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With the Ubuntu developers summit wrapping up last Friday, there is some news of what to expect for the upcoming release of version 12.04, Precise Pangolin (a scaly anteater). Keep in mind that this is a LTS (long term support) release, so there isn’t going to be anything Earth shattering in the announcements due to the fact that Canonical and the Ubuntu development team will spend five years supporting Precise Pangolin in an effort to clean up as many bugs and functionality issues as possible. That being said, there was still some interesting news and features discussed during the week long event that will interest devotees of the open platform.
Larger install ISO and 64-bit images
Precise Pangolin (PP) will give developers a bit more room to work with in the install image for 12.04, as the decision was made to increase the build to 750MB. This 50 megabyte increase means that the install will no longer fit onto CD media, forcing users to either burn to a DVD or use a memory stick to install the OS. This was to be expected and honestly nothing major as DVD burners are now the norm. The only issue will be builds that use older hardware for server purposes or storage, a simple thing to work around.
Another step forward for the platform is the confirmed switch to 64-bit images as the standard download on the Ubuntu site. Currently, because of limitations in running some 32-bit applications on the 64-bit install, users are prompted to download a 32-bit ISO to cut down on issues. PP will do away with this thanks to those bugs being ironed out, allowing all users to take advantage of the larger architecture that comes with 64-bit computing.
Unity here to stay, Ubuntu to push towards phones and tablets
Mark Shuttleworth (founder of the Ubuntu project) made it clear during his opening keynote address that the Unity interface is here to stay, despite myriad complaints dealing with the new addition to desktop management. He also added that he would be pushing Canonical and the Ubuntu development team to have the platform ready to be put onto phone and tablet devices within two years. This does not come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with Ubuntu, especially critics of Unity that claim that Shuttleworth and Canonical are using it to make the move into mobile, rather than making the Ubuntu product better for its users.
Whether or not Canonical has any ulterior motive is unknown, but keeping Unity is not a popular option by any means, and indeed has forced some users to abandon Ubuntu all together. It will be interesting to see what develops out of the statements made by Shuttleworth, and to see if Ubuntu can actually make it to mobile devices.
One cloud and other miscellaneous changes
Ubuntu One is a cloud storage service which allows a user to access their content anywhere they have internet access. Canonical wants to make the login for this service the default for users, allowing them to sign into any Ubuntu-powered machine and get access to their default settings and files. Of course the underlying reason for this change is monetary: If they force all users to sign up for the One cloud service, they will be exposed to the marketing plans to get them to convert from the free 5GB of storage into a paid plan with more space. Pretty typical of the cloud storage industry as a whole, and not surprising in the least.
Miscellaneous changes that were discussed during the week:
- Improvements in the Ubuntu Software Center were announced, mostly in startup time. Right now the average load time for the application is about 11 seconds; PP will feature a two-second launch which is a drastic improvement.
- PP will be sticking with GNOME 3.2 as 3.4 will only be released a month before 12.04. It is expected that the update will be put into the build sometime in the future.
- Banshee, the media player installed as a default application on install, is scheduled to be removed from the build and Rhythmbox put back in. Banshee replaced Rhythmbox, but due to some compatibility issues needs to be replaced for the time being.
As mentioned before, 12.04 is a long term release dedicated to cleaning up the platform. Users should expect no major change announcements until later versions. PP is schedule for release in April of 2012.
No one’s denying the power of Avid’s editing systems, but they haven’t been the most accessible or open programs… until now? Today Avid announced Media Composer 6, bringing a brand new user interface, 64 bit processing power, stereoscopic 3D workflow, and new “Open I/O” architecture that interfaces with existing hardware cards from the likes of AJA and Blackmagic Design. Media Composer 6 will be $2,499, with upgrades from MC 5.5 starting at $299. Similar to how Adobe offered 50% off for Final Cut Pro 7 editors disenfranchised by the new FCPX, Avid is making a similar offer for users of Final Cut Pro 7: you can purchase MC 6, with video training included, for $1,499. Here’s a brief look at Media Composer 6 from Alex Walker:
• Rebuilt from the core 64 architecture
• Modern sleek and efficient User Interface
• Full industry-defining stereoscopic workflows
• Avid Marketplace with on the fly access to footage and plug-ins
• Avid Artist Color support for high performance color correction
• Support for AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, Bluefish, MOTU products
• AVCHD and RED Epic with AMA
• DNxHD 444
• Apple ProRes encode
• 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound with Pro Tools AAF exchange, and Dolby E support
• New dual chip DNxHD or AVC-Intra Nitris DX box for full res stereoscopic 3D
• Buy Avid Nitris DX and Mojo DX without software for easy expansion
• Significant price reductions make Avid hardware more attractive than ever
• Symphony is now available as a software only solution – perfect for high end color at an indy price
• NewsCutter is now the same price as Media Composer
• Choose software only and hardware only solutions, or bundle for great price/performance
• Avid Open I/O makes Media Composer compatible with AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, Bluefish and MOTU – easy to add it to existing hardware setups
• A planned price permanent FCP cross grade, price $1499 US MSRP
• Inclusion of Sorenson Squeeze, Avid DVD, and Avid FX in all products
Html 5 Video player Demo
The Html 5 video player demo page attempts to show off some of the capabilities of our Html 5 video player. We’ve got multiple versions of the video you see there. In addition, these videos are encoded at a much higher bit rate than the normal. So if you don’t have the bandwidth and/or processing power pick a different version. You will need the latest/beta versions of the major browsers in order to use the Html 5 video player.
- 1080p encoded at 7,000kbps
- 720p encoded at 4,000kbps
- 480p encoded at 2,600kbps
- 360p encoded at 2000kbps (same as current Md version)
- 270p encoded at 500kbps. (same as current Low version)
Major features of the ExposureRoom Html 5 video player
- Skip ahead – The ability to skip ahead even though the video stream has not downloaded to that point yet. Similar to streaming video behavior.
- Change version while playing – The ability to be able to change the version (Low, Md, HD) while the video is playing. Unlike most other implementations, our player seamlessly changes versions starting from where you left off.
- Full screen – The ability to switch to full screen mode. You need to switch your browser to full screen mode (hit the F11 key) to get the best viewing experience. Safari users can simply switch to full screen mode (there is no F11 key option anyway)
In addition to the features above, the Html 5 player also supports or will support the following additional features:
- Theme support – The ability to change the color theme of the player as you can see on the demo page.
Built-in Share/Embed options – The player itself will surface the options to share and embed.
Video Playback performance
H.264 and WebM
At the moment, H.264 and VP8 (WebM) are the two primary codecs in the Html 5 video space. Only Chrome supports both these codecs (with IE to follow soon). The others browsers, Firefox and Opera, support WebM but will probably never support H.264 and we’re not quite sure if Safari will support WebM (it support H.264).
Sync Flash version with Html 5
The new Nokia Lumia 710 was unveiled on Wednesday, and unsurprisingly there has been plenty of talk around it. That’s hardly surprising though, when we consider this model and the Lumia 800 are the first Nokia phones ever to bear the Windows flag. The Nokia smart phone really has arrived.
So, looking beyond its 1.4GHz processor, as well as its 3.7-inch WVGA screen and 5-megapixel rear camera, what makes this phone stand up and stand out you’re asking? Well, we have come up with seven juicy morsels of information revealing some of the lesser known, but equally impressive, characteristics that make the 710 an extremely neat piece of kit.
1. Moving onwards and upwards
Get stuck into Nokia Drive – an application on the 710 that delivers a kitted out personal navigation device with free, turn-by-turn navigation both for use on the roads in sync with Nokia maps, and on foot also. With the 710 you’ve now got not only a great phone, but satellite navigation too, all at your fingertips.
The Nokia Lumia 710 running Nokia maps
2. Music to your ears
And, if you think that’s cool, then how about being able to plug yourself into a gigantic portable music library whilst your Nokia handset takes you on your way. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, get familiar with Nokia Music’s ‘Mix Radio’; a free and global mobile music streaming application that delivers a whole host of music channels from your phone straight to your ears. And, you can download these playlists to your 710 for listening to at your own leisure. Oh, and did we mention that there’s no registration needed either. Aweessommmeeee.
3. Listen to this…
In an update to be delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. That means you can create your very own Nokia playlists from one huge library at your fingertips. You can stop rubbing your eyes now; this really is all very true.
4. Find where the fun’s at
If that wasn’t enough for you, the 710 gives you the ‘Gigfinder’ app, for those of you that like to party. This application allows you to search for live local music on the move, snap up tickets for live events and share all of this with your social network. This all comes in the Nokia Music software update later this year, something well worth waiting for.
5. Memory and power at your fingertips
Okay so the 710 only stores 8GB of internal storage, but it betters its elder sibling, the 800, by including a microSD card slot that can accept up to 16GB of additional flash storage. This means that with one tiny slither of plastic, you can automatically double your memory status. The 710 also bears the distinction of being one of the few Windows Phones with physical navigation keys, a trait that will please those of you out there who appreciate a bit of sensory texture on your keypad.
6. Give your 710 a fresh look
One of the coolest features of the 710 is that it comes with a myriad of coloured interchangeable cases. So, if you get a little bored of your phone’s exterior, you can simply strip off its body and throw on a new look in no time. There are ten of these, so you’ve got one to fit every mood (depending on how prone you are to mood swings). Along with being able to change your back covers, you can tinker with the colour formatting of the tiles in the OS too. Now that’s cool.
7. Get up close and personal
You all know by now that the 710 comes with a 5megapixel camera, autofocus, LED flash and x4 digital zoom. But, we bet you didn’t know that you also get a face detection mechanism with all of this, meaning that while you snap away with your friends, your 710 will automatically recognise the faces of your mates and tag them accordingly.
It seems like the future is happening today, as RIM has announced that the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the Blackberry Curve 9360 are the first ever SIM-totting NFC smartphones to be certified as MasterCard PayPass approved devices.
This means that both Blackberries have met the various security, interoperability and functionality requirements set by MasterCard and can now be used to pay at various NFC enabled stores around the world. The way any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to connect your MasterCard to your SIM card in either the Bold 9900 or the Curve 9360.Initially, France Telecom – Orange is the only carrier to use the MasterCard certification, but be sure that many more carriers globally will follow, as they have both NFC-enabled devices on offer.With such a fast pace of NFC development we are sure that many more manufacturers will take the effort to certify with various financial services like MasterCard. Do you plan on using NFC as your new wallet?
How to Read Malayalam in mobile ?
1. Install Opera Mini browser.
2. Type config: in Address bar. (Don’t fail the colon symbol) And Press Goto button.
3. A Window will open. Select ‘YES’ in the field, Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts. (As seen in the picture)
4. Press SAVE Button.
Thats all! Now you can Read Malayalam.
NB: If ‘config:‘ not works please type opera:config
OR DOWNLOAD BOLT INDIC BROWSER FROM www.grtjar.com