Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Palm has released the webOS 2.0 Beta SDK to developers

Palm introduced webOS 2.0, the next generation web-based operating system! We've got lots of new and updated
features to make your apps more powerful and flexible. New features include:

  • Stacks - grouping related cards in stacks, reducing clutter, and making it even easier to move quickly between task

  • Quick Actions - Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites—all without having to launch an app

  • Apps can have custom Touchstone at-a-glance views with Exhibition

  • Synergy is opening up to developers

  • HTML5 and Javascript support is much improved

  • Hybrid PDK/SDK apps will be fully supported

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Lightroom 3.2 update now available

Lightroom 3.2 is now available as final releases on Adobe.com.

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The version 3.2 update includes these enhancements:

  • Direct publishing to Facebook and SmugMug is now available

  • Tethered capture now supports the Leica S2

  • Fixed authentication issues that could be experienced with the Facebook publish collection

  • Adressed performance issues that could occur while reviewing images in Loupe view

  • Corrected several Adobe Photoshop Elements upgrade issues

  • Corrected a file renaming bug involving date or time fields

  • Export with watermark will now function correctly when choosing the Limit File Size option

  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Panasonic DMC-LX5, Sony NEX-5 and Canon EOS 60D and over 120 new lens profiles

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Google Voice in Gmail

Google Voice has become a part of Gmail. You'll need to install the Google voice and video chat plug-in. Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free. International calling rates are available here. Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Beta launch

Microsoft will hold a gala in San Francisco on September 15th to celebrate "The Beauty of the Web", official launch of IE9 Beta.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Palm Pre+ GPS issues update

For a while I was not able to use GPS hardware on my Palm Pre+. Some people suggested that it might be crippled by Verizon since they want to sell subscriptions for their GPS software - Verizon Navigator. I read reports claiming that when you start Navigator first, GPS working in other apps auto-magically. This thing was probably inspiration for writing a small app called GPS Fix. GPS Fix is designed to wake your GPS, then keep it alive by continually pinging it at a set interval. I got following recipe to make possible to use SmartRunner to track my cycling rides.

  1. Start GPS Fix and enable it

  2. Call Verizon Navigator from GPS Fix and wait until it will ask you to purchase this app.

  3. Start SmartRunner.

  4. Wait. I figured out that it takes a while to sync with satellites. Unlike my PhotoTrackr device it cannot really sync when I am moving. That was always problem cause I am used to start and let it sync while I am riding. This is not working with GPS hardware from Pre+. Once you are synced you can start tracking in SmartRunner and GPS Fix will keep pinging hardware to make sure it will be running.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

HTML 5 Test

I found a test page that will check your browser compliance with HTML 5 standard. I am using mostly Firefox at work and at home. I quickly run tests for 3 different browsers on my Mac and it seems like FF is not a champion of HTML 5.

1) Firefox 3.6.8 - scored 139/300 mostly because it has 0 or 1 in 6 categories: Parsing Rules,Local Devices, Elements, Forms, Microdata, WebGL

2) Safari 5.0.1 - scored 208/300. Still 5 categories were not covered.

3) Chrome 6.0.472.25 - is a winner with score 217/300. It looks like 4 categories are not yet implemented.

It seems like all browsers fully support Canvas, Geolocation and Workers. Safari and Chrome got almost 100% in Audio and Video categories, each one got one codec missing. Safari got best support for Forms and Web Applications but is totally behind in Files category.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Short route from work to home

I moved from Cupertino to Mountain View and my daily commute has been reduced by few miles. It used to be 9 miles one way. Now it is only 3.6 miles if I go straight so I have to find longer route. Unfortunately part of it is now resurfaced so I am taking short way to work and back.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

July 2010 earnings breakdown

Overall worst month of the year. SS recovered a little from disaster last month but average performance of others was not good enough to make better numbers. For a second month SXP got results from ThinkStock and it way below it used to be before IStock acquired it. I guess it is a middle of summer slow down.

Jul Jul/Jun
SS 55.31% 138.68%
123RF 17.26% 49.43%
DT 9.46% 104.06%
IS 6.91% 57.76%
FT 6.74% 129.41%
SXP 2.19% 316.67%
CSP 1.08% 391.67%
BS 0.46% 18.18%
CS 0.58% 500.00%

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