What do you do if a standard is taking too long to thrash out and manufacturers are desperate to get their gear out of the door? You come up with a "pre-standard" instead! This is what's happening with the 802.11n standard - this standard won't be ratified until 2008, but "pre-standard" certified equipment will start hitting the shelves next year.
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Over the past few days some interesting details about Microsoft's Zune player has emerged. The most interesting feature - the ability to be your own DJ and create mobile social network "pockets"
Apple has narrowed down the serial number of the batteries that have been recalled.
Are you a Windows Vista beta tester? Have you noticed that startup sound that plays just as the PC gets to the point ready to accept your logon password? Yes. OK. Well, have you tried to disable that sound? If you do, you'll discover something odd - that there's no way to disable it. No check box, no button, no setting. Nothing. Zip. Nada.Doesn't that beg the question - why?
Today, Microsoft has announced something that I've been expecting for a long time - that 32-bit versions of Windows Vista won't be able to play back next generation high definition protected content. What does this mean? It means that Microsoft might have just killed off HD.
Apple is recalling 1.8 million lithium ion notebook batteries after receiving reports of nine units which seriously overheated, resulting in two users receiving minor burns.
It seems that Microsoft wants to help aid in the development of the Firefox browser and has extended an invitation to the Firefox and Thunderbird teams to visit with the right people to get Firefox running under Vista. The invitation came in the form of a message posted last Saturday by Sam Ramji, Director of Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft to the mozilla.dev.planning newsgroup. But why?
Three months to go. 2,000,000 consoles to manufacture - that works out at 15 a minute!
The browser war has always been two-sided. Internet Explorer vs. Netscape. Internet Explorer vs. Firefox. It's pretty easy to forget that there are other players in the game. And when it comes to browsing the web when on the move, Opera is the browser to turn to.
Robert Scoble made an interesting point in his blog yesterday about a key difference between Windows, Mac and Linux - fonts. I agree - money spent on typography is money well spent.