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WordPress 3.4 Released

Although taking a few months longer than expected, Automattic and the volunteer developers have finally released version 3.4 of the widely used WordPress blogging platform. Those who upgrade to the new edition will enjoy such features as the ability to test themes before applying them to the entire blog site and the ability to add HTML code to their caption photos.

June 15, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Toshiba Shows First Windows 8 Hardware

Toshiba announced a handful of new Windows 7 devices at Computex, but the company's also ready to talk Windows 8. David Pierce got a chance to see some of the initial hardware prototypes designed to run Microsoft's next OS — reps told us Toshiba is an incredibly close launch partner for Windows 8 — and it looks like manufacturers are really starting to think about different ways Windows 8 can be used.

June 11, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Acer Introduces Aspire S7

Acer is unveiling its first Windows 8 collection at Computex and Taipei, and while it’s showing off some other, non-traditional designs, its Aspire S7 aluminum ultrabook is quite a looker. The 1080p touchscreen laptop is coming in two sizes — 13.3 and 11.6 inches — and Acer is quoting 12 and 9 hours of battery life, respectively. Other details are light, but Acer is adding a glossy layer of glass to the outside of the 13.3-inch machine’s aluminum lid.

June 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Acer Announces 11.6-inch Iconia W700

Acer's unloading all of its Windows 8 announcements at Computex in Taipei yesterday, among them the Iconia W510 and W700 tablets. While Jeff Blagdon doesn't has full specs for either yet, the W700 is an 11.6-inch Full HD, 10-finger multitouch touchscreen tablet with Dolby Home Theater sound, and it's also got a pretty interesting cradle to go with it. The cradle allows for a tilt of up to 70 degrees while in landscape mode for better viewing angles, and goes to 20 degrees for more convenient touch angles. We also know that the W700 has three USB 3.0 ports.

June 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Dell to Launch ARM Servers at Appropriate Time

Dell said that it plans to launch ARM based servers and computing centers for developers, customers and partners. The move comes as more server makers are looking at ARM architecture for so-called hyperscale data centers, which are used for Web companies and other businesses looking to save power. HP also said it will focus on ARM servers with “Project Moonshot” and AMD bought SeaMicro, an earlier pioneer of the microserver movement.

May 30, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Facebook App Center Takes on Competition with Web Apps

Facebook yesterday announced the App Center, a new place to find apps — but not just Facebook apps like FarmVille. The App Center includes both free and paid Facebook apps, as well as HTML5 apps that exist within the Facebook app itself. Android, iOS, and "desktop" apps will also be included as long as they integrate with Facebook. The App Center launches in a few weeks, but developers who want to beta test paid apps can get started right the way.

May 10, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 Makes Official Debut; LibreOffice Makes its Case

As expected, the first version of OpenOffice under new management — the Apache Software Foundation — has been released. Apache OpenOffice 3.4, which had been in incubation since Oracle donated the code to the ASF mid last year, offers improved performance and a number of new features and enhancements and is available on Windows, MacIntosh and Linux and in 15 languages as of yesterday.

May 9, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

MasterCard Introduces PayPass Wallet - Buy Things Everywhere

At a press conference at CTIA in New Orleans, MasterCard introduced PayPass Online, a version of its PayPass service that lets you buy things using your smartphone, or with a single click on the web. The system sounds like Amazon's "One-Click Buy" extended to other sites, or like PayPal — you have a single, secure login in MasterCard's system, and can use it to shop on any site.

May 8, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Samsung Launches Galaxy S III with Voice and Face Recognition

Samsung didn't name a U.S. wireless carrier or the price for the smartphone, but said the U.S. version will run over LTE and HSPA+, an indication it could run on AT&T's or T-Mobile's network. A white version of the Galaxy S III was unveiled by Samsung's president of mobile communications, J.K. Shin, at a crowded London media event that featured a live orchestra and was also webcast.

May 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Cross-Platform Malware Exploits Java to Attack PCs and Macs

Security vendors have discovered a new piece of malware that attacks both PCs and Macs. It uses the same Java security vulnerability exploited by the Flashback malware that infected hundreds of thousands of Macs. While the attack vector is the same as in Flashback, this Java applet checks which OS it is running on and downloads suitable malware for it.

May 2, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov