64-bit versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux now are in widespread use, and software for the operating systems is following suit. So it may seem a bit backward that Adobe withdrew its only 64-bit version of Flash Player.
But don't take the disappearance of Adobe Labs' experimental 64-bit Flash Player for Linux as a sign of things to come. Moving its widely used browser plug-in beyond the 32-bit era is a "top priority," said Tom Nguyen, Adobe's Flash Player product manager, on Saturday.
However, Adobe isn't committing itself publicly to a delivery schedule. … Read more
One month after releasing its open-source, royalty-free VP8 video compression technology, the company already is working on significant revisions to the technology.
VP8, combined with the Vorbis audio technology, form the WebM codec with which Google is trying to unfetter Web video from the patent and royalty encumbrances of rival codec H.264. To make WebM a stronger competitor, Google is beginning work not just on ways to speed up encoding and decoding of the VP8, but also deeper changes to the format itself.
"Like every codec, WebM is not immune to change; the difference in our project is … Read more
Production issues with the iPhone 4's newfangled display will cause serious supply shortages, according to a analyst's research note posted Friday.
Apple's iPhone 4 boasts a high-pixel-density Retina display that uses technology called IPS, or in-plane switching. IPS technology is also used in the iPad. Screens for both products are made by South Korea's LG Display, according to Ashok Kumar, managing director and senior technology analyst at Rodman & Renshaw.
"Low yields on the IPS LCD panel from LG Display have dramatically impacted the production volumes for iPhone 4," Kumar wrote in his research … Read more
Google has rolled out out a few new tweaks to its Google Docs platform to give people greater control over how to share and collaborate on documents with their colleagues.
Google Docs users will now be able to set the visibility of each document in one of three ways to determine whether and how it's public or private. The "Public on the Web" option lets anyone on the Internet find and access your document. You can publish its URL on any public Web page, and the document itself is indexed by Google and other search engines.
Understanding the economics of cloud computing is critical to driving the right operations decisions for IT organizations of all sizes.
Some months ago Joe Weinman, vice president of corporate strategy at AT&T, posted a primer of sorts explaining the mathematics of computing utilities. When should an IT organization choose a public cloud computing or storage utility? Should you select dedicated systems for your application, or perhaps a hybrid cloud envionment, combining public clouds with internal cloud computing resources? Weinman's post has formulas that can help answer these questions and more.
Last week, Weinman followed up that post … Read more
Neither enabled by default nor particularly stable, the long-sought-after browser feature to synchronize extensions across multiple computers arrived Thursday in the developer's builds of Google Chrome.
Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Google Chrome dev 6.0.437.1 for Windows and Linux, and version 6.0.437.2 for Mac, include a rudimentary version of extension sync that users need to manually activate, a collection of the usual bug fixes and performance tweaks, and also combines the stop and reload buttons into one to streamline the omnibox and free up space for extension icons.
Samsung is set to ship a new high-speed solid-state drive that can hold 512GB of data, as these drives begin to standardize at higher levels of capacity.
Samsung, currently considered the leader in solid-state drive market share and technology, is touting a new development called "toggle-mode DDR (double data rate) NAND," which the company says allows high-performance without a corresponding increase in power consumption. (NAND technology is synonymous with flash memory, used widely in high-end smartphones such as Apple's iPhone.)
"Toggle mode NAND uses a synchronous interface as opposed to an asynchronous interface of standard NAND thereby permitting a larger bandwidth," said Gregory Wong, president of Forward Insights, a consulting and market research company, which specializes in NAND memory.
Wong continued. "The standard NAND interface is about 40 Mbps (megabits per second) and is a performance bottleneck for performance-oriented systems such as SSDs. The toggle mode DDR2 NAND is 200Mbps. This means that you can achieve the same SSD performance with toggle-mode NAND as with a standard NAND interface with a lower-power footprint," he said.
Intel and Micron Technology offer analogous technology with their SSDs, Wong said. … Read more
Driven by the allure of the iPad, tablet PCs will surpass Netbooks in sales in just two years, according to a report released Thursday by Forrester Research.
In the U.S. alone, the burgeoning tablet industry is expected to sell 20.4 million units in 2015 compared with just 3.5 million this year, a compound annual growth rate of 42 percent, says Forrester's report "The U.S. Consumer PC Market in 2015." By 2014, more people will use tablets than Netbooks, and by 2015, tablets will make up 23 percent of all PC sales, forecasts Forrester.… Read more