Rumours about Microsoft’s independent smartphone mobile platform - Project Pink - have resurfaced. Rumor has it that Microsoft will reveal this smartphone, which some believe will be based on their Zune mp3 player ala iPod and the iPhone, as early as February. Will this help revive Microsoft's marketshare in the mobile world?
While the world is still trying to maximise its use of Web 2.0, rumblings of Web 3.0 are already in the air. What is it about? And how is it going to change the Internet experience? Simply put, Web 3.0 is about imparting structure to the massive amounts of un-structured data collected during Web 2.0, which is the first step towards true artificial intelligence. Read on to know how the subjects discussed at GIDS 2008 and 2009 are now gaining momentum.
After being in development for three years, the Apache Software Foundation has released version 1.4 of the open-source Rich Internet Application (RIA) framework technology, Apache Pivot. It will compete with other RIA’s such as Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight and Sun’s JavaFX.
If you are looking for a lightweight, customizable and secure free e-mail client, you have got several reasons to now use Thunderbird. The first big update of Thunderbird since 2007 has brought with it a plethora of interesting functionality. The most interesting improvements in Thunderbird 3, from among more than 2000, are a new tabbed interface, improved account setup, search improvements and some UI modifications all for the 'public good'.
On the 15th of December 2009, Chinese cyber criminals exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to launch attacks on many international organizations including Google and Adobe. Microsoft has now released an advisory to mitigate this threat until 9th February 2010 by when they intend to ready a patch for public distribution.
The Business Intelligence market in India is still evolving as enterprises are considering BI to overcome challenges resulting from competition and globalisation. They also view usage of open source BI solutions as resulting in increased revenue and profitability outcomes. However, they need to differentiate between low cost and zero-cost before making a final choice.
As the economy veers itself out of a cul de sac, the demand for entertainment and games are on an upswing. Low on entry barrier and high on creativity, the Gaming industry presents a huge opportunity for India's software developers. Gamers, online publishers, telecoms, PC and console manufacturers, Internet cafe owners, all with a vested interest in growing the market, are helping nurture a rich games culture in India. The highly individualistic nature of the Indian Software Developer, coupled with their tolerance for divergent personalities make them a natural fit into the Game Development culture. With the mission to build a robust community, advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers, Saltmarch Media, producers of the blockbuster Great Indian Developer Summit, is announcing the first and independent annual India Game Developer Summit.
Equating his demand to the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, Vishal Sikka, Chief Technology Officer at SAP, has criticised the governance of Java and the domination of the Java Community Process (JCP) by Sun Microsystems. To ensure the continued role of Java in driving economic growth, we believe it is essential to transition the stewardship of the language and platform into an authentically open body that is not dominated by an individual corporation.
Microsoft has released the latest version of its mail server software, touting a new email archiving feature, improved support for unified communications systems that merge phone and computer systems, and an expanded search capability. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide to help businesses reduce costs and protect communication platforms, it was announced at the TechEd conference in Germany today.
Android 2.0 brings new developer APIs for sync, Bluetooth, and a few other areas. Using the new sync, account manager and contacts APIs, you can write applications to enable users to sync their devices to various contact sources. You can also give users a faster way to communicate with others by embedding Quick Contact within your application. With the new Bluetooth API, you can now easily add peer-to-peer connectivity or gaming to your applications.
Since most day to day operations are moving online (Core banking, Reservations, Shopping), software performance has become vital to their success. So many times visits to a web site takes long time to load, resulting in frustration and the migration to a different site (similar business). For businesses this can be fatal as they lose customers. Web sites often slow or even go down when traffic increases. Performance/stress testing of your application can help avoid such downtime. There are tools that tell you performance of your application is bad but not necessarily why. But if you have information knowing what to look for, what is good and what is bad, will put your application in better shape later.