Sunday, October 31, 2010

Google Co-Founders Wanted Steve Jobs To Be CEO of Google

Google Co-Founders Wanted Steve Jobs To Be CEO of Google
When Sergey Brin and Larry Page were first looking for a CEO to run Google, they met with Steve Jobs. The Google co-founders left that meeting wanting the CEO of Apple to become the CEO of Google.
According to interviews in Bloomberg's documentary series, Game Changers, that's who the two boywonders wanted as their head honcho. At the time (early 2000's), Sergey and Larry had interviewed some 12-13 candidates to become CEO of Google but didn't like any of 'em. Instead they wanted Jobs, their quote-unquote hero, to be the CEO. Unfortunately Jobs was busy running some other company that was about to embark on a renaissance for the ages.
The Google dudes ended up finding and picking Eric Schmidt who interestingly doesn't really resemble Jobs at all. It's funny to think what would've happened if things played out differently (even if it was probably never serious for Jobs). Maybe Apple and Google wouldn't hate each other. Maybe there would be no iPhone. Or no Android. Ah! Never mind! I like the world as it is now

The Best Video Games Right Now

Fall is here and the weather is slowly getting colder. What does that mean? It's time to stay inside, get warm and play some video games. Here are the best video games available right now.

Fallout: New Vegas


The Best Video Games Right Now
Fallout: New Vegas can be thought of as a sorta sequel, gigantic expansion pack to the oh so awesome Fallout 3. If you loved Fallout 3, New Vegas offers more of it (even though no character from Fallout 3 pops up). The RPG lasts a mind boggling 60 to 80 hours, where you'll be spendting time swooning gangsters and staying alive in post-nuclear Vegas. (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Fable 3

The Best Video Games Right Now
It's always about choices when it comes to Fable RPG's and Fable 3 is no different. Fable 3 centers around a prince (or princess), and the choices he makes on his journey to become King (or Queen). Both the captivating main storyline and always interesting random interactions make Fable 3 worth playing. (Xbox 360)

NBA Jam

The Best Video Games Right Now
Every sports fan has been waiting for a modern sequel of the infamously ridiculous 90's classic that is NBA Jam. It's finally here and it's bringing new players, updated graphics, and brand new game modes. But make no mistake, it's the same fiery, boomshakalaka bucket of awesomeness. Currently only available for the Wii, I can't wait until this comes out on the 360. (Wii)

NBA 2K11

The Best Video Games Right Now
Fittingly, with Michael Jordan on the cover, NBA 2K11 the best version of the best basketball franchise in existence. Its competitor, NBA Elite, didn't even put out a game this year. If you like basketball, if you like sport simulation games, if you like games—this is probably the sports game of the year. (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC)

Rock Band 3

The Best Video Games Right Now
Admit it, we're all tired of instrument-based rhythm games. Thankfully, Rock Band 3 is changing things up. This time around, there's a Pro mode that's actually going to try and teach gamers how to play the instruments. (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

Toy Soldiers

The Best Video Games Right Now
Every kid has wondered what it'd be like if their toys came to life. Apparently, this tower defense game, Toy Soldiers, is what would happen. Toy Soldiers offers a new wrinkle on tower defense games, gamers can actually jump into and control the defenses they've built. (Xbox 360)

Red Dead Redemption

The Best Video Games Right Now
The open world of Red Dead Redemption is just as amazing as any GTA game and made even more amazing by the fact that it's based in a time unfamiliar to us, yet completely, beautifully natural. Technology is sparse and a man is a man. I'll never break a horse in my life but when I did in Red Dead, I felt like a motherfucking cowboy. (Xbox 360, PS3)

Mass Effect 2

The Best Video Games Right Now
A masterful Sci-Fi RPG game that improves on the beloved original. It's polished, pretty and almost art in motion. The combat system is also much, much improved. (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Halo: Reach

The Best Video Games Right Now
The end of Halo as Bungie will tell it, Halo: Reach is the pinnacle of the Halo series (which is incredible, if you really think about it). The story is well told, the environment and graphics are almost poetic and the multiplayer is, well, a Halo multiplayer. (Xbox 360)

Kirby's Epic Yarn

The Best Video Games Right Now
Yeah it's, um, yarn graphics but who knew yarn graphics could be so fun? The side scrolling Kirby is further away from Kirby's in the past yet still manages to capture another level of magic. The game looks and acts like it was built from yarn. (Wii)

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

The Best Video Games Right Now
God of War is the only series I ever used my PSP for. Thank God I still have it around because the PSP's God of War: Ghost of Sparta might very well offer a superior experience than the PS3's God of War III. (PSP)

Civilization V

The Best Video Games Right Now
It takes the best of previous Civilization games and improved it. It took out the rest and replaced it with faster and more sensible gameplay. It's a Civilization that's new and different, yet unmistakably Civilization at its best. (PC)

StarCraft II

The Best Video Games Right Now
Dude, it's a sequel to Starcraft. (PC)

Android 2.1 starts rolling out to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 line this weekend

Doesn't get much more "late October" than this, does it? Sony Ericsson has announced that it'll begin delivering Android 2.1 upgrades to its X10 line of phones at long last this coming Sunday, October 31st -- but odds are pretty good you won't be in the first batch. In fact, only unbranded X10s, X10 Minis, and X10 Mini Pros in Nordic countries will be getting boosted at first, followed by "more kits" on Monday and throughout November. As a refresher, these updates will bring 720p video capture on the X10 proper (complete with continuous autofocus), a new backup / restore app, and a bunch of other tweaks that should make your little pal feel a bit less 2009 and bit more 2010. Froyo would be nice, of course... but we'll take what we can get.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Nexus Two does (or doesn't) exist, is (or isn't) being released this year

After going most of the year with very little noise on the Nexus One's successor -- a phone Google has never committed to making, by the way -- we've gotten a handful of conflicting rumors about this thing in the past few days. Let's take a swipe at the buzz that's circulating this week:
  • British publication City A.M. says the Nexus Two is a Carphone Warehouse exclusive, will be released in time for the holidays, and probably won't be made by Samsung.
  • Android and Me is convinced that the Nexus Two will in fact be a Samsung product, will be announced at its November 8th press conference, will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (assuming 3.0 is Honeycomb), and will be available on multiple carriers.
Meanwhile, a quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt from back in July may suggest there will be no Nexus One successor at all:
"The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one."
Of course, he goes on to say that the Nexus One's sudden sunset was a shining example of Google's "nimbleness" -- and since the quote is from nearly four months ago, there's little reason to doubt that the company could've easily done a 180 since then, particularly since we're sure they'd like to have a clean, skin-free, and possibly carrier-free device to showcase Gingerbread. At any rate, time's running out to get a product advertised and available in time to catch holiday buyers... so this'll all have to shake out pretty quickly.

Mount Everest now 'wired' for Internet, ready for Starbucks



TeliaSonera subsidiary Ncell has just completed installation of a 3G base station at 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) that will reach the 8,848-meter peak of Mount Everest. Mind you, we've already seen a cellphone call made from the world's highest peak using a temporary base station in a Motorola publicity stunt. This time, however, it's permanent and faster allowing climbers to surf the internet or make 3G video calls. Why would Ncell want to build a base station in such a sparsely populated area? Because it is there.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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10 Practices to Speed Up Your Website

Do you like fast websites? We’re sure you do just like search engines and metrics companies that use website load time as a parameter in their rankings. For website visitors waiting is one of the most annoying things on the web. And if in real life speeding is dangerous for you, in virtual world speed is essential for successful website – lack of speed means death for your website.

Nowadays such factors as user experience and user-friendliness are really important and may determine whether your website will succeed in future or not. We should never forget about our big brother Google which considers website load time as a part of their ranking algorithm.

Below you’ll find some tips and tricks that will give wings to your website. Maybe you’ll be confused about some specific terms but we believe that after spending some time on Wikipedia things will become clear for you. Of course we are always glad to discuss this topic in our comments section.

    *      Parallelize downloads across hostnames

      Actually smart usage of this method can give you amazing results. You should remember that most static resources can be parallelized and the main task is to create a balance between all hostnames for all static objects. Anyways the main rule here is that any of your hosts must not serve more than 50%. Remember that the optimal number of hosts is between 2-5 hosts, so don’t misapply it.

    *      Use URL paths instead of hostnames

      The main trick behind this problem is that you need to control the number of multiple properties that are hosted on the same domain. The best solution that will help you to unload these properties is assigning them to different URLs but not hostnames. For example if you need to host your blog than make it website.com/blog instead of blog.website.com. This will help you to minimize DNS lookups and allows more efficient use of TCP reconnections that will reduce the number of round trip times.

    *      Optimize images

      Everything is simple here – you should choose appropriate type for your images (choose wisely between PNG, GIF and JPG) and don’t forget to use image compressor. Also correct specifying image dimensions (width and height) allows browser to perform faster rendering

    *      Browser and proxy caching

      These are best friends for your website – by setting up expiry date you’ll force your browser for downloading the previously downloaded resources from local disk and proxy caching will leave your original remote server in peace by using proxy servers.

    *      Put CSS in the Head

      By placing CSS properties blocks in the header of your website you’ll improve rendering performance. Another important thing about CSS is that you should keep in the mind that good old IE is still alive and kicking. This means you may want to avoid using CSS expressions which are good only for IE 5-7 and that other browsers don’t support.

    *      Enable compression

      Using gzip or deflate will help you to reduce the number of bytes sent over the network. Data compression for HTML, CSS and JS files are widely supported by modern browsers and sending this content in more compact form helps to reduce download time.

    *      Diminish content of CSS, HTML and JavaScript file

      Again, it will help you save some bytes. Also you’ll reduce network latency and improve compression.

    *      Serve scaled images

      Scaling the images in a proper way is very useful tool for your website because it reduces the number of unnecessary bytes sent by you.

    *      Take care about requests

      Minimize HTTP request size by using server-side storage for most of the cookie payload and removing unused and duplicate cookies. Avoid bad requests such as broken links or 404 pages. Minimize HTTP redirects from one URL to another – this is another way to minimize round trip times.

    *      Correct order of styles and scripts

      The correct order will optimize the parallelization of downloads and will improve browser rendering time.

Well, this is about it. Those are only the basic ways for improving your website load time but it is a good set of tools for you to have something to start with.

Adobe confirms Flash Player 10.1 is coming to BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and more



We've already known that Adobe would be bringing Flash Player 10.1 to Windows Phone 7, but the company has just now made that fully official at its currently-happening MAX conference (alongside its Air 2.5 announcement), and it's also confirmed exactly which other mobile platforms the plug-in will be headed to. That includes WebOS 2.0, which we've already seen first hand, along with BlackBerry OS, Symbian, MeeGo and, last but not least, the LiMo platform -- those will all of course join Android 2.2, which already supports the plug-in. Unfortunately, there's still no timeline for a release on each platform, with Adobe only saying that Flash 10.1 is "expected" to hit each mobile OS. Head on past the break for the relevant snippet from Adobe's press release.


Flash Player 10.1
Already one of the top free apps on Android Market, with more than 50,000 users giving it a 4.5-out-of-5 star rating, Flash Player 10.1 brings rich Flash based content to mobile devices inside the browser. The runtime is now certified on close to a dozen Android devices and will become available on dozens more over the coming weeks and months. Adobe also announced that Flash Player 10.1 was downloaded more than 2 million times from Android Market. In addition to Android Market, the runtime is distributed directly by device manufacturers and operators via pre-installs and operating system upgrades. Flash Player 10.1 is available on Android and Google TV today, with BlackBerry platform, HP webOS 2.0, future versions of Windows® Phone, LiMo, MeeGo, and Symbian OS also expected to support Flash Player 10.1.

Android Market surpasses 100,000 apps: can't stop, won't stop growing

 
Ah, there we go. Right around three months after we falsely suspected that El Goog had crossed the 100,000 mark in its Android Market, the company itself has today confirmed the passing of that line via Twitter. For those keeping count, it took but three months to go from 70,000 to 100,000 and seven months to go from 30,000 to this point. Of course, Apple's still holding down the lead in terms of sheer numbers with close to 300,000, but there's no question that the Android Market has nearly everything a boy (or girl, for that matter) could want. Except for a quote generator from Step Brothers. Oh, wait....

Avatar 2 and 3 Will See James Cameron Pick Up the 3D Camera Once More

Avatar 2 and 3 Will See James Cameron Pick Up the 3D Camera Once More 



While all seven of the 3DTV-owners worldwide await the release of the Avatar Blu-ray in 3D, 20th Century Fox has announced that James Cameron has already signed on to direct Avatar 2 and 3, out in 2014 and 2015.

It's a long wait, yes. He'll begin writing the films early next year supposedly, and will begin work on Avatar 2 at the end of the year. Avatar 2 should be released in cinemas December 2014, and Avatar 3 a year later, presumably just in time for the hungry parents' credit cards.

Actors, plots and other sort of details haven't been confirmed yet (I doubt even Cameron knows himself, if he hasn't started writing them yet), but Cameron did say that the films "will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world."

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 release candidate available for download

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…

Service Pack 1 will bring Windows 7 computers up to date if their auto-update was off all this time (some companies do that in their offices, in case some update turns out to be faulty). The two new things that SP1 brings are RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory.

Dynamic Memory will improve memory usage if you use Hyper-V virtualization. RemoteFX is slightly more interesting – it’s imbues remote desktop connections with support for Aero, full motion video and playing 3D games. You can read more about it here.

Anyway, the more impatient among you can get the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from here (it works for Windows Server 2008 R2 too). The rest will have to wait till Q1 of 2011 when the final version of SP1 comes out.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Launch Day Overview: 11 New Phones Announced

Now that was a press conference that will be talked about for quiet some time. Along with the official launch of the Windows Phone 7 OS, Microsoft and their partners revealed almost a dozen new phones to run it.

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The WP7 launch event surprised us nicely with 11 new announcements

With the WP7 minimum requirements standing at the top of currently available technology there isn’t much to choose between all those new offerings. They all have 1 GHz Snapdragon CPUs, large WVGA screens and generous amount of RAM and internal storage.
HTC were most active today revealing a total of five new handsets. Those include the HTC HD7 with its huge 4.3″ display and the HTC 7 Surround with its slide-out speaker. The HTC 7 Mozart puts the best camera on the table (8MP autofocus with xenon flash), while the HTC 7 Trophy should be the most attractively priced one.

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HTC HD7 • HTC 7 Surround

The first QWERTY-packing HTC WP7 handset will be the HTC 7 Pro, which will come to Sprint early next year. There is no information of a GSM version so far.

HTCHTC
HTC 7 Mozart • HTC 7 Trophy

Samsung had a couple of phones to announce too – the AT&T-bound Focus and the I8700 Omnia 7, which should get worldwide availability. Those rely on their 4″ SuperAMOLED screens to make an impact.

Samsung I8700 Omnia 7 Samsung Focus
Samsung I8700 Omnia 7 • Samsung Focus

We were able to get our hands on a Samsung I8700 Omnia 7 unit in advance and we have prepared a full review for you. You should definitely check it to see how good the new OS is on an actual device.
LG were also at the party, showcasing three new handsets. The E900 Optimus 7 with its 3.8″ screen and the QWERTY-rocking twins C900 Optimus 7Q and C900 Quantum are what the company has to show for its WP7 effort so far. Strangely enough the LG GW910, which was showcased on a numerous occasions before, is not among the releases today.

LG Optimus 7 LG Optimus 7Q
LG Optimus 7 • LG Optimus 7Q

Finally we come to the smartphone maker rookies from Dell and their Venue Pro. They were the only ones to announce a portrait QWERTY-slider and they even managed to slap a 4.1″ AMOLED screen over it.

Dell Venue Pro
Dell Venue Pro

QWERTY flip BlackBerry Style 9670

Just as we thought that the clamshell form factor is dead, here comes BlackBery to disprove us.

After months of waiting we can finally welcome the BlackBerry Style 9670 (previously rumored as Bold 9670), RIM’s first flip smartphone equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard. The phone is hitting the Sprint stores across the US on October 31st.

The BlackBerry Style 9760 is a nice looking, though not that thin, clamshell coming in two colors – Steel Grey for the boys and Royal Purple for the gals. On the front there is a small but handy touchscreen and on the back – a 5MP autofocus camera with VGA video recording.

It’s not the first time we get to meet the QWERTY-fied fatty (which you might know as Bold 9670) but today is the day when all questions will be answered. The thing is powered by a 624MHz processor and runs the recently unveiled BlackBerry OS 6.

The Style 9670 has a full QWERTY keyboard and right above it is the 360-by-400-pixel display. The CDMA-compatible Style also features support for 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and comes with a built-in GPS receiver on board.

The Grey Steel variety should start selling on October 31st for 100 US dollars (after a mail-in rebate and with a new contract with Sprint), while the purple Styles should become available a tad later, early November. There is still no word on GSM-loving Style phones but we bet those are just around the corner.