Catching Up (9/13)
Google has made what amounts to a promising downpayment on more ambitious travel search tools with its new Flight Search , debuting today. Launching initially for a select group of US cities Google users will have access to an expanded range of airline search options and a much more verticalized experience than has been available in the past on Google.
When news came through recently about the Bondi Westfield shopping centre’s new “Find my car” feature, the security and privacy implications almost jumped off the page: “Wait – so you mean all I do is enter a number plate – any number plate – and I get back all this info about other cars parked in the centre?
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The $76 billion Apple reported last quarter could grow to $136 billion by the end of 2012
Intel announces Haswell microarchitecture for 2013 CPUs with improved power efficiency | This is my next...At IDF today, Intel announced the successor to its yet-to-be-released Ivy Bridge architecture, codenamed Haswell. This platform, built at 22nm like Ivy Bridge, has been leaked multiple times dating back to 2008, so hearing it become official today comes as no big surprise. The good news is that Intel already has the chip running with a 30% reduction in active power consumption over current-generation (Sandy Bridge) Core i5 chips and is aiming for a 20-fold improvement in standby time. Both enhancements should theoretically come without a significant reduction in processing power by 2013. Intel gave a brief demo of a prototype running off a tiny solar cell (to animate a cat GIF, of course ) and while the release is obviously a ways off, it's the first sign here at IDF that Intel is trying to show how serious it is about power consumption.
Mashable, the popular Web site for information about technology and social media, said Tuesday that it was expanding coverage to include new sections for entertainment, United States news and world news, and that it was hiring a veteran technology editor to oversee all editorial content. Lance Ulanoff , 47, the former editor of pcmag.com and senior vice president of content for Ziff Davis Web sites, will run day to day coverage at Mashable. He will work closely with Adam Ostrow , the current editor, who is moving into the position of executive editor, where he will continue to lead editorial strategy, Pete Cashmore , the s chief executive and founder, said in announcing the changes.
Editor’s Note – Sept. 13, 2011 – The release was updated with information about BUILD attendees receiving a Samsung prototype PC with Windows 8 Developer Preview. LOS ANGELES — Sept. 13, 2011 — Today at its developer-focused BUILD conference, Microsoft Corp. showcased a detailed preview of the next major release of Windows, code-named “Windows 8.” The company also detailed new tools for developers to help write applications for more than 1 billion people around the world who use Windows every day. “We reimagined Windows,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, in his keynote address to the thousands of developers in attendance. “From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise.”
During a lovely September week in 2011, Microsoft Windows 8 was announced and launched for developers.
Microsoft executives took to the stage at the annual BUILD developer conference on Tuesday to give the world its first real look at the future of the Windows operating system . The reception, as you’ve likely read by now, has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, Apple bloggers were apparently so flustered by the platform that they resorted to bombarding Twitter with jokes about cooling fans and Silverlight instead of stopping for a moment to realize that Microsoft is showing us the future of computing.
Here's the good news for Microsoft developers attending Build: Silverlight and .Net are not dead. Here's the not-so-good news: They are mainly a means to write classic/Desktop apps, and not the new, "Metro-style" apps that Microsoft will be playing up in Windows 8.
Facebook today officially launches several improvements to its Friend Lists feature that can be used to define privacy settings and filter the news feed, including some changes that leaked last week .
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