Paul Irish on Chrome Moving to Blink
I know you’ve been asked this plenty of times already, but: no new vendor prefixes, right? Right? Nope, none! They’re great in theory but turns out they fail in practice, so we’re joining Mozilla and the W3C CSS WG and moving away them. There’s a few parts to this. Firstly, we won’t be migrating the existing -webkit- prefixed properties to a -chrome- or -blink- prefix, that’d just make extra work for everyone. Secondly, we inherited some existing properties that are prefixed. Some, like -webkit-transform , are standards track and we work with the CSS WG to move ahead those standards while we fix any remaining issues in our implementation and we’ll unprefix them when they’re ready. Others, like -webkit-box-reflect are not standards track and we’ll bring them to standards bodies or responsibly deprecate these on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, we’re not introducing any new CSS properties behind a prefix. Pinky swear? Totes. New stuff will be available to experiment with behind ...
Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8
jones_supa writes "Microsoft has confirmed to be preparing to reverse course over elements of Windows 8. 'Key aspects' of how the software is used will be changed when Microsoft releases an updated version of the operating system this year, Tami Reller, head of marketing and finance for the Windows business, said in an interview with the Financial Times. Referring to difficulties many users have had with mastering the software, she added: 'The learning curve is definitely real.'" While this decision is generally being framed as a frantic backtrack for Microsoft, it comes as the company has recently passed 100 million Windows 8 licenses sold. Clearly they see this as more of a course adjustment than bailing water from a sinking ship. Microsoft also plans to preview the update called 'Windows Blue' in June.
HipChat Introduces New Free Tier For Teams Of Five Or Fewer To Capitalize On Bottom-Up Growth
As far as group chat tools go, HipChat is among the best available options, and now the Atlassian-owned company is introducing a free tier to its existing pricing plans. The entry-level free plan will offer fully featured access to HipChat, but be limited to a maximum of five users – once a sixth comes on board, pricing will revert back to the standard $2 per person. The introduction of the new pricing tier is obviously a great way to attract new users, and a means by which Atlassian and HipChat can fend off any challenges from would-be competitors just setting out with their own competitive platforms. Speaking with HipChat founder Pete Curley about the decision, he admitted that it’s meant to give users who might otherwise look elsewhere for a free option a taste of what HipChat and its advantage in terms of years of experience. “This also works well for us because all of our adoption is all bottoms up,” Curley said, explaining how it’s meant to maximize the existing traction ...
Kinect Can Detect Clenched Fist
mikejuk writes "Microsoft Research is currently having a Techfest at Redmond where it is showing off a lot of new work. The latest work on the Kinect uses the same sort of machine-learning approach to distinguish between an open hand and a clenched fist. Although there are no details, its general method was to use a large number of images of people's hands and supervised training to distinguish between open and closed hands. The learning algorithm is based on a forest of decision trees, which is the same general method used to implement the skeleton tracking. Being able to detect an open or closed hand might not seem to be much of an advance, and certainly not as good as a multi-gesture touch screen interface, but it is enough to allow the user interface to distinguish a "pick up" or "grip" gesture. So you can move the hands within an image, close both hands to grip the image points and move apart to zoom. You can't get the software at the moment, but it has been promised for the next version ...
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Nokia “looking closely” at tablets, with “first focus” on Microsoft’s platform
Nokia CEO says Samsung's rise vindicated his decision to use Windows Phone.