Apple is facing criticism from a gay rights group after the company approved an iPhone app from a religious ministry that encourages people to "cure" themselves of homosexuality.
Advocating "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus," Exodus International launched its app last month to spread the word about its cause. The app connects users to the ministry's Web site and offers links to its latest news and blog posts.
But Exodus' message and its app have triggered complaints from Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit group whose stated goal is to fight anti-gay religious extremism. … Read more
Sprint and Google announced today deep integration with Google Voice that lets subscribers use their Sprint phone number as a Google Voice number to access the service's features. These include transcribed visual voice mail (manage voice messages as you would your e-mail), call forwarding (calls ring through on your cell phone, home phone, office phone, … Read more
After a security problem derailed it last year, a technology to open a high-speed browser communications link is getting back on track again.
The technology, called WebSocket, is good for Web sites that involve time-sensitive communications--multiplayer games or real-time trading, for example. A security issue raised concerns about WebSocket led to reworking of the technology, but now supporters think they've fixed WebSocket.
"It seems like it will happen very soon," said Brian Albers, vice president of development at Kaazing, which commercializes Web Sockets. "There's a meeting of the IETF at the end of the month … Read more
Adobe Systems has released version 10.2 of Flash Player for mobile devices, which addresses several shortcomings in the inaugural 10.1 incarnation.
Among the features in the new software, according to an Adobe blog post, are these:
Integration with the browser on Android 3.0.1, aka Honeycomb, so Flash content is treated "as part of the Web page instead of as a separate 'overlay.'" That pages scroll better and look closer to how Web page designers intended.
The ability to take advantage of better hardware in some devices with graphics chips and dual-core processors--Motorola's Atrix … Read more
Following a report on TechCrunch earlier today that said Rose had resigned from his post at Digg, Rose confirmed via Twitter that he was indeed at work on a new project, but that he'd "continue advising Digg / on the board of directors," as well as taping episodes of Diggnation.
As for that next project, Rose said in a tweet that it would be revealed "soon."
Rose had relinquished his post as Digg's interim CEO in August of last year after filling in … Read more
Once again there are reports that the long-rumored free version of MobileMe will arrive in April, some three years after the paid service became generally available and months ahead of initial estimates for when Apple planned to revamp its Web suite.
In a story this morning, blog iLounge cited a person it called a trusted source at a major educational institution as saying that the institution was unable to buy MobileMe subscriptions. Additionally, the source said Apple was planning to release a revamped version of the service as soon as next month. In the interim, Apple is said to be … Read more
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It's been a while since we've heard from Xobni, the company best known for its Outlook organizer and later, its BlackBerry e-mail add-on. Today, it pops into focus once more, with a new product: an e-mail extension for your Gmail account.
Called Xobni for Gmail, the free, limited private beta is an add-on for Firefox and Chrome that promises to go deeper than Google to bring context to the content of your Gmail account.
With Outlook and BlackBerry, Xobni's value proposition makes perfect sense--search was lacking, and Xobni's ability to pull together names, job titles, phone numbers, Facebook photos, attachments, and conversations surrounding any e-mail address to enter your inbox offers tangible benefits.
But Gmail already offers speedy search and threaded conversations. What does Xobni bring to the table?
More of the same with its organized sidebar capable of gathering supporting contact details taken from the contact's social networking profiles like Facebook and Linked In, as well as more-detailed contact information, and interesting stats about your social network--for instance, how often you speak electronically, and other people you speak with. Clicking a number can launch a Skype call, but Xobni doesn't currently connect with Google Voice.
Business users of corporate Google Accounts will also be able to use Xobni to aggregate contact details. In fact, you can link multiple Gmail accounts if you use Google's e-mail client for personal and work-related messaging.… Read more
If you think music-streaming services are big now, just wait five years.
According to data compiled by ABI Research, music-streaming services are set for rapid expansion in the coming half-decade, and they have mobile phones to thank for it. By the end of this year, ABI said, subscribers to paid music services who access them from a mobile phone will number about 5.9 million worldwide, and by 2016, that figure will grow to more than 161 million subscribers. That amounts to an annual growth rate of about 95 percent, the research firm said.
The growth of streaming services comes … Read more
"We've encountered some technical barriers that are temporarily preventing us from making Instant available for Opera," Google said in a statement yesterday. "It's difficult for us to estimate when we will overcome these barriers, but we want to bring Instant to as many browsers, platforms and regions as possible."
A faster, regular release schedule isn't the only idea Mozilla is adopting from Google's browser. The organization also is embracing a plan to give Firefox a similar spectrum of test and stable versions to try to bring new features to market swiftly.
The general idea is to issue new versions of Firefox with varying levels of maturity, with the more mature versions geared for larger audiences, according to a draft document published by Mozilla programmer Rob Sayre.
The goal of the overall effort is to inject more competitiveness into a browser that deserves credit for reinvigorating a market … Read more