Adobe’s PDF Becomes ISO 32000 Standard

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 3:55pm.

Adobe has announced that PDF 1.7 has been approved by the ISO and will become the ISO 32000 standard. Although previous subsets of PDF have been considered by the ISO, the approval of the entire document format as a new standard will impact its development in the future. From this point forward, the ISO and not Adobe is in charge of the PDF specification and any changes that are incorporated into it. Though Adobe won’t accept but its push for ISO certification has largely been seen as a response to Microsoft’s XPS standard. Adobe obviously hopes that PDF’s new standing, as an ISO standard will defend the standard against Microsoft’s attempt at the competing document format.

Google Launches iPhone Applications and Mac Developer Playground

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 2:25pm.

Its Apple Day at Google as Google announced the release of a new iPhone application and Mac Developer Playground.  The iPhone application integrates Google applications like Search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and more. Google accomplish this by using technologies like AJAX and iPhone’s Safari browser that delivers an excellent mobile Internet experience. To use the application just browse to www.google.com on your iPhone. Google also unveiled the Google Mac Developer Playground, a website where the Mac community can look for new and interesting open source projects and demos from Google’s Mac team. The website has projects like Cover Story, MacFUSE and the GData. Google’s Engineering Manager Amit Singh said, “ One new demo we want to highlight today is Statz. Dave MacLachlan, one of the engineers working on Google Desktop Mac, created it in his spare time. Statz lets you coordinate your status messages across various IM clients. If you have more then one IM client, we think this will come in handy.” Statz is a god send application for people using multiple IM clients on Mac.

Orange Sells 30,000 iPhone in France in First 5 Days

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 1:52pm.

France telecom Orange announced that they’ve sold 30,000 iPhone in just 5 days. 48% of iPhone were sold to new subscription and 80% of customers signed up for a dedicated “Orange for iPhone” plan. Louis-Pierre Wenes Executive Director of Orange’s France operations said, “This is a very good score, especially as one in two iPhone purchases is accompanied by a new Orange line subscription. This confirms that the iPhone will make an active contribution to the acquisition of new customers.”

Sprint Will Soft Launch its XOHM WiMax Network

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 12:15pm.

Sprint’s VP of Product Management and Partnership Development said today that Sprint Nextel would soft launch its XOHM WiMax network in the next few days in Chicago, Washington DC and Baltimore. There was no information available about what devices will be available at the launch but it is believed later in the year a number of special purpose devices will launch, as will dual mode CDMA/WiMax handsets. Sprint is aiming for an officially launch of XOHM service in second quarter of 2008. There has been lot of talk about WiMax potential for last two years at last some one is launching a WiMax network.

Intel Will Launch Penryn Mobile Processor on January 6th

Submitted by lalit on December 5, 2007 - 11:59am.

Dailytech is reporting that Intel will launch their latest generation of ‘Penryn’ mobile processor on January 6, 2008. The Penryn processors are based on 45nm production technology and will have four Core 2 Duo processors and one Core 2 Extreme dual core processor. All the Core 2 Duo processors will have 35W TDP same as previous generation of mobile processors. The Core 2 Extreme model (X9000) will have 2.8GHz processor speed, 6MB L2 cache, 44W TDP and will cost $851. The Core 2 Duo T9500 will have 2.6Ghz processor speed, 6MB L2 cache and will cost $530. The T9300 will have 2.5GHz processor speed, 6MB L2 cache and will be priced at $316. The lower end model T8300 and T8100 will both come with 3MB L2 Cache. The first one will have 2.4GHz processor speed and cost $241 whereas the second one will have 2.1Ghz processor speed and cost  $209. Intel will be releasing the Montevina Processor refresh in second half of 2008, these processors will have 25W TDP and will be based on same Penryn Mobile Processors. In Q3 2008 Intel will again refresh their mobile processor line by adding 1066 MHz FSB and DDR3 support. It is also believed that Intel will also launch first quad-core processor for notebooks in first half of 2008. Notebook based on the new processors will be show at CES 2008 and Macworld 2008, which will be held in January.

AMD Opteron and Phenom CPU Limited Because of Chip Level Problems

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 3:49pm.

The supply of Opterons server Chips and Phenom desktop chips have be very limited and the reason behind the problem according to Techreport is related to the translation lookaside buffer (TLB) in the processor’s L3 cache. The problem is present in all AMD quad-core processors up to the current B2 revision. AMD has said a revision B3 is in works for Q1 2008. The TLB problem can be corrected by BIOS based workaround but the fix involves 10-20% performance loss. This is bad new for AMD, which is/was already struggling to keep up with last generation Intel’s Core 2 Quad chips.

Verizon Wireless to Support Google’s Android Platform

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 3:24pm.

BusinessWeek has posted today that Verizon wireless plans to support Google’s new software platform for mobile phones. Verizon Wireless’s Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said “We’re planning on using Android, Android is an enabler of what we do.” Verizon Wireless had been one of the large cellular carriers withholding support from the Android platform. Last week Verizon announced that it would embrace an open-access model, which would allow use of broader range of devices on Verizon network. Why a sudden change of heart Verizon?
[Via BusinessWeek]

Microsoft Will Drop The ‘Kill Switch’ in Vista SP1

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 2:46pm.

In Windows Vista if Windows Genuine Advantage believes that the copy of Vista is unauthorized it can “lock” Vista from further use. The problem with Genuine Advantage was that it disabled many legal copies of Vista also. Microsoft today said that it would withdraw the anti-piracy tool ‘the kill switch’ from Windows Vista SP1, following customer complaints. Microsoft said “Users whose systems are identified as counterfeit will be presented with clear and recurring notices about the status of their system and how to get genuine copies. They won't lose access to functionality or features, but it will be very clear to them that their copy of Window Vista is not genuine and they need to take action." But Microsoft also said “ All copies of Windows Vista still require activation and the system will continue to validate from time to time to verify that systems are activated properly”. At last Microsoft is doing one thing right with Vista, definitely that won’t make me down-grade to Vista from XP.

Google Announces Fastest Rising U.S. Search Terms of 2007

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 2:21pm.

Google’s VP of Search and Users Experience Marissa Mayer revealed the “ fastest rising U.S. search terms” on the Today Show.  Last year Google described how they came up with the list. “We looked for those searches that were very popular in 2006 but were not as popular in 2005 — the explosive queries, the topics that everyone obsessed over. To come up with this list, we looked at several thousand of 2006’s most popular searches, and ranked them based on how much their popularity increased compared to 2005.” iPhone toped the list followed by Webkinz. The only entry in the top ten list that surprised me was no.10 Anna Nicole Smith, people are still searching her name. The top 10 fastest rising U.S. search terms are:
1.    iPhone
2.    Webkinz
3.    Tmz
4.    Transformers
5.    YouTube
6.    Club penguin
7.    My space
8.    Heroes
9.    Facebook
10.    Anna Nicole Smith

Apple Will Launch its Slimmest and Sleekest Notebook in January

Submitted by lalit on December 4, 2007 - 1:04pm.

DigiTimes reported today that Kenmos Technology and Taiwan Nano Electro-Optical Technology have both started supplying LED backlight LCD Units to Apple and Dell. Nano Electro-Optical is shipping 12.1” LCD (LED backlight) to Dell whereas Apple has validated 13.3” LCD for its notebook. Apple has ordered around 90,000 units for December. According to Appleinsider Apple will design it ultra-portable around 13.3” display even though most ultra-portables have 10” to 12” displays. DigiTimes notes that the component shipments to both Dell and Apple are for high-end models, which rules out the use of these displays for the present 13” Macbook models. Apple will most likely introduce the new notebook at the Macworld on 15th January.