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Windows 8 likely To Support Adobe Flash

Posted on May 27, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

About eight months back,when Microsoft introduced its Windows 8 Metro UI, it was almost clear that the company’s Metro version of Internet Explorer will not support Adobe Flash or any third party plugins. Now, the web has been flashing news of the possibility of the Metro UI will featuringbuild-in flash support as pointed out in a forum post on . The forum reveals, “Adobe Flash player is included in the Release Preview, Adobe shared the “source code” with Microsoft. Internet Explorer Immersive will coming with flash too.”

The reason for a plug-infree experience was to improve battery life, while maintaining security, reliability and privacy for consumers. Paul Thurrott’s Supersitefor Windows says,”…Microsoft does work closely with Adobe, closely enough that Adobe actually provided Microsoft with source code access to Flash, allowing them to seamlessly integrate the technology into IE 10. Thus, Microsoft did not need to make an exception to its no-add-on policy for Internet Explorer Metro. By making Flash a part of IE 10 Microsoft ensures thecode meets its own standards for reliability, compatibility, security, and also probably the performance. We hope it works just fine for Microsoft.”

Reportedly, Microsoft hasrefused to comment on this, saying that the company doesn’t comment on speculations and rumours. Lately, the first Windows 8 tablet also made its unofficial debut in the form of the Dell Latitude 10 tablet, a 10-incher that is powered by Intel’s Clover Trail Atom Dual Core processor with 2GB RAM. The leaked specs were soon enough speculated to be weak. Windows 8, is undoubtedly the most awaited product of the year. While we’d expected Nokia to come out with its Windows-based tablet first, the company has completely denied to the most recnt reports by claiming them to be ‘misconstrued.’

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Indian PC market Growth Sluggish in Q1; Lenovo Tops The List

Posted on May 27, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

A recent report by Gartner Inc. to gauge the performance of the PC market in India through the first quarter of 2012 has proved to be rather disappointing. In what canbe attributed to high inflation and increased prices, the report found that the PC market growth through the a forementioned duration has been rather sluggish with Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner quoting that consumer buying accounted for 47 percent of the total PC sales in the first quarter of 2012, which is down 3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. He added that the current market conditions, defined by high inflation and rising prices have understandably forced the end consumer to alter their purchasing decision. That in addition to the recent spurt excise and import duties had a role to play in forcing the consumer to postpone their purchases. He added, “This underlies the fact that high inflation and increased prices have forced users to either prolong the life of their devices or postpone their purchase decision. The increase in excise and import duties also played a part in decision making postponement. The delay in rate contract from DGSND (Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals) didnot help market growth.”

However, the report alsofound that the combined desk-based and mobile PC market in India grew to nearly 2.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012, which essentially isa 6.6 percent increase over the first quarter of 2011. Lenovo emerged tobe the top vendor in the first quarter of this year,when its PC shipments grew 64 percent. The report adds that the”…partial execution of the Tamilnadu government order” helped this happen. As opposed to Lenovo’s PC shipment growth, that of HP grew 21 percent, while yet another popularvendor, Dell suffered a decline by 11 percent as compared to its performance in the Q1 2011. The report further highlighted that multinational brands played a major role in the Q1 of 2012, by contributing to more thanhalf of the total PC shipments (shipments from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, the top 4 vendors, representing 54.5 percent of the market). HCL’s PC market though, saw a decline to 5.8 percent in the Q1 of 2012, as it experienced a 13 percent year-on-year decline from the first quarter of 2011.

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Facebook Rumoured to Buy Opera and Launch Browser

Posted on May 27, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

It seems like we have more browser wars to look forward to. While Yahoo!’s added their own browser, Axis, to the mix, Facebook has been rumoured to be potentially buying Opera Software, the company behind the Opera web and mobile browsers. According to Pocket-Lint , a trusted source says that Facebook wants to buy the company behind the browser that boasts of 20 million users worldwide. As expected, the browser would be designed to give users more access to Facebookwith default browser plugins. It also might work the other way around where Facebook can see users’ browsing history in more detail andof course, this information is highly valuable to advertisers. Whether the acquisition will even be approved is yet to be seen.

Facebook has made it quite obvious that they want to be ubiquitous, rather, more so than they already are. Buildinga browser is only the next step for Facebook to become your web, rather than be a site whose services you use.The company recently bought Instagram for what seemed like an acquisition of talent to improve their own mobile interface. However, yesterday Facebook launched their own photoediting and sharing app, called Facebook Camera. Currently only available for iOS, the app allows you to take pictures, addfilters and upload them directly to Facebook. Theapp also presents, in Newsfeed format, all the photos that your friends have uploaded to the social network. And don’t forget, Facebook also bought Instagram rival, Lightbox. This sequence of events where Facebook bought a company only to make a competing product is not likely to be applicable to the Facebook-Opera potential acquisition.

Facebook is even testinga feature called Highlighted Posts, wherein users pay the social network to have their status updates amplified. This will be useful for bands who want to promote their gigs or someone who wants to sell their car. Building a Facebook browser means delivering the Facebook experience before the user even heads on over to the site. There ispotential for these highlighted posts to showup in the browser windowbefore the user clicks onFacebook. Of course, we’re talking about two still speculative elements.Will you use the Facebook browser? Do you think it’s a bit much?

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Pod2g Releases Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 5.1.1

Posted on May 27, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

A popular statement at late Steve Jobs-hosted Apple launches would come just when would think that the show was over; he would turn around and say ‘… and one more thing.’ One may have thought that with his demise, these words would not be echoed again in a similar fashion.However at Hack in the Box 2012, these words were spoken not by an Apple employee or someone associated with the brand, but by developer Pod2g, who is famous for releasing jailbreaks for iOS devices. Like the late Apple co-founder, these words did have the desired effect as Pod2g had officially unveiled Absinthe 2.0, a jailbreak tool for iOS devices.
As per an announcement ,“Absinthe 2.0 will affect the majority of Apple devices running iOS 5.1.1including iPad 1,1 – 2,1 –2,2 – 2,3 – 3,1 – 3,2 – 3,3, the iPhone 2,1 – 3,1– 3,3 – 4,1 and iPod 3,1 – 4,1. The jailbreak doesnot support the third generation Apple TV and support for iPad 2,4 will be added at a later date. The team announced thatthe new Absinthe 2.0 will be available immediately for download from the official ChronicDevTeam website:“
In a post on the Chronic Dev Team website , the developer states, “After copious amounts of work and many sleepless nights Absinthe 2.0 is finally here to jailbreak your device. This release has been a largecollaborative effort between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams (Jailbreak Dream Team). This jailbreak supports firmware 5.1.1 ONLY and is again one ofthe most easiest jailbreaks to use.”
For those interested in jailbreaking their iOS device, the website provides detailed information and steps to make the process as simple as possible. Thereis a world of advantagesfor those interested in jailbreaking their iOS device, as they are not faced with the limitations imposed by Apple. An interesting and yet useful bit about jailbreaking is that one has the ability to download and install paidapps for free without spending a dime in iTunes. However, if one does intend to jailbreak their device, then it couldaffect the warranty as Apple warranty does not cover jailbroken devices.

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