Archive for September 13, 2009

Facebook launches a spare version of its application in the United States called Facebook Lite. The intention of Facebook Lite was to help the social network expand in developing countries where users unfamiliar with Facebook might want a simpler interface, or one that would load faster on a slower Internet connection.

Facebook ‘Lite’ is a fast-loading, simplified version of Facebook that enables people to make comments, accept Friend requests, write on people’s Walls, and look at photos and Status updates.

802.11n Standard Finally Approved

Posted: September 13, 2009 in Tech

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, overseers of all things wireless, has given the final 802.11n wireless Ethernet standard its seal of approval. The 802.11n standard, which promises data rates exceeding 300Mbps, took exactly seven years from its inception, or six years from the completion of its first draft standard.

The IEEE also said that devices based on any one of some dozen interim 802.11n draft specs are compatible with the final standard. This statement puts a long-standing debate about potential interoperability woes for the earliest 802.11n devices to rest.

AMD unveils new ‘Vision Technology’ logo

Posted: September 13, 2009 in Tech

Chipmaker AMD recently unveil its latest Vision Technology Logo. VISION Technology from AMD is a new, innovative identity for its consumer PC platforms. VISION demonstrates the combined processing power of both the CPU and GPU to deliver a superior visual experience to mainstream PC users.

It emphasizes how a PC is optimized to deliver a superior visual experience, rather than merely promoting the capabilities of a processor component. To communicate this superior visual experience to consumers, VISION leads the industry past the era of CPU-centric marketing and describes the PC capabilities in terms of what experiences and activities can be enjoyed on the system – see, share, create – not in terms of what components are within. This enables consumers to make better informed buying decisions.

Microsoft Corp. will not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $358 million damage award for patent infringement.

U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft had infringed on the Alcatel-Lucent patent but the software company will not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $358 million damage award for patent infringement.

Microsoft had argued that it should pay only $6.5 million, but Alcatel-Lucent claimed the patent was worth $358 million, based on Outlook sales.

Alcatel-Lucent filed multiple lawsuits in November 2006, claiming Microsoft Outlook, Money and Mobile software infringed on a patent held by it.

Skype shut down Extras program

Posted: September 13, 2009 in Tech

Skype shut down their Skype Extras program. Skype Extras are add-ons developed to work with Skype by third party developers to add functionality not available in Skype itself.

Skype say that there were simply not enough people were using them to justify their continued support of the Extras programme. They do however still believe there are opportunities for third-party developers to enhance the Skype experience and all existing Extras will stay certified until their expiration dates.