DrEldarion (114072) writes "Continuing the trend of adding much-desired features through firmware updates, Sony has released firmware version 1.8 for the Playstation 3. This version adds, among other things, upscaling for DVDs and PS2/PS1 games, media streaming support, and Blu-ray downscaling to 720p."
InfoWorldMike writes "Ephraim Schwartz takes a bigger pic, day-after look at the Google Apps news this last week, with which it added key business applications — a word processor and spreadsheet — to Google Apps. The company is now offering the kind of support corporate IT would expect: IT management tools, technical support, and service level agreements for uptime. Even all that, however, does not tell the entire story or give the scope of Google's plans, Schwartz writes in his news analysis. In its press announcement and in an interview with a Google executive, Dave Giroud, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Unit, Google made it clear that it will offer APIs forhttp://weblog.infoworld.com/daily/archives/2007 /02/interview_googl.html business integration, thus creating a business platform not unlike what Salesforce.com offers with AppExchange. An InfoWorld podcast interview with Google's Rajen Sheth, product manager for Apps, also makes it pretty clear. Is this a play on Google's part to go head to head against a player in its own backyard, Salesforce.com and its AppExchange?
Despit some roadblocks, sources say Google is buying up a great deal of dark fiber all around the country and at the same time hiring telecommunications engineers and delivering during the past year or two thousands of server blades to what are called Peering Centers, datacenters where networks converge to optimize connectivity."
Zonk from the yay-for-mythical-creatures dept.
nuyorker and hdm wrote to mention the new releases for Thunderbird and Firefox. hdm writes "This release of Firefox fixes 12 security holes, many of which can be used to execute malicious code. The Browser Fun project has provided an online demonstration of one of these flaws. This demonstration is capable of executing code on Windows, Linux, and both architectures of the Mac OS X platform; you're going to want to upgrade today!"
SG writes "Physicists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed the world's most sensitive ammeter yet. The device allows current to be measured at the attoampere level and is expected to be of use in nanoelectronics, calibration devices, quantum computation and biology."
bart_scriv writes "Business Week has a review of Palm's Treo 700w (the first Palm device to run Windows). Aside from network performance, the reviewer was fairly disappointed. From the article: 'The best Windows Mobile device ever, but a cut below Palm's 650."