A new rodent from Microsoft has been sighted in London this week which could be of interest to those looking to pick up a replacement notebook mouse or some such in the near future.
Said to be scheduled for release later this month, Microsoft simply call it the Explorer Touch and have packed it with BlueTrack technology to ensure it will remain operable on practically any surface as well as being wireless in nature.
Other features of the mouse include five programmable buttons, scrolling in the form of a touch pad and a compact USB receiver that can be tucked away in a compartment under the mouse.
Mozilla's Firefox development team appear to be working faster than ever lately with a new alpha (Aurora) build 7 now available, less than a month after Firefox 5 Final was released to the masses. They sure are chewing through version numbers of late.
The new 7.0 Aurora (alpha, 7.0a2) build brings what looks to be a decent amount of new features and improvements. with reported optimizations including a faster startup time, faster rendering performance and less memory usage. The new build also has an improved sync manager for syncing up your bookmarks and passwords effortlessly and instantly with your other devices.
Other benefits include better font rendering When GPu acceleration is enabled and some new web and server tools that allow developers to build performance tests directly into the browser.
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 5.0.7.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Deal of the Day: ThinkPad Back to School Specials! Edge 420 from Only $579! X220 Ultraportable for Only $1119 with Core i7, 4GB Memory and More!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - ThinkPad Back to School Specials! Edge 420 from Only $579! X220 Ultraportable for Only $1119 with Core i7, 4GB Memory and More!.
Offer: Sale expire 7/13/11 for those of you looking to pick up some new ThinkPads for school!
The latest happenings from around the web - July 8th, 2011
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 @ Ocaholic
- Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
CPU & APU
- AMD A8-3850 Llano @ Lostcircuits
- AMD A-series APU Overclocking and Gaming Performance @ PC Perspective
- Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge Processor @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II 1.5GB DirectX 11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion
- PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 SCS 3 @ Neoseeker
Apple have quite the achievement today, announcing that they have had over 15 billion (that's 15,000,000,000!!) apps downloaded from their App Store by more than 200 million iOS-powered users worldwide. The App Store sports 425,000 apps and developers have created an incredible array of over 100,000 iPad-only apps.
Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing says;
In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen. Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.
The underdog in this fisticuffs battle of online music services [in my opinion] is Amazon and maybe they know that too which is why they were the first to launch their music service before the great Apple and Google, it nabbed them headlines and probably, groupies. This has given Amazon time to gain a customer base and do some work on their service. Amazon have since studied what Google was offering (free upload of 20,000 songs) and also Apple (unlimited storage up to 25,000 songs for $25) and decided that its own pricing scheme needed some lovin'.
Anyone who purchases MP3s from Amazon should definitely give Cloud Drive a second look: every MP3 purchase before the cloud streaming service launched can now be stored for free and all limitations on music uploading have been removed from paid members. Upon launch, Cloud Drive offered five Gigabytes of free storage to users and the option to upgrade was there. 20GB for $20, 50GB for $50 and so on up to 1000GB. All new MP3s purchased through Amazon are able to be stored for free without counting against that total, but the allowance didn't apply to previous purchases.
Microsoft are holding their Worldwide Partner Conference next week and are tipped to show off their pre-beta version of Windows 8. WPC 2011 starts on July 11 and WinRumors noticing a tweet from an account called @MSFTtm which said "Microsoft wil release a CTP [Community Technology Preview] build of Windows 8" at the conference. Of course, a single tweet from an unverified source does not guarantee it will happen, but this particular source has been pretty spot on about previous Windows 8 builds.
On top of that, tech site Windows 8 Beta says that "two independent sources" confirmed its earlier report that Microsoft would unveil the pre-beta build at WPC 2011. They also claim that Microsoft are looking at releasing said pre-beta build to gold partners just after the conference. If the rumors are true, it shows Microsoft are quite aggressive with their timetable for Windows8.
Cosmic Panda, now that I have your attention, YouTube intro experimental experience for YouTube, dubbed, Cosmic Panda
YouTube have introduced a new experimental experience for videos, playlists and channels dubbed; Cosmic Panda. With nearly 8 years of videos uploaded and 3 billion views logged every day on YouTube (WOW), it's obvious to all; everyone loves watching and sharing videos through YouTube. The team at YouTube is constantly experimenting, tweaking and playing with new ways to make the YouTube experience what you're looking for.
Today YouTube are inviting you to participate in one of their latest TestTube experiments: Cosmic Panda. If you'd like to ride the Cosmic Panda extravaganza, visit http://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda and click "Try it out!"
All of this next-gen iPad news is really getting to me, everytime I think I have a new piece to type up, a few days later there's something else out from some other analyst saying something different. Enter Craig Berger, an FBR Capital Markets analyst says that the next iPad to hit the market will not be the iPad 3, but will be dubbed the "iPad 2 Plus" and planned for later this year.
Expected in this iPad 2 Plus is the hotly-rumored higher-resolution display, at 250 to 300 pixels per inch compared to the pansy 132 pixels per inch. This would make the images and text look much crisper and natural, almost like words printed on paper. The iPhone 4 had a similar bump in ppi, up to 326 ppi. Berger also cited reports from the supply chain saying that Apple has begun grasping for parts for the future iPad:
There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an 'iPad 2 Plus' device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device.