big plans for the future, including a next generation version of ATG (Air-to-Ground) known as ATG-4, and Ka-band satellite technology.
As Microsoft looks to kill off Internet Explorer 6, the Redmond software giant made official the launch date for IE9: March 14th, 2011. The final code will be available for download from Microsoft's servers starting at 9 AM PST on Monday, making good on Microsoft's promise to deliver its next generation browser in the first quarter.