Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Friday, August 9, 2013

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OmniWeb 6 for Mac Available In Bleeding Edge Public Alpha Test Builds
Apple's Operating System Guru Jordan Hubbard Goes Back to His Open Source Roots
The Problem With The Cloud And Apple
Goldman's Top Disruptive Technology Themes Profiled
Government of Uruguay to Distribute One Laptop Per Child Designed XO Tablets to Pre-School Children
US Federal Judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY
Acer To Deemphasize Windows in favor of Android And Chrome OS
Summer Sale: Huge Discount on Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player
SCSC Releases Performance Probe for the Mac OS X Operating System
The SeaMonkey Project Releases SeaMonkey 2.20



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OmniWeb 6 for Mac Available In Bleeding Edge Public Alpha Test Builds

OmniWeb's developers say they're not for the faint of heart, but arevoffering for download unstable and untested builds are snapshots of forthcoming OmniWeb 6 Web browser, updated every few hours.

"This means that you might actually be the first person to try a particular build and discover that it eats your system," they caution. "We hope that doesn't happen, of course, but since we won't have tested the app before giving you access we can't make any guarantees."

If you'd like to give OmniWeb a whirl, but prefer to work with something a little less risky, you can of course grab the latest stable release from their main site.

System requirement:
Mac OS X v10.8.0 or later:

For more information, visit:
http://omnistaging.omnigroup.com/omniweb/






Apple's Operating System Guru Jordan Hubbard Goes Back to His Open Source Roots

Wired's Klint Finley reports that Free BSD UNIX creator Jordan Hubbard, who Apple hired 12 years ago after it bought NeXT from Steve Jobs and got him as part of the bargain, has resigned as Apple's resident OS guru, and returned to the world of open source UNIX, becoming chief technology officer post at a iXsystems, a company that offers servers and other data center hardware that runs FreeBSD.

Free BSD, which was developed as an OS for servers and devices embedded in things like network switches and routers, provides the robust underpinnings beneath the user-friendly inrerfaces of Apple's OS X and iOS operating systems, both of which are directly descended from a version of UNIX called the Berkeley System Distribution, or BSD, created at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. Darwin, the core of Mac OS X, is Open Source and includes quite a bit of FreeBSD code.

Finley says Hubbard was always an Open Source believer at heart, and working at Apple was an education, which he wants to apply to bringing the polished Apple software approach back to the open source game.

So What does Hubbard's departure mean for BSD at Apple? While Apple typically didn't respond to Finley's request for comment, he cites Hubbard saying that BSD and Apple aren't parting anytime soon, and that. He left a lot of believers behind, emphasizing that he was by no means the only BSD advocate, and affirms that he probably wouldn't have left if He didn't think it OS X and the iOS were in good hands, and if he hadn't had years to groom successors.

The article is also an interesting capsule history of how Unix came to Apple via NeXT.

For the full report, visit:
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/08/jordan-hubbard/






The Problem With The Cloud And Apple

TGAAP's E. Werner Reschke says Cloud services are problematic for Apple, because in order to build iCloud into a very usable tool, Apple can't limit it to just Mac users or iOS users, but needs to deliver it to all types of users on different platforms, using a variety of web browsers.

Reschke notes that the idea for the Cloud is to be able to share, access and collaborate platform independently, which creates a dilemma of Apple, which has no incentive to create a raft of software that runs on all platforms with any browser, observing that Apple only wants to create features for its platform which in turn sells their hardware, which is where Apple's value - and money - is made, and cloud computing takes away both the hardware and OS value.

He acknowledges that Apple has pushed out iWork for iCloud, but only after being dragged into that arena by Google and Microsoft.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/Qt7joa






Goldman's Top Disruptive Technology Themes Profiled

ZeroHedge contributor Tyler Durden reports on eight secular disruptive themes that Goldman Sachs believes have the potential to reshape their categories and command greater investor attention in the coming years, noting that critically Goldman focuses on the impact of creative destruction - a term coined by the economist Joseph Schumpeter, which emphasized the fact that innovation constantly drives breeding of new leaders and replacement of the old.

Durden notes that the fall of Polaroid, the rise of Wal-Mart, and the age of the Internet which ushered in an information revolution, all changed the way we buy/consume, with the pace of change becoming increasingly rapid evidenced by relatively recent first-tier products becoming redundant as market drivers - eg: dasktop and laptop PCs, point-and-shoot digital cameras and music players amid the continued cannibalization from tablets and smartphones.

The Eight Themes are:

E-cigarettes – The potential to transform the tobacco industry

Cancer Immunotherapy – The future of cancer treatment?

LED Lighting – A large, early-stage and multi-decade opportunity

Alternative Capital – Rise of a new asset class means growing risk for reinsurers

Natural Gas Engines – Attractive economics drive strong, long-term penetration

Software Defined Networking (SDN) – Re-inventing networking for the cloud era

3D Printing – Disruption materializing

Big Data – Solutions trying to keep up with explosive data growth and complexity

You can check it out in greater detail here:
http://goo.gl/ctb76K






Government of Uruguay to Distribute One Laptop Per Child Designed XO Tablets to Pre-School Children

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will provide the government of Uruguay with 8000 of its newly released XO Tablets for distribution to pre-school and first grade children in the country. The OLPC/Uruguay pilot program (Plan Ceibal) is the worlds first government program designed to get educational technology into the hands of children ages six and under.

"Plan Ceibal has been one of the early adopters of the OLPC laptop, and Uruguay is the first country to have deployed and reached one-to-one laptop student and teacher saturation. We are very aware of the importance of integrating pedagogy and technology to enrich the educational experience of our children," said Uruguayan government official, Miguel Brechner. "The engaging and intuitive nature of touch-screen technology, as well as the way OLPC has presented the contents of the tablet, will enable us to connect students and broaden their cognitive opportunities at an even younger age."

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The XO Tablet, designed and developed by OLPC, features OLPC's XO Learning System and provides children with access to state-of-the-art educational content that has been curated and selected for age-appropriateness and learning value by OLPC. In addition to the XO Learning System content available on every XO Tablet, the 8000 XO Tablets distributed to children in Uruguay will be customized for the region and will be preloaded with local content to meet the requirement of the Uruguayan school system.

"There is early evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, to support the efficacy of tablets and touchscreen technology as learning devices for children as young as ages two to five," says Rodrigo Arboleda, OLPC Chairman and CEO. "As such, adding a fully functional and educationally focused tablet is a natural extension of the OLPC mission and an excellent complement to our existing and continuing laptop program."

The XO Tablet, and its XO Learning interface, run on the Android's latest operating system. To ensure compatibility and interoperability with the nearly 2.5 million laptops OLPC has distributed since 2005, OLPC is converting the Sugar software currently used in XO laptops to the Android system. Once the conversion is complete, Sugar will be made available via download free of charge. The porting of Sugar into Android will give XO Tablet users access to OLPC's previously developed educational content.

The XO Tablet, which is manufactured and distributed by OLPC strategic partner, Vivitar (http://www.vivitar.com), is currently available for purchase in the U.S. at Amazon.com, Target.com, Walmart.com and Walmart stores. These strategic retail partners have in common a commitment and history of empowering children to learn, and in 2008, Amazon was instrumental in the execution of OLPCs Give 1 Get 1 program to sponsor laptops for children in developing countries. OLPCs proceeds from sales of the XO Tablet will further the organization's global mission by enabling further development of the XO Learning System, updating existing apps and software to facilitate interoperability between XO Tablets and Laptop and by subsidizing distribution of the tablets to children throughout the world.

XO Tablet, XO Learning and One Laptop per Child

The XO Tablet has been fully designed and developed by OLPC to harness the power of a connected touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn-how-to-learn. Its launch also marks the global debut of the XO Learning System, designed as a child-centric interface to empower kids to build, learn and dream as part of OLPCs mission. OLPC was launched in 2005 at the MIT Media Lab as a project to provide a modern education to every child around the world through access to laptops and connected devices. The organization has since distributed 2.5 million of its specially designed XO laptops to children in 60 countries, and the XO Tablet extends that experience into a modern tablet form factor. All within the philosophy of Learning-by-doing advocated by the Media Lab throughout the years.

Visit OLPC at:
http://www.laptop.org

For FAQs, where to buy and more information on the XO Tablet, visit:
http://www.xotablet.com






US Federal Judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

The Register's Neil McAllister reports that a Texas man charged in a multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme in which he allegedly sold fraudulent investment securities in exchange for more than 700,000 Bitcoin during 2011 and 2012 has failed to convince a US federal judge that Bitcoin doesn;t meet the criteria for "a form of money" under US law, paving the way for what could become a defining lawsuit for the virtual currency. The defendant had argued that what he sold his clients cannot be considered securities because no actual money changed hands, since he dealt exclusively in Bitcoin, and neither accepted nor paid US funds to his would-be investors.

However, on Tuesday, US magistrate judge Amos Mazzant ruled (http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/158693058) that the argument before the court didn't hold water, because Bitcoin passes the "duck test" as money, writing:

"It is clear that Bitcoin can be used as money. It can be used to purchase goods and services, and as Shavers stated, used to pay for individual living expenses. The only limitation of Bitcoin is that it is limited to those places that accept it as currency. However, it can also be exchanged for conventional currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, Euro, Yen, and Yuan. Therefore, Bitcoin is a currency or form of money, and investors willing to invest in BTCST provided an investment of money."


For the full report visit here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/07/bitcoin_is_money/






Acer To Deemphasize Windows in favor of Android And Chrome OS

The Register's Neil McAllister reports that Acer has told investors that it will reduce its emphasis on Windows PCs and laptops over the next few quarters in favor of devices based on Android And Chrome OS operating systems from Google.

Citing a Wall Street Journal report, McAllister notes that the Taiwanese hardware maker plans to grow its "non-Windows business" rapidly, and that Android devices will probably make up 10 to 12 per cent of Acer's revenue by year's end, and that in a conference call with investors on Thursday, Acer president Jim Wong also said he sees a growing market for Chromebooks, which he said made up nearly 3 percent of the company's shipments during the quarter that ended in June.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/7Z20ey






Summer Sale: Huge Discount on Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player recently kicked off a 33% off giant discount promotion, allowing those who take advantage to save almost $20 off of personal Blu-ray video players priced at $59.95.

At such a cheap price, Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can help users enjoy various Blu-ray discs, Blu-ray videos, and Blu-ray movies with super high HD enjoyment support, and continues to make user experience a priority.

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To appeal to Mac users, Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player has continued to focus on making Blu-ray easier for Mac users to enjoy. Mac Blu-ray Player enables Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray video, and Blu-ray movie playback. Mac Blu-ray Player supports HD quality, DTS 5.1 stereo output, and almost all Mac OS X Apps.

Macgo has continued to work towards its goal of standardizing the Blu-ray market so that every Blu-ray user including Mac users can enjoy excellent Blu-ray quality.

For more information, visit:
http://www.macblurayplayer.com/download.htm

System requirement:
• OS Supported: Mac OS X 10.5+ to 10.8
• CPU: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz processor or higher recommended
• RAM: 512MB RAM or more
• 250 MB of free disk space
• An internal or external Blu-ray drive
• USB 2.0 or FireWire 400

Windows Blu-ray Player:
• Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP ( SP2 or later)
• Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz processor or equivalent AMD Athlon processor or higher recommended
• 512 MB RAM or higher recommended
• 250 MB of free disk space
• An internal or external Blu-ray drive

Support Equipments

Mac:
• MacBook Air 2013, Mac Pro 2013, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini
MAC OS X 10.5 - 10.9 Mavericks

Windows:
• Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP (SP2 or later)

Mobile devices: (Incompatible with iOS 6.0+)
• iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS
• iPad 4, 3, 2, 1
• iPod Touch (iOS should be 3 or later)

Supports Media Formats:
• Input Media:
• Blu-ray Disc
• Blu-ray ISO
• DVD Video
• Video CD / VCD
• Audio CD (no DTS-CD)
• Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52

Input Formats:
• MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
• AVI
• ASF / WMV / WMA
• MP4 / MOV / 3GP
• Matroska (MKV)
• WAV (including DTS)
• Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
• FLV (Flash)
• RMVB

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is currently on sale at 33% off, available at $39.95.

For more information about Mac Blu-ray Player, visit the Macgo official Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/MacBlurayPlayer

For more information, visit:
http://www.macblurayplayer.com/features.htm






SCSC Releases Performance Probe for the Mac OS X Operating System

Virginia based Software and Computer System Company, LLC, (SCSC) has released Performance Probe for the Mac OS X Operating System. Performance Probe is an operating system tool that allows users to monitor the overall effective loading of their systems while in use. Other system tools on the market typically only report basic data on current memory consumption, CPU utilization, or drive free space. Performance Probe differs by launching several threaded timing probes into the operating system environment and measuring the amount of timing delays they detect while the system is in use. Performance Probe will be included in all releases of Scannerz with FSE or FSE-Lite at no cost, and can also be purchased as a standalone product.

"The Performance Probe is really an outgrowth of our Scannerz line of products," stated Bill Wagner, the company owner. "Many people have problems that mimic hard drive problems. They experience delays, slow loading applications, or poor performance, and yet tests using standard tools, such as Activity Monitor, don't really indicate anything abnormal is going on. What people fail to understand is that some applications may lock or synchronize operations, effectively blocking or slowing down the operation of other applications or the operating system itself. When problems like this occur, the system may show no abnormal memory consumption or a lack of free drive space, and the CPUs may indicate they're not overloaded. The problems are not the user's imagination, they're quite real. When a system is undergoing slow downs like this, Performance Probe will detect them, as well as problems associated with resource depletion."

"The Performance Probe is easy to use. All a user needs to do is start it and monitor its display. There are three indicators on the application that correspond to I/O, memory, and CPU effectiveness. The displays show, for all practical purposes, the effective computing power that a user may have at a given instant."

SCSC has indicated that Performance Probe will now be part of their Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages. Current registered product owners will be given the opportunity to download the latest updates within the next few days. Performance Probe may also be purchased as a standalone product.

SCSC has indicated that the price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is $7.95 (USD). The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.

SCSC:
http://scsc-online.com

Performance Probe for Mac OS X:
http://scsc-online.com/Perf Probe.html

Scannerz with FSE-Lite for Mac OS X:
http://scsc-online.com/Scannerz.html

Purchase:
http://shop.scsc-online.com

Trackback URL:
http://goo.gl/hHplZs






The SeaMonkey Project Releases SeaMonkey 2.20

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite, such as the ones previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla. SeaMonkey has inherited the successful all-in-one concept of the original Netscape Communicator and continues that product line based on the modern, cross-platform architecture provided by the Mozilla project.

The SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client with an included web feed reader, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users.

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Under the hood, SeaMonkey uses much of the same Mozilla source code which powers such successful siblings as Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, Sunbird and Miro. Legal backing is provided by the Mozilla Foundation.

SeaMonkey 2.20 released

The SeaMonkey projecthas released SeaMonkey 2.20. Built on the same Mozilla platform as the newest Firefox release, it delivers the latest developments in web technologies such as HTML5, hardware acceleration and improved JavaScript speed.

SeaMonkey 2.20 is available in 26 languages, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

For a more complete list of major changes in SeaMonkey 2.20, see the What's New in SeaMonkey 2.20 section of the Release Notes, which also contain a list of known issues and answers to frequently asked questions. For a more general overview of the SeaMonkey project (and screen shots!), visit:

The SeaMonkey Suite

The Internet browser at the core of the SeaMonkey suite uses the same rendering engine and application platform as its sibling Mozilla Firefox, with popular features like tabbed browsing, feed detection, popup blocking, smart location bar, find as you type and a lot of other functionality for a smooth web experience.

SeaMonkey's Mail and Newsgroups client shares lots of code with Mozilla Thunderbird and features adaptive Junk mail filtering, tags and mail views, web feeds reading, tabbed messaging, multiple accounts, S/MIME, address books with LDAP support and is ready for both private and corporate use.

Additional components include an easy-to-use HTML Editor, the ChatZilla IRC chat application and web development tools like a DOM Inspector and a JavaScript debugger.

If that's still not enough, SeaMonkey can be extended with numerous Add-Ons that provide additional functionality and customization for a complete Internet experience.

Features of the SeaMonkey Suite

Browser


Sync allows you to keep your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks, preferences and tabs in sync across different devices (computers) in a secure way.

Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs. And if you mistakenly close a tab or window, functionality to Undo Closed Tab or Window helps you bring it back to continue working with it.

Session restore brings back all your open windows and tabs after the rare occasion that SeaMonkey crashesand if you wish even when you close and reopen the browser or restart your computer. But crashes should me rare nowadays since a crashing plugin will not take the whole application down anymore.

SeaMonkey's powerful Add-ons Management provides almost infinite possibilies to extend your Internet experience both through installing additional functionality created by others and even freely developing your own extensions and providing them to the rest of the SeaMonkey community.

SeaMonkey's unique Data Manager serves as a central management interface for all kinds of site-specific data, including cookies, permissions (e.g. image blocking), preferences, passwords and form data.

Lightweight themes (Personas) let you give your SeaMonkey a personal touch through simple theming. You can choose from thousands of Personas.

Feed detection notifies you when web pages offer RSS or Atom feeds, and feed preview lets you view their contents and choose a reader with which to subscribe to thoseincluding an internal reader in the Mail & Newsgroups component of SeaMonkey.

Smart Location Bar enables you to search your visited web pages right when typing in the browser's location bar and finding what you want to re-visited as fast as possible by learning which pages you visit frequently.

Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.

Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.

Safe Mode can help you solve problems that might occur, e.g. with incompatible add-ons. If you need to ask someone for support, the Troubleshooting Information page provides quick access to basic technical information.

Plus all the features a modern browser should have, including: Advanced security settings, download management, web form autocompletion, themes, toolbar customization, multi-language and multi-platform support, plus the latest in web standards.

Mail & Newsgroups

Tabbed Mail lets you manage your mail and folders in parallel, without losing control of where you're at when reading, replying to and working with messages in more complex patterns.

Junk mail controls help you take back control of your e-mail from spammers. SeaMonkey's adaptive junk mail control gets smarter with use and is personalized to the e-mail that you receive.

Manage your mail with customizable Tags and Mail Views. Color code your e-mail to help you prioritize. Sort your mail with views to help you through your e-mail much faster.

Multiple accounts support helps you manage all your mail through one interface.

Blogs & News Feeds is a reader for RSS and Atom feeds right in your messaging center that eases your reading of information from all across the web.

SeaMonkey Mail & Newsgroups includes nterprise-ready features such as S/MIME, return receipts, address books, LDAP support, and digital signing.

Composer

SeaMonkey's powerful yet simple HTML editor keeps getting better with dynamic image and table resizing, quick insert and delete of table cells, improved CSS support, and support for positioned layers. For all your documents and website projects, Composer is all you need.

IRC Chat ("ChatZilla")

Chat on IRC networks with this simple yet powerful IRC client. Multiple networks and channels are easy to keep track of in a familiar tabbed interface.

You can change the look and feel of the chat with motifs; choose from several built-in motifs, many more downloadable, or create your own with CSS.

Web Development Tools

DOM Inspector enables you to dig into the document structure of web pages, add-ons or even the SeaMonkey "chrome" itself and inspect a huge number of properties of any element in that structure, including JavaScript objects and CSS styles.

JavaScript Debugger ("Venkman") lets you debug JavaScript code on your websites, add-ons and even in SeaMonkey itself with a suite of powerful debugging tools.

SeaMonkey is free for Mac OS X 10.6 and up, Windows XP and up, and Linux.

For more information, visit:
http://www.seamonkey-project.org



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