Today in tech news, Hulu launches its subscription service and we're thinking about going over the top (maybe next year). Also, FarmVille is apparently so prevalent that it forced a Firefox update ... or, put another way, Firefox gets a little bit broken so that FarmVille people can be happy. Sheesh. Steve Jobs sends more email, Kindle for Android arrives, and we fight for a while about Froyo.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Although still early in the process, newly leaked documents about Windows 8 offer some keen insight into where Microsoft wants to head with the next version of the operating system.
One thing that is made abundantly clear is that Microsoft has been paying attention to Apple. In the documents, which appear to come from an April meeting with computer makers, Microsoft discusses its Cupertino, Calif.-based rival and outlines plans to offer a Windows Store similar to the way Apple distributes software on its iPhone. The documents, which Microsoft has declined to comment on or authenticate, also talk about plans … Read more
Microsoft still won't officially use Windows and the number eight in the same sentence, but several Microsoft enthusiast sites have posted what appear to be some early details on the next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.
On his Microsoft Journal Web site, Francisco Martin Garcia posted several slides stamped "Microsoft Confidential" that discuss key features of the still hush-hush operating system, including a focus on facial recognition as a means of authentication as well as improving boot-up times. The goal, according to the information, is that slates and laptops would be able to resume from … 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
Upgrading your car's stereo used to be a simple affair. You'd yank the radio out, pop in a new receiver, and be back on the road listening to your new tunes within a few hours. However, with today's increasingly integrated car technology setups, removing the stereo could affect other seemingly unrelated vehicle functions, rendering your climate controls useless or activating a vehicle immobilizer system. However, if JBL's MS-8 integrated digital processor performs the way Harman International, JBL's parent company, claims it does, being stuck with a stock stereo may not mean that you're stuck … Read more