64bit processors are the future of computing and most of the new PCs or laptops you buy have them. However, not many software available out there leverage the 64bit processor, one of them is the popular web browser Firefox.
However, there is some good news coming your way if you have a 64bit machine and love Firefox. According to Softpedia, in a recent platform meeting held on 25th May, Mozilla has indicated that the first 64bit builds of Firefox for Windows 7 will be available in the nightly trunk by the end of this week.
Right now a stable working version is not available. However, once it is, it will be available for downloads in the latest Trunk folder at Mozilla. Right now there are not many browsers which have 64bit version available. Microsoft has a 64bit version of IE8 pre-installed with a 64bit OS, however, Google Chrome and Opera do not have dedicated 64bit browsers as of now for the Windows platform.
We will notify you whenever the Firefox 64bit edition is available for downloads.
According to DigiTimes, HP will release a tablet device by the end of October. However, it has not been confirmed whether the tablet will running the WebOS or Windows 7. The Vice-President of HP Taiwan, Mr. Monty Wong said that HP would announce tablet and mobile based devices after HP completes the acquisition of Palm by the end of July. He also said that the company would not launch Net books running on the WebOS. According to him, net books are similar to PCs in their usage and functionality.
Mr Wong also said that the HP Slate featuring the WebOS and/or Windows 7 would hit the retail market sometime in October. Along with the launch of the HP Slate, users will also be offered access to a huge catalogue of applications. DigiTimes does not mention whether Mr Wong was talking about a WebOS based tablet or a Windows 7 based tablet. It is rumoured that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device dubbed Hurricane. The device is expected to hit the retail market in the third quarter of this year.
It is very well a possibility that Mr Wong was talking about the HP Hurricane only. We need to wait until the end of July or for some HP Slate news to leak to get a confirmation on this one!
Seagate one of the world’s most popular Hard disk manufacturer has confirmed that they are working on a 3 TB drive. According to Seagate, they will be “announcing a 3TB drive later this year.” As of now, 2TB is the highest storage capacity available in a single hard disk drive. The launch of 3TB drives will push the prices of the 2TB drives down, which will help increase their sale.
The shift to 3TB drives will not be smooth though. LBA or Logical Block Addressing standard is not capable of addressing capacities in excess of 2.1 TB. Seagate says that users need to upgrade their system’s BIOS, update the drivers in order to use the 3TB drives. Seagate also said that Windows XP will fail to see the 3 TB drive, and if it does manage to identify the drive, it will not see the full 3TB of space. Users need to use the 64-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7 to make full use of the 3 TB of space. In addition, modifiedversion of Linux will be able to see the full 3TB of space.
Seagate’s Senior Product Manager Barbara Craig also said, There’s also a GUID partition table (GPT) that needs to be implemented, for the master boot record.
Seagate did not mention anything about the prices of these upcoming 3TB drives.
Most Windows systems already come with a nice built in screensaver for viewing the pictures you’ve stored on your hard drive. In Windows XP it’s called My Pictures Slideshowand it includes the basic settings you need to show your pictures when the computer is idle. Here’s an screenshot of the settings for it.
As you can see, the settings page is pretty simple. Many people complain that it doesn’t handle different size images very well and it doesn’t let you change images any faster than 6 seconds. I’ve also seen people complain that Windows 7 has even fewer options for displaying your photos in a screensaver.
Now you can get tons of options with the latest version of JPEGSaver. It works in all Windows versions and it’s still fairly easy to use.
Here’s what the settings for JPEGSaver looks like.
Take a look at all of those tabs. Each tab gives you far more control over how your photos are shown in the screensaver. It even lets you choose multiple folders of photos for it to display.
JPEGSaver does require a minimum of DirectX 9, and it will check your system for the correct DirectX files while it installs.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you need more options when viewing your photos as a screensaver, JPEGSaver can be a life saver. Once installed it’s as easy to use as any of your other screensavers.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Microsoft has finally announced that it will end support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 this July the 13th. Windows XP SP2 and Windows 200 are currently running on extended support. This is a standard Microsoft support policy according to which it supports a product for the first five years on regular basis and for the next five years on extended support.
The announcement is available at this page on windows.microsoft.com. It says,
Support is ending for some versions of Windows
- Support for Windows Vista without any service packs ended on April 13, 2010.
- Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010.*
If you’re running one of these versions after support ends, you won’t get security updates forWindows.
Existing users of Windows 2000 need to get hold of a new version of Windows whereas, Windows XP SP2 users can simply upgrade to Windows XP SP3 which will be supported for longer.
Windows Vista suers on the other hand, can upgrade to Vista SP2 for free and continue using their product.
It was just a week ago that HP announced that it will acquire Palm for $1.2 billion. The acquisition of Palm has given HP control over arguably the best mobile phone operating system the webOS. HP even said that they plan to “scale it (webOS) across multiple connected devices.” Everybody concluded that HP meant that they will launch a webOS based tablet device soon, and apparently everyone is right.
The Examiner reports that an insider at HPhas told them that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device. The tablet device will supposedly be released by the third quarter of this year. The code name of the tablet device is Hurricane. It looks like the holiday season of 2010 is surely going to be an awesome one, with the launch of so many tablet devices and WP7 based phones.
HP was earlier working on the HP Slate tablet running on Windows 7. Over the past week, many rumours cropped up that the HP Slate is now dead, and I think it is true. It won’t make any sense for HP to launch a Windows 7 based tablet device, instead of using the webOS from Palm.
Microsoft has released two new Windows 7 themes. The two themes are:
- Official Shrek 4 theme – Shrek Forever After
- Surreal Territory by Chuck Anderson
The themes come with 1920×1200 wallpapers and no custom sound schemes or cursors:
Shrek Forever After
The theme has 16 beautiful wallpapers from the movie for the Shrek franchise lovers.
If cartoon Shrek isn’t your thing, artist Chuck Anderson has six truly surreal wallpapers for your desktop.
DreamScene is a Windows Vista ultimate feature that allowed users to set videos as desktop wallpapers. Unfortunately, DreamScene isn’t a part of Windows 7. We had in the past written about a manual method to enable DreamScene on Windows 7. Today we came across a small utility that allowed you to enable or disable DreamScene in a single click. Screenshot:
The utility Windows 7 DreamScene Activator should be run in the Administrator mode and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
- Right click -> Run as Administrator
- Enable DreamScene (wait for the application to restart Explorer)
- Right click a video file (WMV) and set as desktop background
Phoronix has recently conducted a total of 165 graphics tests on six different hardware configurations comparing Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 using their flagship Phoronix test suite. That level of benchmarking is enough to give us some impressive amount of data.
They ran games from various engines and tested their performance on all these configurations. The results were astounding. Quoting them,
The Intel Linux graphics driver is the real loser in these tests where it is easily and always clobbered by the Intel Windows. While the Intel Linux graphics driver is open-source and has made great strides over the past quarters with kernel mode-setting, a new 2D acceleration architecture (UXA), in-kernel memory management (GEM), a migration to DRI2, and other improvements, its performance is a joke.
It is unlikely we will see Intel’s Linux graphics driver recoup any of these major performance losses anytime soon as they are not even committed to switching to the Gallium3D architecture that is faster than the classic Mesa DRI drivers.
Ubuntu recorded a win with the NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX where it beats Windows 7 by a significant margin.
This clearly shows that, even though there has been development relative to what Ubuntu Graphics has been in the past, it is not developing as fast as graphics on Windows.
Micro Star International (MSI) is mainly known for its motherboards and netbooks. After Apple released the iPad at the starting of the year, all the major computer manufacturers have launched or will soon be launching a tablet based device. This includes Asus, Dell, HP and now MSI. MSI is all set to announce an Android, and a Windows 7 based tablet device at the upcoming Computex in June. This year, the Computex 2010 will be held in Taiwan.
An insider from the company says that the tablet will come in an 8.9 inch and a 10 inch form factor. The tablets will be powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 and/or Intel Atom processors. The pricing is expected to be “extremely aggressive.”
MSI was also expected to release a dual screen tablet at Computex. Sadly, the launch of the device has been delayed.
MSI’s Andy Tung said “The two screens are a major drain on the battery, and even with a higher density battery and the Menlow CPU we are only getting three hours.”
The release date of the dual screen tablet has now been pushed back to the fourth quarter of this year.