Monday, March 21, 2005

Firefox Continues to Bite into IE Usage

Slashdot | Firefox Continues to Bite into IE Usage: "'According to Information Week, Firefox usage is now over 6 percent, pulling Internet Explorer usage down below 90 percent. 'Firefox is currently the only browser that is increasing market share on a monthly basis, and it is growing at the direct expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer''"

Students Do Better Without Computers

Slashdot | Students Do Better Without Computers: "'The Telegraph is reporting a large study that shows that the less students use computers at school and at home, the better they do in international tests of literacy and math. The more access they had to computers at home, the lower they scored in tests, partly because they diverted attention from homework. Students tended to do worse in schools generously equipped with computers, apparently because computerised instruction replaced more effective forms of teaching. ' Worth noting that it took almost 20 years for PCs in the corporate environment to actually have a positive impact on productivity; might the same be true in education?"

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Yahoo Readies Blogging Tool - Yahoo Readies Blogging Tool: "Yahoo is developing a free service designed to let users stay in touch with acquaintances such as friends, family, and co-workers via new and existing Yahoo services. The service will include the Sunnyvale, California company's first blogging tool, according to a company executive.

Called Yahoo 360, the service will enter a restricted beta, or test, period on March 29, when it will be available to select users invited by Yahoo to try it out. Yahoo will expand the scope of the beta testing in coming weeks.

Interested users can join a waiting list online."

Thursday, March 17, 2005

CSS Support Could Be Internet Explorer's Weakest Link

CSS Support Could Be Internet Explorer's Weakest Link: "Microsoft will be doing a lot to make developers and customers happy with its pending Internet Explorer release, if partner sources with inside information on the IE 7.0 browser are right. ADVERTISEMENT

But there's one area where Microsoft won't be winning a lot of applause.

The company will continue to drag its feet by refusing to provide full support for the CSS2 (Cascading Style Sheets Level 2) W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) standard, Microsoft partners say.

Sources claiming familiarity with Microsoft's IE 7.0 plans said the company will add some additional CSS2 support to its new standalone browser.

But Microsoft isn't planning to go the whole way and make IE 7.0 fully CSS2 compliant, sources said.

IE 7.0 is expected to go to beta testers this summer. [more]"

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak -

Will it be available in 2005?

Will it support CSS 2.0 standards?

Will it be a tabbed-interface browser?

What security features will it have?

Read the article above for the latest scoop!

Gmail Goes Public

Slashdot | Gmail Goes Public: "Google has apparently given the green light for Google's e-mail (Gmail) to be open to the general public.' From the registration page: 'As we make room for more Gmail users, we want to first extend invitations to Google users. We're still working to make Gmail better, so for now, we're just inviting a small number at random. Looks like that's you! We're really excited to share Gmail with you and we hope you like it.' Observed at the P-I Buzzworthy Blog as well."

TiVo and Comcast Hook Up | TiVo Press Releases: "Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that the companies have reached an agreement to make the TiVo� service and advertising capability widely available to Comcast customers in the majority of its markets around the country.

Under the terms of the agreement, Comcast and TiVo will work together to develop a version of the TiVo service that will be made available on Comcast's current primary DVR platform. New software will be developed by TiVo and will be incorporated into Comcast's existing network platforms. The new service will be marketed with the TiVo brand, and is expected to be available on Comcast's DVR products in a majority of Comcast markets in mid-to-late 2006. [more]"