Friday, July 31, 2009

Firefox reaches one Billion Plus downloads


Since its debut in November 9 2004, on July 30th 2009, Firefox reached one billion downloads recorded through spread Firefox download center. Firefox holds a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. Posted on Mozilla’s Blog, this coming Monday, will go live and act as a hub of information concerning the billionth download of Firefox.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rumors surface for cracked Windows 7 Activation

image In less than a week after Windows 7 was Released to Manufacturing (RTM), leading news sites are reporting the Windows 7 activation process being hacked and now possible to activate the licensing of the operating system with illegal licensing mechanism. According to pcworld, theregister, cnet and more, the hacked file makes use of a flaw in the OEM distribution of Windows 7 and will pass Windows Genuine Advantage Validation. Well, that didn’t take long to surface the news media and it’s very assumable that Microsoft will now come up with some identification/blocking mechanism of the OEM tweak!

BBC Reports: “Cable fault cuts off West Africa”

BBC is reporting that large parts of West Africa are struggling to get back online following damage to an undersea cable. The fault has caused severe problems in Benin, Togo, Niger and Nigeria. The blackout is thought to have been caused by damage to the SAT-3 cable which runs from Portugal and Spain to South Africa, via West Africa. Around 70% of Nigeria's bandwidth was cut, causing severe problems for its banking sector, government and mobile phone networks.

Read the in-depth news coverage @ BBC Technology Webpage

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Windows 7 is now Released to Manufacturing (RTM)

RTM indicates the code is now signed off and available for mass production for mass distribution, that just happened to Windows 7 today. The Operating System is the latest client OS from Microsoft with promises of security, feasibility, productivity and more, ever!  Windows 7 is an upcoming version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs and media center PCs. Windows 7 has general retail availability set for October 22, 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Windows 7's server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2, is slated for release at the same time.

Windows 7 Family Pack is coming

Microsoft said it's planning to introduce a Windows 7 family pack that will allow buyers of the Home Premium version to install the operating system on up to three computers with a single purchase.

"We have heard a lot of feedback from beta testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better solution for homes with multiple PCs," wrote Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft's in-house Windows blogger, in a post Tuesday. "I'm happy to confirm that we will indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs," wrote LeBlanc. A pricing outline for the family pack has not been finalized or published yet.

Windows 7 RTM’ed today and is expected to be generally available on Oct. 22nd.

Windows Server 2008 R2 is now RTM

RTM, Release to Manufacturing, indicates the code is now signed off and available for mass production for mass distribution, that just happened to Windows Server 2008 R2, as it happened to Windows 7, both today. Some of the new features available at this release has been highlighted at Windows Server 2008 team’s blog.

Windows Server 2008 is the most recent release of Microsoft Windows' server line of operating systems. Released to manufacturing on February 4, 2008 and officially released on February 27, 2008, it is the successor to Windows Server 2003, released nearly five years earlier. Like Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 is built on Windows NT 6.0.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Samsung to invest more than $4 billion in ‘green future’

Samsung Electronics announced today to invest more than $4 billion for ‘green future’ initiative. The company has stated that over the next five years, the “PlanetFirst” project focuses on eco-management through low-carbon growth with more energy-efficient products.

It involves cutting greenhouse gas emissions from plants by 50 percent and reducing total indirect emissions from all products by 84 million tons through 2013, as well as ensuring all products exceed global eco-mark standards, AFP reports.

Microsoft opens Hyper-V adding Linux Drivers

Today, Microsoft contributed Linux drivers to Linux community that will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Although not an entirely new phenomena, Microsoft is rarely seen to embrace GNU General Public License (v2) and is very vocal about the licensing procedure although this is the first time ever of any direct code contribution (20000 lines) to GPL v2.

As a featured story inside Microsoft’s press release, Tom Hanrahan, director of Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center, is seen through the Q&A session of this release, here’s what he has to say about the announcement -

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Toshiba to join Blu-ray manufacture’ list this year


One of the largest supporter of the HD-DVD format, Toshiba is now planning on releasing its first Blu-ray player, which will apparently be called the BD18 and be released by the end of the year. Toshiba, the main backer of the HD-DVD format, supposedly lost $1 billion USD as a result of HD-DVD hardliner with the demise of the HD-DVD format. The format war was forcefully fought, as Toshiba and Microsoft backed HD DVD format where other major electronics vendors as Sony and Panasonic promoted Blu-ray Disc.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Verizon to compromise some handsets to small Wireless Providers

Verizon Wireless today, under pressure from the government, announced it would allow small wireless companies to some of the cell phones that it offers on exclusive deals of handsets after six months. Starting today, after Verizon spends six months in an exclusive deal on any handset with vendors, small wireless providers that have fewer than 500,000 customers will be allowed to sell the phones, said in a letter sent to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the letter published at Wall Street Journal’s Blog. Such a provision would allow greater competition and customer flexibility including better deals for shopaholics that would crave for any typical phone deals, analyst predict.

Mozilla quickly fixes Firefox with newest version 3.5.1

Released late yesterday that fixes Just-in-Time (JIT) JavaScript compiler flaw with Firefox 3.5 that left users at risk of memory corruption and malware infection, Mozilla has been quick enough to patch the software with newest release of Firefox 3.5.1 that corrects the JavaScript flaw and also a problem that was causing the browser to take a long time to load on some Windows system. Exploit code for the vulnerability was posted to the malware site on Monday, four days after Mozilla developers had discovered the bug and began working on a fix.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Comcast mobile App now available on iPhone

Comcast Corporation, the largest U.S. cable company in terms of subscribers, announced today of a free mobile application on Apple’s App Store that lets you read your email, check your Comcast voicemail, read home phone logs, browse Comcast TV programming, and watch trailer videos for Comcast On Demand features. The full experience of the Comcast mobile app is available as an added benefit to Comcast Triple Play and existing SmartZone customers with an iPhone or iPod touch.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Google Voice now developed for BlackBerry, Android

Even with the few people that have the service and it’s still limited to invite only users, Google Voice officially started just 3 weeks ago and is now available for BlackBerry and Android Phones, as referenced from Google Voice Blog.  It is expected to be available soon to iPhone, per NY Times, and will be expanded to other compatible phones as well. Excerpt from the Google Voice Blog -

Thanks to some great work by the Google Mobile team, we now have a Google Voice mobile app for Blackberry and Android-powered phones. The mobile application makes using Google Voice with your cell phone simpler by letting you place calls and send SMS messages directly from your Google Voice number. You can call from your phone's address book or enter in numbers directly, and your outbound calls will display your Google Voice number as the caller ID. You can also listen to your voicemail and read transcriptions of your messages.

Apple’s nitpick over Microsoft’s Laptop Hunter’s Ad

Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Kevin Turner revealed about Apple’s complains over Laptop Hunter’s Ad during the 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference held on New Orleans, LA. Here’s a transcript quote of Kevin divulging the Apple whine - 

And you know why I know they're working? Because two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, hey -- this is a true story -- saying, "Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices." They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call in the history that I've ever taken in business. (Applause.)

I did cartwheels down the hallway. At first I said, "Is this a joke? Who are you?" Not understanding what an opportunity. And so we're just going to keep running them and running them and running them.

Facebook asserts connecting 250 million users

CEO Mark Zuckerberg of the most popular social network site on web, Facebook, announced today that the social networking site has now 250 million users connecting throughout the world. With tremendous competition growing through other sites (e.g. Twitter), Facebook continues to perform excellent with some 126 million hits in June 2009, way ahead than other competing social networks. Between April of this year and today, Facebook gained 50 million users worldwide. The following is an excerpt from Mark’s blog -

As of today, 250 million people are using Facebook to stay updated on what's happening around them and share with the people in their lives. The rapid pace of our growth is humbling and exciting for us, and it affirms that people everywhere are realizing the power of staying connected to everything they care about on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Microsoft Security Updates for July 2009

Here are the new security updates, click on hyperlinks for details and downloads. If you are a home user, Microsoft recommends using Windows Update to download and install all updates for greater security and flexibility.

  • MS09-028 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectShow Could Allow Remote Code Execution (971633)
  • MS09-029 - Vulnerabilities in the Embedded OpenType Font Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (961371)
  • MS09-030 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (969516)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner

The Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner is designed for administrators who want to assess the overall health of their Active Directory and network infrastructure. The tool identifies common problems that can prevent your network environment from functioning properly.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 SP3 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Asset Intelligence Catalog Update

This Asset Intelligence Catalog Update can be installed on computers running Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 SP3 or System Center Configuration Manager 2007 with no service pack installed. This update adds new software titles and several additional updates to the Asset Intelligence catalog without modifying any custom Asset Intelligence catalog information.