Google Turns Office Into Google Apps Client

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Continuing its campaign to turn Microsoft customers to Google Apps customers, Google on Thursday released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office and announced a new partner program that allows businesses to test drive its online applications.

Initially released as a limited preview in November 2010, Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office is now available worldwide. It allows users to create documents in Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, or 2010, and then to share and sync them through Google Apps.


Firefox 4 Getting Close

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mozilla has begun to wind down work on the next generation of its Firefox browser. In today’s release of Firefox 4 beta 12, there are few improvements that will be instantly noticed by most users. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, what has changed are under-the-hood improvements to how Firefox 4 handles Flash and more stable overall performance.

One visual change has been to move hover-over links to the bottom of the window, rather than place them in the location bar as was done in the previous beta. Along with the changes to Flash handling and stability, Mozilla said in its release notes for Firefox 4 beta 12 that the browser now has better integration of add-ons with hardware acceleration support.


Government Tries to Keep Secret What Many Consider a Fraud

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For eight years, government officials turned to Dennis Montgomery, a California computer programmer, for eye-popping technology that he said could catch terrorists. Now, federal officials want nothing to do with him and are going to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his dealings with Washington stay secret.

The Justice Department, which in the last few months has gotten protective orders from two federal judges keeping details of the technology out of court, says it is guarding state secrets that would threaten national security if disclosed. But others involved in the case say that what the government is trying to avoid is public embarrassment over evidence that Mr. Montgomery bamboozled federal officials.


Look no further, the world’s fastest iPhones are in Israel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Ookla Net Metrics’ free network speed test speedtest.net is so widely used that even the federal government has recognized it as a reliable tool for measuring wireless network conditions. Friday, the company published results of some 57,000 user-initiated iPhone speedtests in the U.S., which showed users on the AT&T network getting average speeds substantially higher than iPhone users on Verizon Wireless.

After publishing the data, the story got some good coverage pitting iPhone against iPhone. But it should have come as no surprise to anyone who knows wireless technologies that HSPA was faster than EV-DO rev. A. On paper, HSPA’s theoretical max speed is 7.2 Mbps, and EV-DO rev. A’s is only 3.1 Mbps. It’s pretty widely accepted.

Later in the day, though, Ookla’s Co-Founder Doug Suttles released a much broader list, one that included every wireless carrier in the world where more than 100 users tested their iPhone speeds. With this list, Ookla revealed where the fastest iPhone in the world can be found.

With an average downlink speed of 3331 Kbps and an average uplink speed of 1278 Kbps, Israel’s Pelephone really lived up to its name (in Hebrew, literally “Wonderphone”) and had the highest average iPhone speeds of 104 international wireless carriers.


Google Launches One Pass, An Online Subscription Service

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Google has again faced up to technology giant Apple - this time by launching a digital subscription service just a day after its rival.
Called One Pass, the new system allows publishers of online newspapers and magazines to charge readers to access their articles and videos.

Media companies who use it can charge for full access or just single articles, and can also use it to deliver their publications through smartphone and tablet computer applications.

The plan comes just a day after Apple announced it was offering publishers the chance to sell content through its App Store.
Apple is offering digital subscription services through its popular App Store But while Apple said it would be taking a 30% share of customer payments, Google said it would keep just 10%.


IP address supply ran out

Filed under: — Aviran

The Internet on Thursday officially ran out of the IP4 addresses.

Blame surging Web traffic in Asia and the worldwide proliferation of smartphones.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, the top-level administrator of the system, distributed its last batches of Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses Thursday to regional registries, which will make them available to service providers, websites and others. That supply should run out in six or nine months, said John Curran, CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, or ARIN, the regional group covering the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Websites and service providers have been experimenting with IPv6 But many have been slow to do so because of a lack of immediate benefits. The exhaustion of IP addresses at the top level puts pressure on them to move more quickly.

Curran said only about 2 percent of websites support it. However, many of those are the most-visited sites on the Internet, including Google and Facebook. He expects smaller sites to scramble for IPv6 addresses now.


Unreleased Apple iPad spotted at news event

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Spotted at Rupert Murdoch’s splashy digital newspaper launch on Wednesday: a prototype of Apple’s newest iPad.

A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera at the top edge of the glass screen at a press conference to mark the debut of News Corp’s Daily online paper in New York on Wednesday.

A source with knowledge of the device confirmed its existence, adding that the final release model could have other features. News Corp and Apple declined to comment.

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