What we have here is a UI for tablet, named Macallan. The name sounds sweet, but you’ve yet to see the interface that it’s providing. With a ‘page turning’ theme, this is something that UI Centric is integrating into the Windows 7 tablet OS. What’s more, it supports multitasking, which you can see in the video below. Read more…
Firefox is already hard at work to change the way we use tabs for our browsers. They’ve come up with a new funky way to work around tabs, called Tab Candy, for those who switch between say, 50 tabs in their browsers? Let’s check how it worked in the video above.
Tab Candy is still in alpha testing, and the developers are still trying to optimize the design for daily use, and to improve the performance so that it won’t be a memory hogger. Tab Candy is actually available for you to test now, but that’s strictly for super-early adopters, as it’s still a beta for public.
Voddler is a video-on-demand service that streams big movies and TV shows. There’s 600,000 registered users so far, even though its ‘invite-only’. It has contracts with 5 American movie studios to stream videos with a price. But if you’re living in Sweden, then it’s totally free for you.
It seemed that the service, which features a ten foot interface for living room friendly viewing and utilizes a P2PTV overlay network (similar to Vudu) for streaming should eventually hit the states, although there doesn’t seem to be a timeline on that.
Desktop Earth is an app that lets you have generated wallpapers from satellite imagery of our home planet. It runs from the system tray, continuously updating the wallpaper to reflect changes in sunlight, foliage and even snow cover. Automatically resizing images to match the Windows PC’s native resolution and reduce the load on the system, Desktop Earth takes care of itself for the most part. However, the user can control the level of cloud cover, which time zone the wallpaper is centered on, if night lights appear on the dark areas of the satellite images, and of course, the setting for updates.
Needless to say, Desktop Earth requires a permanent internet connection. It won’t update if you get offline. the utility can be downloaded here.
Mozilla has unleashed the Firefox 4 Pre-beta to public. Nicknamed “Minefield”, this 4.0bpre comes with a new tabs-on-top interface and some slight changes on the screen. This is a rather “very-early” release for early-adopter, and is mostly for developers. But there’s no harm trying out and helping the community on reporting bugs. So, if you’d like to give it a try (rather risky try though, as it’s a beta anyway), head over here, and look for file name similar to this “firefox-4.0b2pre.en-US", and search for one that’s suitable for your platform.
Microsoft has just demonstrated Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3 (IE9) in San Francisco with hardware partners. What’s new is that Microsoft has integrated Direct X for 2D and video acceleration for HTML5 content. Microsoft showcases this with hundreds of 3D fish swimming in IE9 at 60fps with no lags, by fully utilizing graphic acceleration.
Something that Steve Jobs left out at the WWDC 2010, is the release of Safari 5, Apple’s notorious browser. With Safari 5, Apple wishes to have a battlefield in the browser market, as HTML5 gets picked up by more developers. Read more…
Microsoft is finalizing the 1st service pack for Windows 7, as they roll out public-beta in the end of July. Unlike Vista’s SP1 which is much needed to cover up the ugly things, Windows 7 is rather stable as it is. This SP1 for Windows 7 is a combination of updates and patches, besides the Remote Desktop needed to support the feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 that will provide virtualization capabilities to help enhance the Windows VDI experience:. Much for the corporate side, instead of home users. The SP1 is expected to go gold in Q4 2010.
Mac and Penguin users rejoice, as the day Chrome goes stable on these platform is finally here. With this promotion from beta to stable channel, the Chrome is nicely polished and touched-up, with better performance and stability. It will even looked very “Mac” on your Mac.
Well looks like someone has found serious security vulnerability in Bill Gate’s latest money-milking operating system the Windows 7. Apparently users may be exposed to code execution and denial-of-service attacks, Microsoft warned in an advisory issued on Tuesday.
The threat, which was openly discussed ahead of Microsoft’s advisory, only affects the latest Windows 7 and windows Server 2008 R2, though was denied of any forms of attacks attempted related to exploiting this flaw.
This issue was found in the Canonical Display Driver (cdd.dll), which is used by Windows 7 to unify the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) and DirectX drawing.
Code execution, while possible in theory, would be very difficult due to memory randomization both in kernel memory and via Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). Additionally, this vulnerability only affects Windows systems if they have the Aero theme installed; Aero is not switched on by default in Windows Server 2008 R2, nor does 2008 R2 include Aero-capable graphics drivers by default.
Microsoft believes that, in case where the attacker successfully exploited this vulnerability, the affected system would stop to respond, and automatically restart. Therefore, the Windows 7 teams are now standing by for processing the patches need once investigations are complete.
So I guess this is a good time to disable that Windows Aero Theme huh?