February 29, 2008

Microsoft lowered Vista requirements to help Intel sell incompatible chipsets

So now that the "Vista Capable" lawsuit is a full-blown class action, the judge has unsealed all 158 pages of emails between Microsoft execs trying to sort out what went wrong with the sticker program. While bits and pieces have been blacked out, what remains is still fairly incredible -- although Intel's 915 chipset was initially rejected as incompatible with Vista, MS execs flatly admit that "In the end, we lowered the requirements to help Intel make their quarterly earnings so they could continue to sell motherboards with the 915 graphics embedded" and "We are caving to Intel. We worked the last 18 months to drive the UI experience and we are giving this up." On top of that, it seems that the company was getting direct feedback from retailers that the stickers were confusing, with Wal-Mart appealing directly to HP to pull Vista Capable stickers from low end machines, and an MS exec saying that "I was in Best Buy listening to people and can tell you this did not come clear to customers. We set ourselves up." That's pretty damning, if you ask us -- and the complete emails, linked below, are full of similar bombshells. Looks like this case may have some serious legs after all.

Mozilla freezes Firefox 3.0 Beta 4

For the second time in the past four weeks, Mozilla Corp. has announced a "code freeze" for a beta version of Firefox 3.0 – this time, Beta 4 – as it prepares another public release of the open-source browser.

The freeze was announced late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the company's chief engineer hinted that the number of outstanding bugs at that point – 66 that could block the release of Firefox 3.0 – meant a fifth beta will probably be needed.

"We reviewed the remaining number of P1 [Priority 1] and P2 [Priority 2] blockers on our lists and decided that we would go ahead with tonight's Firefox 3 Beta 4 code freeze and then bake nightly builds for a few days before handing off the code to the build and quality assurance teams," said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's interface designer, in a message posted to the company's developer center.

During the rest of the week, Beltzner continued, developers will be looking over the blocking bugs to decide which, if any, require another beta release and which would prevent the final release of Firefox 3.0 if they went unfixed.

Meanwhile, Mike Schroepfer, the company's vice president of engineering, said he is leaning toward a fifth beta to give developers a chance to quash potential blockers. "As of this writing, there are 66 P1 bugs, which implies we either will not meet code freeze tonight or will need to add another milestone," he said hours before Mozilla held its weekly status meeting on Firefox 3.0. "Given the number of improvements between Beta 3 and today's nightly, I'd strong prefer we meet the freeze and talk about doing an additional Beta."

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Google Previews Google Health

Google shed more light on the health care service it is developing, showing off a couple of screenshots of what it will look like.

Google has been talking about its health initiative for some time now, slowly revealing more aspects of the project. Last week it announced a pilot of the service with the Cleveland Clinic, but was short on details.

On Thursday, Google said that Google Health aims to offer users a central place to store their medical records. They will be able to import and share records from multiple institutions, provided the organizations already allow customers to digitally access their records.

A user's profile lists important information such as conditions, medications, test results, allergies and past operations. It also lists current doctors with their contact information.

Through the Cleveland Clinic pilot, Google has already discovered that the service is particularly useful to people who may live part of the year in Ohio and part of the year in Florida, said Marissa Mayer, vice president of search and user products for Google, in a blog post that also contained screenshots.

Those people have historically carried paper health records back and forth between the locations. Now they can import their data from each medical facility and share it electronically with the other facility.

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February 27, 2008

Delhi Gears up for Mobile Asia 2008

Mobile Asia 2008, India’s largest consumer exhibition on mobility will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from February 29 to March 3, 2008. The expo will showcase innovative new products and services being offered by telcos and handset manufacturers. Among those displaying their products and services will be the likes of Airtel, ASUS, i-mate, Intex, LG, Molife, Motorola, Nokia, Nuance, Radical Software, RPG Cellucom, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony Ericsson, Vodafone, World Phone and World Space Radio. Users will also be able to avail of attractive offers on a variety of products and services, which will be available at the event.

Mobile Asia 2008 will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit on February 29, 2008. The theme running through the event will be GenNext, as exhibitors will showcase products and technologies that will change lives not just today but in the coming years too. Explaining this, Pankaj Mohindroo, National President ICA (Indian Cellular Association), said, "The next wave of growth in mobile subscribers will be primarily from the younger generation. Mobile Asia 2008 therefore aims to provide a platform for the industry and trade to interact and communicate with GenNext.”


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Microsoft IE8 in Private Beta Testing



Microsoft has sent out invitations to select enthusiasts for the first private Beta testing of their upcoming Internet Explorer (IE) 8.

About two weeks back, Mozilla had launched Beta 3 of their Firefox version 3. Seems Microsoft has been under some pressure to come up with their new version as well.

Incidentally, though IE continues to be the most widely-used browser, Firefox has been a strong competitor and has managed to grab a considerable percentage of the market in a comparatively short span of time.

In 2006, both companies had launched new versions of their respective browsers at around the same time. However, users ended up using Firefox 2 more as compared to IE7.

Coming back to the invitations sent out by Microsoft to select Beta testers, they've said they will soon be making their Beta available to the general public for testing and downloads.


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Brand New Google Chat Emoticons!

Table-1-- Current known list of Google Chat emoticons


























































































































lassic



Round



Square


Key Combination


Heart/Love



Heart/Love



Heart/Love


<3




It's a monkey!



It's a monkey!



It's a monkey!


:(|)




Rock out.



Rock out.



Rock out.


\m/




Shocked



Shocked



Shocked


:-o




Grin



Grin



Grin


:D




Frown



Frown



Frown


:(




Angry



Angry



Angry


x-(




Cool



Cool



Cool


B-)




Cry



Cry



Cry


:'(




Equal Grin



Equal Grin



Equal Grin


=D




Wink



Wink



Wink


;)




Straight Face



Straight Face



Straight Face


:-|




Equal Smile



Equal Smile



Equal Smile


=)




Nose Grin



Nose Grin



Nose Grin


:-D




Big nose wink



Big nose wink



Big nose wink


;^)




Nose wink



Nose wink



Nose wink


;-)




Nose smile



Nose smile



Nose smile


:-)




Slant



Slant



Slant


:-/




Tongue



Tongue



Tongue


:P



Table-2  First undocumented set of smiley's




































































Classic



Round



Square


Key Combination


Cowbell



Cowbell



Cowbell


+/'\




Crab



Crab



Crab


V.v.V




Devil



Devil



Devil


}:-)




Equal sad



Equal sad



Equal sad


=(




Equal slant



Equal slant



Equal slant


=/




Equal tongue



Equal tongue



Equal tongue


=P




Nose sad



Nose sad



Nose sad


:-(




Smile



Smile



Smile


:)




Wince



Wince



Wince


>.<




Nose tongue



Nose tongue



Nose tongue


:-P



Table-3 Hidden emoticons that no one knows about yet!






































Classic



Round



Square


Key Combination


Pig



Pig



Pig


:(:)




Broken Heart



Broken Heart



Broken Heart


</3




Kiss



Kiss



Kiss


:-x




Kiss



Kiss



Kiss


:*




Mustache



Mustache



Mustache


:{



Discovery by:- TK