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Firefox 4 beta 7 adds graphics acceleration, new Javascript engine

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A new release of Firefox 4 beta (7th if have lost track) has just been made available for download. It’s probably the release to bring the biggest performance improvement as it’s the first one to pack hardware graphics acceleration and the JagerMonkey just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler.

Those helped Firefox 4 beta 7 to achieve three to five times better results on some of the most popular browser benchmarks (like Kraken, Sunspider, and V8). In real life that means faster start-up time, improved page-load speed and better performance of Web apps and games. Read more »

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 release candidate available for download

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In software development terms, Release Candidate is the final stretch. The first Service Pack for Windows 7 is pretty much all the updates released so far collected in a single package, plus improvements to virtualization and remote desktop use…

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RIM offers BlackBerry Tables OS simulator and SDK, gets the devs ready for the PlayBook

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It’s all about Adobe MAX conference now, but RIM managed to push an announcement, which caught my attention. I’m talking about the availability of Adobe AIR SDK for the BlackBerry Tables OS and the PlayBook Simulator.

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Opera 11 Alpha out now, finally brings extension support

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The reason why many people still prefer Mozzila’s Firefox over Chrome or Opera is the huge variety of add-ons that ad or change features on the browser. Google has already launched the Chrome’s extensions, but it’s just today that Opera adopts the long awaited in-browser apps.

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Skype 5 final version out now, brings Facebook integration

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The Skype 5 beta has been available for quite some time now, but only today it reaches its golden status. And the best part is it’s already available for download.

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Internet Explorer 9 Beta coming out in an hour or so (Update – it’s out)

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Tonight Microsoft is taking a press-conference to present its latest version of Internet Explorer. IE9 beta will become available to the public right after that. The conference will begin in an hour (06:30pm London time – you can do your own math).


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Voice calls through Gmail are now official, and cheap

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Yesterday I told you that Google is about to integrate a web-based VoIP client in Gmail. Well, the new service was launched later on following my yesterday’s blog post about the rumors of it. So, if you have a Gmail account both voice and video calls are only a web browser plug-in and a few clicks away from you.

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StarCraft II rushes console games, becomes best selling game in July

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People have waited for years for the StarCraft II to come up and now that it’s finally out – it is flying off the shelves. In July, it outsold every console game even if you combine the numbers from across the different platforms…

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Firefox 4 Beta 3 shows off multitouch powers, if only I had something to use it on

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Firefox 4 Beta 3 came out yesterday and it can do some really cool stuff. Here’s something you probably didn’t expect – it can do multitouch…

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Windows XP is still king of the desktop computers, Windows 7 passes Vista

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Linux may be going strong in the mobile phone world but the desktop is another matter. It’s a Windows world out there and Linux is struggling to break 1%…

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Jolicloud hits v1.0, tries to find a place on netbooks, end Windows rule

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Windows still dominates the netbook market despite various attempts by Linux distributions to push it out. But just because you didn’t succeed at first, doesn’t mean you should give up. MeeGo for netbooks, for example, sounds great , but it’s not ready yet. So Jolicloud will try to use its hesitation in its favor and find its place under the sun. The OS that tries to appeal to users and manufacturers alike with out-of-the-box thinking just reached version 1.0.

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Google releases multiple sign-in, does what is says, Search History introduced as well

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Having more than one Google account may be pretty uncomfortable at times. But Google has finally find the solution for that: multiple sign-in. Now, logging into just one of your accounts will grant you access to your other accounts, as well. And that’s not all: as of today US Google customers can take advantage of another new feature called Search History.

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A custom package enhances Qt support on all touch Symbian phones, Samsung OmniaHD included

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We often write about the Samsung i8910 OmniaHD and the enthusiastic community of developers behind it who try to keep its software up to date (when Samsung won’t). Well, here’s the next installment of the saga – in this episode, soft modder faenil and his friend madhacker bring the full Qt libraries to the OmniaHD thus improving compatibility with some existing apps and many more to come…

You’ve probably heard that Qt is a cross-platform developing environment, on whicn Nokia stake a lot. It should allow developers to craeate apps that run on all Nokia devices no matter the underlying OS. It seems however that non-Nokia Symbian smartphones (OmniaHD included) are missing out on the fun as they are not prepared to take full use of Qt capabilities.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty launches today, we have the honor of unboxing the Collector’s Edition

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I’m sure there is no serious gamer who doesn’t know what date is today. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is now available worldwide after 7 years of development and more than 12 years after the initial launch of the original StarCraft.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition

As it’s one of my favorite games I pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition and it just arrived. This special edition turned out to be much better than I expected. In fact it’s awesome!
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Windows XP still has 74 percent market share, Microsoft extends its lifespan to 2020

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Windows 7 might be flying off the shelves at an amazing pace but it’s the good ol’ Windows XP that powers the huge chunk of the computers around the world, Microsoft admits. To be specific 74 percent, or about three in every four PCs worldwide are still running loyal to XP.

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