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Submission + - Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Released (

supersloshy writes: Even though Firefox gets more developer attention, that doesn't mean that Thunderbird is dead yet! Today, Mozilla released Thunderbird 3 to the world after quite a long time of development! Many new features are now available, including Tabs and enhanced search features, a "message archive" for emails you don't want to delete but still want to keep, Firefox 3's improved Add-ons Manager, Personas support, and many other improvements.

Submission + - Are the iPhone/iTouch web share statistics bogus? (

burnin1965 writes: It appears the smartphone market is about to heat up with new operating systems, applications and hardware from various providers. In the midst of these new releases the market is presented with various statistics that provide insight into the direction of the market. This insight can have an effect on perception and ultimately sales of products. I noticed various articles based on AdMob data that shows a huge web market share for the Apple OS X based mobile devices which I found peculiar as I had also read hand set sales reports that demonstrated very different results.

While the AdMob data shows the Apple iPhone OS holding the #1 position with a 40% share of the web market the hand set sales suggest the iPhone is #3 with less than 14% of sales and well behind Symbian OS based devices which hold over 40% of sales. I suppose you could chalk it up to demographics and how different users utilize their phones. Then again looking at my Apache logs it appears something else may be at play here that skews the web statistics.

I do not create mobile specific content on my web site but I've observed an unusually high number of hits with what appear to be iPhone agent strings.
"Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3"

And in some cases these clients are requesting content that does not exist on my web site.
"GET /apple-touch-icon.png HTTP/1.0" 404
"GET /mobile/ HTTP/1.0" 404
"GET /iphone/ HTTP/1.0" 404

And even more curious, the results of a whois on the IP address from virtually all of the hits resolve to the Amazon EC2 cloud computing center.
[burnin@master ~]$ whois

OrgName:, Inc.
Address: Amazon Web Services, Elastic Compute Cloud, EC2
Address: 1200 12th Avenue South
City: Seattle
StateProv: WA
PostalCode: 98144
Country: US

It appears there are web crawlers out there advertising themselves as Apple mobile devices scouring the web. I'm not sure why they chose the iPhone agent string as the iPhone is well behind the Symbian OS in market share or why they don't advertise themselves as a web crawler looking for mobile content. I'm fairly certain that Amazon is not running their cloud computing center off iPhones. ;)

So I'm curious, are other Slashdot readers observing the same patterns in their web logs and how likely is it that the AdMob data and all these market share articles are factual? Could it be that iPhone OS market share on the web is bloated by a mobile search engine crawling as an iPhone?

GNU is Not Unix

Creative GPLs X-Fi Sound Card Driver Code 369

An anonymous reader writes "In a move that's a win for the free software community, Creative Labs has decided to release their binary Linux driver for the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi and X-Fi Titanium sound cards under the GPL license. This is coming after several failed attempts at delivering a working binary driver and years after these sound cards first hit the market."

Submission + - Beyond Ajax: Software Development, 2 Years Hence

Esther Schindler writes: Ajax has dramatically changed the lives of Web developers during the past two years, but the next two may be even more interesting. Developers—spurred by user expectations, rapidly evolving business models and ever-changing development processes—will need to do things they can't even imagine today. And how can a forward-thinking IT department or entrepreneur—who is so dependent on innovative software developers—prepare for that future?

In a set of five articles, beginning with Beyond Ajax, interviewed the tool builders. Their vision of the computing future will shape the tools they build, which means those are the programming tools you'll use in a few years to build your own applications. But while spoke with vendors, it was the techies, not the marketroids: folks like Tim Bray, Scott Guthrie, David Intersimone. Input was solicited from both vendors of proprietary software (such as Microsoft and Adobe) and open source projects (such as the Dojo Toolkit, and Open Laszlo).

Their predictions address the next round of developer opportunities, problems—and consequences. The articles cover a range of subjects, from The Convergence of Desktop, Web and Mobile Clients to UI changes (the immersive, cinematic interface) to evolving development tools which should make software development easier (what Dojo's Alex Russell called "Interceding with the Browser gods").

But Are Web Browsers Ready for the Next Generation of Internet Applications? Probably not, according to Tim Bray, who said, "The people who make a living building Web apps and tools for them live on a different planet than the people who build browsers." All those problems... er, challenges were packaged up and handed to the folks who run Mozilla and IE, and the browser dudes responded about making the Internet trustworthy, standards-compatible and innovative. ("All three at once? That's the tough part.")

Feed Engadget: Sony sued (again) for patent violation, injunction sought on PS3 sales (

Filed under: Gaming

Oh boy, another patent lawsuit filed in that litigious folly called the Texas court system. This time, the suit pits Parallel Processing Corporation of Newport Beach, California against that legal whipping boy, Sony. PPC alleges that Sony's Cell processor -- the horsepower inside the PS3 -- violates a patent for "synchronized parallel processing with shared memory." Filed on July 26th, the five-page complaint by PPC states that Sony's actions are causing "irreparable harm and monetary damage" to the company and are therefore seeking the usual: compensation for damages (with interest) as well as the impounding and destruction of all Sony products infringing on the patent. Good times.

[Via gi]

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