Thursday, January 31, 2013

Google Talk Guru answers questions via your IM app

google talk guru answersBots -- like the kind which automate IRC rooms and Google Wave -- are a good thing to know about. There are plenty of useful bots worth knowing about, too, including the Google Talk Guru.

Just add guru@googlelabs.com to your GTalk buddies, and you can start firing off questions. Lifehacker suggests that the same types of queries supported by Google SMS will work, though we didn't have any luck getting a response out of the Guru with phrases like "score detroit red wings" or "sushi R3N 1Y1."

Still, Guru does answer a good variety of questions and it works right within your favorite IM app. It's well worth adding to your friend list, especially for getting answers on the go on your mobile device of choice.

Google Talk Guru answers questions via your IM app originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple orders iCab iOS browser to cripple JavaScript modules

The developer of iCab Mobile, a feature-rich alternative to the Safari Web browser on iPad and iPhone, has been ordered by Apple to remove its ability to download and install JavaScript modules.

Presumably it's not the fact that iCab can execute JavaScript that's causing Apple to apoplectically puff and splutter, but rather its ability to download modules. Both Apple and Google frown upon apps that contain market-like functionality, and someone at Apple probably thought that iCab's JavaScript modules looked like a bit too much like discrete apps.

Alexander Clauss, iCab's developer, has rather a lot to say on the matter. "Maybe if I would have called the modules 'smart bookmarks' and would have made installing them much more complicated, Apple would have never asked to remove the ability to download them from the internet. The great user experience of installing modules has probably created a suspicion that these modules are more than just a piece of JavaScript code. From a pure technical point of view, if Apple does not allow to download modules (JavaScript code), Apple would also have to disallow to load web pages in general, because these do also contain JavaScript code."

In conclusion, to circumvent Apple's draconian decree, iCab Mobile now simply comes bundled with some 20 JavaScript modules. The ability to download modules made by third-party developers has been disabled, however -- but even then, Clauss says that you can simply contact him and ask for your module to be bundled with the next version of iCab.

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Apple orders iCab iOS browser to cripple JavaScript modules originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 07:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry 10: Not All The Right Moves

BlackBerry got many elements of its pivotal new smartphone platform right, but not all of them. Let's break down the good and bad.

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Internet Explorer 9 nears 4% share on Windows 7, IE6 extinction countdown picks up steam

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Microsoft has shared some news about the state of its most and least loved Web browsers -- Internet Explorer 9 and 6, respectively. Even with IE9 only recently exiting beta, Microsoft reports that 3.6% of Windows 7 users are now running the new browser (no mention of Vista... what's with that?). The post also reveals that the adoption rate is almost five times what IE8 garnered in the early going.

It's also interesting to note that there are now more than 1,000 sites utilizing Internet Explorer 9's Windows 7 integration features -- like the new desktop notification support we showed you in Hotmail.

But perhaps the best news of all is that Microsoft's IE6countdown.com now has more than 400 partners and is generating nearly two million pageviews per month, helping to lure users away from the woefully out-of-date browser. Can the end come soon enough, DS readers?

Internet Explorer 9 nears 4% share on Windows 7, IE6 extinction countdown picks up steam originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BaaS: It's a crowded (and young) market

When Forrester's Michael Facemire set out to write a report on back-end as a service, published in August 2012, he interviewed 13 companies. "Since then I've found out about nearly 40 companies that call themselves BaaS," he says.

BaaS vendors offer services aimed at making it quick, easy and inexpensive for developers to add common functions such as messaging to their mobile apps, freeing them up to focus on the functions that are important to the business. Companies will need to choose their provider carefully, because consolidation is certain, says Facemire.

Source: http://images.infoworld.com/d/application-development/baas-its-crowded-and-young-market-211945?source=rss_mobile_technology

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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 Update Blocker kit

Microsoft has just released details and download instructions for the Internet Explorer 10 Blocker Toolkit.

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/t/web-browsers/microsoft-releases-internet-explorer-10-update-blocker-kit-211966

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Deal of the Day – Dell XPS 12 Core i5 convertible 1080p tablet with Windows 8

LogicBUY’s Deal for Sunday is the newest, configurable 12.5″ Dell XPS 12 Core-i5 convertible tablet, starting at $1,149.99.  Features: 4GB RAM 128GB solid-state drive Windows 8 12.5” full 1080p HD, 400-nit touch screen display with 160-degree viewing angle Converts from laptop to tablet mode Construction materials: machined aluminum, bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, carbon fiber $1199.99 – $50 coupon [...]

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Nokia Promises Exclusive Phones To U.S. Carriers

Will unique devices appease carriers and change Nokia's Microsoft Phone fortunes?

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YouTube returns to rock out in Coachella this weekend

Like last year, YouTube will live-stream the giant music festival. You can choose from three channels, and (probably) see the headliners, all without bathroom lines.


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Americans Still Not Sold On Nokia Smartphones

Nokia posted its first profit in 18 months as sales of Lumia smartphones begin to take off, but North American market remains a challenge.

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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 Update Blocker kit

Microsoft has just released details and download instructions for the Internet Explorer 10 Blocker Toolkit.

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Microsoft to big data programmers: Try F#

Microsoft to big data programmers: Try F#

The F# (pronounced "f sharp") object-oriented functional programming language originated at Microsoft Research around 2004.

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Qseven module sports a TI ARM-plus-DSP chip

MSC Vertriebs announced a Qseven module powered by the Texas Instruments (TI) C6A8168 chip, which combines a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core with a 1.5GHz digital signal processor (DSP). Designed for & demanding image processing& applications, the Q7-TI8168 includes 1GB of DDR3 memory, up to 8GB of flash storage, two SATA ports, six USB ports, and an HDMI/DVI interface, according to the company....

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Driving The Social Media Pickup Truck

A truck is just a truck. It's where you take it that makes the difference.

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Waterloo Incubator Hyperdrive Unveils Second Cohort Of Startups, Tackling Everything From ESL To Medical Imaging

hyperdriveCommunitech Hyperdrive, a newer Waterloo-based incubator program that graduated its first cohort of startups last year, today unveiled the second class of companies that will be able to take advantage of its more than $30 million in available funding and network of entrepreneurs and mentors. The list includes some standouts who have already made a bit of a name for themselves, as well as companies tackling specialized problems and niche markets.

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Social Ad Tech Platform Glow Raises $1.3M Seed To Expand Into U.S., Beef Up Senior Exec Team

Glow Digital Media logoGlow Digital Media, a social ad tech platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, has closed a $1.3 million seed funding round. Investors in the round include Project A Ventures and Avonmore Developments. The U.K. startup said it has used the funding to expand into the U.S. -- opening a new regional HQ in Los Angeles and hiring four new senior execs.

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IBM Expands Enterprise Cloud Services

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ can host SAP, other enterprise apps, and offer uptime rates of 99.7%.

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MS Office 2013 Upgrade: 4 Points to Consider

Microsoft Office 2013 offers some compelling new features, especially for mobile users. But how will buyers respond to the new version's license shake-up and cloud emphasis?

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Singing Frogs Love Budweiser

The original Budweiser Frogs commercial that aired during Super Bowl XXIX in 1995. The commercial was directed by Gore Verbinski, director of Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films.

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Archos Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Normally when I find a new product from Archos, it’s an Android tablet.  This time, they have a Bluetooth keyboard for us.  The Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad works with the iPad 2 and the 3rd- and 4th-gen iPads.  At 9.48″ x 7.32″ x 0.2″, it’s not much thicker than a Smart Cover; it weighs [...]

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Immigration Reform Package Includes Tech Workers

Separate bill would significantly increase the number of H-1B visas issued by the United States.

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Levenger’s great gear bag at an incredible price for one week

If you’re looking for a sturdy gear bag with the quality Levenger is famous for, but you want to spend under $50, you’re in luck this week.  The Staff Bag is made of durable, gray, washed canvas with black glove leather trim and nickel hardware.  It measures 13.15″ wide x 4 .15″ deep x 11.75″ [...]

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Qseven module sports a TI ARM-plus-DSP chip

MSC Vertriebs announced a Qseven module powered by the Texas Instruments (TI) C6A8168 chip, which combines a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core with a 1.5GHz digital signal processor (DSP). Designed for & demanding image processing& applications, the Q7-TI8168 includes 1GB of DDR3 memory, up to 8GB of flash storage, two SATA ports, six USB ports, and an HDMI/DVI interface, according to the company....

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IE9 and Firefox 4 post top marks in Web browser power use comparison

Over on the Internet Explorer Blog, Microsoft has posted results from an extensive comparison of the top five Web browsers. The goal: to determine whether Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Chrome 10, Safari 5, or Opera 11 is able to squeeze the most life out of your laptop's battery.

A baseline was determined with test systems sitting idle, and then browsers were pointed at about:blank, a news site, the HTML5 Galactic demo, and the IE9 fish tank demo. Perhaps unsurprisingly, IE9 came out on top -- though Firefox 4 was a very close second on nearly every test. As you can see, the other browsers didn't necessarily fare quite as well, with Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera all posting significantly worse scores. In Opera 11's case, a laptop battery would last over one hour more with Internet Explorer 9 installed.

But what we'd really like to know is where did Microsoft find the dilithium crystals required to run a Galactic Total Power Consumption test...

IE9 and Firefox 4 post top marks in Web browser power use comparison originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple, Google, and Samsung aren't safe in shifting smartphone market

Just five years ago, the global epicenters of the mobile phone universe included Finland and Canada, where Nokia and Research in Motion are headquartered respectively.

After the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007, and after Android phones started getting really good, iOS and Android devices began their sustained assault on market share, and today they dominate totally.

Source: http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/apple-google-and-samsung-arent-safe-in-shifting-smartphone-market-211612?source=rss_infoworld_top_stories_

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Watch This | Jane Austen Fight Club!

Watch This | Jane Austen Fight Club!
With readers celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice this week, it seemed a good time to share my favorite Austen mash-up: Jane Austen's Fight Club.

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BlackBerry Debuts Z10, Q10 Smartphones

New smartphones from the company formerly known as RIM are the first to run its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. They won't go on sale in the U.S. until March.

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France Considers Tax On Data Mining

Europeans, tired of U.S. tech companies profiting off their personal data without paying local taxes, look for new ways to generate income from Amazon, Google and the like.

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