ericatcw writes: According to ChannelWeb UK, IT guys (and gals) are the most likely "to embarrass themselves" at Christmas and holiday parties this season. Nearly 40% of the 2,000 workers surveyed by Avaya — admittedly, in the UK — admitted to drinking too much while 27% said they "snogged" (kissed) their boss during holiday gatherings.
While the debate rages on among developers, those of us more in the consumptive mode want to know: will future versions of Android reduce screen herky-jerkiness so that it becomes a moot point? Real-world evidence in the form of contrasting reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich, vs. the ostensibly even-more-powerful Asus Transformer Prime running Honeycomb, offer a strong clue.
ericatcw writes: "ZDNet reports: for the past 2.5 years, numerous Android users have reported malfunctioning SD cards that have caused their smartphone to crash, freeze and/or lose data. See threads like this. Vendors have not publicly admitted to the problem or provided a fix, leaving users frustrated and unsure whether it's the phone slot, SD card firmware, or Android itself, that is to blame."
Hugh Pickens writes writes: Reuters reports that the Catholic Church has sanctioned an iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics through confession and encouraging lapsed followers back to the faith. 'Confession,' thought to be the first to be approved by a church authority, walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains what the company behind the program describes as a "personalized examination of conscience for each user." The app is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics through the act, which generally involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth. Catholics still must go to a priest for absolution. "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," says developer Patrick Leinen.
ericatcw writes: Adobe confirms that Apple isn't using its e-book DRM technology for the coming iPad, lending support to reports that Apple will use its own FairPlay DRM, which it uses to copy protect movies sold through iTunes. Adobe says Apple is trying to lock in customers to its iPad the same way Amazon is with its non-open-standard Kindle text formats and DRM. (It also says it can still deliver Flash to the iPad and iPhone, ban or no ban, through clever backdoors). But others say Adobe's DRM is neither as interoperable between e-reader devices nor as secure as promised. So where do you stand on the great Adobe-Apple battle?
ericatcw writes: Buying your next laptop or smartphone online could suddenly get a lot more expensive if a little-known U.S. Department of Transportation proposal to tighten rules around the shipment of small, Lithium-Ion battery-powered devices by air goes through, says an industry group opposing the move. The changes, designed primarily to reduce the risk from Lithium-Ion batteries, would also forbid air travelers from carrying spare alkaline or NiMH batteries in their checked-in luggage, according to the head of the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association. The proposal is under review until March 12. It can be viewed and commented upon by members of the public here.
from the onwards-and-upwards dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."
ericatcw writes: Tablet computing fans are revving the hype engine again, this time declaring that on-the-upswing netbooks — 50 million sold in the past two years — are already on the way out. Mind you, this annual rite is is nearing two decades old, reports Computerworld, without fulfilling its prophecy. The article notes other reasons — economics and ergonomics — why netbooks will still trump over tablets next year.
ericatcw writes: Most/.ers know that old Bill Gates demo where Windows 98 crashes catastrophically after the hapless assistant plugs in a scanner (it's only been watched on YouTube 1.5 million times). Ever wonder what happened to that young guy? Rather than being fired or exiled to the mailroom, Chris Capossela kept rising. Today, he's back in the spotlight, as Microsoft's marketing veep for Office, Exchange, SharePoint and their new hosted equivalents. Capossela explains what Office's ace in the hole is in its fight for big business against Google Apps, how Microsoft is starting to co-opt Twitter, and how the Redmond culture really is a bit like the Borg.