Day: September 27, 2017

  • September 27, 2017

    Firefox Quantum Lands in Beta

    Engines are important, both in cars and in browsers. That’s why we’re so revved up this morning – we’re releasing the Beta of a whole new Firefox, one that’s powered by a completely reinvented, modernized engine. Since the version number – 57 – can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes we’ve made, and how much faster this new Firefox is, we’re calling this upcoming release Firefox Quantum. Last October we announced Project Quantum, our effort to create a next-generation engine for modern computers, by leveraging technology from our Servo research project. Since then, our engineering team has been relentless in their focus on making Firefox incredibly fast. Mozilla I am glad to see Firefox is second in the market for browsers I see a lot of people using it I am happy they make a great product.
  • Apple has released a small software update for iPhones and iPads today. iOS 11.0.1 “includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone and iPad,” but the short note provided to iOS users when they update doesn’t specify which fixes or improvements they can expect. However, Apple has claimed in its support documentation that one of the most jarring problems with last week’s iOS 11 release is addressed by this update: the Exchange e-mail server bug that prevented sending e-mails for many users relying on e-mail accounts hosted on, Office 365, or certain Exchange Server 2016 configurations. Users received an error message saying, “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.” ARSTechnica I just think it’s funny this happens while Microsoft Ignite is going on this week.
  • September 27, 2017

    Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

    As many readers know I have long awaited the release of the latest version of macOS High Sierra. I guess it’s the computer geek in me but the release of a new desktop OS always sparks my interest more than the release of iOS. The same goes for Windows and even ChromeOS at times. Apple High Sierra has a lot of new features including the long-awaited new Apple File System (APFS) which I have to say it way overdue considering they have been running the same file system for almost 20 years is very impressive. High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) was released for macOS High Sierra just like iOS last week this seems to be the new standard for Apple when it comes to 4K video. Users can watch 4K video files at full quality while requiring 40 percent less storage space than the current H.264 standard. Developers like Adobe, Blackmagic Design, GoPro and more are joining Apple in adopting HEVC. MacOS High Sierra Metal is Apple’s advanced graphics technology adding machine learning capabilities for speech recognition, natural language processing, and computer vision. Metal 2 API has been used by developers, including Unity, Epic, Valve, and Pixelmator to date. Core ML takes full advantage of Metal as well in the new macOS High Sierra. MacOS High Sierra adds support for VR enabling developers to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac. Later this year, Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree VR workflows with the ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video on the Mac. Photos got a big update live photos can now be edited with fun effects, software like Photoshop, Pixelmator, and other apps can be launched from Photos, with edits saved back to the Photos library which is something all of...