IE9 beta takes a bow Video
IE9 beta takes a bow Video Transcript
IT'S THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 2010, I'M JEFF BAKALAR, AND IT'S TIME TO GET LOADED. MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED A BETA VERSION OF INTERNET EXPLORER 9, AND EARLY REVIEWS ARE QUITE POSITIVE. THE NEW BROWSER NOW EXTENSIVELY SUPPORTS WEB STANDARDS LIKE HTML5 AND CSS3, FEATURES A NEW MINIMALISTIC USER INTERFACE, AND MICROSOFT CLAIMS THAT EVERYTHING IS HARDWARE ACCELERATED. IN A BIT OF SURPRISE, I-E-9 ALSO ALLOWS USERS TO "PIN" WEB APPS TO THE TASK BAR. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NEW BETA ONLY WORKS WITH WINDOWS 7 AND VISTA MACHINES. XP USERS ARE OUT OF LUCK. CRAIGSLIST HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL NOT BE REOPENING ITS ADULT SERVICES SECTION AFTER SHUTTING IT DOWN EARLIER THIS MONTH FOLLOWING PRESSURE FROM LAWMAKERS. WILLIAM CLINT POWELL, THE COMPANY'S DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SERVICE SAYS "THOSE WHO FORMERLY POSTED ADULT SERVICES ADS ON CRAIGSLIST WILL NOT ADVERTISE AT COUNTLESS OTHER VENUES" AND HE'S EXACTLY RIGHT. THE OPEN SOURCE FACEBOOK COMPETITOR DIASPORA HAS NOW RELEASED THE SOURCE CODE TO THEIR PROJECT. FOR NOW, THE SOFTWARE IS STILL IN HEAVY DEVELOPMENT, BUT INTREPID GEEKS CAN INSTALL THE SOFTWARE THEMSELVES ON THEIR OWN SERVERS. FOR NOW, DIASPORA CAN SHARE MESSAGES AND PHOTOS PRIVATELY WITH YOUR FRIENDS, ALL IN ENCRYPTED FORM. THE DEVELOPERS PLAN TO ADD FACEBOOK INTEGRATION AND DATA PORTABILITY IN THEIR NEXT RELEASE. APPLE HAS RELEASED A DEVELOPER VERSION OF I-OS 4-POINT-2. THE NEW SOFTWARE FINALLY BRINGS THE I-PAD TO FEATURE PARITY WITH THE I-PHONE AND I-POD TOUCH, BUT ALSO PACKS A FEW NEW FEATURES. DEVELOPERS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO TEST AIR-PLAY, WHICH WILL LET YOU STREAM MOVIES, PHOTOS, AND MUSIC TO ANY COMPATIBLE DEVICE, AND AIR-PRINT, WHICH WILL LET YOU PRINT TO ANY PRINTER SHARED ON A MAC OR PC, OR WIRELESSLY TO COMPATIBLE PRINTERS. EAGER TESTERS WILL NEED THE LATEST VERSION OF MAC OS TEN SNOW LEOPARD TO TRY IT OUT. STARTING SEPTEMBER 21, A PLAYSTATION 3 FIRMWARE UPDATE WILL BRING ALONG 3D BLU-RAY SUPPORT. THE CONSOLE HAS ALREADY BEEN ABLE TO PLAY STEREOSCOPIC 3D GAMES THANKS TO AN UPDATE BACK IN APRIL. OF COURSE YOU'LL NEED A 3D HDTV TO ENJOY THESE FEATURES, SO HEAD OVER TO CNET.COM FOR THE LATEST REVIEWS. THOSE ARE YOUR HEADLINES FOR TODAY I'M JEFF BAKALAR FOR CNET.COM, AND YOU'VE JUST BEEN LOADED.
CNET's Donald Bell gives an overview of iOS 4.2 for the Apple iPad tablet computer, including a look at AirPlay for Apple TV and AirPrint.
The latest Ubuntu release--code named Jaunty Jackalope--boots faster, shuts down faster, and includes numerous improvements that help it become even more easy to use than before. If you like open-source software like Firefox, you owe it to yourself to see what an open-source operating system can do.
A slew of Android tablets is on the way; push notification is coming to Twitter soon; and Craigslist self-censors its Adult Services section.
You can now stream Netflix on your iPhone or iPod, Craigslist is being asked to stop their adult services section, and you can make voice calls in Gmail.
CNET Download.com's Rex Baldazo previews Netscape 7, a new open-source version of the browser that the company hopes will chip away at Microsoft's leading position with Internet Explorer.
Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing shows up on Amazon UK, and it's well over a thousand dollars U.S., presumably to force you toward subsidized prices so you'll end up paying the same amount or more for with-contract tablets. Which ... seriously? No. Also, Craigslist says the adult services section is gone for good, and Google's music service appears to be imminent--much to Spotify's demise--er, dismay.
The Onkyo TX-NR609 has six HDMI inputs and lots of built-in streaming music services, but it lacks AirPlay and doesn't sound quite as good to our ears as some competitors.
Facebook releases a Messenger app for iPhone and Android, Anonymous threatens to shut down the social network, Amazon launches the Kindle Cloud Reader web app for e-books, and Wal-Mart shuts down its MP3 store.
Sprint launches a mobile Wi-Fi router, Craigslist sheds its erotic services section, and we take a close-up look at the new Tom Hanks movie.
Mozilla's Firefox 4 beta reaches the release candidate stage, Microsoft will launch Internet Explorer 9 next week, and NASA space shuttle Discovery makes its final flight.