Yahoo! Messenger 11 is now available!

Yahoo!

Yahoo! announce that Messenger 11 is no longer in Beta.

You can download the final version -11- from Yahoo website right now. This latest version incorporates many bug fixes and we’ve improved the general stability of the product.

From Yahoo! blog :

Invite your friend to play a game – In addition to instant messages, text messages, voice and video calls, you can now play popular social games such as Mafia Wars and Fishville right within Yahoo! Messenger.
Keep up with friends wherever they are – View, comment on and like updates from Yahoo! Pulse, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and more, all from right within Yahoo! Messenger.
Post one status to multiple social networks – Share your Messenger status simultaneously on Yahoo! Pulse, Facebook, and Twitter.
Chat with Facebook friends – In addition to your friends on Windows Live, you can now IM your Facebook friends. Continue your conversations on the go using Mobile Web Messenger, SMS Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger App for Android.
Always be available – Stay signed in to multiple PCs simultaneously so you never have to miss a message.
Easy access to recent conversations – Retrieve all your IM conversations from any PC where you have signed in to Yahoo! Messenger.
Personalize your experience with fresh new skins– Express yourself and show off your personality with one of the 7 newly added messenger skins.

Google add new featured to Google Talk app in Android 3.0 devices

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A common problem with video chatting using tablets is shaky video. Now Google has selected SRI International to embed its video stabilization software inside the Google Talk app in Android 3.0 devices, promising to smooth out those jittery video transmissions from front-facing cameras on Android smartphones and tablets, reported by mashable.

The software works by identifying the user’s face, stabilizing that video before it’s compressed for transmission. There’s an added benefit to that steady shot — the video is easier to compress because there’s less movement involved, making the picture look sharper with less video noise.

Amazon are expected to reach 1-1.2 million tablet units

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Upstream component suppliers for non-iPad tablet PCs have been gearing up their preparation of needed parts and components for models to be launched by brand vendors in the third quarter. Shipments of iPads and non-iPad tablet PCs, excluding white-box models, are expected to top 21-22 million units in the third quarter, compared to 13.5-14.5 millions shipped in the second, according to industry source, digitimes reports .

The biggest vendor apart from Apple will be a new company to enter the tablet scene: Amazon. The online retailer giant supposedly has the most positive orders, with demand for touch panels likely to reach 2 million units for the August-September period, and shipments of tablet PCs to Amazon expected to reach 1 million to 1.2 million units (a conservative estimate). Still, this is nothing compared to Apple, which is expected to receive 14 million to 15 million iPads from Foxconn in the third quarter.

The Kindle is the best-selling product on Amazon, and the company likely wants to keep pushing forward with it, but sporting a further reduced price tag

Techspot : HP TouchPad Review

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The TouchPad is HP’s first tablet effort running the webOS operating system that it acquired when it purchased Palm back in June of 2010. Many users and lovers of webOS’s blend of beauty and functionality have been waiting with baited breath to see how it performs on a tablet.

While webOS has been praised by almost everyone who has touched it on a phone, it’s had trouble grabbing a large chunk of the smartphone market share thanks to lackluster hardware and limited app selection.

Has HP managed to take the best of webOS and implement it on the TouchPad while avoiding the pitfalls that have plagued the platform in the past? Is the TouchPad a compelling option compared to market leader Apple’s iPad 2 or the less impressive Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets currently available?

 

 

When you first lay eyes upon the HP TouchPad, everything looks very familiar – almost scarily so. When viewed from the front with the screen off, you are almost transported back to January 2010 when the original Apple iPad was revealed. The TouchPad features a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 pixel, IPS display front and center, just like the iPad. The screen itself is just as good as the iPad’s, it has good color reproduction and viewing angles. It has a thick, nondescript bezel that surrounds the screen, within which is a home button and an embedded 1.3-megapixel camera. The home key is eerily reminiscent of the iPad’s home button, though it is oblong in shape and has a glowing notification light built into it.

 

Around back is a vast sea of glossy plastic that is very similar to the back of the iPhone 3GS. It is rounded and glossy and prone to fingerprints. If you are particular about the cleanliness of your gadgets, the TouchPad will be a fingerprint nightmare for you. The plastic gives a somewhat cheap feel to the TouchPad as well; it certainly does not have the quality feel that the iPad 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exhibit.

In the hands, the glossy back and heavyweight (the TouchPad weighs a stout 740g/1.6lbs) make the TouchPad a bit difficult to keep a handle on. It is rather slippery and the weight makes it difficult to balance on a lap and type with two hands.

 

 

 

 

Report : Microsoft fiscal year 2011 earnings

Microsoft Q4

Microsoft just reported record fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 earnings today with yearly revenues at $69,94 billion, representing an increase of 12% from 2010. Operating income for the year was at $27.16 billion and net income was at $23.15 billion, 13% and 23% increases. Earnings per share for the year were at $2.69.

The company’s fourth quarter revenues were at $17.37 billion, an 8% increase year over year. Operating income was at $6.17 billion and net income was at $5.87 billion, a 4% and 30% increase respectively. Earnings per share were 69 cents.

 

$9.9 billion amazon sales in Q2

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E-commerce giant Amazon just reported second quarter results, posting sales of $9.9 billion, an increase of 51 percent from the same quarter in 2010. Net income decreased 8% to $191 million in the second quarter, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared with net income of $207 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in second quarter 2010. Analysts expected strong sales of $9.37 billion but earnings were expected to drop to $0.35 cents per share for net income.

The Kindle 3G with advertising is now the company’s bestselling Kindle, says Amazon. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement: “Low prices, expanding selection, fast delivery and innovation are driving the fastest growth we’ve seen in over a decade…Kindle 3G with Special Offers has quickly become our bestselling Kindle at only $139. Customers love the convenience of a 3G reader — no hunting for or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots. Amazon picks up the tab for the 3G wireless, so you have no monthly payments or annual contracts.”

the Amazon tablet to be released in October

 

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The Wall Street Journal reports via unnamed sources that the Amazon tablet and the new editions of the Kindle should be released in October. The tablet itself will have a nine-inch touch screen and run on the Android operating system, according to the story.

The two new versions of the Kindle will still have black and white screens. One will simply be an “improved” version of the current Kindle device, but the article doesn’t got into detail on how it will be improved. The other version of the Kindle will have a touch screen. That should make the device similar to the Nook Color, the recently launched e-reader from book seller Barnes and Noble that reportedly is now outselling the Kindle. Pricing for the Amazon tablet and the two new Kindle products were not mentioned in the report

Windows Live Essentials 2011 is updated

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Microsoft has released an update to Windows Live Essentials 2011.

Microsoft says it has improved the included applications in terms of usability, performance, and stability. The update also includes full support for SSL in Windows Live Mail, and the latest Bing bar. The software giant also emphasized these three changes:

  • Windows Live Mail: a sorting issue in the Sent items folder has been fixed, plus the upload reliability and instrumentation in Photo mail has been improved.
  • Windows Live Messenger: stability issues have been fixed and various changes have been made to improve voice and video quality. An issue that was causing sound to be lost after upgrading has been fixed, as has performance when displaying the MSN Today page in the main window.
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery: various bug fixes for crashes related to launching Photo Gallery through Autoplay and facial recognition have been fixed.

App Store has reached a total of 15 billion downloads

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Apple has announced that their iOS App Store has reached a total of 15 billion downloads. The highly popular software and content delivery ecosystem opened on July 18, 2008 and, according to Apple, took nine months to reach its first billion downloads.

Since then, things have accelerated. Last month at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference, Jobs announced that the App Store had achieved 14 billion downloads. That means one billion downloads were reached in just a month’s time. This makes the App Store the single most successful mobile software distribution environment to date.

It’s clear that others have a lot of work to do if they want to catch up to these numbers. Android is the closest, but if the App Store’s popularity keeps accelerating it may take years for Google to overtake Jobs & Co.

Zuckerberg : Google plus ? it is …

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Zuckerberg says he actually doesn’t have much to say about Google+.

On the other hand he does say that in the last five years we have seen more and more companies trying to put in social networking items into their applications and services. He adds,

“We’ll see a lot of companies who haven’t looked at social begin to build it into their apps. Not just Google.” He also says that we might see the streaming video company Netflix add some more social networking features.

Overall Zuckerberg states, “I view this as validation of how this is going to play out over the next five years. Every app is going to be social. If we build the best service, there’s massive value there. If we don’t, somebody else will.”

25 million to sell , the apple goal for the new iPhone

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The new iPhone will be similar to the current iPhone 4, but thinner and lighter with an improved 8MP camera, and will be powered by Qualcomm’s wireless chips. Furthermore, Cupertino has supposedly set itself a ridiculous high goal when it comes to sales of the iPhone 4’s successor, techspot says .

“It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year. The initial production volume will be a few million units.” Apple’s suppliers say.

Apple has been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals. Some argue that’s not the next iPhone

Google released offline maps feature

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Google highlighted a new feature that’s super handy for anyone who uses above-ground public transportation on a regular basis: turn-by-turn navigation for transit, which helps make sure you never get off at the wrong bus stop. And they’ve just pointed out another great addition that I’ve been yearning for for ages. Say hello to offline maps, thanks to a new feature in labs called Download Map Area, techcrunsh report .

To activate the feature, you’ll first have to visit the Labs section of the Maps application, which you can access using the Menu button. Enable the Download Map Area option, and from then on when you browse to a Place page and hit the ‘More’ button, you’ll see an option to locally store a map of the surrounding area.

It’s a great start, but it’s still clearly a work in progress. You can’t look up transit maps while you’re offline, and you can’t run search queries for venues and addresses that appear in the map areas you’ve downloaded. But these are pretty obvious features, so hopefully they’re in the pipe.

How to invite someone to Google+

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If you are a registered Google+ user you can now invite your friends, family, or whoever you like.

to invite someone you can go into your Circles from the Google+ top button area, click on Add a new person, enter an email address and choose a circle for this person to go into. Once you click Save, a bar along the bottom will appear with a green button marked Invite to Google+ – click this button and an invitation will be sent via email.

During the time where Google+ invites were deactivated, there were several methods to still invite people and bypass the Google-initiated block. A popular one used as Neowin report was to enter a specific email address as a person to share a post with; the person was then automatically created a Google+ account and via the email sent, could log in. As Google has re-opened the invites, this should no longer be necessary.

169,395 tweets for obama to answer

 

Obama and twitter

the President of the United States was answering questions that were coming entirely from Twitter.In total, there were some 169,395 tweets with the #askobama hashtag.

a few Tweet questions were selected from well-known political entities as well, such as Speaker of the House John Boehner (a Republican) and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof. Some might have a problem with this, since these people can ask questions of the President basically any time — but the transparency of it happening over Twitter was refreshing, techcrunch report .

Twitter, by comparison, is still a fraction of the size of Facebook. The President doesn’t have to use such an event to push some big agenda or to try too hard to appeal to a certain demographic (though there is still some of that, of course), he can just take and answer serious questions seriously. If you had said four years ago that a Twitter event with the President would come across as dignified, everyone would have laughed. Hell, just using the words “Twitter” and “President” in the same sentence would have brought about uncontrollable laughter. But it worked seamlessly today.

 

Apple’s iPad next tablet is not iPad 3

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Apple may look to introduce an ‘iPad 2 Plus’ device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device

Maybe this is why Apple doesn’t want to call the device “iPad 3.” The company may be looking to limit the backlash it will get for making the iPad 2 obsolete so quickly. Regardless of the name though, many people will likely quickly pick it up, just because it’s new. It makes great business sense to release a new iPad in time for the holiday season, techspot report.

This isn’t the first time that Apple has given an odd name to a successor. The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. Instead of releasing the iPhone 2, Apple introduced the iPhone 3G on June 9, 2008. Next, the iPhone 3GS was announced on June 8, 2009 and arrived on June 19, 2009.