Microsoft used last week's MIX09 conference to officially launch Internet Explorer 8, but without the fanfare Mozilla's Firefox 3 received when the open-source browser set a Guinness World Record for most downloads in a 24-hour period following its release.
But while IE8 didn't manage to set any new records, it did boost the browser's market share a tad. Nothing to get excited over, IE8's average market share increased from 1.34 percent from the day before its official launch to 1.45 percent on the day of release. To be fair, market share peaked slightly higher at 1.86 percent and now stands at 1.7 percent.
For the sake of comparison, Google Chrome 1.0 only gained about 0.1 percentage points next to IE8's .52 percentage points gain on day of release. Firefox 3, meanwhile, gained .66 points on the first day and 3.51 points over a two-day period.
Are you planning to download IE8? Hit the jump and let us know.
In an interview with TechRadar, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said his company plans to commercially launch its current fold/unfold notebook concept around September or October of this year, with mass production to begin in the second half of 2009.
"In 2007 when Apple launched the MacBook Air, it created a lot of media attention," Shen said during the interview. "So this year Asus plans to launch the Fold/Unfold, not following with tradition, to create a similar momentum."
Collaboratively developed by groups of designers from France, Italy, and Korea, the folding notebook concept folds in a way that adjusts the keyboard when the screen is lifted, taking it from a resting flat position to a raised, angled position. In addition to offering space saving ergonomics, the raised keyboard could potentially lead to better airflow for the internal components.
Shen made mention of Apple's MacBook Air more than once during the interview, and it's clear the folding notebook will look to compete with it as a more affordable and economical PC version.
According to Shen, the new notebook will be priced somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500.
News site DailyTech has gotten its paws on AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 4890 videocard from an undisclosed source based in Taiwan, and has thus been able to confirm rumored details of the new card's spec sheet.
Built around the RV790 core, the Radeon HD 4890, as received by DailyTech, comes with a core clock of 850MHz . The site also reports 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 3,900MHz resulting in 124.8 GB/s of bandwidth. Final memory specs could change, however, as the card DailyTech received came with Qimonda chips, which declared insolvency (went bankrupt) back in January 2009.
No word yet on a projected price point or release date, but not to be outdone, Nvidia plans to go head-to-head with ATI's 4890 with its GeForce GTX 275. According to reports, the upcoming GTX 275 is being built around the G200b GPU core with 240 shader processors chugging along at 1,404MHz. Other specs include 80 texture units, 30 render back ends, and a 448-bit memory interface. GPU and memory clockspeeds are expected to debut at 633MHz and 2,322MHz, respectively.
Look for the GTX 275 to launch on April 9, 2009 for somewhere between $230 and $280.
Some students pursue a post secondary education for the love of learning, some to improve their employability, and others simply because their parents are paying the bill. This isn’t to say that only students with skin in the game take college seriously, but everybody knows at least one guy from school who was only there to party. Partner this dude up with a Dell, and you might be asking for trouble.
Recent studies into the value of notebooks in the classroom have yet to prove anything conclusive, but clearly their worth in a traditional lecture style setting is in dispute. When used properly, notebooks can help students stay organized, connected, and even improve marks, but what about those who are easily distracted? Ars Technica offered an interesting perspective into this topic, and it’s undoubtedly something that warrants further discussion. Do laptops really help, or do they only distract students?
As a part time student myself, I can honestly say the ratio of students taking notes to those surfing the web, watching video, and fragging in Quakelive is pretty ridiculous. It’s fairly clear, at least in my limited sample group that the vast majority of notebook users in the classroom are only distracting themselves, and those around them.
Is this something we need to take action on? Or should we do as Ars Technica suggests and banish them all to the back of the classroom? Let us know what you think.
If you’re looking to start a heated debate in the Maximum PC forums, Apple vs. PC is almost guaranteed to get people’s blood boiling. But wither you’ve built every PC you’ve ever owned, or your heart bleeds only for Steve Jobs, we can at least all agree one thing. The iPhone & iPod Touch are pretty kick ass devices even for Windows users. With more then 30 million of the gadgets shipped since launch, and 800 million applications sold, it appears as though the Apple hen will be laying golden eggs for some time to come.
But with success comes competition, and with the likes of Google, Microsoft, and even Palm looking for a slice of Apple’s lunch, they clearly needed to address a few glaring omissions from their feature list. Version 3.0 (which is expected to launch sometime this summer) will bring long awaited features, most of which are far less revolutionary then Apple would want you to believe. Here are the highlights:
- The ability to copy & paste. - Bluetooth Stereo headphone connectivity in 2nd generation devices - Turn by turn navigation from third party applications (not using Google Maps) - MMS - Better access to the dock connector for hardware developers.
Another interesting feature is the ability to perform transactions within applications. This feature could obviously be abused, but it could also unlock new DLC within games, or maybe even allow us to buy Kindle books from the same application we use to read them.
Are you looking for your chance to sound off either for, or against the iPhone? Hit the jump, Cats vs. Dogs go!
As expected, Microsoft used this week's MIX09 conference to officially launch Internet Explorer 8, Cnet's Ina Fried reports. To make it easy to get your hands on IE8, links to the previous IE8 beta version website now automatically point to the official IE8 page. So, what's new in IE8? We've discussed a lot of the new features in previous articles, but if you need to get up to speed, here are some of the high points:
Compatibility mode, designed to enable IE8 (built, at long last, to comply with official standards) to properly render pages on sites designed to match previous IE versions' Microsoft-only features
Web accelerators, which provide one-click blog, define, email, find, map, and search for content in any web page
SmartScreen filter and other built-in features to help provide a more secure search environment
InPrivate browsing that automatically blocks history and other traces of where you've been online
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in checking out, you can find the transcript here. And, be sure and check out other debates in the future over at Xfire! They did a great job setting up the event.
Being a native (and current inhabitant) of the Pacific Northwest, I’m very used to seeing the Seattle PI around. The giant iconic globe above their building and the fluttering pages used as makeshift blankets for the homeless are all too common, but it looks like those days are officially over. The Seattle PI (known as “The PI” to Washingtonians like myself) has printed is last edition, and has become exclusive to the Internet.
The PI’s swap from print to electronic news is something of a landmark though, because this makes it the largest American newspaper to make that leap. Plus, with so many newspapers closing down and others in danger, this move will be closely watched by the entire industry.
“We clearly believe we are in a period of innovation and experimentation, and that’s what this new SeattlePI.com represents,” said Steven R. Swartz, the man in charge of the entire operation. “We think we’ll learn a lot, and we think the Seattle market, being so digitally focused, is a great place to try this.”
With the recent addition of Great Britain, Google Maps' Street View service is now available in seven countries. The recent expansion includes 25 cities in the UK, including London, Glasgow, and Oxford, potentially opening the door to more complaints from those who would voice privacy concerns over the service.
"The images you see on Street View are the same images you would see if you were to walk or drive down the road yourself," said Ed Parsons, geospatial technologist for Google. "If people do not want their homes featured we will take them down, or cut them out of the image."
The problem, from the perspective of privacy advocates, is that not only is it an opt-out service, but as our very own Tom Edwards points out, once the picture is posted certain images are still viewable by scrolling back a block on the map and zooming in on deleted content.
Nevertheless, Google's Street View feature isn't all controversial. Back in January, it was learned that Boston police used Street View to help solve a kidnapping case by tracing the coordinates of an abducted 9-year-old girl's phone to a location in Virginia. The police used Street View to help identify possible hideouts for the kidnapper, leading local cops to nab the suspect.
Pros and cons aside, Google plans to expand its Street View service to more cities in Great Britain in the future.
Sure, the thought of putting colorful RFID stamps all over your personal affects sounds like it could be cool at first, anyone with foresight can quickly come to the conclusion that it would get old. Fast.
Even still, Violet has released the Mir:ror, a small disc that you connect to your computer which then relays information on any RFID stamps (called Ztamp:s) to your computer, triggering something to happen. For example, Ztamp:s placed on the corner of a physical file could open all digital files associated with it with a single wave (see more examples in the video, here).
So, if for some reason your computer’s mouse is just too much for you to use, you can pick up the Mir:ror for just $59, and get additional Ztamp:s by the dozen for $20.