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Microsoft shows off Windows 8 Metro apps on video

September 16th, 2011

We’ve already seen an 11-minute walk-through video comparing a new Windows 8 beta tablet to an iPad 2 running iOS 5, but there are plenty of features Microsoft is cooking up that didn’t make it into the beta release of the OS. In a new video, Microsoft highlights a handful of currently unavailable applications that make …

Apple dishes dirt on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion); developer preview available

February 24th, 2011

On the heels of today’s MacBook Pro unveiling, Apple announced that it would be making a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 — codenamed Lion — available to developers. The company writes that Lion “takes some of the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac.” Apple details several, previously disclosed, features …

Facebook announces new communication platform; simple, seamless, not email

November 15th, 2010

Today, at the company’s planned media event, social networking giant Facebook took the wraps off of its new communication service. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, noted that the new system aims to be seamless, informal, immediate, personal, simple, minimal, and short… but not email. The new service will: provide messaging across all of the different ways people …

Vimeo, Yahoo! Mail get cozy with HTML5

August 18th, 2010

It looks like both Vimeo and Yahoo! have jumped on the HTML5 bandwagon. Yesterday, the USA Today reported that internet streaming-video service Vimeo added HTML5 support for embedded video in order to be more compliant with the iPhone and iPad. Until now, the site had displayed embedded video using Adobe’s Flash technology. Yahoo! Mail announced that it …

Google to improve Gmail contacts manager

August 10th, 2010

Today, Google announced planned improvements to the contacts manager located in its Gmail web-based email client. Google touts the Contacts feature now, “works more like the rest of Gmail” and that they incorporated a ton of user feedback. Improvements include: Keyboard shortcuts (go to Contacts and hit “?” for the full list) Sort by last name (look …

Blockbuster sheds 34% of Total Access subscribers last quarter

August 24th, 2009

We haven’t really covered Blockbuster’s DVD-by-mail service since this past March when a string of policy changes finally culminated in our exclusive scoop covering the elimination of Total Access’ one competitive edge over Netflix — the ability of subscribers to enjoy their free in-store rentals while they awaited new DVDs to be delivered by mail. …