Bits Blog: HTC Unveils Phones Running Microsoft's Mobile Software
As the first manufacturer to support Google's Android software, HTC, the Taiwanese handset maker, was briefly the top American smartphone maker before it was surpassed by Apple and Samsung. Now HTC is pushing another underdog: Microsoft's Windows Phone software.
Mozilla and Samsung Collaborating to Bring New Browser Engine to Android
An anonymous reader writes with this bit from The Next Web: "Mozilla and Samsung on Wednesday announced a new partnership to build a 'next generation' web browser engine called Servo. The ultimate goal is to bring the technology to Android and ARM, though the two companies have not shared a timeframe for a possible launch. With the help of Samsung, Mozilla is bringing both the Rust programming language as well as Servo to Android and ARM. Samsung's contribution so far has been an ARM backend to Rust as well as the build infrastructure necessary to cross-compile to Android. In fact, the code is available now on GitHub, as is the source for Rust and Servo." For those unfamiliar, Rust is Mozilla's new safe systems programming language (kind of like BitC), and Servo is their general project to write a brand new engine using Rust. Rust has an interesting memory model that eliminates much difficulty in reasoning about threaded programs. If you know what you're doing, they claim you can cross compile ...
Google Chromebooks Go Global: Now Available In Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland And The Netherlands
Google has learned all that it needs to learn about the reception of its Chromebook laptops in the US and UK, and has announced availability of Acer, HP and Samsung flavors of its device in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. As we’ve spent time with Google’s Chromebook and OS, it has become apparent that the goal of the operating system is to focus on what people do on a computer the most, which is surf the web in a browser. Since Chrome has become the #1 browser, building an operating system that showcases it makes complete sense. In addition to this global rollout, Chromebooks will now be available in all 1,000+ Best Buy stores that sell PCs in the US. Basically, that’s twice the number of stores that Chromebooks were sold in previously. This in-store rollout will take place over the next two weeks. As far as the rest of Google’s line of laptops in partnership with Acer, HP and Samsung, there is indeed a niche that has gravitated towards the machine ...
Aviary Launches Its Photo Editing SDK For Windows 8 Thanks To An Investment From AMD Ventures
Aviary, the company that provides a fully customizable SDKs for applications that want to include photo editing, has announced the launch of its Windows 8 SDK in collaboration with AMD and Microsoft. This means that apps for Windows 8 PCs and tablets that run AMD processors can start including photo editing immediately. The company has already gotten serious traction by being included within Flickr, Twitter, Photobucket and thousands of other apps, so Windows 8 was a logical move for them. The collaboration is actually backed by an investment from AMD Ventures, which would clearly love to see popular photo apps crop up on the Windows platform. Since social photo editing is such a popular behavior on the web these days, not having a platform to easily deploy the feature within apps left a massive hole in the Windows app store. To pump up the partnership, Manju Hegde, an AMD VP, referred to Aviary as “the standard in mobile and online photo editing,” something we’ve said about the company ...
Pixel Picture Clearer? Google Ports Office-Substitute To Chrome OS, Browser
CWmike writes "Google confirmed on Tuesday that it has ported part of QuickOffice to a technology baked into Chrome OS and the company's Chrome browser. The popular iOS and Android app substitute for Microsoft Office that Google acquired last year will run using 'Native Client,' a technology that lets developers turn applications written in C and C++ — originally intended to run in, say, Windows. With that it will execute entirely within a browser, specifically Google's own Chrome. Google claims that Native Client code runs almost as fast inside the browser as the original did outside. QuickOffice viewers come bundles with the $1,300 Chrome OS-based Chromebook Pixel notebook, and Google will add editing functionality in the next two to three months. Does this all make the Pixel make more sense?"
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