Microsoft's plan to release regular updates of its Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview continues apace, with tonight's unveiling of the third release since March. Designers and developers will find this the most significant version yet, as it adds support for three key HTML 5 components – the VIDEO and AUDIO tags and the CANVAS drawing surface.
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The general rule of thumb for smartphones is that they need to have a large screen. A diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of three inches is probably a good ballpark for the kind of screen that will deliver workable web browsing.
Toshiba is announcing three new mobile computers today, and two of them are entries into new markets. The Libretto W100 will attract the most attention as the world's first dual-touchscreen portable, while the AC100 is Toshiba's first Google Android-based netbook computer (commonly called a 'smartbook').
As an online service, BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite - Exchange and SharePoint hosted by Microsoft in its data centres) gets new features every six to eight weeks - but these are incremental improvements, adding options that are already in the on-premise versions. For example, mailbox size will increase from 5GB to 25GB this year, and the Mac sign-in client will support Snow Leopard.
When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 in the spring, the emphasis was on the user experience and consumer features like Facebook integration, but at the TechEd conference the emphasis has been on business integration. "The fundamental proposition," Microsoft senior director for business experience Paul Bryan told us, "is meeting the needs of the business customer.
The Dell Streak hit my desk today. Only for half an hour, and even that required actual weaponry to be deployed against our comrades on CNET UK while we held the thing hostage.
Despite some initial scepticism we were mightily impressed by the Kace K1000 systems management appliance when we reviewed it back in August last year.The reason for the scepticism was a reluctance to see system management tools as an obvious candidate for hosting on an appliance.
One of the advantages of Android is just how many (and how much) of the phone's built-in tools can be customised by third-party applications. Online directory service PhoneTell has taken advantage of this to embed its service into the Android dialler.
At Google IO this morning Adobe unveiled its Flash 10.1 beta for Google’s Android mobile OS.
Network webcams or IP cameras make it possible for home users and small businesses to build CCTV systems without breaking the bank. Unfortunately configuring and managing IP cameras isn’t easy.