3/9/2006

Microsoft unveils Origami

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

After months of cryptic Web marketing and word-of-mouth hype over Microsoft Corp.’s Project Origami, the company finally showed off the product: an ultracompact computer running Windows XP with a touchscreen and wireless connectivity.

It’s everything a full computer or laptop is, minus the keyboard. It has a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen that responds to a stylus or the tap of a finger.

Two models from different manufacturers are expected to hit stores shelves by spring, and Microsoft says they’ll be about an inch thick and weigh less than 2 1/2 pounds - about the size of a large paperback book.

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It will run on a full version of Windows XP, the same operating system used on larger tablet PCs, and newly developed software called Windows Touch Pack will handle touch-screen functions. Future editions will support Windows Vista, a version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system that’s due out in the second half of this year.

Source: AP

Borland Announced C++ Builder 2006

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Borland Software has updated its Windows development environment, while stressing its continued commitment to delivering updated IDEs for developers.

The company has announced availability of its C++ Builder 2006 rapid application development environment, part of the overall Borland Developer Studio suite.

Borland said this latest edition of C++ Builder, launched in December 2005, “eliminates tedious development tasks” with simplified coding and a single environment for user interface, database and web development. Full features can be found here.

Source: The Register

Firefox to get phishing shield

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An upcoming version of Firefox will include protection against phishing scams, using technology that might come from Google.

The phishing shield is a key new security feature planned for Firefox 2, slated for release in the third quarter of this year, Mozilla’s Mike Shaver said in an interview Tuesday.

“Everybody understands that phishing is a significant problem on the Web,” said Shaver, a technology strategist at the company, which oversees Firefox development. “We are putting antiphishing into Firefox, and Google is working with us on that.”

While Firefox 2 will get a phishing shield, no decision has been made on how it will be incorporated in Firefox, Shaver said. “Google, like others who contribute to the project, has contributed code and expertise for us to experiment with,” he said. “We haven’t committed to a given approach, a given technology or a given partner.”

Source: News.com

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