Motorola is looking to trump the iPhone 4 by raising the performance bar for high-end Android smartphones, according to a report.
Conceivably Tech, a technology blog, cited general comments about the future phone from Sanjay Jha, the CEO of Motorola's Mobile Devices Division, who was speaking at the Executives Club of Chicago Wednesday.
The report went on to say that another Motorola executive, "who asked to remain anonymous," said that the phone would include "everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today" and will be based on Android, like the current Motorola Droid. Unlike … Read more
After a bit of hesitation, Apple released a major update to its WebKit-based Safari browser on Monday. Safari 5 for Windows and Mac comes with several big feature announcements. There's the new Reader option for streamlining articles reading, broader support for HTML5, default support for searches on Bing, and performance improvements. However, the biggest new feature of them all--Extensions--won't be available until later this summer, and depending on what you're looking for in a browser, Safari can be seen as lacking many helpful options.
The official late summer street date for Extensions leaves many questions up for … Read more
Mozilla published a second release candidate for the next build of Thunderbird on Wednesday. Judging from the public bug list, only one critical bug kept Thunderbird 3.1 Release Candidate 2 from becoming the final build of the current branch, code-named Lanikai.
Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, this second release candidate fixes one critical bug on Macs, one major bug on all platforms, and three ''normal'' priority bugs. The now-fixed Mac bug had caused the open-source e-mail client to crash, and then crash again on subsequent launchings. The cross-platform, major-level bug repaired a settings migration assistant problem where the … Read more
Google pushed out an update for the stable branch of its Chrome browser Wednesday. The update, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, addresses multiple security bugs including nine tagged as high-level problems.
The high-level security bugs included cross-origin bypass in DOM methods that netted a security researcher $2,000 in Google's ongoing bug-hunting contest, a memory error in table layouts that earned another researcher $500, holes in the wall of the sandbox on Linux computers, HTML5-based geolocation events firing even after the relevant document had been deleted, and multiple memory errors.
This is the first security-fixing release for the stable … Read more
An analyst research note Tuesday shed more light on what makes Apple's iPhone 4 tick, noting that the recently released Samsung Wave S8500 smartphone uses the same central processing unit, or CPU, as the iPhone 4.
The Apple A4 chip used in both the iPad and iPhone 4 is manufactured by Samsung, which has a longstanding "foundry" (chip manufacturing) relationship with Apple.
On Tuesday, UBM TechInsights added some color to the dynamics of the Apple-Samsung collaboration by claiming that the Samsung Wave S8500 smartphone uses the same 1GHz core as the iPad and, by extension, the iPhone … Read more
The world first knew it as Weave Sync, but Mozilla has moved Firefox's in-house synchronization project out of its Labs, calling it Firefox Sync to emphasize its connection to the browser and hint at its importance for the future.
The upcoming Firefox 4 will have the add-on's syncing features baked in, but why wait? Download the add-on and check out how Firefox Sync matches up your preferences, bookmarks, passwords, history, and open tabs in this How To video.
Though a precommercial version of the iPhone 4 was notoriously taken apart by Gizmodo--and no doubt other meticulous teardowns will follow--there's nothing like an official peek inside by Jobs to set the record straight.
Adobe Systems plans to release Photoshop Lightroom 3 late Monday, swapping in a new engine and bolting some significant new photography extras onto a user interface that largely remains the same.
Available for Windows and Mac, highlights of the new version include a speedier interface, tethered shooting with the camera directly communicating with the software, better noise reduction to get rid of pesky speckles, some basic video handling, publishing services that can ease uploads to Web sites or iPhone photo synchronization, and new lens correction tools. (You can read our full review on download.com.)
Lightroom competes directly with Apple's Aperture, version 3 of which was released in February with its own set of big changes. Lightroom costs more--$299 to Aperture's $199--though both cost $99 to upgrade.
There are snapshooters, and then there are more serious photographers for which Lightroom is designed. "When they start taking the camera out of the bag because they see an image, something compelling they want to capture, it's more photography than just recording family events," said Tom Hogarty, Adobe's senior product manager for Lightroom. … Read more
Monday's debut of Apple's Safari 5 Web browser was one of the Worldwide Developers Conference rumors that preceded the event over the weekend, and it surprised many Steve Jobs prognosticators that he left the stage without announcing it. Then came an Apple press release on PRNewswire.com, but no browser. Then the press release disappeared, apparently a second stumble following a rare trip-up for Steve Jobs' tightly controlled message machine during the iPhone 4 announcement, and shortly after that the browser made its debut.
Available for Windows and Mac, Safari 5 includes several new features and performance enhancements, … Read more
In August of 2008, I wrote a blog post that generated quite a bit of discussion among the cloud-computing and Internet communities of the time. The post described what I felt was a simple "bill of rights" of sorts for the consumers and vendors of cloud-computing services.
Later that month, I posted an update that incorporated feedback from a variety of sources, and added some provisions targeted at governments' relationship with both cloud providers and cloud consumers. That post generated even more discussion, as people from both the technology and legal communities took notice and contributed their thoughts.… Read more