With WordPress 2.8 out the door less than two months, minor updates have been coming in steadily, solving small bugs and security vulnerabilities. The latest bug-fixing release, 2.8.3, finalizes some fixes initially introduced in 2.8.1 while also solving some other minor bugs. The new version comes barely two weeks since the latest release, while work on the next major version, 2.9, is starting to get traction with a final feature list shaping up.
It took five years, three major versions and the contribution of thousands of volunteers, but Firefox has reached one billion downloads. Not so much a technical milestone, the number has a greater importance in reminding what it took to get here and how the browser market, and the Internet as a whole, have evolved. As you can imagine, the celebrations at Mozilla are already underway, but there's no time to rest on its laurels, and the team has already launched a new site to help spread the word even more.
Google announced the removal of the "beta" label from its new interface for AdWords, the flagship advertising program that enables businesses of all sizes to find customers online. The new version of the AdWords web interface, the online application through which advertisers monitor and manage their online marketing campaigns, began public testing in November 2008 and is currently available to nearly all advertisers worldwide.
Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, introduced the latest release of its Galaxy Implementation Platform delivering 2x faster design implementation and signoff throughput with new multicore performance and multi-corner/multi-mode (MCMM) technologies. Built-in support for multicore processing across the Galaxy Platform enables engineering teams to immediately boost runtime performance using their existing compute servers. Additionally, the Galaxy Platform includes new MCMM technology providing improved quality of results and faster design closure when using a combined Design Compiler Graphical and IC Compiler flow. The Galaxy 2009 release is available now.
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, announced a strategic relationship with Germany-based KW-Software to collaborate on a pre-integrated software solution for the industrial market. Specifically, Wind River’s VxWorks 6.7 and VxWorks 61508 Platform will be tested, validated and optimized for KW-Software’s ProConOS, PROFINET and SafeOS runtime systems. KW-Software is a leading software manufacturer of IEC 61131 programming and runtime systems.
Research In Motion (RIM) announced new and enhanced tools for developing web applications for BlackBerry smartphones. The tools include the new BlackBerry Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse and the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio version 1.2. These tools are part of a complete portfolio of BlackBerry developer tools for web and Java development and a rich set of APIs that enable developers to easily create a wide variety of mobile applications that connect BlackBerry smartphone users to the information they care about. The BlackBerry application platform also incorporates significant advantages, including real-time push technology, unmatched security and highly efficient data compression and network bandwidth utilization, allowing developers to deliver optimized applications on the most powerful, secure and efficient platform in the industry.
Steven Shiau announced the immediate availability of a new stable release of his system-cloning Linux distribution, Clonezilla 1.2.2-26. The new version is now powered by Linux kernel 2.6.30-3 from backports.undebian.org and it introduces a couple of important bugfixes, as well as software updates and new additions.
Microsoft Tag has evolved to the next level with the availability of an application programming interface. On July 23rd, 2009, the Redmond company announced the release to web of the Microsoft Tag API. The move is designed to expand the potential audience segments that can build Tags. According to the software giant, Tags can now be put together from not only the web, but also the desktop, and mobile devices.
Motorola announced the launch of advanced Android development resources through MOTODEV, including a new App Accelerator Program and MOTODEV Studio for Android Beta. MOTODEV will offer developers early access to a new suite of Google Android developer tools and programs, along with the opportunity to attend the next MOTODEV Summit in San Diego, CA, on October 6, for advanced training and information-gathering. The program is intended to accelerate the development of applications to be used on Motorola's mobile devices using the Android operating system scheduled to ship later this year.